Aug 242015

Saturday I awoke to a yellow, glowing hazy outside. The light was very weird, abnormal, and I couldn’t figure out why until I went outside. Then I realized it was all the wildfires in Oregon. Apparently the wind shifted and Portland was engulfed in a haze. It was gross, smelly and hard for me to breathe. Thankfully I already had plans to go to the gym and not try to run outside or go for a hike. I don’t see hiking in the future until the air quality clears up.

It was the first time I was back at lifting weights since my back injury. I took it easy and focused on things like shoulders, triceps and core instead of my back. I was back at doing my PT exercises and glute/core work. It felt good to do it again. Then I did a walk/run on the treadmill. First run since my 5k! I felt pretty good and did 2.5 miles.

I burned 559 calories, went home to clean up and have lunch (leftover turkey enchiladas I made). Saturday I spent most of the day inside to avoid the smoke!

Saturday evening we went to a friend’s house for dinner. It was so good to see them! And to get out of the house and be social. After my back stuff I kind of hid in the house for awhile. I was tired, feeling wounded and a little bit mopey I think. I didn’t do much socializing (aside from our parents visiting) so once I was starting to feel more like myself I was glad to see some friends.

They made delicious margaritas from scratch (limeade, rhubarb compote, simple syrup, lime verbena juice and ice). So delicious and refreshing!! Mine was a virgin because me and Tequila AIN’T friends. No thank you!


Dinner was grilled chicken, corn on the cob and a delicious salad with greens, mint, feta, onions and watermelon.


For dessert they made root beer floats with homemade vanilla bean ice cream. What a treat! I can’t remember the last time I had a root beer float…


It was a fun night. The kids are getting so big.


Michael made french toast for breakfast. It was quite a treat. I hadn’t had french toast in I don’t know how long…at least a year. I’ve been craving it recently and Michael kindly satisfied my craving. He made the fabulous Martha Stewart recipe (it’s a winner for sure).


After breakfast I went to the gym. It was too late for yoga class and honestly I was a bit too sore for it I think. Those jump squats always do me in. I was so sore (hamstrings) from Saturday’s workout. Instead I used the elliptical for a mild workout.


Sometimes doing something like the elliptical can help loosen up the sore muscles. Time will tell. The afternoon was spent in the kitchen working on tomatoes from the garden. I decided to can whole tomatoes. I had so many ripe ones in the garden that needed to be cooked or something. I picked a big batch and got started.


I did a combo of romas and heirloom tomatoes. I love canning whole tomatoes because it’s super easy and fast. I boiled the tomatoes, peeled the skins in no time, cored the tomatoes and then canned them whole. The longest part of this process was the canning part. It took forever to get the water boiling and I had to do the jars in two batches because my pot wasn’t big enough.

Sunday evening we had Michael’s mom and stepdad over for dinner. It had been way too long since we saw them and I was excited to make dinner using the spaghetti sauce I made last weekend. Michael’s mom made a fantastic salad with greens, tomatoes and lemon cucumbers from their neighbor’s garden. I baked a loaf of garlic bread (my weakness).


We did gluten free spaghetti and I cooked up my spaghetti sauce with meatballs. I was so happy with my sauce! It was delicious! Thick and flavorful and just right.


Dessert was a little bit of a cheat. :) I baked cookies.


It was a busy weekend! But a good one. How was yours?

Aug 032015

I had a lot of grand plans for Saturday. Originally Michael and I were going to meet some friends downtown for the Flugtag and we’d discussed riding our bikes down there to get in a workout. Then Portland had a streak of 100+ degree weather and by Saturday I had zero desire to go ride my bike in that kind of heat and then sit outside unshaded for several hours then to bike home. Michael agreed. His commute home Friday in 103 degrees was pretty miserable.

Instead I headed to the gym. I did my warm-up and then my weights. This was my routine:

Kettlebell swing (traditional) with a 25 pound kettlebell 
Bent Over Row (30 pound bar)
Calf Raises
1 Leg Romanian Dead Lift
Bicep curls
Chin Ups

Then it was time for abs:

My physical therapy ab work: the Cobra, the crunch/hold, glute bridge with leg up, bird dogs and planks on my elbows. After doing 40 minutes of weight training I did a 2 mile run on the treadmill. It wasn’t the greatest run, I did a lot of walking, but it was okay.

After the gym I was famished and craving a cheeseburger (and had been for several days). Michael and I had a little date for lunch at Foster Burger. Thankfully they had icy cold air conditioning, too. I love the art work at the restaurant–band posters. It’s a fun walk down memory lane and Michael having grown up in Portland had been to a bunch of the shows posted on the wall.


Probably not the Vanilla Ice one, though. :)


We shared an order of fries. They were okay–not as good as the Little Big Burger truffle fries! I also had an iced tea with lunch.


I got the Foster Burger with American Cheese, sauteed onions and tons of their “special sauce.” Their burgers come on these AMAZING brioche sesame buns from Philippe’s Bread. I love that they use a local bakery for their buns and these buns are so good. I need to make a trip to this bakery to see what else they have.

After that I went to the grocery store to stock up on some snacks. I took some suggestions you guys had and got some higher protein options. I picked up some granola, avocados, mini bagels, hummus and some cucumbers and a bunch of fruit. I’m going to experiment with some combinations to see what works. Like having a string cheese with the fruit, mini bagels with the hummus or avocado. We’ll see what works!


This time it was Michael’s craving. He wanted pancakes so we had pancakes for breakfast! He makes them about once a year. It’s not something we have often (in fact the pancakes I had at my family reunion recently were the first ones I’d had in a few years I think). I was happy to go along with his craving.


They turned out perfectly! He used bread flour. I feel like they were thicker and fluffier than normal. So tasty!

After that I went to the pool. It’s been about three weeks since I’d been swimming and it felt sooo good to get back in the pool. I hadn’t lost it, either, so that was good. I did 2000 yards in just under 50 minutes. My hamstrings were so sore and tight–the squats and running combo does it to me every time. Then I spent the rest of the day doing relaxing things. Like a pedicure and reading a book. Perfect Sunday. :)



Baked lemon and dill salmon, kale salad and a baked sweet potato. Around 600 calories total.