cheat day

Two Date Nights

Michael and I lucked out and got TWO date nights this weekend!! The first was Friday night. Daycare had a “parents night out” and they were open until 10pm. We took advantage of that and got dressed up (sort of) and went to Chart House for dinner.

A coworker has been talking about how this is their date night spot because happy hour lasts until 7pm. So we decided to take advantage of that. We got there and it was valet parking only (free) and the bar is downstairs of the restaurant. It’s perched on a hill in SW Portland with amazing views!

The picture above was the view from our table, right by the window. It was a nice view of the river and downtown Portland. We could also see Mount St. Helens and Mt. Hood in the distance.

We got drinks–I got a white wine and Michael got a beer.

We got the calamari with kim chee (and it had deep fried veggies in there, too). It was really good and flavorful! And who doesn’t like deep fried veggies?

We shared the mahi mahi fish tacos. They were pretty good but needed some spice or something. They were a little on the bland side.

We shared the lettuce wraps. It was chicken with cucumber and carrots and a soy sauce glaze. I thought they were pretty good. Very messy to eat!

Lastly, we got the prime rib sliders (they had cheese and caramelized onions in it). Michael wasn’t a fan of the sliders but I thought they were really good! I loved the caramelized onion flavors and gooey cheese (and let’s be honest, the bread!!!)

We split a piece of cheesecake for dessert. It had caramel, crushed macadamia nuts and a little bit of Heath Bar crumbles. It was REALLY good but very, very decadent. Thank goodness we split it!

It was a really nice experience. We hadn’t really been on a real date night and been to a nice restaurant since February when we went out to sushi. 😀 It was definitely time for us! And it was perfect timing because this week was our 9 year anniversary. Hard to believe 9 years ago we had our first official date. <3

Then Saturday it was time for date night #2: my cousin’s wedding. My parents drove down from Seattle and got to spend some time with Logan and then we left Logan with Michael’s mom and drove to Ridgefield for the wedding.

It was at Bethany Vineyards. I’ve never been there before but it was a really beautiful wedding venue! It was off the freeway in Washington near Vancouver, amongst countryside and farms and lots of trees. I guess there was a brewpub nearby, too.

Her flowers were gorgeous!

The wedding was outside. It was a sunny, bright day, but unfortunately it was also 100 degrees (not exaggerating!). Here are a few photos of the venue:

It was too bad they didn’t have some kind of tents set up for the tables because we were in direct sunshine, no shade, and it was very very very hot! Thankfully they had tons of ice water.

The ceremony was kind of off to the side near the vineyards and there was a bit of shade over there, so that was nice.

And we got to spend some time with another cousin and her husband, whom we don’t get to see very often but it was a really fun night hanging out and catching up.

Since it was at the vineyard, they had plenty of the wine for drinks or tastes. I tried the Pinot and it was really good so I ended up buying a bottle. 🙂 My other cousin and her husband and I snuck into the tasting room for about 15 minutes after the ceremony because it was air conditioned and SO NICE in there (LOL) so we did a small taste and their Cuvee was excellent!

almost bought that bottle, too, but decided to be an adult and just buy one.

The signature drink for the wedding was a white wine spritzer, which I had never had before but it was quite lovely! It was the Bethany Vineyard Riesling with tonic water and fruit. In 100 degree weather it was very easy to drink those!

Very refreshing! I drank a ton of water and tried to stay hydrated as much as possible.

My cousin looked gorgeous in her dress and guess what? Her aunt HANDMADE the entire thing for her! It was absolutely stunning! And what a cool heirloom to pass down to your daughter or granddaughter someday. The ceremony was lovely and the food was really excellent! It was heavy Hors d’oeuvres –fruit and veggies, pasta salad, green salad, meatballs and these really yummy cold sandwiches. It was actually the perfect food for a hot, outdoor wedding.

There were these little chicken salad sandwiches on croissant rolls that were to die for! So good! Then it was the speeches and cake cutting and they had cute cupcakes, too:

I had one of the cupcakes. They were really good. By then I was pretty stuffed. So the homemade macarons that my cousin made as favors came home for later…

I’d like to say it was starting to cool off by then, but it was still nearly 100 degrees when we left at 6:30. We had to get home for Logan. It was a really nice wedding and it was nice that it was an afternoon wedding. I remember when Michael and I were planning our wedding we considered a Sunday brunch wedding (we loved the idea!), a vineyard wedding, or an afternoon wedding. I’m very happy with what we did but it’s still fun to experience other weddings and think about what it would have been like if we’d done that.

Diet This Week

I know I haven’t posted an update on the diet in a few weeks. I think I left off a month ago where I had lost 6 pounds, then stalled out. I kept gaining and losing the same 1-2 pounds back and forth, back and forth…for weeks nothing worked.

I was really frustrated and felt discouraged, especially considering I was doing this restrictive carb diet–to restrict and not see progress SUCKS.

Just a reminder– I wasn’t doing a true low carb diet, but I was trying my hardest to keep the carbs down. On workout days I was somewhere around 85-100 grams of carbs for the day (no bread, rice or pasta products at all) and on rest days I was somewhere around 50-75 grams for the day.

I tried many times to get that number down but let’s be honest here. If I am going to REALLY try and do a low carb diet, I need to cut out all fruit (don’t want to do that) and a lot of other stuff…I mean, I hit 15 grams of carbs with just my coffee creamer in the morning. 🙁 Not going to cut that out!

We had an awesome cheat meal last weekend: breakfast for dinner!

I’d been craving pancakes lately so for dinner last Sunday night Michael made us pancakes and bacon. I used light syrup which cut the carbs in the syrup by half. This was also the first time Logan tried pancakes. He loved them! 😉

My lunches last week were really good. I was kind of sick of my meat and cheese rollups and needed to change things up. I also needed a break from the high sodium diet that comes with eating meat like that. It’s not the best choice, honestly.

So for lunches this time I did salads. I cooked up some ground turkey with low sodium taco seasoning and I had big green salads topped with veggies and the taco meat.

I had a hard boiled egg and some Greek yogurt with fruit for snacks. I also supplemented some snacks with low-carb protein shakes. It was nice to change things up and eat something different.

Weight Loss

Now for the weight loss aspect…A month ago I was staying about the same and just couldn’t get over that hump. We went on vacation to Bend and I was afraid to weigh myself. 🙁 I hadn’t worked out much in Bend, or when we got home (I was sick), and my diet hadn’t been great. We ate pizza and sushi and drank beer in Bend…but I got on the scale anyways and surprise surprise! I finally lost the weight that I’d been gaining and losing over and over again.

That was a nice surprise. So I am back in the upper 160’s and feeling a bit more motivation. It also kind of motivated me to maybe try doing a true low carb diet to see if that jump starts things further. I have 12 pounds to go to get back to pre-baby weight, but ideally 15 pounds to go total.

I also emailed my doctor. I spelled out my typical diet, calories and weekly exercises. She responded with “um wow! You’re kinda already doing everything right…” SIGH. I know! And it’s not working!! Her only suggestion (besides the usual, drink more water, eat real food not from a package) was to cut my calories from 1600 to 1400. So for the last week I’ve been at 1450 calories. We’ll see what happens when I weigh in next week!