Wine Country

What a good weekend! Logan turned 19 months old and was such a goofy, cute, fun little boy all weekend. He decided he wanted to learn how to jump. I have some pretty hilarious and adorable videos of him trying to learn how to jump up and down. He’s not quite coordinated yet.

Also this weekend, Michael and I got to get away for a little but on Sunday. Logan got some quality time with the grandparents and we got to have adult time with friends! Win-win! I went swimming and then we met up with some friends and drove down to Dundee, Oregon together.

It was the Sokol Blosser wine club pick up party over the weekend and we went with friends who are also members. First, we stopped for lunch at a place they recommended. It was called the Babica Hen Cafe.

I ordered the Blue Cheese and Bacon Salad. It came with grilled chicken and avocado and an egg on top. The salad was really delicious and fresh. It was also a ton of food. I only ended up eating about 80% of it. And…despite the low carb diet, I did have the bread that came with it. It was warm and freshly baked with melty butter…and hard to pass up. Lunch was delicious.

I kind of got talked into having a raspberry mimosa, which was also delicious.

Michael got the smoked salmon eggs benedict, Charla got the taco salad (looked delicious) and Ben got this crazy fried chicken and waffle dish I had to share a photo of!

It looked like there was a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of it, but it was mashed potatoes. With caramel syrup and coconut flakes on top. We all had a bite. It was super weird! But the presentation was great.

After lunch we arrived at the winery for the private members-only party. We weren’t sure if there was going to be “real” food there, hence the reason we stopped for lunch. But we arrived and there was a pretty decent spread of stuff. So next time, we’ll just bring a picnic lunch and supplement with the cheese, meat and olives they provided. They also had free coffee from a local place. Sadly, I forgot to get a sample of it.

We checked in and got a taste of their sparkling rose wine, which was really light and refreshing.

The place was packed but we found a cozy spot on the downstairs patio outside. The weekend had been super stormy, rainy and wet but we lucked out on Sunday to nice, warm and sunny weather instead.

It was kind of the perfect afternoon. We were all able to relax kid-free and have adult conversations. Way different than the last time we were there. 😉

The wines were all so good. They were very generous with the pours. We spent a few hours tasting and hanging out.

Around 3:30 the place was starting to thin out. We were able to get a table inside and see the musician who was hired for the event. His name was Dante Zapata and he was so good! I posted two videos on my instagram if yo are interested. When we joined the party, he was playing some old R&B songs acoustically. Loved the spin on some old favorites!

Charla suggested we stop at Argyle on the way home. She’s raved about their wines a few times.

It was a really cool, modern tasting room. There was tons of space both inside and outside, there was cool art inside and a private room in the back, plus outdoor covered areas and an area for bocci ball. It would be a fun place to go back to when we had more time.

Three of us shared some tastings. The wines were really excellent: smooth and rich and full of noticeable flavors that were easy to identify. It’s a shame their wine was too rich for our blood! I would have taken a bottle home but the cheapest one on the menu was $45! Ooof, little too much for my budget.

After that it was home to our little dude, who’d had a fantastic day with grandma and grandpa. Then Michael and I finished the season finale of Game of Thrones (holy crap that was crazy and intense!!!). What a great day!

Fall Into Fitness

I love Fall! I skip the Pumpkin Spice Lattes (gross) and the Pumpkin Beer (even grosser) but I love Halloween and Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie and cooler weather. I love the fall leaves and crisp air. And I love getting re-focused on my fitness goals.

For me, I tend to gain weight in the summer time and lose weight in the winter time (kind of the opposite for most people). Part of that is summer BBQs and vacations and indulging. And part of that is that in the summer time my fitness switches to the outdoors–hiking, biking, running. So lots of cardio and less weight lifting. Once the weather turns bad, I move my workouts indoors and focus on weight lifting.

Maybe you are the same. Or maybe you are ready to make a change in your life and want to kick start the plan before the mad-rush of January 1st!

So no more excuses! Here are some ideas on how to get started (or restarted) on your path to fitness!

Schedule It

If you are new to fitness or trying to get back on the bandwagon after a break, I think the best way to get into the habit of working out is to schedule it. I’ve done this since the beginning. I schedule my workouts in my Google Calendar like appointments that can’t be missed! It makes it a lot harder to skip the workout!

I know a lot of people say “never miss a Monday” because it sets the mood and motivation for the week. I kind of agree with that. But if it’s not your thing, maybe Mondays are the hardest day of the week for you, make your workout week start on Tuesday. Maybe you aren’t a morning person–schedule your workouts during lunch time, or go after work if you can. Figure out what works for you and what you will stick with, and do it!

Fit It In When You Can

Sometimes you just don’t have time for an hour long sweat session. In the past, I would have tried to make it happen no matter what, but since I had my son and went back to work full time, I am finding it harder to make that happen. Weekends are my long workout times because I do have more time. But during the week I just don’t anymore. I work long hours and when I get home I have about an hour or so to spend with my baby before he goes to bed. So I fit in my week day workouts during my lunch break at work. It’s not the same as before, but it’s better than nothing! And if you are really short on time, try interval/HIIT training or kettle bell training.

I have access to a shower at work, so that makes it easier. I have a bag of toiletries that I keep at work (travel sized) and mini hair dryer. I keep some towels at work, too. All of that makes it easier to workout at lunch. If you don’t have access to a shower, my tip: BABY WIPES! You can clean up and freshen up before going back to the office.

Favorite Lower Body Workouts

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There are actually a lot of weight and body weight exercises you can do without belonging to a gym!

Injuries

I was talking to a friend recently who is dealing with an injury that is lingering. I suggested that she try and find something she can do, if nothing else, for her mental health. I’ve been through too many injuries to count. I remember the worst, when I couldn’t run at all for months, I still had to find some kind of exercise I could do. That was when I started lifting weights. I needed some activity to maintain my fitness level and to help stave off depression from lack of activity. I focused on upper body weights and core and it made a huge difference!

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W is for Walking

Try Something New

If I lived in a place where the weather was a little more predictable, I would totally sign up for a Turkey Trot type of race. I think it’s a great idea! Signing up for a 5k in the Fall is a great way to give you something to focus on, a goal to work towards.

Couch to 5k

It’s even better if you can get a friend your partner to sign up with you! Doing something like a Halloween costume 5k or Turkey Trot with a buddy makes it more fun. Even better if you can get that person to train with you. Having an accountability partner can do wonders to staying on track.

If running isn’t your thing but you are lacking motivation to do fitness on your own, sign up for a fitness class you’ve been curious about!

Food

Another way to get back on track for Fall is that clean up the diet. This is especially important this time of year before the holiday “eat everything bad” season starts! Here are a few of my favorite recipes for fall:

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Rice Soup with Lime and Cilantro

Crockpot Cranberry Chicken

Garlicky Broccoli and Spaghetti Squash

West African Cashew Soup

Pecan and Wild Rice-Stuffed Squash

Enjoy!

QUESTION: What are your favorite ways to get fit in the Fall?