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How to Lose Weight – Week One Check In

How to Lose Weight – Week One Check In

How are you doing? Your tasks for this week were to:

1. Measure your body and weigh in.

2. Become aware of how many calories you eat each day–without any changes.

3. Get a journal.

4. Set a goal.

I’d love it if my readers who are participating in this new “program” would share their thoughts and progress. I think having a support system is one of the crucial ways to be successful!Β  Here are some questions you can answer:

What was your average caloric intake for the days you counted?

Were you surprised by the calories?

Have you set a realistic goal that you’re going to work towards?

What was the hardest part of doing these tasks?


My hope is that my blog can be a resource for people trying to lose weight the healthy way. This process won’t be fast. There will be set-backs. But if we are consistent in the lifestyle changes we make it WILL work. So if you feel comfortable, please share. πŸ™‚

Now, onto the exciting Thursday night I had…I was craving sushi (what else is new?) and Michael suggested Bamboo. We discussed building in a “restaurant” night in our Meal Planning for Thursday nights. It would be a nice change from cooking. Thursday nights are usually less crowded than weekends. Plus it doesn’t have to be a fancy restaurant experience–it could often be Subway or a burrito that costs $5. I agreed and said that I probably didn’t want to do it every Thursday night but a few times a month worked for me.

It’s one of my favorite sushi places in Portland. Masu would be the first–upscale, expensive, in the trendy Pearl District. Bamboo is on the same level as Masu, just a little cheaper and not downtown.



There’s always a line it seems but last night we slipped in just in time to enjoy Happy Hour prices.

I enjoyed one glass of dry reisling wine and Michael had one of his favorite whiskey drinks at Bamboo.

I was famished. I think I ate most of the edamame. We split the specialty roll of the day: some sort of albacore with rice and cilantro wrapped in seaweed like an ice cream cone. It was surprisingly amazing. I wished we’d ordered two!

I ordered the “California Sunset” specialty roll (my favorite of theirs) with spicy tuna, spicy mayo and tempura crunchies. Delish.

I also ordered one Philly Roll. We shared the sushi. I wanted to order another roll (and eat it all) but I resisted. Splitting two rolls was plenty in addition to the other food we got.

Michael ordered the steak and the special Nigiri of the day: black sea bass. He said it was really good but I didn’t try it.



It was a really nice night and satisfied my sushi craving for at least a few days… Then the not so great part of the night. Got home and saw this:

Not cool, man. Not something I wanted to deal with either. Luckily my selfless, Knight in Shining Armor changed it to the spare tire despite the cold, dark, rainy night. He didn’t complain or get grouchy (I totally would have) and his back hurt too. Thanks sweetie!

I’ve changed a flat tire once in my life–and it took me about 2 hours. πŸ™‚ Les Schwab was awesome. Best customer service I’ve had. They fixed it for, rotated my tires and I was out of there and on my way to work in 30 minutes. I had great customer service at Bamboo and Les Schwab. Love it!

QUESTION: Can you fix a flat tire?