Wits, Wagers and Wine

Thank goodness for HGTV 30 minute shows. I love it when I get to the gym and can run while I watch those totally addicting shows. I got sucked into one and a half episodes of Curb Appeal Block Edition. This time during my run I also started doing some hill intervals. It felt so wonderful to be able to run “hills” again and to be able to run FAST like I used to be able (well, fast for me).

Full body workout next: focusing on chest, back, shoulders and doing a bunch of squats. It felt good to do the squats and not feel the trembling in my legs like I often do when I take a break. I did some ab work to finish up and did a bunch of yoga stretches to stretch out.

Gym Stats:
Time: 1:43
Calories Burned: 722Β 

My lunch was a nice, warm, hearty treat on a cold Fall day. The leaves are turning, the air in Portland was foggy but I had yummy Indian food in my belly to warm me. I’d picked up a quickie meal from World Market the other day (once again I’d gone there for one thing and left with 5).

Alu Muttar: curried potatoes and peas in gravy. I topped it over the quinoa for the perfect lunch. The quinoa was about 200 calories and the alu muttar was 160 calories a serving (two servings in a package). Low calorie but totally filling.

For dinner Michael and I went to my cousin’s house for games, vino and couscous! I brought a bottle of wine to the party and Anna was making dinner when we got there. It smelled so delicious!

Anna lived in Morocco for a few years so she wanted to make us a couscous dish that was common there. It was onions, apricots and chicken cooked in a skillet, then mixed with the couscous and topped with almonds.

You would think that it would be overly sweet with the apricots and honey but it wasn’t. It was the perfect bite of sweetness that was subtle and not overpowering. I liked it a lot! I could taste cinnamon in it too and something else I couldn’t place…

We ate good food, drank good wine and chatted. After dinner we played a new game that Anna had. It was called Wits & Wagers. It was so much fun. It was like a trivia game but with betting–which Michael loved because he’s a poker guy. It was a blast.

Can you guess who won? Yeah, the guy that wins at poker. πŸ˜› Anna made dessert: vanilla pudding with whipped cream, raspberries and blackberries. It was a lovely, light dessert.

I’ve missed game nights! I used to do it so much more often and I love game nights. Michael and I are plotting to host our own very soon.

QUESTION: What’s your favorite board game?

Thursday Confessions

I feel the urge to share more about my life after yesterday’s post. A blog is a funny thing…I’m in complete control of whatever I post and share with my readers. 95% of the time I stick to the topic: weight loss. But honestly there’s a lot more about me than just being “The Chick That Lost 110 Pounds.”

Here goes…

Confession: When I was about 24 years old I started the process to adopt a baby.


I was single, living on my own, had a good job and I’ve always wanted to have kids. I feel very strongly about adoption and I’ve always had the desire to adopt a baby or kid in need of love and stability. I had some money saved up and the company I worked for matched adoption costs up to about $7k I think?

I was going through the process to adopt, looking for babies, planning, reading every book I could find. I even made an appointment with an adoption agency to get started.

I was determined. It didn’t bother me that I would be doing it on my own. I had a good job, thought I could afford it, I had so much love to give…I sat down before my appointment and wrote down every cost I could imagine for adoption and monthly/daily child rearing.

I realized the responsible thing to do was wait until I had more money saved up. I was pretty sad that I didn’t do it but I think it was the right decision to make. Shortly after that I ended up adopting Fat Kitty (and a few months later, Maya).



Confession: I almost bought my own house.

When I was 25 I decided that I wanted to get out of apartment living and buy a house on my own. I had some savings, the housing market in Portland was AMAZING for buyers and I was determined to do it on my own. I house hunted and looked at about 30 different houses, making an offer on three different ones that fell through.

The last house that I made an offer on was the one I really wanted. I got my heart set on it. It was in NE Portland not too far from the college and public transportation. It was a nice neighborhood and near a park. The kitchen was brand new. There were some cosmetic fixes that needed to be done but it was basically move-in ready. The house was 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and an unfinished basement. Probably around 1,100 square feet. It was so cute (yellow with white trim) and listed at $90k. Can you imagine?

I made an offer. I went to Vegas for the first time for my birthday and got a message from my Realtor while I was out of town that I didn’t get it. A developer offered the SAME amount of money I offered ($95k) but in cash. So lame. It burned and soured me from wanting to keep looking. I decided to take a break from house hunting for a few months and never looked again. The market quickly changed and honestly it was a blessing in disguise. I don’t think I would have been able to pay for the house on my own now that I see what kind of house costs Michael has. It truly was a good thing I didn’t get it.

Another confession: I can get totally sucked into HOURS of “House Hunters.”


Confession: I probably won’t run a long race.


My goal after running Hood to Coast had been the Las Vegas Half Marathon. I had my sights on running The Strip. What an amazing experience that would be! I think my injury has shown me that I’m probably not a long distance runner. If I ever run races again I think I might be sticking with 5k or 8k distances. I’m disappointed but it might just be the way it is.


Confession: I wish I could REALLY cook.

I read a lot of foodie blogs. It started out just for fun, then it was because I wanted to try and teach myself how to cook meals. I read a few websites that are impressive. The recipes they do are advanced and complicated–too hard for me to attempt to be honest. I really wish I could though. One of my favorites to drool over is Salty Seattle. Her food looks like art!

My brother is the one with the cooking gene in our family. I’ve been picking his brain lately on different things to try.


Confession: If money was no issue, I’d go on a long vacation to either Tuscany or Napa Valley.

How romantic and relaxing would it be to wake up whenever I felt like it, with the sun shining into the window of a villa? Wine, cheese, good food, hiking…It sounds like heaven to me!


Confession: I think I’m ready for a puppy!




QUESTION: Want to confess something?