Oct 272015

My weekend was TOO SHORT. What about you??


Saturday morning Michael surprised me by making a delicious breakfast! Scrambled eggs with sweet potato hash and bacon. Delish! Then it was time for the gym. I did about 40 minutes of weight lifting — mostly upper body– chin ups, shoulder presses, push-ups, lateral raises, chest press, pec-fly, planks, etc. Then I did some squats and finished up with a run on the treadmill. I use the term “run” loosely. It was jog/walking mostly. I’d run at a fairly slow pace until my heart rate was getting close to 150 and then I’d walk for a few seconds to let the heart rate get back down.  It sucks to be so slow but honestly running is getting a little bit harder.


After the gym I met up with my friend Erika for a much-needed pedicure. We hadn’t hung out in awhile and it was really nice to spend some time together and catch up. And getting some pampering is always good. :) I get pedicures about every 5-7 weeks. It’s one of the little splurges I do for myself that make me feel good. It started as a reward for myself as I lost weight and just kept up with it! Sometimes it’s the little things. And I know as I get bigger this winter and I eventually won’t be able to SEE or REACH my toes, it will be a nice treat.


Then Michael and I went to a friend’s house for dinner and games! Michael’s friend recently started teaching him pinochle so Friday night he gave me a crash course in the basics and the plan was for the four of us to play. Dinner was delicious– kobe beef burgers with bleu cheese mixed into the patty, grilled and on the most amazing buns– Maui Onion buns! I’ve never had these before and MUST find them for the next time we do burgers because they were so tasty. Sweet and savory and wonderful.


Loved those buns! Dinner was great and then we got started with the game. We played a few rounds open-handed so I could learn. Then we got started for real.


It was a lot of fun! Kind of a hard game to learn. I struggled with the scoring, betting and melding but understood the “how to play” part. If that makes sense. By the end of the evening I was starting to get the hang of all of it but I definitely need more practice. I’ve played a lot of card games, Spades being my favorite, and I think knowing how to play Spades or Hearts helped understand the concept of this game a little easier. Still, I need practice for it to really stick.


Saturday was a late night (like 11pm! lol) and I was a bit tired when I got up. I was feeling really unmotivated but got my butt to the gym anyways. I did 4.5 miles on the elliptical and then went home to be lazy!


It was a raining Sunday and I wasn’t feeling like doing much! So…lots of Netflix. :) I do want to mention that last weekend we finally saw The Martian! It was REALLY GOOD!! I was a little nervous because I loved the book and they rarely do as good a job with the movie version…but I felt almost like the movie was better than the book! The cast was superb. The action was great. It was really well done. I highly recommend it!

Okay, back to the weekend. Sunday evening it was time for my Book Club meeting.

book club

I got a mozzarella/tomato/pesto panini for dinner. It was pretty tasty. I don’t eat pesto very often because it’s such a calorie-bomb, but it is one of my favorite type of sandwiches. We ended up just hanging out and chatting and only talking about the book minimally. :) That was okay. It was nice to just hang out.


The rest of the evening was low-key (watched the Walking Dead, wasn’t a fan of the episode) then early to bed. I’ve been feeling tired lately and trying not to get too run down. I have a jam-packed week this week (that I was kind of dreading) and I’m already looking forward to next weekend…

Seen any good movies lately?

Sep 142015

I signed up for two 5k’s this year. I completed the first one last month, about a week after throwing my back out. :( Despite not being 100%, I was able to run a lot of it and I wasn’t running at a snail’s pace. I was happy with the outcome. Of course, I was hoping this one would be a little bit better!

I signed up for the Westmoreland Park 5k, which was part of the Portland Parks and Rec $5 5k race series (which I love). This one was two laps around Westmoreland Park (on race day, it was actually 3 laps!), which is a really nice and big park in SE Portland not far from Reed College.

I ran my last 5k with Michael (and it was his first!). This time I ran it with my dad! My parents came down from Seattle for the weekend so we could run it together. And by “together” I mean we started at the start line together and then met up at the finish line later. LOL. Yes, my 60+ year old father is a much faster runner than I am. Oh well! I knew I’d be slow and I warned him to go at his own pace.

Saturday morning I did a quick, easy workout on the elliptical. I took it easy and was basically just trying to loosen up and stay limber for race day. I usually don’t workout the day before a race but last month I did a similar short, easy elliptical workout and I felt like it helped.


Saturday evening we had a little dinner party at our place with my parents and Michael’s mom and stepdad. I made a veggie tray with homemade onion dip and Michael’s mom brought over freshly smoked salmon. By the way, get the veggie chips from Trader Joe’s. They are so tasty!


Michael mom made a delicious Caesar salad and we got pizza! It was nice to hang out and catch up.


Apparently there was a big game going with Oregon State and…someone… :/ I’m not a football fan! So we watched that, too. I practiced sleeping with my eyes open. :)


It was kind of a late evening but I got an ok night’s sleep and got up early, ready for race day!


Race Day

This was first organized race my dad has done in years–my mom said 20 but I don’t know if that was accurate. In the Marines my dad was a runner and he was the fastest in his company.He spends a few months every winter in Arizona and runs every day. It’s cool that he’s still doing it, too.

We were ready!! We watched the little kids do their “fun run” (which was adorable) and then it was time.


I told my dad again that if I was too slow he could go at his own pace but he stayed with my the whole time! Which was nice. :) We got in the middle of the pack, between the 10 and 11 minute mile pacer.


The time started and we were off! Westmoreland was a nice park for the race. First, it was completely flat. A nice change from the other parks I’ve done. Second, the terrains was a lot different. We ran on pavement, bark chips (which were nice), grass, dirt, sand, gravel, and wood bridges. It was kind of nice having a little variety.


We ran the first lap (without any walking!) in 11 minutes flat. It was a good pace for me. My dad usually runs a 9 minute mile, but he seemed content to go at my pace so that’s good. That first lap my legs felt awesome and not tired or slow at all.

The second lap I was about 1/4 of the way through and needed a quick walk break. Took about 30 seconds to walk, let my heart rate come back down from absolutely crazy-high, then started running again. Ran the rest of the 2nd lap around 12:30 minutes. The third lap was okay. I took a few short walking breaks but not too long. My lungs were feeling okay, my legs were starting to feel…fatigue. And a little groin/ligament pulling a little bit.

We got to the home stretch and the last 1/4 mile of the race was straight, flat and on the nice and comfy bark chips so we sprinted to the finish!


We got our ribbons!


Took a few minutes to walk around, cool down, stretch, get water and a banana then stopped my watch. Our official chip time was 36:41! I am very happy with my time and the race! And it was cool to be able to run it with my dad. :)


We went home and cleaned up and then drove downtown to Tilt for lunch. It’s a restaurant I’ve heard tons about, Michael loves it, but I’ve never been. It was nice to finally be able to try it. It was a cool restaurant in the Pearl District with concrete floors, super modern designs and tons of space. It had a very awesome vibe to it. I ordered the brisket, bacon and egg sandwich that came on a homemade biscuit. It was amazing!


My mom’s burger, the teriyaki and pineapple burger:


My dad got a brisket sandwich with coleslaw and Michael also got a crazy burger:


We shared a giant order of fries at the table. The fries were fantastic! One of my favorites. And the sriracha mayo dipping sauce was so good. Loved it.

After lunch I could have used a nap. I was in a serious food coma and race coma! But there was stuff to do. My parents were helping us get rid of some stuff and donate it to Goodwill. It was a huge help since we don’t have a truck. Got rid of a bunch of bags of stuff, an old shoe rack and my old Ikea loveseat. It was time to get rid of it. A little sad, but it wasn’t something we used (except to pile crap on it) and we needed to make space. It was nice to have the help.

It was a great weekend. Got a lot of stuff done and it was such a cool memory to run a race with my dad!