What I’m Doing Lately

My workout schedule has been a little wonky this week! Last Saturday they were predicting a little bit of snow so I got to the gym early and thankfully got in my workout. I stopped at the grocery store for essentials (chips and beer and baby food) on the way home and it was a MADHOUSE. I’ve never been to the grocery store when it was that nuts. I got home just as the snow was starting to get heavy and spent the rest of the day playing with Logan, watching Netflix, Michael did some painting…it was good.

Sunday I got up to not much snow, the rain overnight had melted it, but instead everything was a sheet of ice! I tried to go to the pool but decided it was a bad idea and turned around and went home. Instead, I worked out on the bike trainer in the living room. I did 35 minutes and burned 290 calories.

The weather improved and melted off. Fast forward to Tuesday. They were predicting more snow. I got to the gym after work (a little later than I planned) and ran 2.15 miles on the treadmill, watching the freezing rain/hail start to fall. I decided to cut my workout short and head home early because I had my car and not the Subaru and my car is NOT snow/ice capable.

I was bummed my workout was cut short. I had planned on running 2.5 miles and then doing some weight machines, but it was a smart move to just go home.


Chicken thigh, sauteed kale with bacon, cottage cheese and a beer! Dinner was around 700 calories. It was snowing a little bit. Michael and I watched an episode of Narcos and it snowed probably about an inch or so. We went to bed, pretty sure we weren’t going to be going to work on Wednesday…

….and woke up Wednesday to this:


Kind of hard to tell but we have a TON of broken tree limbs. We’re going to have a lot of damage to fix once this is gone.

I know people reading this in the midwest are laughing at us, but this is a lot of snow for Oregonians! (And all over Oregon, there’s tons of snow accumulation!)

At like 4am we woke up to a big crashing noise. Michael was up in the kitchen making a bottle for Logan and I thought he dropped something in the kitchen, it was that loud! But it turns out it was the above giant tree in our yard and the sound was huge branches cracking and breaking. Scary!

8 years ago when Michael and I were first dating, I got snowed in at his house. I went to his house for dinner one Friday night after swimming and woke up Saturday morning to several feet of snow and it kept snowing–and we ended up being snowed in together for about 5 days!!! It was a true test of our new relationship. LOL Obviously, we lived through it!

So Wednesday we woke up to about 6 inches of snow and it was still falling. I fixed myself breakfast:

Scrambled eggs topped with cheese and hot sauce, toasted English muffin with cream cheese and avocado. Hot coffee and EmergenC. Logan had his breakfast:

And once he went down for a nap I got in my home workout.

Snowed In Workout:


Inchworms – 8

Pushups – 10×2

Squats – 10×3

KB swings with 20lbs – 12×4

Mountainclimbers – 30×4

Side Lunges – 10×2 each

Toe touches with ball – 15×4

Glute bridges – 15×4

Knee Raises – 10×2

Overhead triceps – 10×3

Biceps curls – 10×3

Cobra stretches – 10×3

V-Ups – 15×4

Biceps curls with strap – 10×4

Stretches – yoga and PT stretches

Foam Roller

End Result: 311 calories burned! I’ll take it!

I did some stuff around the house and then had soup and crackers for lunch. Spent the rest of the day kind of tinkering around the house. I think we were all feeling a little stir-crazy! I made Michael sit down with me and watch some of Twin Peaks. Can you believe he’s never seen it?!

Dinner was steak, sauteed peppers and a glass of this lovely wine:

Thursday I got up and weighed myself…to discover I’ve lost 2 pounds! It was quite the surprise. I was noticing that certain clothes lately have felt a little loose, which is why I got on the scale. I’ve started the weaning process and that’s the only thing I can think that might have helped me lose some pounds because I’ve been doing all the same things I’ve been doing for months…

We had breakfast and then I took Bella for a walk in the snow!

It was sunny and cool but not too cold to trek through the snow. Bella was LOVING it! And so was I, honestly, after being trapped in the house for a few days.

The snow was so beautiful! I walked around the neighborhood with B. I stuck with the snow because it was easier to walk in than the frozen car tracks. It was quiet and relaxing.

I am happy with my calorie burn for a trek through the snowy neighborhood:

Thursday workout done! The rest of the day is going to include some soup, tea and maybe a nap!



My East Coast and Mid-West readers can feel free to roll their eyes with this…but SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!

On Thursday Michael and I went into work together like normal and the weather reports predicted some snow flurries but I was skeptical. It doesn’t really snow in Oregon. And when it does it’s the extreme–either the piddly little stuff that doesn’t stick or it’s a full-blown snow storm that shuts the city down (like the snowstorm in 2008 when Michael and I first started dating and I was snowed in at his house with him and his roommate Shoe for a full week). Snowmaggedon ’08 Evidence:


Boys. Yeah, so being snowed in for 5 days with two guys who decided to sword fight with sticks in the snow was interesting but nothing like that has happened in here in years. Well the snow finally came! On Thursday I was working at my desk and saw that some little flurries were coming down outside. I checked periodically but downtown seemed fine. Yet half the office was leaving. Portland Public Schools shut down at noon (when there wasn’t any snow yet) and I decided to stick it out at work for awhile in hopes that they’d shut the office down officially (which means we get paid for the whole day).

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Didn’t happen. By 2:30 the snow was coming down even more and so I decided to leave. Glad I did! The 10 mile drive home that usually takes 20 minutes after work took Michael and 1.5 hours. Traffic was ridiculously slow. It was like people completely forgot what the rules of the road were.

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That is a cyclist in front of us. They were out in droves. I guess I should be surprised, but I’m not. This photo is from BikePortland.org. It’s a great picture of the city! Reading through the comments on the post apparently people think we’re ridiculous for being excited about snow (one commenter said “in Minnesota this is just called Thurday”)–right right right. But it never snows here!


We settled in for the very long and slow drive home and made one stop to pick up a Papa Murphy’s pizza. When we got home I took Bella outside for her FIRST SNOW! OH MY GOD SUPER SPAZ!! She loved the snow. She ran around the yard at full speed, turning in circles, jumping and rubbing her face in the snowy earth. It was so much fun to watch–it was like experiencing the very first snow experience of a child.


I took Bella outside to play in the snow about every 30 minutes or so. It was so dang cold, even in a jacket, scarf, hat and gloves I was frozen to the bone and I worried about Bella getting frostbite since her hair is so short. She seemed cool with the short increments of snow play. We all settled in to relax next to the roaring fire with some hearty beer and pizza for dinner. 🙂


I had 2 slices of the Papa Murphy’s deLite pizza (around 400 calories total) and then later we had some popcorn as a snack. For a rest day, I definitely indulged and went over my calories for the day. I think I got overly excited about 4 days off in a row in the snow!

Friday morning I woke up to discover the office was closed! Yay!!! The possibilities for the weekend were endless. There were so many things I wanted to do–catch up on my Netflix DVD I’ve had for three weeks, finish a few books I’ve been reading, do my taxes, play in the snow with Bella…..


I was so happy and so excited to see how much she LOVED THE SNOW. Totally obsessed with it. She loves the snow more than food, that’s huge. So I started my Friday off with an at-home workout. I used the Nike Training Club App that I’ve used many times in the past. The app has changed formats since I’ve used it–now you have to download the workout to use it. But it was super simple and took two seconds to download on my phone from the app.

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After my workout I cleaned the house, did laundry and finished my taxes. After lunch Michael and I took Bella for a walk in the neighborhood. We got bundled up in our snow gear like we were going snowshoeing. The street was pretty quiet, just a few people were out and mostly it was kids pulling sleds heading over to the school in the neighborhood to go sledding. It seemed like ALL the neighborhood kids were out, young and teenagers, sledding down the hill on the school field. It was so fun to watch.

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Bella made some friends on the street, too. Several neighbors were out with their dogs. Bella met a few dogs and made some friends–she especially loved the little 4 month old puppy also named Bella! What a cutie! Puppies!!!

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Even after playing in the snow for two days, Bella still loved it. She was not getting tired of it all and she’d race to the sliding door whenever I said the word “snow.” It was such a nice break from the normal routine!