vacation calories

April Weigh In

The Prednisone scared me. I’d heard so many horror stories about it. Friends that had taken it for even a short period of time like 2 weeks told me of 20 pound weight gains. I didn’t feel like the Prednisone made me eat any differently than I normally would except for the fact that I was on vacation. It’s hard to divorce the two factors when I stood in front of the scale this morning.

I had to take responsibility for the part I played in whatever the scale said. Yes, I indulged on vacation. I own that.


What? That can’t be right? I lost a pound? I stepped back on the scale again.


A 2 pound difference in 5 seconds? What’s going on with my scale? I wiped it down (in case the microscopic dust was adding ounces LOL). I stepped back on the scale and the next two numbers were in the 144 range so I’m going with that. That was the consistent number.

March Weigh In                     April Weigh In

Hips: 35.5                                 Hips: 35

Waist: 32.5                               Waist: 32.5

Thighs: 18.75                          Thighs: 18.75

Biceps: 12                                Biceps: 12

Weight: 143.6                          Weight: 144.8

I realized that maybe the reason my size 4 jeans were suddenly really tight was all the salt I ate for two weeks. I was sucking down salty food in Arizona like there was no tomorrow. It’s not something I usually crave but I think it was the heat and sweating so much that I wanted salty food. It took about half a week to get over that once I got back to Oregon too. It makes sense that all that salt would cause bloating.

About a 1 pound gain in March. I’m ecstatic about that! It could have been A LOT worse. The fact that I could go on vacation AND take steroids for a week and not really gain weight means I’m doing something right! Yippee!

I own that 1 pound gain. I’m okay with it.

Last night Michael and I made a very healthy dinner. I made a salad for us to eat while we cooked.

I washed and prepped the fresh asparagus and Michael cooked them in the skillet with Grape Seed Oil. If you’ve never tried cooking veggies in Grape Seed oil, give it a try. It’s much more flavorful than olive oil and the food just tastes so much better.

I shredded fresh Parmesan cheese on the asparagus and seasoned it with salt and pepper. Michael cooked the pork chops (boneless) in the skillet with steak seasoning and he nailed it this time. They were perfectly prepared.

It was slightly more than 1 serving but I’m okay with that because it was a good protein and it filled me up.

It was a great, simple dinner. I’m glad the pork turned out well and it made me like pork chops again.

Now that I’ve faced the scale and it wasn’t as bad as I thought I’m making the vow to myself to do better in April. I’ve been lax with my calorie counting and serving sizes. It’s time to be more diligent about that.

QUESTION: Do you often gain weight on vacation?


You Got Talent?

I left off with our Tour de Poulsbo biking adventure. My cousin Kristin grilled up a bunch of different kinds of hot dogs for lunch. I had one smaller hot dog and just a few potato chips. My tooth bothered me all weekend long and I did not enjoy eating any of the amazing food. It was a HOT day on Saturday. The sun was beating down on us and sucking all the moisture out of our bodies. I tried to hydrate as much as I could.

I love our family reunion camp-outs because it’s so comfortable and fun. All the comforts of home (bathroom, shower, electricity) but with a tent!

Saturday Lunch

Here is a picture of my 89 year old Grandma and me shortly after lunch. My Grandma is a very special woman in my life. I have always felt like we were two peas in a pod, or like I somehow was born with her personality and soul. As a result, I have a soft spot for her! She lives in Seattle and I try to visit as much as I can. When I was a teenager, I went to the North Seattle Community College in the Running Start Program (a program where high-school students could go to a local community college instead of high-school to get both high-school and college credit at the same time. Basically I’d take 1 class and get double the credit!). Since I was in the neighborhood, I’d drop by Grandma and Grandpa’s house a few times a week to visit with them.

Grandma and Me

My Grandma was a pretty progressive woman in her day and age! She moved out of her house in her early 20’s with her sister to live in their own apartment. Definitely NOT something an unmarried woman in the 1930’s did! She had a job, was responsible AND a good dancer! She would go dancing every weekend with her sister. What a feisty woman! She married my Grandpa at age 28 and immediately had 5 daughters.

I got to visit with Grandma a bit this weekend and that made me happy. We were all kind of sitting around visiting and talking about the old days. The little kids were racing around playing with water balloons and eventually (and inevitably) the kids started hitting the adults with the water balloons! I fell victim as well:

Water Ballooned!

I got Ballooned!! Honestly, it felt pretty fantastic on such a HOT day! One of my aunt and uncles (who are amazing cooks) brought freshly caught and smoked salmon for people to munch on.

Smoked Salmon

And then Uncle Dick (Master Cyclist) arrived with FRESHLY CAUGHT CRAB and CLAMS from his back yard! Seriously. His backyard is Puget Sound and they get it fresh every day:

Fresh Crab

I love crab. It’s probably one of my favorite “seafood” eatings!

Check out these clams!


Fresh and yummy. I believe the clams were steamed on the grill and they served them without anything. They were so fresh there was no need for butter or sauce at all.

Fresh Clams

They also brought oysters but I passed on those.

The seafood was eaten in record time!


The kids were running through the Sprinkler and I joined them. It was refreshing.

Sprinkler Fun

The rest of the afternoon on Saturday was our family Scavenger Hunt. My Uncle Mike plans the whole thing and we split up into teams competing for the EPIC trophy that’s been in the family for 25 years. There was a water balloon toss, scavenger hunt, trivia and then a talent show! This was Michael’s first experience with my extended family summer gatherings and it was quite the experience! He had a great time though. Here are just a few pictures of the Scavenger Hunt:

Balloon Toss

In the past, we all got really competitive with the Scavenger Hunt. A picture of the other teams:

Talent Show
Talent Show

Sadly, our team did not win. As a team, we really didn’t have any talents. Oh well! It was still fun. Our team came in third, so at least we weren’t last! And dang, I am soooo not a performer! I am mostly shy in group situations and definitely NOT the performing type. Either were my other team mates. Our Team was a bunch of book-nerds who would rather just watch everyone else. And I’m okay with that. 🙂

I Gots No Talent!

Side note: It’s Sunday night now when I’m writing this. We got home today and watched the Tour de France from Saturday and Sunday. Boy, poor Lance!! What a sour ending to a career. I hope he decides to try one more Tour de France so he can leave on a positive note. Check out the video footage of the first crash of the day: OUCH!

QUESTION: Have you been in a talent show? What did you do?