Mar 032014

No, this one ended with happy tears. But let me back up.

For about a month most of us Warrior Room-goers knew there was a super secret plan brewing that was going to take place on Saturday March 1st. What was the secret? A marriage proposal. Under the guise of a “lil warriors” party (i.e. the little kid’s workout).


I’ve been skipping weight lifting and the Warrior Room for the last three weeks because I was sick and then I had tennis elbow. After resting, I was ready to get back at it. And I was glad I was better by the big day! I went to the gym and we had a fantastic workout! But I have to admit, it was kind of hard to not be excited because I knew what was going to happen after the workout. The anticipation was palpable in the room. Everyone there knew what was coming! But the soon-to-be-bride.


The last team workout of the session is picture above. Damn was it hard! After a killer workout already, we all had to hold the plank position while one person did the Battle Ropes. When that person was done, they ran to end of the line and the next person in line had to run to the ropes and so on. It was hard! I’d guess we were holding that plank for at least 2 minutes. Yowza!


The workout ended and people were milling around trying to be casual. Then the little kids that were going to help Ashley proposed to Alexis started filing out of the daycare room holding hands. Each kid had on t-shirt spelling out “Will You Marry Me?”. (I wish I had gotten some better pictures. I was a bit shaky after the workout and was apparently struggling to keep the camera steady!)


How adorable is that? Everyone in the room was sniffing and crying with happiness. It was so cool to include the kids. I was really glad I lingered after the workout to witness such a fun event. It was really cool to be part of it on the other side. It gave me a little insight on the anticipation, nervousness and excitement that Michael must have felt before proposing to me last summer!


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There was champagne, coffee and cinnamon rolls. I had some coffee and a cinnamon roll. That helped my shakiness! It was a great workout and an even better start to the day.

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I burned a ton of calories and felt great afterward! My elbow was good, no issues there. So glad to be back at the gym! Anyways, I wanted to share the happy news of the day! How exciting! Around 4:30 Michael and I headed over to the bar in SE Portland that they rented out for a celebration party. We stopped in for a quick beer and a congratulations before we went to my friend Star’s house for dinner. 

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I made a green salad with sliced apple, avocado, yellow and red peppers and Gorgonzola cheese. Star made a roasted tomato soup and topped it with garlic cheese croutons from Trader Joe’s. They were A-MAZING! Dinner was fantastic and really hit the spot. Dessert was a lemon tart also from Trader Joe’s. 

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I want to talk briefly about this dessert. Besides that it was delicious and wonderful (I love lemon!), the Nutritional Label was ridiculous. Want to know how many calories were in a serving? 420 calories. Want to know how many servings were in the very large, pie-sized tort? The label said 4. Four servings? Looking at it I would guess 8 servings. 4?!?! On what planet? So my dessert serving was around 200 calories, not 420! Talk about faulty labeling.

It was a full, fun, exciting, delicious day. And man was I glad to crawl into bed at the end of it…

Feb 032014

I would rate my weekend food as a solid “C”. I did okay with my calories but nutritionally? Not as great as I could have. It started with a night out with my friend Erika. We grabbed a quick dinner at Pizza Schmizza (it’s so cool that they have my favorite beer on tap! Boneyard!)  and a beer and then we got to see the movie Labor Day with free tickets. It was a pre-release screening and we both really enjoyed the movie. There were parts that were totally cheesy chick-flick type moments, but overall the movie was good and it made me want to read the book. I felt like the pacing of the movie was a little off, but perhaps the book is better at that.

Saturday morning I made it to the Warrior Room for the 90 minute Warrior Workout class. It’s a great class, but the 90 minutes is a bit long for me. I think ideally the perfect length for that class would be like 75 minutes long. It’s a good class because everything is broken up into stations usually, there’s running involved, and so much variety you do not get bored.

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There were box jumps. I kind of hate box jumps. Mostly because the boxes at the Warrior Room are pretty large for what I’m used to. With my knee issues it turns into more of a step up as opposed to a jump. I’m okay with that modification–it’s still a good workout. It was another great class with a high calorie burn:

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Afterward Michael wanted to get burgers for lunch. It’s been ages since we’ve been out for burgers. I can’t remember the last time, perhaps back in October maybe? We went to Foster Burger, one of his favorites. We split an order of small fries and I got the “mini” Foster Burger. It’s a smaller patty. It comes with their special sauce (basically ketchup and mayo), lettuce and pickles, and I added sauteed onion and pepperjack cheese to mine.

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I love that they offer a smaller option. I just wish that the bun was also smaller. Of course, I could have cut off part of the bun to make it smaller like the patty but….I didn’t. The bun is outstanding, too. It’s made from a Vietnamese bakery right next door to Foster Burger. One of these days I’ll go to the bakery and get one of their sandwiches…So my portion was smaller but it still sat heavy.

It was a movie weekend! Michael and I watched two movies–the second Hunger Games movie (which was really, really good) and “American Hustle,” which was also a fun watch. Loved the costumes in both movies. I’m especially excited for part 1 of the Hunger Games finale that comes out this November. Seems so far away! We have a few more Oscar movies to watch now before the event!

We were so full from our burger from lunch that by the time dinner came around, neither of us wanted much. I could have made a good choice–a salad or maybe a snack of an apple sliced up with some raisins and cheese. All things I considered when we talked about dinner. Instead, I conceded to Michael’s suggestion that we just have popcorn for dinner. Not the best, most nutritional choice but at least it was homemade and healthier than microwave popcorn with a bunch or preservatives (at least that’s what I’m telling myself). Michael makes the best homemade popcorn on the stove. I’ve never had better! I add a little bit of salt, melted butter and a little nutritional yeast for a very yummy, savory snack.

I also made brownies, at Michael’s request, gluten free to be exact. I picked up a box of gluten free brownie mix at the grocery store that was on sale. The last time I attempted to make gf brownies from scratch they were so terrible that I tossed them in the garbage pretty much immediately. They were so bad. It kind of turned me off to gf baking to be quite honest, hence the box mix. I’m happy that these were actually delicious!

The brownies were plump and thick, at the same time kind of gooey. Definitely not your traditional gluten-free baked item that feels super dry and dense. It was just like a REAL brownie! I was shocked. Even though it came from a box, I was so happy with the results I will most definitely stick with this brand in the future.

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Yes the brownies tasted just as amazing as they look. I’m really happy with this grocery store find! The package says that there’s 16 servings for 130 calories. When I cut the brownies I got about 13 servings instead making the brownies closer to 200 calories each instead. Still a decent number.

On Sunday I went to yoga (which is a nice recovery workout after the Warrior Room ass-kicking) and then prepped food for the week. Michael made queso for a superbowl snack (which I ended up eating way too much of as well). All in all I could have done better this weekend. I need to tighten things up, stop with the indulging and get back on track!