wednesday weigh-in, minus the weigh-in

After a preliminary post-travel-weekend weigh-in yesterday it became very clear that I need a lifestyle adjustment. My appetite and “celebrating” have definitely spiraled out of control over the past few weeks, which my scale not-so-nicely pointed out.

We got back on track last night with sparkling water, light meatloaf and oven baked onion rings. I am SO grateful E likes to cook and eat healthy with me… he even skipped his nightly beer… whatta dude!

No more weekday wine or chocolate or excessive carbs, I say! This weight gaining must end! Weigh-in Wednesdays will resume next week. 🙂

Here is a list of recent healthy recipes I’ve made, remade, or tasted (thanks to Dinner Clubbers):

Green Tomato Salsa (made with the not-so-ripe Indigo Rose tomatoes)
Cocunut Kale Bowl
Oven Baked Onion Rings
Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Goat Cheese
(ala Lindsay)
Squash and White Bean Soup
(ala Karen)

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Crockpot Applesauce

It’s going to be a chilly and damp weekend for most of us, so do yourselves a favor and fill your homes with my favorite harvest love: Apples and cinnamon! I found this foolproof recipe on skinnytaste.com and will definitely be making more as soon as Batch #1 is gone.

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Crock Pot Applesauce

Ingredients:

8 medium apples (Use a combination of Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Fuji, Gala, etc.)
1 strips of lemon peel – use a vegetable peeler
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
3 inch cinnamon stick
5 tsp light brown sugar (unpacked) – or agave

Directions:

Peel, core, and slice the apples.

Place them in the slow cooker. Add the cinnamon stick, lemon peel and brown sugar.
Set crock pot to low and cook for 6 hours. Stir apples occasionally, apples will slowly become a delicious applesauce. Remove cinnamon stick and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth or if you prefer a chunky sauce, leave sauce intact.

Makes 3 cups.

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

Weigh-in results + Blazers Game!!

Yesterday started off a bit rough; I was up TWO pounds at weigh-in this week. Can I help that we’ve had E’s birthday lemon meringue pie hanging around the kitchen all week? Guys, the pie was MADE WITH FRESH LEMONS. Pie like this must be eaten everyday, right? That’s what I thought. (And did I mention his brother’s German chocolate birthday cake or the vegan cupcakes rounding out the party spread? Serious celebration sweet treats.)

Yeah, so naturally I had big gym plans last night to make up for the gain… Nicole and I have been going to Bodypump together on Wednesdays, so that was our intent.

And then a E got free last-minute box-seat tickets to the first preseason Blazers game at the Rose Garden. (Gym plans derailed, completely.) Free food and wine? Yes, please! It was a super fun and fancy night of spontaneous luxury and basketball…

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And the Blazers beat Denver; the perfect start to what will hopefully be a successful season [with us in the crowd]!

Stay tuned for a super tasty and easy harvest Crockpot recipe tomorrow!

Weigh-in Wednesday + another salad

Stayed the same! I completely contribute this victory to spin classes for five of the past six days. No way would I have been able to match the relentless indulgence from the ‘party weekend!’ without it. **Major sigh of relief**

Tonight’s menu: Salmon, acorn squash and broccoli salad. I’m only responsible for the salad, though, so here it is:

Blanched broccoli, red pepper, red cabbage, chopped salami, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds

Dressing (made in an almost-empty spicy mustard bottle): Olive oil, apple cider vinegar, 1/2 T of mayo, dash of maple syrup – Shake it!

…and now that I see it, I realize I forgot the red onion and parsley. Back to the kitchen I go…

party weekend!

Spin class tonight nearly killed me. Don’t you hate it when Monday physically hurts? That’s where I was today; wondering if I’d done any permanent damage with my over-consumption during the past few days. Thanks to Chrisanthi for helping me reset my inner and outter strength during our 60 minute class. Back in control and veggie saute for dinner!

Besides the amazing food cart treats (pizza and tacos!) at Megan’s wedding, E + I ate out three separate times this weekend. We revisited a favorite sushi spot in Sellwood; giant pieces of fish with miso and sake on the side. Saburo’s is truly the best.

Now I need to sleep before I go rifle through the fridge again. 🙂

snobby italian chopped salad

Jamie and Jesse are throwing a party in Boston tonight. Sadly I am on the other side of the country and must live vicariously through text messages and Instagram posts. The party theme? Snobbery! Bring something you’re snobbish about. How fun is that? As of last night, their plan was to make homemade flour tortillas (by Jesse) and cupcakes (by Jamie). Both are total pros at their respective dishes.

What do I feel particularly snobby about?

Salad. Specifically salad dressing.

Carol taught me a long time ago that homemade is the only way to go when it comes to flavoring up a salad. I’ve been whisking and shaking up the good stuff ever since.

Last night I took an Italian chopped salad to Megan’s pre-wedding picnic at Laurelhurst park, and it seemed to be a fan favorite. In a bowl put the following foods (chopped small):

Red cabbage, cucumber, red pepper, celery, parsley, salami, provolone cheese, pepperoncinis, garbanzo beans, sunflower seeds

Mustard vinaigrette dressing: Olive oil, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, spicy mustard, S + P (I didn’t measure anything; just add stuff until it tastes tasty!)

No pics, sorry!

What would you take to the snob party?

Weigh-in + flowers

Oopsies, forgot to blog Wednesday Weigh-in – down one pound! Yipeeeeeeeeee!

Occasionally during the summer months I complain about being bored and aimless. And then September and October show up and literally make me dizzy with activity. This week alone I drove about 700 miles, gave 15 presentations and attended multiple Spin and Bodypump classes. I’m so grateful to have a lifestyle and career that allow for balance.

I’m also grateful to have so many reasons to celebrate this weekend: Megan’s wedding(!!), Emily’s housewarming and the Annual Sohlman/Peterson Pumpkin Patch Day. Happy people and good food scheduled for nearly every minute of my much anticipated days off.

In other news, I’ve become a bit obsessed with fresh-cut flowers; I’m even budgeting for them now, which is silly. But seriously, check out this giant bouquet of gladiolas I scored for SIX DOLLARS today!

And these wild ones at Mount St. Helens last weekend (apparently you can get a pretty nice fine for picking out there… 🙂 …)

Can’t wait to see what Megan has for flowers tomorrow!

Happy first weekend of October! Love you all!

St. Helens!

We did the tourist thing on Sunday and drove out to Mount St. Helens. It was another beautiful trip of outrageous scenery, lakeside picnicing and wildflower collecting.

me and the volcano

lunch log on toutle lake

ham and pickle sammy

these leggings are both inside out AND on backwards… took me all day to figure that out

I’m keeping up with my gym visits each day but have also been consuming without much abandon. The number on the scale is definitely NOT moving (in either direction), but I’m happy and feeling strong. Really strong, actually. All this Bodypumping has been fantastic for my flexibility and stability. Can’t wait to do it up with Nicole tomorrow night. Tonight though seems like a good one for Spin. Salad for dinner!