Sunday supper

The storm is raging tonight and we’re making a serious vat of stew to get us both through a week of lunches. The kale garden thrives!

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Along with our garden greenery, other treats in the stew include: Chicken sausage, chickpeas, delicata squash, brown rice, caramelized onions, beets, lemon, mushrooms, celery, carrots and garlic.

Should be a tasty week. Hope y’all are happy tonight!

Weigh-in Wednesday

Non-stop driving and working and to-do list’ing this week! I was happy to see the EXACT same number on the scale yesterday… down to the tenth of a pound. I’ve been a yo-yo in the weight department this year, so it’s nice to get a grip on consistent habits. Slow and steady is fine with me these days. Nothing drastic, just normal living with normal healthy decisions.

My good pal Anna had me over for lunch earlier this week for this adorable and delicious French-themed lunch. Cheese toasts, tomato soup, garden-fresh tomatoes and salad with Dijon vinaigrette. Perhaps our last lunch date before her babe arrives! Can’t wait to meet Baby Girl Brisbois!

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twelve hour vacation

Did you know I’m kind of obsessed with the Puget Sound? Ocean, islands, mountains, cities and farmland all nestled perfectly together in the corner of our country – I can’t get enough and am always sad to leave. So our one day, lightening fast trip to Seattle on Saturday just left me wanting more. To make the most of our trip, we dashed around to some of my favorite tourist traps.

First stop: Downtown waterfront for a ride on the Great Wheel and trip to Pikes Place Market:

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From there we hit the Fremont neighborhood and Gas Works Park:

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View from Queen Anne:

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On a day predicted to have gale warnings and sideways rain, Mother Nature outsmarted everyone with 70 degree sunny times. Be still my heart. I love you, Seattle.

Back in Portland, however, the rain fell and we ventured into it on Sunday for a sopping wet, cold hike that found us fording creeks and scrambling over log jams in the Oneonta Gorge. Totally worth it though for the mindblowing magic of this place:

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We got back from the Gorge just in time for the Bears game(!!), and even though every part of me wanted to slam a bunch of pizza, we took the healthy road and made fish. (Fish and football? Weird combo.) We paired the fresh cod with an arugula salad and blood orange sauce, courtesy of Pikes Market:

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I ate the salad well before I remembered to photograph it. Oops!

gaining momentum

That three pound weight-loss worked magic on my motivation. I’ve been tracking my food intake like a crazy person and fitting in exercise even when it’s the last (and I mean THE LAST) thing I feel like doing. At the end of each day though, I’m basking in the glory of professional productivity and healthy stamina and decision making.

Yesterday during my lunch break, I walked a mile and a half out on back on the serene Banks-Vernonia Trail, which sits at the foothills of the Coast Range. Look what I found for dessert!

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And here’s the lovely little scene from my lunch date today with my Best Gym Friend Stacey.

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Isn’t it the sweetest?

Now I’m off to my second Zumba class this week! It’s quite possibly the silliest way to sweat, and I absolutely love it. Y’all should have seen us accidentally chicken dancing at Wednesday night’s class. I laughed so hard I almost peed.

Happy Friday, friends! xoxo

saturday paddlin’

I’m typing this post against the backdrop of rare Portland thunder and lightening. The temp has dropped and the sticky Indian summer seems to have passed, leaving all of us education folk relieved to have more comfortable classroom experiences this week. Upon the weatherman’s threats that yesterday was our last chance for an 80+ degree day, we took the canoe out on the Willamette River for some island hopping and sun-soaking, complete with downtown views.

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Weigh-in Wednesday

Only lost one lb this week. Not the best news I’ve ever shared. Nor is it the worst I suppose. Anyone else feeling BLAH this Wednesday night? Maybe it has something to do with the bazillion degree days we’ve been having……

Dare I say I’m looking forward to the return of my trusty Oregon rain?

Ramona Falls

I checked another Oregon destination off my bucket list last weekend – Ramona Falls! The 7 mile loop hike with 1000 feet of elevation gain on Mt. Hood certainly shocked my out-of-shape senses into a major reality check. There was a lot of “are we there yet??” and “my feet hurt!” and “whose idea was this?!?!” and other general huffing, puffing and sweating. But, we did it, and today I’m stronger for doing so.

Mt. Hood, hiding behind the only cloud in the sky:

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And here’s a shot from our first Dinner Club of the new school year (unbelievably this is our third year!)… Megan hosted an Oktoberfest themed feast and Karen brought gluvine. Simply soaked your favorite German sugar cone in 151 rum and light on fire over heated spiced red wine. Zing!

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The night before…

It’s that time of year when I hole up in a Eugene hotel room and force myself to learn my new presentation before unleashing it on a new batch of crazies. Let’s just say I’ll be glad when tomorrow’s seven presentations are under my belt. The bonus of speaking all day long? Consuming copious amounts of water – the work year is such a hydrating time!

And I know this might sound ridic, but I’m seriously patting myself on the back for staying within my daily calorie allowance over the past three days (!!!!). I even Spiralized again last night (shrimp stir fry on zucchini “noodles”)… here she is in action:

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Whatchya all dancing/running/spinning/grooving to these days? Might I recommend the new Great Gatsby soundtrack? Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” will elevate your heart rate instantly.

Weigh-in Wednesday

According to my last official weigh-in back in June I gained seven pounds this summer. No arguing with the scale today, just accepting it and planning my healthy strategy for the coming week. For me, even more than spin class, weight loss and weight management are all about writing it down. I’m back to tracking calories on Myfitness.com, and i’m hoping to see some quick and motivating successes.

Like I mentioned yesterday, here are a few summer shots!

Wildflower hike in Crater Lake Nat’l Park:

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Camp spot in front of Broken Top mountain near Sparks Lake, Oregon:

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Eli garden-tending:

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California Redwoods, Mt. Baldy, near Jaime’s:

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Pool with a view in Bend:

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Filled with gratitude to have played outside with so many wonderful people this summer.

Ok, off to an early Bodypump class!