Weigh-in Wednesday

Down another pound! Calorie counting (not necessarily staying within calories everyday, but at least counting them) and dedication to movement (either outside or in the gym) are the not-so-obvious secrets to a successful week. After cycle class on Saturday morning Corianne and I did an urban hike straight up the West Hills. Four miles on foot after an hour in the gym? Silly, silly idea. But, I got to hang out with this fuzz pup, and she’s the best. Say hi to Margo!

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I swear if one more friend of mine gets a Golden Retriever puppy I might explode. Fuzzy face!

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Weigh-in (Friday)

I forgot to pack my scale so weigh-in was delayed until my return. And I must have done something right over the past two weeks — even with a couple special indulgences in Bend — because I was down a pound from last weigh-in! All that time away from my own kitchen and routine had me pretty nervous for today’s results.

Did I mention how beautiful Bend was? I’m talking 70+ degrees and sunny every afternoon. Let’s just say conditions like that make it difficult to work. And it was even harder to force myself into a 4pm cycle class, but here I sat in a windowless room in the Bend Athletic Club on Wednesday:

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I used the exercise to buy myself a few more calories for these local treats:

OMGOSH! THE OCEAN ROLL FROM SPARROW BAKERY IS POSSIBLY THE BEST THING I’VE EVER EATEN. Seriously, people. Flaky bun with crispy sugar center, seasoned with crushed cardamom. It may not look extraordinary, but this treat is famous among Bend folk (a line out the bakery door, for real). Let’s just say it’s a very, VERY good thing you can’t find these in Portland.

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And here is my tried and true Bend favorite: Jackson’s Corner’s Fall Salad (can you believe that’s a half order!?) with 1/2 Bacon/Lettuce/Beet sandwich on Sparrow Bakery’s Miche bread. Best when eaten on a picnic table in the sun.

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Happy Friday, y’all!

satisfied soul

I shook that nasty cold last week just in time to enjoy some really wonderful life happenings. And fortunately I was healthy enough to get back into the gym for Spin class on Saturday and Sunday, which was loooong overdue (and reaaaally painful).

Ok, Friday first. Eli surprised me with tickets to the Bodyvox Body Opera Files, an exhilarating combo of live big band covers of Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Sister Rosetta Tharpe tunes paired with experimental/contemporary dance in a really rad warehouse space in Northwest Portland. I LOVE SONG AND DANCE!! And if you do too, you should really buy tickets. And take me with you because I’d love to see it again.

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And then much of Saturday and Sunday were dedicated to prepping for Dinner Club which I hosted on Sunday night. (Thank you a million times to Eli for assisting me in all shopping, decorating and cooking operations). I chose the Day of the Dead theme because it’s one of my favorite aesthetics, and I’d been wanting an excuse to try my hand at mole sauce.

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In addition to the mole (find the delicious, surprisingly user-friendly recipe here), other Clubbers brought guacamole, confetti salsa, taquitos, polenta, rice, plantains, Tres Leches cake and spiced sangria. (Yes, I’ve been strictly counting calories since then.)

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And then… there was last night… one of my favorite experiences in recent memory. Long story short:

I had presentations with a familiar teacher in the middle of nowhere Washington, and she invited me to her family ranch to take a walk and meet her animals after work. During my visit to her beautiful home, her husband came home with a fresh salmon he caught 30 minutes prior, and they invited me to stay for dinner. (Fresh grilled salmon?! YES!!!) While he cooked for us, we listened to music and carved pumpkins and drank wine while we questioned why it’s taken this many years to become real friends. Say hi to Mo!

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And now I’m in Bend, currently sitting in my hotel room with enough time to document all of this. Before I checked in I climbed up Pilot Butte to see the sunset. While I sat sweaty at the top, listening to the new Dr. Dog album, I couldn’t help but smile at how blessed and grateful I am to have so much beauty to see and beautiful people know.

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Here’s my favorite tree up there… I love its personality.

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Let’s reschedule

Since I’m calling in sick to everything else today, I’m going to play the same card for Weigh-in Wednesday. I haven’t been to the gym since Friday, and then I got socked with this wacky snot system right in the middle of an indulgent weekend of eats and drinks. Basically, I’m terrified of the scale today, and I don’t have the strength to sweat out the anxiety a weight gain would leave me with. 

Today I’m going to focus on staying within calories by staying upstairs in bed and out of the kitchen. 

 

Crab Trap ceviche

To celebrate Eli’s birthday this past weekend, we borrowed a couple crab traps, bought some bait, and crossed our fingers while we fumbled through our first-ever dock-crabbing expedition in Garibaldi on Tillamook Bay. The weather and sunset were some of the best I’ve experienced on the Oregon Coast.

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After about four hours of tending to our traps and rings, we’d caught nearly a hundred little guys and three legal size keepers. Once cooked, cracked and cleaned, we’d harvested about a pound of meat. It was the perfect amount for Crab Trap ceviche to kick off the birthday dinner!

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Crab meat, avocado, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil and S + P

kinda fancy lunch

Cherry Sprout, the produce market around the corner, is selling chanterelle mushrooms for $9/pound right now. So of course I can barely stay away. I grabbed a couple off the shelf this afternoon for my English muffin broiler pizzas for lunch.

Chanterelle kale pizzas with fresh mozz and cherve! Two filling halves for under 250 calories.

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Weigh-in Wednesday

Stayed the same. Not surprising when one considers my diet this past week. Pizza, cheeseburgers and pie over the weekend. And the real deal-sealer came on Monday night while we indulged in complimentary nachos, wings, popcorn and wine from box seats at the Blazers game. Why are bad decisions so much fun?!

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I’ve been a star dieter the last two days though (staying within calories, gasp!), so naturally I anticipate big progress when I try the scale again tomorrow. 🙂

krugers and kayaks

Saturday was a mandated mental health day. Because work has me all over Oregon and Washington these days, I’ve been craving some casual time at home to walk around my neighborhood and make food for the freezer. It was relaxing and rejuvenating, and now I have some ready-to-roll pizza dough prepped for future dinnertime awesomeness. Remember, when in doughy doubt use Mandy’s perfected recipe here!

And since today (Sunday) began sunny with the promise of 70+ degree weather, Eli and I ventured up highway 30 to Sauvie Island for a trip through Kruger’s farm and corn maze. It turns out that a super sunny morning is not the most exciting time of day to work through sea of corn. But hey, at least we got to play with 20 pound cabbage heads!

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The real scene-stealer of the day was our spontaneous trip to Scappoose Bay Kayaks, a business that recently merged with Eli’s employer. The dudes running the joint were just the greatest and let us take a couple boats out, free of charge. Now my lips are totally sunburned and my arms, wrists and even fingers are sore. According to Myfitness.com, kayaking for three hours burns a few hundred calories – yes!

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Weigh-in Wednesday

Grrrrrr. Boo. Wah wah wah! 

Really thought I was going to lose at least two this week; I mean, the scale was looking so promising yesterday!

Only down one though. 

delicious fall

Trader Joe’s has been torturing me with pumpkin themed samples for the past few weeks. And then Anna whipped out some absolutely perfect ginger-pumpkin cookies after our lunch date on Tuesday. So now that October is official, I jumped into the game with these light pumpkin muffins. I followed Dr. Oz’s recipe (click here!) and tweaked it a bit with less sweetener and oil than he calls for, and I added about 1/3 cup of dried cranberries and 1/2 teaspoon of ginger. I think mine have about 150 calories a piece. If you’re counting you’ll notice I ate one when they were hot out of the cooker. 🙂

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Dinner tonight features one of my favorite fall treats: Chanterelle mushrooms! Eli is going to be pretty psyched to see these sauteed and paired with fresh pan roasted cod and kale salad.

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Eating light tonight to prep for Weigh-in Wednesday tomorrow… I’m excited for this one… fingers crossed!!!