Posted on | July 3, 2013 | No Comments
It’s official the scale at the gym says I have gained ten pounds. Jim and Rob told me that the scale is off to try to get me to stay a member of the JCC (And I’ve never trusted balance scales anyway) but nonetheless I have to confront the fact that I’ve eaten at least 3 orders of fried pickles and a snowball a day since I moved to New Orleans. Time to get back to basics! I am going to be working out regularly and eating a cleaner diet! 80/20 Healthy/ treats is my plan and I will use the blog to stay accountable. I’m excited to keep track of diet and exercise and get back to what this blog started as. BEST HELP YOURSELF!
Workouts this week:
Friday – Pilates Sculpt at JCC
Sat 45 min elliptical workout at JCC
Sun Jilllian 6 week 6 pack Level 2
Monday 10 min on treadmill and a relax and stretch class at JCC
Tuesday Jillians Yoga Meltdown and Swim @ JCC 45 min before we got lightenin’d out
Wednesday (TODAY) Walked for 90 minutes around the museum and walked the dogs twice so far (it’s a rest day)
I’m really getting my use out of the JCC gold membership!! Jimmy made the plans today and they consisted of making use of the free admission to the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) on Wednesday’s and then hitting up Mother’s (famous for their World’s best baked ham)
We started the morning by filling up our gas tank and getting the free car wash that came with a 10gallon+ fill up. We’ve been parking under a tree with falling flowers and our car was still pretty dirty from the cross country drive so it was time to wash up!
After that we went straight to the NOMA and walked around exploring all 3 stories filled with amazing paintings and all kinds of craftsmanship. The museum is in the middle of City Park which has unlimited attractions (sports fields, tennis courts, a lake/canal where people kayak, walking trails, sculpture garden, arboretum type thing). We had planned to go to at least the sculpture garden since we went there last year but after carefully looking at all the things in the museum for over an hour I was famished and needed to eat.
We had only had banana bread (made a couple loaves last night) for breakfast so we sped over to Mother’s and stood in the mile long line to split a Ferdi special po boy, some French fries and turnip greens. The Ferdi is all three of Mother’s meats- pulled pork, ham and roast beef with cabbage, creole mustard, mayo and pickles covered in debris gravy. SOooo good. I ate like a wild animal and got sandwich and greens all over my face and shirt. Then, if that wasn’t enough I cajoled Jim into taking us to Creole Creamery next! It was absolutely unreal. We’d seen it on the food network but I promise you it is worth a trip to New Orleans just to try these amazing flavors. Jim got Blueberry Mojito (I DIE) and Mango Unchained which was Mango icecream with honey, cayenne and southern comfort. I tried a 4 flavor mini sampler of Summer Corn, Champagne Violet, Peanut Butter Fudge Pie and Brown Butter Pecan. Somehow even better than the flavors themselves is the texture-I’ve never had anything so smooth in my entire life (and the pecan was gritty and buttery in a way I can’t explain). I now know what ice cream is supposed to taste like and MY GOODNESS THE SORBET. Jim’s blueberry mojito was the star- you just have to try it. I’m gaining weight. That is all.
Now we’re home and walked the dogs again J Jimmy bought me a book about a past exhibit at the NOMA on Disney Fairytales and the Making of- it is so cool and I learned that the Princess and the Frog is set in New Orleans-really want to watch it now!! Soon we’ll be off to the coffee shop to get more pictures online and post to my blog. Then we’re going out to get a drink and see some fireworks at a festival tonight. We decided to try to get internet tomorrow instead of tonight because of all the running around we’re doing. I know that before we get jobs here we just have to take it all in and enjoy the city. That’s another reason I’ve been going to the JCC so often-make use of the free time before I have to work. Here’s to health and happiness! Every day I feel so blessed to be living in NOLA with my best friend and to have the support of our families and friends. I love you all! More posts and pictures coming soon!
Posted on | June 26, 2013 | No Comments
Saturday I woke up in El Paso and absolutely murdered the hot breakfast bar. It was so hot and delicious (best refried beans I’ve ever had!!! waffles in the shape of texas!!) that I went back twice (once for Jim who was sleeping HE COULDNT MISS IT!) and would have made many more trips if the kitchen staff hadn’t offered me a tray to carry my haul on the second time through! On the agenda was to travel back up into New Mexico on the Carlsbad Cavern Highway! It was the only excursion that I really cared about the took us of a direct route to Louisiana (besides hanging out in LA a couple days).
The car was acting up a lot and what should have taken us 2.5 hours took up more like 3.5 because there were way more hills (we had to drive through a mountain range) than we expected and we could only drive around 40 mph with the service engine NOW light blinking. There were more than a few moments when Jim was wondering if it was a responsible decision to push the Jimmy so hard just to see some caverns that were out of our way. There was a weird border patrol checkpoint where they asked us some questions including our “citizenship”. After missing our turn and having to double back Jim and I were both a little weary about our decision to go to the caverns…the hilly, windy 6 miles to actually get up to them didn’t help , but once we got down there we were thrilled. We walked in the cool, dark caverns for more than an hour and it was unbelievably beautiful and amazing! Something everyone should see!
Down in the caverns I started craving cake and this craving would only intensify before I was able to get some. There was only one working elevator down in the carverns so we had to wait in about a 40 minute line to get out of the caverns but it was so worth it and we enjoyed checking out the gift shop at the top afterwards when there were less people! We left the caverns and were hit with a renewed heat that made me feel faint (and more hungry) after walking only about a .25 mile to the car. By this time I was very hungry and wanted cake. We drove back down into Texas hoping to get to San Antonio but the hills were killing our gas mileage. My GPS said there was cheap gas nearby so we bypassed one gas station in hopes of going to the one 30 miles down the road but the GPS must have been wrong becasue the gas station didn’t come. We were on the 285-south headed towards the I-10 and pulled off onto the 307 towards the tiny town of Mentone hoping they had gas. It was a ghost town and when we turned back around to get on the main 285 towards Pecos, TX we ran out of gas before we got very far.
Luckily after freaking out for only a few minutes (10-15) a family in a pickup truck offered to drive Jim to go find gas and I was left alone in the Jimmy with the doors locked, windows up and a pounding chest. Turns out it was an off duty officer who called Pecos Police dept (16 miles south) and drove around Mentone looking for another officer who had keys to the fuel reserve there. Jim got dropped off back at our car and shortly after another deputy came and put 5 gallons of gas in our tank. Ten minutes later on our way to Pecos we got pulled over by a Pecos officer we’d seen speeding past us to where we’d broken down. He seemed angry that he didn’t get to help us and interrogated us to make sure somehow hadn’t been pulling his chain. We filled up in Pecos and made it to the I-10 where I excitedly looked up an IHOP (we were both starving and hadn’t eaten since 10 am- its now 10pm)
WE MISSED THE IHOP exit and I literally cried over an ihop knowing the next town was miles and miles away. We looked it up on the phone and Ozona was 100 miles away so that’s where we decided to eat and stay for the night-both drained from the day’s events. We checked in at the America’s Best Value inn in Ozona around 1230 am and asked the owner (an oompa loompa) where there was 24 hr food. The only place was a gas station but it was oddly buzzing with people for the hour of the night. I got chips, candy, ice cream, a lunchable and a corndog (sadly no cake) and then made Jim go back once I realized I got Baked Lays instead of the full fat kind (I’m a bad person). We feel asleep eating gas station food for dinner and watching Iron Chef around 2 a.m. This was the only hotel we stayed at the entire time where checkout was at 11 am. I had miraculously set my alarm for 10:45 before knowing this and we booked it out of there so we didn’t have to pay for staying extra.
Sunday was a blur! We knew we had to get out of Texas and Jim and I myself both swore it off for life. We joke that “Everything is bigger than Texas, EVEN A MILE” because it seemed like Texas stole all our gas, had neverending hills and just generally sucked. We ate Dinner at Schobels a German Restaurant and I tried Flounder Almondine and wished they had cake on the menu. Then we wasted a half an hour looking for cake at a Walmart that wasn’t a supercenter, a drugstore and a gas station. Later that night I even looked up sonic, the waffle house and burger king’s dessert menu online to see if they had cake. I got a chicken blt salad at burger king and a large fry and cried myself to sleep. Just kidding we stayed in Sulphur Louisiana (had to get out of Texas) in the second nicest hotel of the trip (a Marriot Fairfield), got burger king around 1130pm after asking the front desk where to find food.
We woke up and were so happy to be HOME- in Louisiana that is- GPS said we were 3.5 hours away from NOLA but that turned into 5 when there was a serious downpour and we had to find a place to get a new windshield wiper! Luckily we stopped to get the wiper at a Walmart supercenter and I was reunited with my long lost friend CAKE! I got a chocolate cupcake for 88 cents and 12 mini vanilla cupcakes for 2.50. Things were right in the world!!
Up next- our first stops once in Metairie, the horrors of getting our stuff into a second story storage unit, and a scene like out of a movie- Grace and I ran to each other and she jumped into my arms- that’s happiness!!
Posted on | June 21, 2013 | No Comments
Hello again! Continuing on our journey I want to bring you up to speed on our last night in LA (technically Los Feliz which is an offshoot of Hollywood) which was Wednesday. While planning the trip I wrote down about thirty restaurants that Jim and I would like to try and one of them was a “heatseekers” restaurant in Hollywood off of the Food Network because I know that my Jimmy loves spicy food. We woke up in our Hotel in Hollywood Wednesday morning and met up with Tanya who prepared us a delicious breakfast of eggs with scallions, crispy potatoes with cheese, toast, fruit, and avocado. I ate a lot (sooo good) and then snacked on some gummy worms while we tried to figure out what to do with our suv with the uhaul attached. From my experience in just two days in LA we found that parking is pretty such impossible when you need to take up two spots on residential streets (or anywhere). Tanya and Chris were kind enough to let us park the uhaul in there sole parking space behind their building and then we just had to find two separate spots for the cars- our Jimmy and her Santa Fe. Shortly after breakfast we left the Jimmy SUV with Chris so he could get to work later and took Tanya’s car on a tour of where Tanya and Jim grew up (and where Jim was born). They took me on an awesome 2 hour tour of Arcadia, Monrovia and Duarte and I got to see when Jim’s late Grandpa used to live and where he lived for a time and spent all his childhood Christmas’s and family gathering.
During the tour Jim and Tanya taught me many “Leshons” and I am so happy I got to see where they spent there formative years. It means a lot to me that I can now visual what Jim is talking about when he talks about his elementary and middle school years. After the wonderful tour we stopped by the mall to look through the gigantic Forever 21 and get a snack before heading back to Hollywood Blvd. I picked up some See’s candy that ended up melting the next day in the 108 degree desert. Jim, Tanya and I shared some pretzel bites from Auntie Anne’s that made me feel right at home since I have an Auntie Ann! Then I bought some jalapeno cheese popcorn and we wondered around the giant mall for about an hour. It has a giant two story carousel in the middle of the food court- that’s how big it is!
After the mall we all went straight to Lucky Devil so that we could eat. Jim got the Diablo Burger featured on the show “heatseekers” and I got the regular cheese burger but it was far from regular! Both burgers were delicious and my upgrade to rosemary fries (instead of house chips) lefts nothing to be desired. NOTHING! The burgers were both seasoned perfectly and we would go back in a heatbeat..see what I did there?
Then after Jim and I ate at Lucky Devil we all went to Chris’s work (an upscale bar called Wood and Vine) to get hooked up with free drinks. The bar comped us some free bread and truffle chips and then Jim and I looked at the menu and couldnt resist getting a few apps: I got the toast with goat cheese, orange honey, wild greens, and roasted figs. It was one of the most decadent things I have ever eaten. JIm got the chef’s choice charcuterie platter feat. 3 gourmet cheeses, pork pate and prociutto with more delicious crusty bread. It was also a huge hit and I loved the gouda in ways I didn’t know I could. Something funny to mention is that Jim and I weren’t able to change clothes before heading to Wood and Vine because Chris had our car so we were the most underdressed in the joint and looked like okies raving about the food and me smacking my lips and raving about the food/ eating with my hands. oops, heehee! After we ate on the beautiful patio we moved inside to the bar and were comped drink after drink for hours since Tanya was looking extra hot and “knew” the bartender. I had a smoky whiskey drinks, and a strawberry vodka, and a glass of red wine that had hints of cola. I got a little tipsy and overheated so Tanya and I stepped outside and ended up talking girly things for almost an hour while Jim was left at the bar to make friends on his own. Hi Nate! We left the bar around midnight and I ended up falling asleep almost immediately in Tanya’s bed.
Alas, I awoke around 8:30 Thursday and puttered around and painted my fingernails until Jim woke up (10 am) and it was time to say Farewell, hook the uhaul back up and make our way to Tucson (so I thought). I had a clif bar to hold me over and we didn’t stop until about 1 pm when Jim and I were feeling ready for lunch. I got the fitfare egg white omlette and Jim got the Macho Nacho burger! It was a quick stop and then it really hit us.
WE ARE IN THE DESERT. I watched the temperature climb from 98 degrees to 108 as we left California and drove through Arizona WITH NO A/C. I died, became completely bitchy and then decided to look on the bright side and hold the insulated bag (that drips icy water) on my lap. I also held ice, put ice cubes in my hat, poured water on Jim and myself and drink as much fluid as I could. It made it a tiny bit better. We stayed for the night in a Motel 6 in Tucson (because I couldn’t make it without a/c a mile further). I decided we should stay there because of its proximity to CARAMBA- a mexican restaurant recommended to me by a good friend. We checked in, walked half a block for delicious food and then walked back. I got the Chicken enchiladas but the highlight was the fresh salsa bar, horchata, and GIANT cheese crisp! In the hotel room I blogged, called my parents, and then relaxed and watched an hour of so of Horrible Bosses before falling asleep in Jimmy’s arms.
TODAY, Friday, Jim was the man and woke up at 7 and then 8 to call auto places to we could get our A/C fixed before we left tucson…believe me it was a necessity! You can see my review on yelp for the story of our smooth a/c repair. I felt a little ill when I woke up – maybe it was the mexican food and Sangria from the night before? but decided to forge through, shower and leave for the auto place asap so we had a better chance of getting car fixed quick and on the road.
During the short time our car was being fixed Jim and I walked to CAN’T STOP SMOKING BBQ where I got the carnitas combo plate with mustard greens, spinach mashed potatos and an unsweetened iced tea. Jim got a spicy pulled pork sandwich and we were both really glad we chose to stop there. After lunch is was 11:20 and we decied to walk a mile to a movie theater to kill time because the car wasn’t supposed to be done till 3 pm. We walked about a third a mile during which time felt like I was going to collapse in the heat. I sat down at a couple bus stops and joked with Jim that I was seeing mirages and was liable to walk in front of a semi truck where I saw a lake. Then we got a call around 11:30 (barely into the walk) that our car was ALREADY DONE! So we turned back ( I forced us to stop for a cold drink at a gas station even though we’d barely been out in the heat). I also made Jim stop and sit under some misters on a rocking chair outside at Cracker Barrel. We finally ( it took like ten minutes) made it back , paid what was due at the auto place and took off for El PASO TX.
On the way to El Paso I ate my leftover BBQ and we stopped at the few rest stops. New Mexico scenery was pretty boring and we stayed under the speed limit because of a tip-off from a Friend Jim made at Wood and Vine. We lost an hour in New Mexico and got hungry around 5pm MST so I threw us together some avocado turkey slamwiches with stuff I brought from Eugene and as well as lifted gas station condiments. When we got to El Paso we went right to Kiki’s Mexican for “The best thing I ever ate” Food Network highlight. Jim got Aaron Sanchez’s recommendation the Brisket Machaca and I got the green chile con queso chicken enchiladas. Now we are in the nicest hotel we have stayed in yet! Hawthorne Suites- and we are on the third floor with a great view of the uhaul! Going to bed pretty soon!$ We’re headed to Carlsbad Carverns in New Mexico tomorrow and ending in San Antonio.
More to come. I love you all!
p.s. I know I am a horrible blogger for not having pictures to accompany this amazing adventure. I know.
Posted on | June 20, 2013 | No Comments
IT HAPPENED! JIM AND I HAVE BEGUN OUR DRIVE ACROSS COUNTRY TO SETTLE IN NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA!
After a week of barely seeing each other, packing like maniacs, and trying to soak up as much time as possible with family and friends, Jim and I left my hometown of Eugene, OR Monday June 17th around 2:30 p.m.
We have adopted the phrase “We’re in God’s Pocket” because of all the good fortune we encountered before we left. First, we got a great deal on a 1996 GMC Jimmy when Jim traded in his Chrysler Sebring. Then I got a bigger than expected U-Haul when I went to pick up the small size with my dad he noticed the tire’s were bald and we got a free upgrade for the weekend price of $124 dollars! THEN …ok I won’t go on and on but I spent substantially less money than expected to get the U-, electrical hook-up, after market c-d player, and everything ready for the car before we left.
Driving away from our families was tough and I was crying until Cottage Grove about how blessed he have been and continue to be. I miss my family and even Eugene so much already but at the same time I feel like I really am ready for this big change. I never thought I could really drive away from my parents without worrying myself sick, but somehow I’ve done it, maybe I’m maturing? The longest amount of time I’ve ever been out of Eugene is 3 weeks . Already, after having only been to Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Phoenix I feel that when I go back to Eugene it will feel tiny in comparison.
Before Jim picked me up in the car Monday afternoon I had breakfast with my mom (she made bacon and eggs) and we ran errands such as cashing some checks and buying ice for the insulated bag with lunch meat I was taking. Then Tara came over to say good-bye and my mom was nice enough to make me another delicious meal before I left- BBQ Hamburgers! I ate mine with mustard and pickles and Jim scarfed one down before we left as well. We said our tearful goodbyes and made our way South on I-5. I brought a lot of snacks for the trip almonds, sunflower seeds, dried fruit, goldfish, peanut pretzels, gummy worms, clif mojo bars, apples, bananas, avocados, bread etc. so that held us over until about 8:30 p.m. thanks to the hamburger lunch. We stopped in Redding, CA for a pizza and salad dinner at Mary’s Pizza Kitchen after I saw a billboard that said “MARYLICIOUS!!” Then we powered on (Jim driving) and we didn’t stop until I dropped around 1 AM. We got some terribly expensive gas and stayed at a Motel 6 in Stockton, CA. The plan was to get as close to LA as possible so we could get there asap the next day to meet Jim’s sister Tanya. Unfortunately someone *cough* eh hem* (me) can’t sleep in the car or else Jim could have definitely pulled a red eye since he’s used to night shift. I tried to pass out immediately after walking into the motel room and wasn’t too kind to Jim when we asked me what time he should set the alarm for.
On Tuesday we woke up around 10 a.m. and went to Anderson’s Pea Soup for Lunch. It was crazy because I’ve been there before with my family on a Disneyland Caravan and Jim and I were getting hungry around Santa Nella and I just looked up and saw it! I had a rich boy club and Jim had a Reuben and pea soup with all the fixins. We’ve been having a lot of fun making a big deal whenever we pass a Denny’s (just for kicks since they are everywhere) and there was one right next to Anderson’s that we had fun yelling about as we left Santa Nella.
We made it to Tanya’s late afternoon and she greeted us with her tiny kitten and a cool breezy living room to relax in after driving in the California sun. I ate an apple and PB then we went on a four mile hike and out to the Noodle place.
After we ate we decided to go be Tourists on Hollywood Blvd. It took us what seemed like hours to find a place to park the Jimmy with the U-Haul and we ended up paying 30$ to park it in a supervised lot overnight next to our hotel and right off the BLVD. PRIME LOCATION! Then we bar-hopped with Tanya until we met up with her BF Chris, bar hopped a little more and ended the night with Chris and Tanya murdering Jim and I at darts! They dropped me off at the hotel around 1:20 am so I could get some sleep and the 2 guys and Tanya went back to Tanya’s to vid out a little before Jim got dropped off back at the hotel when he got tired hours later. I was safe and sleeping and only woke up for a second when we came home and gave me a kiss goodnight. I stood outside the hotel in the cool air for 2 minutes alone when I got dropped off and was promptly approached by a pimp (literally) so I went inside pretty quick and ran to my room looking over my shoulder.
Day 3 coming tomorrow! Tanya made up all breakfast and then we went on a tour of Jim and Tanya’s childhood, to the huge mall in Arcadia, and out to dinner and bars to celebrate Jim and my last night in LA. LOTS OF PICS COMING.
Love you mom and dad!
Posted on | May 22, 2013 | No Comments
Why is it so hard? Why didn’t anybody tell me how much you have to sacrifice?
To move from Eugene Oregon to New Orleans Louisiana is a huge ordeal. Anybody can move as a kid and blow all their money and move back in with parents. But how do you move as an adult human being? Taking complete responsibility for oneself is part of the game.
All I can do is pretend. Right? Aren’t we all pretending to be adults. We have to put behind us our beautiful imaginations and most of our dreams and in the end just live up to some standard of ourselves that we don’t disown. We are all we have. Here I am crying thinking of leaving my parents home. For the second time. I’m a college graduate for god’s sake. Does that mean anything? NO! Awwwww, shit.
I’ve come to the conclusion that there are two ways to live:
People that live only for themselves. They believe that their own happiness is the most important and their actions help them to create an atmosphere of growth and creativity around themselves at all times. They don’t compromise their values for any circumstances but instead uphold their ethical standards to the point that they may suffer for them.
People that live only for others. They model their lives after God/ Jesus and believe that selflessness is the greatest gift you can give to humanity. These people look after the lowliest of the human race that all others hold in disdain/contempt. I really think that these are the people who are doing it right. I just wish I could be one of these people.
I just heard something on the radio by Amy Grant a Christian Music singer. She was talking about a lunch party she had with friends and one of her friends asked her about one of her children that had recently gone off the wrong path. Her friend asked her if she cared more for her unruly child or for her lunch guests. Amy Grant replied, There is no question, I would lay down my life for my child, I don’t mind how he had been acting, that doesn’t matter.” Amy Grant’s friend responded , “That is how God thinks about each and every one of us-He would lay down his life for his children without a question.”
Hearing this anecdote on the local Christian music station caused me to burst into tears and proclaim my Gratitude to God out loud. I AM SO GRATEFUL. I AM SO LUCKY. I AM SO BLESSED! I’m leaving the place where I was born, where my parent’s have always lived, and where I always thought I would call my own home. Eugene, Oregon is too small but how do I explain why I want to leave one of the most beautiful city’s and state’s right when Summer (the best season) is beginning. I swear I’ve heard more people call Eugene “Paradise” this season than I ever have before. But I want to turn the corner and see something new for the first time in my life! I deserve it! I was born to explore!
So being an adult human being and moving across country? I guess that means faking some kind of confidence. It means finishing out my work in Eugene with all of my effort and looking ahead with postivity. It means giving everything I have and not just going through the motions. It means planning, and packing and saving and then just doing. Why don’t I feel 23? And then there will come a time when I’m supposed to look everyone in the face and tell them________….. I can’t say “goodbye” I’ll just say “see you later”
I’ve never been much of a girl for change and this is about to be the biggest change I’ve ever experienced in my life…I’m scared and excited..it’s all part of growing up right!?
Posted on | May 5, 2013 | No Comments
On Friday after work I was driving away from the rest of the staff after we ate lunch together around 2 p.m. and I had had a great day so far. But my attitude was about to take a turn for the worse.
I was all packed up and ready to go to my BF Jim’s for the weekend and then I thought of all the things I had to do before I got there and stress started to get the best of me. The annoying thing to me about this looking back is that my day at work wasn’t even particularly hard or bad. I love my coworkers and I love holy cow…guess I’ll chock it up to hormones?
I ran an errand and text Jim something like “I don’t know how to go though one more stop at a red light without imploding, wish I could fly to your house.”I was on the east side of Eugene and he lives in deep West Eugene and I had just missed the expressway ramp so I had to go all the way through town.
At least my amazing Boyfriend went out for groceries knowing what I like! He bought me all kinds of goodies that I love and he cleaned his house so I would feel right at home. My stomach kind of controls my life in that I get heartburn and upset stomach often and from eating certain foods, greasy, heavy, fried food, fast food, strawberries, tomatoes, sour candy, orange juice, grapefruit, SODA (the bubbles kill me), beer etc. Also when I get hungry I have to eat something pretty much immediately (low blood sugar) or I get sick, lightheaded, often throw up. When Jimmy stocks his fridge with foods I love and make my tummy feel good it makes me feel so special and thought of.
Anyway by this time I‘m speeding along with the Christian music station blaring just trying to deal with the traffic and this deep feeling of stress and discontent. I was perfectly happy in my feeling of fullness, having just had lunch before leaving work but I was so uncomfortable because of the blaring heat and full on sun. Also I’m PMSing so I start tearing up over nothing and just being generally pissed off all on my drive over to Jim’s house from my work. I gave sarcastic thumb’s ups to far too many motorists failing to merge correctly from Delta to Beltline hwy. I called my mom when I got off the Hwy to west Eugene and she told me to go work out before I even really hung out with Jim. There was no reason to go into his house and complain about stuff or take my random anger out on him so I might as well go sweat it out. I parked my car at Jim’s and walked in to change into less clothes/shoes. Then I left and walked to the gym in his community. And can I tell you IT WORKED! I set the elliptical for 20 minutes on level 16 (highest level) and the “hills” program. I honestly just wanted to fatigue myself so I could go relax and spend the rest of the evening with Jim in content. At the end of the twenty minutes I was drenched in sweat, tired and HAPPY
I walked back to Jims and told him I felt much better (especially in his air conditioned clean house surrounded by yummy snacks and puppy). I told him I definitely would have made his night less fun if I came into his house with all my stress.
This is an instance where I really believe working out prevented me from having a miserable night (FOR NO REASON!) I may have even started a fight or argument with Jim just because I was stressed and unhappy.
That brings us to this morning. I had a great Friday, Saturday (Disc Golf!) with Jim and always have a great time spending the weekend with him. There is one catch: every Sunday when I wake up in his room and I feel an itching need to move. Thoughts are always racing through my head of what I want to accomplish on my last day off. Let me back up. I started working out in April 2012 and before then I was just a generally sadder and more anxious person. Let me back up some more. Jim and I have been together since 2009 and I’ve woken up at his house a lot of Sunday’s because used to live there 2010-2011. In November 2011 I was discontented and stressed for no real reason and moved out of Jim’s house to take a break and find myself. Fast forward to this Sunday I wake up and can only cuddle for so long (love you babe!) I get up, change, and take Vito our pug on a 20 minute jaunt, come back and say Hi to Jim then go to the gym for 30 minutes. Today I chose the bike trainer level 16 hills (until I got to height of hill and would have to go down to level 9-12).
What I’m trying to say is that I am a tightly wound up person. I have stress , I carry it with me and I like to drop on the people I love the most, the ones I know will never leave me. Working out makes me a better person. If I had been working out in November 2011 I can say with sureness that Jim and I would have never taken a “break” in our relationship. When I workout I’m able to see the positive and release the stress that is pent up inside. Working out keeps me sane!
In other news Jim and I are really actually moving to New Orleans, Louisiana. I cried on the way home from Jim’s this morning just thinking of how many times I’ve seen everything in South Eugene, every street sign, building, and park. Can you imagine growing up and living in the town you were born in? How many times have I walked or driven across 18th and Chambers intersection. The answer is once, twice, sometimes three times a day for TWENTY THREE YEARS. I can’t wait to explore and to feel alive again. Isn’t it wonderful to seek out and find things you’ve never seen before. Every corner I turn I can look and see something NEW! Something I have never seen in my life and new experience I could never find in Eugene. I’m ready.
Happy Cinco De Mayo!
What did you do to celebrate this year?
I drank a raspberry wheat shock top and ordered a big wet veggie burrito from burrito boy.
Posted on | April 7, 2013 | 1 Comment
Life has thrown me a curveball. It hit me in the face. I woke up this morning at Jim’s with a painfully sore spot on my right eyebrow. It must be some kind of hormonal acne and a cluster or pore’s are clogged and swollen making my eye puffy and asymmetrical. It’s not fun. Strangely enough I also woke up with the desire to run! That is very odd for me (but I have awesome new running shoes) and I decided to listen to my body and immediately started looking up a couch to 5k plan in my head. Even though I thought I was fit enough to skip ahead to training week two the plan advises to start slow so as not to burn out.
Anyway I wanted to pop on here and obviously rant about that but also share that despite my face pain (!) I went no a little beginner’s run walk and went 1.6 miles in 23 minutes. My plan is to try running as my cardio for a week and see how I like it. I’ll do 1.5 miles two more times this week and if I like it I’ll move up to 2 miles next week. I’ll still do 2 strength sessions and yoga but I think it would feel empowering to start running. That’s roughly what a couch to 5k plan would look like for the first two weeks.
Here’s a post a wrote at the end of March to let you know how I’d been eating over Spring Break, since then I’ve eaten a lot cleaner but I didn’t exercise much last week so it kind of evens out.
Posted on | March 15, 2013 | No Comments
Wednesday was a fun and interesting day in my workplace! I made myself breakfast and showed up at ten only to leave at 11 because I found out I have to cover for someone in the production shift 4-8. Then I went to Jimmy’s, we got lunch at Mongolian grill and chilled for a few hours and I went back to work (which explains my snacks).. I wrote out captions for all the pictures so click on one and they become a slideshow -check it out.
As far as workouts go I’ve been adjusting to a more physical role and work and slacked off on intentional after work exercise this week. I even skipped my beloved yoga Tuesday because I was so tired from hauling huge deliveries into the cafe and restaurant. Looking forward to bootcamp this weekend…
Jim has work off tomorrow and it’s his first Saturday off in a long time! You can bet we will be outside hiking the butte or playing disc golf if there is any sun to soak up
Posted on | March 9, 2013 | No Comments
It’s a Sunshiney DAY! Happy Saturday! I haven’t been a very motivated clean eater recently and I believe that turning to that would make all the difference in getting to where I want to be physically. I’ve gained weight and I notice the band of fat back around my lower tummy / my thighs don’t fit comfortably in some of my size 5s. Here we are in March 2013 and I’m weary because April 2012 was when I got fierce about my fitness journey and completely remodeled my habits. I feel so strong when I work out and constantly push myself physically to be the best that I can be. But how can I feel truly great about my one year anniversary of “getting fit” (April 8) if I weigh more than I ever did originally, sure I’m in much better shape but I didn’t reduce my body fat much even though my body looks way better than it did when I started. I feel accomplished because I have built strength but I have a lot more to work on. I have to stop baking (you’ll see the pics of the crap I’ve been eating)
Alas, As much as I’ve been slacking on the clean eating I have still been sweating my ass off. I want to use best help yourself as a place to stay accountable with my weekly activity and to help motivate myself and others to use food as nourishment for our bodies!
Baked Oatmeal Snack Bars
- 1.5 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts [or any nuts you like]
- 1/2 cup dried fruit (any you like – raisins, cranberries, dates, figs, unsweetened coconut)
- 1/4 cup seeds (any you like – sunflower, pumpkin, flax, sesame)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1.25 cups almond milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- I also topped my bars with a small sliced banana and turned the oven to broil for the last five minutes so it got all caramelized!
Here are the ingredients I used ^ It is too simple just bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Cut into 12 squares and each has about 125 calories. Best part is there is no butter or sugar added!
I’m so happy I have such a healthy, filling go-to breakfast for this week in the freezer. My mom actually saw the first batch of oats bars when they came out of the oven Sunday and told me immediately “make a double batch of that- I can tell we want more than you’ve made-”
45 minutes full body circuit
Breakfast after workout: 2.5 small oat bars with 1/2 c. greek yogurt
serving of Cheetos and maybe 40 green grapes at my Aunt and Uncle’s House
12-25 corn tortilla chips
corn tortilla with slice pepper jack and 2 TBS black beans
1/2 cup ground beef enchiladas
6 inch Subway Egg and cheese Flatbread with all veggies
another oat bar
Bfast: 6 inch Subway egg and cheese flatbread with veg
Snack: 1 oat bar
5 hours of standing and wrapping burritos.
Lunch/Dinner: A holy cow special: Sheik yerbouti (SHAKE YER BOOTAY!) “Velvet Smooth polenta dumplings in a spicy tomato sauce, served on a basmati-lentil pilaf with sauteed seasonal greens and cucumber-yogurt dressing. I also had 2 house made whole wheat tortillas and a macaroon.
When I got home I ate a grapefruit and later had an english muffin with PBJ
Last night Jimmy took me out on a date to Chili’s (I got the delicious mango-chile tilapia with broccoli and rice) and then OZ in IMAX 3D! The movie was beautiful and a lot of fun! Then I treated him to Sweet Life- we got cinnamon and pistachio meringues, a chocolate cloud 9 slice, a chocolate cream puff, a lemon bar, and a peanut butter rice krispy bar. It was all shared between us and my parents (rice krispy is Jim’s for work today).
Today I went to class in the morning and then came home to do a six minute boot camp workout. I decided to do it 3 times through with just a minute and a sip of water in between each round. With the mix of squats, moves in plank, lunges, quick cardio intervals and plyometric holds (think squat w/ heel raises) it really got me sweating. Then I took the dog on a walk and did a lot of laundry.
Bfast- 1/2 English Muffin with PB and a banana
1/2 English Muffin with cheddar and runny egg
Lunch: Flour tortilla roll up with cheddar, brown rice , black beans, roasted cauliflower
6 corn chips
Snack: Almond milk and coffee
Fuji Apple and 1 TB Peanut Butter
Posted on | February 28, 2013 | No Comments
SOoo, Ill start by being honest. I don’t actually know what my title refers to in the real world. SOmething about moms who run marathons on the weekends? I’m not sure- what I am referring to is evaluating the success of my weekend based on whether or not I was active both days. I feel like I sit so much during the week and usually only work out twice . I can always count on Yoga Tuesday and motivating myself to do some kind of DVD workout Thursday (usually).
I never thought I would have a 9-5 desk job. Believe me I don’t have one- but I have something close. On Mondays I come to the Holy Cow office around noon (like today) to do costing for the food business. Then around 3pm I start wrapping wraps/burritos and work until the production shift is over (6-7pm). The same story goes for Wednesday’s. On Tuesday, Thursday and Friday I try to come in early (830-9:30am) and leave early (1:30-4pm) depending on how much work I have to do. I guess that averages about 30 hours a week and many of them are in front of the computer screen. I get up to stretch frequently and get to stand when I work in the kitchen but otherwise I feel pretty contained to a chair. I can never find the motivation to work out after work Monday or Wednesday and I feel my best when I get to work on Monday afternoon a little sore from the past weekend’s workouts.
A glimpse of my last week in workouts:
Mon 2-18: made wraps 3 hours got home late
Tues: Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown Level 2
Wed: made sandwiches 4 hoursgot home late
Fri: Jillian Michael’s Killer Abs Level 3
Sat- Bootcamp Challenge
Sun 2-24- 35 minute full body strength training circuit
I started typing this up this Monday 2-25 but now it’s Thurs 2-28 (the last day of the month!) and I feel I should record this week’s movement as well
Monday 2-25- made wraps for three hours
Tuesday – Yoga, self-led, 40 minutes
Wednesday- 6 hour sandwich shift (felt like a workout)
Thursday- I woke up a little late this morning and didn’t get my workout in like I was planning to because I’m sore from leaning over the lab counter. I get off work at 5:30 this afternoon so If I can muster up a workout when I get off I will do some short HIIT. If not I will count this as a rest day and look forward to an active weekend!
In March I will be posting more about food and want to design a training plan that keeps me as active as possible and striving to be the best person I can be. Today marks the start of a big catering event for Holy Cow that ends Saturday afternoon. I’ll be busy with that until Saturday so I will check back in on the blog Sunday to talk about what I’ve been eating and my march goals!keep looking »