The Quest to be Fit

Tracking my journey to better health

Helllooooo there!!!!!! February 3, 2011

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How about a posty post for the heck of it?   A little love from Erin helped me 🙂  I really miss blogging, but life has changed around a bit since I moved and don’t have internet access at home, nor do I have time to really do great posts at work.

How about some updates? Forgive the lack of photos, but I’m at work and lazy and don’t want to take the time. 

A) After my successful Quest To Be Fit, I should have started the Quest to Remain Fit.  Remaining healthy is the biggest challenge for me, how about you?  Can you stick with eating well and exercise through thick and thin?  Or do you fall off like I do?  I fell off, gained back a few pounds, plumped up the cellulite, and now need to kick the old arse into shape within 5.5 weeks for Spring Break. 

I) Chris, Lily, and I are all doing well,  and we are still loving our new house and neighborhood. 

U) I can’t help getting on the toning shoes bandwagon.  LOLZ!  These babies caught my eye:  What about you, have you bought any toning shoes? Felt/seen any difference?  I just got mine yesterday, so we’ll see how they do tomorrow at the gym.

E) My uncle is engaged!  Totally random news for y’all, but exciting for the family 🙂

O) Random occurrence of last year: one of our cars was stolen!  Worst part about it was losing my f.a.v.o.r.i.t.e. sunglasses, but best part was that I got more than I paid for my car from insurance, and I got to actually choose a newer car (rather than being given an opporutnity to buy a family hand-me-down with colors I wouldn’t have chosen).  Vroom vroom!

Can you figure out how I titled each update?  Not quite our vowels, but something similar…Let me give you a hint: “konichiwa!”

Peace out loves, hope you’re all well!


Skipping along in the new year February 8, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kersten @ 4:48 pm

“Why do you delete my drafts, WordPress?”  That’s what Lily wants to know… I was working on a post for (get this) two weeks or so, and today when I went to upload pics the text went bye-bye.  I think that’s a sign that my post sucked 😐  Moving on then!

December and January went by very quickly, with many good things and not very many bad 🙂  I’m back in a semi-decent workout routine (ahem, except for the last week or so…) and am eating better most days.  Our annual trip to Mexico is 5 weeks away, so my motivation to firm up has been driven mostly by the knowledge that I’ll be in a bikini poolside very soon.  I constantly struggle with body image, though, and the appearance of my stretched-out-one-too-many-times skin.  This year my sis-in-law and her sister will be staying at the same resort while we’re there, so I’m more nervous to bare my blubbery ass in the presence of people I know.  Being nearly naked in the company of strangers is easier for me; how about you? 

In an attempt to firm up the mid-section even more I bought a Bender Ball.  Does anyone else have one of these?  I really do like how the ball supports me during exercises, but I just wish the workout video was a real workout and not just a fluffy set of a few exercises.  I told myself I’d do the video at least once a day….yeah right, are pigs flying yet?  I do it at least a few time a week, and still do some other ab stuff at the gym.

I’ve baked twice in the last two months; both times it was banana bread.  Sad how infrequent my baking is since I do love it so, but I’ve opted to be a lazy broad most weekends when I would otherwise be churning out baked goods that I shouldn’t be eating 😐 

Woops, I moved while Chris tried to capture my baking prowess.

In January I threw together a butternut squash soup on a whim, and it was damn spiffy.  I started by caramelizing half an onion in a little olive oil and a tsp. of butter (didn’t need it now that I look back; soup could have been vegan easily), and roasted the squash in my micro-convect oven til browning and soft.  Next I pureed the squash and onions with coconut milk beverage and s&p using my handy stick blender.  I toasted the squash seeds in leftover oil in the onion pan, and topped the soup with those.  (Cook’s note: put a screen over the pan, cuz those pepitas will jump out of the pan if you let them!)  I loved the taste overall, but will hold back on the onion a little. 

Side note–I really dig this coconut milk stuff!  I got the plain flavor, and for only 50 calories a cup and like no sugar it does seem quite rich and has a nice mild taste.  I’ve used it in my oats a bit over the past few weeks and like it.  It is the So Delicious product from Turtle Mountain; I found it in the health food refrigerated section of my local Fred Meyer.  I also picked up one of their plain yogurts on clearance and quite liked it as well.  Not sure if I’ll pay $2/yogurt to have more, but when on clearance for $1 I’d like to try more.  Last week I also ended up using the frozen coconut milk ice cream they make–tres fabu!  If you go to their site you can download a $1 off coupon under the “rewards” section.  The link button is wigging out on me, so I’ll just paste the url here:

Let’s see what else I have pics of to share…

Oh, yeah, so Chris and I have had a few margaritas over the last couple months.  One night our table at Si Senor looked like this.  Just one big happy family!!  I forget how we got so many different sized glasses…the restaurant staff like to try to get us drunk, apparently, cuz we get a free drink or two each time we visit.

It snowed sometime last month, I think.  All the dates just blur together now.  Here’s Lily enjoying the whiteout behind our house.  I really love where we live now because there’s all sorts of trails and walking-friendly streets in and near our neighborhood.  Last weekend I took Lily for a 3 mile walk along a golf course and wetlands area; got to see and hear tons of birds, and meet lots of other dogs and their owners. 
The darling pup in front of our tree.  BTW, the tree is still at our house–it is on the front porch waiting to be cut down and recycled.  Yard debris is only collected once every two weeks, so between the three wreathes, tree, and smallish bin it is taking forever to get rid of our piney X-mas goodies.  Seriously makes me think about getting a fake tree…
Did I ever show you this white trash creative bumper configuration?  Bungee cords holding on license plate holding on the bumper??  Why didn’t I think of that?
I had a blood test done in early January b/c I thought symptoms of a hyperthyroid were returning.  ‘Twas not the case!  After reviewing my test results with the doc I think it has really just been allergies and low vitamin D3 (like super-low).  She thought I may be anemic, too, but I don’t agree b/c I haven’t had the symptoms of anemia, and the blood #’s didn’t indicate anemia.  My cholesterol and triglycerides have dropped significantly because of my vegetarian diet and regular exercise no doubt. 
Sorry my posting has been so far between.  I have missed blogging a lot, but am still trying to keep up with your blogs each week.  I’ve cut down on the number I read, and now that I use Google Reader I rarely read all the comments and visit new blogs.  I don’t want to stop blogging, so we’ll see if I can find a way to take more pics and post more often. 
Hope you’re all doing well out there!  Happy February!  Any special Valentine’s plans?  I read somewhere today that people would rather be with their pets than their lovers on Valentine’s…. I’m surprising Chris with a river cruise and brunch.  Delightfully hokey, but with free flowing champange anything is enjoyable 😉
Well, Maria called and she’s having withdrawals since we haven’t been to Si Senor since Friday.  Oh my… I might have to go for a habanero margarita (ay-ay-ay!) and some black bean soup.  I LOVE the habanero margarita–it is really hot at first, but you get used to the heat and don’t even taste it after several drinks. 
Adios, amigas!

How did I…. December 1, 2009

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Make it through the whole month of November and only post once?!  I suck!!  Chris and I moved on Nov. 7, and life has been a blur since then.  Where has the time gone?  I’m totally reeling that today is December 1st.  😐

You’ll have to bear with me… I don’t have my camera cord at work, nor can I plug the card into the CPU, so all you get it text, people!  I’ve taken some great pics of food here and there, but for the most part I haven’t eaten well and haven’t exercised in like forever.  I’m having some issues with body image b/c of how the bod is looking these days, and the fact that I now have like 10 large mirrors around the house.  Handy for getting dressed, not handy for freaky critical ladies like me to evaluate the bod!

On a great note, Chris, Lily, and I love the new house 🙂  Our move sucked b/c of the torrential rain that day, but the process went just fine (and we managed to avoid killing each other ;))  We hosted Thanksgiving at our house, and when all was said and done we were quite proud to invite our families into our home and serve them a wonderful holiday meal.  I was in charge of the following dishes:

  • turkey
  • mushroom dressing (vegan)
  • mushroom gravy (vegan)
  • mashed potatoes (vegetarian)
  • root vegetable gratin (vegetarian)
  • green bean casserole (vegetarian)
  • pumpkin pie

Leading up to Thanksgiving I was torn over whether or not to eat turkey/non-veg items.  Poultry is my veg weakness it seems, and that bird was talking to me all afternoon while I roasted it.   I had a small piece of white meat, but otherwise my meal was vegetarian.  I should have just made mashed or roasted sweet potatoes, as my gratin just wasn’t quite right.  Okay, but odd–garlic and nutmeg in the same dish?  Okay, Gourmet, I trusted you but am not convinced. 

I was such a proud little domestic goddess in the week leading up to Thanksgiving.  I planned the menu meticulously, created a Turkey Day Timeline for prep and cooking, and then went and got the flu 😐  Gah!  Thankfully I had picked up the turkey the Friday before T-Day, but I was illin’ when I intended to do my fresh food shopping on Tuesday.  By the time I got to the store Wednesday there were no green beans, no Brussels sprouts, hardly any parsnips, no white, cremini, or dried porcini mushrooms, and like 10 sweet potatoes to choose from.  Gah!  I ended up nixing my Brussels sprout dish (boo!!), went with frozen green beans, subbed in mini mushrooms and mixed dried, and all turned out okay. 

After Thanksgiving Chris and I enjoyed a nice relaxing weekend at home.  Our new neighborhood has lots of walking paths, and butts up to two schools.  We take Lily for walks, and play ball with her at the school, and so far she’s loving the new neighborhood, too 🙂  I wish it weren’t getting dark so early so we could walk more after work…summer, where did you go!?!

It has been so beautiful here in Portland this fall–lots of sun, and not much rain (but for that week we moved!!).  The tree outside my office has lost its leaves, so now my office gets more light and I have a bigger view.  I love the crisp fall days, the remaining colorful leaves, and the beautiful sunsets.  I’m totally in need of getting my holiday baking on!!!  I almost make cookies this weekend…. I’ve got a leaf-shaped cookie cutter begging to be used 🙂

As you may have noticed I’ve all but abandoned the blogosphere 😦  Not intentionally, but because I’ve had so many things distracting me, I’ve not had internet access at home (and probably won’t), and I’ve honestly felt a little guilty.  Because I don’t eat as well, am not working out, etc., I feel bad in a way.  Since I can’t share my triumphs and glories of fitness and food I’m not as jazzed about blogging.  I kind of feel like I’ve let y’all down a little cuz I’m not as inspirational as I was 😐  Nameen?

Oh, dude, I almost forgot…. I hit my one year blogiversary in early November!  I think it was the 7th…  Can’t believe it has been one year, and that I’ve made so much progress in that timeframe.  I know, I know,  was just ranting about letting you (me?) down, but in reality I do feel proud that I shed nearly 30 lbs. and got my ass in better shape by working hard, eating well, and using the blogging community for support, inspiration, and resources. 

Enough of this novel!  Words without pics are boring, no?  Thanks for reading, bloggies!  I’ve missed you and hope to reconnect more soon!  Hope you all had a fabu Thanksgiving and are excited for the holidays!!!!!!!!!!!


The evil that is plastic! November 11, 2009

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Check this out! More bad news about BPA:


All hail the throne October 31, 2009

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Check out the new goods at the house!


That’s right, new thrones!  Toto Aquia III dual flush, to be exact.  But that heinous toilet seat has got to go.  The plumber used an off brand seat, and as you can see it hangs over the edge and isn’t quite the same white.  I’m so picky about toilet seats, not even joking.  It should look like this:

My pimp throne

Bet you love the fact that we kept the heinous vinyl underneath the throne.  The budget blew up, we threw the idea of new vinyl out, and ended up going over budget anyway 😐  Boo.

Here’s the living room.  Yes, that’s a vintage Oreck upright in there.  Thing is a sucking beast!!!  We inherited that, and a big Eureka (behind it).  I think I may keep the Oreck.  We moved all that stuff today so the carpet can go in tomorrow. 


And the kitchen….not quite finished, but almost there.  LOVE LOVE LOVE the new stuff—sink, faucet, instant hot/cold, cooktop, and counters.


A few weeks ago I finally took my giant stash of non-curbside recyclable plastics to a local depot, Far West Fibers.  So easy to drop it off!!  They only request that you separate plastic film from rigid plastics.  Done and done!  BTW, the backseat was also crammed full.  Now I just need to take in the styrofoam…  I collect these items from our personal use and from our office; this stash had been piling since almost the beginning of the year.  Hooray for diverting crap from the landfill and recycling instead! 🙂


The other day Chris and I saw this while driving. Rope holding the license plate holding the bumper up with bungee cords.  Why didn’t I think of that?


Today we picked up a sweet new treat at Costco.  Jordan knows what I’m talking ’bout.  We’ll share next week once the place is set up.  Tomorrow we start seriously packing.  Like, get more than 8 boxes packed.  In fact, I kind of hope we only have like 8 boxes left to pack after all is said and done.  Wish me luck!

As far as food goes, here were the day’s eats:

Breakfast—Kashi Go Lean mixed with crack (Pumpkin Flax granola), raisins, cinnamon, and almond milk. 

Lunch—leftover pizza from last night: kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, parm.

Snacks—cheese samples at Costco: Bandon cheddar, Jarlsberg Swiss, Kerrygold Irish cheddar, and cambozola of some sort. 

Dinner—Grilled cheese with fries (!) 

Quite a cheesy, carby day.  Um, I guess there was a semblance of veggies in there somewhere 😉


She’s alive! October 30, 2009

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Dude, I haven’t posted in like over a month.  Where have I been you say?  Inundated at work, fixing up the house, and zapped of brain power to do much more.  But, things are going well at least!  Chris and I move into our new abode next Saturday, and I have like 8 boxes packed.  Gulp.

I get to be kind of a bitch when the important, stressful events in life come up.  I want to be all packed (in an organized way) before the moving day, get up early, and get all the shiot moved ASAP.  That way there’s more time at the end of the day to get the basics unpacked and chill.  But, Chris is the type that won’t be packed on time, will want to wake up at noon, then take like two hours to “wake up”, throw some shit in a box, and then start the move.  Are you fucking kidding me, I say??!!  General Gettheshitmoved here ain’t gonna let that happen! 

So, what’s been going on the last month+?  Not a lot of pictures, but some fun ones indeed.  I turned 28 on October 16, and am feeling a little odd now that I’m so close to 30.  Not bad, just different I think.  I hear someone say they’re 20 or 22 and feel like I’m in a whole different generation.  At least I can enjoy a good margarita and shamelessly sport a sombrero 😉


Here’s some of what I’ve been enjoying lately:

F*ck ups at the house on the HVAC install.  We used a reputable company we’ve worked with for a long time, and who just installed A/C at my mom’s this summer.  Uh, did they forget how to do their job?  Crappy A/C lineset, stained my laundry room floor, put ugly vents on the outside of the house (“they’ll be nearly invisible” my ass!), burned the siding, took forever… Everything but the floor was fixed.  I asked for $200 off the bill b/c of the floor, the owner was only wanting to offer $100, and now he’s ignoring my calls.  Fucker.  Le sigh, as Erin would say.


Chris in the dining room (used to be a family room).  No more wallpaper!

Looking at the more positive side of things….wall paper removal and drywall repair went really well, painting is wrapping up (this biotch ain’t afraid of color!), the kitchen counter went in yesterday, plumbing work is going on today, carpet on Sunday, lights installed soon.  So close to being done!  Walking into the house is so different, I almost cried the other day. 


There used to be a soffit here! (Powder bath)

Have any of you moved into a house a family member used to own?  At first I felt really awkward even thinking of making changes, like my grandmother would be upset or something.  But, more and more I became comfortable with the changes we’re making, and I’m glad we’re embracing the house my grandparents built. 


Food and exercise-wise I’ve been a lazy overeater!  Hardly working out, eating lots o’ crap, and even some chicken (!!!).  When the cold weather came in I really wanted soup, so when we hit up Mexican I ordered tortilla soup.  Yeah, that’s happened a few times now 😐

For my birthday dinner my family went out to Typhoon! Restaurant, a Thai delight.  Eating vegetarian here is rather tough when you crave curry and their pumpkin specialties, so I opted to order what I wanted, fish sauce and all.  The kabocha soup and pineapple curry were to die for 🙂 

I feel rather bad eating the chicken and fish sauce foods.  The food has been good, too, making it hard to resist the tortilla soup especially.  I seem to have an affinity for poultry 😐  With Thanksgiving coming up, I’m not sure if I’ll indulge in the meaty eats or stay veggie.  It’s going to be a doosy.

On Sunday I made soup!  No recipe in mind, just thoughts of what may create a savory vegan delight.  Behold, the weirdest soup ever:


Brussels sprouts, onion, mushrooms, green beans, a jar of tomatoes & their juice, water, Italian herbs, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.  Although it sounds a fright, it turned out really well!  I still have one serving left for lunch today.  I found than un-veganizing it with some parm makes it even more fab 😉

Anyone try those new Reebok EasyTone shoes yet?  I hate the commercial, but am intrigued by the technology.

I’m having some issues with my camera uploading pics to the computer, and this post has gone on quite long already, so I leave you to your weekend!  Have a great rest of your Friday and have a safe and happy Halloween!  Doing anything fun to celebrate?


The death of Gourmet :( October 5, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kersten @ 11:10 am

There was a horrid news story on Yahoo Finance today… Chris called and left me a message with the bad news, and I wasn’t prepared for it to be the loss of Gourmet! 😦 The oldest food magazine in our country goes kaput, a victim of fallen ad revenue.

I love Gourmet magazine with a passion, and look forward to receiving it every month and poring over it like 10 times. The photography, writing, and recipes are always fabulous. I especially love how there aren’t any words on the front–just beautiful, glorious pictures.

I’m feeling a little lost…what is a girl to do without her Gourmet!?!? I’ve kept every issue since I first subscribed about 5 years ago. I suppose I’ll always have those for the fond memories….