The Quest to be Fit

Tracking my journey to better health

And Somehow things Improve August 17, 2009

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Tonight I’m trying out Windows Live Writer; saw it on Miss Bender’s blog and thought is sounded nifty.  Loving it so far!  I really like that while I type the layout looks just like my blog, not just typing in some window without any frame of reference.  It also does spell check while you type!  Only thing I can’t figure out is getting the post to be sticky without having to go in manually on WordPress to do it.

I’ve mentioned a few times how I’ve been in a bit of a funk and listless.  Today was not much better—I slept like shit (undoubtedly from the shit I put in my body yesterday), and was just not in to anything this morning.  But, it all turned around when I took my car in for a service and was given this beauty to drive:


Amen!  The demons have been exorcised!  Amazing how driving a fun car with the top down on a sunny day improves your spirits 🙂  Yee-haw!  This lil’ beauty is a 2008 BMW 128i, convertible obv.  So fun, so easy, so free spirited.  Just what I needed 😉  I love you Jerry (my Rasmussen Service Advisor)!!!

I didn’t do a whole lotta workin’ today.  Instead, I took my tired, yet enthused, ass home early and went for a quick, super sweaty cardio date with the stairmill.  I didn’t eat breakfast today; Skinny Bitch was in my head, telling me to wait until I was really hungry to eat.  That was at 11:30 or so, and was just strawberries and cherries.  I also had a nectarine before I worked out.

Lunch was another story.  I was hungry, but I ate too fast, and had a little heartburn as a result.  It was worth it, tho 😉  1/2 a whole wheat pita stuffed with Romaine, avocado, shredded carrot, sliced grape tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, Nature’s Seasons, and Sabra hummus.  (I would insert a pic, but I’m too lazy to get the camera cord out.  I forgot to put the memory card back in the camera and the pic is on the internal memory.)  Yum!

I followed that up with the other half of the pita, and the rest of the Sabra.  Since the hummus is going fast, I opted to make a batch of it for the week ahead.  Westbrae garbanzos, Nature’s Seasons, cumin seed, toasted sesame seeds, olive oil, ‘zo juice, dash of vinegar, salt, garlic powder and pine nuts.  Mmmmmmy.


Let’s try out this Windows Live album thing, shall we?

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Um, yeah, that’s a DQ Blizzard at  the end.  I was driving all over town to have fun in the car, and somehow ended up at DQ.  This time I got a Doggy Cone for Lily, and a Tagalong Blizzard for myself.  Oh. my. god.  That was one helluva treat!  So tasty, so naughty, and so completely unnecessary 😐 

I put that on top of dinner tonight, which was a burrito at Fajitas.  I kind of got sick of burritos awhile back, and now I’m rather sick of everything else, so a burrito sounded good again.  Vegetables, rice, whole beans, verde sauce, olives, jalapenos.


Hm, what else do I have to share with you?  Yes, that is a trailer full of shitters there in the middle.  Too much to pass up taking a pic!

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Off I go to be a library geek and check the status of my books on hold.  Skinny Bitch only held me over for two days!  What’s a girl to do? 😉


Bleh bleh bleh bleh bleh June 25, 2009

Today wasn’t bad, just slow, rather laborious and allergic.  I also ate and drank too much at dinner and killed my chance of working out 😦  Boo.

This morning Chris got ants in his pants and was like “what’s taking so long?” while I made our lunches and my breakfast.  Um, your food!  It rather irritated me since I’m the one who does everything in the morning while he just gets ready and does his shit.  I think the torch hath been passed and he’ll be told asked to chip in more.

Once at work I had a bowl of NP Pumpkin Flax Plus granola with strawberries, blueberries, and half a nanner.  I forgot my almond milk at home 😐  Damn!  So I stopped at one of the coffee places in our office complex and got a cup of skim milk.  Definitely missed the almond milk…


Lunchtime rolled around and I consumed the random mess that was my salad:  romaine, Boca burger, yellow bell pepp, leftover corn salad, avocado, chow mein noodles, edamame, balsamic.  I also ate some of the pineapple (SO tasty), but none of the other fruit/veg.


That didn’t stick very well, as I was hungry what seemed like quickly (hour and a half? two?).  I had the fruit/veg and the rest of the milk.


Dinner was a burrito with carrots, squash, cauliflower, green beans, jalapeno, olives, rice, whole beans, and verde sauce.  Oh, and a little bit of cheese that I totally should have passed on (not enough to taste = not worth it).   I forgot to take a pic of my Cazuela… I didn’t think I had that much but ended up with a buzz.  Oops!


And about half of this sucker for dessert….


I’m tired, allergic, and impatient.  Oh, and PMSing.  What a glorious evening :-0

The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion is on (this time for real, not the Chelsea lately version ;))…d-d-d-d-d-drama!  And pregnant ladies!

Tomorrow is Friday 🙂 But I’m not sure why I’m so excited since this weekend will be chock full o’ busy-ness.  Glory. 

Off I go to try to get some much needed sleep.  🙂  Nighty night, yo!


It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s a B.L.O.A.T.! June 20, 2009

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I had a fun new dinner that happens to have the acronym B.L.O.A.T. 

How about another backwards post?!

I just finished this smoothie:  almond milk, lots of strawberries, a drizzle of honey, ice, and some ground flax.


After dinner I washed & organized all of my produce buys from today, and snacked on some of the fruit along the way.  No pic.

Here’s the B.L.O.A.T. fun:  Boca Lettuce Olive Avocado and Tomato sandwich on a whole wheat bolillo roll.  The addition of the olive was especially tasty–I used my stick blender mini food processor attachment to process a few kalamata, herbed green, and one feta stuffed green olive.  Bomb!  A little went a long way 😉  I ate more tomato and avo on the side as you can see.


My body wasn’t satisfied after my first afternoon snack, so I went in for some raisins, almonds, and one piece of dark chocolate.  My tum wasn’t too happy, though.  Not enough fresh stuff today?


Before that I consumed a small bowl of NP GingerZing granola with cinnamon, sliced almonds, raisins, a pinch of salt, and almond milk.  The granola didn’t taste flat 🙂  Yeah!


After a morning of sorting through and moving boxes at my mom’s, lunch of my leftover half burrito was in order.  I also had the rest of my fruit from yesterday.


Breakfast was a yummy bowl of the usual oats 🙂


My pre-butt-crack-o-dawn workout snack was a Kashi TLC Chewy Peanut Butter Peanut bar with some raisins on the side.  I nuked them both and rather liked the warm raisins.


I had a big dinner last night, and never ate after dinner.  I was also dog tired–woof! Dinner was a big ol’ burrito of beans, rice, vegetables, and jalapenos topped with verde sauce.


Prior to and during eating I imbibed in this:


Lunch was leftover pesto pasta from Thursday.  Whoa, super heavy still.  I added more carrots and mushrooms, and even sopped up some of the oil before eating, but felt rather heavy all afternoon from it.


Friday’s breakfast was the same as today’s–yummy oats 🙂  I DID notice a difference when prepping these oats–I don’t think Freddy’s used Bob’s in the bulk bin prior to me buying this batch, as I noticed how much bigger the oats were when pouring them next to the old batch.  I wasn’t smoking crack when I compared bagged Bob’s and bulk before 😉 Bob’s turn out chewier indeed. 


This bitch is tired!!  And tomorrow won’t really be any relief for the weary–busy Father’s Day that includes another trip to Freddy’s, eating out at Red Robin for lunch, and cooking dinner for my dad.  I think I’ll get up early again to get working out done with and move on. 

Some random comments/reiterations before I leave you:

  • my body needs lots of fresh food daily and I feel sluggish/bad if I don’t get it
  • I can’t tolerate heavy/greasy/fatty/creamy meals any more
  • I love fruit and it loves me 🙂
  • I often forget to buy organic at the store even though I’m consciously trying to buy more and more organic
  • washing fruit/veg immediately and getting it put away neatly is a godsend for the week ahead
  • my house is a mess and I don’t feel like cleaning
  • I hate the smell of mayonnaise
  • Lily won’t leave me alone and it’s annoying me



Quiet on set June 12, 2009

My new office has been so quiet this week, which is a complete 180 from my last set up.  I no longer have a talkative office mate, loud laser printer, drawer-slamming staff member, busy hallway right outside my (interior) window, noisy door, or anything else that my old shared office had.  Phew! I cannot express how much of a relief it is to move on and no longer be in that suite 🙂  Yee-haw!

Today was a nice wrap up to my first week in the new space–quiet day, not many people there, got a lot done, had a good client meeting, good dinner, great workout, and now a great snack.  Only bad thing is I can’t stop reaching for the roasted almonds at my side!

Let’s recap the eats for the last few days.  How about a new style–meals side-by-side from both days?  Sounds good to me 😉

Breakfast: Kashi Go Lean Crunch with soy milk both days.  Add ins varied from banana to strawbs, bluebs, and ground flax. 



Thursday’s salad (Romaine, Boston, green leaf lettuces with avocado, pickle, grape tomatoes, balsamic) withwas a little sad after having sat in the fridge for over a day, but still tasted great!  I ate some leftover veggie lasagna on the side, and munched on the carrots, cherries, and apple mostly during the afternoon.

Friday’s salad was scrumptious! I nuked a portabella Gardenburger and put it over the top of the aforementioned lettuces, avocado, grape tomatoes, pickle, and balsamic.  I think the burger has cheese in it, which I don’t really like, but it tastes good nonetheless.  Chris tried a bite (total skeptic) and said it was really good!  I snacked on my fruit and carrots over the afternoon.


Dinners: a Mexi marathon; shocking I know.  Thursday I had my leftover dinner from Wednesday, even though I knew it would be rich and overly cheesy.  This time around I didn’t get the upset tummy; I think it may have been more from the onions, so I didn’t eat most of them in the quesadilla.  Fresh avocado on top.

Friday we visited Si Senor again, but this time I had the Pollo Azado Burrito, sans pollo 🙂  Tasty goodness involving flour tortilla, rice, black beans, grilled pepp/onion/celery/zucchini/carrot, topped with verde sauce and pico de gallo.  I also added some guac and jalapenos fritos.  Wooee, those were some spicy peppers 😉


Don’t let that picture fool you, the burrito was HUGE.  I ate half and was waaaay too full.  And don’t shit your pants, but I ate a small piece of meat tonight.  Chris was like, “Here, eat this” when he thought he found beans on his burrito, but no, it was beef.  Oh well, no biggie I suppose.


The first pic is actually from Wednesday night after I posted.  Chris broke into the PB and I joined in for some of that goodness.

I went to Freddy’s and Costco to stock up on fruit, including grape tomatoes, pineapple, strawberries, cherries, and a nectarine.  Lovin’ it!

Can you read “yum” on the rim of my b’nut plate?  I thought it would be cute to try to write with ketchup, but it was a tad tougher than I realized.  LOVED these “fries” and can’t wait to make more soon.


Almonds are tasting sweet to me suddenly!  I’ve never noticed that before.  Oh, and shhh, don’t tell my dentist I’m eating them whole.  I told her I love almonds and other nuts and she said to chop them up before eating them to prevent cracking my teeth.  That’s no fun! 

Workouts the last few days have been good, but for forgetting my towel Thursday.  When I realized it I was in the locker room, and thought WTF, I probably should skip cardio today.  I did a good leg workout and called it.  Friday was an upper body extravaganza, including two exercises for each back, biceps, chest, triceps, shoulders, and abs.  I followed that up with a super sweaty 50 minutes on the stair mill.  Mercy!

While doing lateral raises I noticed how my forearms have become defined and my veins are coming to the surface.  Good signs in the fight against excess body fat!  Now if I can just get the abs to cooperate…

Hope you’re keeping it real out there 😉


Where’d my keys go? June 9, 2009

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I’ve never lost my keys in my whole life before this last weekend.  In the back-and-forth and mayhem of moving I somehow misplaced them and cannot for the life of me remember where they are 😦  I also didn’t realized I’d lost them until Monday afternoon.  Booo!  At least I hadn’t put my new office keys on there yet, and I keep my car key separate (although if it was together with the others I would have noticed the missing keys sooner, and maybe reclaimed them.  Grrr.).  I shall search more tomorrow and hope they turn up.  Even though I’m pretty sure I lost them about 20 miles from home, and they had no address/name on them, Chris is obsessed with changing the locks now that I’ve lost my keys.

Tonight I shall rely on a galleryof pics for the last three days.  A few highlights/details:

  • Grandma’s 88th birthday dinner Sunday ended with a HUGE serving of pie–homemade rhubarb and Lee Berry Farms marionberry (?) with a big blob (I typed ‘blog’!!) of whipped cream. 
  • my first breakfast in my new office was Kashi Go Lean Crunch with mucho strawberries and soymilk.  Yummy and satisfying in more ways than one.
  • no, I didn’t eat that meat pictured.  Chris thought it deserved a pic so I indulged him 😉  It was his dinner tonight of flank steak rounds with sauteed mushrooms and broc on the side.
  • a fabulous batch of roasted butternut squash tonight.  They were mixed with canola oil spray, Northwoods seasoning, and some garlic salt.  Served with organic ketchup.  Mmmmmm…. I’m excited I have another batch I can cook up tomorrow or the next day.
  • I’m missing all of that fruity goodness that I had last week.  When I put together my lunch it just doesn’t seem the same without the blueberries.  Must go to Costco and get more fruit!
  • I didn’t go to the gym for like 3 1/2 days b/c of the move!  Oy vey. 

Last night I was about to post when nausea suddenly came over me, and I just about yakked.  Ugh.  Not sure if it was the super-red mystery sauce that was on my burrito or ???  Today I was fine, thankfully.

My office is just about set up, but for the artwork/decor.  I want to keep it simple, without clutter, so I need to rely on a really good piece of artwork and some simple, tasteful wall decor. 

I’ve been working on a big reorganizing project for our forms and brochures, and have quite enjoyed my inner organization nerd coming out.  I’ve got to cull 200 items down to about 130, map the damn forms bank, re-label it, and make sure no one feels like I left out there favorite items.  Personally I could do with about 10 things, but many of my colleagues are old school and like to have paper forms on hand, along with tons of brochures we never use.  Oh well, it is a rewarding task 🙂

Time for bed!  Ahhh…I’m tired, and bed sounds simply perfect.  Adios!


Giddyup June 4, 2009

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Gotta love Kramer.  I’m lacking in the post-title-creativity department, so I’ll just get to the point.  The week is dragging on again, and I keep thinking yesterday was Thursday and today was Friday.

Thursday Wednesday

Breakfast of Kashi Go Lean Crunch, strawberries, and lots of almond milk.  Lovin’ this cereal drowned in the milk 🙂


Lunch of burrito guts on Romaine topped with dill pickles and avocado.  Some carrots, apples, blueberries, and apples on the side and for snacking later.  I really love all of the fruit I’ve been eating, especially the cherries and blueberries lately. 


Snack of fruits, and then later a Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Honey Almond Flax bar, nuked for 8 seconds.


Dinner was a visit to Si Senor–it had been like three weeks due to schedule and dog watching issues.  My mom joined us and we split a Si Senor Margarita on special for Ladies’ Night 😉  I had a Burrito Fresco, which is beans, rice &  grilled seasonal veggies topped with a zesty red sauce and salad greens.  Yummy!



That’s my mom’s Ropa Vieja salad in the background–my old favorite.

After dinner I was kind of in a funk for no good reason.  The humidity lately pisses me off, and when I dragged myself to the gym I was shocked at how hot and humid it was upstairs.  I decided to do the Arc Trainer, but boged out after 10 minutes b/c of the heat.  Downstairs I was much cooler on the stair mill, but still hatin’ it so I only did 20 minutes there.  At least I went to the gym, I suppose.

I ate a snack for no good reason when I got home–a few Kashi TLC Honey Sesame Crackers and some almonds.  Then I went in for a small handfull of the Kashi Go Lean Crunch. 



Breakfast was the same as ThursdayWednesday, but I ran out of strawbs so I used blues.  Loved it! 


Lunch was another burrito gut salad with Romaine, without anything else added (guts on the bottom).  Same lunch companions of carrots, apples, blueberries, and cherries that I snacked on during the afternoon mostly.


Dinner was eaten at, surprise, Fajitas!  I had a burrito with whole pinto beans, green beans, carrots, cauliflower, olives, jalapenos, and verde sauce.  Chris thought his meal looked pretty damn good so I included it in the pic, too 🙂


Oh, how La Casa is good…


Gettin’ some Lakers v. Orlando action there.

Andrea phoned in that she was heading to the gym, so I took my overstuffed, semi-buzzed ass on over there to do a quick upper body workout while she finished up yoga, and then we did some cardio.  We walked, she ran, I walked, she walked, and then I ran.  Whoa, yeah, can’t believe it myself.  I did about 20 minutes at 5 miles per hour, so I guess that was about 1 2/3 miles.  I was surprised that I didn’t really feel winded, and I think I could have kept going 🙂  Perhaps this will help me firm up some of the jiggly pockets on my body and avoid some overuse injuries from just using the stair mill.  Cool!

And with that I leave you.  Andrea and I are going to be crazy dedicated ladies and workout at 6:30 tomorrow morning.  I suppose I had better get some sleep…

Have a great Friday!


Majorly sporadical May 27, 2009

Holy hell, I thought this was posted two nights ago!  Forgive me!!  Read on…

I have been so sporadical about posting (yes, that’s from “Clueless 🙂 )  Life hasn’t been any less busy lately, and I have a feeling this week will be a doosy with final move prep and actually moving.  Yee-haw!

Now that it’s been over two weeks since I’ve cut meat out of my diet, I’ve had a few challenges and surprises:

  • Beano ain’t vegetarian 😦  I should have read the box when I bought it, but sheesh, it is fish based??!! 
  • The Mexican food I’m eating is likely still not vegetarian b/c of the beans and rice.  I need to ask again.
  • I ate a steak Saturday night (!).  Chris’ clients invited us to dinner at their house before I went on the veg trial, and he felt bad saying something about me not eating steak.  It was a big t-bone, tasted okay, but I could’ve done without.
  • Getting enough protein, and not too much soy protein, is a challenge.  I may add in some egg whites to salads and such for a boost.
  • I’m glad I was already eating healthfully before I started cutting out meats, ’cause for the most part my diet hasn’t changed.
  • I’m not sure where I’ll go from here–veg with occasional meats? Ovo-lacto veg?  ???

How about a backwards trek through my last three or four days or whatever it’s been since my last post…

I just ate this:


Overall I’m a little disappointed in the big box of like 24 bars I bought at Costco, as they all seem way drier than the chocolate cherry chewy bars I had.  The flavors are good, though, and I like the big nuts in the trail mix ones 🙂  Hehe!

Dinner was yummy!  Portabella mushroom burger with jalapenos, avocado, dill pickles, a mushroom/pepper skewer, corn, and a roasted marshmallow afterward. 



I did some may-juh yardwork this afternoon, including mowing both lawns, weeding, and trimming trees/vines/weeds.  So glad it’s done (for this week at least)!

Lunch was a fruit festival’r’us, a la Sharon:

Leftover fruit from breakfast, apple, strawberries, cherries, and carrot for some veg variety.  After having like no fruit yesterday I needed this.


My mom and I visited a dog park in Lake Oswego after breakfast.  The dogs had fun, but didn’t play much since it wasn’t familiar territory.


Breakfast was a yummy treat at La Provence in LO.  We shared blueberry pancakes and the Colette omelette, which was more like an egg and basil frittata with tomatoes and Swiss cheese on top.  Yum!  I ate a little bit too much…



I wanted something sweet, and most likely just needed water last night, but I had these.  Love!  Maybe in about three years I’ll eat through the multiple packs I have leftover from last Halloween.


This incredible drink should have been enough for dessert…


Dinner was a visit to see Maria at Fajitas.  ‘Twas a beautiful day so we sat outside with the LB.  My burrito turned out a bit different:  carrot, green beans, olives, jalapenos inside with traditional enchilada sauce and a LOAD of cheese outside (forgot to say no cheese), beans and rice on the side. 


Chris and I were at work for a few hours doing more scanning and organzing. So not exciting, but productive at least.

Lunch was the other half of Friday’s dinner burrito warmed in a skillet, and mixed with some TVP.  I thought it would be too much food, so I didn’t add the egg whites I’d planned on, but I was still hungry afterward and had a piece of toast with Smart Balance Light.



Breakfast was a traditional bowl of steel cut oats, eaten outside while playing with LB.



We were invited to dinner at Chris’ clients’ house, and had a wonderful time.  They have a gorgeous backyard with a pond, beautiful flowers, a veggie plot, and more. 

Dessert was individual cheesecakes with strawberries and cream.  Heavenly!


Dinner was the t-bone I mentioned, grilled asparagus, a Romaine salad with onions, avocado, grapes, and homemade dressing, grilled French bread with olive oil, sea salt crystals, and green onions, and some crudite and crackers served with tapenade.





Lunch was ????  I can’t remember and I don’t have a pic. 

Here’s some of Chris’ pics from Arizona.  I made him promise to photograph some of his eats since he stole my camera 😉





Looks like it was my kind of menu 😉

There were tons of bunnies all over the place.  They have cute white tails!


And some ducklings with their mama 🙂


And that’s all, folks.  I’d love to give you like another ten pages to read, but I’m tired and tomorrow is an early day.  I will share that I bought the last of my office furniture yesterday!! 🙂  Yay!  Can’t believe our first day in our new office is one week from today.  Time flies.  Must be having fun then, right?  We’ll leave that one open for discussion…

G’night 🙂