Ugh

I tried out my new “body analysis scale” today and had a serious wake up call. I know I’ve been gaining weight, but didn’t realize how much. I don’t even want to say on here…. but I will because it keeps me accountable. The new scale says I weigh 232 pounds and have 39.9% body fat. True, this is right after Thanksgiving, but still really sucks. I need to loose at least 36 pounds ofย  fat in order to reach the upper end of “average” percentile for women.

Tomorrow is a new day!

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Thanksgiving weekend

I had a fantastic weekend with family!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Yancy and I left Seattle on Wednesday afternoon and drove to Pullman, Washington. After a miserable three days of continuous rain in Seattle, we were relieved to reach theย  dry, mild weather in Eastern WA. The pass had snow, but the roads were clear and traffic wasn’t too bad at the time we left. Only the day before the pass had required chains and was temporarily closed for avalanche control. The trip was pretty uneventful except that a car in front us clipped a deer and another deer ran in front of us. The drivers/passengers, cars, and deer were all fine… it was just a little reminder to be careful.

Wednesday night we had yummy homemade lasagne and wine, and a great time visiting around the dinner table. This year’s Burns family gathering was smaller than previous years, but just as fun. There were 7 all together and all of us “kids” are pretty much grown up. Yancy’s cousins are pretty geeky so they got along great. Thursday was pretty laid back…. except the part where we all cooked enough food to feed a small army. It was a good family effort though and everything turned out fantastic. We had a traditional Thanksgiving feast: turkey, homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes (MY FAVORITE), green beans (with almonds and bacon), broccoli salad, fruit salad, bread rolls, and cranberry sauce.ย  I think that covers it. Oh, and wine! And pumpkin pie for desert! I didn’t really attempt to eat “healthy” since that would take the fun out of it. So I’m going to have to work even harder to undo this weekend’s damage!!

Friday morning we went shopping in Moscow, Idaho… a tradition started only a few years ago. Yancy and I had only planned to buy a few low key items (gotta budget for unpaid time I’ll be taking off from work next month), but we sort of got into the spirit of bargain hunting and came home with quite a few things. I’m very excited about the “buy one, get one free” deal on Fiesta plate-ware to complete the set we have at home. We now have a four person set of cobalt blue plates, bowels, and giant mugs,ย  plus a serving platter and 2 large bowels (8 pieces for only $61). I can’t wait to have company and serve food on them! Yancy and I also got a super duper deal on shoes & socks from Famous Footwear. We got a fancy weight scale that tells your body fat percentage, a new colander for the kitchen, a giant funnel for beer making, some t-shirts for Yancy, a game for the Ps3, and pair of non-prescription sunglasses that I can wear over my contact lenses (Thanks to Aunt Beth for the amazing deal on those btw!). Even though we bought more than we had planned, everything was at least 20% off.

For lunch we had a repeat of Thanksgiving dinner (see photo) and of course I ate too much. Friday evening Aunt Beth worked at the WSU-UW volleyball game. UW won… what else would you expect? We could have all gone to the game but I’m not a big volleyball fan so everyone else decided to go bowling instead. It was really fun, but also humbling… I’m really lousy at bowling! Friday night after Beth got home is when the real party started. We had leftover lasagne and did a wine tasting of 4 consecutive years of Lady in Red (the 4th-8th editions), but we started with an Okanogan red and finished with a Maryhill red. Some of the wines were amazing, and some just weren’t good at all…. but all 6 bottles still were finished off. I’ve never really experienced a family night like this before. Just one family gathered together, enjoying wine, having great conversations, lots of laughter, listening to some good music, and just having a good time at home. Seriously can’t say how fun it was. And that’s just how the “Burns Clan” rolls!ย  They make me feel so loved and included in the family! This is my 10th Thanksgiving with the Burns family and I think 8 of those were spent in Pullman!!! And all were fun.

Saturday morning Yancy was feeling pretty hungover, he drank most of the bottle that everyone else hated and claims the “barnyard taste” was good. Breakfast was eggs, bacon, and some seriously yummy homemade cinnamon rolls made by cousin Kate. Wow, the girl is good at baking! Too bad I’m not even remotely interested in learning to bake, she could teach me a few things. The drive home was even smoother. The weather was partly cloudy and dry the whole way. We were home by 7pm to snuggle with the kitty and relax in our nice quiet home for the evening. And we still have the whole day tomorrow to chillax!ย ย  :O)ย ย ย  Here’s a few pictures from the weekend:

Catch up with pictures

Yancy and I had a really fun day! We started it off with a yummy home-cooked breakfast and french press coffee. We toured the University of Washington and now I’m really wanting to go there. The campus is gorgeous and they have tons of benefits for students, not to mention an outstanding reputation for turning out talented, well educated grads. I’m hoping to visit the admissions counselors soon to see what it would take to get into that school (down the road of course), I need to get started with applying now & getting my degree transferred if I’d like to attend next year.

We had a quick lunch in the U-District then went to visit our friend Bex and her two adorable kitties. Then we went to Larsen’s bakery for some more coffee and sugary mischief.ย  And went driving around in North Seattle looking at some houses I had seen online. It’s funny how perfect a place can look on the real estate’s web site, then you drive by and see that it’s in a neighborhood you wouldn’t want to live in. I was telling Yancy how fun it is to look at houses online, but when it comes to the real shopping… not so much fun. We’re hoping to make another attempt at home ownership next year, but it all depends on what happens with Yancy’s job. Cross your fingers!

After some errands and grocery shopping, we went home and made one of our favorite dinners: hawaiian pizza (with pre-made crust). I made some comment about “The Rock” a few days ago and now Yancy’s using that as an excuse to get me to watch a reeeeealllllllly long documentary about The Rock’s wrestling career. It’s painful and embarrassing (as in I’m embarrassed that Americans call this entertainment), but funny at times, and I can’t complain about all the scantily clad muscular hulks. ๐Ÿ˜›

Here’s a few pictures from the last week:

Nothing new

It’s been a low key week. Nothing exciting to report. I’ve just been tired and lazy after work. Today I slept in until 9:30am and only did a little bit of housework. I did go for my first acupuncture appointment today. I’m hoping it will help with this fatigue I’ve been struggling with, take care of my headaches, and help my immune system. We’ll see…ย  No exciting cooking either. In fact my fridge is pretty empty and we went out for dinner a few times this week. ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  I slept through the weight watchers meeting this morning, so have no idea where I’m at on the scale. Yancy and I will be buying a scale next weekend. I want one of those fancy ones that reads your body fat percentage and we’re hoping to find one in the “Black Friday” sales. I’m planning to get back on track with my diet next week, but I’m afraid at this point I won’t be able to catch up with my grandma who’s already lost at least 10 pounds. Yikes! I wish I had her determination! Right now I feel like I have too many things going on in my head and it’s hard to really give my attention to one thing for a while.

Supposedly we’ll be getting some snow this weekend, but I have yet to see any. I’m just crossing my fingers that it holds off at least until we get back from Thanksgiving. Next week is going to be fun! I only work three days, then a fun time with the Burns family! In fact, the next few weeks are going to be fun (but a little stressful financially). The doctor I work for will be taking almost 2 weeks off of work and I only have one day of work…. so basically will be missing an entire paycheck right before Christmas. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m hoping for some more volunteer time in the physical therapy department. And really excited about a visit from my mom. Oh, and maybe some long walks or bike rides to burn calories. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Good morning Monday

I think I’m going to be sore tomorrow. Already I can feel it when I lift my arms up. Just wait until the sitting/standing soreness kicks in, that’s when you know you had a good work out. ๐Ÿ˜›ย ย  I didn’t sleep well last night (maybe due to the afternoon coffee), but I’m ready to take on another week. Bring it!

Inspiration

I was reading a friend’s blog (who happens to be a published author) and was really inspired by this post. It takes a few minutes, but is totally worth the read: http://mikeattebery.com/post/8485653538/why-doing-the-job-youre-meant-to-do-mattersย ย  As I contemplate making a big career change down the road, this was really motivational. I can identify with some of his experiences. I also believe that work isn’t just about paying the bills. In our work we CAN find fulfillment and joy. I have a great job, but I feel in my heart that it’s not the one for me. I come home each night feeling tired and drained. I really want to exercise, read books, talk to friends, get outside, be active… but I’m too tired. If I really loved my job I would still have the energy to enjoy my evenings. It would feel like I’m “working” less hours, and I’d look forward to going back the next day. It’s not a fantasy. It’s something that I’ll have to work for. It won’t be tomorrow, or even next month. But it’s my goal to have a career that I love and that fulfills my dreams and makes me feel good about what I do.

Yum

Okay, today was a nice day. I enjoyed a deep massage, some time on the “roller table” with heat, and a chiropractic adjustment. Still a little sore, but less so. I came home and relaxed (other than doing dishes and laundry) and chatted online with Yancy and a friend in Texas. This afternoon I went for my first lap swimming session in months. I knew I had lost a little fitness, but dang! It felt like I was swimming in slow motion and got tired really quick. At least I still got 20 minutes of laps in before heading the call of the hot tub. Nothing beats a good hot soak after a workout! And as usual, I am grinning ear to ear after swimming. There’s just something so refreshing about being in the water! I feel lighter, graceful, and strong (pretty much the opposite of when I run). I went to the grocery store and saw an amazing sunset. The weather is actually pretty nasty today, but the sun shining through the rain on the city of Bellevue.. well, it just takes your breath away. Almost had to stop the car for a picture! After the grocery shopping I walked outside to a monsoon. Seriously haven’t seen it rain so hard in a long time. There was even lightening.

After home I proceeded to cook the most delicious dinner! A homemade chicken curry (a slightly modified recipe from my Paleo diet book). OMG, can’t tell you how yummy it was! And I can’t believe those flavors can come out of my kitchen, from scratch! I served the “butter chicken” over steamed red chard with a side of roasted red potatoes seasoned with curry. Yancy says his favorite part was the potatoes, but he sure ate that chicken up too.ย  ๐Ÿ˜›ย  I am loving cooking more and more. Maybe Mom & Grandma are right about me being a chef.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve got to get to bed because I’m going walking with my friend Stephanie in the morning. Yay! Here’s a few pictures:

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