Monday, June 22, 2015

quinoa salad

I'm sure I've posted about quinoa salad... but it is so one of my favorite summer meals!  Fresh veggies, quinoa, avocado... yummmm.  I made a batch tonight and had a serving for dinner.  The rest of the servings I split up into ziploc bags and I will eat them for lunches and dinners this week.

This weekend I got a new Fitbit.  I used to have one and it got lost - I'm thinking one of my cats knocked it into my Goodwill donation bag.  I have my daily goal set for 7,000 steps, and will eventually up that.  I took a walk after work today and hit my goal.

I'm sure I'll get there tomorrow too - I'm going to Red Rocks to see Jurassic Park.  Going to Red Rocks pretty much guarantees that I will make whatever goal I have set as far as steps go.

Well, this is a boring blog entry.  I'm gonna go do dishes and put laundry in the dryer.

Monday, June 15, 2015

full of la folie and jamming to sam hunt

Well friends, it's Monday night and I've got the better part of a bottle of La Folie in me.  And when I say "the better part" I really mean everything but a few more sips in my last glass.  And dang, was it good.  (If you don't know what La Folie is, you are missing out.  Best Belgian Sour Ale from New Belgium Brewery. YUM.)  Definitely not on the plan.  Don't really care.

In other news, my date on Saturday went really well.  Better than expected, though I didn't have a ton of expectations anyway.  If one of your friends wants to set you up on a blind date, suggest having that friend and their significant other come too.  Best date I have been on in a really long time.  It wasn't too awkward, because with my friend and her husband there who knew both me and the guy they were setting me up with, there was no lag in conversation.  We had a really good time.  And we've got a second date planned.  Just me and the guy though. :) Next Tuesday seems really far away.

I also went hiking again this weekend!  It was about six miles.  We saw tons of wildflowers, and the weather was once again perfect.  It tried to spit on us a few times but we never got more than a drop or two of rain at a time the whole time we were on the trail.  I'm still really struggling with the uphill sections.  Downhill or flats I'm good with for days, but uphills, ugh.  I'm hoping that as I continue hiking and getting in better shape they will get easier.

This song is my jam right now.  Sam Hunt, you can sing to me all day long.


Monday, June 8, 2015

getting back into it

I ordered a new scale - it should arrive tomorrow!  It's the most popular scale on Amazon, so I'm thinking it should be good.  Anything is better than the scale I have now... I replaced the batteries, I keep it in the same place, and still it will give me wildly different readings on back to back tries.  It's also 6 years old so for a $20 scale, I probably got my money's worth.

I got in touch with my dietitian and we have a phone meeting scheduled for Saturday morning.  She made a plan for me last fall and shipped me the info, but we never had our phone meeting.  So we're doing it now!  Glad to finally be getting in touch with her.

Also on Saturday, I have a date.  A blind date.  However, it's also a group date, so my friend and her husband will also be attending.  I haven't been on a real date in AGES. So I'm kinda nervous.  I'm worried he is going to take one look at me and be totally uninterested because of my size right now.  And I know if he does that, then 1. his opinion is not my problem and 2. he's not the right guy for me.  But I still can't help being a little nervous.  Even if I don't hit it off with this guy, at least it will be a chance to see my friend! That's what I keep telling myself.

Who knows though, maybe he will be really cool!  Just going to have to wait and see.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Well, that was tough!

Today was the day... my first real hike in a few years.  It's a pretty dumb excuse not to hike, but I let my weight gain and lack of necessary gear stop me from hiking. Even though I had more than enough in gift cards to get the gear.  Even though I was part of a great hiking group that goes up pretty much every weekend.  Those were some dumb decisions.

However, deciding to get my new gear and get out there was a GREAT decision! There were 5 of us on this hike.  We parked a car at one end of the trail and then everyone piled in and drove to the other end for a straight through hike.

I really struggled with the altitude.  We were between about 9-10K feet high the whole time (only 800 ft. elevation gain) but boy was I feeling it - dizzy, head-achey, a little sick to my stomach.  At one point I had almost decided to go back down with Lisa to her car and then we would meet the rest of the group at the far end.  If it had gotten much worse, I probably would have turned back - altitude sickness is nothing to mess around with, and I'm kinda prone to it.

I kept drinking a ton of water and taking it a little slower than the group would usually go - and I made it!  Luckily these ladies are super nice, incredibly encouraging, and were happy to accommodate my slightly slower pace.  By the time we got to the top, took some pics, and started down to the second car, I was feeling much better.

The hike was super interesting!  It was up an old railroad track.  The rails are gone, but there were lots of silver mining ruins, which were so cool.   There was also a gigantic chimney, which is all that remains of an old dance hall.





It was a seriously beautiful hike, and a PERFECT weather day.  It's been so rainy in Denver lately, it was glorious to have a warm and sunny excursion to the mountains.  I got a little sunburned, but not so bad that it hurt when I took a shower.  Next time, SUNSCREEN.  

And for now, BEDTIME! I was ready to go to sleep around 5:30, but then I would have woken up at 3 AM so I forced myself to stay awake.  But it's 9:45 now, which seems perfect.  

Goodnight! 


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

I'm going hiking!

I've kept this blog active because I like reading posts by my favorite friends and bloggers, though I obviously haven't been making updates myself.  Part of me really wants to get back into blogging regularly... and another part doesn't really care. Haha. 

So, I thought I would do a post.  Can't promise there will be more... but maybe!

I have spent the last year and a half working incredibly hard to get out of debt.  And I did it! I'm DEBT FREE!!! Which is a truly remarkable thing to be.  I'm so very happy and proud of myself for working hard towards this goal and finally reaching it.  No more loans! No more monthly payments! 

It has been a long process, in which all of my focus and intensity were on paying off my debts.  I didn't have much of a social life, and I didn't spend much time working on other parts of my life. 

That said, I feel like I am finally ready to work on my health and fitness again.  Now that one big project is over, I am craving another challenge, and I'm ready to get back into improving my health.  I'd also like to have more of a social life again!  I won't spend a lot of money on it, but I can certainly do more than I have been the last year or so. 

I am going hiking on Sunday with a group of people I met at my previous job. I have been hiking with them before, but it's been a few years.  This Sunday's hike is about 5 miles long, but it isn't too difficult.  I think it will be a good "re-introduction" into hiking, as I haven't been in quite some time.  

I also have a group of friends that does evening hikes once a week.  I am planning to go out with them next Tuesday evening.  I don't think this will be very difficult or long, seeing as it is an evening hike after work on a weeknight - we won't be going too far into the mountains at all.  

I'm really excited to start hiking once or twice a week! My plan is to keep it up all summer.  I need to go to REI tomorrow or Friday and get a new backpack, as I don't have one right now. Preferably one with a water bladder included.  Luckily I have about $150 in gift cards plus my dividend to spend - and that should MORE than cover a new backpack.  My hiking sandals should still be in great shape, and I have plenty of workout type clothes I can wear to hike in.  I probably should find my poles... I think they might be in my front hall closet. 

Anyway, that's what's been going on with me!  How have you all been?


Friday, June 14, 2013

challenge time

I think what I'm going to do - instead of jumping all the way in at once - is to set myself a new goal every couple weeks.

I've spent the past couple days thinking about it, and I've come to the conclusion that the first goal ABSOLUTELY MUST be to stop drinking so many freaking calories.

At my new work the fridge is stocked with soda, which I've been drinking about half regulars and half diet.  I'm not going to cut out soda all together - YET - but I've got to switch over to diet.  The regular cokes are delicious, but not helping me at all.

I stop at Starbucks more often than I'd like for iced dirty chais... which I am fully capable of cutting back on.  When I first started this blog, I allowed myself to get Starbucks once a week, on Friday.  I'm going back to that rule.  I won't cut myself off completely, but I can definitely handle limiting my dirty chai fix to be a treat once a week.

The bigger challenge is going to be drinks at the bar.  However, with my primary drinking buddy moving away in a few weeks, perhaps it will be easier than I think.  Not saying there won't be days when I won't have a beer with dinner or anything, but again, this is an area I can cut back in without completely abstaining.

So that's the plan! For the next couple weeks I'll really focus on drinking a LOT more water, and far fewer caloric beverages.

Now the question is... what should I plan to tackle after this?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

i know, i know!

It's been a looooooong time. Over a year.

 The truth is though, I miss blogging. I feel dumb coming back after not writing for more than a year. 

So, what to do. Feel dumb. Or let it go and move on.

 Moving on... It's been an interesting year. Last summer I moved in with a good friend and former college roommate. I've loved living with her, but now she is moving out of state to live with her fiancee. (Guess that makes sense, but I'll miss herrrrrr!)

 I have a new job, at an oil and gas accounting firm. I've been there 3 months so far. I freaking LOVE IT. The people are awesome, the pay is better, and the work is interesting and challenging. I couldn't really ask for more. I feel like I've finally figured out what I'm good at - and I have to say, being GOOD at and also LIKING my job are AMAZING FEELINGS.

 Anyway, what with Emily moving away, I'm going to have some time to fill in my days. No more binge watching Netflix together. No more hanging out all weekend long being lazy. I need to build my own life back up. I've so loved this past year, and having a friend around all the time was so good for my mental health. But I also think I'm ready to live on my own for a little while. I want to work out more, I want to go to bed earlier. I want to cook healthier foods and not eat out so much. My physical health is definitely not where it used to be, and I'm excited to start down the path of living a healthier life again.

 I put my gym membership on hold for 3 months because 1. the spin classes that worked with my schedule (and that were taught by my favorite teacher) were cancelled for the summer. and 2. I'm going through a difficult financial situation and can use the $30/month elsewhere. I've scheduled it to pick back up at the end of August, and I already can't wait to get back! Until then, my workouts are going to be DVDs and walks and runs outside.

 I'll do my best to keep things updated here. I really do enjoy writing and blogging, and I'm looking forward to getting back into a routine in this area too.

For now, it's time to get some dishes done, perhaps make something for dinner (not gonna lie, it's like 90 in Denver and I ate ice cream when I got home from work...). So yeah, I need a real "dinner", which may end up just being a grilled cheese or a bowl of cereal.

 Be back soon... I promise!