Category Archives: breakfast

Almost Back to Normal


Sunday morning Michael’s family left to go home to Texas and we went out to breakfast with Jeremy. I’ve been wanting to try Hash for breakfast for a long time.

It’s a restaurant in Sellwood that seems to always have a packed restaurant. Since it was so early, we were able to get a table immediately. I got coffee and they brought scones with applesauce to the table. It was fantastic.

I wanted some eggs because it had been awhile since I had my usual breakfast. I got the omelet with Canadian Bacon, sausage, spinach and goat cheese. It was AMAZING! One of the best breakfasts I’ve had in a long time. The service was great too. I really enjoyed my experience at Hash and will definitely return to try other things.

My omelet came with fresh fruit (watermelon and blueberries) and brioche toast with freshly made raspberry jam.

I told Michael we need to recreate my omelet sometime. The crumbled Canadian Bacon and goat cheese were a fantastic combo. Originally the omelet came with truffle cheese but I asked for the goat cheese instead since I’m not a fan of mushrooms. The word “truffle” just turned me off. The goat cheese, however, went perfectly with it.

Michael got the steak, hash and poached egg dish and he said it was one of the best breakfasts he’s had in a long time too.

After breakfast I went to the pool for the first time in about a week.

It was such a wonderful, relaxing swim! I felt great in the pool and then I spent a long time in the steam room relaxing. It felt good to almost get back to “normal” after a whirlwind of house guests, trips, day trips, and lots of eating out. 🙂 Jeremy is here for another week before heading back to Ireland.

I really enjoyed having Michael’s family visit. I like them a lot and always have a great time with them. Texas women definitely have a “look” and I will admit that I felt like a big, frumpy cow next to them. It was a little uncomfortable…I’m a really casual dresser. I try to be feminine and try to wear skirts and dresses when going out, but I definitely don’t have a “look”. I also feel like I’ve gained 20 pounds in the last 5 days of over-eating. NOT looking forward to the August Weigh-In.

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Breakfasts of Champions


My breakfasts don’t vary very much.

A common breakfast that Michael and I have is scrambled eggs with salsa and sour cream, 2 turkey sausage links and we split a Bagel thin. Sometimes with butter on it, usually cream cheese if we have it.

On Saturday after our bike ride, we had breakfast burritos: scrambled eggs, shredded cheese, chopped sausage, black beans, sour cream and salsa. On Sunday we went out to breakfast at Bertie Lou’s:

Bertie Lou's

Again, eggs. This time, fried eggs with an English Muffin and 2 spicy chicken sausages. I didn’t eat many of the potatoes.

Oatmeal is usually what I make on my own:Or I fry my own eggs, like this morning:

QUESTION: Do your breakfasts change much? Or do you find that eat the same thing every day? I’m looking for suggestions!

I Hate Low-Carb


Dinner last night was low-carb. We are attempting to limit our carbs for a few days this week leading up to Friday’s Carb-Loading dinner! Let me just say, I absolutely hate the concept of a Low-Carb diet. It’s so frustrating. There’s carbohydrates in everything: fruit, grains, oatmeal! I think I’ve officially said “Whatever” to the idea of limiting them this week.

For dinner I made chicken with pesto on it (Pesto only has 3grams of carbs). I tossed the chicken pieces (see above picture) and then put them on a foil-lined baking sheet.

I baked the chicken at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes. It turned out a tad dry. I would make this recipe again but I’d do at it 375 degrees instead.

I made a salad and steamed some broccoli as our sides. The salad was:

Baby Spinach

Cucumber

Craisins (yes, they have Carbs, grrr!)

Oil and Balsamic Vinaigrette

And I had a glass of wine. Yes, I know there are carbs in wine. I didn’t really care at this point. I really don’t understand how people can survive without carbs!

My Favorite Wine

I topped the baked chicken with some Mozzarella Cheese. We realized we didn’t have any Mozzarella so Michael brilliantly grabbed a few of the string cheeses he bought from Costco and cut them up. Worked great!

Dinner was tasty. I enjoyed the chicken, even though it was a tad dry. There’s just something wonderful about the pesto-Mozzarella combo!

Yesterday’s post turned out to be a hot topic! So many people had wonderful suggestions about shopping and buying clothes during weight loss. One thing I forgot to write about was that my SHOE SIZE also changed! For as long as I could remember, my shoe size was 8 1/2. When I lost weight I was suddenly not fitting in 8 1/2 shoes. For a short while I went down to a size 7 1/2! I didn’t stay at that size for long, though and I’m now a size 8. It was definitely a strange happening. I had never heard of losing weight and losing shoe sizes!

Since I had pretty much given up on limiting my carbs, I made Oats for breakfast. I tried a new kind today. It has Oats, Barley, Wheat, and Rye!

Oats, Barley, Wheat

I mixed in some protein powder, Benefiber, and brown sugar.

Breakfast

I’ve been sniffing and sneezing since this weekend. I think it’s allergies. But just to be safe, I drank a raspberry Emergen-C.

While I was waiting for my oatmeal to cook, I snagged a few strawberries.

Gimme Carbs!

QUESTION: Have you ever tried a low-carb diet or Atkins? What did you think?

Ouch My Leg


After the bike ride yesterday we cleaned up and went out to dinner. We ended up at a Mexican restaurant in Sellwood called the Iron Horse. It’s an okay place. Sometimes the food there can be really good, sometimes it’s not so great. I still have about 1900 calories left for my day so I wasn’t too concerned about what I was ordering! We both got a Widmer Hefewizen beer.

Beers

It tasted great! For dinner, I ordered the Butternut Squash Enchilada. I’ve been craving that dish for awhile now. The best place to order it in Portland is at the Sapphire on SE Hawthorne. The dish I had last night didn’t come close to the one at the Sapphire. 😦 It had carrots and apples in the enchilada as well, which would be tasty but…. Unfortunately, it was overloaded with cheese and I barely tasted any butternut squash! Disappointing.

Plate Before

I ate about half of it and then stopped. I was full.

Plate After

The Iron Horse has really good fajitas–that’s usually what we order there. Oh well.

I slept like the dead last night and woke up feeling okay. My neck and shoulders aren’t sore–that’s usually where I am sore after biking. My butt is DEFINITELY sore. But the strange sore spot today is my triceps! Weird!

For breakfast I had a bagel thin with light cream cheese, a banana and a Vitamin C drink.

Breakfast

My bruise hasn’t formed yet. My leg is SORE! And there’s a swollen red spot. I know tomorrow it’s going to be ugly! Not sure what today has in store for me yet. I’m heading to the pool soon! Enjoy your Sunday!

QUESTION: What goals are you working towards for this summer?

Sports Nutrition


I mentioned that I’m reading “Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition”. I’m about half way through the book so far. I wanted to share some of the notable things I’ve read so far.

Sports Nutrition

The good news: I already do a lot of the things lined out in this book. (Disclaimer: some of what I will post are direct quotes, but most are just notes that I took while reading. I will try to note the direct quotes when I can.)

The first tip is simple. Create a Winning Eating Plan:

1. Eat 3 kinds of food at meals.

2. Choose foods in their natural state.

3. Think moderation.

Choose Fresh Veggies

She really emphasized whole grains throughout the book. Here are some of her suggestions:

*Whole grain cereals

*Oatmeal

*Bagels (pumpernickel, rye)

*Muffins (bran, corn, oatmeal)

*Dark breads

*Stoned Wheat bread

*Whole grain crackers.

Pumpernickel Bread

Quick Snack Ideas

*V8 juice

*Dried apricots

*Fresh fruit

*Add cranberries/mandarin oranges to salads

*Oatmeal packet

Quick Oatmeal

And she also emphasized PEANUT BUTTER. Peanut butter seems to be the magic food for athletes.

Peanut Butter

Here are some ideas for meals:

Breakfast

1) Banana with a glass of skim milk.

2) Yogurt with high fiber cereal

3) Whole wheat bagel with peanut butter

4) Pita bread with low fat cottage cheese

Lunch

1) Salad with a whole wheat bagel

2) Peanut butter and raisin sandwich

3) Turkey and pita sandwich

*Not My Pic

Dinner

1) English Muffin Pizzas

2) Grilled chicken with brown rice and steamed veggies

Snacks

1) Peanut butter and crackers

2) Instant oatmeal

3) Homemade Trail mix

4) Bananas or other fresh fruit

My Morning Snack

More later! 🙂

QUESTION: What is your “super” food?

Vernonia-Banks Biking Adventure


Last night I was utterly exhausted. I realized that in the last 7 days, I’d swam 3 times, ran 2 times, biked 2 times, walked 5 times. It all caught up to me! I went to bed pretty early Friday night and I slept in until 8am. We weren’t sure what we were going to do Saturday (today) since the weather was iffy. I decided we should just go for the bike ride and pack our rain gear just in case. Michael made breakfast burritos: scrambled egg, chopped turkey sausage, black beans, salsa, cheese, sour cream. Tasty!

Breakfast Burrito

I packed the backpack with protein bars and GU just in case:

Fuel

This is where we headed to Vernonia. I read about it on Running Stories Blog.  It looked like the perfect place for a bike ride! We drove out to Banks (about 40 minutes West from Portland) and found the parking lot.

Park

A few drops were falling but that was the extent of the rain! We really lucked out today.

Ready To Bike

We wore our long sleeved shirts and tights over our shorts. The temperature was right in the middle of slightly cold, but slightly hot (once we got moving).

Michael

We set out on the trail here:

Trailhead

We rode through some countryside and there was slight incline that was almost too slight to notice…It didn’t feel like I was riding uphill but my legs were burning! Michael mentioned casually that he could tell we were going uphill. I immediately felt better! I thought I was just slow and lethargic! It turned out the path was pretty much uphill the whole way.

We quickly entered the forested part of the trail. The temperature dropped a bit more but I didn’t mind it because I was still going UPHILL!

Forest

The trail wasn’t very crowded. We saw a few families on bikes, a few runners, a few serious bikers, and two women on horseback.

We stopped a few times so I could take some photos and to take the rain jacket off. We were probably only 30 minutes from the Oregon Coast. The weather was definitely beach weather. It was a gorgeous trail, too. There were trees on both sides of the trail.

And here you can see the official State Flower of Oregon: MOSS! 🙂

A few times another path veered off but they were gravel paths for horseback riders. All the trails were clearly marked, too. We were finally getting into our “groove” when the path turned into gravel! I was not expecting the trail to be unfinished. I found out after the fact, of course, that 3 miles of the trail are unfinished. BUMMER. Gravel + road bikes = flat tire. We turned around at just over 1 hour and headed back. At Mile 10 (just after Stub Stewart State Park) it turns to gravel until Mile 7 (Mile 1 starts at Vernonia, we started at Manning which was at Mile 16.)

The ride back made it completely evident that we had been riding uphill the whole way. It took us half the time and we were going so fast I was freezing! I stopped to put my jacket and gloves back on. There was a really cool bridge too.

Curving Bridge

It was long and I could hear water underneath us, but I couldn’t see it. We made it back to the parking lot and kept going on the trail for another 4 miles or so and then turned back. In total we did about 20 miles in 2 hours.

I burned 700 calories during the bike ride. For lunch we found ourselves at the McMenamin’s in Hillsboro called Imbrie Hall. I had never been to that one before and it was very cute!

There was a nice garden out back and we stumbled onto a wedding in the process!

I was FAMISHED! I ordered the BBQ Pork Sandwich with coleslaw and a side salad.

It really hit the spot. I hadn’t realized how hungry I was until the food was right in front me. Michael got the mini pizza.

Lunch was delicious. I’m now home, doing laundry and almost done with Season 2 of Mad Men. Hope everyone is having a great weekend! 🙂

QUESTION: Is there a “secret” spot in your town that is a great place to bike/hike/run/walk? Share!

Blog’s New Home


Breakfast of Champions

I have today off from work as a mini vacation. I decided to try WordPress.com as a domain for my blog and really liked it! I hope everyone moved over here. 🙂

Breakfast is a medium size banana with Trader Joe’s Peanut butter and a handful of Raisin Bran.

I see some sunshine outside. Time to get back to running!

I got ready to go out. I was a little unsure of what the weather would be like so I wore a tank top and my running jacket just in case.

I did about 5 minutes of stretching and then headed outside.