Goodbye Idaho

July 1, 2011

I am currently enroute to California and yes I made all of my shit fit in my tiny suitcase.

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Goodbye Idaho well technically Spokane since that is where I take off from.

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So pretty this time of year

Now, I’m sitting at SEATAC eating dinner. In my attempt to eat healthy I got a delicious salad from Qdoba. When I was living in Juneau I would get so excited about getting to eat in Seattle, Qdoba being one of my favorites.  The food in Juneau sucks, unless you like seafood I suppose. I don’t. Now it ain’t no thing.

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Yes that is my foot on the left

I didn’t even eat the shell. And now I will just pretend like I didn’t get a chocolate muffin at Starbucks earlier Smile 

My flight has been delayed half an hour. Hopefully I get to Cali sometime tonight!

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I am working until 4:30 today and am then heading straight home to pack all of this:

That’s right. I am going to attempt to fit all of  THAT into my carry on suitcase. Wish me luck!

Seattle Shopping

May 5, 2011

Literally the first thing I did after arriving in Seattle was Google the closest Lululemon! Seriously my favorite workout clothes ever! The wunder unders are awesome leggings too that I always wear out running errands and stuff. Since I discovered the brand I have never lived near one so I have done all my shopping on their website or eBay. This is probably a good thing though cause otherwise I would spend way to much buying all their stuff! So whenever I am in a city that has one I make sure to stop by. This trip I had planned on doing very little shopping but unfortunately I suck at that. haha But I have been feeling down about my weight lately so my motivation to purchase form fitting workout clothes was really lacking. I ended up walking out of the store with only one purchase, the Down Time Jacket.

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This was the only picture I could find, but mine is in solid black. I love it! I think this jacket will be good to use as a to and from as well as wearing it outside while working out. I got a size 8 and it fits great, roomy enough to wear layers underneath but not to big.

We also stopped by Forever 21 because they had a grand opening of a 3 story store! Crazy, it was literally the largest Forever 21 I have ever been in. The local radio station were advertising free gift cards to shoppers there when the store opened its doors bright and early Saturday morning. So we woke up bright and early to get there and when we circled the block trying to find parking we discovered the line to get in was wrapped around the block. There was no way we were waiting but we came back later and I got some cute stuff for summer.

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Shirt: $24 Shorts (for when I love 10 lbs.): $12.50

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Love Forever 21! They also gave out free umbrellas with every purchase, perfect  for Seattle.

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My last clothing purchase was because I forgot a coat and it was freezing!

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H&M $59

A trench coat! I have been wanting one forever and loved this one as soon as I saw it.

Besides souvenirs that’s pretty much all the shopping I did.

Seattle

May 3, 2011

Last Wednesday morning afternoon I made the 5 hr-ish trek to Seattle with a friend. I had 4 days of vacation left to use up by today and neither of us have ever had the chance to explore the city (although I almost moved there!), so naturally we hit up a lot of the touristy spots

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At the Seattle Center

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The Space Needle

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The View

We wanted to have one fancy dinner while there and decided to do it at the restaurant in the Space Needle. We got dressed up and made it to our reservation early so that we could check out the observation deck. Once seated we took out time and spent about two hours in the restaurant. Besides the view, the food was fantastic (although overpriced.) The next best part were what was left on the wall. The restaurant spins so that you can get a 360 degree view but the outside wall doesn’t. So we saw all kinds of notes and someone even left a pack of gum! It was fun Smile 

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The Aquarium

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View of the city from our boat tour

We also went to Pike’s Place Market. They sell beautiful flowers all through out Pike’s as well as other farmer Market type things. The coolest part was seeing the first Starbucks! Of course it was packed but we went in really quickly to get a mug. All the merchandise has the original logo on it which is kinda cool. 

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Since we were going to The Aquarium first we parked down by the shore and then took an elevator to the market. Well when we got in the elevator there was a man dressed in a suit covered in metallic silver paint with a box that matched. He then proceeded to tell us that this was his elevator, it was made for him and you could tell because it was all silver! haha It was pretty funny, then later we saw him posing for pictures with tourist for money and then it made more sense. And then while walking back to the car saw this guy on the side of a building

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Wtf is this about? He totally matched the crazy silver guy in the elevator!

I’m going to do another post on shopping cause I got some really cute stuff, man do I miss living closer to a city!

Week 3 Weigh In

April 26, 2011

Weight as of 4/26: 155.2

I’m not happy with this number but given the circumstances of the last couple of weeks things could have been a lot worse.

Food

I have been eating without care or regard for calories and nutrition. Every morning after breakfast I have written down a menu plan for the day. I think this is a good practice that I will continue to do,I just need to follow through with the menu. I did this all week but around lunch time the stress of everything going on would come to the forefront of my mind and I would give up and give in to all the food temptations at my office and home.

Workout

Working out has been almost non-existent. While in California I went on a few walks. I packed work out clothes and my running shoes with good intentions but the weekend ended up being a lot more emotionally exhausting then I expected. This past Easter weekend I went golfing on a 9 hole course. We walked the course and I actually woke up the next day with a sore mid section! I do not foresee golfing becoming a serious hobby for me but it is a good way to enjoy the sunshine and be active. I think I will be going several times this summer.

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Ponderosa Springs Golf Course

The Next Week

Today starts my 4 day vacation. I will be hanging out at home for the day then tomorrow, after a dreaded dentist appointment, I will be heading to Seattle! I have had a layover at SeaTac almost every time I’ve flown for the past 3 years and have even ventured out to a hotel next to the airport once but have never had a chance to explore the city. Now that I only live 5 hrs. away I hope this will be the first of many trips to the city.

So what does this mean for the diet? I am hoping to break even next weigh in. To save money and calories I will bring food for breakfast, lunch and snacks from home. We have not booked a hotel yet but I hope to find one with a workout facility and that is within walking distance to many of the major attractions.

I have been in California 13 days this month. This made me realize how much I truly miss the place. When I first moved I never thought I would miss it so much.

Here are some pics from my trips:

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I love the Dodgers and got to go to their Opening Series!

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I DO NOT miss the traffic Smile 

Unfortunately, I did not do good eating or exercise wise on either trips. Since I usually do not get to venture to So Cal very often the first trip I was gun ho about eating at restaurants I have not been to and about going out – re: drinking – with friends. I anticipated this and when I got back I went right back to eating very well. The second trip was unexpected and ended up being very emotionally exhausting, which manifested itself into lots of emotional eating. This did not get better once I got home. All I have been doing this week is work, sleep, and eat. No fun. Both trips I packed my running shoes and workout clothes and ended up using them once. Which I guess is better than nothing.

Next week I will be in Seattle and will work on doing better.