Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Weight Loss Results Week 30



Summer is in full swing and watching what I eat hasn't been the focus of my days. I've only logged my calorie intake twice since my last check-in.

The last three weeks have been busy with all the normal tasks of toting kids to activities, pulling weeds in the garden, feeding chickens, trimming goat hooves & trying (unsuccessfully) to clean the house, as well as special summer outings. Ever since I was a kid, I've gone to central Oregon for a family reunion. Typically we camp. But, I didn't this year. Instead, I drove my 95 year old grandpa there for the day. We spent 7 hours in the car that day. But, it was worth it. I even managed to get in 10,000 steps. The next weekend I drove to Washington with my mom, daughter & aunt for a wedding. We were there 3 days & had a fabulous time! However, I didn't eat as well as I should have. This past week was spent at fair. Mr. T was showing a chicken, which meant day after day of barn duty. 13 hours a day at fair means I ate crappy fair food. Although, it also means I got a lot of walking in. It was no problem getting in the 10,000 steps those days.

These are the times when having good eating habits probably helps, a lot. I apparently don't have those habits yet since my go-to foods were neither an apple or a carrot.


 • FOOD •
Well, I know I could have ate better these last 3 weeks. But, I did have a salad last night for dinner at Subway... then came home and ate a large bowl of popcorn with probably too much butter and salt...

Family reunion potluck

I don't drink often, but I do enjoy a good drink once in awhile. Mojito by the bay with good company & truly I could care less how many calories were in it.

The wedding couple met at a pizza place, so they served pizza at their wedding. Of course, I ate it. And, a tiny bit of salad, too.

It seems like we ate dang near everything the fair had for food. We had curly fries, pizza, fried ravioli, corn dogs, nachos, corn on the cob, yakisoba noodles, street tacos, cotton candy, ice cream, lemonade, hawaiian ice & probably more. This, by far, was the most fair food I've ever eaten or fed my children. But, we were there a crazy amount of hours. It really wasn't even all that good. Well, the fried ravioli & corn on the cob were good.



 • EXERCISE •
I've kept active these last few weeks, but I have not done anything hard core. I've run on the elliptical, I've gone swimming, I've danced, the kids, hubby & I went for a great hike near our house one evening & I've gotten in 10,000+ steps every day. I know if I want better results I need to change up my routine & probably add in weights... but, I'm just not motivated to add those changes yet.

After today, I will have walked 10,000 steps for 42 days straight.
Giving myself the 100 day goal for 10,000 steps has definitely made me more aware of needing to get up and move. For instance, last night while Mr. T was at taekwondo Princess K, my niece & I decided to go to Subway. Normally I would have driven. Instead I told the girls we were going to walk. I don't know how far it was, but it took us 20 minutes to get there. And, it was 90° outside. The old me would have never voluntarily walked 20 minutes to eat dinner, then walk 20 minutes back on such a hot day. But, I knew if I didn't go for that walk I'd have to figure out how to get those steps in once I got home. I didn't want to walk once I got home.

For the first time, I wore my fitbit in a pool. It logged a few steps and still works just fine. I guess it truly is waterproof.

A couple weeks ago I earned my 250 total miles stepped from fitbit.


 • RESULTS •
The result from not eating as well as I should have, but still getting 10,000 steps a day (even when I didn't want to) has basically worked out to staying steady. I've fluctuated a bit, as I usually do, but today's official weight is 0.2 pounds less than 3 weeks ago. I'll take it.
Weight graph on my fitbit log

Weight Loss
Week 1: Starting Weight
Week 3: -5.2
Week 6: -3.4
Week 9:  -0.4
Week 12: -2.0
Week 15: -4.8
Week 18: -0.6
Week 21: -0.8
Week 24: +0.4
Week 27: -1.8
Week 30: -0.2
Total: -18.8 pounds

As always, I coulda, shoulda, woulda ate better... but didn't. I'm thrilled, though, that I still fit in my 2 sizes smaller jeans. It's basically a head game. Some day, hopefully, I'll win the game. Which, for me, would include never drinking another soda & not eating chips, doritos & tortilla chips specifically.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fort Vancouver


In June, I took the kids to Fort Vancouver. It was our first visit to this historic site.

Built in 1829, Fort Vancouver was once the most important settlement in the Pacific Northwest. It was the headquarters for the Columbia department of Britain's Hudson's Bay Company and primarily used for fur trade.

Here's some of what we enjoyed that day:

Palisade, Entrance to the fort & the Bastion at the end
A palisade is a wall of logs used to protect a fort. This palisade was used to protect the fort from theft, not battle.

Chief Factor's Residence & Kitchen

Kitchen
We arrived at the kitchen as the cook was getting his ingredients together.

Well & Wash house

Bakehouse & Wash House
An oven inside the Bakehouse used to bake bread & biscuits.

Inside the Blacksmith Shop

This guy explained how they used coal in the blacksmith shop & showed us an old beaver trap.

Excavated nails at Fort Vancouver

Chief Factor's Residence, sometimes called the Big House
This was the home of the chief factor in charge of Fort Vancouver.

Canon with the Chief Factor's Residence in background

Mt. St. Helens in the distance

Bastion
There was only one bastion built to protect Fort Vancouver.

The original bastion was built in 1845.

A peek at the fort through a cannon slit at the top of the bastion. The white building in front is the Counting House.

Inside the Counting House
The Counting House was where the financial records were kept.

One room in the Counting House had interactive things for the kids to explore.

I found this intriguing. It's a map of Sea Routes of the Fur Trade, 1785-1860

Another Room was set up to resemble Capt. Thomas Baillie's bedroom.

Carpenter Shop

There were two carpenters in the shop when we stopped by. One continued to work & the other answered questions the kids asked.

I believe most of the pieces in the carpenter shop are reproductions made by carpenters, such as the two men we met.

Fur Warehouse
The furs collected throughout the region were brought here to be cleaned & pressed before being sent to England.

Inside the small building used as a Jail were only these items.

Looking out the peephole in the jail door.


There are other things to see at the Fort Vancouver Historical Site including a garden, barracks & Victorian homes.

Interpretive Garden
A small scale version of the garden that was once outside the palisade walls.

Vancouver Barracks
In 1846, Oregon Country was divided so that north of the 49th parallel now belonged to the US, which meant the Britain based Hudson's Bay Company soon moved out. In 1849 the US Army established a post just slightly above the Fort. By 1866 all the buildings at the Fort were destroyed.

Officers Row
Officers Row is a tree lined street that once held the homes of US military officers of the Vancouver Barracks. The homes are still standing, but are no longer used for military personal. A couple of the homes are open to the public, others are residential homes.


We even found time to do a little letterboxing while at the Fort.

A couple weeks prior we collected a hitch hiker from a letterbox. A hitch hiker is an extra stamp & logbook found in a letterbox meant to be taken and placed somewhere else. We placed it in a letterbox we found at Fort Vancouver.


We spent a couple hours exploring the Fort and the garden. Although not my favorite site from the National Park Service, we still had a great time. I know I learned as much, if not more, than the kids. It's definitely on my list of places to return to.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Running Bib & Medal Display


I have been eying running bib holders on pinterest. I thought about purchasing one, but then realized I probably have all the necessary items to make my own. So, I got to work making one. I had a few requirements: I wanted it to hold both bibs & medals, I wanted it to say Celebrate Every Mile, I wanted to be able to write on it & I didn't want it to be too large.


We had a scrap piece of plywood lying around that was already painted white. Score! My hubby trimmed it to 18" x 12".

With indoor/outdoor paint I had used on other projects, I painted the background. First, I painted the blue. Then after the blue dried, I painted green right over the top. When the green was dry, I sanded the entire thing to allow some of the blue to come through. I was going for a not-so-perfect look. This step easily could have been omitted.


Then, I used chalkboard paint for my final paint layer. After it dried, I sanded it, especially along the edges to roughen it.

Using the font that came with the Boys Will Be Boys cartridge, I used my cricut machine to cut vinyl letters.

I screwed in 7/8" brass hooks to hold the bibs & medals. I might need to change out the hooks used for the bibs later. They aren't large enough to hold as many bibs as I had hoped. Right now I have 12 bibs hanging & I don't think the hooks can hold many more.

To hang the display on the wall I nailed a picture frame bracket to the back.

It was important to me to be able to list pr's, runs to look forward to or inspirational quotes on the board. This is my first experience using chalkboard paint & a chalk pen. They seem to be working fine.

I don't have many medals to hang, but that will change.

I'm pleased with the result. It's not perfect, but it accomplishes all the things I want it to. Most importantly, it hangs within eyesight of my computer to remind me to get off my duff and run.

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