Happy Huuuuuump Day everyone! Does anyone else remember the commercial that I am referring to?? I certainly hope so.. I included it below just in case 😉
Anywho! As I mentioned in my last post, I want to get myself into the habit of writing (for fun) more often, so here we go!
The last post I wrote on here I actually started working on this past Saturday afternoon when Ian and I headed to one of our favorite coffee shops to work on a few things. Ultimately, we wanted to start off our weekend productively and I am glad we did! It feels good getting things done over a nice cup of coffee 🙂
Speaking of which, I am considering writing up a post on my favorite coffee spots in Portland, so please be sure to let me know if that is something that you would like to see!
Portland Gathering of the Guilds & Girls’ Day
Sunday morning, Ian’s mom picked me up and we headed to Portland’s Gathering of the Guilds. We had been talking about going for the past week, so I was very excited to check out what Portland’s largest art show had to offer.
And wow. I could not believe how much there was to see! There were two sections to the art show, the ceramics section & the glass and woodwork section. The ceramics section may have been my favorite part of the art show.. but maybe that is because I absolutely love ceramic mugs and bowls. In fact, after looking at all the ceramics I wanted to find a ceramics class to learn myself. I used to love art class as a kid and always looked forward to the few days a month that we would have it. Now that I am out of school and working, why not take a class for fun?
I also enjoyed taking in all of the art with Ian’s mom. She is a phenomenal artist and seamstress. This year she has taught me so much about sewing and there is so much I still have to learn. We have had a blast together making my first pillows, creating matching onesies for Ian, WINSTON, and I.. and now taking in the talent of Portland artists together. We had so much fun 🙂
After the show, we had worked up quite a bit of an appetite. It took us a few hours to walk through the entire place.. so our feet were tired and we were ready for some brunch. Ian’s mom suggested that we ate at Papa Haydn and boy, was it good.
Rather than ordering our own dishes, we opted to split a breakfast basket and Croque Madame. The Croque Madame was out of this world. I mean, we were both salivating when our waitress placed it down in front of us. In fact, it was the last one they had left that day!
The Croque Madame consisted of Grand Central (one of Portland’s best bakeries) brioche battered, smoked ham, gruyere, sunnyside up egg, bechamel, and smoky maple syrup. It was insane. If you ever find yourself at Papa Haydn, I highly recommend ordering this for brunch.
Not only was our food absolutely delicious, but the atmosphere in Papa Haydn was so enjoyable. The restaurant is bright with natural light from the windows and has the cutest interior. We couldn’t help but take it all in while sipping on our teas and talking about life and everything in between. Before we knew it, we had been there for almost two hours.. so we ordered a dessert to share and as we expected.. it was also phenomenal.
We ordered their Rhubarb Crisp which had roasted Northwest rhubarb with cabernet pepper sauce, honey, and a hint of strawberries and citrus. Served warm with ginger-almond streusel and vanilla ice cream. It was incredible.
Getting back into shape
Ok, so now that I just talked about all of the food I ate this past Sunday afternoon let’s talk about getting into shape 😂
Seeing that I used to have two-a-day workouts in college when I was on the rowing team.. to being a full-time employee that struggles to consistently workout more than 4 times a week, all I can say is that I can feel a difference between how I felt in college and how I feel now. I am nearly two years out of school and for the first time in a very very long time (like maybe when I was a child), doors are becoming heavy for me and stairs are no joke. I mean, I catch myself feeling tired after climbing 3 flights of stairs these days. My 22 year old self would be laughing at me right now but this is a reality that many people face post graduation.
In fact, I remember a conversation I had with my brother recently where we were talking about fitness and my brother admitted to not having the energy to workout like he used to. After getting out of work late nearly everyday and battling through Bay area traffic, getting himself to the gym was becoming more of a challenge. And you know what, I 100% understand how he feels.. and even crazier, I now understand how my mom felt when she used to get home and plop onto her bed when I was younger.
So why am I talking to you all about this now? Well, seeing that I have a trip to Costa Rica coming up in August and MY WEDDING (what?!) in a year and a half, I am feeling motivated to get back to my healthy lifestyle that I once had and cherished.
I used to write about recipes, my fitness goals and achievements, and my day to day thoughts on my very first blog – Dulce Vie. Once I got to college, one of my teammates (who was 4 years older than me) admitted to have been reading my blog since before my first day as a freshman in college and that kind of freaked me out. Here I was writing to a bunch of strangers on the internet and then BOOM someone read it who I knew and I was freaked out. I don’t know, call me crazy, but after that moment I lost motivation to continue writing on Dulce Vie. Well, that and the lack of time I had from 2 practices a day and my full course load.
Anywho, why am I writing all of this? Well, I have found that writing about what you eat and what workouts you have been doing actually helps not only keep you motivated to eat well and workout but also makes doing so a little more fun. That being said, I will try my best to share with you all my dietary changes and workouts with the hopes of not only getting myself back into shape but also maybe encourage you all to do the same (if you are not already) 🙂
+ Diet – restrict meals eaten out to a maximum of two per week. Eat more fruits and veggies. Snack less at work. Limit beer consumption to 2 beers a week (it’s Portland, the beer here is just too good to pass up sometimes!). Drink more water.
+Exercise – workout for at least 20 mins 4 times a week at minimum. Get a minimum of 10,000 steps a day (tracked on my Fitbit). Go for a 20-30 minute walk every day during lunch. Have at least one active activity planned for the weekend.
This plan is simple but that is how I like things. I am not going to cut out carbs. I am not going to forbid myself from touching beer. I am simply going to improve the way I am doing things. This is a plan that I feel I can realistically accomplish.
Now your turn!
- Have you been to an art show before?
- Do you have a favorite brunch spot near you?
- Do you have any health & fitness goals?