Why am I telling you about the food, and the Starbucks? Because I'm feeling "fat." I've gained some weight since Christmas and it's not good. My fantastic size 6 pants are too tight, and my size 8 skinny pants (I have a couple) that I used to be able to pull on and off without unbuttoning, I now have to unbutton. I know it's silly, I know I'm not fat, but I don't like the feeling of gaining weight.
It's funny how people's perceptions change. 3 years ago 150 lbs was fantastic. May 2013 was the first time I saw 150 and I was so excited. Today, not so much. I've decided that this week I'm going to start eating my salads again, I haven't been eating salad at all lately, and that used to be my regular lunch. I defrosted a piece of chicken last night and baked it this morning while getting ready for work I'm also going to avoid the candy and chocolate that is floating around my office. Which will be interesting because I got to my desk this morning and there was chocolate sitting there, not to mention the 50% off box of chocolates I bought at the pharmacy yesterday on my way home. I'm not going to commit to no Starbucks this week because sometimes I need a coffee in the afternoon, but I will try to not go as often as I have been (which isn't daily, but is quickly becoming close).
My weekend was really fun. We went down to Astoria/Fort Steven area with my parents and all my sisters and their families. We've been doing these trips on President's Day weekend for a long time now, 13 years or so. We started out always going to Fort Stevens and staying in yurts, a permanent tent-like cabin on a campground, we've graduated to renting houses, because we're all old now and none of us want to go back to the cold and inconvenience of the yurts. (Although, Damian really wants to do the yurts again.)
My sister and her husband and son came from N. Carolina as well. Her son and Maddox had a blast. A.J. is only 3 months younger than Maddox and I really wish they could see each other more often. I have my issues with my sister and her husband, but seeing the boys play together really made me wish they could see each other more often than just once a year.
|From the car on the way down.|
The weather was rather crappy. We went to the beach on Saturday morning, just in time for the wind and rain to pick up. We didn't stay very long, but if you're going to go to the Oregon coast, you have to go to the beach. ; )
After going to the beach we went into Astoria to browse the antique shops, but the weather was so awful we only went into a few and then ate lunch and went back to the house.
|Tami, my sister from N.C. is on the left, and Maddox, A.J., |
and my niece, Kaylee, are on the chair looking at A.J.'s Kindle.
|A close up of the three of them.|
Sunday I got up rather late, 7:30 or so, which is late for me. My brother-in-law (Nancy's husband) is a early riser as well, so whenever we are some place together we are always the first ones up. He is usually earlier than me, but on Sunday almost everyone was up before I got up.
We went down to Seaside for lunch and then hung out there for the afternoon. We went to the aquarium there, which Maddox was fascinated by.
|My dad is on the left and Nancy and Maddox in the red car.|
|Starting closest to the camera going clockwise, Matthew|
(nephew, black shirt), Chris, Scott (standing up, Nancy's
husband), Damian, Nancy's head, my Mom, Phil (Tami's
husband), Tami, and Barbara, not sure where my dad went.
|Maddox using A.J. as a horse|
|The elk were about a block from the house, right next to the road.|
I almost forgot, I did do some exercise over the weekend. On Saturday after we got back to the house I decided to run the stairs. I am doing The Big Climb with my coworkers in March and I wanted to see if I could do stairs. I've been running hills on Saturdays, but I don't know how well that translates to stairs. Anyway, there were 50 stairs total in the house, and the Columbia Tower, which is what I will be climbing, has 1,311 steps, so that meant I had to do 26.22 times up the stairs in the house. I ran up 20 times, and then my sister Nancy joined me and we did 6 more slower than my first 20. Then for some reason I decided to do one more, and carried Maddox up the last flight. Ugh! Yesterday my calves were sooooo sore. Today they're not too bad, but at least I know I can climb the Columbia Tower, of course, that's all up and no down part to rest, so I will see how I do in March.
Oh, and I didn't mention Valentine's Day, did I? We didn't do anything. Chris doesn't see the point in it, so he rarely buys me anything. I bought myself some chocolates yesterday that were 50% off . . . that I now can't eat, but that's it. =)