Keeping Portland Weird

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I was in Portland for 36 hours and managed to do the following:

1. Visited Voodoo Donuts.

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2. Ate 1/4 of a sugar bomb donut from Voodoo.

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3. Saw some interesting writing on the side of buildings.

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4. Visited Powell books- well saw the outside…

5. Visited at least 6 breweries….Migration, Deschutes, Rogue, Basecamp, Pints, Upright and the last one is escaping my mind.

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6. Tried at least 10 new beers.

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Stout with a roasted marshmallow

7. Ate way to much food.

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8. Visited Portland State University.

9. Walked at least ten miles.

10. Walked over the Steel bridge at night.

11. Drove almost 450 miles in 36 hours.

12. Overall, drank too much beer.

It was a great experience with the family. I would definitely go again! Especially since there are many more breweries to visit. :)

What did you do over the weekend?

Have you been to Portland?

Favorite spot in Portland?

XO, Tara

A brief hiatus.

My friends, I am sorry for taking a little hiatus. I promise that it wasn’t planned, things just happen. Work happens, life happens, curve balls get in the way. You know what I mean.

So what have I been doing for the past two weeks or so? Well, nothing that will knock your socks off.

There has been a lot of pondering about life, work and what I want to do. I won’t get into the details, but the last few weeks have been tough. Although, when times get tough, you only get stronger from it. Today, I am stronger than I was yesterday and the day before.

Stronger mentally, physically and emotionally.

Over the past few weeks, I decided to go back to Flywheel to visit my Flywheel family (and get in a amaze-balls workout) and I tried a new workout at Sweat Equity Gym in Bellevue.

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Sweat Equity has classes for people at all fitness levels. If you are looking to lose weight, tone or build muscle mass, Sweat Equity will get you there.

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I’m not a hard core weight lifter at all, but I wanted to try something new that would definitely push me. Boy, did it push me. I was sweating buckets by the end of my first hour long class.  One word, Hooked! Bring on the deadlifts, squats, row machines, etc.

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I’m sorry body, but I’m really not. If it doesn’t burn, then you aren’t working hard enough. POW!

Adding something new and old into my life definitely helps when times get tough. I can zone out and focus on what matters.

On another note, I am going to Portland this weekend with my family to visit my step brothers. I am way too EXCITED. EKKK! I’ve never been before and I’ve only heard good things. Microbreweries, voodoo donuts, more microbreweries, people watching, etc. Sign me up! I hope I make it. Just kidding. 

Well, I am glad to be back. Have a great Friday and weekend!

XO, Tara

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Hump day snapshots

Happy hump day! Don’t get dirty with me here…perhaps I’ll stick with happy Wednesday?! Meh, that’s boring! ;)
Sorry for my absence. Work and life has taken me away from the blogging world and that just is not ok! It’s not.
I want to spend hours reading checking up on people’s blogs to creep on what they are up too. I know you do the same, you cannot hide it. Creep away!!
Since I know you want to know what I’ve been up to, here it is….brace yourself it’s not exciting.

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Had to bake some zucchini banana bread. Delicious!

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What a shocker…I’m watching football while enjoying a questbar! Mandatory!

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Prior to watching the game and endulging on a questbar, I went on a longish bike ride. It was a beautiful day for a ride.

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Ok, your probably asking, “what is this?” So my mom decided that I should help her with an art project for school. Art is written on my forehead. The art project has to do with National Dot Day. No I don’t know what it means, so I decided to draw the Seahawk eye logo. Definitely a fan. Duh!

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Lately I’ve been fueling up with protein pancakes. Deyumm.

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Omg, guess what arrived?! NOXPLODE! By golly, I’ve heard magical things about this product and boy it is amazing. I was PUMPED up! My review will follow soon.

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Despite my left knee bothering me lately, I thought I’d try taking some NOXPLODE and head out for a run. Boy, I was on another planet. I didn’t want to push too hard, but I had no choice!! Ahh! Luckily it was a shorter run and by the end my knee definitely said hey stop that.
I listened and walked….boo!
I followed up my run with some lifting. Chest, biceps and triceps were on the agenda. Most chest though with a side of biceps and triceps.
Overall, I was fatigued!
Today’s workout not envolve running or chest, triceps or biceps. Perhaps back or legs and some cardio. We will see!
Do you take any preworkout supplements/powders?
What workouts are you doing this week?
What are your favorite recipes now?
Have a great day!
XO, Tara

The Anytime Frozen Treat!

Howdy Ho!

Lately, I’ve been craving frozen yogurt like an animal. Like, seriously I may have a serious problem….IMG_4659

I’ve been lucky enough to try out a new product that I saw on Instagram called ProyoProyo is a high protein frozen yogurt treat that is nutritional, convenient and delicious.

Proyo was created by Nathan Carey who wanted to create a high-frozen yogurt that would contain all-natural ingredients, a great source of fiber, low in fat and soy and gluten free. He developed the perfect blend of healthy nutrition and amazing flavor that would appeal to people of all ages. Proyo comes in a variety of flavors that contain 20 grams of protein and only 160 calories.

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I had no problem eating up  these babies in a flash. The handy tube makes complete sense. You’re able to walk around with the tasty treat with no mess.

anytime-popProyo has been named as the Anytime Frozen Treat and now I understand why!

Now, it is time for you to try out this delicious protein packed treat. Proyo can be found at a number of stores ranging from Whole Foods, Nugget Markets, Harvest Markets and many more. Click here to find a location closest to you!

Don’t forget to follow Proyo on Facebook, InstagramTwitter and Pinterest for more information.

Have you tried Proyo?

Do you like frozen yogurt? What is your favorite flavor?

Do you crave frozen treats in the summer?

XO, Tara

 

 

 

Current snacks

Did you have a good long weekend? I sure did and it was hard going back to work on a Tuesday. It’s a blessing, but my whole week is off. Meh!
Anywho, I’ve been experimenting with snacks/dinners/recipes lately and that’s good for me.
I’m one of those people who will eat the same thing daily until I’m sick of it. Always been this way and I won’t hide it.
Here is what I’ve been lovely lately:
Rice crackers with spicy hummus and mozerella cheese!

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Cheese please!

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You only need 3 ingredients. Rice cakes, hummus and cheese. Simple yet tasty!

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With all the warm weather, I’ve been in need of a tasty cold Popsicle. Luckily I’ve been able to sample the ProYo Greek yogurt Popsicles. They are very tasty especially on a warm day. My complete review will follow.

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ProYo comes in a variety of flavors. Stay tuned!
You can never go wrong with a handful of nuts.

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A great source of protein and energy!
Do you love Greek yogurt? I sure do. I’m obsessed!

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Obsessed with the following flavors:
1. Banana
2. Strawberry banana
3. Strawberry shortcake
4. Strawberry
Lately, I’ve been creating my own frozen yogurt and I love it. I’ve been freezing the yogurt tubs for 2 hours before eating.
Aka super yummy!
I’m always looking for new snack ideas! Please pass them on!!
XO, Tara

All Weekends Should Be Three Days!

Weekend are the best. Especially when a long weekend is in the mix!
It’s Monday and I feel like I should be at work, but I am not! Hurray!!
It’s been a mild weekend so far. Worked out, played with the pup, watched hours of The Killing and Games of Thrones. Sorry but I’m not sorry for spending my time on the couch. Heck, everyone deserves it.
Cooper and I have been having a ball. Literally.

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When it’s rains, play ball indoors.

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So camera shy.

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Cooper and I ran around yellow lake on Saturday and I had a run at it solo on Sunday. My left knee is still bugging me, but the trail wasn’t so bad. I didn’t push it too hard.

On another note…You’d think that Costco would be dead or not as busy on Labor Day Weekend. Negative my friends. It was a zoo, like normal. Complete chaos in my book. I had crowds. 
Costco managed to take my money for TWO items only:
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I love the snap peas and the baby Seahawks book was a must. It will be a gift for the family that I am dog sitting for. You can never be too young to love the Seahawks!! :) Start em young!
The Seahawks first official game is this week against Green Bay. Woot!
I’ll be prepping all week!
Oh ya, take advantage of the Labor Day sales! They are amaze balls!
Xo, Tara