Posts tagged ‘yoga’

October 4, 2011

Goooaaaaaal

Before sharing my goals, I have to share this video. That’s me in a workout video with Jeanette Jenkins! Cool, right? This was filmed in May when I went to Cali, and I’m so happy FitSugar finally posted it yesterday. I look like a goofus in the video, but I don’t even care. I’m sharing it anyway!

Click on the Image to See the Video on FitSugar

Back to those goals…
I planned two little short-term goals. One is for the week, and one is for the month. I’ve never been that awesome at goal-setting or goal-attaining, but this is worth a shot, right?
Month Goal
I want to practice yoga more frequently. I normally only practice yoga once a month because I find it incredibly boring. However, I truly believe in the healing and rejuvenating powers of yoga.
cleo yoga
Yoga improves my running and my flexibility while also lowering my stress levels and making my entire body feel more relaxed and refreshed. Sitting at a cube all day, wearing dress shoes, and staring at a computer screen is no fun. Some barefoot yoga with hip openers and back stretches helps undo the damage!
kitties distract me

Kitties Distract Me

Now, if only I can stick to it… I’m shooting for three times per week. Each practice can be an hour long or just 10 minutes. Feel free to join me!
Week Goal
My tummy hasn’t been agreeing with all the weekend junk food me lately, so I’m giving it a little break. For as long as I can stand it (a few days or all the way through Friday), I’m limiting my caffeine intake by swapping 2 cups of coffee for 1 cup of tea. I’m also increasing my veggies and cutting out meat. I’ll also be cutting out all dairy and gluten. Luckily I don’t have lactose or gluten intolerance, but I’ve heard both can make you feel a bit more bloated and blah. Sooooo, why not? It’s just a few days, right?
dinner

Last Night's Dinner

On a side note, I actually thought I might have a gluten intolerance a year or two ago. I was losing my hair, experiencing major tummy troubles, and having horrible acne breakouts. No medicine was helping, and I was running out of options. It turns out the issue was just high stress. I had a lot on my plate; thank goodness I got better!
Do you set up goals for yourself? Do you have any current ones?
July 7, 2011

Yogi Bear Tiff

I did more yoga yesterday and today.  Yesterday morning, I finally tried one of the workout videos Jeannette Jenkins sent me from Cali.  It was her Power Yoga video, and it definitely had a kick to it.  It’s not nearly my fav yoga routine, but I liked how quickly she went through all the poses.  That warmed me up enough to get a deeper stretch.  She says “inhale… exhale” for ever pose change, which is good, but I felt like I would hyperventalite if I actually breathed that quickly.  Maybe it works if you get out of breath doing her workout?

Anyway… today the running buddy and I went for a run.  It was quick but not fast, and it was not our typical three-mile jog.  I think we only went about 2.25 miles or so, but that’s good for me.  I’m feeling better, so there’s no use hurting myself.

Upon my return, I did this awesome Post-run Yoga Flexibility Routine from Runner’s World.  I do this alllll the time.  Then, I finished up with this super simple (and short) pilates workout from Exercise TV.  Oh, and I also had coffee brewed at home – yay for non-office coffee!

smile

I Break for Coffee

Although today I’m sticking with my Love Grown Foods granola n’ blueberry parfait (never gets old), I’d like to share a recipe with you that I made for breakfast last weekend.  I was thinking about it today since I’ll probably make it again this weekend.  I’m already excited about it, and frankly, being this excited about oats is kind of odd. 

The Maine Attraction Oats (get the name?  pun intended – these oats have more blueberries than the state of Maine – well… not really, but it still reminds me of  a Maine classic: blueberry pie!)

Ingredients: (I wish I had measured, but sorry, I didn’t – this is what I think I used)

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • approx 1/2 cup water (but it depends how liquid you like your oats)
  • 1/2 or 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 long graham cracker (mine had one bite taken out, but you can approximate)
  • 1 or 2 (or 4) tsp maple syrup

First, gather up some goodness, and wash your berries.

goodness

Cook your oats, water, and half your berries for one minute in the microwave on HIGH.  This makes a couple berries squishy, so don’t worry, that’s a good thing.  You could also add chia seeds here, but I didn’t have any at the time.

Stir in the cinnamon, all of part of the syrup, and the remaining berries, and crumble the other half of the cracker on top.

yumness

It’s not a measuring spoon, but this isn’t rocket science.  Microwave for another minute on HIGH.  Keep in mind that your oats might overflow, so keep an eye on the bowl! 

oats 1

You might think that looks good (it totally does), but it’s not the finished product.  We still have more graham (and possibly more syrup) to add.

pie

Ta-da!  Who says pie isn’t for breakfast???

Do you like sweet or savory breakfasts?  What is your favorite way to dress up plain oats?

July 5, 2011

Clearly Fresh Bags: It’s in the bag, baby!

Good Morning!  I have a confession to make; I have not worked out since Friday.  I know; it’s crazy.  My acne medicine was really messing up my heart.  After a minor heart-rate freak-out this weekend, I finally decided to quit taking the stuff.  Between that issue, some minor injuries, and a lingering workout funk,  I think few days off is for the best.

I still didn’t let myself sleep in today.  I got up at 5 a.m., cleaned my kitchen, and did 45 minutes of challenging yoga.  Yogis may not think it’s too hard, but I’m as flexible as an oak tree.  I have to just take a breather in pigeon pose during the balance part.  The workout is free and can be found at Exercise TV; it’s called Yoga Fitness Fusion.

I have some good news to share.  Last week, I received these Clearly Fresh Bags.  The company kindly sent me a few to review, and I’m pretty pumped about it. 

 clearly fresh

I’m not trying to toot my own horn here, but they couldn’t have picked a better guinea pig.  I go to the store once per week, and I don’t have time to make second trips.  I am also a fan of fresh produce.  Sometimes things aren’t so fresh by the time I need to hit up the store again, so I have high hopes for these.

 bag this

They look like the big ole’ freezer bags my mommy used to use for shakin’ and bakin’ our pork chops (not that she baked in the bag, but you get the idea).

 zucchini

So easy, even a CaveTiff can do it!

 cavetiff

I have the hardest time with bananas, so I’m especially eager to see how they turn out.  Even the packaging shows bananas, so I can’t wait to revisit this over the weekend.  Maybe I’ll keep it going until next week. 

 banananananana

Okay… sadly, it’s time to get to work.  At least it’s a short week; thank goodness for holiday weekends!

Have you ever used any brand of fresh bags?  Do you have any fresh produce secrets?

***EDIT (10:36 a.m.): I forgot to mention I’m a featured blogger today over at Fitblogger.  Check it out!

May 28, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  It is a happy weekend, isn’t it?  I had fun on vacation, but I can’t wait to get home!  I miss my bed, my furry children, and my friends.  Kevin and I will get in late from the airport tonight, but we have a cookout planned for tomorrow.  I love playing hostess.  🙂

My last full day in Cali was very entertaining.  I had half a TJ’s sprouted wheat bagel with light whipped cream cheese for breakfast, along with a green apple and some coffee.  Then I tried my first Physique 57 class out in Beverly Hills with the FitSugar reps.  It was sooooo hard!  The workout was so different from anything I usually do, and my thighs were on fire.  Considering the “newcomer only” special was $210 for one month, I don’t think I’ll be doing it again any time soon.

YAS

FitSugar Twitter Pic - YAS Studio

I then rudely stole kindly accepted a Larabar from Kellan to feed my aching muscles.  Our next class was YAS.  YAS was 30 minutes of spinning followed by 30 minutes of yoga.  I love spin, and I was amazed at how well my body took to it.  My legs were hurting walking into the studio, but they felt better after only a few songs.  Perhaps the upbeat instructor and her amazing playlist helped.

I had never done a yoga class before, so I was pretty intimidated.  It wasn’t hard though.  Actually, after the Physique 57 and the spin, stretching felt really good.  My body was so warmed up from the spin that I got much deeper into the poses, especially pigeon and downward facing dog.

Mmmm... eggplant n' tahini sauce

Mmmm... eggplant n' tahini sauce

I then got a delicious eggplant wrap from TJ’s for lunch and met Kevin at the W Hotel’s rooftop pool/bar.  It was crazy!

Pool

WET - Pool Bar

At 3 in the afternoon, some guy shook up and sprayed a $3,900 bottle of Dom Perignon on a few scantily clad females.  Kev and I soaked up as much people-watching as we did sunshine!  I stuck to Amstel Light, and I was shocked to see a $75,000 bottle of champagne on the menu.  Whaaaaaa???  (No, that’s not my cigarette butt in the picture below!  haha)

We then cleaned up for happy hour and dinner.  We had a happy hour at a mediocre pub, and then we hit up Wood and Vine for dinner.  Yes, it was at the intersection of Hollywood and Vine.  I guess it’s kind of a pun?  Anyway… we split a tapas plate, and our favorite cheese we tried was a Spanish goat cheese with the consistency of cheddar, so not a spread.  The cheese is technically called, “Queso de Cabra.”  It paired perfectly with our Stone IPAs.  Beer + Cheese = Heaven  We also split a small plate of seared scallops.

Stone IPA @ Wood & Vine

Stone IPA @ Wood & Vine

We then contemplated hitting some of the hot spots, such as Whiskey A Go Go or the Sky Bar, but we decided to just go to bed.  I felt I got a club experience all afternoon at that pool.  As always, thanks for reading!  Time to pack and hit the road.

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