Vin nada hard enough

Vinyatha was not what I expected ūüė¶

Vinyatha is a combination of vinyassa and hatha yoga.

The class was a little to slow for my pace. I know it’s good to slow down every once¬†in a while, but today was not the day for me. I barely felt like got a workout. I didn’t even break a sweat!! I’m trying out a new studio that’s closer to my¬†home but unfortunately only some of the classes are heated. I’m sure you can guess today’s class wasn’t.

I did however get in a good stretch and was able to clean up my poses. I can be thankful for that.

After class I met with a Shaklee representative to discuss their amazing line of vitamins, athletic nutrition, and green cleaning products. I’m thinking about selling the stuff that’s how good it is!!!

I wasn’t very hungry for many many hours [due to lack of physical activity], but decided to make a small salad, knowing that dinner wouldn’t be until very late.

Carbs

Protein

Vegetables

Fruit  ( tomatoes are a  fruit , right?)

Dairy (TJ’s peanut butter cream cheese)

Beverage of chose was a gingerberry kombucha. So good!

See ya

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Maria bowl

Good morning! Good morning!

Only two more days till the 35th running of the Indianapolis 500 mini-marathon!

For the next couple of day I’ll be putting the finishing touches on my training:

I plan to get in:

  • lots of water
  • one more yoga session
  • plenty of rest
  • good food
  • gear check

After working the past three days (12 hour days) and having so/so breakfast I knew today a big bowl of cereal of was in order.

May I present you with the Maria bowl

3/4 cup brown rice cereal

1/2 cup strawberry yogi crisps

1/2 cup soy milk (all that was left)

1/2 cup almond milk

Topped with:

1/2 small banana

1/2 cup mixed frozen berries (warmed first)

1 tbsp nuttzo butter [you can learn more about nuttzo (here)] I  think that was one of my very first post! cringe!

sprinkle of chia seeds and coconut

On my way to a new yoga studio, flourish yoga, to get my Vinyatha on!

Have a great day 

and

P.S

Happy Cinco de Mayo

a day in the life of my stomach…

Breakfast:

1 serving of kodiac pancakes. These pancakes are great! Just add water! No eggs or oil!

Topped with 1 small banana, 2 tbsp Trader Joe’s peanut butter cream cheese (look it up), 1 tbsp apple buttah, and a sprinkle of chia seeds.

Kept me full: all morning, throughout and after 75 minutes of HOT vinyasa yoga. In class we worked on hand stands, and I can almost¬†do one!! I ¬†just need a little more confidence and better concentration. My teacher made a good point today, something along the lines of (strength¬†is more than physical it’s also mental). Meaning be in the moment, focus on the now and allow your inner strength to shine through.

Lunch:

My very first Whole Foods salad bar. Lettuce, cabbage, artichokes, beans, quinoa, cauliflower, beets, peas, zucchini, blue cheese and avocado lime dressing, and an apple (from home).

I also purchased a sparkling water and a hugh jass roll. The roll was FULL of  nuts: pepitas, poppy seeds and some other things? I toasted it first, ate most of it and tossed the rest.

After lunch I had a 1:00 appt with my new hairdresser. To be revealed soon.

Second workout of the day was with the Little Apron and her school running club. It’s so nice to be a running mentor to 4th, 5th and 6th graders.

Dinner inspiration was pizza. Shrimp, onions and bar- b- que sauce were involved.

I sauteed 1 white onion in evoo, added 1 # of shrimp. 1/4 cup of bar- b- que sauce and 1/4 cup H2O.

Simmered for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile I rolled out the dough (trader joe’s brand) and pre-baked it for about 7 minutes before adding the toppings. I think baking the dough first makes for a crispier¬†crust. Once the shrimp/onion mixture was added I then topped it with pepper, garlic powder and a very small amount of mozzarella cheese.

Side salad of course.

And some very cheap white wine that was suprisingly good. Tisdale chardonnay all the way.

Dessert:

Chocolate covered pretzels.

Happy Wednesday! I’m on way over to peas and crayons¬†ūüôā

Nutella blend

I woke up this morning to a cloudy rainy day ūüė¶

Mr. Sunshine where did you go?

I also woke up hungry and decided to have something sweet. Insert: NUTELLA!

Toasted whole wheat english muffin with 1 tbsp of decadent Nutella, 1 tsp raspberry preserves, 1 medium strawberry sliced, 1/2 banana grilled, sprinkle unsweetened coconut, sprinkle of bear naked fit granola. Grilling the banana makes it softer and brings out more of the flavor.

This breakfast was definitely sweet, maybe a little too sweet? I think¬†it was the ¬†raspberry preserves that put it over the top.¬†¬†Had I used strawberry jam I think the flavors would’ve meshed better. Still better than a doughnut without the tummy ache or sugar high.

More fresh market coffee. The Spring Blend puts a little pep in my step!

Todays agenda includes:

  • Athletic Conditioning (helps with speed and agility)
  • Organizing this crazy mess:

I purchased these letter trays at Target yesterday and thought they would make great mail sorters.

  • Lunch date with the little apron
  • A few calls to Einstein bagel and Panera bread ¬†(in search of breakfast donations for an upcoming girl scout trip)

The rest of the day is wide open to make good choices.

Have you ever heard of Deepak Chopra? I’m almost finished with his book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga.

May good Karma be with you today!

Blog love

On my home from work tonight I immediately noticed something wrong with my car. I pulled over at the nearest gas station,¬†stepped out of the car ¬†and examined the driver’s side tire. What did I find you ask?

A flat tire!

I called the hubs and interrupted his dinner at the China Buffet where he immediately¬†put down his fork¬†to come to¬†my rescue. Well maybe not immediately, I think he made one more trip to the buffet first ūüôā

Anywho,

He replaced the old tire with a spare in a quickness and I was back on the road in no time flat [flat…get it¬†{hee-hee}]. Do you know how to change a tire? Apparently I don’t,¬†and¬†to be honest I¬†really have no desire to learn, is that such a¬†bad thing?

By the time I made it home it was nearing 9:00PM and still hadn’t had dinner. Of course I could have skipped dinner altogether but where’s the fun in that. If I don’t eat a little somethin¬†somethin before bed, I can’t sleep.

I made a one egg burrito with 1/2 cup veggie soup mixed in all tucked into a low-carb tortilla. A side of or regular tortilla chips for comfort rounded out the meal. [Love me some tortilla chips]

And shhh don’t tell I also had a graham cracker with 4 banana slices and 1 tbsp Nutella for dessert.

I watched a little bit of The Jersey Shore (another shhh don’t tell) and decided I should better utilize my time. I turned off the tube and walked into my make shift yoga¬†studio {my most favorite room in the house } and¬†did¬†60 minutes of¬†Power Baptiste yoga with Dave.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow and vacay, but before we can leave I¬†have to:

  • run
  • pack
  • shower
  • eat ?
  • buy a new tire

Wish me luck!

In the mean time here are a few blogs I’m loving now.

Janet planet living

Kiss my broccoli

The novice chef blog

(never home) maker

I would also like to give¬†a big “Thank You”¬†to everyone who reads my little blog

If you ever have any questions, comments or suggestions feel free to shoot me a line.

Namaste,

Maria

she put the lime in the coconut

Happy Hump Day only two more days till the weekend!

If you’re wondering why I haven’t posted very many dinners lately it’s because they haven’t been anything special. I guess you could say I’m in a dinner rut.

Breakfast and lunch have been pretty fun lately.

Monday’s breakfast:

Heart-shaped pancakes topped with reddi wip, a drizzle of kodiac cakes mountain berry syrup and a sprinkle of L.O.V.E

Tuesday’s lunch:

Green egg (spinach-artichoke dip) sandwich on breadsmith multi-grain bread, with a side of carrot sticks and a simple salad. The salad was mixture of romaine lettuce and cilantro drizzled with salt, pepper and fresh squeezed lime juice.

The star of the lunch was a yogurt parfait. Layers of  low-fat vanilla yogurt and mixed frozen berries topped with granola and a H.E.A.R.T, made for a good ending.

Todays breakfast:

A bowl of¬† mom’s best malllow-oats¬†with 1/2 TLC pumpkin spice granola bar, 1/2 sliced banana and a sprinkle of chia seeds.

and lunch:  

Pork tenderloin over a bed of romaine, cilantro, cucumber, tomato slices and some H.O.T salsa. I made another simple salad dressing with fresh squeezed lime juice and little salt and pepper.

Another yogurt parfait.

This time I mashed up a 1/2 sweet potato seasoned with cinnamon and layered it between some lfv yogurt. Topped with a sprinkle of granola and banana slices.

I’m not sure what I’m having for dinner tonight. I told you I was in a rut! I think I’ll head over to peas and crayons¬†and look for some inspiration.

But before I do, here’s a quick recap of today’s workout(s).

75 minutes of Ashtanga yoga. I normally do Vinyasa but today I stepped out side the box and tried something new! If you’re not familiar with yoga Ashtanga is a good place to start. It’s a series of poses that¬†become the building blocks¬†to any style of yoga. I sweat my little heart out! If you don’t think yoga is good workout, give it a try, and then tell me what you think.

Ashtanga

Description:Breath, bhandas and drisiti! Ashtanga is the building block of Vinyasa Flow yoga, and learning aspects of the full Primary Series will help you feel comfortable in just about any class. Perfect for new students and the well seasoned practitioner. -TYC-

 

After class I laced up my shoes, grabbed a ZICO, put the lime in the coconut and ran for 45 minutes outside. It was a sunny 65 degrees today! It felt like Spring. Speaking of Spring do you need a new nail polish color for your toesies?

Happy Hump Day again and Shanti (peace),

Maria

Organic fuel

Pancake Monday is soon becoming the new pancake Sunday. Why wait all week?

Years ago I wouldn’t dare touch a pancake in fear of the “carbs”. But you know what? Carbs are not as bad as the “low-carb diets” has made them out to seem. Healthy carbs such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables are high in fiber and should make up about 50% of your daily intake. Pancakes are great two-three¬†hours before a long run or intense workout. Pair healthy carbs with a little bit of protein to sustain your blood sugar.

A few ideas

  • banana and 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • waffle¬†and a hard-boiled egg
  • cereal with almond milk and¬†1 tbsp nut butter

You wouldn’t drive your car on empty so why would you do that to your body?

You could always try these, pancakes topped with grilled organic banana slices, frozen mixed berries, low-fat vanilla yogurt, a sprinkle each of coconut and apricot granola. Yogurt especially greek yogurt has a good amount of protein.

The cute little sticker made my day. Kiss me I’m organic.

Morning workout: 75 minutes of hot vinyasa yoga.

On my way home I stopped at Good Earth for another Kombucha, and then the breadsmith for some lunch supplies.

Trilogy is my favorite flavor, lots of bubbles and fizz. I should totally buy stock in this stuff.

Lunch was an egg sandwich on traditional rye with a smear of spinach artichoke dip, leftover from Sundays super bowl party. Yum!

Yogi echinacea tea (for the sniffles), leftover fruit salad and a side olive oil chips rounded out the meal.

Nothing much happened after lunch. I balanced my check book (yeah or not), watched The Jersey Shore (shhh don’t tell), and then it was time for a run.

Afternoon workout: Despite¬†my uber¬†tiredness I was able to run 3.1 miles in 30 minutes on the treadmill. I did surprise myself. My mantra for the run was “believe in yourself” which coincidentally was my intention for todays yoga practice. Before every yoga session the instructor will ask us to “set an intention for your practice”, meaning what are you grateful for? what do you want to improve in your life/yoga practice. Do you ever use mantra’s to get through a hard run or difficult time? If so what are they?

Here are a few of mine:

  • you got it baby girl
  • zen mind zen body
  • you will not give up
  • you’re already here now finish it!

I needed a high protien dish for dinner.

Chicken marinated in soyaki and grilled with sesame seeds, steamed frozen broccoli, and 1/2 large baked potato topped with yogurt dressing.

Night cap

A cup of Pero and two ginger snaps made by my mother-in-law. The cookies were soooo goood, I must get the recipe from her.

Hope you had a happy Monday ūüôā

Outside the box

¬†I’m really loving the Dave Farmer podcasts. It’s so easy to get in a good stretch at home and calm the mind. Dave is great at explaining the proper position of¬† a pose making¬†it¬†¬†more than just move. He¬†might spend a few minutes going over the¬†correct way¬†to hold¬†your wrists while in downward facing¬†dog, or the importance¬†of using¬†all four corners of the foot while in Tadasana (mountain pose).¬† These little adjustments make a huge difference in my practice. Whenever I go back to the¬†studio after one or two of Dave’s Baptiste Power Vinyasa podcast, I am more prone to take my¬†time and flow through the poses with grace. Not to say the yoga studio or instructors don’t give good prompts, it’s just that when you do something at home, whether it be working out¬†, cooking , or crafting you do it with humility and thus it becomes practice.

For the past couple of days I’ve been practicing yoga in the morning and running on the treadmill in the evening.

¬†It’s been nice to break up the training and get some kinks out before going on¬†a quality run. Now I’m not saying that yoga makes me a better faster runner, but it certainly helps with my muscle recovery and over all well-being.

A great instructor at the¬†Y once said “your only as strong as your weakest link.” Meaning you can lift 1oo pounds or run for miles on end but if you never step outside the box¬†to try something new you’ll be forced to use the same muscles over and over without really challenging yourself.

What if anything will you do this weekend to step outside the box?

And now before I loose you, a food sampling of the past couple of days.

Snow day breakfast: A bowl of wheat-fuls topped with 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup homemade granola,1 tbsp almond butter, and a sprinkle of chia seeds with soy milk.

 

Mother daughter lunch at Panera Bread. From the Pick-two combo NEW! 1/2 Thai chopped chicken salad with a cup of garden vegetable soup with pesto. Hands down the best salad I had all week. The salad consisted of fresh romaine, cilantro, a blend of grilled edemama, red bell peppers and carrots all tossed in a Thai vinaigrette. Topped with all-natural, antibiotic free chicken, cashews, and a few peanuts. February is eat out less month but can you believe I only paid $7.00 for the two of us? Before heading out to lunch I found a coupon online for a buy one pick-two get one pick-two free.

 

Quick and balanced dinner: California pizza kitchen with a side salad and water. Sometimes I like a thick crust and other times I enjoy the crispy cracker like texture of a thin crust. Probably didn’t need the ham…wait a minute yes I did! Anywho, the best thing about the salad besides the greenage was the return of my favorite salad dressing. Bolthouse farms¬†yogurt ranch, mmm so good.

Happy Friday!

Blue Blue Christmas

 

I really like¬†doing yoga at home every once in a while.¬†I feel like I can¬†get a better stretch, and¬†put more effort into the poses¬†while learning what works best¬†for me. Having my own warm pace to practice in is zen like.¬†¬†I woke up sore today, and wasn’t sure if it was the 5 miles¬†I ran on the treadmill¬†yesterday or the¬†yoga. I’d have to say it was¬†the yoga!¬†¬†It’s amazing to me how¬†this ancient practice¬†can have¬†some of the same muscle¬†benefits as lifting weights or running.

Pancakes and yoga

Thanks to my mother in law for a lovely manicure.

 

She’s a talented manicurist and artist.

 

Her work can be found at Twisted Sisters, a cute little gift shop ran by two adorable poodles.

I am definitely feeling better today thanks to a good nights sleep, and these guys.

Whole wheat pancakes topped with nutella, banana and pom seeds, a¬†little hazelnut chocolate¬†in the morning never hurt anyone. I used¬†the last of my¬†Hodgsen Mill, which I do not recommend they are very gritty kind of like corn muffins. I’m excited to try some Kodiak Cakes¬†next week.

Off to do some much needed hot yoga, and maybe squeeze in a run when the weather warms up a bit.

Happy Friday!