Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Some days....

So my first post back about 'mental weight loss' in a VERY long time and guess what??  I have to share with you what's currently going on that I haven't worked my way out of yet...because this is real life and what's actually going on at the moment. (it's not that bad...let's not be so dramatic here😉)

So I haven't really been able to get myself to the place I KNOW where I feel best:  where I'm eating well & working out consistently.  I'll kinda do one or both for a few days and then a few days slip into blah.  And in the spirit of being kind to myself, I quickly forgave myself for any slips and moved on.  THIS has been GREAT from a mental standpoint.  Just being able to move on and NOT beat yourself up is heads & tails from where I was over a year ago.

That's the good news.

The 'bad' news (again, not THAT bad) is that after a few days of one (two, three...) too many sweet or salty treats in a day, I woke up on Saturday morning PHYSICALLY feeling bad.  Just knowing I needed to try a LOT harder to get myself back into a healthy place.  Knowing I did NOT want to sneak any more excessive (EXCESSIVE) bites of rice krispie treats covered with rainbow star sprinkles for the kids.  It's one thing to have a treat and enjoy it...it's ANOTHER thing to just keep having treat after treat (after treat after treat...) and not enjoy it at ALL, but rather just compulsed to eat.  Without even a good reason why.  It's honestly the part of 'unhealthy' eating that I DESPISE the most.

ADD to this, after teaching my yoga class on Saturday mornin (remember I already FELT bad at this point), I got to try out a class they were going to be offering at our gym soon.  I'm pretty game for anything, so I thought I'd give it a try.  "I teach yoga and feel like I'm pretty active, so..."

And guess what?

I could NOT HANG. COULD. NOT.  I can hold a boat in yoga for quite a few breaths...but holding boat for MINUTES while throwin in twists, sit-ups, etc.  Yeah.  Not so much.  And that was just one of the exercises that felt defeating.  Couple that with the instructor being ROCK SOLID muscle and me feeling like a hot mess that day.  Yeah.  Not great for the self-esteem.  We've all had those moments.

So, here I am a few days out and am still not feeling completely at peace with how out of sorts I felt in that class.  I have been double (tripling) down on vegetables this week, but I'd be lying if I said it hasn't taken EFFORT.  Not ease.  Like I actually have to THINK about adding in salads, verses my usual just remembing to have them.  Having to be sure to place all of the extra healthy stuff in the front of my fridge before I got distracted by anything my eyes could catch on.  Making sure to have healthy breakfasts/lunches/snacks on hand so I didn't immediatly default to...say chips & cheese and call it lunch👀  These things are usually pretty normal but, like I said, are taking effort at the moment and sometimes it's just worth acknowledging you NEED more effort.  And that's OK.
I immediately left that class, trudged to Trader Joe's and picked up ALLTHEJUICE they have to offer in an attempt to flood my body with nutrients ASAP, but I can't say they were necessarily enjoyable...but sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do.



So why am I writing all of this when I don't have any answers or 'way out' at the moment?  Basically to share with you one thing that I've come to acept in my weight loss AND spiritual journey:  That some days it's just all an ebb & flow.  I have fooled myself on approx. 293840238 occasions thinking I've finally "GOT IT,"  got all the answers, got it all figured out and "NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN."  (this in terms of healthy eating AND having that elusive perfectly clear mind)  Only to fall, some times out of nowhere, and it feeling even WORSE since I thought I'd never find myself there again.  What I've learned in the last year is that every thing is cyclical.  Some days ya eat great, work out, feel great, meditate like a rockstar and just feel like a shining beam of light.  Other days?  Not so much.  And worse, other days you do ALL of those things and STILL not feel that great.  The key I've learned is, even when ya hit that bottom, ya just gotta breath and ride it out.  Just like everything that goes up, must come down...well, everything down will rise to the top again.  The trick is in how you handle it, trying your best not to descend into those depths (or at least not for too long).

Easier said than done.  

Believe me.  I KNOW.

Right now I'm just trying to take all my 'good yoga knowledge' and just breath while things are difficult and accept that they'll turn around the quicker I try to embrace them and make a change.  Today I worked on a lonnnnnng mediation about balancing (this one specifically) and felt all of that healing energy.  So now every time I feel my brain getting a little fuzzy, I try to breath and reengage in that energy.  And just like I teach my classes:  the more healing/happy energy you cultivate...the more you have it at your disposal for when you need it.  Hopefully this helps lead the way out MUCH quicker.  Breathing can never, ever, ever lead you wrong.

Hippie yoga advice wrapping up now😉

Just another reminder that I am walkin the walk right along with you😊  Let me know if you guys relate.  Or you think I'm crazy.  Either is probably definitely applicable😉


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekly recap, March 13-19th

Monday:  Short Rib Pot Roast from Silver Diner
So not your standard Monday fare, but we were down in South Jersey after a fun day at Katie's favorite 'Dinosaur Museum' (aka-The Garden State Discovery Museum) ...
 

...and we've been wanting to try out this place for ages.  The menu is pretty fancy for diner grub (reminds me of San Francisco's Fog City Diner) and there were about 96 things that sounded REALLYGOOD.  But since old man winter was chillin the bones last week, I went with one of the coziest sounding dishes on the menu...

...made only cozier when I unearthed a dollop of mashed potatoes hidden in the mix.  Swoon😍

And because I have been OBSESSSSSSSED with all things Oreo & mint (ICAN'TGETENOUGH!) AND I've seemed to pass on this love to my child, Katie & I had Peppermint Pattie milkshakes...selected from a todiefor milkshake selection.  And, like, how GOOD does a milkshake from a diner sound??  Sounds great!, because they are😍



Tuesday:  Stovetop Stuffing meatloaf + baked potato
See also:  What to make on a snow day when you just CAN. NOT make salad that day.  This recipe seems silly...but, ya know, enjoyable😊  

Andddd not only was it a snow day, it ALSO was PI DAY (which I would have had no idea existed if it wasn't for good ole social media).  So what's a gal to do?
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One of Katie & my favorite things to do is to watch Rosanna Pansino work her baking decorating magic on her Youtube show "Nerdy Nummies," and this cinnamon butterscotch pie had been in the back of my mind since we watched the video.  It was soooooooooooooooooo good!  I actually had halved the recipe and made 2 mini pies to create only 4 slices (made in 2 mini ramekins) and I almost immediately regretted that decision because this pie was just SO DELICIOUS.  It should be an air freshener scent😉


Wednesday:  Lasagna soup
Yet another salad night that got thwarted by our MARCH NJ winter arrival😉  (to be blamed for my spontaneous trip to Trader Joe's from this video)


Thursday:  1/2 small cheese calzone
The only thing I wanted for dinner that night??  CHEEEEEEEEEESE.  So we got take-out and I ordered one thing I think I've NEVERRRRRR ordered...and it hit the spot!  SOO good...even if I didn't take a photo😉


Friday:  Ummm....
So I had to teach an early evening class and didn't feel too hungry when I got home, so this kinda hit the spot.  (no worries, Scott & the kids had leftover meatloaf along with their broccoli & potatoes😉)  And FYI-I normally would only have eaten 1/2 of that LARGE baked potato...but understand that thing had been cooking about 3 hours by the time I got home and was PERFECT crispy skin/soft potato perfection.  BLISS.  
And I mean...the broccoli was green for Saint Patty's day, no? 


Saturday:  2 slices of pizza + salad
Typical Saturday night fair😊  Even better was the rice krispie treats we had after that Katie had made with a couple of her friends...weeeeeeeee!


Sunday:  Spaghetti & Meatballs (and salad)Irish Soda Bread
Because Sundays😉

And our treat for Sunday was the Chocolate studded Irish soda bread with salted honey butter that I hinted about on my video this week.  HOLY MOLY THIS WAS SOOOO delicious.
PS-The muffins of the right are these no sugar/no flour Oatmeal Banana Chocolate chip muffins I made a few years ago.  They'll be quick grab & go breakfasts and snacks for this upcoming week.

Anddddd...I have to share just because it's adorable😊  Katie helped me make both of the treats above and even kept honing her egg cracking and measurement pouring skills (I was impressed and surprised😉)

...but she ALSO wanted to help me put stuff in the oven.  Cue a LOT of instructions and warnings😉  And before hitting the oven, OF COURSE she had to 'suit up'...
I CAN'T with 5 years old.  It's ADORABLE.


Other treats this week:

Turkey Sausage + oranges
One of my favorite breakfasts to remember to whip up because it's just so filling.  Make a batch of the sausage on Sunday and enjoy a quick reheat for the rest of the week.


From one of my 'Christmas cookbooks' from 2 years ago "Seriously Delish."  Noting this smoothie for 2 reasons:  1.- Katie split it with me & loved it as well, and 2.-

...it's color matched the snow on snowday!😉  Ironic, I know.

And finally:
Cause come Saturday morning, I felt like my body just NEEEEEEEEEEDED THIS.  I'm planning on this week being MUCH heavier in the veggie department than this past week.  And THAT, my friends, is called balance😉


Exercise:


Wednesday:  Taught gentle yoga + Bob Harper Weight Loss Yoga (MY OGGGGGGG yoga video!  It's been soooooooooooooo long!)

Thursday:  Taught 2 yoga classes

Friday:  Taught gentle + Vinyasa yoga

Saturday:  Taught Hatha yoga + Soul Barre Class (may share more about this on Wednesday)

Sunday:  Taught vinyasa yoga (and sweat.  A Lot😉) + Booty


Hope you enjoyed the peek at my week.  Have a great Monday!



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Friday, March 17, 2017

Food for the soul...

So I've been wanting to do this for MONTHS.  MONTHS, I tell ya!

One of my favorite parts of teaching my yoga classes is wrapping up the class with a quote.  It feels like it seals up the class with a collective recogition to take our practice "OFF THE MAT," hopefully leaving them with something to ponder or a little bit of extra confidence as we walk out the door.  Now, I either have a running collection of ones I've found in books or scrolling social media (ironic...I know)...OR...I'll wait till the end of my class, give a quick check to my phone and see what is the 1st appropriate quote that pops up.  TO ME, that means that SOMEONE in the room must need to hear it (and 9 out of 10 times, they'll strike me to heart as well.)  So since some of my LOVELY students have started to check out my blog (hi Eileen & Diane!), I thought I'd start posting some on here that I've read through the week.  See which ones resonate with you!

So, without further ado, here's some soul food for you this Friday!


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http://YouTubeVideosPlayer.com/oprah-winfrey "The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams." - Oprah Winfrey - Here are some facts that you may not have known about Oprah Winfrey at: http://YouTubeVideosPlayer.com/oprah-winfrey:
(cause Ops knows what's up!)


by Stephenie Zamora ›› www.stepheniezamora.com:


Best advice I ever took from friends... I vowed I'd never "settle" again. It'll take a rocket scientist to figure out how to win this heart.:


I've been teaching a 'prayerful yoga class' the last 2 weeks and here was one I found for class yesterday.  Thought it was great perspective of Lent.
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And one interesting moment where I was walking into class, 'something' said to 'scan my quote folder, snap a photo and don't look at it till the end of class.'  Here's the trio of quotes that popped up at the end❤



And here's one of my ALLLLLLLLL-TIME FAVORITES!!!!!!!  My voice cracks nearly EVERY single time I read this out loud.  Every word is SO. TRUE.
Swoon...Everwood❤❤❤:
And nearly EVERY time I read it, someone inevitably asks me where it's from.  And it's hilarious when I have to tell them it's not from some great old tome, but rather a great old WB TV show😉  (EVERWOOD, FOREVER & EVER & EVER❤)

I already have a great one to share with you next week...but not till I share it with my classes THIS week😉  Have a great weekend!


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Unexpected Trader Joe's haul...

Hey, guys!  So I planned on writing you a 'mental weight loss ponderment' post, but all plans went out the window after a last minute trip to the 'Joe's today!  Hope you like the video!



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