Yoga: It’s What You Put Into It

I am by absolutely no means a yoga guru, but as someone who all but hated yoga less than six months ago, I had a revelation during today’s morning class.

Yoga is all about what you put into it.

You can make each and every yoga class a walk in the park. You can day dream your way through it and do the bare minimum.

Pigeon Pose???

Or.

Or you can push yourself further into every pose, stretching your muscles and making your body work.

Today I pushed myself and it was definitely a workout.

I’ll be 100 percent honest when I say that I used to think yoga was not a work out. I now know I wasn’t pushing myself and I wasn’t immersing myself in the stretches and sun salutations. Yoga is not the same kind of workout as a BodyPump class or intervals on the treadmill, but it is a workout.

Breakfast

After yoga and a long walk with Sadie, I was more than ready for a cold breakfast!

Apple Yogurt Bowl

I made myself an apple yogurt bowl by combining the following:

  • Vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 sliced Granny Smith apple (the other half went into my mouth)
  • 1 c. cooked Flax-Z-Snax butter pecan hot cereal
  • Three dashes nutmeg

Nutmeg Makes Things Prettier... And Tastier

Well Hello There!

What It Really Looks Like When I Eat It

I love the serious staying power that I get from a breakfast that combines high-protein Greek yogurt, whole grains and fresh fruit.

Sch-weet!

Question of the Morning

It’s an open-ended one…

What are your thoughts on yoga? Love it? Hate it? Think it’s a bunch of boo-hockey? Think it’s life-changing?

Share away! 😀

Girl I Want to Make You Sweat

“Girl I want to make you sweat,
Sweat ’til you can’t sweat no more…”

(If you’re looking for a super-fun workout song, definitely check that one out! Sweat by Inner Circle… So catchy.)

As you may have gathered from the above lyrics, my workout this morning was super schweaty!

I did a 30-minute treadmill workout that included 20 minutes of intervals that made my face turn bright red and a sweat ‘stache form more times than I could count.

30-Minute Treadmill Workout

I followed up this heart-pumpin’ workout with 10 minutes of light cardio on the elliptical and a one-mile walk with Ryan and Sadie.

Tastes Like Chicken!

It was such a treat to have Ryan join me and Sadie on our walk! He’s been working some crazy hours at work lately and was able to spend a little extra time at home this morning. Sadie made sure to show him what he misses on our walks every morning by picking up every other stick to try to entice him into playtime mid-walk. She’s like a real woman: Never satisfied. 😉

Breakfast

Ooooh breakfast. You are simply fantastic. Hitting the gym so early in the morning is a little bit easier knowing I get to come home and stuff my face with you. 😀

Today’s morning meal included:

  • 1 c. Greek yogurt
  • 1 large sliced peach
  • 1/2 c. cold Butter Pecan Flax-Z-Snax hot cereal (Now discontinued from Netrition.com because of faulty nutrition facts – eek!)
  • Honey

Peach + Yog

Peach + Yog + Hot Cereal

Makes Mouth Happy

What a tasty treat!

Honeymoon Update

Stay tuned for the big HONEYMOON announcement! Ahhh! 😀

Of Possible Interest

It’s Just a Little Crush

Sometimes I hate that I never update my iPod and delete songs that have been on there foreverrrr.

Other times I love it and enjoy jammin’ out to random old school tunes that I’ve listened to for years.

Old songs I was lovin’ today include:

I remember listening to “Crush” over and over in my bedroom in junior high (okay, high school, too 😉 ) and thinking the words were so true.

“It’s just a little crush,
Not like I faint every time we touch,
It’s just some little thing
Not like everything I do depends on you…”

Didn’t it seem like back in junior high and high school people made the biggest deal about fleeting crushes? I’d have a silly crush on someone one week and then have a crush on someone else the next week… No big deal… Only to other people it was huge news when someone “liked” someone else. Who knew Jennifer Paige was so wise? 😉

Breakfast

Even though I’ve been crushin’ on Ryan for more than six years, I developed a new little crush this morning… on my breakfast.

Put a Little Love in Your Heart

I made my breakfast parfait by layering vanilla Greek yogurt with Flax-Z-Snax butter pecan hot cereal that I made last night and let chill in the fridge until this morning.

On top of the now-cold hot cereal, I added nectarine slices.

Yog + Nectaring + Cold Hot Cereal

Of course half of the nectarine went directly into my mouth before even making it into the parfait.

Side Tracked...

Seriously Delicious

It may seem ridiculous to take the time to make a parfait in a wine glass in the morning, but being able to see such pretty layers of delicious foods makes me smile… And who doesn’t like starting the day with a smile? (I know Annie does. 😉 )

Can you see why I’m crushin’ on this breakfast? 😀

Question of the Morning

Speaking of crushes… Who is your celebrity crush? If you have a significant other, who is their celebrity crush?

My celebrity crush is Ryan Reynolds (apparently the name “Ryan” is a pre-req in my book). Ryan’s celebrity crush is Jessica Biel.

And just in case your morning is off to a negative start, here’s a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ to make you smile:

The Other Ryan I Love

Brace Face

I never had braces growing up.

I was given the option to have braces, but being 14 years old, I figured it didn’t matter and I decided against being a metal mouth.

Fast forward 10 years and I was self-conscious about my “fangs.” I had two teeth on either side of my two front teeth that stuck out a bit. It bothered me for years, and once I saved up enough money, I paid a visit to the orthodontist to see if I was a candidate for Invisalign (clear braces). Thankfully I was, and now, a little more than a year later, I’m almost done! Phew!

This morning I have my last appointment before we enter the “refinement” period where my orthodontist said she’ll work with me until I am 100 percent satisfied. She’s the best!

Workout

Today’s workout was all over the place! Clearly my mind was racing this morning and I couldn’t stand to do one cardio machine for more than 15 minutes at a time.

Here’s my cardio breakdown:

  • 15 min. stairmaster
  • 15 min. elliptical
  • 1 round of the At Home Cardio Blast circuit
  • 5 minutes arc trainer
  • 5 minutes elliptical

I was hoppin’ around like a crazy lady!

Breakfast

Post-workout I came home craving a hot breakfast which was odd considering I was sweating like mad.

I guess the body wants what it wants!

A bowl of strawberry shortcake hot cereal sounded perfect.

Frozen Strawberries

Dry Ingredients

Into the mix went:

  • 1 serving Flax-Z-Snax butter pecan hot cereal (Just FYI, according to Netrition.com, Flax-Z-Snax’s nurtitional information is a little sketchy…)
  • 1 scoop All the Whey cup cake batter protein powder
  • Three large frozen strawberries

After adding water and microwaving the mix for a minute (stirring regularly to prevent overflow), my breakfast was ready for eatin’.

Strawberry Shortcake Hot Cereal

Yummy Berries

Thursday Breakfast

I wolfed this down in quite the un-ladylike manner. 😉

Aaaand I’m off to my Invisalign appointment. Catch ya lata!

Question of the Day

Did you ever have braces?

Goodness, Gracious, Great Bowls of Chocolate!

“Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire!”

Love that song and love that scene in Top Gun! Goose warms my heart. 😉

Today’s lunch was a great bowl o’ chocolate, in the form of brownie batter hot cereal.

Coco-Tastic

Into the mix went:

Flax-Z-Snax Chocolate Cream Hot Cereal

After nukin’ it up for about a minute and a half (and stirring regularly), I had one heck of a rich and chocolatey lunch.

Brownie Batter in a Bowl

This concoction seriously reminds me of brownie batter. Love it.

Speaking of sweet treats, I see a trip to Mochi for some frozen yogurt in my near future… It’s becoming a bit of a Friday staple, I think.

Weekend Plans

Another weekend is upon us (Hooray!) and I can’t wait to get the fun started!

My plans include:

Friday:

  • Drive to St. Pete with Ryan and Sadie for dinner with my parents

Saturday

  • Spend all day on the boat!!!
  • Meet with potential wedding DJ
  • Birthday dinner with my family (My actual birthday is on Tuesday)
  • Eat my mom’s homemade red velvet cake with the best cream cheese frosting EVERRRR

Sunday

  • Meet with potential wedding officiant
  • Drive back to Orlando
  • Surprise birthday dinner with Ryan

What are YOU most looking forward to this weekend???

I am so excited to get out on the boat! I can’t wait to have some fun in the sun!

Of Possible Interest

Backyard Haircut

Since BodyPump totally dominated my morning post, lemme catch you up! 

(Special thanks to Vee, who is in the process of becoming a certified BodyPump instructor, for requesting a BodyPump post!) 

Breakfast 

I kept breakfast light this morning since I was heading out to the gym within 30 minutes of waking, and didn’t want to feel like a two-ton whale. 

I’m not someone who can workout on a completely full belly. I do much better on light fuel because a full belly makes me cramp up or want to curl up and go to sleep, neither of which are conducive to a good workout! 

This morning’s breakfast was brownie batter hot cereal. 

Pre-Cooked

The mix included: 

  • 1 serving Flax-Z-Snax chocolate cream hot cereal
  • 1 scoop All the Whey chocolate peanut butter cup protein powder
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • Water

Microwaved for 90 seconds, stirring regularly to prevent ooooverflow… 

"A Spoonful of Chocolate Helps the Medicine Go Doooown..."

Brownie Batter Hot Cereal

This combination is so rich and chocolatey. I think I could bathe in this stuff. 😉 

After the gym, I came home, grabbed a Balance Bar, and took Sadie on a walk around the lake near our apartment. 

"Walk Me!"

There was a festival with lots of different arts and crafts and food vendors surrounding the lake. 

Festival

"I Saw the Sign"

I loved the sign that read, “If we are what we eat, I’m fast, easy and cheap.” 😀 

I think my sign would say, “If we are what we eat, I’m cheesy, fruity and sweet!” 

While walking around, Sadie and I both enjoyed a free sample of kettle corn. That stuff is dang delicious! 

I stopped to say hi to some of the dogs up for adoption and fell in love with these two pups: 

Puppy Eyes

Brody Look-a-Like

The second one reminded me so much of my friend Minda’s dog, Brody. He was adorable! 

Here’s the name of the rescue in case any of you out there live in Florida and want to adopt one of these cuties: 

A New Beginning Pet Rescue

When we arrived home from our walk, I was huuuungry. 

I made myself a bowl of roasted Nasoya tofu, broccoli and zucchini, ricotta cheese and marinara meat sauce. 

Veggies + Tofu

Cheese + Sauce

Stirred Up

Wanna know something crazy? I didn’t know you could bake tofu until like a month ago. Well you can, and it’s delicious! 

Backyard Haircut 

After lunch, Ryan and I headed to the backyard to catch some rays. 

Taking Pictures in a Mirror is Hard...

Another Mirror Pic Fail... Practicing on Sadie...

We both got antsy after a while and Ryan asked me if I would give him a haircut. 

Trusting, no? 

Of course I agreed. Check out Barber Julie’s masterpiece: 

Sad Long-Haired Boy

Happy Short-Haired Boy

Ryan's Please Stop Taking My Picture Face

Ryan now owes me $25, but I may settle for some soft serve. 😉 

Today’s Plans 

The rest of our Saturday will be spent running errands to work out some kinks with our cable box (ugh), and tracking down people on craigslist to get a boxspring and a mattress for the bed in our guest room! 

Catch ya lataaa.

Awesome Month

Three cheers for April!!!

I love this month. Yes, it’s probably because it’s my birthday month (April 27, baby!), but I also feel like April is when the weather starts really changing for the better and the sun starts shining a little brighter (in between the “April showers” of course).

What are you most looking forward to in April?

This month I have a bunch of exciting things to look forward to:

  • 5K Doggie Race with Sadie on Saturday
  • Easter
  • My sister’s sorority’s mother/daughter/sister weekend
  • Meeting the designer of my wedding dress
  • My 25th birthday!!!

It should be a good month!

Breakfast

Today’s breakfast was a chocolatey delight: Brownie batter hot cereal! Ahhhhhh!

Get in Mah Belly!

I combined Flax-Z-Snax chocolate cream hot cereal with a scoop of All the Whey chocolate peanut butter cup protein powder, a tablespoon of cocoa powder and some water and microwaved it until it was hot and super thick!

Flax-Z-Snax

Coo-coo for Cocoa

Thiiiick Brownie Batter Hot Cereal

I enjoyed my hot cereal with a tumbler full of my gym’s free coffee in Barnie’s cinnamon butter cookie flavor (the best flavor everrrr).

Thursday's Breakfast

It was a great breakfast after a sch-weaty workout.

Workout

My workout today was pretty random. I felt like running, but decided against it since Sadie and I are running in a doggie 5k together on Saturday. I wanted to give my legs a good rest because I feel like I run better in races when I haven’t run several days prior to race day.

My run-less cardio workout looked like this:

  • 10 min. stair master
  • 10 min. adaptive motion trainer
  • 5 min. stair master
  • 25 min. elliptical

Can you tell I was easily bored today?

April Fools’ Day

Happy April Fools Day!

Are you playing any good jokes today? Have you ever had a good joke played on you?

One year when my sister was pretty young, my mom and I convinced her to come running down the stairs because we told her that our cat (who was a boy) had kittens. 🙂 Poor Leslie was pretty disappointed to see that no baby kitties could be found.

Two years ago my mom really got me. I had NO idea it was April Fools’ Day, and when I got to work I had a really long email from her saying that she and my dad were adopting a young boy because they were so sad that both my sister and I were out of the house (it was my sister’s first year away at college). I was shocked and even told my boss that I couldn’t believe I was getting a brother. It was then that I realized what day it was and felt like one stoooopid lil’ blonde. 🙂