Yoga, Yummy Food, and….Country Music?!?!?


My focus this week has definitely been on food.  With my ability to exercise significantly reduced, I can’t really afford to slip up much on the food front.  I feel lousy enough not exercising.  All this really means is focusing on whole foods, unprocessed grains, and limited alcohol.  As a result, I don’t feel weighed down…just antsy to move!

I made a LOT of veggie juices this week.  With all the veggies that AT gifted me, I certainly couldn’t let them go to waste!

Breakfast most days was a smoothie of some type.  One quick one I made a few days was simply 1 cup of vanilla hemp milk, 1 cup of blueberries, and ice.

vanilla blueberry smoothie!

I packed up cucumbers with dill for mid morning snacks, lots of salads with tofu for lunches, and simple dinners of veggies and either tofu or tempeh.

dill, cider vinegar, and cucumbers

tomatoes, onions, and brussel sprouts heading into the toaster oven to be roasted
tempeh, cabbage, green bean stir fry. Very simple...but amazingly tasty
eggplant, tempeh, artichoke, tomato dish on brown rice pasta with some Diaya mozz flavored cheeze

This morning was a bowl of high fiber cereal with sliced banana and soymilk, lunch was a whole wheat bagel with hummus, grapes, and a cup of chocolate soymilk!

I just finished off a fresh orange/apple/carrot/celery/ginger juice which was so good, I want to make another one (alas…out of oranges and carrots now).


I’m still not able to do much aerobically, but I have started doing some at-home yoga.  I started with this video I found online.  I watched it and followed along, then watched it again so I could write the poses down, and then have been doing that workout.

Today, D found for me on iTunes a video blog series called YOGAmazing.  He got me the one for back issues (actually – it was for people with scoliosis), and I did that routine as well today.  It was more challenging, but not painful.  He also found for me a site called Yoga Today that has free and subscription yoga classes.  I was really excited about that and the YOGAmazing site because I love yoga, but where I live, almost all the studios are hot ones.  I don’t mind hot yoga now and then, but it’s not my preference.  The closest non-hot studio to me is quite a hike, and I’m not good enough to create my own routines at home, so this was really exciting to find.

I went dancing last night, and while I’m a little sore today, it’s not really that bad.  I’m pretty encouraged that I’m on the mend, and plan on doing a light and easy strength training workout this evening yet.

I missed the swim with AT earlier this week.  I had a meeting that ran over, and bad storms had blown power in our area.  I guess the Y was affected, and the pools were temporarily closed.  Not enough for me to not be able to make it, but by the time I got out of my meeting and home, it was getting pretty late.  I’m hoping to at least be able to swim this week.  With any luck, Dr. S will let me run too!


It’s been a pretty good week.  The worst thing has been the weather.  It’s been over 100 degrees every day this week, super high humidity, and just miserable.  We’ve had a few intense storms, but none of them broke the heat.  It’s not only been uncomfortable, it’s also dangerous.  And it doesn’t look to be letting up in this coming week either.

I went to the chiropractor again on Thursday.  Same adjustments, and then icing at home.  I go back again on Tuesday.  Hopefully between this and the yoga, I’ll be running (literally) in no time!

Saturday afternoon we all went to our friend’s house to swim and cool off.  It was really nice…though D didn’t use sunscreen and he’s paying for it today.

Friday morning I get a text from S that says “please tell me you’re free tomorrow night”.  I tell her I should be, ask her why, and she replies “baptism”.  So here I am thinking that she wants me to come with her to a baby baptism Saturday night.  Okay, I suppose that would be fine.

Later that afternoon, D calls me at work and asks if I’d seen Facebook that day.  I say no…and he proceeds to tell me that S posted something about “baptizing” Crissie, and gathering the girls for something Saturday night.  Now…I’m a little nervous and figuring this has nothing to do with babies.

As it happens, I do not like country music.  I was 19 before I learned that there was such a thing as  “modern country artist”…I thought all country music was made before the 1950’s (Patsy Cline, etc).  Many of my friends like country, and try as they might, have not been able to get me into it.  A local country cover band was playing at our very own Wild Wing cafe, so R rallied some of our girls to take me out and “baptize me” to country music.

We get there, and of course S and her husband know the band.  S introduces me as “this is Crissie…she hates country music”.  Lovely.  The band now feels like they’ve been issued a personal challenge to make me like the music.

I will be honest, it wasn’t that bad.  I even danced some (though honestly, it was to songs I knew, like covers of U2 and the Cult).  It’s weird going to a show and not knowing a most of the songs being played.  They kept pointing to me and asking if I was having a good time.  It was kind of cute.  And at least none of them were wearing overalls…something I thanked them for between sets.

Another friend of ours’ husband is a rockin local guitarist.  Of course HE knew the band too (small world I guess), and got up on stage to play.  It was really amazing.

Regardless of the music (which really wasn’t awful), I had a great time.  I got home about 1am (and D had waited up for me), talked for a few minutes, and then went to bed.

that's my friend's hubby!

Today has been pretty low-key.  I went grocery shopping, and D and M went to see Captain America with a friend of ours (the pool friend).  A spent a good portion of the day painting R’s finger and toenails and giving her a henna tattoo.

My plans for the rest of the night involve dinner, a bath, and reading.  Not a bad end to a nice weekend.

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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