There’s No Crying In Yoga!


Today has been a pretty simple day.  It’s another really hot day, so I wasn’t going to be firing up the oven!

Breakfast was some black coffee and a banana.  Nothing fancy, I was in a hurry.

For lunch, I swung by Moe’s and picked up my stand-by taco salad.  I swear, that never gets old.

taco salad!
taco salad!

Dinner was a coconut curry soup.  I had one a few weeks ago at a Thai place in Virginia Beach, and it was the most divine thing I’d ever had.  I went for Thai with A yesterday, and the place near our house didn’t have a vegan version.  So…I decided to make my own in the pressure cooker.  All told, I’m quite pleased!

Crissie’s Red Coconut Curry Soup


*14 ounces tofu

*14 ounces coconut milk

*1 lb. carrot, sliced

*3 cups broccoli florets

*1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped

*1/4 tsp. ginger root

*2 tbsp. red Thai curry powder or paste

*1/2 tsp. kaffir lime leaves

*1 tsp. dried lemongrass

*2 tbsp. lime juice

*1 tsp. salt

*4 cups vegetable broth

*Chopped cilantro, for garnish


1. Press and drain the tofu.  Cube into bite sized pieces.

2. Put the onion, broccoli, carrots, tofu, spices, and vegetable broth into the pressure cooker.  Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.  Manually release the pressure.

3. Stir in coconut milk (I used canned lite) and lime juice.  Simmer for 15 minutes.

4. Serve with chopped cilantro.

Servings: 6

A really light and refreshing soup with a bit of a kick!
A really light and refreshing soup with a bit of a kick!

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I’m not a huge fan of ginger, but if you are, totally up that amount.  If looking for something heartier, I bet this would be yummy over rice!


I hit up a hot yoga class this morning.  The more I read about connective tissue and joint diseases, the more yoga (and hot yoga) are recommended.  In fact, exercise is highly recommended with anyone in this family of diseases (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.).  The pain actually gets more manageable with strength training and low impact exercises…but most patients are afraid the pain will get worse so they stay sedentary – which just perpetuates the vicious cycle.

Anyway.  This morning’s yoga class.  I started to tear up about 5 minutes into it.  Allow me to explain….

Most yoga instructors recommend that the student set an intention at the beginning of practice.  It can be to “get through” (often one of mine), to let go of your day and just be in the moment, to accept what your body is and isn’t capable of doing, etc..  About five minutes into class, my instructor guided us to set our intention.  I was sore and sick of my body reacting so insanely the past few months.  All the anger and frustration I’ve refused to acknowledge (the “why me”, “this isn’t fair” crap) all came to the surface.  I’ve whined about the hives and the swelling, but haven’t said a word (not even to my family) about just how pissed off I am.  I started to cry just a little bit.

And then my personality kicked in, I was reminded of a quote in A League of Their Own when Tom Hanks yells at one of his female players that “there’s no crying in baseball!”.  And I wiped my tears away and focused on my intention.  Which was to get through the class without my body being my enemy.  And I did.  After 10-15 minutes I loosened up and the pain went away.

That’s not to say I didn’t cry later when D called to see how my class was and I melted down.  He was shocked and horrified, and I felt terrible blind siding him like that!

Anyway…I have a race on Saturday.  It’s a 10K with CT and her husband (D is on kid and camera duty).  D has asked me to seriously consider if I should run it.  At this point, I’ve decided that I’m going to do it.  It could very well be my last one for awhile, so I’m going to cross that finish line, even if it’s walking!


It’s been ridiculously hot the past few days.  We’re talking hitting 90+!  We seriously went from 50’s to 90’s overnight and skipped spring entirely.  My sister was saying this is why she hates the south, but when they’re at -15, I’m horrified at how cold it is!  I’d rather take the heat than the bitter cold.

As soon as the sun goes down though, it’s been some of the most beautiful nights that I can remember.  It’s going to cool off some, but I

Last night was a late one, and I didn’t get home until after 10, so it was pretty much straight to bed.

In other news, my daughter has finally picked which college she’s going to!  Now it’s time to pay deposits, schedule new student orientations, and try not to freak out.



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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.

2 thoughts on “There’s No Crying In Yoga!

  1. Ok, that recipe sounds fantastic! And I love that no crying quote. I use it often, in fact I said it to my running partner when she started to cry one morning – there’s no crying in running. She started laughing of course. Girl I wish I could give you a hug. I know how you feel about your body failing you right now. But I am so glad that you’re doing some research and finding that staying active can help. As for that race, I wish I could be there and run it with you!

    1. Okay, you just made me get teary! Thank you for the virtual (much needed) hug, the fact that I KNOW you know what I’m feeling, and the race encouragement. I’ll be thinking of you during the race for sure 😉

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