Food, Yoga, Runs, and Getting Lost

FOOD

I’m a bulk cooking machine!  If you’ve read any of my posts before, you know I’m a big fan of The Happy Herbivore. I also occasionally subscribe to her meal plans – which are super simple, low fat, and tasty.  So…I decided with going back to work tomorrow that I’d let someone else take the planning out of it for me, and opted for her individual plan for this week (I’ve done the family plans in the past…which are also super simple).

See 7 days of lunches and dinners in all their bulk cooking glory!  No excuses for healthy eats, right?

took me HOURS, but here it is.  7 days of lunches and dinners in all their bulk cooking glory.  More specifics to come as I actually eat these!!!

took me HOURS, but here it is. 7 days of lunches and dinners in all their bulk cooking glory. More specifics to come as I actually eat these!!!

But alas, what did I have this weekend?

Saturday morning started out with black coffee and blueberry/cinnamon oatmeal.  I was up way earlier than everyone else and didn’t want my Vitamix to wake them (it’s awesome, but loud!).

My favorite thing to do is cook the blueberries with the oats.  I love it that they're about to burst open...

My favorite thing to do is cook the blueberries with the oats. I love it that they’re about to burst open…

I had a late morning meal of a baked potato topped with leftover butternut squash/black bean chili.  Oh…My…Gosh.  New favorite thing.

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Lunch was a very late affair (about 3 pm) with LC for Thai.  Tom Kha and Tofu Green Curry for me.  But this time, I stopped when I was full and didn’t eat it just because it was there and yummy.  Thai is the only food I have that issue with – mainly because it’s my favorite, but I can never have it with my family (nut allergy daughter and a husband who hate it), so I can’t bring leftovers home.  And I still live in that head space where food shouldn’t be wasted.

Tom Kha is a coconut milk soup with tofu and veggies, and is the most amazing soup I've ever eaten.  Some day, I'll learn to make it.

Tom Kha is a coconut milk soup with tofu and veggies, and is the most amazing soup I’ve ever eaten. Some day, I’ll learn to make it.

Since I had lunch so very late, I wasn’t up for a real dinner.  I had some air popped popcorn while watching TV, and then went to bed.

I slept in today, so didn’t really have a normal breakfast.  I had some coffee and then after my run, had a repeat of yesterday’s late morning meal (baked spud and chili).

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During lunch I found myself out and about again.  Thai again (this time just me and a book).  However, I looked up the healthiest meal options, and decided to try something different.  I had Pad Thai Jay, which is GF rice noodles with tofu and veggies.  I had my version sans egg and peanuts to keep it vegan and nut free.

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Dinner was some brown rice penne, tons of veggies, and a salad.

FITNESS

I went to a 2 hour Yin yoga workshop with LC yesterday.  She’s not only a great friend, but also a yoga instructor, and the workshop we went to was at her studio.

I will be honest – I had mixed feelings about it.  Yin yoga is about restoration, stillness, and balance.  And I don’t sit still well.  This workshop also had a writing element to it, and that’s totally new to me, and wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it.

So first of all, the studio is cute and inviting.  I’d been there before, so that was good.  The instructor was also cute and inviting.  And smart, compassionate, and very, very approachable.  She definitely made me feel at ease.

I struggled with some of the poses for a few reasons.   I’m not used to holding a single pose for 3-5 minutes or more.  That requires a stillness I don’t have, and that was probably my biggest challenge.  As a result, I didn’t really relax much and found myself struggling to not move.  I also still struggle to hold my mind still for more than a few minutes at a time.  In my regular yoga classes I move frequently enough (less than a minute), so my mind can’t wander.  My meditation practice is helping with this, but I’m so not there yet.  As a result, my mind looped through my to-do lists and other things when I should have been quiet internally.  Also, with my RA I had a hard time holding some poses for a length of time.  A pose would feel good for a short period of time, but then start to hurt – especially my knees.  And because I’m a competitive nut job, I tried to hold out as long as I could, but would end up hurting instead of feeling relaxed.

Keep in mind that there was nothing wrong with the instruction or the class.  It just highlighted to me how much I still need to slow down!

The writing part I was apprehensive about, but ended up being my favorite part.  We did all free writing exercises, so you wrote whatever came to mind.  The first one was basically writing everything you hate about yourself.  Yeah.  That’s easy.  The second part was writing everything you love about yourself.  Yeah.  Not as easy.  The third part was to write about everything that stood in your way of achieving who you wanted to be.  The final part was to write an intention for 2015 – that included accepting things you didn’t like from page 1, encouraging things you liked from page 2, developing mechanisms to move past page 3, and to develop something new.

And then…she made up rip out the first 3 pages and shred them.  That…was hard….but also liberating.  It was hard letting go of all the negative stuff (I’m a major procrastinator, my Irish temper flares too much, etc), but also really cool.

So that’s hard to top, but I went for a run today not long after I woke up.  I had java, then hit the pavement.  W2D3 in the bag.

LIFE

Well this is it.  As soon as I head to bed, my vacation will officially be over.  You know what, it’s okay.  This time off did exactly what it was supposed to….slowed me down and made me relax.

Yesterday was mostly about spending time with LC.  While I woke early, D had slept like hell (again….6 days running), so I let him sleep until I left for yoga around noon.  As it happens, Prednisone causes insomnia, and he’s been a victim! Stupid Crohn’s.

Last night, R spent the night at a friend’s house, and D took M and A to the movies, so I read a yoga magazine, watched Hulu and Netflix, did my weekly meal planning, ate popcorn, and went to sleep!

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Today was a ridiculously warm day.  75 for much of it (which was great for my run!).  R and her friend N went for a bike ride after their sleep-over.  And they got separated.  And R got lost.  When she finally got home (she didn’t take her phone apparently), she was in hysterics.  I felt so bad for her.

The rest of today was about shopping and prepping for the week.  The kids are ready, and I am too.  So now, it’s off to bed!

GOAL CHECK-IN

  •  third blog post in 4 days.  That makes me very happy!
  • gluten-free = 100%
  • wine – indulged this evening.  It’s the weekend, and I’m okay with that.  One glass while bulk cooking and listening to an audio-book is just fine for me.  The challenge will be on the work days!
  • workouts.  Yes – while I don’t consider yesterday’s yoga workshop a “workout”, it was great, and today’s run (in 75 degree weather no less!) was totally awesome.
  • meditation – yesterday I did my meditation in class…not at home.  This morning, I did it right after I brushed my teeth and before coffee.  No cat’s accompanied me this time.  Ginny is clearly afraid of the mat and candle!
  • I meal planned, shopped, and bulk cooked my evening away!

 

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