Do More Yoga, And Do More NOW!

Imagine this going on around you:

But imagine this is all you hear:

There’s only one thing that can make that happen.  Yoga.

If you haven’t noticed through the past few Fitness Fridays, yoga hasn’t really been present in my workouts.  Quite honestly, that’s not okay.  And I’ve felt the effects.  Mentally, physically, emotionally. Something’s got to change.  There’s got to be more yoga.

Thankfully, just as I was really feeling the effects, Courtney decided to start a June yoga challenge.  And since there’s no better time than the present, I’m hopping on board.

Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life

My goal?  Get back to yoga at least 3 times a week. Doesn’t matter how long, it just has to happen.  I started on Sunday – 20 minutes completed.  And it was glorious.  Absolutely glorious.

In fact, I’m off to do more yoga as soon as I hit publish and finish my breakfast!

Do you enjoy yoga? Would you like to join the challenge?

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Music Monday // Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Do you remember when I made that video from my trip home?  Do you remember that song? Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.  It’s definitely a favorite of mine and when I heard the band’s new album, Here, came out, I knew I needed to get my hands on it.  If it was half as good as their first album, Up From Below, then it was something I needed to hear.

Is it a good album? Yes. Is it an amazing album? Not quite.

Will I run out to buy it? Probably not. Will I continue to listen to it on Spotify? Absolutely, it’s still a good album.

Their first video is for one of the best songs on the album called “Man On Fire.”  Enjoy.

Have you heard the new album? Did you like it?

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A Big Thank You!

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, it’s the little things in life that mean the most.

A card from a friend:

A text message:

Flowers on your birthday (or any day):

A cup of tea:

And fun packages waiting on your doorstep:

Thank you to PopChips and Chobani for providing me with some of the simple pleasures in life.  I can’t fully express my gratitude and love for your companies.

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A Day of Nothing

I fell asleep on my couch by 9pm last night.  Pretty sure that’s kind of sad but I guess I was just too tired and sleep was what I needed.  My body will just shut down when I need sleep, no matter how I feel about it.  Does that ever happen to you?

I woke up this morning, threw my laundry in the washer and made my way back upstairs to make breakfast.  Not just any breakfast; this breakfast:

Don’t worry, I’ll share the recipe later this week.

My morning continued by finishing up my laundry, cleaning my room, and the rest of the apartment.  Pretty exciting stuff.

Actually it was kind of nice, believe it or not.  It served as a means of stress relief.  It’s kind of nice to just focus on something other than what’s going on around me and inside my head.  So I cleaned; and then I cleaned some more.

I’ve got a crazy schedule ahead of me with work this upcoming week so I plan to do nothing but relax, rest and take it easy.  A walk to the grocery store for a couple of items will happen in a bit, but otherwise there’s nothing.  And I hope (and plan) to keep it that way.

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I need to live vicariously through you!

And good news – I found a dress for Justine’s wedding!  Now to just find the shoes.  Like?

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Fitness Friday // Want to join in?

I wake up early pretty much everyday.  Generally that means a trip to the gym when they open at 5am to get it over with and avoid most of the crowds.  It also pretty much means I wake up early on my days off too – I can’t help it, my body is just used to those morning hours.

What it’s not used to is waking up at 3am with a pounding headache and then being forced to skip my morning workout for additional sleep and then having to complete my workout after work – it’s just never as good.  Sadly that was the fate of yesterday’s workout – I’m just glad I was able to get back to it this morning.  And I’m pretty sure these “Full House” workouts are my favorite!

Also, any other bloggers out there who would be interested if I made Fitness Friday a “real” link up kind of thing?

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More Motivation / Keep Reading

After the last motivational post was so successful, I thought I’d put together another one.  Besides, when can’t we all use a little more motivation?

“If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is another chance for you.  What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford

“Human being can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” – William James

“If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple: know what you are doing, love what you are doing and believe in what you are doing.” – Will Rogers

Sometimes I let fear hold me back.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell if it’s my gut instilling fear to keep me from something I shouldn’t do or if it’s just plain old fear telling me I can’t do something.  Keeping me from something.

I guess this is just that whole quarter-life-crisis shenanigan messing with my head again.  Or maybe it’s real.  But who knows?  The good news is that quotes keep me motivated; keep me pushing towards a goal.  Even when I’m not sure what that goal is.

Sounds like I need to keep reading.

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Foodie for a Day / FitMixer BootCamp style

I’ve mentioned that as part of the FitMixer bootcamp, I’ve been required / requested to track my food intake in order to monitor my calorie, protein, fat, and carb intake.  It’s definitely been a challenge but it’s also been pretty interesting and opened my eyes to what and how much I’m eating at different points throughout the day.  And for the most part, I’m eating everything I’ve always eaten and in the same amount with only slight changes.

I thought it would be interesting to show a day in the life of food while sticking to my FitMixer bootcamp guidelines.  Or at least pretty close to my guidelines.

Breakfast: I started my day with a bowl of cinnamon oatmeal with 1/2 chopped banana and 1 TBSP of peanut butter with flax.  And a cup of coffee with almond milk, of course.

Snack #1: a green smoothie made with 1/2 banana, spinach and vanilla milkshake protein powder + an iced coffee with almond milk.

Lunch: After seeing baked beans on another blog earlier in the day and knowing that I wanted to get more beans in my diet, I picked up some baked beans at the store.  I had this along side a salad with balsamic and finished off with a yummy homemade (microwavable) open-faced s’mores.

Snack #2: Nature Valley Honey ‘n Oats granola bar with tea.

Dinner: 2 Trader Joes sausage-less sausages and broccoli

Snack #3: Chocolate banana soft serve with peanut butter and chocolate chips

I think it’s clear my sweet tooth was on fire today but I was still able to stay fairly close to my allotted goals which I think is pretty good, especially since my initial calorie goal was 1800-1900 / day.

Not bad, right?

*I should note that I’m using MyFitnessPal to track my eats*

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