Carby carbs

That is what Bobby calls them.  He says I need to eat more carby carbs because I am always hungry.  So this week I have been carby-carbing, yoga-ing, and walking.  I have also been slacking on the pictures – but I found some lovely replacements.

For breakfast this morning I had a honey-wheat bagel with smart balance light.  It was toasted and it was delicious.  Very carby.

We got free lunch at work (yay Fridays).  I had an apple (no surprise there), some fruit salad (grapes, pineapple, cantaloupe), some salad (random veggies), and a sandwich.  The sandwich was Turkey & Cranberry – “Alfalfa Sprouts, Mayonnaise, Whole Cranberry Sauce, Roasted Turkey Breast, Green Leaf Lettuce, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Sourdough” (description from Specialty’s website).  Carby carb carbs.

Specialty’s sandwiches are very large.  I would say that half of one is a normal sandwich size.

I had another apple midafternoon, and then a small apple around 5pm.

There were a bunch of sandwiches leftover so I brought some home for Bobby’s and my dinner.  This time I had half of a vegetarian – “Alfalfa Sprouts, Herb, Mayonnaise, Stone Ground Mustard, Swiss, Provolone, Green Leaf Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Cucumber, Dill Pickle, Mushroom, Mixed Bell Peppers, Pepperoncini, Avocado, Italian Vinaigrette, Ranch Dressing, Black Pepper” and another half of a Turkey & Cranberry.  The other thing I love about these sandwiches is that they are PACKED with veggies.

Bobby and i split an oatmeal-raisin-chocolate-dipped cookie for dessert.  And to finish off, I had half of a raisin bagel with smart balance!  Such repetitions today!  But Bobby is right – carby carbs fill me up and keep me full for hours.  I’m liking the thick, heavy bread and bagels that I’ve been having.  Maybe it’s the wintery cold weather, or maybe my tastes are changing, or maybe I’m just becoming more relaxed.  What is your favorite “carby carb”?  Mine might just be a honey-wheat bagel.  They are so good!

Have a lovely evening and enjoy your weekend!

My favorite flow

I’m digging this Vinyasa flow right now.  Feel free to follow along.  It takes anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour.  Repeat as you like.

Here’s a nice summary of the typical Vinyasa sequence (plank, to chaturanga – lower down, to up dog, to down dog).  This is power yoga, so get ready to sweat.  And don’t forget to breathe.  I remind you periodically below.  This is broken up into parts to make it easier to read.  Make sure you take at least one full breath in each pose.

Start.

  • Standing
  • Flow down to Forward Bend
  • Half-way lift
  • Vinyasa flow (see link above)
  • Right leg lifts, then forward lunge, breathe
  • Back to plank, then your vinyasa flow, and repeat on the left

Next flow.

  • Right leg lifts, then crescent lunge (arms up), breathe
  • Lean forward, arms go to your sides (airplane)
  • Warrior 3, breathe
  • Standing splits, breathe
  • Down to warrior 1
  • Chaturanga and your vinyasa flow, repeat on the left

Next flow.

  • Right leg lifts, then crescent lunge
  • Stand up on right leg, bring your left leg up and bent
  • Straighten the left leg out in front, breathe
  • Cross left leg and put left ankle on right knee – one legged chair pose
  • Back to standing, forward bend, halfway lift, Vinyasa flow, repeat on the left!

Next flow.

  • Right leg up, hold, breathe
  • Knee to nose, hold, breathe, leg back up
  • Knee to outside of right elbow, hold, breathe, leg back up
  • Knee to outside of left elbow, hold, breathe, leg back up
  • Knee to nose, hold, breathe, leg back up, then down dog
  • Vinyasa flow and repeat on the left

Next flow.

  • Right leg up, lunge forward, back foot flat, warrior 1
  • Open to warrior 2
  • Arms over head, then clasp behind your back
  • Bend forward to humble warrior, breathe breathe breathe
  • Vinyasa flow, repeat on the left

Next flow.

  • Right leg up, crescent lunge
  • Straighten legs, nose to knee
  • Alternate bending and straightening front leg, nose to knee
  • Straighten both legs and turn to face the left side
  • Turn legs out, bend your knees, breathe, hands to heart center, hold for a minute, breathing, yes it burns
  • Straighten your legs, hands to waist, fold forward, roll up
  • Back to front of the mat, Vinyasa flow, repeat on the left

Next flow.

  • From down dog, move forward to plank
  • Move to side plank on the left
  • Raise your right leg, hold (optional – you can just stay in side plank)
  • Half pidgeon (right leg is bent) for a rest, breathe here
  • Back to plank, repeat on the right
  • Child’s pose

Cooldown.

  • Roll onto your back
  • Boat pose, hold
  • (Optional) – lower and raise your legs 5 times in boat
  • Lay down, knees to chest
  • Straighten left leg, twisting right leg over, look right (shoulders remain on the floor)
  • Repeat stretch on the other side
  • Chavasana (relaxation)

That’s my favorite routine. If you do it quickly you will end up sweating. Use your breath to make this a true workout.  Questions, comments?  What’s your favorite pose?  Mine is humble warrior.

If there’s enough interest I can write out a pose guide for this.  Let me know.

And the winner is…

I got a GREAT response to my Pumpkin Pecan Butter Giveaway!

I had no idea people would be so excited!  Well, it’s certainly something I love – and I’m glad you all love it too.  I used a random number generator (random.org) on the comments PLUS the blogroll entries PLUS the linking entries and…

The winner is #43Brittany @ Eating Bird Food!  I actually met Brittany a few months ago when she was in town for business.  She is so sweet and definitely a deserving winner!

Thanks for all of the excitement and enthusiasm.  I will definitely be holding another giveaway soon.  Happy Thursday!

I can’t go back!

Yoga

I just did a brief yoga session this morning – 20 minutes of Power Vinyasa Flow #4 from yogadownload.com.  They should pay me for promoting them so much! (I finally got an affiliate link.)

Lunch Idea

  • Tuna salad with whole wheat bread
  • Sliced green apple

Simple tuna salad recipe (makes 2 servings):

  • 1 can of tuna
  • 1/2 carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 small bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup full fat Greek yogurt
  • lemon juice
  • mustard
  • salt & pepper

It was really good.  You can mix up the measurements to make it how you like it.  I like mine with lots of veggies.  Celery would have been perfect but I didn’t have any!

Snack Idea

  • “Lentil Pea Chips” (link has nutritional info) that we got at 99 Ranch (Chinese grocery store).  Bobby picked them up on our last trip and they ended up being a good find!  The brand is called “Dandy’s Brand” if you’re interested. The whole bag has just 2.75 servings total – it’s a huge bag but the chips are very light.

Dinner Idea

  • Egg white stirfry with organic ketchup: broccoli, okra, egg whites (1 cup), cabbage, salsa, onion, and a cucumber (random).  I used a bit of sesame oil too.

Dessert Idea

  • Full-fat TJ’s Greek yogurt (a little less than a cup)
  • Raisins (almost 1/2 cup?)

Kitty cat love

This morning I got up and did some vigorous yoga.  I did Tom Morley’s Buns and Thighs Yoga (On Demand, Exercise TV, 22 mins) followed by yogadownload.com‘s Power Vinyasa Flow #3 (22ish mins).  I haven’t done my Vinyasa in almost a week; I’ve been doing Ashtanga.  It was hard!  I’d forgotten what a great workout Vinyasa power yoga is.  I was a bit damp at the end.

For dessert today I had something very yummy.  I accidentally bought full-fat TJ’s Greek yogurt the other week, so I mixed together the full fat yogurt with some vanilla Chobani Greek yogurt.  I microwaved a finely chopped green apple, some grapes, and a vitabrownie.  Then I added the yogurt mix and topped it with cinnamon. The full fat yogurt really adds some flavor. I don’t know if I can go back to fat free!

Couscous (my fat tabby cat) has been walking all over my lap the entire time I was writing this post, so it took me forever!  He kept typing random letters and moving the mouse so sentences would start in the middle of other sentences and not have endings.  I think he just wants some love, so here’s a nice picture for you all to enjoy.

In other news, we’re visiting my parents for Christmas.  We’re also going to see some of Bobby’s family that lives in that area.  We’ll be in the Princeton/Manhattan/Philly area from the 25th (late at night) ’til early on January 1st.  Meet-ups anyone?  Email me.