I have internets! (And salad)

Sorry for my lack of posting!  I just moved into a new apartment and the Comcast man came this afternoon to hook me up with my fix.  I was having major withdrawal.  But the new apartment is amazing 🙂

Salad updates…

Sunday: okonomiyaki, again.  Not really a salad.  But a good packed lunch for day 2 of YogaFit level 2.  (No picture.)  More on day 2 to come!  Dinner was very veggieful, but not a salad – it was the mushroom mountain stirfry from Blue Mango.

Monday:

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  • base – ~5 cups of chopped spinach
  • toppings – sauteed carrot, mushrooms, leeks, zucchini + steamed kabocha
  • protein – parmesan
  • dressing – annie’s lite honey mustard

Tuesday: (my camera ate my picture! – but it looked pretty much the same as Monday’s)

  • base – 1 head of romaine, chopped
  • toppings – sauteed carrot, mushrooms, leeks, cauliflower + steamed kabocha
  • protein – parmesan, bacon bits (these are vegan by the way)
  • dressing – annie’s lite honey mustard

This morning I tried a new breakfast that I’ve been seeing a lot (Heather, Polly) – green oats!  Mine was actually green oatbran.  In the bowl:

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  • 2/3 cup oatbran + almost 2 cups water
  • 2-3 tablespoons raisins
  • cinnamon, salt, vanilla
  • 2 cups spinach

Have you tried green oats??

I cooked the oatbran with the raisins, cinnamon, and vanilla.  I scooped it into my blender and added the spinach.  Blend, blend – yum!  I couldn’t taste the spinach at all.  I will definitely be having this again.  Another benefit of blending it was that the sweetness of the raisins permeated the whole bowl.  I usually save all the raisins to eat at the end, but today I got a bite of raisin every time!

Yoga update – I had a day full of yoga on Sunday with my YogaFit day 2.  Yesterday I didn’t do any yoga at all (hours of moving from one 3rd floor apartment to another 3rd floor apartment will exhaust you – best workout I’ve had in a long time).  Today I did about 10 minutes of yoga and then the cable guy showed up.  I’m hoping to get in a session tonight; I’m feeling tired though because I was moving more stuff again today.  My muscles need a rest!  I might try to do some kind of gentle yoga stretching.

I have a student at 5:30pm, so I’m going to head off and chill out until it’s time to leave…  (Hard to chill in this 90 degree weather we’re having!)

YogaFit level 2, and salad of course!

Since I am The Salad Girl, here are my two salads from yesterday and today… (I think this is what was in them.  I can’t remember exactly.)

Friday:

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  • base: romaine heart
  • toppings: steamed kabocha!; sauteed eggplant, carrot, mushroom
  • protein: parmesan, bacon bits
  • dressing: annie’s lite honey mustard vinaigrette

Saturday:

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  • base: lots of cups of spinach (5?)
  • toppings: sauteed mushrooms, carrots, leeks; steamed kabocha!; tomato
  • protein: parmesan
  • dressing: the last of newman’s own lowfat sesame ginger

I packed today’s salad to take as part of lunch since I had my YogaFit level 2 training today (and tomorrow!).

Friday’s yoga was a 60-minute power class by Philip Urso, but it wasn’t nearly as sweaty and challenging as my Thursday class.  It was from 12/14/2006 if you’re interested in a simpler power flow.  It was fun, but I definitely preferred the intense Thursday class.

As for today’s yoga – it was amazing.  This morning we had a 75-minute class to start off the day.  It was typical YogaFit style – warm up, sun salutations, work (lots!), and a cool down.  Today we learned a few more advanced poses (wheel, splits, standing splits, boat wide leg toe hold, shoulder stand, plow, etc…) which was fun.

Today’s session was a lot more introspective than my last YogaFit training.  We worked on communicating with ourselves, letting go, understanding the obstacles that we have/create for ourselves, and how to learn from all of this.  My friend sitting next to me said it best, “we can’t lead where we haven’t been.”  We journaled a lot.  I wrote several pages of single-spaced, tiny print – and I didn’t even write down 1% of what I wanted to.

My teacher had a few book recommendations – The Power of Now, Growing the Positive Mind, and a children’s book called You Are Special by a Christian writer named Max Lucado.  They all deal with the idea that you are your thoughts, and that judgement/expectations/competition shouldn’t matter (part of the YogaFit essence).

This post is only a smattering of everything that I experienced today.  After each of these trainings I feel so full of enlightenment, information, and hope – I just wish I could put it all down on the page.  For me, today was incredibly inspirational and gave me hope!

What inspires you?

I Heart Housewives

Ever since reading Naturally Thin I have been a bit obsessed with The Real Housewives of New York City.  I was a New Yorker for a brief period of time, and I loved it.  The show makes me miss the city even more.  I’ve lived in Greenwich Village and the upper east side…  I prefer the upper east side, but that’s just me 🙂  I even watched the A-List Awards on Bravo last night (which were actually not very A-List at all…) just to see them.  Do you watch?

Today’s salad was another not-salad, unfortunately.  It was okonomiyaki (Japanese frittata) made with:

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  • base: spinach, organic purple cabbage
  • toppings: mushrooms, organic leeks
  • protein: egg whites
  • dressing: organic ketchup, mayo, tonkatsu sauce; fried in sesame oil

Today’s yoga was majorly intense.  It was only a 60-minute class, but I was thoroughly challenged.  Bobby walked by me and said, “wow, you’re never that sweaty.”  It’s true!  I don’t sweat much.  But I was soaked midway through this class.  The class was a podcast by Philip Urso (I’ve done two of his other podcasts: here and here).

It was a Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga class (one of my favorite styles; Dave Farmar does this kind).  It was constant flow until the very end, which I LOVE.  (I find that Dave Farmar has more long holds than I like; I want to flow!)  So if you’re into FLOW, check out Philip Urso.  The class I took today can be found HERE (Fast HOUR of Power – 03/29/2007).

What’s your favorite style of yoga?  OR, if you don’t practice yoga – what’s your favorite form of exercise? I love Baptiste Power Vinyasa, and as for other exercise… I’m a walker.  I also love to dance.

Salad, yoga, & shopping

Salad of the day:

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  • 1 romaine heart base
  • toppings: veggie “kinpira” of carrot, mushrooms, peas, cinnamon, sugar, & chili powder (sauteed in sesame oil)
  • protein: 2 tablespoons parmesan
  • dressing: annie’s lite honey mustard vinaigrette (new!)

Yoga of the day:

The other day I mentioned that my favorite dressing is newman’s own lowfat sesame ginger.  Whole Foods didn’t have it today, so I got some others to try – annie’s lite gingerly vinaigrette, annie’s lite honey mustard vinaigrette, and whole foods organic ginger soy vinaigrette.  So far I’ve only tried the honey mustard; it’s delicious.  It’s not as good as newman’s own though.

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I got this interesting jerky made by SnackMasters – Ahi Tuna Jerky!  I hope it’s good.  Bobby and I both love tuna.

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I’m headed off to yoga in about 10 minutes… What’s your favorite new/recent product discovery?  I’m actually not sure what mine is.  I have been loving dairy, and I just found Wallaby’s organic lowfat yogurt.

Yoga, Salad, Award. Goodnight!

Yoga of the day: Dave Farmar‘s 75-minute class from 03/02/09.  Full of dolphins (which were replaced by headstands and down dogs), fun flows, and long holds.  Long pigeon at the end (this is common for Dave’s classes) following a tough session of at least half a dozen bridges/wheels.

Salad of the day:

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  • spinach base (5-6+ cups raw)
  • extras: peas, carrot, orange bell pepper, mushrooms, eggplant
  • protein: egg whites, bacon bits
  • dressing: newman’s own lowfat sesame ginger

I don’t think I can technically call this a salad, because it wasn’t exactly raw.  I cooked most of the veggies and the egg whites, and added the spinach at the end.  Because everything was so hot, the spinach wilted a bit.  My house was cold today and I didn’t want to eat a bunch of raw veggies!  It was great though.

Coco was so sweet to give me this award today:

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FRIENDS… comes with the following description to be added & passed along: “These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers.”

Coco, I am so glad to have “met” you through the blogging community and that we’ve become such good friends!  I’m going to pass this on to everyone who reads my blog who has touched my life in some way.  Thank you and lots of hugs.

What is the nicest thing a friend has ever done for you?  My best friend (Bobby) has stuck with me through everything, no matter what.  I don’t know where I’d be without him.