The other day I got a lovely present from Foodbuzz‘s Tastemaker program…
Thanks! These are two loaves of Nature’s Pride bread – 12 Grain and 100% Whole Wheat. Both breads had a decent ingredient list, but I was disappointed to see dairy products there. You really don’t need milk to made great bread. The ingredient list was long, but I didn’t see anything too scary, and the lack of high fructose corn syrup was a plus. I immediately ate a slice of the Whole Wheat and promptly tossed them in the freezer to stay fresh. The next day Bobby enjoyed 2 slices of the 12 Grain…
This is a vegetarian breakfast of 2 scrambled eggs, 2 slices of toast (dry), 2 veggie sausages, and 3 veggie bacons. He loved it. He actually prefers veggie bacon and veggie sausage to the real deal, which I find very cute. I enjoy veggie bacon, but I don’t particularly care for veggie sausage (or real sausage, for that matter).
Aside from eating very yummy things, I’ve been changing up my exercise. I’ve found that even if I don’t plan on doing anything on a certain day, I always manage to get in a workout. I looked back on my Workout Page to see how often I take a rest day – I’ve had 7 rest/lazy days since the beginning of January. I almost *always* find something to do, even if it’s just 20 minutes of yoga. Treating exercise as a natural part of life, and not a chore, makes it that much more enjoyable. I never dread exercise; I actually look forward to it. As long as I keep changing it up, I don’t get bored.
I definitely wouldn’t advocate doing intense exercise every day. But the kind of exercise I do is something that you absolutely CAN do every day. Yoga stretches as it strengthens; I don’t do killer cardio sessions; I walk a lot; I’m gentle and listen to my body. I think I’ve learned what works (for me at least). Here’s what I’ve been up to the last few days…
For the last couple of weeks I haven’t been doing long yoga practices at all. Actually, I haven’t really been doing many short practices either. Yesterday I did Tom Morley’s “Buns & Thighs Yoga“, which was 20 minutes. The other activity I did yesterday was walking in San Francisco – about 3.5 miles.
I found a fun new video on Comcast’s Exercise TV (On Demand) called “Disco Abs“, featuring Cheryl Burke. It’s 30 minutes long and it’s a pretty good workout. I get really into all the disco moves and totally rock out in my living room. I did that on Saturday and Monday.
On Sunday I walked around in San Francisco (about 3 miles or so, maybe a little more). I was carrying a whole bunch of stuff so it was really tiring.
On Tuesday I did actually work myself out pretty hard (for me) – I jogged/walked for 5.18 miles on the treadmill (0% incline). This is not normal for me; I was feeling stressed and I needed a way to let off steam that did not involve pulling my hair out. It definitely worked; I felt great afterwards. I cooled down with about 5 minutes of yoga-ish stretching.
Do you take rest days? Or do you keep your exercise low key enough that you don’t need them? Do you ever crave a sweaty gym session?