YogaDownload Giveaway – Free Yoga

For the last four years I have had a fairly regular yoga practice. It was in 2008 (one year into doing yoga) that I discovered YogaDownload, which was the catalyst that spun me towards becoming a yoga addict, taking teacher training classes (level 1 and level 2), and making peace with my exercise routine.

Maggie in 2009 (bow pose)

I have been BodyRocking lately, but I always come back to yoga. This morning I did the 45 minute Yoga For Weight Loss #2  routine. YogaDownload kindly gave me a month-long trial membership and I have been making great use of it. The poses in this routine were perfect for my sore hamstrings.

In fact, YogaDownload wants to give one of you a free trial membership as well! Here’s their pitch:

Serving as your personal online yoga studio, open 24 hours/day, Yoga Download provides yoga classes of all levels and lengths that are accessible, affordable and portable—from 20 minute flows to 60 minute intensives that are catered to your personal needs (yoga for buns, anyone?). With options to download audio-only, video, and slide shows of top quality yoga classes, meditations, music and other fitness workouts directly to your iPod, mp3 player, computer or mobile device—Yoga Download allows you to focus on your practice as often as you like, where you like and with who you like. It’s the closest thing to being in a live yoga class, without all the sweaty savasaners.

Any other sweaty savasaners out there? Here’s how to enter (1 entry each, 1 comment per entry):

Giveaway ends next Wednesday, July 13th. Winner will be notified by e-mail.

*The download links in this post are affiliate links. Good for me, you, and YogaDownload. They just started up their affiliate program! Let me know if you want to join – I can refer you.

A Girly Breakfast – Yogurt and Fruit

You know, I really enjoy my manly breakfasts, but sometimes all a girl wants is some sweet cherries, creamy yogurt, and peanut butter. Loooots of peanut butter.

In this case, loooots of PB2. Yep, I still order PB2 – I try not to use it too often as it’s expensive, but I pull it out at least a few times a week. I’m still plugging away at the shipment I got over a year ago (16 jars, I think).

This breakfast bowl consists of:

  • Fage 2% Greek yogurt (almost a cup?)
  • ~1/2 cup of chopped cherries (I keep typing “cheeries“)
  • 2 tablespoons of PB2, mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • a few drops of vanilla stevia

I’ve had it every morning this week for breakfast! I wonder when I will get tired of it.

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In other news, I have slooooowly been going back through my old posts and editing them. I have found some great old recipes if you want to check them out! It’s really interesting to me to see how my taste has evolved (but in some cases not evolved at all) over the years.

Blueberry Muffins (no picture – first post)

Tofu Apple Butter Dip

Vegan Tofu Fruit Dip (great with apples)

Apples and Brussels Sprouts

Apples and Brussels Sprouts

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Bread Picture

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Bread

These were all baked in a very old, decrepit kitchen in Collegetown in Ithaca, NY. They were tried by roommates and friends. I think I remember the oatmeal bread being a favorite – I’m pretty sure I made it several times.

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What is your favorite thing to make for people? What is your favorite breakfast? Do you like fruit and yogurt as much as I do?

A Week of Moving – Rocking and Walking

I thought I would share my workouts from the last week with you all today.

Tuesday, 6/28

  • BodyRock (BR) 360 Rep Badass Workout

Wednesday, 6/29

  • BR Wow Booty Workout…
  • 4 minutes of high knees
  • Time challenge: 8:20 (sandbag full body exercise)
  • 4 minutes of high knees

Thursday, 6/30

  • BR The Sexy Beast Workout…
  • Dynamic squats: 14, 14, 12, 12, 12, 11
  • Reverse pushup: 11, 11, 8, 7, 6, 8
  • Dive bombers: 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5 (on my knees)
  • Prisoner getup: 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5

Plus a walk to Trader Joe’s after work. ~1 mile.

Friday, 7/1

  • BR Booty Shaping Workout…
  • Pushups: 9,10,10,9,8,7
  • Squat-kick: 11,12,12,11,11,11
  • Knee-tuck: 12,12,14,15,15,15

Walk home from dinner – 2 miles.

Saturday, 7/2

  • BR Fierce Friday Workout…
  • My time: 14:48

Plus some walking (2 miles or so?).

Sunday, 7/3

  • (Active) rest day! So just walking. Maybe 2 miles (guess).

Monday, 7/4

Notes:

  • Most pushups on knees
  • A few squats (2nd round) with 35-pound weight (holy cow)
  • All pullups assisted
  • 2nd round of 2-minute plank took a few down-dog stretches

Plus a long walk (~2 miles).

Today (Tuesday, 7/5)

  • BR Transform Your Booty Workout…
  • High knees: 75, 72, 74, 74, 72, 72, 72, 72, 74 = 657 total
  • Squats (6 pounds): 12, 15, 14, 15, 14, 13, 13, 13, 14 = 123 total
  • Warmup: crossing arm swings, attitude leg swings (each leg), grok squat (30 seconds)
  • Cooldown: grok squat, pacing

Later – will probably do some walking.

How have you been moving this last week?

Strawberries and Cream – All That’s Missing Is the Blue!

Last week I picked up these beautiful local strawberries from Whole Foods in Columbus Circle. They were perfectly ripe. They were small and sweet and I think if they had been left out another day they would have gone bad – which means that they were at their absolute peak.

I can’t have fresh, local strawberries without whipped cream and this time was no exception. A while back I gave up processed food and that includes whipped cream from a spray can. So I got heavy whipping cream instead, and made it in my food processor.

Strawberries & Cream

Ingredients

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • A few teaspoons of sugar or the equivalent of stevia (stevia is optimal – I try not to eat much sugar at all; note if you use liquid stevia it is probably best to add it at the end or else it will interfere with the cream’s ability to whip up right)

Method

  1. Whip the cream and add some sugar (or stevia), to taste.
  2. Slice the strawberries.
  3. Mix together.
  4. Eat 🙂

This is a sweet treat that I learned from my mom. It’s perfect for breakfast or dessert. Or a snack. Or for dinner.

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Happy Fourth! Enjoy this Red and White treat with something BLUE. Like BLUEberries or BLUEs music.

Weekend Link Love – 07.03.2011

This week’s link love is short and sweet. Happy birthday, America!

Food, Recipes, Fitness

  • Kath’s Pumpkin and Cinnamon Beanies look ah-mazing! I haven’t baked with beans in a while and it is something I must try again. I made these black bean brownies back in March of 2008.
  • Must make Erin’s Almond Flour Zucchini Muffins. (This one you have to use just the whites because you beat them!)
  • Mark’s Grok Walk Workout looks awesome. Definitely fits into my current exercise routine.
  • Week 5 of Biz’s 101 Days of Summer Challenge is over. Check out the comments on her post to see how we all did.

Salad Girl Updates

  • Today… I rewrote this post on Reducing Sugar. It was originally just “10 healthy tips” for cooking and baking, but upon reading it I discovered that I used to demonize butter and fats and think that we should all be eating carby, fat-free diets. So I rewrote it. Do check it out if you get a chance.
  • A year ago today… I made homemade ketchup. And I was eating egg whites.
  • 2 years ago today… I made healthy fried rice. And then 2 days later I got engaged.

What are you doing this weekend? Do you like whole eggs, just the whites, or just the yolks?