I’ve decided to break up these weekend link posts into a couple different sections. I will try to have posts in the following topics each time I do a WLL: Recipes, Yoga, Pregnancy/Parenting, and Health (general).
Bacon & Green Onion Zucchini Pancakes - I made these yesterday for breakfast. My changes were: 1) halved the recipe; 2) instead of bacon in the pancake, we had pork roll on the side (pork roll is a Jersey thing); 3) I used gluten free flour in place of coconut flour, which I don’t have; 4) skipped the green onions (didn’t have); 5) added ground black pepper. They were great.
Super Easy Crockpot Chili. I am 7 months pregnant and it is cold outside. “Super easy” + chili + everything that goes with it (cheese, sour cream, simple and flavorful brown rice) make me a happy camper. This version also happens to have butternut squash – how could you go wrong? It’s on my menu plan this week. Might have to sub out that butternut for kabocha though.
Macrobiotic Ratatouille. Need I say more…
Carrot Scramble. Everything I’ve ever made from The Vegan Stoner has been pretty awesome and I would expect this to be the same.
A short history of yoga. If you have ten minutes and you want to know more about where the practice originated, this is a nice simple intro to yoga history. Here are a few key takeaways:
- Yoga originated ~5000 years ago, in India.
- Five sections of yoga history:
- Vedic Yoga - the earliest yoga, a way of life, similar to a religion;
- Preclassical Yoga – a continuation of Vedic, but this is when yoga really started to come into its own, with its own texts;
- Classical Yoga - aka lowercase a ashtanga yoga (8 limbed yoga), based on Patanjali’s yoga sutras (a book of 196 short statements yogis should live by);
- Postclassical Yoga – everything else that came after Patanjali! much more focused on the body; and
- Modern Yoga – 1893-; lots of “gurus” and the spread of yoga worldwide.
3 short yoga videos. Recommended by /r/yoga. I have not tried these yet but will do so this week in the morning.
Pregnancy & Parenting
10 books for the first year (boy, but likely gender-neutral). Great ideas.
Growing Up Unvaccinated. Great read (it’s pro vaccines).
Celebrating the Real Bodies of Mothers.
Men at Work for Women in Labor. An article about male doulas in the NYTimes.
GOOP’s Warming Winter Detox issue. From tips for staying warm (search for “Tips from Dr. Junger”) to Quinoa Stuffed Kabocha (this should probably go in recipes…), this whole issue is worth savoring! Can’t wait to add some of these tips to my winter way of life. First up? Taking a bath. Wearing warm socks sounds good too.
Hope you had a good weekend! Mine was full of organizing/cleaning (yesterday) and relaxing/yoga (today). I had to start a root canal on Friday (my first) so I was trying to stay low key to rest up afterwards.
Happy New Year!
Let’s see how I did with last year’s goals:
1. Eat more cleanly. Fewer processed foods; more vegetables. Eat more intuitively. Eat less emotionally.
I gave up all artificial sweeteners for good around March (when I did a macrobiotic month). I was not using artificial sweeteners regularly at that point, but they still snuck in (diet coke with free company lunch on Fridays for example). I’m so glad that I was able to nix them and my stomach is much happier without them.
Re: eating more intuitively and less emotionally, I also made strides here. I do still snack mindlessly sometimes (mainly late at night) but it’s much less often than in 2012 and before.
2. Go to sleep by 11pm more often. (2x a week to start… and increase)
I do go to bed by 11pm at least 2x a week, though this is probably due to pregnancy more than an attempt to follow this resolution!
3. Go to yoga 12x a month and do Mysore regularly for 1 month.
I never did Mysore in 2013. I went to yoga 10-12x a month up until August/September when I started getting morning sickness. I ended up leaving my yoga studio and joining the 92Y (a gym) at the end of September. I now go to yoga about once a week and I do about one additional weekly session at home (20 minutes). After pregnancy I’m hoping to do more.
4. Meditate 5 minutes per day (morning).
I did this for a while, then got out of the habit. Would love to bring it back in 2014.
5. Get up earlier (see #2…).
I don’t know what time this means – I should have set a more specific goal. I get up between 7:30 and 8:30 but I really wish I could be sleeping later – my body is crying for it.
6. Log my exercise and use my Erin Condren planner.
I logged some exercise; I did use the planner (and got a new one for this year).
7. Spend less money and save up to start my own business someday.
I probably did not spend less money.
8. Get the promotion that I want.
I actually got 2 promotions in 2013.
9. Find at least one other source of income aside from my day job.
Didn’t do this.
10. Simplify. Minimize. Give away clothes and things that I don’t use. Buy less. Have less. Stress less. KISS.
I made multiple trips to Housing Works to drop off things I didn’t want/need/use anymore. This resolution is vague – I’m calling it done.
This is ~7/10 completed. An improvement on last year’s score which was 13.5/24.
Will be back later this weekend with 2014 goals/intentions! I’m going to try to keep it to 10 goals and make sure they are specific enough to know if I achieved them or not when 2015 rolls around.
Do you have goals for this year? If you had them for 2013, how did you do?
Bobby and I went to yoga together last night and at the end of class the teacher left us with 3 suggestions to ponder on, in savasana and meditation, but also over the next few days.
3 Things to Leave Behind in 2013
1) The need to be right.
2) The need to measure your successes by how many of your desires have been met.
3) Being the star of your own movie.
Little nuggets like this are one of the many reasons why I like yoga. It is so much more than a physical practice.
I will leave you with a recent (this morning) bump picture I snapped:
I am also leaving the 2nd trimester behind in 2013! I will be 27 weeks along tomorrow (Tuesday) and that will make me officially in the 3rd trimester. I’m up about 16-17 pounds by now (I try to weigh in once a week or so), but believe it or not, none of those clothes are maternity. Both the shirt and pants are Athleta (nice enough gym clothes to wear to work) and the tank is a long tank I’ve had forever from Urban Outfitters. I’m so sick of maternity clothing so I am trying to wear as much normal clothing as possible until I am HUGE.
You might also notice that the room I’m in used to have a (usually unmade and husband-inhabited) bed in it – well, no longer. Our renovations are mostly done and we moved our bedroom and made this Bobby’s mancave/music room. It will also have the changing table when little guy arrives. More updates on renovations when they are actually completely finished (but who knows when that will be).
Happy New Year if I don’t post again before the first! Here’s to a wonderful 2014!