Teacher training update – 2 days down and I am loving it so far. Yesterday we covered basic sun salutations in the morning and anatomy (!) all afternoon. Today I think is pretty much the same layout. I am loving the anatomy lectures (seriously).
I’m currently sitting here with a cup of instant miso soup (this brand - totally natural and delicious.) I have to leave soon for training, but I’m taking a few minutes to just relax.
Without further ado, here are my links for this week.
Placebos Are Getting More Effective. Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why. Here are some lines straight from the article, to summarize: “Half of all drugs that fail in late-stage trials drop out of the pipeline due to their inability to beat sugar pills… Some products that have been on the market for decades, like Prozac, are faltering in more recent follow-up tests…It’s not that the old meds are getting weaker, drug developers say. It’s as if the placebo effect is somehow getting stronger.” Sounds like drug companies are realizing something that yogis have know for years – how powerful the brain is.
I’m trying to cut down a bit on sweet things, but maybe when I break my sweet-fast I will try out these Grain-Free Pumpkin Muffins from Balanced Bites.
Do you like parsnips? I want to try Choosing Raw’s Parsnip Sushi Rice. (I never got to eat parsnips growing up because my dad hated them. But I tried them a year or two ago and ended up loving them. I think I like all root veggies.)
I’ll leave you with a song. I’m off to class… and to Starbucks for some coffee. It’s 8AM on a Sunday.
Last night’s dinner out was really nice. We went to Sprout Cafe and followed it up with frozen yogurt (soy) at Fraiche. I love the cucumbers in the water at dinner.
It was a base of romaine hearts, with 10 toppings (!) – bean sprouts, broccoli, chickpeas, cucumber, green beans, kalamata olives, red bell peppers, sweet corn, apple, and grapes. The dressing was a chili lime vinaigrette – delicious.
Here’s an old picture of the soy yogurt I got – topped with cinnamon.
After dinner we went to a friend’s house to hang out with another college friend that was visiting! He’s getting a PhD in something bio-ish. I ended up snacking on 2 mini apples after we got back (around 11pm). Right before bed Bobby and I did yogadownload’s lunar flow #1 – really relaxing.
This morning I woke up sore. I went for a 3.5 mile run yesterday after not running since November, and I don’t think I stretched properly. So I went for an easy Cardio Dance routine by Paula Abdul. I’ve done it a few times recently and I finally have the moves down. I followed it up with yogadownload’s balancing flow #1, which was nice.
Breakfast was a new & yummy combo – whipped banana old fashioned oats and wheat bran + a big spoonful of PB&Co’s Mighty Maple peanut butter. I’ve missed oats since I discovered oat bran! And miso soup of course.
I am off to tackle more todos:
cleaning – done!! (mostly)
nap (just kidding… maybe)
getting outside for a nice walk – good weather today!
I continued the 31-day Yoga Challenge this morning with YogaDownload’s 20 Minutes of Power #1 (Dawnelle is the instructor – my favorite). I did this routine after 25 minutes of the Firm: Cardio Dance, which has been a recent addiction. I plan on doing at least one Gentle Hatha Flow later on today as well (20 minutes).
I also tried a new breakfast today – oat bran AND wheat bran. Wheat bran was on sale and I had no idea what it was, so of course I bought some. Apparently it’s what gives Raisin Bran the “bran” taste. I had miso soup on the side (this is a great way to get in veggies early in the day if you’re not in the mood for a green smoothie). In this bowl:
1/2 cup oat bran
1/3 cup wheat bran
spoon of PB&Co’s Mighty Maple
I’m thinking this might be a major “brick in my belly”, to quote Heather. I hope you all try it – wheat bran is amazing with respect to nutritionals. Per 1 cup serving: 125 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 37.4 grams carbohydrates, 24.8 grams fiber (!!!), 9 grams of protein.
I have so much on my to-do list right now. Some of it is urgent, some of it can wait, but I’m feeling overwhelmed!
Change the sheets
Finish and put away laundry
Tutor for a few hours this afternoon/tonight (this is one of my side jobs)
Work on semi-pro bono website (web design for friend of a friend)
Work on logo for consulting project
Work on template/website for consulting project
Make travel arrangements for upcoming cruise to Mexico (out of LA; this cruise has John Mayer, OAR, and Guster playing concerts on the boat)
Happy Monday! What do you do when your to-do list gets out of hand?