I missed a few days of Blog Every Day in May – work, yoga, hanging out with friends (coworkers), my brother’s senior art show (he rocked it), spending time with family… all these things leave little time for blogging! I have been reading up a storm, too. This book I cannot put down (love Marian Keyes):
Cracks in My Foundation
I’m also revisiting Naturally Thin, by Bethenny Frankel. When I first read it I was kind of critical of some of her tips, but I actually think she has some good advice, and it’s a fun read. It’s given me some good recipe ideas too.
Anyway… onto today’s prompt:
Day 12, Sunday: What do you miss? (a person, a thing, a place, a time of your life…)
This prompt has the potential to be sad but I’m going to keep it light hearted
I miss college. My 5-year college reunion is coming up in less than a month (I know I have mentioned this a few times already) and I have been thinking about those four years I spent at school making friends and learning many things about life and being on my own. I’m just being nostalgic and I’m sure as soon as the reunion passes I will stop missing my alma mater. Every time we all get together (so far mainly for weddings) we have so much fun.
Speaking of school, I also miss my yoga teacher training. I did my 200-hour certification back in the fall of 2011. I made a lot of friends, but we do not keep in touch that much. They will always be my guru-bais though (guru = teacher; bai = sibling –> gurubai is what we called our fellow classmates), so I know that if I ever needed them they would be there for me, and vice versa.
(teacher training with my gurubais)
What do you miss?
Thursday Latelies used to be posts where I shared, via video, a few things I was loving for the week. This week I’m not feeling a video but I wanted to share some things anyway. I’ve been alluding to various changes in my life these last few posts so here we go!
I mentioned this once before, but never really talked about it again – Bobby and I moved across town to a bigger, newer apartment and we couldn’t be happier. Things were shaky at first (aren’t they always) but I have gotten to love my new space. Here are some pics. I haven’t quite finished arranging so maybe these will be “before” pictures.
(I think I can mostly fix what he did – stupid cat thought the chair was a new scratching post. Also, I just noticed in this picture – he is certainly looking slimmer than he used to!)
Aside from the move, two other big things have happened in my life lately – I got a new job (I start tomorrow) and I started yoga teacher training. I’m certainly excited about the job, but more on that later.
At the beginning of yoga teacher training they told us that the next three months would change our lives. We would make new (amazing) friends, and we might outgrow some of our old ones. We would deepen our practices. We’d probably be emotional at times, ranging from ecstatic to despairing – yoga tends to bring up old feelings.
Over the last month (four full weekends of training, plus an off weekend) I have definitely seen change happen. The new friends I have made are some of the most amazing women (and men) I’ve ever met. On the flip side of that, I’ve also realized which relationships in my life just don’t click anymore. Coming to that realization can be confusing and difficult. On the food end, I’ve been more veggie-focused because most of the people involved in the program are vegetarian or veg-leaning. I still eat meat, but it’s been a little less frequent. I’ve been more “let it go” and less “hold onto things.” If that makes sense.
That’s it from me for now. Any big changes in your lives lately?
Yoga teacher training is going well. It sure is exhausting though, to have no break between the workweek, training, another workweek, another training… whew. I am thankful for the break I’ll get this coming weekend. In the meantime, I took it easy today.
I’ve been meaning to share this yummy lunch that I had my first weekend of training. It was from the newly re-named Dig Inn (formerly known as The Pump Energy Food). So this is:
1) choice protein: lemon chicken
2) grains or greens: mixed greens
3) fresh sides: balsamic mushrooms, red cabbage slaw, indian spiced carrots
And I believe the sauce I got was the roasted red pepper, which has almonds (or some other nut) in it.
Delicious. I got a full size and finished it but I think I could have made do with less – I was way too full afterwards! (I’m still working on this “moderation” thing.)
In other news, here is your pose of the week: the dreaded chair pose!
Chair Pose, or Utkatasana
“Hips down, arms up: utkatasana.”
- 10 deep ujjayi breaths if you want to build some heat. 5 for less heat.
- Other options: twist to right for 5 breaths; return to center; twist to left for 5 breaths.
What are the benefits of utkatasana?
- Improves balance
- Strengthens and works the quads, but also the ankles, lower legs, feet, and spine.
- Chest opening (if you do it right – glide those shoulders down the back)
- Chair twists will stimulate digestion and improve elimination and detoxing
Comment if you hate utkatasana