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Yoga Mornings + [Overnight Oats Recipe]

26 Feb

Well, I did it! I finally made it to an early morning gym class – hooray! I told you guys yesterday that I was going to try my darndest to get my butt to yoga this morning and so I did everything I could to make sure it was successful. After work I went scurried straight over to the gym and hopped on the treadmill. I decided to run instead of take a class because I wanted to get in and out ASAP.

IMG_2098[1]Apparently just under 5 miles appears to be my sweet spot this week. I watched an episode of the Biggest Loser on my phone while I was running and it was kind of nice because it felt like I was working alongside the people on the show. Whenever Bob would yell, I would feel a surge of motivation and keep pressing on. Whatever works?

As soon as I got home I went to straight to the kitchen and set about preparing a big pot of lentil soup for the week. I figure if I could make lunches and dinners easier by having it in the fridge already, I would be more likely to wake up in the morning.

IMG_1985[1]While the soup was bubbling away, I made some dinner – a MorningStar Tomato Basil veggie burger and some roasted sweet potato fries.

IMG_2099[1]I am majorly into burgers right now. I had two over the weekend and one yesterday and the craving shows no sign of letting up. Unfortunately, I’m out until I  go grocery shopping at the end of the week so lentil soup will have to suffice. I think one of the reasons I like them so much is because you’re supposed to take big bites and really sink your teeth into them, which makes them feel very satisfying, in my opinion.

While I was in the kitchen, I took the liberty of preparing some overnight oats to have when I got to work, because you’re not supposed to eat before yoga.

Overnight Oats

  • 1/2 cup raw oats (not instant!)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 6 oz. Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds

Mix it all together and put it in the fridge overnight and you’ve got breakfast ready to go!

That’s usually my base for overnight oats and then I add whatever mix-ins to switch up the flavor – this morning was a tablespoon of honey and some cinnamon.

Pre-Yoga

I usually set my alarm for 6:30 AM during the week, so setting it for 6:15 this morning wasn’t a huge change. I set all my clothes out the night before (after contemplating just sleeping in them) so when my alarm went off I hopped out of bed to dress and brush my teeth and then I was out the door!

Thanks to the early morning, there was zero traffic and the bus made it downtown in just 15 minutes – perfect timing for my class that started at 7 AM. I convinced my roomie to join me this morning, but he decided to run and meet me there. I was not so ambitious.

As I was putting my stuff in my locker, I cut myself on the shaving razor I had stashed in my gym bag  and sliced my finger wide open. Sweet.

After a few attempts to staunch it, I went over to the front desk and grabbed some Band-Aids to make a pseudo-wrap to get me through class.

IMG_2102[1]Just call me Dr. Sara.

Yoga (finally!)

When I finally made it to class, it felt SO good to be in the warm relaxing room and I really concentrated on being in the moment. Sometimes I get caught up in my day and all the things I have to do so I really miss out on the hour of “me time” that I get during class.

The instructor is one of my favorites at the gym: she’s calm and knows how to instruct without being aggressive and knows the perfect balance of offering tips and modifications without being so talkative that she distracts from the practice. I let myself focus on my breath, especially when stretching out the areas where I keep a lot of my stress (hello, hips!). I don’t really realize how much sitting at a desk all day affects my body until I get into yoga and suddenly everything needs to open up.

By the time we got to savasana, I was calm and so peaceful – well, mostly. I did find my mind roaming a bit and tried to calm the thoughts that were beginning to infiltrate. It becomes more difficult for me to focus on calming the mind when I don’t have what I am doing with my body to focus on. This is why meditation is so hard for me.

savasana

 

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I’m working on it.

The beauty of the morning class was that I still had an hour before needing to be at work, so I took my time getting ready without the feeling of needing to rush to be somewhere – it was lovely.

My gym offers morning yoga classes on Tuesday and Thursday morning and I am definitely committing to making those a priority in my life. They also have some on the weekends and in the evenings, so I am hoping to make it to a classes at least three times a week. Yoga does so much for me physically and mentally – I always seem to forget that until I go to a class. I am counting on you guys to hold me accountable!

I haven’t decided whether or not I will make it to the gym after work or if I should just walk the 2.5 miles home and call it a day. I guess we’ll find out!

Food For Thought: Do you practice a type of yoga? How has yoga been beneficial in your life?

Happy Tuesday, lovelies!

 

 

 

 

Hickies

25 Feb

Happy Monday, lovelies! It’s the last week of February already – this month just really came and went, didn’t it?

I had a very nice, low-key weekend. Got a workout in…

IMG_2085[1]Ate some yummy snacks…

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Plain Chobani with diced apples and cinnamon – delish!

Some were healthy:

Cheese platter at an office party

Cheese platter at an office party

Some were not.

Coconut mango ice cream

Coconut mango ice cream

On Saturday, I Stefano decided that he was in need of some new jeans so we made our way over to Pentagon City Mall for a little shopping. My approach to shopping is to make a list of what I need and get in and out as soon as possible. The mall totally exhausts me. Stefano is even worse – his approach is ‘wait until my clothes are in such a state of disarray that Sara has to go shopping for me’. Needless to say we are a great pair at the mall.

Luckily, the moment we got to the men’s side of Macy’s we were greeted with a one-day sale sign for jeans (don’t they have a one day sale every day?) so we stocked up and headed to the dressing room.

IMG_2092[1]Stefano reluctantly modeled his jeans for me.

IMG_2091[1]We left with two pairs of jeans in hand for under $50 – score! It only took us about 20 minutes too – my kind of shopping.

I have put myself on a self-imposed spending ban, but we decided to do a little walk around to get some exercise. We made a stop into Brookstone to test their massage chairs and hand-held massagers. That store makes going to the mall almost worth it. On our way out, we caught site of this:

IMG_2093[1]The purpose of the elastics is to replace shoelaces entirely: they come in different colors and one size fits all. I thought they could have done a better job with the name branding…

Sunday was fairly low-key, with the highlight being the Oscars. I don’t think I have ever watched an awards show from start to finish and I don’t think I can do it again. It just went ON AND ON. Was anybody else confused by the tie in sound editing? I didn’t even realize you could tie at the Oscars – doesn’t that defeat the purpose of the whole thing? I stuck it out until the end though because I needed to know who won the big three (best actor, best actress, best picture).

SPOILER ALERT

Can I just say that the fact that Jennifer Lawrence tripped as she was going onstage made her even more endearing to me? I am totally on the J-Law girl crush bandwagon. I am a huge fan of Ben Affleck and was stoked that Argo won best picture, despite Ben Affleck being left out of the Best Director nominations (seriously, what?).

Monday Motivation: Goals

This weekend, I sat down and made a list of goals I wanted to achieve this year. Some were financial (hence the spending ban), some were social (monthly brunch with friends), and some were fitness-related. One of my main goals is to incorporate more yoga into my life. After the run this weekend, I noticed almost immediately how tight my hip flexors became. I so often put yoga on the back burner in favor of a “real workout”, but I also notice how much better it makes me feel. I’ve found a way to compromise, which will mean getting up a little earlier during the week so I can make it to the morning yoga classes my gym offers and still be able to do my normal workouts after work. I haven’t had much luck with waking up early to work out, so wish me luck for tomorrow morning!

settinggoals

Food For Thought: Have you sat down with yourself and thought about goals you want to reach this week/month/year? What are some goals you hope to reach?

 

 

 

 

 

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