Child's Pose?…Again?…Please?

by HEAB on December 30, 2008

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Today’s post is a mix of yesterday’s eats and activities.  We’ll begin with dessert as it is my favorite meal of the day :) .

Banana Sandwich with Laughing Cow Light Cheese & Melted Carob Chips

Banana Sandwich with Laughing Cow Light Cheese & Carob Chips Served Warm.

I don’t know if the rest of my day can really compete with dessert, but here goes…

Monday nights used to be filled with my favorite yoga class at the local YMCA.  Gillian, the best yoga instructor ever, lead us through Vinyasa after Vinyasa.   It wasn’t easy, and there was a lot of sweating involved.  Even so, I looked forward to every class, and it was the only one I ever regularly attended.  Sadly, when Gillian left for another studio, I cut out yoga all together.  Big mistake!

Since I recommend yoga to numerous clients, I’ve decided I must recommit to my own practice.  Surely there are other Gillians out there, right?  2009 is going to be the year of yoga for me, and I figured an early start couldn’t hurt.   My intentions for this final week of vacation are plenty of rest and lots of yoga.  Today, I accomplished the yoga but didn’t do too well with that whole resting thing (more on that tomorrow).  However, I had no problem eating half a bag of carob chips.

Carob Chips - I Love You So

Carob Chips - I Love You So

I checked out the local gym’s holiday schedule and circled a yoga class for everyday that I am here.  Unfortunately, they are closed New Year’s Eve & Day.  So, I might try Yoga Download those days.  Please leave any recommended classes in the comments below.  Today’s class was Yoga For All Levels, a perfect re-introduction into the Yogi world!

Please leave tips in the comments on how the hell one cuts up a butternut squash.  Thank you.  I ate these with lots of ketchup, but I bet they would have been better sprinkled with carob chips!

How the hell does one cut up a butternut squash? Help me please. I ate these with lots of ketchup, but I bet they would have been better sprinkled with carob chips!

Back to yoga.  I lift weights 3-5 days a week, but I am always amazed at the strength required by yoga.  Damn those Chaturangas!  Love them so much, but my arms were hating me today as I haven’t done anything resembling a Vinyasa in months!  It’s amazing how fast you lose your yoga muscles and flexibility.  Throughout today’s class, I kept praying for no more Down Dogs…please just say Child’s Pose again.  I know it won’t take long to get back into the swing of things, and with a little consistency, I’ll be doing headstands again before you know it!

Sunburger, Greens, Cottage Cheese, & Hummus - Post Yoga Lunch.  Down Dog refueling at its best!

Sunshine Burger, Greens, Cottage Cheese, & Hummus - Post Yoga Lunch. Down Dog refueling at its best!

My yoga appetite necessitated a post lunch treat…

1/3 Harvest Food Bar with Fage Greek Yogurt

1/3 Honest Foods Bar with Fage Greek Yogurt. Yeah, I ate it straight out of the container...and maybe even licked the edge. I'm not ashamed.

Forget the homemade stuff.  This week, I’m kickin it Fage style  (Thank you Alice!).

Please join me everyday this week as I blog about  my journey back to yoga…carob chips and other yummy eats to be included :) .

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{ 17 comments }

sarahannmatheny December 30, 2008 at 1:28 am

Hadn’t thought to put a laughing cow on a banana…nice!

My fries are hack jobs like yours too, but they still taste yummy.

I can very much relate to needing just the right yoga instructor, just like needing the right hair stylist and OBGYN…but not in that order!

glidingcalm December 30, 2008 at 6:05 am

haha YAY for butternut squash fries!!!

that banana sandwich looks divine too!

HAPPY TUESDAY HEATHER!!!!!! :)

chocolatecoveredvegan December 30, 2008 at 6:59 am

Gosh, I don’t think I’ve ever tried chocolate’s cousin in chip form. Now I’m REALLY curious/intrigued. Must get on this!

Thanks so much for mentioning my post :o ) :o ). You’re so sweet!

VeggieGirl December 30, 2008 at 7:50 am

AMAAAAAZING food + eating lots of carob chips + yoga = simple pleasures :-D

charlotte December 30, 2008 at 8:03 am

Great post Heather! I swear you and I share a brain. I too love yoga! And carob chips. Esp. all gooey with cheese on a banana! And fage yogurt. And chaturanga push-ups. Ahhh….

Too funny that you are doing a Yoga experiment this week! I was thisclose to doing a yoga Experiment on my site for January (picked something else tho this time around…) I love it and am really excited to see how it goes for you!

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 30, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Hey Charlotte. Your comment made me laugh. So often, I read your blog and think…she just posted my exact thoughts. It’s almost uncanny sometimes. Also, glad to know there are other carob chip addicts out there. Looking forward to The Great Fitness Experiment for January!

Gina December 30, 2008 at 9:01 am

I love yoga! I’m so glad that I don’t have class at night any more because now I can go during the week and not just on the weekends.

Enjoy your week of yoga!

Oh, and Apples to Apples is really fun. We played it with 4 people last night, and it is totally fun. It might be a little more fun with more people, but it is totally fun playing with 4 people!

carolinebee December 30, 2008 at 10:10 am

I’ve done Yogatothepeople.com, it was really good, it plays thru your iTunes, so you can just search it on there. I forget what level, but they are all good i hear…the only hard part is there’s no visual- so you have to semi-know the poses and names of the poses. Hope that helps! That’s soo funny about wanting to go into child’s pose every second…my teacher is always like, your mind should be clear, etc..but usually the whole time I’m like F($(@&* This hurrts!! haha

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 30, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Thanks Carolinebee. I’ll do a search on iTunes.

Erica December 30, 2008 at 10:24 am

Cheese + banana? Interesting…I wouldn’t have thought to put the two together! I will put it on the to try list.

I must admit…I don’t like yoga. It is SO good for your body and I really need to start doing it once a week. Have you done hot yoga? I am thinking this may be something I would really like. My mind races when I sit in regular yoga and I can never relax!

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 30, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Hey Erica, never tried Hot Yoga, but it’s on my to try list :) . I’ve been meaning to do it for years, but then I think about slipping in my own sweat and talk myself out of it. I know so many people that just love their Hot Yoga. We’ll see. Let me know if you try it.

Melissa S. December 30, 2008 at 11:03 am

i so need to jump on the bandwagon w/ butternut squash fries!!!!

FollowMyWeigh December 30, 2008 at 11:35 am

wow laughing cow cheese w/ banana! Never thought of that combo!!

MizFit December 30, 2008 at 5:09 pm

I love laughing cow on EVERYTHING!
and you.
and charlotte.
and hadnt yet put together you are the same people :)
or sisters from another mister I guess…

and thanks for the link to CCV as I had no idea she was doing unto others.

all that AND the mother in law is coming down the hall.

Im out :)

Danielle December 30, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Best of luck getting back into yoga! I’m kind of an off and on girl myself, not out of choice, of course, but what can you do. I’m hoping there’ll be a studio in France for me! LOVE YOUR SNACK BTW :)

Kelly Turner December 30, 2008 at 8:25 pm

I love apples to apples!

I never thought of putting cheese on a banana but it sounds good!

Kelly Turner
http://www.everygymsnightmare.com

jenny black December 30, 2008 at 9:07 pm

Heather, You are amazing! I love reading your story and hearing about your passion for health. This is a great blog and it is especially great to read just as I am trying to motivate myself to detox from all of the holiday garbage in my system. Thank you for sharing.

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