A Lotta Running & A Litte Yoga

by HEAB on December 31, 2008

All or nothing.  It’s always all or nothing with me.  Instead of easing back into yoga, I decided to take a challenging yoga class everyday for an entire week with some cardio thrown in the mix.  I’m paying for it today…it hurts to walk, sit-down, breathe, and I’ve only done 2 yoga classes.  What I wouldn’t give for a deep tissue massage right now!

For today, I decided to take one commenter’s advice to heart regarding my gym addiction: You can do all the things you love.  My advice to you is just to pick what you will do that day… and not combine them.  That way each is it’s own reward and blessing for that day. (Thank you Polly!).  I really struggle with thinking that yoga is not a total workout.  Therefore, I always combine it with 30-60 minutes of cardio.  Well, my body disagrees.  Yoga is definitely a great workout on its own as my muscles have been worked!  Polly, I heard you.  There is no need to supplement my yoga practice.  If I do 60 to 90 minutes of yoga, that is enough.  My body needs nothing else.

The goal for today was to get in some exercise, but keep my workout to about an hour.  Because it was sunny and in the sixties, I went for a lovely 5 mile jog.  Then it keeping with my recommitment to yoga, I decided on a 20 minute simple yoga class from Yoga DownloadGentle Hatha Yoga 1 was the perfect combo of yoga and stretching following my run.  Total workout time: 70 minutes & completely satisfying.

Practicing Tree Pose

Practicing Tree Pose

Enough workout talk…onto the eats.  Yesterday, Sammie made pumpkin hummus.  I found the recipe and saved it for when I get home to my Vita-Mix.  In the meantime, I came up with my own version…

Trader Joe's Hummus & Canned Pumpkin

Trader Joe's Hummus & Canned Pumpkin

I simply slopped these two together for an amazing salad topping…

Sunshine Burger with Greens Topped with Pumpkin Hummus (Heather Style)

Sunshine Burger and Greens Topped with Pumpkin Hummus (Heather Style)

Lunch was delish, but not as exciting as dinner.  We decided on a low-key New Year’s Eve and dined at BluBurger Grille with Chris’s parents.  I have been wanting to try this place ever since Eating Bender blogged about it last week.  Great recommendation Jenn!  I had the veggie burger in a lettuce wrap with sweet potato fries.

Look at al those toppings!

Look at all those toppings...on the bottom.

I am always a little weary of restaurant veggie burgers because it’s often nothing but a microwaved Boca Burger.  No thanks – I could have that at home.  Our waitress assured me that  BluBurger’s veggie burger was made locally with all fresh vegetables and also her #1 choice on the menu.  I took a chance and am so glad I did.  It was moist and full of flavor.  Their list of toppings is rather extensive.  I had sauteed peppers & mushrooms, pickles, tomatoes, and Dijon mustard.  The sweet potato fries were some of the best I’ve ever had – perfectly crisp and not too greasy.  I wish more restaurants offered sweet potato fries instead of the regular kind.  Love that salty/sweet combo!  BluBurger – another winner.  Too bad there are none outside of Phoenix.  :(

In keeping with our low-key evening, we all came home for some family time and a little reading.  The perfect New Year’s Eve for me.  How did you ring in 2009?