This morning I got up and did 48 minutes of easy steady-state pedaling on the stationary bike…BORING. Afterwards, I did this short yoga routine that Maggie sent me:
–breath in, arms up
–breath out, fold forward
–breathe in, walk out to plank
–pushups, on your knees or regular
–then back to plank
–walk back to a forward fold
–back to standing
I did this series five times in a row but kept my legs bent during forward fold so as not to irritate the hamstring. This short but efficient routine really works those arms. Love it! Thanks Maggie.
This morning’s cardio allowed for a little reading. During my usual speed intervals, I constantly have to watch the clock, but this morning I was able to focus on more important things. Book #1: Edward got down on one knee and proposed to Bella. So sweet. Book #2: I read a bit of I Corinthians. You’ll never believe what Chapter 1, verse 22 said…Thou shall have another heart healthy serving of oat bran this morning. Can I get an Amen? OK, so only in the Heather Eats Almond Butter version of the Bible does it say this, but who am I to disobey divine authority?
I brought 1.5 cups water to a boil and then added 3 tea bags allowing them to steep for about 5 minutes. I removed the bags and added 3/4 cup oat bran and a pinch of salt. After it all came to a boil, I reduced the heat and cooked the oats for one minute more. I then stirred in 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, and 1/2 TBSP Smart Balance Light. I sweetened the mix with 1 oz chocolate soy milk and topped it all off with a spoonful of Trader Joe’s crunchy raw almond butter. Another buttery bowl of fruity happiness…no blueberry dirt today!
Unfortunately, this bowl did not satiate my hunger like my past few bowls of oat bran have. Let’s take a look at the stats: 408 calories, 20 grams of fat (32%), 74 grams of carbs (54%), and 19 grams of protein (14%). Again, a little carb heavy. I think I’ll go back to adding more fat and fewer carbs to the mix tomorrow. We shall see.
I ran in Whole Foods for my some of my hubby’s favorite ketchup (Westbrae Fruit sweetened) and a job application (more about that later). I had some time to spare and took a little trip down the dairy aisle…just like old times. You’ll never guess what I found…
We had some work being done our house, and I didn’t want to go home right away. Since my belly was rumbling, I decided on a little snacky snack. I purchased a Chocolate Mint Luna cookie to add to my yogurt tub and sat down to one of the best snacks ever! I believe it was Jenn who ate a a chocolate mint brownie with her Greek yogurt that inspired this one. I highly recommend the combo – so sweet AND refreshing. (Hungry Yogini, notice the 2%:)).
So, my massage business has taken a serious tumble since 2009 began. When Chris and I decided to move to Colorado, I stopped seeking out new clients when many of my current ones quit coming due to the downturn in the economy. I think I just checked out energetically, thinking we would get an offer on our house right away. Well, we haven’t. We haven’t even had a showing since the first week of January. Therefore, I’m looking into a part-time job. I’ve already applied at my gym. I worked there once before and really enjoyed it. Plus, you get a free membership – bonus! I inquired at my two favorite yoga studios hoping they might need some desk help. Sadly, they didn’t. When in Whole Foods today, I asked if they’re currently hiring. In Nashville, the Whole Foods sells all of its supplements and beauty products in a separate store next door called Whole Body. I love going in there for my Dr. Bronners peppermint soap and other natural products. All the candles and essential oils smell so good! Totally my kind of place, and I figured I would enjoy working there. I was told to fill out an application online. So, adieu to you. I’m off to visit www.wholefoods.com & watch a little Lost. Too bad I can’t get paid to blog all day. Anyone else feel this way? Please send good part-time job vibes my way…or even better, a potential home buyer!