Thursday, December 6, 2012

Yoga Challenge is...challenging.

RUNS: I continue to run pain free so far this week after my weekend long runs. Even the 8 miler felt fine today. I continue to be extremely slow and Im not sure why that is. I know that I am coming back off of an injury but I have been injured before and have not had this problem. I am slow on the norm so this is even more disheartening. People walk faster then I run for crying out loud! I guess I will just keep running and hopefully it improves.

Trust me, I am very thankful to be running at all. I seriously need to quit whining!

YOGA: No whining here. I think that this is the reason that I am running pain free. If I am wrong...please dont tell me otherwise :-)

I've started an online challenge that a blogger friend introduced me to and I am loving it (even though I missed a day already!). The idea is to do a different pose each day and take a pic with Instagram for everyone to see. I LOVE looking at how creative people are with this! Not to mention how much I am learning from this.

Here are my submissions so far...
Day 1 Standing Forward Bend

Day 2 Bound Angle Pose

Day 3 Marichi's Pose

Day 4 Chaturanga (Four-Limbed Staff Pose)
The first two poses were pretty easy. The second two, not so much for this beginner! I thought I could do Chaturanga because we do it like a hundred times in each class but I have never held it and I can see why...I cant. Yet.

EATS: I started tracking my eats on an app on my phone called MyFitnessPal last week. I did great for the first 5 days but havent tracked anything for the past 2. I think I am eating with in my numbers based on the number crunching in my head but I really need to get back on that tomorrow. Weigh-in is tomorrow to and I am slightly anxious to see what the numbers are.

Breakfasts this week have been the usual oats & fruit and Clif bar & fruit. I did switch it up one day with this...
Bagel & Fruit (pear)
Check out these cookies that my kid and his girlfriend made. I managed to eat a couple and even tracked them on MFP!
Iced Sugar Cookies
 Of course they were made with a ton of sugar, butter and eggs. So I had to show them how you make better for you cookies and made my Happy Trails Cookies. So much better for you and still very tasty!

Happy Trails Cookies
For lunches early in the week I made a salad with Shredded Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Celery, Red Bell Pepper, Apple, Raisins & Dressing. Yes, it is as good as it sounds!
Salad. Pretzel Thins. Plum. Cookies.

And check out this master piece of a dinner. Veggie Kraut Salad w/Black Beans and Cashew Hemp Sauce. I was so excited to put sauerkraut on a salad! It was so good but I will definitely put more on next time. Evidently I couldn't take the 2 seconds to put more on this time. Oh yeah, that is quinoa on it too.
Fantastic Dinner
Lets just say that it was so good that there were no leftovers!

Anyone else incorporate yoga into their crosstraining activities?



  1. Love your second yoga pic! It looks so peaceful. Yoga challenges are a great way to get into the habit of a regular practice. And they are fun! Don't worry if your poses aren't perfect...I've been doing yoga for 8 years and am FAR from perfect! :)

    1. Thanks Sarah! I think that is one of the things I like most about yoga. Your practice is your own. I have a long way to go but I am in it for the long haul too.

  2. I love yoga!! I dont do it on my own, for some reason I feel like I will only do it correctly if I am in a class.

    1. For some reason I feel like I will only do it at all is in class, lol. With the exception of this challenge of course!