Ketchup

Today I made ketchup. And it was easy. This makes me feel like I might get to do the laundry, make dinner, exercise and shower all in one day-someday!? Now that Ella is eating her weight in ketchup, I got inspired by my new Eat Like a Dinosaur recipe book! This book is a must have for the mom of a dairy and gluten-free kid. It’s fun, simple, yummy and gets the kids involved! Yay! Ella knows she is special because she eats like a Dino (meat, veggies)…though she also thinks when we go to the store that we are actually shopping for dinosaur.

New Year’s Resolutions

I have been doing yoga. Though my posting had stopped. There were some days I skipped. The day after Thanksgiving and Christmas day and one or two days of not feeling so hot…but mostly I’ve been cruising right along.

I try to get up early before everyone is up. The twinkling Christmas tree kept me company for the longest time! Every once in a while I do a power yoga class I found on utube just to keep it interesting. I’m still running some, doing body weight exercises and eating primal.

We just went to the farm show where some of the best exhibits are food. I ate meatballs out of a sandwich and a sweet potato. Whew!

We will be returning to the farm show so more looking for the gem protein and veg combo in a sea of junk to come.

Things have been interesting. Though I have not lost any weigh, I am definately stronger. The primary series would always have an ache in some part of the body to go with it. Not anymore. No pains come and stay during the practice. I feel good. My left hamstring I pulled a few months ago is still ouchy but hasn’t slowed me down at all.

Last month I added a strength based work out to improve fitness. It’s just do as many of each exercise as you can (push-us, squats, dips, lunges, pull-ups) then do the plank as long as you can, repeat 3 times. I do this a couple times a week. Then maybe once a week I do sprints (warm up and then very briefly sprint all out, repeat 6 times). I can feel my hamstring screaming just thinking about that. I did these this morning. But no new injury.

The point of the story is, I have not been running since August. 4 months. Brian got me a heart rate/GPS watch for Christmas. I’m surprised to be going between two and four miles no problem. I feel fitter. My neck is still killing me. I just need to do some of my neck/shoulder exercises and I’ll be back to good.

We made a bet with another couple: Who could lose the most weight between now and April 1st? Let the games begin!

Yoga with Kids

So today I did yoga with Ella. She hasn’t been napping. So, we got out our mats and I just thought we’d goof around a little…not that I’d get anything done. Well, we goofed around ALOT! She climbed on me when I was down. She climbed under me when I was up. Though there was no way to maintain flow or the specific breathing, we had an absolute blast and I did my practice! Yippee! Yoga with a little one.

Shvasana

Today. Another day of yoga. (I’m still going). I did my sun salutations, some stretching, then laid in shvasana. After a while I just began going through poses I felt moved some painful or stuck muscles. This lasted a while till I ended up sitting and massaging my own shoulders. Brian seeing this began using his foot from the chair he sat on to help me. Then I laid down face first while he continued massaging my back with his feet. Long after he was done I stayed in my puddle. Ahhh relaxing. November evenings are such a wonderful time of quiet.
Blessings

Flexibility

Yoga has been status quo this week.

I didn’t do the whole practice today.  I did till janushirshasana or through all three hurdler-like stretches.  I’m feeling sore from doing push-ups, squats, pull-ups, and planks yesterday till failure x3.  I walked today w/ a friend and that loosened me up but my left hamstring has been really hurting since sprints.  I am craving more sprints and I have them on the docket tomorrow.  This time, I better warm up well beforehand and be a bit more aware of how it feels.

Speaking of tomorrow and the weekend, this Sunday I will have completed 21 days of the 21 day transformation (marksdailyapple.com).  I know I have to do a better job counting carbs so I can see where I am with that.  I am feeling better, stronger, more energy, more awake and less foggy thinking etc.  I’d like to continue forward w/ this.  That would include  eating more local meats, eggs, dairy.  Eating more veggies.  Keeping track of my goals on fitday.com!  Doing strength exercises a couple times a week and a sprint exercise once a week.  Plus a couple longer aerobic fun activities.  Also, just being less rigid about everything.  Being kinder to myself.  Relaxing.  Having fun.  Being more flexible.  🙂

What this really means is trusting.  Trusting the food will be there when I need it.  The time to workout will be there when I need it.  Trusting I will feel motivated.  I can take a rest day if I feel like it – it doesn’t mean I won’t exercise again for months.  Trusting, sometimes I miss a meal, sometimes I eat too much, it all works out in the end.  Trusting myself.  I’m not sure where I lost that trust and started trying trying.  I know I can get there.  It feels like climbing on the back of an alligator and rolling down the river w/ him.  I have to trust he won’t drown me, eat me or leave me stranded.  Instead,  just go with the flow.  It’s about trusting bigger things too–life, others, the inner voice, God, etc.  I honestly know I can trust a lot of these things.  My life has been pretty wonderful so far.  Again, I’m not really sure where I lost the trust but I feel myself relaxing.  Exhaling, letting go.  Ahhhhhh   It’s ok. It’s ok. It’s ok.  I’m ok.  I made it.  It’s ok.

I feel like I’m in a scene in Good Will Hunting.

Ta ta!

Primal Yoga

Day 23

Wow, that seems like something.  23 Days of yoga.  I’d like to say that I’m different in some profound way.  However, I’m not sure that I am.  I guess it’s like water flowing over a rock here, it is doing something profound, I just can’t see it yet.  🙂

Yesterday was tough.  If it weren’t for Brian saying, “Just do your sun salutations and see how you feel,” I might not have made it.

I’m also doing some other workouts and yesterday especially I did a pretty tough WOW (workout of the week) from marksdailyapple.com and then walked w/ Brian and Ella for about 40 minutes.   After dinner it was yoga time and I was beat.

Today I’m wondering if tomorrow I can do that extra workout again.  I feel the need for speed!

I have changed to eating “primal” as per The Primal Blueprint–just to try it.  I’ll update here on how that’s going too.  I need to eat a bit more locally and probably keep track of carbs so I know how it’s going.  I live in Central PA where there are tons of farms and I just need to find some that are open and nearby to shop from on my Wednesday shopping circuit!  Most farmer’s markets are open on the weekend–not a great time for me to shop.

I’ve found and made some great (yummy) recipes on this journey.  They also are recipes my 1.5 year old daughter loved! Check them out at Paleo Plan:

No Oat “Oatmeal”

Carrot Banana Muffins

I skipped some posts but I HAVE been doing yoga!

The moon phase day, full moon, (two days ago) I did a very abbreviated practice.  Yesterday I was still slightly less than normal.  Today I was back at it!

We spent the day in Baltimore going to the Aquarium and the likes in the Inner Harbor.  By the time I got home I was tired!  However, I had some chia fresca and was great!

Off to la la land.