Yesterday I posted about how I was excited to return to “Couch to 5K” training. In thirty minutes, I went two miles, with probably nine or so total minutes of actual jogging. And once again, I’m blown away by the support of the blogging community. All the comments telling me what a wonderful job I’m doing, when all I am doing is comparing myself to marathoners and feeling like such a lame-o. It means a lot, and the encouragement really keeps me going. So…
Last night, we went to my in-laws’ house for dinner. My mother-in-law made salmon in parchment paper, and it was delicious! She is one of those people who just throws things together, and they taste great. I would seethe with jealousy, but I’m too busy stuffing my face.
My 4-year-old son, J-Man, named this “Sprinter” because it’s not quite Spring and not quite Winter. Cute!!! Unfortunately, for the time being, sprinter is here to stay.
Since no one else was awake yet, and we had a full day planned as a family, I decided to do a yoga DVD. I have a few yoga DVDs that I rarely do, and this morning I picked “Power Yoga for Happiness.” The name says it all — yoga should make you happy!
There are five different routines to choose from on this DVD, so for $19.95, it’s a great deal. And guess what? I’ve only done one of the routines. I just love it, so I can’t help but pick it every time. The routine is called “Magically Hips,” it’s 55 minutes long, and it stretches and strengthens your hips. I don’t think any other yoga video makes me feel as amazing as this one.
The whole “happy yoga” idea is different and interesting.The instructor, Eoin Finn, makes comments like “make it pleasant and love what you feel.” My favorite line in the entire video is this:
“Literally and metaphorically, people who are down, come on back up.”
But he also has some strange comments…
“This pose should feel sugar sweet.
Please don’t go so far that it’s too intense.
It should feel you’re getting ice cream licked off your body.”
Um..? I think I can confidently say that I’ve never felt as though anyone were licking ice cream off me during yoga. 😛
Ignore these crappy photos. They are so I can mark my progress as I do more yoga!
Side Prayer Pose
(did I rearrange the pillows on my couch after the first picture? Why, yes, thank you for noticing!)
This afternoon, I went to the grocery store. I convinced J-Man to stay home with his daddy, so I just had the little baby with me and was able to take my time. I love being able to take my time at the store! (and not to deal with “Mommy Buy Me That!“)
Guess what the Giant had today………..
Peanut Butter & Co!!! I couldn’t believe it. I stood there deliberating over which one to buy for at least five minutes. I settled on White Chocolate Wonderful. I don’t know if I made the right choice. They all look amazing. I figured I couldn’t go wrong with chocolate.
Another item that caught my eye today was this.
I didn’t buy it, but it definitely caught my eye. Ever tried it? I love (LOVE) artichokes, plus I’m intrigued by the idea of getting more vitamins than with regular pasta. I’m trying to get a handle on my impulse shopping, so I added this to my list of things I am curious about and want to try.
I got so much awesome food, I can’t WAIT to eat it all this week!!! Avocados, bananas, bell peppers, carrots, spinach, Boca burgers, sandwich thins, tomatoes, and…
I ❤ Grape Nuts. They will be gone in a week.
Okay, for dinner I decided to make Caitlin’s Perfect Baked Tofu and The Pioneer Woman’s Simple Sesame Noodles. The combination of recipes was perfect (go me!) but I am a terrible multi-tasker, and it took me forever to make both meals. I basically didn’t do anything concurrently, so I made the sesame noodles completely before starting the tofu. We were starving but it was worth the wait.
Ingredients for the sesame noodles:
(Photos of boiling noodles are boring, so let’s skip to the end!) – Done!
Noodles done. Time for tofu. Ingredients for the tofu:
Here’s my tofu pressing…
Ready to go in the oven:
Put ’em together and what do you get?
Simple Sesame Noodles with Perfect Baked Tofu — Delish!
Paired with a Japanese beer, mmm.
And I may or may not have finished the evening by eating
a half pint too much of Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked. (hint: I did)
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready to OWN the week ahead. xo