Posted in Fitness, Life + Living

Today, I did yoga at work

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I found myself feeling like I was stuck at my desk and my muscles were all locking up. I’ve been having some back problems since I hurt myself at the playground a few weeks ago.

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I’ve been to the chiropractor twice, now, and the spasms seem to have reduced, but things still get pretty sore throughout the day.

While getting my steps in and exploring the lower level at work, I found a quiet space and decided some yoga was in order. I loaded up the YouTube channel for Yoga with Adriene and found a perfect 10-minute sequence that I could do on my breaks.

In it, Adriene Mishler said something that really resonated with me–as I’m joining Weight Watchers, using a FitBit, going to Orange Theory Fitness, and really trying so hard to transform who I am. She said:

I love yoga because, yoga is actually not about transforming into something awesome. It’s about recognizing that you’re already amazing, and awesome, and unique, and beautiful, and if that makes you giggle, that’s fine, that’s okay with me–just know deep down that it’s true…

At the end of our yoga sessions we often take a moment to acknowledge how awesome we are; it’s not stuck up. It’s a way of going I’m awesome, you’re awesome, and we’re all awesome.

Gosh I just loved that. Especially since she acknowledged that saying “I’m awesome,” might cause some people to giggle, or refuse to accept it as fact. I have to tell you what, though.  When I interviewed for my job, I said I was awesome because I HAD to. Most of it was bravado and desperation to find my next career and actually excel at it. But I’ve been living that ever since I started my new career.  Am I perfect? No. Will I make mistakes? Of course! But you know what? I’m pretty freaking awesome.

I think if you need a boost and you want to connect with your inner-awesome, you should check out Yoga with Adriene on YouTube. She’s unique in the way she connects with her audience… less woo, more woo-sah.

 

Posted in Fitness, Life + Living

Veda 22: I AM FAT! (reblogged from The Daily Spark)

This video came to my attention via my news feed on Facebook.  It was pointed out by Denise Tausig in her blog post on The Daily Spark.  The truth is that Meghan Tonje is completely awesome.  Forget what I have to say on this subject, see for yourself:

So what do you think?  Can you be Fat and Fit?  Does being called “Fat” hurt your feelings, or do you feel the way that Meghan does?

Posted in Food, New Food, Recipe

Bacon + Shrimp + Pineapple = Awesome

For dinner this week, Jeff and I are just using up what we have in our freezer.  We happened to have a bag of pre-cooked, washed, de-veined shrimp available that we thought would suit our needs.  The cool thing is that we only had to thaw them out (and rinse them) in order for them to be ready to eat.

I am not much of a sea-food fan, but shrimp has long been the exception.  Still, I wanted to make sure that this would be a meal and not just a tasty snack, so.. what makes everything better? BACON!

We would take half-pieces of bacon and wrap them around the shrimp, dip it in cocktail sauce and revel in the salty-shrimpy goodness.  The pineapple was frozen at the peak of freshness and thawed out for just such an occasion.  I was skeptical of whether or not the fresh-frozen-thawed pineapple would be any good, but it actually maintained it’s textural integrity after thawing in the refrigerator overnight.  It tasted so sweet and was the perfect counter-note to the bacon + Shrimp.  This meal came together in only as long as it took to cook up the bacon 🙂