The Best Laid Plans

Saturday night I had big plans (in my head) to hang out on the back porch, drink wine with the BOY, and enjoy the weekend.  Instead, around 7:00pm, the skies got dark and I changed into my comfy clothes just moments before strong thunderstorms rolled in.  My back up plan?  Watching Stage 20 of the Tour De France and making next week’s meal plan.  This is my first post Israel meal plan, and I am still getting used to having Sunday as a laundry and errand day since Monday is a work day (I have had Mondays off for about 4 years).  After speaking with the BOY and searching through Google, I came up with the following game plan…

 

Sunday: Chipotle Turkey Meatloaf

 

Monday: Dinner Out

 

Tuesday: Loaded Baked Potato Bar (an awesome suggestion from the BOY)

 

Wednesday: Sausages on the grill

 

Thursday: Crockpot Chicken Curry

 

I forgot how much sleep your body needs when you increase your running mileage.  I went to bed early last night and slept 10 hours easily.  I woke up a little sore this morning, which I expected based on my hamstring and adductor tightness last night.  I had some odd areas of soreness after my first Bikram class…my hamstrings (that can be expected), my right forearm (random?) and the back of my neck.  Since I did my 9 mile run yesterday, I had a cross training day scheduled for today.  And since both of bikes have flat tires (sooo sad!), I decided to go to another yoga class.  I want to take full advantage of my one month Bikram pass, so I signed up for the 10:30am class at their other location.  Three yoga classes in one week…this is AH MAZE ING!

 

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My second Bikram class went by much more quickly than the first. I think it’s because I had a better idea of what to expect.  I also got a tip from a few girls in class that one side of the room was hotter than another.  I immediately moved my mat to the less hot side.  At the end of the class, I felt strong and rejuvenated.  After class, I treated myself to Starbucks before heading to the grocery store.

 

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Then came back home to watch the last stage of the Tour De France while chowing down on a fresh salad for lunch.

 

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At which point I noticed a missed call from my brother.  I called him back and he said that he and his girlfriend were in the area and asked what we were doing for dinner.  The BOY was at the library and I hadn’t showered since this morning’s yoga class but I said I’d love for them to stop by.  The BOY came home around 4:30 with my brother arriving shortly there after in the middle of a rain storm.  We all ended up going out for dinner and then coming back to our house to sit out back with a glass of wine and chat.  It was such a fun way to spend a Sunday night!  Everyone laughed at me and my lack of turkey meatloaf and I promised the BOY that chipotle meatloaf was coming soon.  During yoga this morning, I promised myself an early bed time tonight, so I am off to bed.  I’m sure the meal plan will come together later in the week, and I will have recipes to share, but tonight I’m much happier having hung out with my family!

I tried Bikram Yoga…

And Survived!

 

I can’t thank you guys enough for your suggestions and encouragement after yesterday’s post!

I decided not to run this morning.  The main reason…

 

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I wanted to have a glass two glasses of wine last night.  After work, the BOY and I sat out back with some bubbly chatting about the week.  I just love summer nights like that and wasn’t about to rush in to bed.  Instead, I stayed up late and then slept until 8ish this morning.  Breakfast options were slim, but I was able to throw together a green smoothie with spinach, oats, and whatever fruit I could find for breakfast.

 

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So a Bikram yoga studio opened up a few towns over in December and I have been talking about going since then.  I was re-inspired when two separate people mentioned this studio to me this week.  I was excited to blow off my run this morning and meet a friend at the studio for the 9:30am class.  Although I’ve been doing yoga for 10 years, I had no idea what to expect of Bikram.  I knew that it would be hot and that it was a pre-determined serious of 26 postures…that was about it! 

 

So when class started with a breathing exercise and the entire class seemed on cue and I was lost, it was even more apparent how little I knew.  Post class, I looked up more information on the yoga studio’s website

 

Bikram Yoga is a challenging series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises developed by Bikram Choudhury designed to stretch, strengthen and restore health to every part of the body. Bikram’s beginning yoga class is designed for anyone that wants to improve his or her physical health and mental well-being. The Bikram Yoga practice is 90 minutes in duration and practiced in a 105 degree heated room, which helps to warm the body and allows for deeper and safer stretching. The heat also prevents injuries and rids the body of toxins while relieving stress and tension.

 

What surprised me most was that some of the poses were the same and some were different from my usual yoga class.  I was also surprised during the second half of class by the 20 second shavasanas in between poses.  And that we were encouraged to keep our eyes open.  In the beginning, I felt strong with the balance poses, but by the end, my cheeks were as red as a tomato and sweat was poring out of every pore.  I just wanted to lie on my mat and rest (for longer than 20 seconds).  I really liked the studio and found the people warm and welcoming.  As far as the class goes, I think I am more of a fan of a vinyasa style class that moves through a variety of postures.  This may be because it is what I am used to.  But I’m interested to see if my muscles will be sore tomorrow.  I was able to get a great 30 day introductory deal, so I am planning on trying another class and excited to have a friend to meet me at the studio.

 

I know that some of you do yoga…

Do you like Bikram?  What did you think after your first class.

 

I was crazy sweaty after class, but made a stop at Whole Foods on my way back home.  Then the BOY and I went out for a quick bite of lunch.  Good News…

 

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My farmer’s market is BACK!  Today was the first day that they were open in their typical location, and the BOY and I were there as they were still setting up fruits and labeling veggies.

 

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Sooo exciting!

Everything looked so fresh and their prices can’t be beat!

 

There will be no wine tonight as I am setting an early alarm in hopes of accomplishing a 9 mile run tomorrow before the worst of the heat.  It’s just me, my computer, and 4 stages of the Tour De France on DVR!