I spent the morning working on some stuff for my internship and then broke to do some yoga. If you don’t see me doing yoga at least once a week, give me a kick in the pants! It was soooo nice to do today and I really enjoyed it. I did one of Dave Farmar’s 60 minute podcasts. They are much less formal than YogaDownload and you have to know your poses since there’s no visual, but I do like his tough-love style. I left feeling a bit Gumbyish and my legs were shaking as I got dressed!
I really think there is something magical about yoga. Mind-body connection aside, I think the movements and the breathing transcend the classic calories-burned-per-heart rate model and something else happens. Just don’t ask me what! Maybe the whole concept that you create space inside your body is behind it.
After yoga + a shower I came down to make a Huge Jass salad
- Base of wilted (as in almost bad!) spinach tossed in Fig balsamic vinegar and lemon olive oil with a pinch of kosher salt
- Leftover grilled zucchini + squash
- 1 carrot
- 1/2 a red bell pepper
- 1 big pickle, diced
- ~1/2 an avocado
- ~2-3 tbsp goat cheese
- Sprinkle slivered almonds
- Few tbsp Agaveplus granola, which I couldn’t taste as much as I had hoped
This baby sure filled me up!
Minty dessert for the palate
Check out two of my latest writings:
Save First, Spend Second
I have become addicted to SELF’s new Save Like Me blog. Without getting too personal here, our household is really watching our spending these days, and MP Dunleavey’s tips are great, especially because her posts are short and to the point each day. But I am really excited about a new saving technique she’s been blogging about: Easy-Does-It Budget. [Go read about the method before you continue reading]
It really differentiates between what you NEED and what would be really nice to have. In our household, we’re pretty conservative about purchases. I always tell myself I don’t need a new pair of running shoes (sure I want them) or another jar of almond butter at Costco. But there are a handful of purchases that aren’t really needs but they aren’t really wants either. They’re sort of in-between. The Swiffer Vac, for example. I “needed” it but it wasn’t really a necessity.
So the Easy-Does-It method really lays down the law of what you have to spend. Rather then totally up your spending at the end of the month and seeing how you did, you start the month knowing how much you have to spend each day or week (we’re going to do a weekly method for a squiggly line effect ) You can choose to spend your weekly allowance on a night on the town, a movie, gardening supplies, a new shirt, or something you want to replace in your house but that isn’t necessity. Matt can use his on a haircut OR beer supplies – and only both if he can “afford” both - even though both are kind of “needs.” I’m going to try this method out for a bit and see how we do.
As for now, I’m off to do more typing before I head uptown later this afternoon for ZUMBA!