Spider[wo]man

April 29, 2010

My my was yoga so fun tonight!! I love my studio! I got there around 4:30 for the 5:45 class, so I had plenty of time to chat with Tanner and go for a walk with Emily! Tanner is a yoga genius – you should see the poses he can do! He’s trying to convince me to try Ashtanga yoga. Do any of you love it?

Emily arrived a bit later and we headed out in a gorgeous neighborhood for a 40 minute walk. We had so much to catch up on!! She’s running a MARATHON this weekend – wish her luck! We also got to walk a cute dog when we passed her owner in a yard and offered to take the doggie for a spin. She was a fluffy little dog and so cute!

Yoga was great. REALLY hard on the muscles tonight. It was an hour hot vinyasa class and we held some of the poses really long. My hips were also on cloud 9 with all the hip openers we did :mrgreen:

Ever done a Spider? It’s like a really wide push-up. OH SO HARD!! We held three of them for a long time. I almost collapsed.

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I wasn’t very hungry this afternoon and only had half of my Amazing Grass bar. I knew if I didn’t eat something I’d be starving during class, but I didn’t feel like eating the entire thing. Turns out I should have because I left class RAVENOUS!

Matt was going to make a lentil soup in the crockpot tonight, but I emailed him earlier and said to take the night off of cooking and we should just eat frozen/canned soups. I found this guy in the freezer from November 15th: Cocoa Coconut Chili! From Eat, Drive & Be Vegan and one of the best chilis I’ve ever had!!

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Chocolate Coconut Almond for the second time today!!!

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On the side I enjoyed a nice Flax Oat Bran bun lid smothered in a little real butter. I also snacked on a few chips while heating up my soup – hungry, hungry hippo!!

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To drink, I tried out a new juice sent for review: Genesis Today Resveratrol.

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Here’s the ingredient list. It’s made from a ton of superfruits. While this beverage may be packed with invisible super-nutrients, I’d likely drink it just for taste ;) It tasted great – more like red grape juice than anything else. But nice and fruity.

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In the summertime I love to mix juices with seltzer or just water and ice for a mocktail (and I dilute them to cut back on the sugar concentration), so I enjoyed this a lot. I use about a shot glass worth of juice and fill the glass up with water (seltzer when I have it on hand!) (And sometimes a cherry!)

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Thankfully this dinner filled me up – but it took an hour of Glee for it to settle!! I thought the episode was good but they really need to bring back some of the high energy music from the first few episodes. STAT. [Also, I can’t believe they had the dad say he hated Duke! WTF!?]

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LOOK WHAT’S BACK IN STOCK!!!

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Just ate a small square of chocolate. Now I’m going to answer> emails and crawl in bed!

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1 Anna April 29, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Glee was so good last night! And your soup looks delicious :)

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2 Lauren @ eater not a runner April 29, 2010 at 8:26 pm

That pose looks TOUGH.

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3 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 29, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I love that bowl!! And you look hardcore, doing that spider move! Yeah!

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4 Food Makes Fun Fuel April 29, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Good luck to Emily! I don’t remember when you made that chili, but gosh does it sound good

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5 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ April 29, 2010 at 8:29 pm

I love that spider pose. You should post some more like that. I’m going to try that one out.

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6 Jenny April 29, 2010 at 8:33 pm

That looks like an intense push up! Wow!

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7 Veggielady4life April 29, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I watched Glee for the first time this week… just randomly… and I wasn’t that impressed! I was a little sad because I’ve heard such good things about it. I think I need to start from the beginning, though… and give it another chance.

I love your bowl BTW.

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8 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) April 29, 2010 at 8:33 pm

That soup looks fantastic! You can’t even tell it was frozen, it looks fresh. :o

I prefer grape juice over red wine. I’m weird like that. Fortunately, it has the same benefits as red wine! :D

Jenn

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9 Lisa @bakebikeblog April 29, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Lovely looking dinner! I like to dilute my juices etc too!

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10 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 29, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I need to try the juice and seltzer thing. Sounds delicious! I agree on the GLEE thing…I want way more energy and dancing! Dinner from the freezer=perfect! Have a great night!

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11 Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 29, 2010 at 8:42 pm

That chili looks sooooo good!!! I need to try that!

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12 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 29, 2010 at 8:45 pm

That soup looks awesome and so easy to just heat up! I need to flip through my ED&BV and try some new recipes.

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13 Hilary April 29, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Go UNC :D

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14 Eileen April 29, 2010 at 8:47 pm

I’ve never tried Ashtanga, but I have put hot yoga on my “to-do” list for May!

I’m with you on “Glee.” I thought the music in that ep. was much too old for the kids, and the “home” theme was a little contrived.

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15 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) April 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm

We have group fitness yoga classes and some of them are Ashtanga…I don’t know how legit they are but I sorta like them. The poses get repetitive and I would like it to be HOT!

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16 Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks April 29, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Wow that spider pose does look hard! It’s inspiring to hear about all the different kinds of exercise you do!

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17 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 29, 2010 at 9:00 pm

DEFINITELY give ashtanga a try. It stays very true to the original yoga poses and requires a lot of strength and flexibility. It’s certainly fun to try out, and you might just end up loving it! :)

That drink sounds perfect for the summer!

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18 kg April 29, 2010 at 9:00 pm

try ashtanga – I love love love it and would definitely recommend it. For me its a much better fit than hatha (i haven’t tried many other styles) If you like getting your sweat on, its worth a try!
i’m a regular blog reader – i come here for healthy inspiration!

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19 Cyclist Kate April 30, 2010 at 9:23 am

Here’s me being an obnoxious yoga freak: all movement-yoga is “hatha” yoga, including Ashtanga. Hatha just refers to a physical practice (versus meditation or some other branch of traditional yoga). Wikipedia it! It’s actually pretty interesting stuff.

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20 Lisa of Lisa at Home April 29, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I love finding things in the freezer that are homemade (and still good, of course!)

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21 Lisa April 29, 2010 at 9:17 pm

I’ve never heard of a spider. I can barely do a regular push up!!

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22 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies April 29, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I do mocktails alll the time. Yummm. I’m a fan of bubbles. haha

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23 colleen April 29, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I almost bought that drink today…but wasn’t sure about it. I guess I will try it.

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24 Victoria April 29, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Kath-

I started reading your blog about 2 months ago and I am 100% hooked! I love how you share honest info.. (i.e. like being REALLY hungry some days!)

You are very inspirational! Fantastic recipes & tips!

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25 Kath April 30, 2010 at 5:33 am

Thanks and welcome!!

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26 Lele April 29, 2010 at 9:42 pm

That is too cute that the people let you borrow their dog to walk! I want a loaner dog, aww!

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27 Kristin April 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm

I agree with you on “GLEE!” I thought this was a great episode, but they need to bring back the high energy music. Also, I’m dying for a Puck solo!

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28 Wei-Wei April 29, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Wow – I just tried out that pose on the floor and I can’t even hold it for more than thirty seconds! Just goes to show how tiny my muscles are… haha! :P

The chili sounds FANTASTIC! How does cocoa taste in chili?!

Hope the rest of your day is awesome! :)

Wei-Wei

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29 Kath April 30, 2010 at 5:33 am

Haha, glad it was inspiring!

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30 Amber K April 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I have just recently mastered the plank, but the spider? Intense!

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31 Hannah April 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…. you have the best crockery in the history of ever. And the best fillings for it, too!

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32 Cynthia (It All Changes) April 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I always leave hot yoga ravenous. But if I eat too soon before I get nauseous…such a double edged sword.

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33 Meg April 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm

That soup looks amazing! I love finding little treasures in the freezer :D

Enjoy your evening Kath!!

Meg

p.s. good for you that they don’t have a ‘roach’ pose ;)

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34 Camille April 29, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Ooooh, Chili! Chili is the best!

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35 Lizz @ leading the good life April 29, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Hip openers are the best (yay pigeon!)! That’s where I get tight when running. Also, I’m totally with you on mixing juice with sparkling water – it makes the juice more refreshing.

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36 Elaine April 29, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Three words for you: GO. TRY. ASHTANGA.

I took my first Ashtanga class when I was 17, and I fell in love with it immediately! I ran, played volleyball, and badminton in high school, and so I was a relatively active person as well. Ashtanga yoga is a really great supplement to all my exericises. It’s a pretty physical workout too, since you’ll be incorporating alot of vinyasas into the sequences. I work up a sweat each time (think having been out under a rainstorm). You’ll be able to do things like you never think you can do (like head stand)! :)

Sorry, I can blabber on and on about Ashtanga yoga. Point is, go try it, definitely!

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37 Kath April 30, 2010 at 5:33 am

I will!

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38 Cyclist Kate April 30, 2010 at 9:27 am

Elaine took the words out of my mouth–Ashtanga is pure fabulous. Love it love it love it. And it’s a very physically challenging practice so you get your workout in, too!

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39 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 29, 2010 at 11:25 pm

I have never heard of the spider before but it looks very challenging. I really want to try it when I forgive my last awful session of yoga. :( haha. I also love your drinks! They look like the perfect summer drink :)

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40 Heather (Heather's Dish) April 29, 2010 at 11:33 pm

seriously that chili looks and sounds so amazing! i’ve never thought of cocoa coconut chili, but it makes sense that it would taste great!

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41 Amber April 29, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Kath, have you ever tried making overnight oats with kefir instead of Greek yogurt? I had some for breakfast this morning and it was soooooooo good!! My new staple! You should give it a try!

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42 Kath April 30, 2010 at 5:34 am

I haven’t done that yet (or maybe I did ages ago) but I will try to pick up some kefir soon!

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43 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear April 30, 2010 at 12:37 am

WOW. I haen’t been to a hot vinyasa class yet, but I’m planning on it :) that spider looks so hard!

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44 lynn (The Actors Diet) April 30, 2010 at 12:53 am

gah – that looks like a difficult pose!

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45 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 30, 2010 at 1:10 am

There is nothing like real buttah. ;)

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46 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 30, 2010 at 1:12 am

Spider pose looks brilliant! Chatarunga is my favourite pose, but I’d never heard of spider…
I think you should try Ashtanga- my only experience with it was with a DVD, but it’s fun!

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47 Jess April 30, 2010 at 2:33 am

LOL. I think I just spent about 5 minutes laughing at the Spiderman yoga pose. It just looks hilarious. I mean, I’m sure it’s hard, but it just looks funny and kind of creepy too. It reminds me of the Exorcist when she crawls down the stairs. Haha, now you’ll never think of yoga the same ever again! (Oops, sorry).

Hm, the juice sounds good. Lots of grape and cranberry/pom flavors mixed together. Nice :)

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48 Rachel (Suburban Yogini) April 30, 2010 at 4:11 am

I used to teach astanga for several years. It’s fabulous in many ways as it incorporates strong flowing yoga with breath and meditation (which a lot of the hot and powers classes tend to miss).

As I’ve got older I’ve moved towards a slower form of yoga for both teaching and personal practice – one that concentrates on strength and flexibility and inner awareness. But I still highly recommend astanga if you’re looking for something a little bit deeper on all levels!

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49 Christy April 30, 2010 at 5:38 am

Aww I used to love the game “hungry hungry hippo”!!!!

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50 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) April 30, 2010 at 6:08 am

The spider looks *intense*. Definitely adding that to my yoga this morning. :D

Oh, and the chili looks and sounds so perfect. Delish!

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51 Becs in Britain April 30, 2010 at 6:19 am

Spider presses are really hard! One of the classes I go to has just introduced these where you hold one arm out in a ‘superman’-style pose whilst in position – it’s killer!

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52 Lauren April 30, 2010 at 6:29 am

Oatmeal Flop – Last night my husband and I went rock climbing and when I got home I wanted to make a healthy, filling snack. So I tried to make some oatmeal like you do. First off, I should not have done this until I had enough flavors to add to it to actually make it fun and tasty. I put honey and strawberry jelly in it, but I was so nervous about making it turn out right that I overcooked the oats and the whole thing was a blob of gross. It was awful. I’m going to the store this weekend for “oatmeal flavors/toppings.” I’ll try again Sunday morning and let you know.

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53 Kath April 30, 2010 at 6:32 am

Oh bummer!! I definitely undercook mine!

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54 Tracy April 30, 2010 at 7:22 am

Ashtanga is my favorite “type” of yoga. More of a flow through of poses that connect together. A great workout!

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55 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale April 30, 2010 at 8:15 am

Haha… my sister was so torn on her allegiances while watching that episode of Glee! She’s a law student at Duke, but Glee is her favorite show! I think it hurt her feelings a bit!

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56 gina (fitnessista) April 30, 2010 at 8:45 am

look at you GO! way to flex those spider muscles- i’m way impressed :D
good to know you like that chili from ed&bv! i’ve been wanting to try it.
hope you have a happy friday!
<3

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57 Cristin April 30, 2010 at 11:11 am

I love Ashtanga! Try it out. Sadly, I have not done it or any type of yoga in way too long. You are inspiring me to get back to it! Happy weekend!

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58 Sarah May 4, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Hey Kath,

Great meeting you the other night at the studio. My friend Jen forwarded me this post about class! So glad you loved Spider!!!

Hope to see you soon and thanks for the mention!

P.S. I am making Tilapia in parchment paper tonight for my fiance, thanks for the recipe!

Sarah Keach

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