My body was feeling a little stiff and I’m sore from Sunday’s lifting so I decided to take today off of formal exercise and do a little yoga instead.
One of my goals for this year is to increase my flexibility and spend more time stretching and taking care of my muscles. I always find yoga kind of frustrating:
If I want to workout, I’ll go running or lift weights.
If I want to meditate, I’ll take a bath and zone out with my breathing.
If I want to stretch, I’ll stretch!!
I realize that many people swear by yoga and that these three combined have more benefits than each alone, but I’ve always struggled with enjoying yoga.
When I take a day off from working out, I don’t want to go to the gym! So I like that I can do yoga in my house – in as little as 20 minutes – with DVDs. I have a 6-disc set of Yoga Zone DVDs that I bought in college. I really like Yoga Zone – it’s easy and not too serious. The 6-disc set has different kinds of yoga practice – power yoga, yoga for abs, flexibility, stress relief, fat burning, and total body conditioning (you can see a description of each if you click to the product link). Each CD has two 20 minute sessions. I mostly just do the flexibility and stress relief, but every now and then I do the others. I’m really not believing that yoga for fat burning is going to make me drop the pounds though 😉 I also have this Sunrise and Sunset one and like it a lot too.
So this morning I did 40 minutes of Yoga for Flexibility. It felt nice to do yoga while the sun came up 🙂
The Tale of the Missing Baking Powder
So I decided last night to make an oatmeal pancake for breakfast today and prepared my oats and egg whites. You can definitely use old fashioned rolled oats if you do a longer soak.
I also put a few chocolate chips into the cooking pancake. I think I added them a little too soon because they kind of burned when I flipped it, but it was a fun addition!
So once on my plate, I took one bite and realized that the pancake was completely flat. Er, flat as a pancake!? Usually they turn out quite thick and puffy. AHHH! I forgot the baking powder in my own recipe! Whoops. They will still work fine without it, but of course you’ll get less volume because there is less air inside.
Topped with 1 small mashed banana, 1 tbsp flax, a few walnuts and a drizzle of maple syrup.
I also had grapefruit (Thanks again to Tracy!!)
And a latte made with 1/2 a cup of skim milk:
All together –
This breakfast was about 450 kcal, 10 grams fiber, and 22 grams protein.
I am planning to go for a walk in a bit to enjoy this beautiful weather – but I am taking my Cultural Foods flash cards with me!! It’s a great way to combine studying with a little physical activity. I’ve got two tests today so lunch will be posted around 4:00.
And YAY the mail comes today!!!