Daily Creativity: I plan on spending some serious quality time with my journal tonight. Just me, my pen, and my endlessly bizzare thoughts.
I was *this* close to coming back to my room and vegging out with a book after my last class got out at six. It was a looooonnnggg day and I was just happy I’d survived But deep down I knew my body had a lot of energy to burn off, which meant workout time! I won’t lie, I was totally inspired by Cheryl from the Biggest Loser. On last night’s episode she said something like “it felt really good to come back from a long day of working and just move.” So true.
I ran downtown along the river; it was so lovely and mysterious in the dark (don’t worry, there were a lot of runners and bikers out in the early evening). I did about 6.5 miles total with the following 35 minute speed workout thrown in the middle:
5 x (4 minutes hard, 3 minutes easy)
The four minute sections were basically half-miles. It was hard but I also felt strong. My legs were definitely ready to be done by the last one! I ran all the way over to Yoga Vida for another advanced vinyasa class (I went to one last Friday too). I didn’t love the teacher, but he did do a really nice and invigorating series of poses. It really worked my upper arms — he had us going back and forth between upward dog and downward dog, coming in and out of crow, and doing a million chaturangas up to planks. My arms were shaking. Crazy hot handstand boy was totally there again and even crazier. I know yoga is about looking inward, and I wasn’t comparing my abilities to him — I’ll never have that kind of upper body strength — but it was fun to watch. Today he went from a crow directly into a handstand and back down into crow then directly into chaturanga. Amazing.
I ended my yoging adventure with a trip to Jamba Juice. Why does JJ have to be right down the street from the yoga studio. I was planning on going home and making a nice stir fry for dinner, but I was in the mood for a smoothie. I’m not sure what’s up with this smoothie kick lately. I think maybe I just get jealous of other blogger’s fun smoothie creations?
I had the mango peach meal thingy (i.e, it was topped with granola and banana). So. Nom. Nom. Nom.
When I got home I had dinner part dos, half a steamed sweet potato topped with flax pb and cinnamon. Perfect!
Random, but the sweet and nutty flavors worked really together.
I got a steak at the farmer’s market the other day. It was local, organic, and grass-fed. My favorite. I believe I paid nine dollars for it, which at the time felt expensive, but for two servings, that’s only $4.50 each. I could probably get some really sketchy, low-quality, highly unethical ground beef for two or three dollars from the store. But I don’t like my meat this way, plain and simple. And I could probably eat that same steak at a restaurant for $25. I won’t lie: I love meat — red meat, white meat, poultry, sea food. I like it all. I try to eat it in as ethical a manner as possible,but when it comes down to it, I believe that humans, especially carbohydrate-sensitive ones like myself, are meant to eatmeat. There are many people for whom this does not work and I totally respect that! But it works for me.
Glad I got that out there. Now I can show you pictures of my lovely little steaks (which I pan seared until the smoke alarm was about to go off so I stopped. They’re a wee bit rare, but I like them that way).
At first I wasn’t gonna talk about this because I know many of my readers are vegan or vegetarian or even raw and I don’t want to offend anybody, but then I remembered that this is my blog and we all have to make the health and dietary choices that work for us as individuals. Do you eat meat? If not, do you consciously seek out other protein options?