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Oatmeal and Candlelight Yoga

Posted: February 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Breakfast, Exercise | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

I’m still struggling to get enough sleep these days. I’m definitely an 8 to 9 hour sleeper, and getting 6 to 7 throws me off and makes for a cranky morning! Last night I decided that I was going to be proactive though, and I registered for a yoga class for this morning, knowing that even if I wasn’t feeling up to it, I’d go, because I had already paid for it. I think this is the trick!

I woke up at seven, and made myself some of my already made steel cut oats, and stirred in a tablespoon of Justin’s Maple Almond Nut Butter, and some cinnamon. I moved it all around with my spoon until I couldn’t eat anymore, and then just popped it in a container and took it with me. (I’m actually still eating it as I type this). Sometimes, I just can’t get in very much breakfast, but I try to have even a little bit to wake up my metabolism.

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I headed out to Valencia street for my class at the Yoga Tree over in the mission. I loved practicing this week at the Yoga Tree on Castro, but Valencia is a tad closer to where I live if I want to get in a session before work in the mornings, and I thought I’d check it out.

Getting in a little early though, I headed in to Ritual Roasters, to have a teeny tiny cup of coffee. I opted for a single shot cappuccino. Just a little one! Not too much caffeine for me!

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Here it is:

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Their foam art is so pretty!

The fellow across from me was reading the Financial Times. Aside from being an incredibly interesting newspaper, they print it on a salmon colored newsprint. I used to see a lot more of these on the East Coast, but apparently people in SF are less likely to be interested? A lack of investment bankers?

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I read my copy of Runner’s World to give me some motivation to put lots of energy into my yoga practice. I’m not really a dedicated runner, but the incredible stories in that magazine are great for any sort of personal achievement motivation.

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I love how my heart flower stayed at the top until I finished my coffee!

Energized, I headed over to Yoga Tree.

More Candlelight Yoga

Candlelight yoga is a class where deep asanas are practiced with the lights off and the room lit only by candles. It’s a great way to start the morning and increase your presence and focus. There were about 40 people in the room, and we got cozy with one another! It was so beautiful!!

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The class was led by Pete Guinosso, who is currently leading a 40 day consecutive practice of yoga. There were quite a few 40-day folks in today’s class, and I have to say, I’m kind of in awe of this dedication. I enjoyed Pete’s guiding of our session – but must admit that a few times found myself giggling because he is an entertaining fellow! (I don’t see anything wrong with some lightheartedness in a hard session – he led us well.)

During my yoga, I thought about my health, being thankful that I’m able to move and push my body more and more every day. I noticed a marked increase in my flexibility, even from last week. I also thought about my friends and family, and even the people who I have struggles with.

After about an hour and fifteen minutes of some hard practice, I was sweating up a storm! (There’s no after shot today, because I had to get to work!) I’m really hoping that this is something I will do more often. The high after the fact is pretty wonderful.


Nooks and Crannies

Posted: February 21st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | 2 Comments »

Man I am looking forward to getting my new camera back from work today!

I’ve had this poor little guy since my junior year of high school, and it doesn’t work so well anymore! Or maybe I’m just spoiled with my new camera!

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Breakfast this morning is simple – a cup of gingerbread coffee from Trader Joes – black. And a toasted english muffin with lemon curd on one half and smoked salmon on the other. A little sweet, a little salty because I couldn’t decide.


Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Posted: February 19th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , | No Comments »

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Good morning gray skies!!! It looks like we are in for another day of dreariness. Although, I probably wouldn’t have been so inclined to get in my yoga workout yesterday had it not been so overcast, so I’m not going to complain any more about it.

Yesterday afternoon I picked up a new mug at Starbucks – I’m still on the lookout for a really nice hand thrown ceramic mug, but I was so sick of drinking out of UC Irvine mugs that I just went ahead and got this one (neither of us actually went to UC Irvine, but the mugs are leftover from old housemates).

I like it because of it’s pleasant weight, the brown ceramic interior, and this handy dandy rubber hand grip in the middle, so you can hold your mug in your two hands without scalding yourself.

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And finally back to steel cut oats this morning! After doing a bit of research, I found the easiest overnight steel cut oats recipe, that takes much less than 1/4 of the time it would take to cook a pot on the stove. All you do is boil water, add in the oats, bring back to a boil, turn the heat off, and cover, leaving it overnight. In the morning, the oats are practically finished! Just heat for a few minutes, and serve!

Overnight Steel Cut Oats

makes 6 1-cup servings

In a large saucepan, bring six cups of water to a boil, and ad 1 1/2 cups of steel cut oats. Stir until boiling, then cover, and turn off the heat. Let the pot sit on the stove overnight. (About 9 to 10 hours, so i’d make the oats right after dinner to give them enough time to soak unless you plan on sleeping in).

In the morning, give the oats a stir, and turn on the heat. Cook until warm, or 7 to 10 minutes if they need a little bit more cooking. (When I woke this morning, the oats were ready even before I had to cook them, so I just heated them up).

You can eat a serving or two warm, and then put the rest in the refrigerator to heat up over the next week.

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Look at that texture!

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Today I’m doing some more errands, roasting an acorn squash, cleaning the house, and getting in some undetermined exercise. I’m a tiny bit sore from yoga, but it’s the good sore!

I also signed up for this summer’s Self Challenge. It’s a great way to kick start yourself into gear, particularly if you have gotten a little sedentary over the summer. There are some good menu and fitness suggestions. I’m planning on following the program pretty loosely, but in the past I’ve stuck to it and lost between 10 and 15 pounds a summer.


A late morning with oatmeal

Posted: February 18th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

It’s grey and foggy, and I had a late start this morning. (That seems to be the theme of the week!) I was getting used to the sunshine after yesterday’s beautiful day, but alas, that’s asking too much from the weather gods here in San Francisco. Given that it’s almost noon, and the sun hasn’t even peeped out here in Noe Valley, I don’t have much hope anymore.

While I used to wake up late and just wait for lunch, I’ve been making a concerted effort to actually eat breakfast on a regular basis. I know that even if I’m not hungry, it’s important to start my metabolism, and give my body the energy to fuel my day.

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The Mix:

Kashi Go Lean Hearty Honey Cinnamon Oatmeal

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon Navitas Sprouted Chia Seeds

topped with: 1 tablespoon Crunchy Barney Butter

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I just love the way the Barney Butter melts on to everything. So creamy!

I also made myself a cup of the Blue Bottle Bella Donovan coffee which I’ve been enjoying this week, and added in two tablespoons of Straus half and half.

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It’s already late and I’m still not sure what to do with myself today! Errands, cleaning the house, some work, and maybe if the weather perks up, I’ll head over to Japantown to continue my tea mug mission.


Breakfast and some Tivo’d Dr. Oz

Posted: February 16th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , | No Comments »

There is a fog over the city this morning, even here in Noe Valley (the sunshine neighborhood!), so I had a bit of a hard time waking up again. It also could be that I’ve been going to bed later – about 11:30 last night, which just isn’t enough sleep! And to think that I used to be heading out at 11pm in college for the start of my night…. I’m not actually sure how I made it through!

Breakfast is back to oatmeal today:

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The Mix:

1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, 1 fresh walnut, about a tablespoon of toasted sliced almonds, a sprinkling of coconut, and a tablespoon of maple syrup. (Tasty!)

I usually like mixing a little bit of milk or soy milk instead of all of the water, but all I had is half and half, and that’s even a little too indulgent for my taste. After a few weeks of eating almost exclusively steel cut oats, going back to my quaker was a little bit gloopy for my taste… I love the bite of the steel cuts!

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While eating, I watched a Tivo’d Dr. Oz – I find that when I listen to him in the morning I’m more likely to make good healthy choices throughout the day. And, I find the show highly entertaining. Particularly the middle aged women swooning like schoolgirls. I guess it doesn’t hurt to have your doctor be handsome – you probably are more likely to listen to them…

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Happy Tuesday Everyone!

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