It’s been a glorious morning here in Boston. After my day off, my to do’s done, and an early bedtime last night, I woke up feeling refreshed and renewed. 😀 It’s amazing what a single day off can do for one’s mind, body, and soul. Mr. Mal, on the other hand, is staying home sick today with a horrible cold. 🙁 Hopefully, a day off will do him some good, too!
As part of my glorious morning, I tried a DVD that I borrowed from Harvard’s Center for Wellness, called Essential Flow Yoga For Every Body, for my yoga practice today. The DVD offers five different routines, appropriate for beginner, intermediate and advanced yogies. Today, I tried the 20-minute “Good Morning” session, which utilized a chair for the poses. I thought the chair was a little weird, but I decided to give it a chance. After about 6-7 minutes, I gave up on the chair and turned off the DVD.
In my opinion, the picture on the cover of this yoga DVD was very misleading. First, the picture is a healthy female instructor, but the session was instructed by a skinny, lanky guy. Second, the cover picture is taken on a beautiful beach, so I thought this DVD would be filmed on a tranquil beach somewhere in the world. But, it’s actually filmed in a small, dark, empty room… with a chair. Eh, I wasn’t a fan of this DVD. 😐
Instead, I did a 20-minute Power Yoga #2 session from YogaDownload, which was much better! The session started off slow with breathing exercises and child’s pose, and then moved into more physical poses, which was perfect for an early morning practice. My balance first thing in the morning definitely needs some work though!
Stovetop oats are the BEST! I still can’t believe I went so long without them!!!
With the help of canned pumpkin and hemp milk, today’s oats were light and fluffy, slightly sweet and de-lic-ious!
In the mix:
- 1/3 cup dry oats
- 1/4 cup wheat berries
- 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup vanilla hemp milk
- 1/2 tbsp hemp protein
- 2 spoonfuls of Teddie super chunky peanut butter
Free Workout Music
I saw this in Fitness Magazine the other day and just had to share!
At MotionTraxx.com you can get great workout mixes without paying a penny. It’s totally legit because founder Deekron, aka the Fitness DJ, is the owner of music label RockitWave8 and has made arrangements with indie artists and other labels. The 60-minute podcasts of mostly 140-to-180-beats per minute songs (ideal for running) play in one continuous loop and are refreshed every two weeks, so you’ll never get bored.
I downloaded the “”Fitness Magazine Half-Marathon Mix” (68 minutes @ 168 BPM) and “Downtown Soul” (55 minutes @ 150 BPM) mixes– I haven’t listened to them all the way through yet, but I like what I’ve heard so far… especially for free! They’re the perfect length for long runs, too! (Hello, half marathon training!)
Quaker All Natural Gift Bag Giveaway
Reminder: The All Natural Gift Bag Giveaway ends tonight! Be sure to enter! 😀
Question of the Day
What is your secret snack of shame?
I will eat Barney Butter straight from the jar with a spoon!