Yesterday afternoon, I enjoyed this beautiful, juicy nectarine while watching Ellen.
They are definitely underrated! One of my favorite fruits of the summer
I was in charge of making dinner, but while I was cooking I got a bit snacky. So I had some sunflower seeds to satisfy that salty snacky feeling
and some semisweet chocolate chips to satisfy that sweet snacky feeling!
Then I got hard to work making garlic sauteed shrimp to go with pasta and marina sauce. My mom and sister were running late, so my Dad and I had some Cabot cheddar cheese while we waited…
Sam and Mom finally arrived (they were waiting at the doctor’s office for over 1.5 hours!) with Italian bread it tow! I had a HUGE plate and ended up being waaaaay full! Gotta love that Italian comfort food
Last night, Dominique called me asking if I would come over to keep me company while she packed for her weekend trip to NYC. When I showed up, she offered me a dark chocolate Ghiardelli square, which is one of my favorite chocolates, as a reward. Good company and good chocolate!!! xoxo
When I got back home, I finished a fantastic book I have been reading this week, Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
I really enjoyed this memoir about a group of young women who read and discuss banned books in Iran. This book has so many resonant insights into both classic literature and revolutionary Iran. It was frequently deep and intense, and I really loved how true it was; I learned so much. I wish that I had read more of the books they studied, like Lolita, but I absolutely gobbled up the portions where they discussed Jane Austen! “‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Muslim man, regardless of his fortune, must be in want of a nine-year-old virgin wife.’” Though that was my favorite bit, the book is full of fascinating parallels between their veiled existence and the lives of so many literary heroines.
Today, I woke up a bit early and scarfed a quick brekkie:
- coffee with almond milk
- sunbutter-stuffed date
- 1/2 banana
- strawberry 0% fat chobani greek yogurt
before going to yoga followed by a BodyPump class. Today I added some more weight onto my bar for each track, so I was really feeling the burn! But the whole weight system confuses me a bit. The BodyPump bars measure in kilograms, and 1kg is a lot more than 1lb! I’m having trouble conceptualizing how much I am increasing my weight by, but either way, I know the more I give, the more I get! It’s funny though, even after I added on weight, I’m still the wimpiest one in the class!
At lunchtime, I realized I hadn’t had oatmeal in, like, 2 WEEKS!! Who am I? So I quickly got a nectarine and the rest of my breakfast banana chopped up and in the pot.
Followed by oats, water, almond milk, cinnamon, and a dash of vanilla extract.
GOD I missed that stuff! So delicious and filling.
My brother believes that bagel places spread too much cream cheese on toasted bagels, so when he brought one home for lunch, he scraped the excess cream cheese and set it aside for me! lol! So, when my tummy was raging in the mid-afternoon, I toasted myself half of an everything bagel and schlepped it on top.
The cream cheese was FANTASTIC! It was some kind of tomato and herb blend. Holy yummykins.
I really missed bagels while I was in New Zealand. You couldn’t get an authentic one anywhere!
My mom and I made some vegetable stir fry for dinner with tons of different veggies, and some jasmin rice on the side. To make things more exciting, I made a peanut sauce for on top! I started with 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup peanut butter, 2 tbsp rice vinegar, 2 tbsp soy sauce, and 1/4 of a lemon (juiced), but then I adjusted it a bit to taste. It was the perfect light but satisfying meal that we needed the night before we leave for vacation!
Tomorrow, we are leaving for our yearly week-long family trip to the beach. We are headed to Emerald Isle, North Carolina for a week of relaxing on the beach. I’M SO EXCITED! Though I admit, I won’t be doing anything different down there than I have been doing at home. Reading, running, cooking, eating, doing yoga, and spending time with my family. We’ll just be doing it all on the beach! And with more family members and more BOARD GAMES!
I love doing yoga on the beach. It’s one of Earth’s best natural yoga studios. The warmth, the ambiance…you couldn’t ask for anything more perfect! I’ll be sure to post more about it later… But for now, I would like to share my favorite pose to do on the beach….tree pose!
Balance poses are extra tricky on the beach. Sand is hard to balance on! Heck, a perfectly level studio floor is tricky to balance on! I always starts by spreading all of my toes apart and rooting them into the ground. God gave us 5 toes on each foot — use them all to balance! I bring my foot to the highest point possible on the inside of my thigh, but I always have to guide it there with my hands. Some day I will have the strength and flexibility to just float it into place! Once I feel grounded, I grow my upper half out of my hips into perfect posture, and I always extend my prayer hands above my head.
It is really challenging to stay balanced while gazing towards your hands, but they say that if you gaze at the floor, that’s where your pose goes. AKA you fall down lol. So I always try to bring my gaze as high as possible. Balance poses are great for the mind and also great for your concentration. I can always tell if something is distracting me in life because I can never hold my balance poses that day! Balance poses are great for strengthening your core, but more than anything they teach you to focus. Having trouble focusing on some task? Stand on one foot and gaze straight ahead for 30 seconds. That’ll help ya
PS – for a midnight snack in the middle of a packing frenzy, I had some p’nut m&ms and this chocolate bar that Mrs. Benzio brought for me from Scotland.
It was melted when Dominique delivered it to me, so I’ve been letting it sit the freezer, waiting for the right moment to enjoy it! Such a great treat. I need chocolate. And Cadbury is THE BEST. It beats gross old m&ms any day
Do you find balance poses more challenging than other yoga poses?