I just want to run and shout from the hilltops how happy I am with my life from an exercise point of view right now. Our crazy cycling classes start this Saturday, which also means my runs are about to begin since we go before our Tuesday night class and after our Saturday morning classes. In addition to yoga at the bike shop twice a week, I am also attending sattva-style yoga classes at The Yoga Loft per the recommendation of a new friend. Last night was my first class, and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenging sequence and meditation at the end of class. I also very much appreciated that in addition to one teacher leading the class, another was present to correct posture, etc. That was very helpful to me and I'm looking forward to not only the strength and flexibility that I will gain from yoga, but also the stress management it provides for me. When I got home from yoga, a Ironman swim training plan was awaiting me and I'm meeting another friend this weekend to lock-in our weight training schedule. It's a lot to think about and manage, especially once I begin working, but I'm really excited about it all. It's been a long time coming.
Like every good American - well, I should now say Canadian, eh? - I started 2013 off with a cleanse. In this cleanse, a group of us are eliminating the following for two weeks: alcohol, dairy, gluten, corn, sugar, meat and caffeine. Actually, I have elected to keep my one cup of coffee each morning but everything else I am onboard with. It's only been two days so far, but I've enjoyed the challenge and am not finding it terribly difficult to make a good meal out of the remaining food items. But I do miss being able to just pour myself a glass of wine or open a beer if I'd like. Here's a sample of what I ate yesterday:
Breakfast: one cup of coffee + a larabar
Lunch: three spinach pancakes (mmm...yum!)
Snack: carrot-apple-ginger juice
Dinner: thai coconut soup + two slices of kamut toast w/earth balance
My cousin sent me the most hilariously awesome Pittsburgh-themed Christmas card and gift. See?