30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 26

Today, I did day 26 of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Like a Tall Drink of Water.” The video was a great combination of backbends, forward bends, and twists. I’m still working on my balance, and I really did have to focus today. Today’s practice also helped to relieve some tension that has been building up in my back.

Unfortunately, I woke up in a bad mood and with a bad headache. Today’s yoga practice didn’t really put me in a better mood, like I hoped it would. Instead, my mom and I ended up going out for lunch. We went to the Committed Pig in Manasquan, NJ. It was our first time there and I was incredibly impressed. I ordered the baked brie burger, which had brie, bacon, and fig preserves. My mom ordered the triple b, which was bacon, blue cheese, and balsamic glaze. We both got side salads instead of fries. I’m sure the burger sent me back a million calories, but it was delicious and I have absolutely no regrets.

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After, we went to visit a former co-worker of my mom’s who had recently opened a party supply store in the area. It was nice to see her and her business.

When we got home, I watched an episode of Twin Peaks and took a nap. I still don’t feel 100%, but I hope this headache goes away by the time I have to be at work tomorrow.

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Days 21-25

Hi everyone! I apologize for the lack of updates – I have not forgotten about the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge! Life and work have just been super crazy for the past few days. Here are the videos I’ve done:

Day 21 -“Yoga on Your Back”

Day 22 – “Hamstring Flexibility Part II”

Day 23 – “Standing Eagle Flow”

Day 24 – “Half Moon Flow”

Day 25 – “Yoga to Restore”

I have no complaints about any of these videos, and I am feeling more flexible every day. Today’s video, “Yoga to Restore,” was slow, but my body definitely needed it. It was very soothing and provided some deep stretches. I also repeated days 13 and 17 for fun. I just wanted a little more from my workout.

On Sunday, I went into Manhattan to visit my friend Brit. We went to MoMA to see A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde. It was a wonderful exhibit and featured works by El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich, two artists I really enjoyed while I was studying art history in college. We also saw Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction. It was a retrospective and I found it to be absolutely brilliant. I wish I had taken more pictures.

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For lunch, we went to a Korean BBQ place called Jongro. We had samgyeopsal, tteokbokki, and haemul pajeon. Everything was very authentic and delicious. We also wandered around a bunch of Korean cosmetics stores and went into H-Mart so I could buy some snacks I missed!

How is your week going?

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 18

Today, I did day 18 of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Pigeon Served Four Ways,” which was essentially four variations of pigeon pose (it also happens to be one of my favorites). It was really awesome for opening my hips; they were feeling rather tight from going to the gym last night. I felt quite rejuvenated after this video.

For breakfast, I had a spinach feta wrap. Then, my mom and I went out to do some shopping before work. At Kohl’s, I got some really nice socks to wear with my combat boots. At Marshall’s, I got a Betsy Johnson bag, an adorable electric blue bag, a new dress, and some beauty blenders. Everything together cost $54. After, we went to Applebee’s for lunch. I got the Thai shrimp salad, and it only had 390 calories.

I worked from 2:30 to 11 tonight. For a snack, I had a coconut almond Kind bar and for dinner, I had the zesty black bean chicken salad. When I got home, I was pretty hungry so I had some leftover beef and vegetables.

Also, I’d like to make a note that I REALLY REALLY wanted to stop for fast food on the way home. But I didn’t. Hell yeah, self control!

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 17

Today, I did day 17 of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Light Yoga Backbends.” Since my back causes me the most pain, this video was especially beneficial. Additionally, I’ve been trying to do wheel pose and bow pose every day to help strengthen my back. Today was the first day I was able to get my hips off the ground in bow pose! That made me incredibly happy.

I also spent thirty minutes on the elliptical today and upped both the resistance and the incline. I felt so energized when I was finished.

As far as food today, I had oatmeal and a banana for breakfast. For lunch, I had the veggie and rice bowl at work. When I got home, I had some leftover beef and vegetables for a snack. For dinner, I had a big salad with some pinto beans for protein. I also had a little bit of hazelnut chocolate as a treat.

I spent some time coloring in my adult coloring book and listening to music. I don’t think I could go a day without music; it is incredibly important for my sanity and helps me to relax. Today, I’ve been listening to the Cure, New Order, and Coheed and Cambria.

What kind of music do you listen to?

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 16

Today, I did day 16 of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Happy Yoga Lunges.” I have been feeling the burn all day, but my legs definitely feel good because of it. The stretches were deep and I had to concentrate on my breathing and balance.

After today’s video, Matt came over and we went to the gym together. We focused on arms and my lack of upper body strength is pretty sad. Going to work more actively on that, though. We also ended up playing shuffle board for a while. That was a lot of fun!

A little bit later, we took a drive to Windward Beach. It’s a really nice park by the water and we had some fun taking pictures.

We went to Point Pleasant and walked around a while, even though it was a little chilly. I got a yummy coconut smoothie and we wandered around an enormous antiques shop. Then, we stopped at a little tavern for a drink. We also shared a chicken caesar wrap and didn’t finish all the fries! It was hard because I wanted to stuff them all in my face, but I resisted.

For dinner, I had some salad and chicken soup. Tomorrow I have to be at work by 6:30 AM, so I’m probably going to pass out relatively soon. Today was such a wonderful day.

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 13

Today, I did the 13th day of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Yoga for Emotional Release.” In addition to being a physical workout, it was also a mental one. The instructor in the video explained that we hold a lot of our stress in our hips. While I did the hip opening poses, I tried to focus on things I wanted to let go of while I stretched. She also said to focus on relaxing your face and mouth because we tend to “swallow” our emotions. It was a very cathartic practice and I highly recommend watching this video.

For breakfast, I had a spinach feta wrap from work (we were throwing a lot out last night, so I took them home to freeze). Then, I went to the gym and used the elliptical for 25 minutes. I was going to do some weights as well, but another person came in and I ended up getting really self conscious.

When I got home, I had a coconut yogurt with some fresh blackberries. It was delicious! Right now, my mom is cooking some stuffed peppers and tomatoes with ground turkey. I can smell it from my room. Yum!

Later, I’m only working six hours and when I get out I’m going to go grab a drink with one of my coworkers because today is her last day with us. It should be a fun time.

What are some ways that you de-stress?

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 11

Before I write about Day 11 of my challenge, I just wanted to say what a wonderful day I had. I worked from 6 AM to 2:30 PM. My shift went smoothly and I got to work with people I like. My stress levels are surprisingly low and, because it was quite uncharacteristically warm out earlier, I drove home with the top down on my convertible. It was glorious.

Anyway, I did the 11th day of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Yoga for Open Shoulders.” Matt came over after work, so we did this video together. The poses were great for my shoulders and back after a long day at work. Having Matt with me so we can laugh at each other was fun, too.

After the video, we went to the gym together and did some exercises with weights. I have next to no upper body strength and that’s something I really want to work on. Then, we took a nice walk up to the lake in my community.

When we got back to my house, I made dinner for Matt and my mom (which never happens because Matt’s a chef and I’m really self-conscious about cooking for him.). I made garlic and basil quinoa with steamed broccoli, tofu (marinated in something Matt whipped up), and mushrooms with garlic. It was delicious and much better than I was expecting it to be.

After dinner, we watched Rush Hour and just hung out together until Matt had to go home.