Tales from the Mat: Dharma Studio (Classes 2 – 11?)

When I started this blog, I promised myself I’d write every day Monday through Friday, which I’ve since realized is a lofty goal. Live and learn I suppose, right? Truckista is definitely taking up more of my time, as is life in general, but I’d still like to keep a regular schedule. On that note, if you haven’t checked out Truckista yet, please do (just don’t do it hungry)!

Now that that’s out of the way, I’d like to tell you about what I have been doing. Yoga! Yep, that’s right, I’ve actually lost count of how many classes I’ve taken at Dharma Studio. This is the best yoga practicing streak I’ve ever had and I have a few things to thank for that. I don’t want to pat myself on the back too much yet, since it hasn’t even been 30 days, but if you’re searching for the same motivation I have right now, here are a few key things that are helping me.

1. a good studio

While I think this is really only half the battle, having found a place where I’m comfortable and feel like I’m actually learning something is key. I’m sure they’ll probably continue to grow, but the small class sizes at Dharma are great. Having personal attention is really helpful (even if sometimes I’d rather blend in) and the instructors actually remember my name.

2. a good buddy

They always say having someone to motivate you can make a huge difference in sticking with any sort of workout program and I think that’s true. While I get lots of support and motivation at home from Chris, having an actual yoga buddy has been a tremendous help. Knowing I’m not the only one setting an alarm for the 9:30 AM class on Saturday mornings and knowing I’ll have to tell her if I cancel keeps me from doing so.

3. a short-term goal

While the benefits of yoga are endless, having a trip planned to Mexico in May has been a great motivator for me lately. While I know yoga isn’t exactly going to give me a bikini body in a month, slowly getting stronger still aides in my confidence and motivates me to want to be healthier all around … and of course … thinking about tank tops definitely helps ease the burning biceps when I’m trying to do chaturanga.

I know none of this is really earth shattering, but I still find it helpful. A good combination of these factors has kept me going for the last few weeks and hopefully it will continue.

 

Super Garlicky Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I visited Tom Colicchio’s restaurant Colicchio and Sons once during Restaurant Week in New York City and had some of the best brussels sprouts I’ve ever tasted.  Since then, I’ve tried to make my own delicious version.  Thankfully, my fiancé has never had Mr. Colicchio’s sprouts, so he thinks mine are the best.  Win. Continue reading

Warning: living your life could cause cancer

I’ve been seeing this photo of a warning sign at Mc Donald’s floating around the internet for the last few days and it’s starting to make me angry.    Earlier this week someone posted it on former The Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michael’s Facebook Wall, which currently has nearly 5,000 comments, 10,000 likes and 13,000 shares.  Whoa.

This warning is in reference to California’s Proposition 65, which you can read more about here.  It was basically created to warn Californians of chemicals known to cause cancer.  Here’s the thing; the common reaction I keep seeing to this sign is “OMG, McDonald’s food is crap. Don’t eat this food or feed it to your kids.”  While that is a valid reaction to McDonald’s food for other reasons, it should not be due to this warning.  As a matter of fact, if you’re going to stop eating McDonald’s food because of this warning, you should also skip anything that has been browned and probably go ahead and adopt a raw diet too. Continue reading

Off to a reasonably good start

After just ten days, I’m back down to my pre-holiday, five-pounds-lighter self.  Woo.  While five pounds in ten days is hardly epic, I’m happy to have accomplished this by simply trying to get my habits as back to normal as possible.  For the most part that involves avoiding lots of carbs and massive amounts of sugar as well as nightly walks after dinner.  That’s it.

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