21 Things to do Before 22

Ha. I’m a poet.

So my 22nd birthday is in approximately 2.5 weeks, and I thought I’d come up with a list of 21 things to do to round out my 21st year of life.

And… since I only have 16 days, I’m sticking with small things that will make each day a little more awesome leading up to my birthday. Not to mention final exams are only a month away and I’m trying to avoid being completely consumed with the crazy end of year projects professors love to assigns. Like the lovely 10 page paper due on Wednesday that I may or may not (letsbehonest not) have started.

01 // Paint my fingernails. Seems silly but it has been a shameful amount of time since these fingernails have seen a drop of polish, which is too bad because it’s fun to have crazy colored nails.

Fancy.

02 // Run a 5K. There’s a cheap one the weekend before my birthday that a couple of my friends are running, should be a good time!

03 // Make a REAL dinner. My dinners lately consist of frozen vegetables heated in a pan along with 2 fried eggs. Gets the job done but it’s not real exciting. I want to take a few extra minutes and actually plan a real meal. Bonus: leftovers.

I’m thinking this amazing looking bowl of goodness created by Elizabeth at Mackin’ Cheese will be made.

04 // Studio yoga. I’ve always wanted to take a yoga class at a studio instead of a gym, budget permitting, I want to take a studio class. If not, the yoga instructors on campus are awesome and I don’t mind taking class there!

05// Start a new book. Pleasure reading is not easy to do in college but I want to at least start a new book soon, if I make the effort to start it, odds are I will finish it eventually. Book recommendations are welcome!

06 // Bake something. I think some birthday cupcakes will be in order.

gluten free chocolate cupcakes

07 // Drink a shot of espresso. Straight. It might sound weird but this is something I’ve always wanted to do. I actually I’ve always wanted to throw back a shot of espresso like a shot of alcohol (I feel like that is a weird thing to want to do, but I have some strange desire to) but then I realized that espresso is hot and that might not be a smart choice.

Such a beautiful sight.

08 // Spontaneous mid day coffee. Those just make the week better don’t they?

09 // Design something for the blog. I have some ideas, I just need to spend some time with good old Adobe Illustrator.

10 // Buy a new vegetable. And try cooking with it, I get it in serious food ruts and nothing switches things up like figuring out how to cook something new. I also love a good excuse to explore the produce department at Earth Fare.

11 // Juice it up. I got a juicer for Christmas and I have used it a grand total of one time. Cleaning it out intimidates me, but I need to suck it up and enjoy some pretty veggie-filled juice.

homemade beet carrot apple ginger juice

 

12 // Break out the DSLR. I need a good excuse to bust out the DSLR to take pictures of something other than food.

13 // Grandfather Mountain dollar days. Assuming the weather decides actually act like spring, I want to go to Grandfather Mountain because during the month of April admission is only $2 for students, versus the usual $18, aka perfect time to go. I went for the first time last year and had a great time, time to go back! This would also help out with #12.

14 // Clean my room. Okay, not a fun activity but it needs to happen. A clean room makes me happy, just not the process of actually cleaning it.

15 // Best Body Bootcamp. I won a free entry for Tina‘s Best Body Bootcamp via a giveaway on Clare‘s blog. It starts tomorrow and I’m really excited. It’s basically going to force me to do strength training which I need, I’ve been seriously slacking in that department.

best body bootcamp

16 // Kick this tendonitis. I finally got my butt to the doctor about the pain behind my knee. The doctor thinks it’s probably tendonitis (of the Biceps Femoris tendon, if you’re nerdy like me and want to know the specific one). Thursday and Friday I went to the injury clinic and had some Electric Muscle Stimulation done to my hamstring. Things feel much better but it still hurts when I run, get better tendon!

17 // Random act of kindness for a stranger. Making other people feel better makes me feel better.

18 // Watch a Disney movie. Because I’m 21 going on 8.

19 // Buy a new candle. I love candles but I have lit one in way too long. Something about candle light is the most relaxing thing ever, and I need more of it in my life. This one will have to be on the down low though because my apartment complex doesn’t allow candles (lame right?).

20 // Get organized. This goes along with #14. My life is pretty much semi-organized chaos. Some days I get away with it, some days I’m running around my apartment with a minute to catch the bus trying to figure out where I put my student ID. Not a good habit.

21 // Have Fun. Not sweating the small stuff and living in the moment. That’s what’s important in life.

What’s something you want to do before your next birthday? 

Happy Easter!

Injuries Suck and a Brain Dump

Being injured is just a big pile of poo. My naggy back-of-the-knee pain will not go away and it is about to drive me crazy. It subsides a lot when I don’t run, but never completely away and when I think I’m safe to run again, BAM post-run it’s back.

injured

Okay, I’m being a little whiny, but I know you fellow runners/exercises/just generally active people feel my pain (pun somewhat intended). It stinks being side-lined by an injury and to be honest I’m not dealing with it too well, and it’s bumming me out a lot.

For one, I really hate sitting still, I mean I can laze around watching Food Network for hours (especially if Paula Deen is on) but there comes I point where I I have to get up and DO something to save my sanity. Two, I’m the worst injured person ever. Luckily I’ve never had any major injuries, but I usually just try to ignore the pain and keep on keepin’ on. Hey, I never claimed to be smart about injury prevention. And lastly I’ve got some big races coming up, races I really need to train for and I can’t, lamelamelame.

Okay, pity party over. Here’s what I’m doing to try to speed up recovery:

  • Ice, lots and lots of it
  • Stretching, trying to get back in the habit of regular yoga because I can tell my hamstrings/calves are tightttt.
  • Anti-Inflammatories, which is a big deal because I’m a hippie and will avoid taking pills for as long as possible. Desperation is sinking in.
  • Low impact exercises, I’ve been a spin class FREAK, I might even resort to the elliptical soon, yuck I hate that thing.

How do you keep your sanity when you’re injured? 

Time for a brain dump, AKA all that random thoughts that filter through my head on a daily basis.

  • I hate road closures, I’ve literally ran into 6 different ones since I’ve been home, why you gotta be so difficult to navigate Raleigh? 
  • BYOK>BYOL and by BYOK I mean Bring Your Own Kale, that should be a thing, because I totally would.

    I mean, I already put it in cupcakes

     

  • Forget Walgreens, there should be a Trader Joe’s on every corner. Pretty please.
  • Peanut butter fixes everything. I was making a tofu/veggie stir fry and couldn’t find a good asian-y sauce (is that even PC to say?) so I mixed in peanut butter with a little salt and pepper. Problem solved.
  • These need to get in my belly ASAP

  • You can totally judge a fro yo place by how good their chocolate flavor is.
  • 85% cacao, come on Joe, step it up, where’s my 100% at?
  • This afternoon I pulled up the wrong way to the gas pump and 5 different cars of people watched me get back in the car, start it up and turn it around. Sometimes my own intelligence just amazes me.
  • Tomorrow afternoon I will be on the beachhhhh. Well not exactly on the beach because it’s supposed to be in the 40s (ew) but beach adjacent.
  • Thrift Shop is the most relatable hip hop song I’ve heard in a while. I can’t relate to:

    But I can relate to shopping at a thrift store, oh so much.

  • Sorry for being horrible with keeping up one comments/reading/all forms of social media, I’ve been enjoying spring break by spending less time on the computer. I miss you guys but I’m enjoying being a little unplugged, I promise I’ll catch back up soon!

How do you deal with an injury?

What’s your brain brain dump for today?

Excitement {MIMM}

I hope you guys had a very marvelous Monday, I know I did. Thank youuuu spring break!


(Thanks Katie!)

Marvelous is… Sleeping for 9 WHOLE HOURS last night. Glorious doesn’t even begin to describe it. I can’t even tell you the last time I got more than 7 hours of sleep much less 9. Clearly sleep needs to be a bigger priority in my life.

Marvelous is… Pilates teacher training! I was at training all weekend (hence me being MIA) and I learned sooo much. I can’t wait to take everything I learned back to my classes, I feel like all the knowledge I gain is going to make my classes a million times better. It was such a great experience, I just have the Mat 1 training done, so I’m hoping to work my way through the rest of the trainings in the next year or so.

Pilates teacher training manual

And the studio I did the training at was absolutely beautiful, I will definitely have to take some classes there over the summer.

Marvelous is… Random frozen custard runs.

goodberry's frozen vanilla custard with chocolate chips
We went to Goodberry’s which is a local NC-only chain, but if you’re ever in the Triangle area go get yourself some. It’s soooo good. I got the vanilla custard with chocolate chips mixed in and it tasted like a straight up cup of Oreos. I love fro yo, but sometimes you just need some heavy-duty custard.

Marvelous is… Thai dinner on a Thursday night.

vegetarian thai food cha da thai

Some friends came to my Thursday night Pilates class and we ended up going out to dinner afterwards at Cha Da Thai (their the only Thai restaurant in town so it’s a good thing their food is good!) which was an awesome treat on a weeknight. I think I could eat Thai food any day of the week and be perfectly content.

Funny story is that they served me the completely wrong dish. I actually ordered the Pad Cashew with tofu (Sauteed with tomato-based red sauce, cashews, onion, carrot and bell peppers), but they gave me the Pad Khing Sod with tofu (Stir-fried with fresh ginger sauce, mushroom, onion, bell peppers, baby corn and carrot). Not even close, and I almost sent it back, but I ordered it last time I ate there and I remembered it being delicious so I ate it anyway. It was just as delicious the second time around, even if it wasn’t what I ordered.

Marvelous is… seeing this temperature while driving around town.

70 degree weather

Marvelous doesn’t even begin to describe. I’m so ready for warm weather again.

Marvelous is… That I’ll be at the beach in less than 2 days! It’s supposed to be super cold (like 45 degrees, what?) but I don’t even care. That just means I can spend all day in the aquariums :)

Marvelous is… a much needed yoga class. It’s been too long since I’ve been to one and I can tell my muscles were angry with me for it. The class actually ended up being a Yin-style class which was pretty awesome. Basically you hold poses that require very little  muscular effort for extended periods of time (we held poses for 3-4 minutes) to open up the joints and connective tissues. Wikipedia does a better job of describing it than I do if you want to learn more about the style. It was pretty different from most classes I’ve taken before but it was very peaceful and I really enjoyed it. I did miss my down dogs though.

Marvelous is… I GOT THE INTERNSHIP I INTERVIEWED FOR!!!!!! Excuse me while I squeal like a little girl. But eeeeeee!!! I’m so excited! I will be doing graphic design for the American Dance Festival this summer! It’s pretty much most perfect internship for me and I can’t believe I got it! I actually applied for it last year and didn’t get it, but tried again and it paid off! Cue the excited face:

excited faces

I was in the car on the way home from Boone when they called and told me I got the internship and I pretty much car danced the rest of the way home because I was so excited.

Tuesday Tangents

I can’t believe it’s only Tuesday, the week already feels crazy long. Since I didn’t get home until almost 10:00 pm (yikes) we’re going for an easy post, tangents it is!

  • Why do I also neglect yoga, I went to a class for the first time in weeks and it felt AMAZING. My body was yelling at me for not going sooner. So worth a skipped run, my muscles feel noodle-y and awesome

    yoga cat meme

  • 24 people came to my Pilates class! I usually get around 15, and there was actually a line waiting for class, which only ever happens for yoga and spin classes. It was a little crazy but the energy was so awesome, I hope everyone comes back next week!
  • I had a Smash Mouth’s “All Star” stuck in my head yesterday. I don’t know where it came from but it was not enjoyable.

    The 90s can keep Smash Mouth, I don’t miss them.

  • The bus driver was rocking out to some Justin Timberlake one the ride home yesterday. Sexy Back was played and I won’t pretend that it wasn’t a little bit awesome

    Oh Appalcart…

  • I’ve down a full jar of sunflower seed butter in 3 days. This is a problem. Mostly for my wallet because that stuff is twice as much as peanut butter. At least it makes my taste buds happy.
  • Today in my public speaking class we had to finish the prompt “If I were in charge of the world…” I talked about how I would make everyone vegetarians. I think I’d be the most unpopular world leader ever.

    I want a shirt with this on it ASAP please.

  • My legs are still tired from Sunday’s 8 mile run. Sad.
  • I realized I’ve been drinking too much coffee today when I couldn’t stop twitching. I’m glad the full-fledged caffeine-addiction is starting early this semester.

     

  • Tomorrow is hump day! Thank goodness.

What are your tangents today?

What’s you’re favorite band from the 90s?

What would you do if you were in charge of the world?

 

MIMM: Sweet Thanksgiving Freedom & A Little Yoga

Whew, today has been a busy day! Which is funny considering all my classes for the day were classes. Funny how that works.

Despite my Monday being a little crazy it has been pretty marvelous!

Thanks again to Katie for hosting every week!

Things making my Monday Marvelous:

  • No class! Redundant, but that always makes for a good day! Unfortunately I still had to take an online exam, but I think I did well on it, which makes that marvelous too!
  • This weekend’s Friendsgiving and my roommate’s birthday! And the amazing flourless chocolate cupcake recipe I made this weekend, too easy and too delicious, a dangerous combination. More on both of those tomorrow!

  • I got to teach a yoga class! It was the first yoga class I’ve ever taught and I think it went really well. Even though I’m not a yoga instructor I’m on the sub list and they needed someone last minute and I was happy to help! I really enjoyed and hopefully the people in class did too (all two of them, it was a hoppin’ class!). I’ve been thinking about doing yoga teacher training sometime after I graduate, but I haven’t decided yet, so we shall see…

 

  • And I had a good crowd come to my Pilates class, it was good day for teaching group fitness!

 

  • GINGERBREAD CLIF BARS! Nope I’m not excited about those at all.

So tasty.

  • I’m starting week 3 of my 10-miler training plan, my runs have been really good lately even though they’ve all been on the dreadmill and I’m hoping they stay good. Though we’ll see what happens when it’s snowing out and I have a 5+ mile run on the schedule…

  • I’m headed home tomorrow for Thanksgiving! Only one class stands between me and sweet Thanksgiving freedom. Well, and some silly little details like the fact I haven’t packed anything yet

Happy almost turkey tofurkey day!

What made your Monday Marvelous?

What are your Thanksgiving plans? We’re going to my grandfather’s in South Carolina!

Thankful Thursday & Yoga Lessons

Thankful Thursday

Thanks again Jessie for hosting this every week! I love taking a little time every week to really appreciate all the wonderful things in my life, because there are lots and I take far too many for granted.

  1. This morning I was thankful for free coffee. It sounds silly but it’s little things like a free coffee coupon that really brighten my day. It’s been a long week (though to be honest it’s only long because I’m so close to Thanksgiving break, not because I actually have that much to do) and this little morning pick-me-up was just what I needed.

    The perks of when bakeries sponsor races, free goodies!

    I’m also thankful for Larry because he makes the best coffee. Seriously. Best. Coffee. Ever. I went with the Frank Sumatra blend. Loved it.

  2. The holiday season. I know that sounds cheesy but there is something so wonderful about this time of year, I mean when you get rid of all the ridiculous holiday stress and consumerism. Everyone seems to be in a better mood and I see more people reaching out to those less fortunate and just spreading the love more in general. The hippie in me is a big fan.
    Okay, I’m also a Christmas light junkie and a big fan all things gingerbread. Sue me.
  3. The beauty of nature, and how much I’m surrounded by. I joke a lot about how tiny Boone is and how, um, “eclectic” some of the people are (though I don’t have much room to talk) but and even though we don’t have a Target, we do have these:
    And this:


    And I think that beats out a Target. Most days (: Now if I can only keep these images in mind when there’s a foot of snow on the ground this winter.

  4. Running. Running is something that has never come easy for me, I think that’s why I’m so drawn to it. Almost every run is a challenge but it allows me to both see and appreciate my progress. A year ago from this weekend I ran my first 5K and I finished in 37:00, and now I’m less than a minute away from breaking 30-minutes. Up until last fall I could barely run for 5 minutes straight and this spring I ran a 10K. It took me an hour and 9 minutes, but I didn’t give up and I’m thankful that running has given me a tool to appreciate the progress I’ve made and to constantly challenge myself.

Yoga Lessons

I’m officially halfway through my goal of practicing yoga everyday in November. The past couple weeks of yoga have been such a rewarding experience and has had such a positive impact on my day to day life. So I want to share a couple of things I’ve learned so far in my 15-day (and counting!) yoga streak.

  1. You have to make important things a priority. One of the reasons I’ve royally failed at incorporating more yoga into my life in the past is that I didn’t make it a priority. I learned that you have to make time for important things, that time won’t just magically appear, I know that’s pretty obvious but it took me a while to really figure that out. Some days I go to bed 30 minutes later than usual because I want to squeeze in some yoga. Does that mean 30 minutes less sleep? Yes, but yoga before bed helps calm down my mind so I sleep better anyway, it’s a trade-off I make because it works for me. Though in general, I don’t recommend prioritizing things over sleep (some day I’ll actually practice what I preach) unless you like really that sleep-deprived zombie look. I hear eye-bags are this seasons biggest trend.
  2. Just Breathe. Sometimes shit is hard, and it sucks. Kinda like chair pose. When things get tough just breathe, stay strong and they will get better.

  3. In relation to number 2, discomfort can be an asset because it allows us to find tension in our lives and breathe through it. I was doing a Hip Opening podcast from Yoga Journal and Jason Crandall said something to that extent during pigeon and it really struck a cord with me. Sometimes you have to look at problems in a positive light, think about what you’ve learned by persevering through them, and become stronger because of it.
  4. Sometimes it just feels really awesome to be upside down.Maybe it’s a little silly but it’s cool to see things from another perspective and all that blood rushing to your head is pretty energizing.

    But headstands are still really hard and I can’t do one without a wall. Working on it!

What are you thankful for?

If you do yoga, what has it taught you?

And because we’re one week out from Thanksgiving (where has the time gone!?!) what food are you most looking forward to eating next week? For me it’s a 3-way tie between pie, sweet potato souffle and roasted veggies!

Yoga Pants {WIAW}

Today is shaping up to be a pretty good day. One of my classes was cancelled so only had one class to go. And since my one class happened to be somatics, and my only other plans for the day are a workout, teaching Pilates and homework I feel that it’s totally acceptable for me to rock yoga pants for the entire day.

Real pants are overrated.

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

And good news is that I actually remembered to take pictures of what I ate this week… mostly.

6:30am

Can we just assume all breakfast pictures are recycled? I’m never in a coherent enough state of mind to actually remember to take a picture of it. Oatmeal does happen pre-coffee after all.

8:15am

Two fried eggs, nothing new here. I think I’ve eaten the same breakfast every morning since school started (3.5 months! Whoa). It keeps me full and it’s easy to make. I’m a big fan of the if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, and this breakfast is far from broken (:

11:00pm

I had an apple after my first class, which I forgot to take a picture of, but it was tasty. I got a big bag of organic apples at EarthFare over the weekend for $5, I’m a fan. I don’t remember what kind they are, but they are red and yellow and the name starts with a P.

I also had a little bit of lunch:

A salad with mixed greens (kale, chard and spinach I think?), sweet potato, chickpeas, and a little apple cider vinegar and pepper. My phone was dead when I ate this so I tried to discreetly snap a picture using my Macbook because I thought other people might not understand why I’m taking a picture of my salad. Nothing awkward about that.

12:15pm

I was inexplicably hungry yesterday afternoon so I munch on some dry roasted edamame (which is so dang addictive!) in my Dreamweaver class. I think protein makes looking at code for 2 hours more bearable.

With a USB drive on the side. The life of a graphic arts major, I’m always within an arm’s reach of some form of computer memory device!

2:00pm

This guy was SO GOOD. I ate it before my last class and I was anxiously awaiting it all day. I made sure to save this snack for last because nothing else I packed would compare (:

4:00pm

I had plans to hit up a yoga conditioning class at 6 so I just hung out on campus for a couple hours and got some homework done. Yay productivity!

I had a coffee…

and a hard-boiled egg to keep me company.

Just a heads up, mass amounts of caffeine is not recommended before a yoga class. Sometimes I make poor choices.

The yoga class was fun, it was a special class and not one typically offered and it focused on building core strength. I was expecting it to be more asanas and less core work, but I’m always down for a little core action and I always love classes like these because the the hardcore yoga lovers come out and the energy is always awesome.

And you should know I’m on day 14 of my yoga streak! Almost half way there!

7:45pm

After yoga I came home and had a pretty chill night at home. I just got some homework done and watched some New Girl and Parenthood. I’m way behind on both these shows so I don’t really know what’s going on, but that’s okay because I love them anyway.

 

Dinner was some more leftover chili with some greens to amp up the veggie factor. I really stink at getting in veggies during the day because they don’t travel so well so I try to make up for it at dinner. Speaking of veggies, I wasn’t quite satisfied after this bowl so I roasted up some more.

 

Roasted onions and brussel sprouts with lots of spicy brown mustard. I think brussel sprouts are my favorite vegetable to roast because they are SO GOOD roasted. I mean I like a brussel sprout anyway I can get it but roasting it just takes it to a whole other level. Delicious.

I also had a late night snack of a banana with too much peanut butter, because my appetite was raging yesterday. I guess it’s making up for a couple weeks ago when it virtually disappeared. Oh well, I’m going with it!

 

What’s your favorite condiment: I eat a pretty obscene amount of spicy brown mustard, I just love the stuff!

How do you get in veggies when you’re on the go? I’m seriously terrible at packing meals with enough veggies! Help me out!

MIMM: Running, Massages and Thanksgiving!

I’m not gonna lie, despite the dreary weather my Monday has been surprisingly marvelous. Gotta love it when that happens.

Thanks Katie for hosting!

  1. I finished my first week of training for the Tar Heel 10-miler! I’m loosely following Hal Higdon’s 15K training plan (loosely because I’m giving myself lots of time to build up my mileage since I haven’t been doing much running, and I have until April, wayyy more than 10 weeks). I also got in a 3 mile run before class this morning! We’ll pretend that my first class doesn’t start at 12:30pm. And I got to break out my new Old Navy exercise gear
  2. We did Trager massages in my Somatics class! It felt amazing! Especially because it was right after my run. Can massages be a mandatory post-run thing? If you’ve never heard of the Trager approach (because I definitely hadn’t) it’s based off using the body’s natural movements to relax the muscles. They do a much better job of explaining it here but basically it feels amazing.
  3. I realized I had leftover chili from this weekend and didn’t have to cook dinner. I love it when that happens.

    Even better that it was a cold and dreary day and chili is the perfect rainy day food.
  4. In my Entrepreneurship class we learned about an organization called Kiva and they’re pretty awesome. It’s such a cool way to help people out and organizations like that just warm my heart. Yes, I’m a huge sap. Check them out if you haven’t heard of them!
  5. No one showed up to my Pilates class ): Okay, that’s not at all marvelous, but I’ve been pretty exhausted all day and while I absolutely love teaching Pilates, it definitely would not have been my best class. So while it stinks that no one showed up, it’s nice to have a break and it doesn’t hurt that I get paid for the class regardless of whether anyone shows.
  6. EIGHT DAYS UNTIL THANKSGIVING BREAK! I’m a little excited, if you couldn’t tell. 
  7. I had a this really delicious granola bar as a snack today:
    It was super tasty and of course I love anything pumpkin-spiced flavored, I’m a healthy living blogger after all!
  8. I had a really fun weekend, which I’ll recap tomorrow (and I ran a 5k which I owe you a recap of!). It made waking up Monday morning a little more bearable.
  9. My yoga streak is still going strong! I’m up to 12 days so far! My muscles feel fantastic and I feel way less stressed and just so much better all-around. There’s a special Yoga Condition class being offered on campus tomorrow and I heard from one of the yoga teachers that it’s going to be a butt kicker. I’m super excited! My yoga needs a good kick in the butt!

    Psh, I can totally do that…
  10. My roommate’s birthday is this weekend and we’re having a Friendsgiving celebration! I’m excited! We’re doing it potluck style and I haven’t decided what I’m making but I’m definitely bringing cranberry sauce. The can-shaped kind, which is the ONLY kind in my opinion (:

     

    Are you a canned cranberry sauce fan? I think the ridges make it tastier (:

    What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? I need some ideas!

    What made your Monday Marvelous

Thankful Thursday #2

Thanks to Jessie for hosting this awesome link up!

The AppalCart

Oh public transportation, what a love/hate relationship we have. The bus can be a huge pain in my booty but I really am incredibly grateful for it. It helps me save on gas and gets me to campus when there is 6 inches of snow on the ground but Appalachian still hasn’t cancelled classes.

It would be funny if it weren’t so true.

I’m also really thankful to the bus driver I had this morning. I was walking across my apartment complex to the bus stop and saw that the bus was already there, so I figured it I missed it and would have to wait for the next one, but the bus driver saw me and waited for me. I was so grateful that I didn’t have to stand in the cold for another 15 minutes to wait for the next bus.

Yoga

I’m on day 8 of my yoga streak and it has been such a positive addition to my day. This morning I woke up early to catch an 8AM yoga class an campus and it was an amazing class. The instructor is awesome (she actually led my Pilates and yoga training!) and focused the class around self-love and honoring your body instead of trying to fight it. I loved the message because I could definitely use a little more self-love in my life and it was a great mantra to re-inforce in my day. I also loved starting the day off on such a positive note.

Coffee

My sleep habits have been terrible lately and I think the only thing keeping me alive is the constant stream of coffee I’ve been drink this past week. Except that I haven’t had any today, so I’ll go ahead and apologize if this post is not at all coherent. I blame  midnight granola making and early morning yoga classes, probably not the best combination. I also blame that whole class thing that university requires me to do everyday, so silly. But thank you coffee for making sure I don’t have the personality of a grumpy old man every morning.

Green Vegetables

I’m also thankful for green vegetables because the help my body recoop after not enough sleep and too much coffee. Hence the blog title (thanks Caitlin for reminding me!).

Voting!

Too bad I voted absentee and didn’t get a sticker this year ):

Election season turns America into a country of condescending and grumpy people, and I wouldn’t be upset if we decided to do away with all the political ads, but how awesome is it that we get to elect the people in government? Whatever arguments or criticisms you may have about how much impact we really have in elections and other political matters, we have a hell of a lot more power than most countries.

I’m also really thankful my family is coming to see me on Saturday! I haven’t been home in a month and it will be so good to see them! Well, minus one brother who will be slaving away at Trader Joe’s. They rarely get the chance to come see me because of the drive so I like have the chance to take them around Boone. Plus it’s supposed to warm up this weekend, which I’m also thankful for.

Creating Good Habits & A Yoga Streak

I’m freaking OUT right now! I’m just a ball of stress sitting here watching election coverage. I won’t get into politics (though if you’ve read my blog long enough I’m sure my political stance is pretty obvious or you could just watch my twitter). It’s crazy how close it is! I’m taking a break from nail bitting and pulling my hair out to write this post. Eep, I’m going to be up all night!

Did I mention it’s my first presidential election? This is stressful! Anyway, onto a calmer subject!

Lately I’ve been working on creating better habits. You should know I’m a pretty lazy person. Yes I love working out and being active, but I have a bad habit of  sitting around like a bump on a log (that makes me like an 80-year old woman. I’m okay with that) and being all around unproductive when I’m not in class or at the gym.

 

I’m trying to work on changing this, I waste so much time doing silly unfulfilling things like watching 4 straight hours of Chopped (I don’t even like Chopped that much, why do I do this?). Not that I’m against taking time to relax and unwind, taking time for yourself is so vital to your mental (and subsequently physical) health, but there are much more productive ways of doing so.

So in November I’m working on creating better, less lazy habits for myself. My first new habit? Daily yoga. Remember Courtney‘s October Yoga Challenge that I kinda sucked at? Well I’m going to try to make up for it. My Somatics class actually inspired this idea (FYI Somatics is a study of mind/body connections and different bodyways, it’s a super hippie class and I love it!). My class is doing a daily practice project, basically we pick a daily practice of our choosing (anything from meditation to foam rolling, etc.) and do it everyday for one month. I chose yoga.

I’m using a daily yoga practice as a jumping off point for creating better habits. Yoga gives me just as much, if not more, stress relief than watching hours of Food Network (Paula Deen shows excluded, nothing beats Paula Deen, nothing). Yoga is more productive and has been helping me sleep better, when I don’t make the mistake of doing a Power Flow podcast before bed (bad decision).

So far, I’ve got a 6 day yoga streak going! I’m really proud of this because I feel that I get a lot of really awesome ideas but never actually carry them out and I really want to change that. I could get so much more done if I cut out the crap in my day. Not to mention it’s so refreshing to feel on top of things for once!

I want to try to add in more good habits as November progresses, like daily journaling. If you guys have any ideas for productive habits/things that have worked well for you please let me know! I would love to hear about them!

Do you have some kind of daily practice?

What are some good habits you have (or what are some bad ones you want to change)?

Are you following (or followed) election coverage?

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