30 Day Yoga Challenge

Wow, I’m VERY late in reporting the results for this challenge!  As much as it pains me to admit – I did not quite make it through the full 30 days.  In truth I managed to do about 20 days.   Some days I would tell myself I’d do it later and then I would forget.  Often times I’d go for my run or do Boot Camp and then have full intention of doing yoga afterwards but would come home, get caught up in whatever and hit the shower getting ready to start my day before realizing I didn’t do my poses.

I have to say that even without completing the challenge – I enjoyed my yoga sessions.  It was kind of calming and even with the 1000th millimeter improvement of flexibility I felt better.  I especially enjoyed the hip openers, any and all poses that included the lower body and will definitely continue to incorporate those and the corpse pose a few times a week.

Aside from the actual poses, I very much enjoy the message that yoga delivers.  It’s all inclusive and respectful of where your mind and your body is at this particular moment.   Some teachers were flowy with fluffy hand movements while others were no nonsense and got down to brass-tax.  Those (not surprisingly) were my favorite.  I’m neither flowy nor graceful and to picture my hands floating like a bird’s wings to the ground was too much for this yogi-in-training.   While not all classes were my cup of green tea – that’s ok, I had fun.

So my 30 Day Yoga Challenge, while not numerically a success, was done with pure of heart and mind.  Namaste.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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Quote of the week

Courtesy of our friends at Runner’s World

Running gives freedom. When you run you can determine your own tempo. You can choose your own course and think whatever you want. Nobody tells you what to do.

Nina Kuscik, marathoner

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Chicken Ole!

In an effort to break out of my cooking rut I created Chicken Ole!  It’s a healthy Mexican-inspired, dish that cooks quickly and tastes delicious!

 

 

Ingredients

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken tenders
1 jar medium salsa (if you are not a fan of spicy, use mild)
1/2 white onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
salt and pepper
Pam spray

Cooking Instructions

Season chicken with salt and pepper
Place a skillet on a medium-high burner
Coat skillet with Pam spray
Add garlic and onion – saute until soft
Add chicken, cook until browned on both sides
Add salsa and bring to a light boil
Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20-25 minutes (or until chicken is cooked through and sauce has thickened slightly)
Serve over brown rice and add a green salad to round out the meal

Optional:  add diced avocado or a dollop of reduced fat sour cream.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Salad In A Jar

Have you heard of a salad in a jar?  Well, apparently it’s the next new thing.  You simply layer your salad dressing and other ingredients in a jar or  a tall, narrow Tupperware container and store it in the fridge for a grab and go lunch.   The best part is you can make a few days’ worth of lunches in individual jars and have a healthy lunch ready in a snap – just don’t let the dressing touch the lettuce or else you’ll end up with an icky soggy salad jar.

Here’s how to make your very own salad in a jar:

  • Place salad dressing of choice to the bottom on  your jar or container
  • Layer hard or crunchy veggies (carrots, cucumber, radishes)
  • Add protein (chicken, beans, etc.)
  • Top with lettuce, spinach or salad greens of choice
  • Cover tightly with lid and place upright in fridge
  • When you’re ready to eat your lunch, turn your jar upside down (with the lid still on) to mix the dressing with your salad

Here’s the one I made this morning – YUM!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Vacation Active-ities

Our family recently (so recent as I’m still here) vacationed in Maui.  I love the islands of Hawaii so much so that I often spend much of my vacation thinking of ways to extend our trip an extra day or two!

Normally I spend a lot of time on the beach or floating a bit in the ocean.  (Having seen the movie Jaws at a young age really screwed with any chance of my being able to truly enjoy being in water over my waist.)

This time, however, would be different.  The first few days at the beach I did a lot of sitting and some floating.  When we rented the stand up paddle boards my ocean fearing self  was ready to go.  Possessing balance and upper body strength is useful in this endeavor so I figured I would be ok.  Actually looking down  into the blue-green waters of the Pacific ocean is what caused my little heart to go pitty-patt.  (Side note: I know it’s the ocean and I know there are sharks and critters all around us, I just prefer they not be directly underneath me at that particular moment.)

My biggest fear was falling in the big blue ocean and not being able to get back up on the board.  So when I fell into the ocean I quickly scrambled my tasty morsel of shark bait right back on the board.  As I got more comfortable on the board I became less wobbly and a teensy less anxious.  I came in after a bit, sat on the beach, watched the kids and ventured back out.  Each time I started out a bit nervous but that went away quickly and I started to actually look down and appreciate how lovely the ocean is.  Every now and then I’d have a quick moment of, ‘what was that?’ but since I didn’t see anyone else swimming quickly to shore I’d keep going.

This shred of confidence carried over.  At the beach the next day I pulled on a mask and ventured out in the ocean.  I swam around, floated and decided to do some ‘laps’ in the ocean.  I swam up and down the beach (not very far from shore) practiced my freestyle, breast stroke, some backstroke and even some Phelps-inspired butterfly.  I spent a lot of time back in the ocean that day – getting comfortable being in the water that much.   Now before you can say ‘it’s a miracle’ I did set down some ground rules.

1.  I needed ‘buffer bodies’.  If there weren’t any snorkelers, surfers, or other people swimming between me and the open ocean I’d wait until there were some out there.  I don’t want to be the only item on the menu.

2. Snorkelers like to swim with and around sea creatures.  And they want to share their findings with others.  If I heard anyone say ‘ come check out these cool turtles and the reef shark’ I was outta there.

So with my ‘out’ in place, I slowly learned to enjoy swimming and playing in the ocean.  Each day at the beach I got a little bolder  and spent more time in the water.  So not only was I having a great time, I was also more active.  And you know I like that.

Whether I can get that comfortable in the chilly waters off the coast of Northern CA is another story, but you can bet your sandy bottom that when we come back to the islands I’ll be ready to go!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂