Balancing the Bliss


sunset yoga in an empty park

Yup, I totally went home yesterday and did an hour of yoga. It was totally blissful.

Well, almost totally.

My body hurt, and my flexibility and balance aren’t what they used to be (it’s been almost nine months since I’ve done any yoga) but I felt centered and at peace.

After that, I found a fun package had arrived…


playing with my new E.L.F. makeup

Got an amazing deal on ELF make-up last week, so I made myself look pretty before going to have dinner with the boy šŸ™‚

I made some tacos from meat I’d pre-cooked and froze.


grass fed beef lettuce tacos with avo and homemade salsa

SO good, and fast since the meat just needed to be reheated.

We jumped to a different country with the second course…


the boy's udon soup veggies

He brought home his leftover soup from lunch for us to share. It was really tasty! Zucchini and carrots and onions and tofu(?) and chicken in a mellow broth. I was a fan.

Had a cup of chamomile tea after doing the dishes; I’ve never tried it before and it made me so freaking tired! Apparently it works. I knocked out right quick.

I still didn’t want to wake-up this morning though. I blame the rainy, gray weather. Happy that I mixed up something for breakfast last night so all I had to do was cook it.


pumpkin protein... pancake?

Okay, so this definitely came more muffin-y than pancake-y, but it was still pretty good. I think reducing coconut flour to 1 T instead of 2 would fix it.

  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 2 (or 1) T coconut flour
  • 1/4 c pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • cinnamon
  • packet of stevia
  • water (maybe 2-3 T?)

Mix everything together until it is the consistency of thick pudding (adjust water accordingly). Spoon 1/2 the batter into greased pan over medium heat. Allow one side to brown (about 2 minutes) then flip and cook for an additional minute. Repeat.

I’m glad I ate a large breakfast (well for me anyway) this morning because the gym was another doozy today. Trainer switched our normal Friday time to today so I didn’t have the chance to “play this morning by ear”… I just had to get up and go!

Warm-up: 2.5 mile bike ride, 2 minute treadmill

  • roundhouse kicks (20 rep/leg, 3 sets)
  • underhand lat pull down (15 rep, 3 sets)
  • TRX reverse flys (15 rep, 3 sets)
  • benchpress (12 rep, 3 sets)
  • stair-stepper (1:30, 3 sets)
  • one arm, kneeling rows (15 rep, 3 sets)
  • SPRINTS (1:15, 6 sets)
  • chest fly (12 rep, 3 sets)
  • decline bosu push-ups (18 rep, 3 sets)
  • alternating bicep curls (15 rep, 3 sets)
  • tricep press (15 rep, 3 sets)

Cool down: 20 minute treadmill, 1 mile bike ride

Luckily my protein pancakes sustained me and I didn’t get hungry for my Quest Bar until 11:30ish. I definitely was happy to have something sweet… I dreamt about eating a chocolate bar last night!

Today at work I’m happy to report I’ve finished all my formatting duties… Now you can buy the book!

That’s right. My name is right there on Amazon! And it’s cheap. The book is filled the science behind how your body works and how to deal with different problems naturally. These are the same principles I’ve been using for the past eight months. If you or anyone you know is struggling with health problems of any kind, including trying to lose weight, I highly recommend buying this book and following the steps. Yeah, buying supplements sucks and I know I bitch all the time about not being able to eat everything I want, but the truth of it is that I struggled with a lot of health issues (migraines, digestive issues, fatigues) in addition to my emotional ones (the whole bipolar fun) and doctors could never give me helpful answers other than to draw my blood a lot, find inconclusive results and pump me full of pills. I’m happy to say that I don’t take any medications other than my supplements and haven’t been sick in MONTHS. So if you’re interested in giving it a shot, or know someone else who might be, check out this book: Kick Menstrual Cramps in the NutsĀ Ā  Or at least like it on Facebook and follow the author (my trainer and boss) on Twitter

The book is really entertaining and a bit raunchy (he used to be a stand-up comedian) so if you’re easily offended, you can check out the PG version: Done With Menstrual Cramps and like it on Facebook

Is this the only way? Absolutely not. Just like I will never tell anyone they should eat only vegan, or only paleo, or cut out food groups, or exercise like a mad man; you have to find what works for you. I’m just here to try and give you options šŸ™‚

That’s also the message of our film: Why Am I So Fat?

check it out if you haven’t yet!

Just got the finalized course map for Saturday; it’s no longer some far off idea of running a 5k (that’s now a 7k) through some mud. This is happening in less than 48 hours. And there are ropes to climb.


I don’t think I’ve ever successfully climbed a rope.


I’ll just keep chanting my focal point mantra from my tree pose yesterday…

“I am strong, sexy and confident.”

More chamomile anyone?


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