Hot (Yoga) Love

A while back I mentioned that I had finally tried hot yoga and that I would be blogging about it. Well I thought now was a fitting time to write the post as I have finished my unlimited month and have continued attending classes at least once a week since then! I have been attending hot yoga at a Moksha studio here and St. John’s. I absolutly love it and have learned so much about myself from practicing hot yoga, here are just a few of the many things I have learned over the past few months: 

 

You can never own enough towels – honestly I can’t believe the dramatic change in the amount of towels I go through since starting hot yoga.

Being present – one teacher in particular really makes you think with the things he talks about during class mainly during shavasana he talks about letting go and just being there in the moment and by some miracle I am able to just that. 

Relaxation is key – I used to go to yoga to stretch out my muscles from running, I now go to get a little peace and quiet during my hectic week. For that time I am completely relaxed and enjoying the quiet and the moment. 

Sweating has never been so cleansing – I never knew how clean you could feel after sweating THAT much. 

My hips are insanely tight – no matter how many times I stretch them they are still tight. Therefore I have decided my favourite poses are pigeon and thread the needle. 

I’m not as good as I thought I was – doing yoga in 40+ degrees makes it a lot harder. I always thought I was flexible but this has been an incredibly humbling experience for me. I struggle and it’s hard but I am okay with that, it’s a judgement free zone in the studio. One day I’ve mastered something and the next day I am back to square one with it, it’s always a work in progress which is what makes it so challenging. 

It has made living with a running injury bearable – it has actually helped my back in my opinion in terms of developing my core strength and weak glutes. Aside from the physical benefit I also I have a lot of anxiety about not being able to run and I have found redirecting the energy into yoga has helped me come to terms with the fact that I am injured, but that as with anything this to shall pass. 

The most important thing I have learned from hot yoga is to just relax and make time for yourself. I now view yoga very differently then I did a few months ago, I find it takes away all anxiety and just relaxes me entirely when I leave. I feel like a better person, ready to take on whatever may come my way. 

 

Have you tried hot yoga? Any particular style? 

What is your favourite pose? 

A Spooky Time

Last night we hosted our annual Halloween Party last year’s was such a success I couldn’t wait to do it all over again! We decked the house out in full Halloween decor and I spent the entire day in the kitchen cooking up some spooky delights. 

 

I made guac with a spider web of greek yogurt: 

 

 

My pumpkin cheeseball, pumpkin donuts (though I won’t share the recipe because I haven’t perfected it yet), bat wings, mummie dogs (hot dogs split in half and wrapped in crescent rolls to look like mummies with eyes dotted with chili sauce), and halloween bark (recipe below). The food as usual was a hit, everyone really seemed to enjoy it. We all had so much fun and there were so many great costumes. I went as Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Bruce went as a western bartender. 

 

 

Everyone had such great costumes, we had a big turn out so overall it was a really fun night! Today was spent cleaning up and recovering, a sign of a great night! :) 

 

Halloween Bark

Ingredients

  • 2 bags of semi sweet chocolate chunks 
  • 10 golden oreos chopped
  • 15 – 20 pretzels chopped 
  • candy corn (20ish pieces)

 

Melt 1 bag of chocolates in microwave stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Spred melted chocolate out over a parchment covered cookie sheet. Press chopped oreos and pretzels into it and then place in freezer until hardened. Melt second bag of chocolate and pour over top of first layer, then press candy corn into the chocolate and freeze again until hardened. When done break into pieces by hand! 

 

Workout Plan Oct 29 – Nov 4 

I started a bootcamp with work last week that I am loving so far! Also still haven’t been given the all clear to run, maybe this week with any luck! 

Mon: Bootcamp 

Tues: Elliptical (interval)

Wed: Bootcamp 

Thurs: Swim + Body Pump 

Fri: Elliptical (progression)

Sat: Elliptical (long)

Sun: Yoga 

 

How did you celebrate Halloween this year? Did you dress up? 

How was your workout week? 

Anyone ever participate in a bootcamp? 

A Resolution

I am still alive :) It has been a crazy few weeks and continues to be insanely busy! Between work, a very big exam, birthdays, celebrations, working out, and many other things I have barely had time to sleep in the last month. I am loving every second of it though and just enjoying the ride. 

 

Despite my insane life the past month I have not been slacking in the workout area of my life. I have become the cross-training QUEEN! I have not run since Aug 27, until this moment I didn’t realize it had been that long, wow. This has got to have been the longest training break ever for a non-injury. Anyways I have logged a ton of miles on the elliptical, body pump twice a week most weeks, spinning, swimming and hot yoga as much as possible. I have been committed to physio and not running and I am told it is working and my back is returning to normal. My physiotherapist told me a week and a half ago (not counting at all) I should be able to start running again in 2 – 3 weeks. So I am REALLY hopeful I get the all clear this week. 

 

I am so hopeful in fact that I signed up for a race today for a little extra motivation, I will be running the Resolution Run 5K on New Year’s Eve. Now before you think I am throwing all this rest out the window it’s only a 5k and it’s over 2 months away! I should be able to train to 5K by that point, I will not be pushing to PR I just want to run this race on one of my favourite holidays with a smile on my face with a few of my girlfriends. This will be the first race I have ever run with friends and I am REALLY excited for it. I plan to run this race then go home and get dolled up for dinner and drinks with friends to ring in 2013. I think it will be an amazing way to start the year, hopefully injury free and ready to tackle my half-marathon goal that I so badly wanted this year. 

 

 

That being said we still have a ton of time left in 2012 and I plan to enjoy every second! :) My workout plan for this week is below, tons of yoga because it is my last week of my unlimited membership, so sad! 

 

Monday: Elliptical (easy) + Body Pump + Yin Yoga 

Tuesday: Swimming + Hot Yoga 

Wednesday: Elliptical (Interval)

Thursday: Spinning + Body Pump 

Friday: Run (easy) (I hope) + Hot Yoga 

Saturday: Elliptical (progression) + Bliss Flow Yoga 

Sunday: Hot Yoga 

 

Also just wanted to mention that I am officially drinking the Apple kool aid – I just switched from PC to a new Macbook Pro (a very lovely work reward). I am still figuring it out but thought I’d ask : 

What are your favourite aps / tools in general and for blogging on a Mac? 

Any locals doing the resolution run? Registration price goes up after tmw! 

Party Like It’s Prohibition: A Roaring 20’s Gala

Last Saturday night we celebrated Bruce’s 30th Birthday with a theme party, I love a good theme! Smile The theme was a roaring 20’s gala to celebrate the end of his 20’s! We had everyone dress 20’s style, it was a fabulous time and everyone looked amazing. I don’t know how anyone planned anything before Pinterest. haha All my little detail ideas came from there and I am so excited to share them with you all. Smile Lets jump in!

 

The invitation I created myself in Microsoft Publisher, I downloaded the fonts from dafont they are called Upper East Side and Riesling.

 

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I rented out a local bar to give us tons of room. It of course had a rental feeling to it but I did my best to give it a 20’s feel with all black and white decorations with colourful tea lights on each table and the lights off to give the room that dark prohibition feel (lights on still below). Each table also had a deck of cards on it, for a game of black jack of course! Winking smile We played 20’s music throughout the night mixed in with lots of modern tunes as well.

 

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For food I went strictly 2012, with the usual fruit, veggie, cookies, sandwich and cheese trays. Plus hot appetizers including wings, stew and rolls, meatballs, buffalo chicken egg rolls and philly cheesesteak egg rolls. As usual I made sure no one left hungry!

 

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The custom sign was generously made by a friend of Bruce’s who owns a sign shop. He did such a great job!

 

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Of course no party is complete without an amazing cake, this one was no exception! (pictures of the cake table and cake below) The sign with quote from Humphrey Bogart was an idea from Pintrest that I recreated. I also framed the invitation for everyone to sign as a keepsake to remember his 30th birthday, I am going to hang it in our bar (the mat that I used for signing was from Micheal’s)!

 

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The Problem With The World Is That Everyone Is A Few Drinks Behind – Humphrey Bogart

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I accidently left my camera on a panoramic setting as you can tell! Smile Opps!

 

The absolute highlight of the night was the photobooth I set up. Bruce’s sister is a photographer and also made the cake, she was an amazing help to me with this party! I was so excited when she agreed to do a photobooth. Everyone went through so much trouble to get dolled up that I thought it would be great if they had a professional picture to remember the night with – needless to say it was a hit! Smile 

 

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Those are just a few of the 150 + pictures she took! Smile It was such a laugh I bought tons of fun props and the background is actually a black shower curtain believe it or not. haha I didn’t want to risk one of her professional backgrounds getting damaged!

 

This party was a ton of work in all honestly but you only turn 30 once and I wanted to make sure he remembered it! I am so pleased with how it turned out and though it was a lot of work it was also a lot of fun to plan. I love getting into the details of things – I think it really makes a regular party more special!

 

We danced, we ate, we laughed and we ate cake. An amazing night with amazing friends and family! Smile 

 

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How did you celebrate your 30th? Or other milestone birthday?

Ever attend a roaring 20s party?

Week in Review

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I haven’t run now in 2 weeks, not gonna lie it’s been strange. Unlike my other injuries I am not actually in terrible pain so it seems weird to me to have to take time off. This week was productive in both workouts and injury treatment. I had a very frank discussion with my physiotherapist about my history of injuries and we’ve come up with what I think is a great treatment plan. I am hopeful and excited, I will get stronger and healed and come back with a bang! This week was not exactly what I planned but I had 4 sweaty workouts and they were great.

 

Tuesday I did 30 min on the elliptical at home while watching 4 weddings. It was my first time ever seeing this show and I was mesmerized by the ridiculousness. Haha 30 minutes flew!!

Wednesday was a tough spinning class. I pushed myself and it was so good! Love this instructor.

Thursday I got to go back to my favorite pool for my morning swim. It was great but I discovered the later I leave the busier the pool gets, by the end I was sharing a lane with 4 people. Note to self get there early! I swam 2200 m in 40 minutes.

Sunday I did an interval workout on the elliptical with a friend so the 6.55 miles in an hour flew by, I think that’s the most miles I’ve ever clocked on the elliptical.

 

Overall, a great week! I am starting to find my favorite classes and schedule again. Rather then wing it each week I am going to try coming up with a schedule of which classes I want to attend in body pump and spinning and attend them each week. I am playing around with my schedule still so it’s a work in progress. Plan this week:

Monday: Body Pump + elliptical

Tuesday: Spinning

Wednesday: Body Pump + elliptical

Thursday: Swimming

Friday: Elliptical

Saturday: Elliptical

I am joining hot yoga for a month unlimited so when I do that this week hopefully I’ll throw in a few hot yoga classes in here. This week will have to be a bit flexible though, we have a major hurricane on the way and Bruce’s 30th birthday is this week so I am planning dinner and cake on his actual birthday and a roaring 20′s gala for Saturday night. It’s going to be a crazy week! :)

Any 4 weddings fans?

How was your week?

Anyone else love hot yoga?

Hiking Signal Hill

Last weekend Bruce and I went on a beautiful hike of Signal Hill. I haven’t hiked it in years and forgot how hard the climb up the stairs actually is. It was a great hike and a beautiful day, I will leave you with a wordless post of our journey! : )

 

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Any locals hike Signal Hill regularly? Do you go up or down the hill?

Any hiking fans out there?

Bacalao – Newfoundland Cuisine With A Twist

Late last week we celebrated Bruce’s mom’s birthday by going out to dinner at local restaurant Bacalao. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I had been to Bacalao once before for brunch a few years ago and wasn’t impressed. However, dinner was a whole other experience.

I started off with a glass of Italian Pinot Grigo – it was perfect. Not too dry not too sweet just the way I like it.

 

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For my appetizer I had Bacalao fritters – breaded salt cod with potatoes and a small salad on the side. It was perfect, I was concerned it would be too salty but it wasn’t at all. They were very flavorful.

 

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For my main I had Penne and Moose sausage pasta. It was a huge portion but I managed to eat all of it. The sausage was a pleasant change from the normal pork sausage. It was complimented perfectly with a spicy sauce, I asked for mine to be cooked to medium spiciness and I would hate to try hot, it was SPICY! :)

 

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Overall I really enjoyed our visit to Bacalao, I will definelty be back.

Any locals try Bacalao before? Thoughts?

Anyone every try moose or salt cod? I think they’re a mostly Newfoundland thing!

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Review of a Week Not Running

As mentioned yesterday I am making some changes, and I started making these changes last week after a failed run on Monday.

Monday I managed 3.4 miles in 40 minutes after a body pump class and I was in pain. Body pump was great but the run was not. I decided then to take a few days off.

Tuesday I took it easy and Bruce and I walked my normal 3 mile running route in an hour in the evening. It was a gorgeous night out, I love this weather!

 

 

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Wednesday I was up bright and early for a morning swim. It was 50m lengths instead of the normal 25m I am used to and it was TOUGH! I did 1000m in 40 minutes and headed to work.

Thursday I was up the crack of dawn, literally, for 6am spinning. I have never gotten up that early for a class before. I swear I didn’t wake up until half way through the class. It was a great sweaty start to the day. Not gonna lie though, I came home showered, and crawled back in bed for a half hour before getting ready for work. :) I wish this class was 6:30 or 7am as I usually don’t go to work until 9.

Friday i had planned to run but was still in pain and decided it wasn’t a good idea. That night I went to hot yoga for the second time and it was so good, I’m a little obsessed. I am planning on doing a full review of my hot yoga experience later this week.

Saturday I woke up and went to body pump, it was a great class and I am loving the jump squats included in this release.

And today? I went for a gorgeous hike in the woods.

So as promised, no running but still tons of sweating. Mission accomplished.

Plan this week:

Monday: Swimming
Tuesday: Elliptical + yoga
Wednesday: Body Pump + Spinning
Thursday: Elliptical
Friday: Swimming
Saturday: Body Pump

And physio….lots of physio. Haha

How was your week?
Anyone have any fall race plans?

September – A Month of Change

I have always loved September, it’s a month of transition and change. It feels like a fresh start with a fresh season, more so then any other time of year. There’s nothing like change to get you refreshed and motivated about life. In fact, I’m making a few changes.

My knees have not been happy for a long time. Ever since I hyper extended them they have not been the same. I can ignore them all I want but it’s not going away. Last Monday I did my usual body pump and run in the evening and it hurt so bad. I have created a cycle, mileage increases, strength training, yoga, and cross training decrease, I get injured, I go to physio while running through pain, I get better and I start the cycle all over again.

There’s only so many times one can go through the same thing over and over get the same results and go though it again. I’m frustrated and I’m done with repeating my mistakes over and over. So I’m making some changes.

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I haven’t run since Monday – I’ve swam, gone to spinning, hiked, walked, gone to hot yoga and strength trained. Exercise is a huge part of my life and I’m not giving that up, I’m just changing things up a bit. Next week I won’t be running either, I will be going back to physio and trying to heal my knees and alignment issues that keep causing my leg problems. I am going to heal and I am going to run this fall, my favorite time of year to run, but I’m not going to run until I’m pain free.

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When I do return to running it will be no more then 5 days a week, with time built in for cross-training, strength training and my new obsession hot yoga. I originally planned on a fall half marathon this year but that’s probably not going to happen now. However, I hopefully have another 10k left in me that I hope to run this fall, pain free and happy.

Anyone take a running or any sort of break from exercise?

Anyone else love the fall as much as me?

A Seaside Picnic

One of the most fun things I did all summer was the lighthouse picnic. Bruce and I went 2 weekends ago and loved it. For the locals the lighthouse is in Ferryland, about an hour’s drive from the city. Once you arrive in Ferryland the lighthouse itself is about a 25 minute walk in, the walk and drive were really both a fun part of the experience. I love driving around and seeing new things!

 

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Once we arrived at the lighthouse we ordered our picnic and were given a blanket and a flag to find us when our lunch was ready! We spent the time waiting taking some pictures around the lighthouse.

 

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Quite a view isn’t it? After about 20 minutes our fresh picnic was brought out! Each picnic consists of a salad, sandwich, dessert and fresh squeezed lemonade! We also ordered coffee to go with ours. The lighthouse salad was a mix of orzo, peppers, cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese – it was heavenly. We chose mango curried chicken for our sandwich and again it was delicious. All the sandwiches are made on fresh bread baked at the lighthouse. Finally, for dessert I had the chocolate ganache cake and Bruce had the apple cake. It was probably the best lunch I have ever eaten.

 

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We enjoyed all this amazing food while overlooking the ocean watching whales and seals play – it was incredible.

 

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A whale that kept coming up for air, he was too quick to get a good shot!

 

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Hello little seal!

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I feel so thankful every day to live this close to the ocean! Smile I loved every second of the lighthouse picnic and will definitely be back to enjoy it again next summer.

 

Just a note for the locals it took us over 2 weeks to get a reservation and I believe it closes the end of September so you’d better book early if you want to get in before the summer is over!

 

Anyone else enjoy a picnic this summer?

Any locals experience the lighthouse picnic before?