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Yoga with a Pillow: A Cushioned Practice

Unwind from your day—grab a mat and pillow to relax and shake off the day’s stress. These poses are easy are for all levels, including beginners.

Here are 6 poses you can do with a pillow (in order from top left to bottom right):

  • Pigeon Pose
  • Seated Forward Fold
  • Forward Splits(Hanumanasana)
  • Wide Leg Forward Fold
  • Lunge Bhekasana
  • Lotus on Stomach

Enjoy!

It’s been a sad day.

Raise your hand if you felt the same. :(

“For the 6-ingredient mix, how would you use it to make a pizza? Like once you mix it, what would be the next step?”

—Anonymous

That’s a great question, maybe I’ll make a recipe for that.But after the low carb batter,

  1. pour it in a pan and bake at 350F for 20 or so minutes, depending on the shape of your pan. Stick a toothpick in the middle and if it comes out clean, it means it’s ready.
  2. Prepare your toppings
  3. Prepare a low carb tomato sauce and shred your cheese
  4. Take the base out of the oven and top tomato sauces, then cheese, then additional toppings
  5. Bake for another 10 or so minutes
  6. ENJOY!

I’d be happy to share you photo on my blog if you happen to take one :)

I got my run in for the day! :)
Oh, happy feelings.
Unfortunately my friend just woke up and also had a stomach ache during the run, so I didn’t get to train hard today. I hope she feels better.

I got my run in for the day! :)

Oh, happy feelings.

Unfortunately my friend just woke up and also had a stomach ache during the run, so I didn’t get to train hard today. I hope she feels better.

Break Out of Routine!

Everyday I come home from school, I eat a giant snack(probably more like two meals), go on the computer, and lounge around until dinnertime. I have a habit where I feel like nothing can be truly completed until after I eat dinner. After dinner, I feel the need to do something productive before I go to bed, which usually means I browse the web again, and then workout for the last 10 minutes before sleep.

And everyday, is the same old routine.

I am being lazy. There’s no way around that, so I decided today things were going to change. I made a goal of doing 5 things this week out of the ordinary sequence I follow that would benefit me(it turned out to be six)

  • Do a 10 minute workout before dinner
  • Eat breakfast and fast until after school or dinnertime
  • Dance around with my siblings one evening
  • Get some errands done early in the day!
  • Get off the bus two stops early and walk home
  • Sleep before 9:30pm

If doing little, simple changes like that doesn’t motivate me, then rewarding myself with a self-pampering day at the end of the week sure will!

I always say, “Fitness is 80% mindset.” If you can tame your mind, you can tame anything. As an actor I’ve learned if you can fool yourself, you can fool anybody. All the battles you’re facing happens in your head. My coach says, “Strong legs, chicken head.” when I approach muscle failure during cross country races. He’s absolutely right! Willpower is a powerful, if not, the most powerful muscle in the human body. But just as it can accomplish the greatest successes, it fatigues quickly. It’s a muscle just like any other that needs to rest. Stop getting comfortable and start getting uncomfortable! You might actually enjoy it and find get something out of trying out things in a new way.

The best way to make something happen is to write it down.

I also wrote down goals for the next week:

SMART Goals for the week!

SMART Goals for the week!

SMART stands for:
Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Realistic
Time management

Do you ever feel obligated to follow “rules” or to walk in between invisible lines? Break the boundaries and do something different! Making little changes like these create new healthy habits and keep variety. Besides, if you can’t change the little things, how will you change bigger ones?

What 5 things will you change? What are you waiting for, write something down!

Break Out of Routine! was originally published on Fit, Fed and Happy

Maiday maiday!

No Chia Seeds or coconut butter or BACON in the house!!

Do you have those favourite Tumblrs that you keep refreshing and checking up on and thinking, “PLEASE NOTICE ME”!

Please?

:’(

“3 miles in 25 mins? wow i could never do that. my record is around 2.5 miles in 29 mins. In the middle of the run, my heart and lungs are killing me! i don't think I'm too much out of shape bec I play for my school's volleyball varsity. Could you give me tips on how to increase my stamina?”

—Anonymous

D’aw, you flatter me too much!

I think I was just having a good day, I’ve never had a pace like that before. With a combination of luck and willpower I did it. Keep in mind it was also on the treadmill, not on ground. But here’s what I usually do:

-Warm up on treadmill at moderate pace for 4 minutes

-Run at challenging but moderate pace for 5 minutes

-Really challenging pace for 1 minute

-Slow down to moderate pace for next 5 minutes

and repeat that again or two more times :)

Sprint intervals are always challenging but you get the most calorie expidenture and sweat outta it!

April Showers

I made it to the end of the month of March.

Wow.

They say April Showers bring May flowers but I secretly hope that is not true, for I cannot take another month of the hot summer months that gets closer with each passing day. April is a nice time to recollect. It’s a nice time to rinse out the bad and shower in the good.

Okay. So it’s time to look back and reflect on the positives this past month. And hey hey hey–it’s my birthday April 28th! Can you guess my age?

It’s time to stop worrying so much about this and that and what’s going to happen next. I always have this constant fear of not being accepted, believed or liked by people around me, and I just have to remember to calm down. That I don’t have anything to lose and I’m just trying out things and the worrisome thoughts that plague me are completely unnecessary because they’re just little pieces of the bigger picture–my life! And I’d rather have something to look back on fondly than regret never taking action.

Okay so, here are positive things that happened this month and things to look forward to:

  • Intermittent fasted a few times
  • Yoga photo shoot with a friend done on the 6th
  • Saturday massages
  • Ran beep test twice in the afternoon and ran for 30 minutes in the morning on April 4th
  • Ran fairly well on no carbs and low fuel the afternoon of April 9th(sign of keto adaptation?)
  • English teacher complimented my creative writing skills, saying I have a good sense of rhythm for poetry and I have the potential to become an author of novels!
The beep test takes place on the lower gym. It's always a little intimidating!

The beep test takes place on the lower gym. It’s always a little intimidating!

On top of that I run roughly 3 times a week for fitness class. Fitness class is great. You get a credit just by working out! Isn’t that cool? A totally self-served credit–what an excellent course for gym rats. The only problem is I start to get bored of the gym. I’m just starting to dread the treadmill(or should I say, dreadmill). Each time I head on the treadmill for 25 or so minutes and then wander around the machines and try things out just to say I did so I can write it down in my log, which is being marked for progress. I can only take so much of the same routine before I demand a change or I’ll go insane!

The goodlife gym near our school.

The goodlife gym near our school.

At the beginning of the semester on my Goal worksheet I wrote, “Run 3k in under 20 minutes”. I was contemplating either 20 or 18, and I guess I should have wrote the latter, but I feared and always have a fear of failure and the need to be on top of challenges. Lack of meeting expectation sends me I to anxiety, and maybe that’s why I set my expectations low. This is a mindset I hope to change. Why do I put such low expectations on myself just so I can jump over them easily? It’s OKAY to not meet it sometimes. I don’t have to go above and beyond. In fact, if I wasn’t able to jump over my goal, it just means I can keep trying until I do. Nothing is every too hard; you just need to accept whatever outcome you get. Fear holds me back from enjoying so much in life and I miss out on things that ought to be cherished! Does anxiety and fear hold you back too?

We have to log out workouts for the fitness course!

We have to log out workouts for the fitness course!

Anyway, back to why I should have put 18 minutes… I smashed my goal! According to the treadmill, I ran(on separate days):

  • 3.1 miles in 27 minutes
  • 4.07 miles in 40:07 minutes
  • 3 miles in 25 minutes (fastest pace)
  • 3.21 miles in 29:01 minutes
  • 3.36 miles in 30:32 minutes (April 2)
  • 3.5 miles in 30:30 minutes(add in the walking and it was 3.71 miles in 33:12 minutes)

For the first time in forever, I’ll be running year-round. I can keep up my fitness and, if I keep the ball rolling all throughout the summer months(which is not likely because I can’t stand running in heat), I’ll be better than ever in the fall when cross country hits because I wouldn’t  have to regain strength I lost.

Goals for April:

  • Send out packages and mail
  • “Genetics and Fitness” Presentation
  • Photo shoots
  • Job Search
What are your goals for April, fitness and health-wise? Anything special going on?

April Showers was originally published on Fit, Fed and Happy

thefitty:

Mascarpone Almond Butter Dip
~Keto. Primal. 2 ingredients.~
I’ve never tried Mascarpone cheese before. I’ve been told it tasted like cream cheese, and so I thought, hey, why not give it at try? Besides, I’d love to try as much different dairy products as possible before I go dairy free in the future.
I has the same texture are cream cheese, but I was a little disappointed that it didn’t quite measure up to the taste. It tasted thick in my mouth and left a slight cheesy aftertaste in my mouth. I then searched online for ways to use this cheese. Apparently, using it in tirsmisu was a popular idea. Other ideas included mixing it with cocoa powder and honey. It seems like it’s pretty versatile and can be used in ways cream cheese can be used.
So I took some almond butter and mixed it with 2 tbsp of Mascarpone cheese and created this: a great veggie dip! Again the ingredients are:
Almond butter
Mascarpone Cheese
I ate this by the spoonful while watching The Walking Dead.

thefitty:

Mascarpone Almond Butter Dip

~Keto. Primal. 2 ingredients.~

I’ve never tried Mascarpone cheese before. I’ve been told it tasted like cream cheese, and so I thought, hey, why not give it at try? Besides, I’d love to try as much different dairy products as possible before I go dairy free in the future.

I has the same texture are cream cheese, but I was a little disappointed that it didn’t quite measure up to the taste. It tasted thick in my mouth and left a slight cheesy aftertaste in my mouth. I then searched online for ways to use this cheese. Apparently, using it in tirsmisu was a popular idea. Other ideas included mixing it with cocoa powder and honey. It seems like it’s pretty versatile and can be used in ways cream cheese can be used.

So I took some almond butter and mixed it with 2 tbsp of Mascarpone cheese and created this: a great veggie dip! Again the ingredients are:

  • Almond butter
  • Mascarpone Cheese

I ate this by the spoonful while watching The Walking Dead.

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So this happened on Sunday with my nice friend :) Full post and other yoga pictures including wild thing and king pigeon to come soon!

Is this the upward facing bow pose?

thefitty:

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So this happened on Sunday with my nice friend :) Full post and other yoga pictures including wild thing and king pigeon to come soon!

Is this the upward facing bow pose?

CLICK TO VIEW FULL SCALE

So this happened on Sunday with my nice friend :) Full post and other yoga pictures including wild thing and king pigeon to come soon!

Is this the upward facing bow pose?

CLICK TO VIEW FULL SCALE

So this happened on Sunday with my nice friend :) Full post and other yoga pictures including wild thing and king pigeon to come soon!

Is this the upward facing bow pose?

45 minute yoga flow to end the night. My butt is going to be so sore tomorrow!

Stretch it out a little before you sleep, buds!

45 minute yoga flow to end the night. My butt is going to be so sore tomorrow!

Stretch it out a little before you sleep, buds!

Chicken, cheese, and pork is where it’s at this morning. :)

Chicken, cheese, and pork is where it’s at this morning. :)

I hope people realize that this is a legit workout especially for the calves.

Ladies and gentlemen, I now present stilettos as the new workout footwear.

I hope people realize that this is a legit workout especially for the calves.

Ladies and gentlemen, I now present stilettos as the new workout footwear.

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