A Return To My Favorite Practice

by Jen on January 28, 2012

My Saturday stared out busy and productive but by noon I turned into a blob and hung around the house for the rest of the day. My alarm went off at the very early hour of 5:15 a.m. so that I could make it over to YogaFlex to for the David Keil ashtanga practice. Ashtanga used to be one of my favorite morning activities (I practiced 2-3 times a week at 6:30 a.m.) but my practice has fallen off and I have been attending more traditional power classes recently. This morning’s practice reminded me how amazing it is to start my day with such a meditative practice. Can’t wait to do it again tomorrow!

I don’t like to eat before I practice ashtanga (because of all the intense binding) so I had this Dahlicious Lassi probiotic yogurt drink to hold me over. They sent me these drinks to sample and at just 110 calories, they are the perfect thing for for a snack or for pre-early morning yoga. I have only tried the mango flavor so far but I really like it.

I was craving a little more substance post-practice so I grabbed a honey whole wheat bagel with veggie cream cheese on my way to teach yoga at the Y. I don’t usually teach on Saturdays but I always love to help out when needed!

The Y where I was teaching is really close to Atherton Mill Market so I decided to swing by and check out the winter offerings. I frequent Atherton Mill Market during the more traditional farmer’s market months but usually don’t visit during the winter. I had so much fun wandering around today. I picked up some organic carrots, kale, farm eggs, goat gouda and garlic gnocchi. I sample the goat gouda while I was there and it was so good!

Lunch featured last night’s leftovers. Lentils with butternut squash, spinach and goat cheese and I added some avocado. I firmly believe that avocado goes with everything. I am slightly addicted to it. Blue corn chips and grapes on the side.

The rest of my afternoon was pretty worthless. Cleaned, painted my nails, watched a movie, contemplated running but decided relaxation was a better option. Dinner tonight was leftover green curry with tofu and eggplant over brown rice.

Dessert. I baked a whole hummingbird cake last night. Help!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tiffany January 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm

The hummingbird cake looks amazing! Please eat an extra slice for me :) yum!

I love the farmer’s market! We have them on sundays here in LA. Its always so relaxing and fun!

If you ever travel to LA I would love for you to teach me yoga…I love your peaceful attitude toward about life.

Hope your weekend is wonderful! :)

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2 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate January 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I’ll gladly help with that cake :)

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3 Ally Garner January 28, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Oh we love the Atherton Market! Haven’t been there in ages though. I just wish they were open more often. So glad you mentioned them – I’ve got ‘em on my radar for next week!

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4 Virginia January 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Great farmers market finds! I wish I lived near one. I also believe that avocado goes with everything!

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5 jennyv January 28, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I have never had a hummingbird cake (I live in the midwest and I feel like they’re traditionally more of a southern thing?) Anyway — it is something I KNOW I would like! It looks delicious — as if it were out of a magazine :)

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6 Laura January 28, 2012 at 11:34 pm

What a perfect way to start your Saturday. I love getting a great workout in first thing. Then I don’t feel so bad about beig lazy the rest of the day! And ohmiword I think hummingbird cake is my weakness. I am in loooove but it is so decadent and rich..what a fun treat!

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7 Brittany (healthy slice of life) January 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

I made it to the Davidson farmers market this weekend and loved it! I prefer that kind of shopping over clothes any day!

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8 Brittney January 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I haven’t been to the Atherton Mills Farmers Market in a while! I need to get up there. Also, I’m willing to help eat your cake if you need someone to. Just sayin.

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9 Gillian January 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm

That Hummingbird cake looks incredible! (As does your recent haircut btw)

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10 Jen January 30, 2012 at 10:13 am

Thank you so much!

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11 Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm

I love that you randomly baked an entire cake. Most people stick with cookies for their “spur of the moment” baking moods..but you took the cake! ;)

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12 Jen January 30, 2012 at 9:59 am

i usually do cookies or brownies/blondies but i was really in the mood for cake…so cake it was! :)

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13 Gaylemarie January 30, 2012 at 8:36 am

I have to say, you inspired me to give yoga another try. I used to try and go 2-3 times a month but never loved it. I am an avid runner and don’t stretch nearly enough. I have been going to yoga friday night for a little over a month and I am starting to enjoy myself. My muscles thank me too :) So, thank YOU for the inspiration to give it another shot !

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14 Jen January 30, 2012 at 9:59 am

i am so happy to hear this! what a nice friday evening ritual. sounds like a great way to wind down from the week. i hope it’s having some positive effects on your running!

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