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Slowing Down

I’m not even a huge Beyonce fan and I have to say that her halftime performance was pretty fierce. I am parked on the couch under a blanket with a box of tissues. I have an annoying cold that is causing my nose to steadily stream. How is it possible for the human body to be so snotty? I haven’t felt terrible this weekend and was still able to teach yoga and train my clients but I had no energy to workout so Saturday was a rest day and today I stayed at the gym after training my client and rowed 500 meters to warm up and then started a WOD. I proceeded to make it all of 5 double unders in before bailing on the workout and going home. I usually try to workout with mild colds but my body is telling me rest, rest, rest right now.

I have always been the first to admit that I function at a ridiculously high level. I stay busy and fill my plate up with things I love to do. I have really focused on dialing back the plate filling over the last year but last week was really busy and stressful and left me physically and mentally exhausted, thus the reason I ended up sick. I recognized that I needed to give myself a break this weekend. I am forever telling my yoga students that they have to take care of themselves before they can take care of anyone else and be all the want to be and do all they want to do. Practice what you preach.

And now, the weekend in photos.

Saturday lunch. Still loving this sandwich combo.

Saturday snack. Does anyone else like to eat cottage cheese as a dip?

Yoga. I taught two hot classes (the only time my nose wasn’t a fountain…I guess the heat helped dry me out) and did a private with my friends. They had a fun list of poses they wanted to work on. I warned them I was germy but they love me anyway.

Barbecue chicken flatbread for dinner Saturday.

Still craving smoothies for breakfast.

Whole Foods salad bar extravaganza. Beating sickness with veggies and kombucha.

Food prep for the week. Quinoa and green lentils cooked with veggie broth.

Carrot, butternut and ginger soup. I will post the recipe in the next couple of days. Sooooo good and soooo healthy! I think carrot ginger is my favorite kind of soup.

Grilled cheese with rosemary olive oil bread and carrot ginger soup for dinner tonight. Perfect comfort food for my stuffy nose.

A thought to start your new week. Hope it’s been a wonderful weekend.

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  • Amelia February 3, 2013, 9:30 pm

    I hope you feel better soon. My husband has the same thing right now and he is miserable. It’s so bad he is sleeping in the guest bedroom since he is up half the night snoring or blowing his nose. 🙁 We had a hot bowl of steamed veggies with shrimp for dinner tonight to warm the soul!

    Listening to your body is SO important. I actually took my OWN advice this weekend and took two much needed rest days. I usually get in a good cardio blast on Saturdays with heavy leg day on Sundays. Yesterday I went for a 30 minute leisure stroll with a friend and today I went to the grocery and meal prepped when I would have lifted. I think my body said ‘Thank you’. 🙂

    • Jen February 4, 2013, 3:36 pm

      i finally went and got medicine today and it’s helping so much. i’m happy to hear that i’m not alone in the listening and slowing down. it’s so hard for me to rest but sometimes i know i just need it more than i need to be busy and workout.

  • Pamela February 3, 2013, 9:37 pm

    Feel better! Lentils and soup are so healing! Xoxo

    • Jen February 4, 2013, 3:36 pm

      thanks pamela! loving the soup! 🙂

  • Lauren @ sassy Molassy February 3, 2013, 9:38 pm

    Yum! Your eats always look so delicious. Hope you feel better soon. I hate having the never ending nasal drip. Ugh.

    • Jen February 4, 2013, 3:37 pm

      thanks! finally got some medicine today and now i feel like i’m on speed! 😀

  • CL February 3, 2013, 9:41 pm

    First of all, I hope you feel better soon. Secondly, I’m totally with you on carrot ginger soup, and I especially love it when I’m sick. Forget about chicken noodle, bring on the carrot ginger!!! The spicy ginger really helps clear out my nose when I’m feeling congested. Not that I need any excuse to eat it

    • Jen February 4, 2013, 3:39 pm

      i agree! i have been craving ginger like crazy…soup and tea!

  • Liz February 3, 2013, 9:58 pm

    I completely understand .
    We like to burn the candle at both ends
    I am an Autism teacher , mom, workout fanatic , and I find my self worn out sick more than usual .

    Feel better and rest , the body and mind .

    • Jen February 4, 2013, 3:40 pm

      liz – when you are constantly giving your energy to others (teacher/mom) then it’s extra important to be sure we keep our own cups full. it’s a delicate balance for me.

  • Kim February 3, 2013, 11:34 pm

    I eat cottage cheese with pita or kashi crackers along with an apple for lunch a lot! Hope you feel better soon!

  • Ally February 4, 2013, 2:14 am

    Sorry to hear you’re under the weather, but good for you and stepping back to rest. I haven’t had ginger carrot soup in a long time, I can’ t wait for your recipe – it looks so good and sounds perfect right now. Funny, the smoothie bug has hit me hard lately despite winter weather. I’ve busted out my summer blueberry supply and have been adding chard, chia seeds, maca, and homemade sprouted almond milk. It’s nice in the dead of winter to enjoy something with summer’s energy (and color) in it!

    • Jen February 4, 2013, 3:43 pm

      i love the recipe that i ended up using because it incorporated butternut squash as well which adds a little extra creaminess. i have been using frozen blueberries in my smoothies too. so interested that you make homemade almond milk. do you have link to a recipe/method for that?

      • Ally February 5, 2013, 12:38 am

        Unfortunately diary and I don’t get along. Fortunately I think almond milk gets the job done. Here’s my method… (it’s easy peasy)

        I use 1 part almonds to 4 parts water. Usually that means I start with 1 cup of raw almonds, cover with cold water and soak for 12 hours. Strain and rinse. Add 4 cups of fresh water, blend really well. If you want to add flavor, such as vanilla, salt, or sweetener, do it now and blend to combine. Strain your milk through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to separate the pulp. Store in sealed glass container in the fridge for up to about 5 days. For richer milk, use less water. Here’s a fun, short video tutorial on making nut milk from one of my favorite food blogs, My New Roots http://mynewroots.org/site/video/ this should take you to her videos, scroll to nut milk.

        I definitely prefer homespun almond milk to store bought for flavor and nutrition, but I’m convinced this is one of those homespun items that is not actually cheaper 🙁 I switch between the two depending on how much I’m drinking and what I’m using it for.

        Sorry this was so long, I wanted to leave it as a reply instead of email in case anyone happened to want to see it.

  • kaila@ healthy helper blog! February 4, 2013, 7:28 am

    Hey Jen! I was just wondering whatever happened with your 26 acts project?! 🙂 Can’t wait to see the recap post!

    • Jen February 4, 2013, 8:33 am

      it’s coming! took quite a bit longer than hoped to get all the responses in from everyone! 🙂

  • Pam February 4, 2013, 8:06 am

    Feel better, Jen! The soup (especially the grilled cheese) looks delicious! I’m loving yoga right now. Working on a full wheel and headstand at 57! You inspire!

    • Jen February 4, 2013, 3:43 pm

      so awesome pam!!! 🙂

  • Leyna February 4, 2013, 10:18 am

    Hi Jen, I hope you feel better soon! Just a suggestion, you may want to avoid dairy and soy products for the next few days as they produce more mucus/phlegm (Gross, I know!) It will be hard I’m sure, but it will make a HUGE difference I promise 🙂

    • Jen February 4, 2013, 3:44 pm

      so wish i would have read this reminder before i ate overnight oats for breakfast. they did NOT sit well today. ugh.

  • Erica { EricaDHouse.com } February 4, 2013, 11:44 am

    Ahhh I love that yogi tea tag 🙂 I also use cottage cheese as a dip for crackers – love it! Hope you feel better soon 🙂

  • Michele February 4, 2013, 12:51 pm

    Hi, have just found your blog and love it! I also love cottage cheese although tend to just eat it on its own… and love that quote too. Do hope you feel better very soon.

    I’ve linked to a post you did about smoothies on my blog – part of my eat healthier kick! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂


    • Jen February 4, 2013, 3:45 pm

      hi michele – thanks for checking out my blog! i’m happy to hear you are enjoying it. i will check out your blog – glad you liked the smoothies post. thanks for the link!

  • She Rocks Fitness February 4, 2013, 5:43 pm

    The best cures for colds at least for me is hot yoga! It truly is the only time I don’t feel like POOP. I embrace the heat and the sweating. I feel like it is the only way to get out the cooties. That sandwich looks delicious. Hope you had a good start to the week!

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad February 4, 2013, 6:56 pm

    ick – i’m snotty too! damn cold. i hate colds!! feel better 🙂

  • Grace @ PracticingGrace February 5, 2013, 11:00 pm

    I did that pose at workshop recently and whoaaaa. You go girl! Feel better and continue to listen to your body

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