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Standing in the Same Spot Two Years Later

It’s been a rainy, cool weekend and that has felt pretty perfect for me. I have spent a lot of time in the yoga studio, coaching CrossFit and hibernating at home.

On Friday afternoon I got an SOS request to help out with the yoga teacher trainees at the studio. I led them through their evening practice and it was truly an honor and a special opportunity for me. I shared with them before class that I stood in that exact same spot two years ago and taught my first class ever at the studio to my fellow teacher trainees.

This is the picture I took two years ago while I taught my first class. I blogged about the experience but to sum it up, my nerves were out of control! I felt totally out of my element and not myself at all.

Fast forward to two years later and I’ve taught over 750 yoga classes and I can not only confidently lead a yoga class like it’s something I have been doing forever but when I’m with my classes I feel so happy and at ease. Every time I walk into the room to teach and see that people actually showed up to let me guide them through practice, I am incredibly humbled and grateful. I can’t believe how much teaching and yoga have changed for me in just two short years. I cannot wait to see what unfolds as my yoga journey continues.

I showered at the studio after teaching and carpooled to Caitlin’s surprise birthday party with Katie. I nearly died in the locker room when I received this text from her. I literally thought the cats were coming to the party with us. Wouldn’t put it past her. 😉 😛

I didn’t take any photos at the party but it was really great to catch up with some of the girls (and guys). I ate a strange assortment of foods for dinner including pepperoni pizza, tortilla chips, hummus, french fries and key lime pie.

I was up early on Saturday morning to go hold down the fort at Metro CrossFit. I had a gluten-free toaster waffle with peanut butter, honey and banana before I left for the gym. Sidenote, Trader Joe’s gulten-free waffles are the best. Better than Van’s.

I worked the front desk, did the WOD on a break between classes and coached the 10 a.m. class. The WOD was pretty brutal…


400 meter run
30 back squats (135/85)

I modified it by only using a 65# bar and doing 15 squats and 15 push ups every round (because I wanted to do some upper body too) and it wasn’t that bad but those who did all 30 squats were dying. Heather (from Multiply Delicious) in the photo above RX’d the WOD and did all the squats at 85#. She is my hero.

I headed over to the studio after I closed the gym and taught my 12:30 p.m. hot class. I had a serious craving for a turkey sandwich on sourdough as I was driving home so I swung by the store to get the necessary ingredients. Someone asked in the comments a couple days ago why I didn’t eat a bun with my burger when I was out the other night. There is no rhyme or reason to my gluten v. no gluten intake. In general, I would say that I eat far less bread than I used to but I don’t avoid it by any means. I know it makes no sense…

I stayed at home for a few hours on Saturday afternoon cleaning and catching up on household stuff before going back to the studio to practice. I hadn’t taken a class since Monday and I needed it. I spent Saturday night on the couch with wine, fish tacos in lettuce wraps and black beans and rice. Perfect.

More weekend coming soon. Sunday involved lots of baking!

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  • 1
    Danielle April 28, 2013, 4:28 pm

    Um…. 53 messages?! I would die….

    • 2
      Jen April 30, 2013, 7:34 am

      haha – danielle…they are mostly verification codes for e-mail and facebook. i just type them in when they flash across the screen but never open the message!

  • 3
    Ali April 28, 2013, 6:23 pm

    That text made me totally crack up. I cannot believe how many times my predictive text on my phone has created some serious misunderstandings/miscommunications – it’s so convenient to use, but you have to be diligent and re-read your message before you send to avoid mishaps! Always happens when I’m in a rush and then I spend several more texts clarifying what I meant to text which leads me back to the original question of whether using predictive text actually saves any time in the end 😛 .

    BTW, I totally get what you mean when you indicate the gluten vs. not or bread vs. not as I am the same way. Whichever way the wind blows, hehehe… seriously though, I don’t go out of my way to have bread every day because I do find it tends to make me feel weighed down but if I have a hankering for bread, well I won’t deny myself that’s for sure! And… gluten free toaster waffles are just so much better than any other kind – I find them much more light and fluffy.

    Hope you’re having a great Sunday!

  • 4
    Ali April 28, 2013, 6:25 pm

    Also, forgot to add… they have this bread from a specialty shop downtown that is a combination of fig and star anise. It is without a doubt, hands down, one of my favourite breads to buy. Problem is, I have a lil’ self control problem so I tend to only buy it on occasion as more of a treat. Even when I portion it out and freeze most of it, I find myself going back for more. It’s like crack! hahaha…. 🙂

  • 8
    Courtney April 28, 2013, 7:23 pm

    I’m the same way about bread. I don’t avoid it on purpose necessarily, but I don’t eat it a lot either, just depends on my mood. Also, 53 text messages!?!? That gives me anxiety just looking at it, lol!

    • 9
      Jen April 30, 2013, 7:36 am

      courtney – they are mostly verification codes for two-step verification for facebook and e-mail. i just type them in when they flash across my screen but never open the actual message!

  • 10
    Shane S April 28, 2013, 8:34 pm

    Did the Eagle pose this morning in Yoga and your picture made me think of it! 🙂 Hope you had a great weekend.

  • 11
    Fran April 28, 2013, 9:12 pm

    Congratulations on your 2 years and 750 yoga classes! That is quite an achievement. I love the lettuce wrap tacos by the way. We started making them last year and they have been a hit around our house (surprisingly)!

    • 12
      Jen April 30, 2013, 7:37 am

      thank you! and i love the lettuce wrap thing for tacos. such a nice way to switch it up and make mexican food less filling and more veggie heavy!

  • 13
    pamela April 28, 2013, 9:31 pm

    I remember when you were training and I LOVE that I’ve been able to witness your journey. I finished my teacher training a year ago and I am only now finding ease in teaching. It’s still hard but I have days of effortlessness. I love it so much. thank you for posting so much and sharing!!

    • 14
      Jen April 30, 2013, 7:39 am

      pamela – i definitely still have those classes where i feel all off and disconnected but they are fewer and fewer as time passes. it’s crazy how much teaching forces you to “show up” and be in front of people despite whatever might be going on in your life.

  • 15
    Amber April 28, 2013, 10:23 pm

    Hahaha to the person who said 53 messages, I would die. I am also anal about keeping my iPhone cleaned of new messages/emails/notifications even if I sometimes read without responding (and then totally forget to respond, whoops!)

    Also did you make those fish taco’s? Would love the recipe! I have some tilapia in my freezer and perfect romaine lettuce in my fridge just waiting to make some me thinks 🙂

    • 16
      Jen April 30, 2013, 7:41 am

      hey amber – i am not crazy about keeping my phone “clean” (obviously) but most of those unread texts are just verification codes for email and social media.

      i did make the fish tacos. no recipe for what i made saturday, just thew it all together but this is my favorite fish taco recipe ever! http://bakinandeggs.com/2010/05/28/fish-tacos-with-baja-cream/

  • 17
    She Rocks Fitness April 28, 2013, 10:33 pm

    Oh I love sourdough bread…oh wait I love almost all kinds of breads! I’ll have to pick up some of those waffles. Need to add some variety to my breakfast and that looks like a good one. Hoping your baking on Sunday leads to some delicious recipes you are going to share. 🙂

    • 18
      Jen April 30, 2013, 7:42 am

      i love bread too but i think sourdough may be my all-time favorite. it’s so good! do try the waffles. they are good. and recipes are coming!

  • 19
    Shanna April 29, 2013, 1:40 pm

    Knowing Katie, she probably did really want to take her cat 🙂

  • 20
    Linda April 29, 2013, 1:53 pm

    2 years and 750 classes along with body pump, cross fit, etc, et!! You rock!

    • 21
      Jen April 30, 2013, 7:42 am

      thank you linda! it’s been a crazy couple of years but teaching is my favorite part of it all!

  • 22
    Carolina John April 29, 2013, 3:26 pm

    Very cool! It does take a while to get used to teaching. also i love getting to hang out with Caitlin! Nice that you got to go to her birthday party

  • 23
    Lisa April 29, 2013, 11:33 pm

    Congrats on the 2 years Jen! That’s seriously amazing! I’m just completing my pilates training right now!!! And I have to teach a class in two weekends, and to say I’m nervous is an understatement. I’ve been having nightmares about it since haha.
    Mmm…the waffles look good. For some reason I never buy waffles, but I kind of want to try those ones.

    • 24
      Jen April 30, 2013, 7:43 am

      the first few classes you teach are completely nerve wracking but just know that it gets better with time! i swear! i was like that with bodypump too. so scary!

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