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Unexplained Hunger

I popped out of bed this morning at the early hour of 5:30 and made my way to the yoga studio. There was no class this morning but I was craving quiet time on my mat.

I plugged in my iPod with a mix of some of my favorite chill songs and got to work on my ashtanga practice. The solitude was amazing. It was a beautiful way to start the day.

Overnight oats when I got to work.

Lunch was another tofu sandwich on a bagel thin with avocado, tomato, spinach and pepper jack cheese. Trader Joe’s honey whole wheat pretzels and grapes on the side.

When I came home for lunch I wasn’t hungry at all but I forced myself to eat anyway. And then something very strange happened…when I got back to work, I was starving. And I’m not talking “oh I think I may need a snack hungry.” I was literally feeling intense hunger pangs in my stomach. I held out for about an hour and drank water and tea to see if maybe I was dehydrated but I was still hungry. Does this ever happen to anyone else!? It was so weird!

I had an early snack of the new Blueberry Muffin Larabar.

I love Larabars and Blueberry Muffin is the newest flavor. Sometimes when new flavors are announced they are hard to find. I saw this at Common Market the other day when I was picking up a kombucha and had to grab one!

The ingredients include blueberries, cashews and dates with a bit of lemon and vanilla. I really liked this new flavor but I don’t think it can top some of the others that are my all-time favorites! I will definitely be purchasing it again though.

I ate a few more Trader Joe’s honey whole wheat pretzel sticks (they are soooo good) after work while I was making my playlist for tonight’s yoga class.

Here’s what I played. Fun and high energy to go with a very challenging flow. Everyone did awesome tonight – it was extra hot in the room since the temperatures outside are rising. Since I started teaching the Wednesday night class, Nicole (the Yuppie Yogini!) has been attending. I have loved having a friend in class every week! Thank you, Nicole!!!

I wasn’t starving for dinner after being in the hot room teaching so I made a salad for dinner.

Veggie burger salad – nothing you haven’t seen before!

What did cool me down from teaching hot class was the big bowl of ice cream I had after I ate the salad. I don’t mean to not take pictures of my dessert, I swear, but I’m always already blogging and editing pictures by the time I make it! 😉

Tomorrow is my Friday and we’re heading to visit my family in Georgia! Looking forward to a long weekend.

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  • Alaina April 21, 2011, 12:25 am

    I would get those pains all the time at work. My shift goes until 10:30pm and around 8 sometimes my stomach will start to feel that way. Usually toast with PB makes it feel better. Thankfully we have a well stocked cafeteria at work.

    Love the mix! 🙂

    Have a great weekend! My Friday is tomorrow and I’m looking forward to a nice relaxing long weekend, too.

    • Jen April 21, 2011, 1:40 pm

      I imagine it would be very challenging to work until 10:30 p.m. I would definitely need snacks too!

      ENJOY your weekend!!!

  • Nicole April 21, 2011, 12:27 am

    You’re so sweet! I’m so glad you are finally teaching–makes my Wednesday!

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) April 21, 2011, 4:34 am

    Haha my hunger NEVER makes sense! Nothing that a good ol’ PB sandwich can’t fix though! 😉

    That morning practice sounds amazing!! And yay I’m so glad your teaching is going so well!! It sounds awesome 🙂

    Enjoy your long weekend Jen!! 😀

    • Jen April 21, 2011, 1:41 pm

      I LOVE the PB suggestions! Sounds good to me! 😉

  • Brooke @ Veggie Table April 21, 2011, 7:17 am

    Whoa – I had no idea about the blueberry muffin Larabars! Can’t wait to try one! Awesome playlist – LOVE some Mumford & Sons!!

    Yay for “Friday” getting here early! Enjoy your long weekend with the family!

  • Steph April 21, 2011, 8:55 am

    Definitely love the TJ honey wheat pretzels. They are way too yummy and a little bit addictive.
    I need to try out your yoga class — especially with the playlist you featured. My new fave workout playlist addition is All of The Lights!

    • Jen April 21, 2011, 1:42 pm

      Would love to have you in class! It’s definitely a different style of yoga – challenging but fun and extra sweaty too! 🙂

  • Lori April 21, 2011, 9:32 am

    Jen- I actually have never done a yoga class with music like this. But I like your play list and think it would be fun! I def plan on attending a class but I am taking a break from yoga for the next month or so due to stitches in my shoulder blade area that just were removed but the area is super delicate. No stretching!

    • Jen April 21, 2011, 1:46 pm

      Lori – it’s definitely a very different style of yoga. I know you usually practice at Yoga One with no music or mirrors. This is a total departure from that but really fun. I would love to have you in class when you’re feeling better!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) April 21, 2011, 9:37 am

    Still haven’t tried a LaraBar… not sure what is holding me back.

    But I love veggie burger salads!

    • Jen April 21, 2011, 1:44 pm

      Brittany – you MUST try Larabars. They are awesome! My favorite flavors are cherry pie, peanut butter cookie, key lime pie, coconut pie and tropical fruit tart. They also just started making a PB chocolate chip that is seriously like a healthier version of a candy bar. So good!

  • lindsay cotter April 21, 2011, 12:39 pm

    what a fun playlist! and that new lara bars is delicious, although I really don’t think it tastes like a muffin. still good though!

    • Jen April 21, 2011, 1:44 pm

      agreed – they are tasty but not very muffin-esque!

    • Jen April 21, 2011, 1:44 pm

      oh and i love getting inspiration from your playlists too! 🙂

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) April 21, 2011, 7:47 pm

    I need to try a tofu sandwich like that! It look delicious!

  • Kelly April 21, 2011, 8:30 pm

    Jen – I have been reading your blog for inspiration for awhile now. I’ve never left a comment but the playlist you posted for your yoga class sounds so amazing! You are truly inspiring in the way you balance all areas of your life. As a young widow and mother of a preschooler I need all the inspiration i can get to stay fit and healthy and enjoy life. You’re blog is one of the best sources of that inspiration for me right now. Thanks!

    • Kelly April 21, 2011, 8:54 pm

      whoops your blog not “you’re” blog!

  • Becky April 22, 2011, 7:59 am

    I love your yoga playlist! That’s the kind of music I’ve always wanted to hear during yoga. I need to come to Charlotte.

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