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Ashtanga + Bootcamps + Eats

Thursdays are pretty much the opposite of Tuesdays for me. I actually kind of consider it a day “off” because as of now only have a couple of commitments on Thursdays. Did you know that it’s actually one of the slowest days of the week in the fitness world? I think that people start out the week with a lot of resolve and then kind of lose it as work becomes crazy and happy hour or vegging on the couch become more appealing than the gym.

For those of you who were asking about my early morning pre-workout eats (or lack there of)…I actually did eat half of a banana with peanut butter before yoga this morning. Thursday mornings are my favorite because I get to practice ashtanga at Y2. My practice felt so good this morning. Ashtanga is a huge check in for me on how my body is feeling and today it felt amazing.

After practice I grabbed coffee at Starbucks and then headed over to Fight Gone Mad to check out their new facilities. Really fun news for my Charlotte readers…Y2 Yoga is partnering with Fight Gone Mad to offer bootcamps in November!

We’re going to be using their facilities to host our FIRST EVER off-site (out of the studio) fitness bootcamps that will be 90 minute workouts combining strength training, functional training, cardio, yoga and whatever else we want to throw in! πŸ˜‰

The owner of studio, Tanner, and I will alternate weekends leading the bootcamps. If you’re interested in participating, sign up here! It’s the second event if you scroll down a bit. Come work out with us!

The daily eats…

Lunch when I got home was a big quinoa bowl. I cooked quinoa with vegetable broth and sundried tomatoes and then placed it over a bed of spinach and topped it with kalamata olives, feta, avocado, plain greek yogurt and hummus.

Late afternoon snack before teaching a yoga basics class was a cinnamon raisin English muffin with peanut butter, honey, banana and cinnamon and a cup of hot tea. I needed a big snack because dinner was going to be late.

Dinner was sooo good and worth the 9:15 p.m. meal time. I didn’t get home from teaching until 7:30 and Brandon didn’t get home until 9 so dinner was late! Yes, that would be meatloaf thatΒ  you see above but trust me, it’s delicious. Ground chicken as the base and stuffed with spinach and mozzarella. Topped with marinara and more cheese. I will be posting the recipe shortly. I discovered this recipe many years ago but I only make it once a year or so.

Happy Friday!

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  • Marli October 20, 2011, 11:18 pm

    So ive been wondering for awhile how you store your avocado. Im sure you don’t have a whole one with your sandwiches and quinoa bowls but what do you do with the rest? How do you keep it from turning brown?

    • Jen October 21, 2011, 11:35 am

      I usually only use 1/4 of an avocado at a time. We put them in the fridge in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer. We leave the pit in tact and then just slice off the brown stuff before using it again. it does get a little brown but not too bad!

  • eli October 21, 2011, 6:13 am

    That’s interesting that you mentioned Thursday is one of the slower fitness days. I just moved to Newfoundland and joined the local gym yesterday. I wanted my Body Pump back!! During the tour I asked if any of the classes were really busy. Apparently Thursday nights at 6:30 is by far the busiest of the week! That really surprised me- and even more now that you mentioned it’s a slow day.

    I haven’t taken class here yet but I’m excited to see what foreign body pump is like! πŸ™‚

    • Jen October 21, 2011, 11:34 am

      that is crazy! everywhere i have ever taught, classes have been less full on thursday than say monday or tuesday. interesting that it’s their biggest bodypump class of the week!

      let me know how that goes!

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate October 21, 2011, 6:19 am

    I want this meatloaf recipe πŸ™‚

    • Jen October 21, 2011, 11:36 am

      i’m going to write it up and post it within the next week on bakin’ and eggs. i’ll let you know when i do!

  • Pam Leverette October 21, 2011, 7:39 am

    Jen, I, like Matt, want the meatloaf recipe. Also, when you practice ashtanga do you have a set flow, follow a DVD, are you in a class, or do you just see how your body feels and what it needs and move into positions from there? I’ve been following a few DVD’s and some sequences from yoga download but I’m bored. Just wanting some ideas.

    • Jen October 21, 2011, 11:32 am

      pam – i will be posting the meatloaf recipe within the next week or so on bakin’ and eggs.

      ashtanga is a set series of postures that you practice in the same order, every time. it’s a self-guided practice so i just go to the studio and practice. sometimes there is a teacher there assisting, other times i just practice on my own. the practice requires a lot of discipline because you have to guide yourself through. it takes a while to commit the series to memory but once you do it is extremely meditative. i’ve been practicing it for about a year and a half now.

      here is a link to the primary series: http://dailycupofyoga.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/3002930046_1c7781153e_o.jpg. and more info here: http://www.ashtangayoga.info/practice/asana-vinyasa-series/.

      i will write a whole post devoted to ashtanga super soon and really get into detail. i know it seems confusing.

      • Pam Leverette October 22, 2011, 9:12 am

        Thanks so much Jen! I’ll check out the link.
        So happy for you and the change you’ve made in your life.
        You are a blessing!

        • Jen October 22, 2011, 7:37 pm

          thanks so much pam. hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.

  • Holly October 21, 2011, 8:13 am

    I agree on Thursdays! I usually rest on Friday so by Thursday night I’m ready for my rest day. I tend to enjoy yoga the most on Thursday nights for that same reason… eases me into resting time πŸ™‚

    Meatloaf looks crazy good!

  • Donna October 21, 2011, 9:48 am

    I wanna do the bootcamp so bad!!! I hate that I work every other Sunday!!!

    • Jen October 21, 2011, 11:26 am

      we may be able to work something out for you!

  • Jess @ Jess Go Bananas October 21, 2011, 12:40 pm

    I always wondered if you ate a snack before a workout-sometimes I can power through, but other days I feel as though I will eat my arm if I have to! LOL

    • Jen October 21, 2011, 7:21 pm

      jess – it just depends on how early my workout is and how i’m feeling. i don’t love to practice yoga with a full breakfast so i’ll usually have a light snack if i’m hungry! i eat a big breakfast after!

  • Jen@FoodFamilyFitness October 21, 2011, 1:40 pm

    You are all kinds of bad ass!!! I work out early mornings, and by Friday morning, I am dragging some serious tail!!

  • Lyndsi October 21, 2011, 2:09 pm

    Hey Jen, the bootcamp looks like a great time. I clicked on the site but haven’t registered yet because I’m not sure where it’s going to be… I am sure I’m just overlooking it but do you mind letting me know the location?


    • Jen October 21, 2011, 7:20 pm

      hi! the bootcamps will be held at fight gone mad but tanner and i will be leading them! it’s on south blvd. let me know if you have ANY other questions!

  • Lyndsi October 22, 2011, 11:52 am

    Thanks, Jen!!

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