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Fall and Football

And so starts another week. I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Mine felt pretty perfect and left me feeling rested, recharged and happy.

A couple housekeeping items:

  • Many of you have followed up about my heart rate monitor and yoga experiment. Well, I’ve decided that it deserves to be a bigger “study.” I don’t think it’s fair to put a general “this is how many calories you burn” statement out there without some diversity. So here’s the plan…I’m going to wear the HRM for a variety of yoga classes over the next few weeks. Different teachers, different styles, different studios, etc. I also may enlist the help of fellow yogis to provide comparison. (Let me know if you’re interested in participating!) And then I’ll write a post about heart rate and calorie burn for several different styles of yoga (power, hot, vinyasa, ashtanga, etc. FYI: not planning on including any deep stretch or slow flow info in the study).
  • Charlotte-area readers…be sure to check out my teaching schedule as I have dropped some classes (no more yoga with weights) and added others (vinyasa flow at a new club).

As much as I hate to admit it…fall is creeping in and I kind of like it. I am a total summer girl. I will take 90 degree days, peaches, tomatoes, flip flops and sundresses over chili, fires, sweaters and snow any day. That said, cooler mornings, football and pumpkin beers have been making me pretty happy since the start of September.

On Saturday night we had friends over to watch the Georgia/South Carolina game. The weather was awesome so we set a TV up on the patio.

Although someone was less than thrilled to be banished to the inside for most of the evening. 😉 (Check the window.)

We had a great dinner spread. Brandon smoked two Boston butts on his Big Green Egg and made pulled pork. I prepared cole slaw, baked beans and collards on the side. Sullie is pretty much the sweetest pup ever and never even thought about getting close to the peanut butter cookies that were perched on the edge of the table. (And she loves peanut butter as much as her mom!)

The pulled pork was excellent. We have tons of leftovers so expect this to be a repeating theme over the next week.

The Dawgs didn’t win but it was really fun to have friends over for the game. We haven’t been entertaining as much as we usually do recently and I’ll admit it’s mostly due to my crazy schedule. It was nice to slow down, work on the house, prepare a good meal and enjoy friends.

Sunday eats…

Almond butter, honey and banana on whole wheat with tortilla chips, carrots and apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon.

Post-practice snack of cheese and crackers. Aged white cheddar, colby jack and smoked gouda with crackers, apple slices and apricot preserves.

And a sushi extravaganza for Sunday night dinner. I really enjoyed this dinner out with Brandon. It was full of good and meaningful conversation. I feel lucky to be married to such an amazing man. Life is good. We are blessed.

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  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate September 12, 2011, 6:13 am

    That pulled pork looks excellent.

  • Holly @ Pink Runner September 12, 2011, 6:55 am

    Yum sushi looks so good and I love watching tv outside! I can’t wait for the yoga study!

  • Tracy September 12, 2011, 7:19 am

    Aww Sullie is behaving so well next to the food! Sam does the same thing – Goldens are the best!!!

    Have an awesome week!


    • Jen September 12, 2011, 11:07 am

      i know, i can’t believe how good she is about it! they are the best. i tell brandon at least 1,000x a week how sweet she is. 😉

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad September 12, 2011, 7:53 am

    I love summer too but I am so ready for Fall.

    Sullie is so sweet. Her little face at the window is precious!

  • Whitney September 12, 2011, 8:54 am

    Sorry your dawgs lost..it was an excellent game to watch!!

    …also loving the cooler mornings because I don’t have to get up at 5am to run anymore! hooray 🙂

  • Jen September 12, 2011, 9:32 am

    I cannot wait to see the results of your “study”. It bothers me when people say you burn 1200 calories or something ridicuous during an hour of yoga. But then it bothers me even more when people dismiss yoga because you burn so few calories compared to running. Umm the benefits of yoga go FAR beyond calories burned. But I’m still super interested in the study because I’m a dork 🙂

    • Jen September 12, 2011, 11:06 am

      jen – i agree with both of your points…no, you do not burn that many calories in an hour of yoga but really…how much does it matter. i think that it’s good to know a general range but it’s not something to obsess over.

      i decided that i should broaden it a bit besides just wearing it for tanner’s hot vinyasa because we both know that is not the standard HR and calorie burn for a class!

  • Jessica King September 12, 2011, 10:01 am

    I would love to help with the HRM – yoga experiment. Just let me know what you need. I am excited to see the results!

    • Jen September 12, 2011, 11:04 am

      i will send an email out to the group of volunteers later today! thanks jessica!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 12, 2011, 10:02 am

    The game was so close! At least I thought we played better than last week 🙂

    And I love dinners full of deep conversation…they make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

    • Jen September 12, 2011, 11:03 am

      we most definitely played better than last week! i had hope for most of the game. those last few minutes just took an ugly turn.

  • Debra September 12, 2011, 11:00 am

    I seriously laughed out loud at Sullie’s little face in the window! My dog and cat do the same thing if we’re outside and they’re inside. So cute!

    I am very interested in the study…can’t wait to hear the results!

    • Jen September 12, 2011, 11:02 am

      i know! she’s too cute for her own good! 🙂

  • Holly September 12, 2011, 11:32 am

    That cheese plate looks amazing! Jealous!

  • Brynne September 12, 2011, 2:16 pm

    I’ve always been so curious about the calorie burn during yoga. Obviously, just like with every other workout, it’s different for everyone, but with running there’s at least some sort of approximate estimate based on mileage (I’ve always head about 100 calories a mile, depending on weight). I’m excited that you’re doing this over a longer period of time and with different yoga styles. Great idea!

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers September 12, 2011, 2:17 pm

    So many things I love all in one post! I really enjoy smoked gouda, bbq, football, and pumpkin beers. I watched that game too – it was a good one!

  • Chelsea September 12, 2011, 2:58 pm

    Do you have any recommendations for HRMs? I’ve never really used one before, but I was actually thinking of picking up one this week. Thanks!!

  • Alaina September 12, 2011, 5:05 pm

    That whole dish looks so good. I love the fall, but I will miss the BBQ’s of summer. But now it’s everything pumpkin and apple picking! 🙂

  • Meghan @ StruggleMuffins September 12, 2011, 7:18 pm

    Love the pic of Sullie politely peering at the food! I so want a sushi boat right now. And an almond butter and banana sammich. Not together, but still. 🙂

  • Megan@eatmybeets September 12, 2011, 10:31 pm

    I’m definitely feeling ready for fall as well! I love football and all the social gatherings that it entails. Social gatherings make life better 🙂 And I’m ready to wear some jackets.

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