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I’ll Never Climb Mount Everest + Last Week’s Workouts + This Week’s Dinner Menu

Happy Sunday! I hope it’s as beautiful for you as it is here in Charlotte. It’s 63 and sunny and I’m going to get myself outside after I finish this post.

One of my favorite Sunday activities is reading Joy the Baker’s “Let It Be Sunday” post where she compiles a weekly reading list of things from around the Internet. I just got sucked into the vortex of Mount Everest stories after reading, “Mount Everest is so crowded this year, there is a risk of traffic jams.” There will be around 800 climbers trying to summit in the handful of days with favorable conditions for it.

Reading that story led me to google other news stories about Everest and looking at pictures of the ascent and summit.

(source CBS News)

Call me crazy but this does not look like a fun activity and is not on my bucket list! I have read so much about Everest and watched movies/documentaries because I find it fascinating that people willingly and excitedly do this. It just all around sounds like a terrifying experience that does not pass my “risk versus reward” test. There is such a high risk for injury and loss of life. Also, I really hate being cold and the thought of spending weeks at base camp + the freezing cold ascent sounds miserable. Hot yoga problems…haha. Did you know that it also costs $40,000-$45,000!?

Okay, that was quite a tangent. Let’s talk about my workouts from last week…they were nothing compared to an Everest summit and very warm and sweaty! πŸ˜‰

flying pigeon

Weekly Workout Recap

Monday: teach Y2 Strength, hot yoga (here is the workout that I taught)

Tuesday: teach Y2 Strength, hot yoga

Wednesday: teach Y2 Strength, hot yoga

Thursday: teach Y2 Strength, hot yoga

Friday: hot yoga

Saturday: hot yoga

Sunday: run (hopefully 4-5 miles), hot yoga

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’m doing a 4-week test of a new strength training format at the studio. It’s a 45-minute class that uses bodyweight, bands and dumbbells for a total body strength workout. For the 4-week test, we are only offering 4 classes each week with 10-12 spots per class and I am teaching all of them. If the test goes well, I’ll add more classes to the schedule and train a few other teachers to teach it. So far so good! πŸ™‚

I also mentioned earlier this week that I’m participating in our studio’s 30 day Hot Asana Challenge in May. It’s been a long time since I’ve practiced daily (mostly due to lack of time and fitting in other workouts, I so wish that I could) so I’m excited to see how I feel at the end of the 30 days!

Paleomg Pizza Spaghetti Pie

This Week’s Dinner Menu

I spent some time this morning putting together a meal plan for the week. Here’s what we’re working with.

Sunday: Braised chicken with asparagus, peas and leeks with herb roasted potatoes

Monday: Thai sweet potato noodle bowls with tofu

Tuesday: Sesame crusted yellowfin tuna sushi bowls

Wednesday: Ancho chile and cinnamon brined pork chops with pan-fried plantains and spicy braised collards

Thursday: PaleOMG pizza spaghetti pie made with chicken Italian sausage + add some extra veggies

Friday-Sunday: Florida visiting my family

I’m making the pizza spaghetti pie on Thursday so that Tanner will have some leftovers to eat while I’m gone. Sometimes I’m sweet like that. πŸ˜›

Talk to me about your thoughts on climbing Mount Everest. Would you ever do it?

What workout are you loving right now?

What’s on your dinner menu for the week?



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  • Juliette | Namastay Traveling May 7, 2017, 12:51 pm

    Mt. Everest has never been on my life…and neither has sky diving! I have quite the bucket list but some things are just too risky for me to consider (and well, I’m pretty freaked out by heights). Such an interesting read, though. I have my first yoga demo this week (any tips??) so my workouts have been practicing my flow and trying new sequences!

  • Kate Nightlinger May 7, 2017, 1:17 pm

    Like you– I’m totally fascinated by Everest documentaries and books, but no desire to climb it. I value my life too much. I would however love to hike the PCT trail like in the movie Wild. Still a great adventure with risk, but less extreme. Finally, totally nailed a 2:00 hour half marathon this morning #bucketlistβœ…. ❀️ your blog and energy!!

    • Jen May 10, 2017, 9:40 pm

      Hey Kate – I am with you on hiking adventures. Much more my style. CONGRATS on your half PR! πŸ™‚

  • Margaret May 7, 2017, 1:29 pm

    I agree with a comment I read above… I, too, get pretty freaked out by heights… and came within one step of about killing myself one time while touring a factory. While everybody else took off across the see-through grates over the factories heating equipment, I began picking my way across the area on the concrete — except for one step which would have been on a piece of asbestos …. but it wasn’t see-through!!! What stopped me? A man clear across the huge room we were in whistled and yelled at me!!! Don’t do that lady — you’ll kill yourself! So, in addition to no mountain climbing expeditions and no sky diving… I’m adding…. NO factory tours!

    • Jen May 10, 2017, 9:39 pm

      THIS IS TERRIFYING! Who would have thought this would be a risk on a factory tour!?

  • Nicki May 7, 2017, 7:48 pm

    For a while, Everest Base Camp was on my list mostly because I LOVE being in the mountains and the pictures look stunning…but NOT Everest itself! I’m also weirdly obsessed with reading about Everest and watching documentaries on it but actually doing it, no way, as it scares the sh*t out of me. (Kudos to those that do and especially the ones that survive. SUCH a risk!) I hiked a 14er in Colorado last summer since I live here now (aka 14,000 ft peak) and it was TORTURE the entire way up/down. It will be a long time before I do another one and even then I might just stick to hikes at lower elevations, haha!
    Current workout: CrossFit, which I’ve been doing for almost 5 years! Dinner this week: currently have green chili chicken with potatoes and carrots in my crockpot and I’ve also cooked up some beef, sweet potatoes, kale, broccoli and butternut squash to rotate πŸ™‚ Happy Sunday!

    • Jen May 10, 2017, 9:38 pm

      Girl, I’ve hiked one 14er in Colorado and it was the most humbling physical feat! That is some serious stuff. I can’t even make sense in my head how you would do double that.

      WOW to your 5 year CF streak!

  • Diana May 7, 2017, 8:14 pm

    I actually thought about climbing Mt Everest after reading Into Thin Air. For about 5 minutes. And then one day (in Charlotte), I stepped out of the house into a “cool” 40 degree F day and thought, “This cold sucks, and I don’t like it.” This shortly after finishing the book. And remembering that I had actually considered climbing Mt. Everest. Yea, it was pretty obvious it’s not for me. Now, a yoga retreat…that sounds more up my alley. πŸ™‚ PS I’ve heard it’s cool to even just go to base camp. Not sure about the cost, but that sounds much more do-able.

    • Jen May 10, 2017, 9:37 pm

      Haha, this is so funny! YES RE: yoga retreat! Much better use of the funds. πŸ˜‰

  • Stephanie May 7, 2017, 8:38 pm

    Thank you! I also hate being cold and feel like this is a super legit reason to not want to climb Everest or anything similar. haha!

    • Jen May 10, 2017, 9:36 pm

      It is SO LEGIT! I am in such a terrible mood when I’m cold and there’s NO WAY to get warm.

  • Caz May 7, 2017, 10:30 pm

    Never commented on your blog before πŸ™‚ anyway mountains are my thing and while Everest isn’t on my bucket list, it’s more because of how busy and commercial it is than the danger. There are far more “dangerous” peaks to climb than Everest. I have a few friends who have summitted and I’d love to climb a few different mountains. That said, I’m Canadian and while I’ve done hot yoga it mostly seems like an unenjoyable sweaty slog. I love power flow, just not at 40*C.

    • Jen May 10, 2017, 9:36 pm

      I’m glad you did comment! Please share the more dangerous peaks so that I can go read about them! πŸ™‚

  • Pam May 8, 2017, 8:16 am

    Everest-Never! Way too cold for me! Hot yoga-YES! Love to sweat! Current eats-Veggies in all forms, no dairy or sugar. Feeling good! I love you blog! You inspire me to move daily, enjoy life, get a dog, and read.
    I hope to run into you at Balance this weekend! I’m helping with their 200 hr. YTT.

    • Jen May 10, 2017, 9:35 pm

      Pam – that’s awesome! Hoping to make it on Sunday if my mom doesn’t mind me slipping away on Mother’s Day! πŸ˜‰

  • Jerri May 8, 2017, 8:30 am

    I love Joy the Baker’s “Let It Be Sunday” posts!

    • Jen May 10, 2017, 9:34 pm

      They’re the best!

  • Grayson May 8, 2017, 9:38 am

    Mount Everest will never happen for me! too cold, far away, expensive, and the risk of life:( As far as workouts, I’ve been LOVING bodypump and try to go 5-6 times a week. Such a great strengthener!

    • Jen May 10, 2017, 9:34 pm

      I so love BodyPump and miss it all the time! I taught it for 7 years!

  • acktive life May 8, 2017, 10:17 am

    No desire to climb Mt. Everest as I HATE being cold and it just does not appeal to me at all…Plus that is a LOT of money!!! I’m going to check out “Joy the Baker” Sunday recap. I’ve never read those posts, but excited to read something new. I need to make PaleOMG spaghetti pie. It’s so easy, good, and I love leftovers! xoxo

    • Jen May 10, 2017, 9:34 pm

      I know you’ll love Joy the Baker. Check out her site! πŸ™‚

  • tara May 8, 2017, 1:25 pm

    everest = no way. i literally climbed 6 flights of stairs on my way into work and was like sucking air. LOL

    • Jen May 10, 2017, 9:32 pm

      Haha! This made me laugh.

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