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I’m happy to report that my Tuesday outlook has been much sunnier than my Monday mood. The day started off on a good note when I decided to sleep until 7 a.m. rather than get up in the five o’clock hour to practice yoga. I love yoga, immensely, but right now my practice has taken a back seat to my schedule and I’m really okay with that. I have to cut myself some slack in some areas and it’s okay if I don’t get to practice every day (and I did end up getting to practice a little later on so it was all good!).

I pulled ingredients out of the fridge to make pumpkin oatmeal. Then I put them all back in the fridge and made eggs, toast and fruit instead. On a related note, is anyone interested in a tutorial on my fail-proof egg cooking method? No flipping required!

Then I looked at the coffeemaker and decided on tea instead. Not sure what was up with me this morning. This is all very uncharacteristic of me!

I subbed the morning hot vinyasa class at Y2. I’ve been helping out with it for the past few weeks and it’s been nice to be with the morning crowd. They are a fun group because you can throw anything at them and they are game for it. Today we worked on dropping back to backbends. Backbends are my favorite! Tuesdays are my late nights at Metro and I’m usually here until about 8 p.m. so I don’t come in until 11:30 or noon. It’s nice to be able to have the morning free (although I usually end up doing email/computer work, but from home!). I love my flexible schedule.

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a playlist. This is my playlist from my Sunday morning class (click to make it bigger). I was feeling a little more low-key and less “in the club” and got pretty good feedback on this one. Sometimes I just cannot do Rhianna at 9:15 a.m. on a Sunday. 😉

Okay, back to the food. I trained clients over lunch and then came home for a late lunch around 2 p.m. I was famished but luckily I had a soy latte and a Kind Bar after teaching yoga to hold me over!

I made a panini with apricot preserves, spinach, manchego and tempeh on sourdough. I cooked it in a cast iron skillet with salted butter. Chips, pears and veggies on the side. And then I ate two oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Yep.

Hope it’s been a sunny and cheery Tuesday for you too! Stay tuned for another Under Amour “What’s Beautiful Challenge” post tomorrow AND another giveaway!

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  • amy May 22, 2012, 6:33 pm

    this is weird but that bread u use looks awesome haha…now im craving sourdough bread (i dont even know if thats what u used but i want it!). i would love to hear ur egg cooking method btw!

  • Caroline May 22, 2012, 6:52 pm

    I would like to hear your egg cooking method as well – yours always look like perfect over-medium, with no brown! I always break the yolk when I flip mine and then I get mad. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing the Sunday playlist – I really liked it and was wondering who did the Colorblind cover. I thought it was lovely!

  • tara May 22, 2012, 7:17 pm

    Yes, please share the egg technique. Details too because I’ve tried lots of egg methods and not sure what is the healthiest and efficient way. (and tastiest 🙂

    How often do you eat soy (such as tempeh, edamame, or tofu)?

    Great blog.

  • Kimberly May 22, 2012, 7:28 pm

    Hi Jen! First off, I want to say awesome blog! I recently discovered it and really enjoy reading it! I live in Charlotte too. I just moved here from Raleigh! I definitely will try to come by one of your classes sometime and introduce myself. I love yoga and running (and I could use a little body pump too!).

    Second, your breakfast looks really good. I think I will have eggs tomorrow morning! 🙂

    Third, glad you had a good tuesday!

  • Laura May 22, 2012, 8:18 pm

    Jen, I’d love your opinion on this if you don’t mind, being a yoga teacher yourself. My studio rarely plays music like that. Is this a personal choice what music to play or does it depend on the studio? My studio typically plays yoga-specific music (which isn’t bad per say) but sometimes I really connect with the type of music you mention here, especially when I’m familiar with the song and lyrics. Any reason other than personal preference, do you think? Would it be rude to recommend something different?

  • sana May 22, 2012, 9:25 pm

    🙂 I would totally sleep in till 7am instead of getting up at 5!

  • Holly @ Pink-Runner.com May 22, 2012, 10:11 pm

    Love Northern Lights 🙂

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate May 22, 2012, 10:29 pm

    You always have the best looking sandwiches 🙂

  • Clara May 22, 2012, 10:43 pm

    Aaaah it’s been so long since I listened to Collective Soul, love them! Thanks for the reminder :). I thought of you today as I had my first meeting with my personal trainer. I’m SO excited to start sessions- it’s my summer gift to myself!

  • Sam @ The Balance Artist May 23, 2012, 12:00 am

    That white plate is genius…I am in the market for some new dishes, and I love plain white….so classy and restaurant-y!!…but that long one makes your food look even MORE appetizing!

    Thanks for this post…I now have added “long white plate” and “cast iron skillet” to my Must-Buy list! 🙂

    And YES! Teach me how to cook my eggs like that! Eggs are the one thing I just cannot ever get right…

  • Cristen Floyd May 23, 2012, 3:15 am

    Salted butter? Very interesting twist. My hand automatically grabs the unsalted at the store. Do you keep both?

    • Jen May 24, 2012, 9:57 am

      my dad always keeps salted butter so occasionally i will pick some up to have on hand for toast/grilled cheese/cooking but i typically always keep unsalted as my default because it’s more versatile and i can bake with it. there is nothing like toast with salted butter though…mmm!

  • Audrey May 23, 2012, 6:15 am

    I’d definitely like to hear about your egg cooking method! I just recently discovered how delicious eggs can be in other forms besides scrambled/fried/omelette so I’m still a bit of a newbie when it comes to cooking them in different ways!

  • Danielle May 23, 2012, 6:20 am

    Would love to see your fail-proof egg cooking method!

  • Sarah May 23, 2012, 9:51 am

    I would love to see the egg cooking method too. Thanks for sharing the playlist. I think I will add some of those to running playlist. I love Collective Soul and Florence and the Machine. I’m glad you were feeling better today. 🙂

  • Dominique @ FreeToBeAthlete May 23, 2012, 10:05 am

    I don’t normally eat eggs, but I find myself craving a more traditional eggs, toast, and bacon breakfast when I have been working out especially hard for a while. I’d love to know how to make a fried egg without flipping!

  • Amanda @flecksofgreen May 23, 2012, 10:25 am

    Wow that tempeh panini looks really good! I just might have to give something like that a try for dinner tonight! What do you suggest is the best way to prepare the tempeh?

    • Jen May 24, 2012, 9:50 am

      amanda – when i use it in sandwiches, i usually just slice it in half and heat it up a bit in the microwave to take the chill off. nothing special!

  • Katrina May 23, 2012, 2:02 pm

    Hi Jen! I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now, but this is my first time commenting. Just wanted to let you know that your blog is one of my favorites — I look forward to reading it every day! Anyways, you’ve got an awesome playlist right there. LOVE Dead Hearts by Stars 🙂 Happy Wednesday!

    • Jen May 24, 2012, 9:49 am

      hi katrina – thanks for reading and taking the time to comment! i’m so happy to hear that you enjoy reading and happy to hear from a fellow stars fan! 🙂

  • Becca May 23, 2012, 5:14 pm

    Your entry for 5/23/2012 is like reading an advertisement for Under Armour. Blah.

    • Jen May 24, 2012, 9:47 am

      hey becca – i know that you’re a faithful reader and frequent commenter so thanks for your honesty. i put a lot of time, energy and resources into my blog and occasionally i participate in some sponsored posts with my ad network. i only agree to do them with products/companies that i feel good about and the opinions are always my own. i’m actually a big fan of the whole idea of under armor’s what’s beautiful challenge but know that these types of posts will never the the “norm” on my blog.

  • Lisa May 24, 2012, 3:54 pm

    Glad your having a much better day! Sometimes we just have bad days, its something that happens every once in a while, but at least your feeling good now. That panini looks so delicious!! I now have a craving for one.

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