I hope everyone is excited for a romantic weekend, haha!! Of course, I am kicking things off with a lovely evening of FREE yoga and exclusive shopping! That’s right, tonight is the night I teach at HAVEN collective yoga’s trunk show hosted by the beautiful & talented Jacqueline Palmer. I am so excited to slip into their amazing contour leggings and share my offering with the Bay Area beauties in attendance. But enough about that, today’s Foodie Friday is sort of a Valentine’s themed because I made this recipe specially for my handsome husband. He asked me to pick up some zucchini bread ingredients earlier this week and they sort of just sat there. So I took the hit, haha, and got to work concocting a healthy but still delicious zucchini muffin for us both to enjoy this weekend & coming week.Just like everything I make, this still needs some tweaking, but certainly good enough to share as is…I present:
Zucchini Muffins w/Pecans
2 scant cups whole wheat flour (sifted twice)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
2 eggs (or egg substitute)
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey (heavy measure)
1/2 cup 2% plain greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
2 zucchini grated and squeezed of excess moisture
6 tbsp coconut oil
1 cup chopped pecans
Heat oven to 325. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together in large bowl. In separate bowl, combine eggs, yogurt, honey, oil, sugar, vanilla, and zucchini and whisk until well mixed. Add wet to dry and fold all the ingredients together until uniform. Then add the pecans, spoon into cupcake tin (lined, sprayed, and filled 1/2 – 3/4), and bake on center rack for 14 minutes.I was definitely skeptical at first but I must admit, I could become addicted to these moist, delicious, little wonders!! I hope you and yours find yourselves inspired to get creative with some of your favorite treats this weekend!!
I’m excited to share this weekly dose of motivation because we’re both starting to see differences. As I have been sharing we’re still enjoying our lives, indulging in moderation, and we’re both down 5+ pounds. More than that, we’re both noticing a bit more muscle definition and feeling great! We had a wonderful weekend in Tahoe skiing and enjoying the amazing views! This week, in addition to my studio classes at Moxie, I am teaching a free class in the Mission as part of Haven Collective Yoga‘s trunk show. I met these talented ladies at the Yoga Journal conference and am so excited to be a part of their pop-up trunk show here in San Francisco. Phil is busy with work meetings and hitting the gym so we’re both already looking forward to our Valentine’s weekend together! ❤ But lets not get too far ahead of ourselves. Here’s what we have lined up for this week to keep us motivated and making positive changes. It’s week 6 of 16 and we’re feeling like we could do this forever!
“Once you see results, it becomes an addiction.”
45-60 minutes yoga daily (me)
50-55 minutes yoga 2x/wk (Phil)
45-60 minutes cycling 3x/wk (me)
45-60 minutes mixed weights & cardio (Phil)
*as much as we love doing stuff together we’ve noticed our bodies and our routines naturally have taken us in slightly different directions in fitness and in our diets*
Can you believe the first month of 2016 has already come and gone?!?!? I think I must have blinked and missed it because I sure can’t! January was full of so many exciting visits, adventures, and exciting career opportunities I can’t imagine how February is even going to compare.One thing is staying the same though, and that’s our commitment to healthier choices. We made it through one month of more conscious living: eating well, exercising, making healthier decisions, etc… and even though there was indulging, like these amazing desserts from dinner at Delfina when my parent’s visited, we’re both feeling lighter, leener (see what I did there 😉 ), and full or energy!
“If you are persistent you will get it. If you are consistent you will keep it!”
Running 1x wk 45-55min
Cycling 1x wk 45-55min(Bike in the shop until Wednesday 😦 )
Breakfast: Homemade Chia Bars OR Oatmeal w/banana and nuts
Lunch: Ground Turkey Burrito Bowls OR Mixed Green Salad w/Tuna
Snack: Hummus w/Pita & Cucumbers, Protein Shake, Multigrain Tortilla Chips w/fresh pico, trail mix packs, OR apple w/nut butter
Dinner: Salmon Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries w/ zesty slaw (I know we eat these all the time but they are sooo good, I promise I will get more creative soon), Mixed Mushroom Marinara w/ whole wheat penne, OR 1 of 3 Plated meals being delivered later this week (check out Foodie Friday this week for some delicious meal ideas)
I am filled with love and excitement from such an incredible weekend at Yoga Journal Live San Francisco and I can’t wait share everything I absorbed with my students! This week is going to be a little crazy with Phil traveling AGAIN and family visiting but we’re both doing our best to stick with regular exercise and smart dietary choices.
Our routine for the week is going to be a little harder to follow but we’re happy with how things have been going and excited for the weeks to come as well! Yoga is obviously at the center of all I do, but I’m doing some cycling to supplement this week and emphasizing simple foods to see how that feels.
“If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.”
& Cycling 4x/wk
Breakfast: sprouted toast w/pb and greens powder
Lunch: Salad w/pumpkin seeds, feta cheese, and balsamic dressing
This week has been a little all over the place for me but I’m confident there is still time to turn it around. That is why today’s Wellness Wednesday post is all about finding your focus, both on and off the mat.As a teacher and a student of yoga it is very easy to slip into a routine…just move through a sequence without paying attention, follow the same ques, repeat the same things, etc… I know yoga is supposed to help you be present, focused, and all that jazz but trust me, it happens to the best of us, haha! I really started to feel that way yesterday; as I was teaching the 2nd of 3 classes for the day it felt like I was saying some of my ques just simply out of habit, not necessarily because there was any intention behind it. It occurred to me I didn’t have a focus…I was just showing up. And while that may be enough for some, for me, it just isn’t. So, with a few more classes to teach this week, and a whole lot of yoga journal conference to volunteer for this weekend, I decided right there and then that I needed to take a moment to step back and find my focus. With my classes I chose to focus on thoracic spine opening, and for myself I am focused on being present, staying motivated, and breathing through the tough stuff. There is much more in life to love than you can possibly imagine…you just have to focus! ❤
I hope everyone had an awesome weekend and are gearing up for another amazing week! Phil and I are feeling energized and ready to tackle week 2 of our diet and exercise routine. We took some time to indulge in moderation this weekend with a little post yoga lunch out in the Mission and it felt perfectly satisfying – a little vegan french onion soup and mushroom, gruyere grilled cheese…perfect on a chilly Sunday afternoon.
One of the biggest parts of our ‘change’ is leaving time for rest and not depriving ourselves of anything…it’s more about making the healthy choice most of the time and allowing for a little wiggle room. We’ve got such a busy week with Phil traveling for business and me working the yoga journal conference but we’re committed to sticking with our routine. If you are in the bay area and haven’t gotten your passes for Yoga Journal Conference this coming weekend use code NEW YOU at check out to get 15% off your passes. I am so excited to be a part of everything and I hope to see some of you there too!!
“PUSH YOURSELF! No one else is going to do it for you.”
35 min. cycling or running 3x/wk
Body Weight Intervals 3x/wk (4x w/30 sec. btwn rounds)
10 push ups
60 sec. forearm plank
10 jump squats
60 sec. mountain climber
Each morning starts with 15 min of meditation/stretching and detox tea
Greens powder water & oatmeal with apples and pecans
Greens powder water & cottage cheese and apples
Hard Boiled Eggs
Celery w/peanut butter
Vegetarian Chili with multi grain tortilla chips & cheddar cheese
Grilled Chicken or Tofu with brown rice and veggies
I have had a great couple of classes this week and am really looking forward to the ones to come. This week, my focus is on Warrior II, Virabhadrasana B, with all of my classes.
Over the few weeks leading up to the holidays I started to notice my students anxiousness in Warrior II…everyone wanted to move just as soon as they arrived in the pose. “Where are we going next?!?!” seemed to be the thought on every mind in the room, instead of focusing on the nuances of the posture at hand. So in an effort to bring more awareness to their Warriors, I have been holding my students in Warrior II for 7-10 breaths (which in a 55min class is significant).
Warrior II has always been up there as one of my favorites because it’s always a little different…there are so many different components at play. Starting from the base of the feet and working all the up to the head, there are endless things to think about.
Separate feet almost twice hip width apart and raise arms straight up from sides reaching left to right
Turn right toes to the right and bend right knee so its directly over the ankle and the right thigh is parallel with the mat
Gaze over right figure tips, relax shoulders, and engage the lower abdominals to the spine
From there you can check a number of things but most important (I think) is making sure your knee cap is tracking directly over your fourth and big toes. If your knee looks like its rolling inward, press into the pinkie toe side of your foot. In contrast, if your knee cap is turning out, press the big toe mound into the floor.
stretch hips, groin, and shoulders
strengthen legs, ankles, feet, and core
increased focus, balance and concentration
improved circulation, respiration
lower back pain relief
My hope is you’ll find these and the coming weekly tips helpful in your own practice and daily life. If you’re in SF and want to come flow with me, check out the yoga page for classes and how to sign up!
I am excited to kick off the new year with a new vision for Livingleen; which starts with 16 weeks of diet & exercise regimes every Monday. Both Phil and I are committed to sticking with the posted weekly routine as best as possible…making adjustments, of course, when life calls for it.This week we’re hitting the ground running with 2 days of lifting, 3 days of cardio, and yoga (at least a few minutes) every day. We’re partnering our workouts with a lower sugar, high protein diet to fuel our fire and have us feeling fierce in no time. We’ve definitely been indulging in holiday decadence and feeling the extra pounds, so this shift is much needed.In an effort to stay motivated and keep things interesting, we’re taking this a step further and turning the next 16 weeks into a bit of a competition…best results gets a prize! We’re going to choose a certain amount of money and the winner gets to decide what we do with it…it should be fun! Below is the diet and exercise we’re sticking to this week…let’s get to it!
“Your body is your message to the world. Make sure it’s inspiring!”
Tues/Thurs & Sat: 35 minute run
Mon & Wed: Lift 3x 15reps
Each morning starts with 15 min of meditation/stretching and detox tea
Greens powder water & whole wheat toast w/peanut butter
Greens power water & whole wheat toast w/egg whites & cheddar cheese
I hope everyone is getting in the holiday spirit! Even though we likely won’t be seeing snow in San Francisco for Christmas, frost covered peaks are just a few hours drive away. Phil and I spent our first weekend of the season in Tahoe and it did not disappoint! We didn’t hit the slopes because we’re still working on our gear situation but we explored Squaw Village, got settled into the house, and watched the snow fall from the hot tub – not a bad way to getaway! Even more exciting, for me anyway, is the discovery that one our housemates is also a yoga instructor in SF – WHOOT WHOOT!!! I am so excited to have a fellow yogi at the house and to get to know another bay area teacher…it’ll be fun to flow together and nerd out on yoga stuff!
It’s Phil’s birthday tomorrow !!!!! I had a few tricks up my sleeve but he has to travel for work last minute 😦 , so we’ll have to save them for another time. Instead we’ll be celebrating with friends Friday at Dosa since Phil loves Indian…I still might have a thing or two planned! 😉 I have a lot to do for him in preparation for Christmas next week but can thankfully say I am done with everyone else. We’re going to be spending the holiday away from family this year so I think we’re both trying to make an extra effort to make it special!
It’s going to be so much fun to fill this space below the tree with gifts for him and have a nice dinner just the two of us. Since we’re doing Christmas here I am so excited to be shooting up to Tahoe for some skiing for New Years!!
Phil and I have about 40 days until we get married and we’re working hard to look our very best! One of the things we are doing is a Lush face mask every other night.
I have tried so many different things for my skincare and I have finally settled on Lush for all my skincare needs – I love it, and so does Phil! All of their products (or most of them anyway) are food grade and 100% natural. Lush never tests it’s products on animals and the company works to make sure the farms/farmers they work with are well treated. I use their face wash, toner, syrum, face lotion, body bar, body conditioner, buffy bar, etc.. and they’re all fabulous, but we’re both obsessed with their face masks!
Whether you’re looking for something to help with breakouts, calm skin after too much fun, even tone, or just need a pick me up…there’s a mask for that! In the photo above Phil is sporting Cosmetic Catastrophe and I have Brazened Honey on my face BUT we are also huge fans of Love Lettuce, BB Seaweed, The Scared Truth and Oatfix (though it smells sooo much like banana bread it’s hard not to eat it off your face!)
We’ll be continuing this little ritual from now until the big day…and maybe beyond!!!
In other news, I taught my first Bay Area yoga class yesterday!! I was definitely very nervous but there was a strong turn out and it went really well! I can’t wait to tackle more classes here in SF.