Friday, 12 October 2012

Coconut Pancakes

Yumm!!

I have learned a new healthy breakfast recipe which is quickly becoming a staple in our home! A friend gave me the recipe and I have twisted it a little, but still healthy and delicious!

This recipe makes enough for 1-2 people, depending on how hungry you are! Sorry - I am experimenting with amounts, so play around with the quantities when you are trying these out to your liking.

Coconut Pancakes

1 egg
1 banana
1/4 - 1/2 cup Almond Milk (we like coconut flavoured)
1/4 cup flaked coconut 
1 tbsp ground flax seed
handful oatmeal
1 tsp vanilla extract

Toss all ingredients into Magic Bullet, or other food processor/blender to mix. Coat pan lightly with coconut oil and cook as you would any other pancake. Top with real maple syrup! Keith and I like warming our syrup in the glass bottle :)

Enjoy!





Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Bringing a healthier option to gatherings can be tricky, but once you find a good recipe, your friends and family will beg you to bring it every time there is a celebration! I learned this recipe from a cousin, and have fallen in love with the fresh tasting fruit salsa and the crispy sweet chips!

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Ingredients
2 kiwis - peeled and diced
2 golden delicious apples - peeled, cored, diced (toss in pineapple juice to prevent turning brown)
8oz raspberries
1 lb strawberries
2 tbsp white sugar (can cut out if you find too sweet)
1 tbsp brown sugar

3 tbsp jam (any kind!)
Butter flavored cooking spray (I use EVOO spray)
2 cups cinnamon sugar (ratio: 1/4 cup sugar: 4 tsp cinnamon)
10 (10 inch) flour tortillas

Directions
1) in a large bowl, mix fruit, white sugar, and jam. Cover and chill in fridge for at last 15 minutes
2) preheat oven to 350 degrees
3) spray both sides of tortillas. Cut into wedges. Then toss in a large bowl with cinnamon sugar mix.
4) arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet
5) bake for 9-10 minutes or until crisp

**chips can be made in advance, but fruit salsa is best fresh!

Enjoy!!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Still Here ... Still Fit :)


I am still alive!! What an amazing summer of living and loving and experiencing! I decided to take a break from my blog, although I have missed it.


Keith and I continued to keep fit and eat deliciously healthy throughout the summer; even creating healthier cocktails such as Malibu Rum and coconut water (yumm!!). We enjoyed sweaty runs during Edmonton's heatwave and shooting hoops on our local basketball court.


As September always feels like a new beginning, we have decided to make an even stronger commitment to our health and our fitness. We started following the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan and we are really enjoying it! Learning new, fresh, and healthy recipes and when to eat certain foods to maximize our metabolisms has been exciting! When I am on "day" shifts, we will go for pre-work jogs enjoying the crisp Fall air and complete our strength workouts at the end of our day.


I look forward to start sharing some of our favorite recipes and workouts! Please stay posted!

.love.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Happy Nurses Week!


When someone asks me what I do for a living, I could not be more proud to tell them that I am a nurse. I have the amazing opportunity to be involved in people's lives everyday and to enjoy the beautiful miracle of birth with them. I feel so very fortunate for my career journey and where it has brought me to date. I have met many beautiful, amazing, and inspiring ladies and gentlemen on this path. I am lucky to call them my friends and colleagues.




This week, we celebrate nurses all over. Hug a nurse this week! 







...and tell them to grab a free tea Saturday from David's Tea ...

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Stuffed Poblanos in Chipotle Sauce


Another stuffed veggie!
Stuffed with quinoa, black beans, mushrooms, and corn, these peppers make a satisfying vegetarian main course. Poblanos are among the mildest chiles, although they offer a nice zing! Chipotle chiles are smoked, roasted jalapenos, usually sold in cans with a spicy adobo sauce.

Stuffed Poblanos in Chipotle Sauce

ingredients
4 large poblano chiles
2 tsp, plus 1 tbsp neutral tasting oil (canola or safflower)
1 tbsp chopped chipotle chile in adabo
1 garlic clove
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 packed cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup quinoa
8 ounces small mushrooms (white button or cremini, trimmed, cleaned, and quartered)
1 cup freshly or frozen corn kernels
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
4 ounces crumbled fresh goat cheese (1 cup)

directions
1. preheat oven to 475 degrees. on a parchment-lined baking sheet, rub poblanos with 2 tsp oil. roast until slightly blackened and softened, 15-20 minutes, turning once. remove from oven. when cool enough to handle, remove skins with paper towels. use a paring knife to make a small slit in each chile, then carefully remove seeds (and discard), keeping stem end in tact. 

2. in a blender, combine chipotle, garlic, 1 tsp salt, and 3/4 cup water, season with pepper. blend until smooth. add cilantro, and pulse once to combine. 

3. in a small saucepan, bring 2/3 cup water to boil. add quinoa; return to a boil. stir once, cover, and reduce heat to simmer. cook until quinoa is tender, but still chewy and has absorbed all liquid, about 15 minutes. fluff with a fork. 

4. meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 tbsp oil over medium-high. add mushrooms and 1/2 tsp salt; season with pepper. cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes. add corn and beans, and cook, stirring until heated through, about 2 minutes. stir in 1/2 cup goat cheese and the quinoa.

5. spread chipotle mixture evenly in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. stuff peppers with filling, dividing evenly, and arrange in dish; dot with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. bake until golden, 15-20 minutes. remove from oven, and let cool in pan 10 minutes before serving

per serving: 324 calories, 3.2g saturated fat, 4.7g unsaturated fat, 12.6mg cholesterol, 49.5g carbohydrates, 14.4g protein, 910mg sodium, 9.4g fiber
recipe adapted from"Power Foods" cookbook





Enjoy!!

Stuffed Veggies!!


Good Afternoon!

Keith and I love trying new recipes, or spin-offs of old ones. Stuffing vegetables is a great way to eat healthy and be inventive! We used the recipe below to stuff colored bell peppers and eggplants! They were all delicious!

Stuffed Veggies
prepare in 10 minutes
cooking time 25 minutes
serves 2-4

ingredients
2 medium eggplants (or bell peppers, or zucchini, or tomatoes)
2 tbsp vegetable stock
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp tomato paste
6 ripe tomatoes, skinned and chopped
4 tbsp cooked brown rice (or quinoa)
1/4 chopped pine nuts, lightly toasted
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
juice of 1 lemon
black pepper
goat or feta cheese (if desired)

directions
1. preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 Celcius). if stuffig eggplants or zucchini, trim the stems, then halve lengthwise. use a teaspoon to hollow out each half, leaving a shell about 1cm thick. chop the scooped out flesh. steam the shells over boiling water for about 4 minutes, then hold then under cold water to stop further cooking and dry with paper towels. mist the insides with oil-and-water spray (we like Pam Extra Virgin Olive Oil spray). if stuffing bell peppers, slice off the tops (put to the side), then scoop out and discard the seeds. if stuffing tomatoes, slice off the tops (put to the side), then scoop out the seeds and flesh, and add the flesh to the rice mixture in step 2. 

2. heat the stock in a skillet, then add the onions and garlic to saute, stirring, until translucent. Stir in tomato paste, tomatoes, chopped eggplant or zucchini flesh (if using), cooked rice, pine nuts, herbs, and cinnamon and continue cooking for a couple of minutes. 

3. stir in the lemon juice and season with pepper. lightly mist a baking dish with oil-and-water spray. stuff the vegetables with the rice mixture, add cheese if desired, and put the lids back on the peppers or tomatoes (if using). bake for about 20 minutes. 
per serving: 189 calories, 6.07g fat (0.74g saturated fat), 30.2g carbohydrates, 5.5g protein, 5.33g fiber
recipe adapted from "The Fitness Food Cookbook"

Stuffed eggplants (left) and stuffed bell peppers (right)

Enjoy!

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Deck of Cards Workout!


Good morning!




I cannot believe it has been almost two whole months since I have posted! Crazy! Just crazy! With Spring & Summer quickly approaching we have been keeping ourselves busy, getting outside, and trying some new things!




Keith & I have started running again - some on the trails around our house and some in the beautiful river valley! We have pulled our mountain bikes out of storage and are getting very excited for some good rides in the sunshine!




We continue to workout in our basement with high intensity workouts! Here is a new-to-us workout that we LOVE! 




Take a deck of cards and shuffle! Depending on how much time you have, keep the whole deck, or only use half.




Make an exercise for each "suit" ... Our favorite combination is

Hearts = Push-Ups

Spades = Squats

Diamonds = Squats

Clubs = Burpies



Whatever number is on the card, complete that number of reps (Two = 2, Jack = 11, Ace = 14, etc)




One day we did half a deck, however ended up doing 84 burpies!!! Keith accused me of not shuffling ...




It is a great little workout when you are feeling unmotivated, as whatever card you draw, you MUST complete the exercise with the number of reps given :)





Enjoy!


Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Today's Workout - No Excuse!

It is a snowy day here in Edmonton! Something that we have not had a lot of this year. It is the type of day that if you can, stay inside. Enjoy the warmth and comfort of your home. Although you might be staying at home, that does not mean your workout should be postponed. Today, I revisited our Snow Day workout - from Edmonton's first snowfall this year!



** If you do not have a BOSU at home, stand on one leg for the first set and the other leg for the other set - to challenge your balance and core. If you do not have dumbbells at home, find heavy cans of soup, beans, etc, paint cans, or any other object that is easy to grip and adds resistance to the exercises. **




Snow Day Workout
50 seconds work/10 seconds rest x 6 exercises x 2 sets




1) Weighted Squats

     - holding dumbbells or barbell keep core engaged to bend knees and hips into a squat. Assure to keep knees over the ankles. Lower to 90 degree bend at knees, then return to standing. Repeat.





2) Arnie Press on BOSU

     - Holding one dumbbell in each hand, elbows bent. Lift arms to elbows meeting in front of your face and dumbbells touching. 'Open' arms, keeping 90 degree bend at elbows. Press dumbbells to meet above head. Lower in reverse order. Repeat. Stand on BOSU or other stability device. 





3) Push-Up - Squat - Press-Up

     - Start in push-up position with one dumbbell in each hand. Perform one push-up. Jump feet up to hands. Up to standing position. Perform one shoulder press (press dumbbells above head by straightening shoulders and elbows). Return arms to sides. Return to the floor by squatting, placing hands, with dumbbells, on the floor and jump feet back. Repeat. 





4) Triceps Dips

     - Using edge of couch, chair, or tables place heel of hand on surface and extend legs out. Bend elbows to lower bum toward floor. Straighten elbows to return. Repeat. 





5) Weighted Sit-Ups

     - Start on floor with knees bent to 90 degrees. Hold one dumbbell with both hands above head. Using core, perform full sit up. Return slowly to floor. Repeat.





6) Burpies!

     - Perform as many burpies as possible in the 50 second interval!



Enjoy!!

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Spring into Fit - Full Body Blast

Hello followers! This weather has been beautiful! It seems everyone has a touch of Spring fever, including myself! Keith and I have started running again and it feels great. Here is an intense and quick full body workout sure to get you sweating and exciting for a Spring wardrobe ....





Set your interval timer to 50 seconds/10 seconds and 12 rounds





1) Shoulder Press

using a barbell or dumbbells start with elbows at 90 degrees and weights towards the sky. Press weights above head and keep your spine neutral and abs engaged. Lower to weight to shoulder height and repeat.





2) Jump Squats

Position feet hip width apart. Lower into a squat by keeping knees above the ankles and bum behind you. Push up and through into a jump. Land softly on the ground. Repeat. Challenge - keep your hands on your head (prisoner style)





3) Mountain Climber Sprints

One of my faves!! Push-up position. Keep your arms and abs strong and "sprint" your legs back and forth. Engage your core to draw your knee towards your chest. Repeat.





4) Clapping Push-Ups

From knee or toe push-up position. Complete a full push-up and at the top push a little extra to lift your upper body off the ground to "clap" your hands together. Land softly. Repeat. 





5) Jump Lunges

Start in standing position with feet together. Jump one foot forward and one foot back. Lunge so both knees are approximately 90 degrees. Jump to reverse foot position. Keep core engaged. Repeat. Challenge - keep hands on hips. 





6) Bicycles

Hit the ground! Engage core to bring opposite elbow to opposite knee in a laying crunch position. Repeat.





7) Triceps Dips

Using a table, chair, or whatever. Place hands on the edge, elbows straight, bum close to edge and legs extended. Bend elbows to lower bum towards floor, until they reach 90 degrees. Press back up to straight elbows. Keep core engaged. Repeat. 





8) Pendulum Lunge - Right Leg

Start with feet together. Lunge right leg backwards into 90 degree bend. Without touching the floor in the middle, bring right leg forward into a front lunge and 90 degree angle. Repeat.





9) Pendulum Lunge - Left Leg

Same as right. 





10) Legs-Up Crunch-Up

Hit the ground again! Bring legs up to 90 degree angle off floor (cross at ankles if more comfortable). Hands to the ears (not pulling on neck) and draw ribs towards your hips bones to crunch up. Maintaing core engagement. Release to ground and repeat.





11) Low Ab Burner

Stay on the ground. Relax upper body and lift legs straight into the air. If more comfortable, place hands under bum for increased low back support. Push small of back into the floor (so no space between spine and floor). Lower legs as far as possible without lifting your back off the floor. Slowly return to starting position. Repeat. 





12) Burpies!

How could we not end with these?! Start standing. Jump down into a squat and place hands on floor. Jump feet out to a push-up position. Jump back to squat. Jump to standing. Repeat. Challenge - add a quick push-up while on the floor





I completed this workout this afternoon and loved the quick burn! As an added bonus, I decided to practice my handstands after ... Sorry, no pictures to post on that :) Keith and I are going to enjoy a jog and this beautiful sunshine this evening. I hope you have a fabulous day!




My good friend Logan and I after a beautiful trail run last week! 




Share your workouts with someone fun!

Friday, 17 February 2012

Black Bean Salsa with Baked Chips

I love trying new recipes to bring to parties! This appetizer caught my eye while I was flipping through my new "Power Foods" recipe book! Very easy and delicious!






We were too excited to try it, that we did not even take a photo ... The one in the book will have to do!

Black Bean Salsa with Baked Chips
Makes 2 cups salsa and 48 chips

Ingredients
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 small tomato, seeded and cut into ½ -inch dice
2 scallions, trimmed and finely chopped
1 jalapeno, minced (ribs and seeds removed for less heat, if desired)
½ cup coarsely chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)
Coarse salt
6 flour tortillas (8-inch size)
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions
Heat broiler. Pulse ¼ cup of black beans in a food processor until coarsely chopped; transfer to a bowl. Add remaining beans to bowl, along with the tomato, scallions, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, and ½ teaspoon salt. Combine.

Cut each tortilla into 8 wedges. Arrange in single layer on a baking sheet; brush with oil, dividing evenly. Broil until crisp and golden brown, 1-2 minutes per side. Transfer chips to a wire rack to cool. Serve with salsa.

Per ¼ -cup dip and 6 chip serving: 179 calories, 2g saturated fat, 6g unsaturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 26.8h carbohydrates, 7g protein, 349mg sodium, 5.5g fiber


Enjoy!!

Gluten Free Morning Glory Muffins

I love healthy and filling muffins to start the day, or as a tasty grab-and-go snack! I recently attempted this gluten-free recipe to bring on a ski trip. Delicious! They are moist, full of fruit, and filling!
Fresh out of our oven!
Gluten Free Morning Glory Muffins
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: About 2 dozen standard size muffins

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 1/4 cups gluten-free all purpose flour mix (if your mix contains xanthan gum or guar gum don't add the additional 1 teaspoon gum to the recipe)
1 teaspoon guar gum OR xanthan gum
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups grated carrots (about 4 large carrots)
1 large peeled and shredded apple
8 ounces drained, crushed pineapple
3/4 cups raisins
1/2 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
3 large eggs
1 cup light olive oil OR canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350° F / 176° C

Grease standard muffin pan or line with paper muffin cup liners.
In a large mixing bowl combine sugar, gluten-free flour blend, guar gum OR xanthan gum, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Use a large whisk to thoroughly combine.

In a separate large bowl combine shredded carrots, apples, crushed pineapple, raisins, coconut and nuts. Stir to thoroughly mix.

Add the fruit, vegetable, nut mixture to the dry ingredients followed by eggs, oil and vanilla. Beat the mixture to thoroughly combine ingredients.

Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full. Bake in preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Enjoy!




Monday, 30 January 2012

Grateful.

Thirty days. 


Over the past thirty days I have attended a yoga class, everyday. This mini-journey has been beautiful, challenging, and rewarding. I have enjoyed much reflection and meditation upon the things which I am grateful for in my lovely life. Sharing these with my blog followers at the end of my challenge seemed fitting ...

Breath. This one little word, for which it's meaning we take for granted everyday. When we focus on this one thing, we can be still, open, and mindful. Keith. My wonderful husband, partner in crime, and best friend. Without him, I do not know where I would be. I love you. Family. My parents, siblings, grand-parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family, you are are all so very lovely and I am grateful for each of you. Friends. I know that everyone thinks they have the best friends in the world. Well, sorry followers. You are wrong. I have the very best of the best. From those whom I have known for too many years to those I met most recently. You make me want to be a better person. Body. I am grateful for the ability to move my body and to watch it transform as I challenge it to new extremes. Mind. The ability to challenge my mind through work and continuous learning, I am thankful. Also, to still my mind through breath and beautiful postures. Water. To refresh and re-energize my body and mind throughout the day, my workouts, and the night. Patience and Forgiveness. For these gifts towards myself and others. To challenge ourselves and each other to strive for new limits, while enjoying the bumps along the road. By taking inhaling deep, then exhaling it all away, we learn to accept ourselves and others for our humanly ways and to grow in this acceptance. Sweat. I love to sweat. I am grateful for these beads dripping down my face and legs as I hold my postures and breathe through the shaking. Sweat invigorates the skin and gives our bodies a healthy glow. Wine. It is true. I enjoy a glass of wine to celebrate. Red, white, or bubbly I am not picky as long as it is shared with good company, or a good book. Coffee. Another delicious drink I enjoy after waking up, after a beautiful yoga practice, and as I begin my shift. Black please! My mat. I purchased my yoga mat after trying one beautiful yoga class in 2008. I walked down the street to Lululemon and made a life changing investment. On this mat I have cried, laughed, been still, bent, twisted, and moved, fallen, and most importantly, I have returned to the posture. I am grateful for what my mat has taught me and allowed me to express on and off of it. My God. Without Him, I would be nothing. I am forever grateful for the love He shows me, and has given me to show others. 

It amazes me how one thirty-day challenge, which was intended to push my physical body to new limits, has shaped my emotional and spiritual bodies more than I imagined. Take some time to reflect on the things and people for which you are grateful. 


Namaste. 

Thursday, 19 January 2012

My intention to attend ...

Hello followers! Day 16 :) I am loving this challenge and the wonderful changes I am feeling in my body and mind. 

Yesterday and today I had some difficulty arriving to the practices I had intended to attend. I have a couple days off in between sets of night shifts and am determined to "switch back" my schedule as to be a part of the non-nocturnal society. However, this transition helped me to sleep through one alarm yesterday and forget to re-set one today. Frustration and anxiety developed, as my plan had been shifted. With small changes made, I found classes to attend both days. 

Looking back, somehow, I think I was meant to attend these two classes despite pre-planning otherwise. Yesterday's Hot Flow Yoga, led by the wonderful Meaghan, was challenging and sweaty, but I felt the strongest I have all week. Such an energizing feeling of liberation and seeking new boundaries and depths within my postures. I left yesterday's classes feeling strong and at peace with what I had accomplished on my mat. 

Today, my intent was to attend a hot flow practice and push my body to its limits once again. However, I was forced to change my schedule, as I slept past both hot flow practices which worked with my day today. So, instead, I attended a Hatha Morning Flow class led by Emily. Although I have attend many Hatha classes at Yoga Life, I have never met Emily. What an amazing class this was! As we breathed, and moved, she challenged us to tolerate even more in each posture, to accept the discomfort, and perhaps push a littler further. I left this class feeling released and relaxed. 

I love that how through this 30-day challenge, I am finding more time in my life. I planned to attend certain classes, then slept through those. Despite having full days planned over both days, I created time and space for these practices which were so beautiful. I am grateful for that. 

Yesterday's class inspired my physical body and today's class inspired my emotional and intellectual body. Perhaps my subconscious knows something I do not ...

Namaste

Friday, 13 January 2012

Breathe Peace

Happy Friday everyone!

Although it is technically my Monday, I will wish all those who are not working this weekend, a happy one :)

I have completed Day 11 of my 30 Day Yoga Challenge! Over one third done!!!! It was a tough week, as I adjusted to a temporary alternate work schedule and finding time for my daily practice, along with everything else we have on our lists in a day. Some mornings I woke up and truly did not feel like going to the studio. It is amazing the excuses one's mind can come up with while laying in bed ... Nevertheless, I arrived at YogaLife each day, with a smile on my face and ready to breathe. 

This week I focussed much attention on my breath during class. Most instructors focus on breath throughout the class and this week it was my goal to internalize this. To actually imagine my muscles and connective tissue release and sinking deeper into each pose. I breathed deeper inhales and exhales when the lunges, warriors, squats, planks, and core work was making my body shake. I realized this week how powerful breath can be. 

This weekend, whatever you are doing, remember to breathe. I know this sounds ridiculous, as you will do these a million times this weekend with no thought. So, my challenge to you is to take a few moments. Breathe with intention. Breathe peace into those places in your body, mind, and soul that need it. 

Enjoy. Namaste. 

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Enough.

It has been a lovely week filled with four very different yoga practices. I began with Hatha, then Hot Flow, Warm Flow, and finished my Friday with a YinYang practice. They were all beautiful and challenging in their own way. 

Wednesday morning's Hot Flow was difficult to get out of bed for. Not because I was not excited to go, but the fact that our bed was so warm and leaving the house for the sole purpose of 6am yoga was difficult. However, I did it! Of course, once I was there, I was full of gratitude for the ability of my choice to attend the class and the ability of my body to work through the postures. Great way to start a Wednesday!

Yesterday was an emotionally tough day at work, and I was very much looking forward to the YingYang practice. In this class, you begin in restorative poses, using supports such as bolsters, and holding them for minutes. Very relaxing and opening. Lovely. As the practice goes on, we start to move through flows and other postures. Near the end of the practice, as we rested in savasana, the beautiful instructor mentioned this word - enough. "What you have done today. It is enough. No could haves would haves or should haves. You have done enough". After the difficult day at work, these words had more meaning than the 75 minutes that had just passed in the studio. 

Knowing that at the end of the day, if we can say we gave it our all, we have done enough. We should be at peace with this. Thank you to this wonderful instructor for reminding me of this simple ideal. 

As you go through your weekend, whether you are working or playing, remember - what you have done is enough. 

Namaste
The light in me sees the light in you

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Yoga Journal - Entry #1

Today  was the first day of my 30-day yoga challenge. I could not have been more excited to begin this month long journey by going to one of my favorite yoga instructor's classes! I started my day with a 75 minute Hatha Flow class, led by Cole.

My lesson of the day: if I focus on my breath, my mind will relax, and I can deepen my postures.

Although I am still on "days off", I find myself busy throughout the day with to do lists and errands. During my Hatha practice this morning, I did my best to focus all my attention on my breath and let all my other thoughts pass. It was glorious. I feel refreshed and ready to conquer my day, the week, and this month. Bring on the breathing.

Namaste

Self Challenge - 30 days of yoga

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! 
I hope that 2012 is treating you & your loved ones well so far. 

We had a lovely Christmas, despite me working nights straight through, and a wonderful New Years in beautiful Jasper! During the drive home from our ski weekend getaway, I decided that I wanted to start 2012 off strong! So, today I bought a one-month unlimited pass for my yoga studio and I am challenging myself to 30 days of practice!

I am very excited! I plan to still do at-home workouts with Keith, go for the occasional jog, and enjoy some fresh air throughout the month. 

Please follow my journey as I post about my challenge, personal growth, and changes over the next 30 days. 
Enjoy!