Cottage Cheese

Day Two

Hi! I just got back from Day 2 of Bikram in a row and it is amazing. Tonight was actually harder than last night! I think yesterday I was soooo scared going into it, so I was surprised that I could handle it and left feeling like a million bucks. Today, I felt like I knew what I was doing a bit more, so I went into it a little overconfident. Not like I thought I was going to be the best person in the class (at all), just completely confident I could handle it.

But, today I actually had more trouble staying in the room the whole time, even though yesterday I didn’t even think about leaving once. There were two things that made a difference in this. First, no one left during class today, so the door never opened to let any cool air in (which is how its supposed to be) but yesterday I got a few breezes which helped me stay cool. Second, I left my water bottle at the studio yesterday, so I just filled it with cold water today once I got it, rather than the ice I had it filled with yesterday. The bottle ended up getting a little warmer that I would have liked. Definitely bring ice water!!

I did sit in the front row today so I was in front of the mirror which was awesome because I was really able to watch my postures and make sure I was doing them right. There were a few postures I could go into deeper today than yesterday, and I felt a lot more comfortable with the sequence since I did it yesterday. I am definitely going to take tomorrow of, but am thinking about doing a week unlimited at a new studio next week and trying to go as many days as I can. The improvement from yesterday to today alone with my postures makes me excited to see the progress over more time. It’s pretty amazing watching your body transform and being able to do new things!

For a snack around 4:30p at work, I had a bowl of nonfat cottage cheese (~2/3 cup) with a chopped up pink lady apple.

Having the bigger lunch today definitely kept me full for longer than usual, so the day was almost done when I finally got around to having my snack. After work, I ventured over to the Farmer’s Market and bought some produce.

Baby kale, arugula, a bunch of cilantro, 4 fuji apples, and turnips. I got all of this for around $20 which I felt like was a good deal! I was going to skip the kale this week, but the sign said its their last week for spring kale, so I had to pick up one last batch of it. If anyone has good kale ideas for me, please let me know! I’m definitely going to make kale chips and I am sure more massaged kale salads are in my future. ­čÖé

After Bikram, I had an unpictured popsicle and I drank an orange G2 Gatorade during class, which I think helped me stay in the room! Once I got home, I wasn’t really that hungry, but I wanted to have something. Kind Bars sent me a few samples to try, so I tried the Almond and Cashew bar.

I had never had a Kind Bar before, though I’ve seen them in Starbucks, and this was DELICIOUS! It was chewy, but also crunchy because of the almonds and cashews in it. The nutrition facts are really good, too – 150 calories, 9g fat, 4g fiber, 4g protein and then a bunch of vitamins. The ingredient list is also pretty short: Dates, Almonds, Cashews, Honey, Glucose, Milled Flaxseed,┬áSoluble┬áDietary Fiber, and Natural Flavor. I have a few other flavors to try and am really looking forward to them!

I’m off to catch up on the DVR. See you tomorrow!

Nice Little Saturday

Hiya. I have nothing terribly exciting to report today except that finally having a day off has been wonderful! ­čÖé

I went to the mall and did a bunch of looking, but didn’t purchase anything. The mall was sooo crowded so the lines to try anything on or to get to the cash register were much too long for me. I did spot a Subway while I was walking around which is always a nice option when I’m on the go. I actually tried to find the food court but somehow got lost and found the Subway again so I figured it was meant to be. I got a 6″ veggie delite on wheat with pepperjack cheese.

I had them toast the bread with the cheese and then loaded on the veggies. Spinach, green peppers, red onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and pickles. I also got some Baked Lays to go with it.

Yum. I haven’t had Subway in so long and I really do like it as a fast food option.

I did stop at Trader Joe’s on the way home from the mall, so not all was lost. I love Trader Joe’s but the closest one is about 20 minutes from my house, so I usually have to have an excuse to head out that way to make the trip. I got a lot of produce (blackberries, spinach, bananas, yellow bell pepper), frozen fruit and veggies, and some tart frozen yogurt that I’m excited to try. I also got a lot of other random stuff but hadn’t been there in a while so it was necessary. I ended up spending about $55 and am going to try not to go grocery shopping again until next weekend. I’ve been pretty good lately about using up what I have and not overdoing it at the grocery store, so hopefully this trend can continue.

After I got home from Trader Joe’s, I did Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown from ExerciseTV on Demand. I did two bike rides in a row yesterday and the day before so I didn’t want to ride again or run, but this workout is pretty challenging. It’s 30 minutes and its quick moving, so my heart rate was up and I was sweating, but I also got a lot of good deep stretching in. I had a quick snack after the workout before heading back out to do some more shopping.

This was ~1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese from Trader Joe’s, covered with blackberries and more of the pumpkin flax granola from Whole Foods. I haven’t had cottage cheese in ages so when I saw it in Trader Joe’s I snagged some and it is delish.

I went to a Sports Authority because I had a coupon for $10 off from the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile run from a few weeks ago and wanted to get some bike accessories. I bought a gel seating pad that fits over your seat, a new water bottle, and a new sports bra. I also stopped at Target and bought a bunch of other stuff I didn’t need, making up for buying nothing at the mall. ­čÖé

I was pretty┬ádisappointed┬áwhen I got home and realized the gel seat cover doesn’t fit over my seat! Argh. I’m going to try to return it but I already ripped the cardboard it was attached to. ­čÖü Ah well hopefully they’ll still take it back. We then decided to order some indian food for dinner from a restaurant we’ve never tried before. I hadn’t had Indian in ages and really didn’t feel like cooking, and we were pleasantly surprised with the food! It came in 30 minutes and was hot and delicious! Wil ordered Lamb Vindaloo, and I got Palak Paneer (spinach with cheese) and Okra that was cooked in a spicy sauce. We also got a huge thing of Basamati rice, some naan, and veggie samosas that came complimentary with our order. Here’s my plate:

I had one veggie samosa, and basamati rice covered with spinach and okra. Everything was delicious! There was also unpictured yogurt sauce which was super necessary because everything was spicy so the yogurt sauce went with it perfectly and cooled it off. I really missed Indian food and am glad we found a good, cheap place that delivers! I have leftovers of both the veggies, so I just combined them into one container and will look forward to those one day soon.

Hope you’re having a nice weekend, too!