You know what day it is today?
Midway through my first full week in almost a month and I gotta say, I’m doing pretty well. I’m not saying work is all smiles and roses, but who expects that. I get through my 9-5 and have been taking full advantage of my time OUTSIDE of that.
Ever since last week’s scare I have been constantly evaluating and reevaluating how I feel and what my body is telling me. You all know I love being active, but just like everything in life there can be too much of a good thing and sometimes we need to find balance. With snow on the ground, it makes it easier to find creative ways to utilize my small apartment gym and not focus so much on running as I had been.
For me, this balance has been:
- More YOGA
- More strength training (Hello NTC app. LOVE it)
- Lots of walks
- Shorter, fewer runs
So far, my body feel strong and I think it’s appreciating the extra love :).
Speaking of taking care of myself . . .
I gave my body a special treat last night. I took my first class at Kindness Yoga Studios here in Denver (click on the picture for their link, this computer is being a little funny). The class was challenging but perfect in oh-so-many ways and was exactly what the doctor ordered. I plan on doing a full recap of my experience later today, so stay tuned!
It was past 7 by the time I got home so needless to say I was hungry! I was so thankful that I had taken some extra time in the morning to prep my meal.
On the menu last night was Curried Chicken Salad for one! Served on a toasted pretzel bun with a side of Whole Foods tortilla chips :).
HEALTHY Curry Chicken Salad for One
- 3-4 oz of plain, 0% milk fat Greek yogurt
- 4 oz grilled chicken
- 1 teaspoon (or a couple pinches to taste)
- Handful of grapes
- 1 small celery stalk
- 1 heaping tablespoon of dried cranberries
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Put the yogurt in a small mixing bowl and mix in curry until well distributed
- Add the chicken to the mixture
- Halve the grapes and small chop the celery
- Add the chopped vegetables along with the dried cranberries to the mix
- Salt and pepper to taste
I of course toasted a little bun to go with mine, but you can serve this on top of any bread of choice or even greens! It was surprisingly delicious and EASY! I let mine sit in the fridge all day and I think that did a lot for the flavors all coming together. I will definitely make this again!
Treat of the day
I enjoyed more of the Immaculate Baking company cookies last night for my treat. Seriously, if you have these in your local grocer, get them. Super easy, gluten free, and delicious. There really is nothing like a fresh baked cookie. . . and these are the best drop cookies I’ve found (you know I’ve done my research).
I had two anxious furballs vying for my attention well before 6 this morning — so it wasn’t TOO difficult to talk myself out of bed for a quick and dirty workout before the sun was up.
Workout of the Day: 3.16 miles in 30 minutes
I did an easy warm up mile and was feeling better than I have in awhile so decided to try and slowly integrate speed work back into my routine. After my first easy mile, I did 400 repeats at 7.0-7.4 with 400 recovery in between until I reached 3 miles (4 sets). I felt good at the end and walked it out until I hit 30 minutes.
I was surprised how strong I felt both this morning and at yoga last night. . . but I guess that shows I am doing something right with taking care of myself lately!
Be back later with a full recap of my Kindness Yoga experience 🙂