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Family Yoga, Couch to 5k, and….. A GIVE-A-WAY?!?!

We just finished week 3 of a 4-week Family Yoga series with Vessels of Clay Yoga, and I just wanted to share with you some of the ADORABLE things we have going on!

Not only are we learning Sun Salutations and cool poses like Lizard on a Rock, Tripod, and Crow, among all sorts of others (flower, bug, Warrior II, and on and on), but we are bonding with our folks, giggling at ourselves, and learning that sometimes the “challenge” is not the pose itself, but being still and calm IN the pose…Just like life!

We are learning how much God loves us, just as we are, and that we can come to Him anytime!!!  He can be our best friend!

One more week, and then a look at the calendar for future series, I hope!  These kids and their parents have been a highlight of my week for the past 3 weeks!  I have been teaching this class on a 2 show day—BETWEEN shows—and it has been a great vitamin before I have to ramp it up again for the audience…I will miss the kiddos!

This week’s message at Vessels of Clay Yoga:

Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily. -Thomas S. Szasz

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14, Mark 10:14, Luke 18:16

(The Message versions speak of accepting “God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child”…and it is mentioned multiple times….be blessed, little children…and be little children. =-)…)

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W1D1….Cto5K….does this cryptic language mean anything to YOU?

For me, it means I am trying again.  I tried before, but previous injuries flared up and a slight tendency toward asthma made its presence known as well…

W1D1 means Week 1, Day 1, and Cto5K means “Couch to 5k”, meaning “get up off the couch and train for a 5k, why don’t ya?”

The old hip injury (resulting in a bursitis…yes, my right hip acts as if it is many decades older than the rest of me), is hardly ever, if ever, inflamed anymore due to the expertise of my chiropractor, combined with the  body sensing and exercises I have learned as a practitioner of yoga since 2003.  Also, I have been learning about/practicing Chi Walking and Chi Running by reading the book/watching the video, etc, and thought, “why not give this a-go using those principles, now that I am feeling better?”

As for the asthma, first of all, I prefer to say that I am overcoming it, not that I have it.  I don’t own it.  I don’t want it.  I didn’t even know about it until 2002, after a few decades of life had passed!  (I had a sever case of bronchitis and was given an Inhaler at that time.  Once it was spent, I did not get another one.  I prefer not to take in any kinds of steroids, even in my lungs.)  I usually only experience symptoms after exercising in cold weather, or VERY intense cardio, or both…and the symptoms I overcome are mostly coughing later in the day or feeling a little short of breath; sometimes during the exercise I can get a bit tight feeling, but I don’t have asthma attacks, per say.

SO, again I say, why not?

I have just finished my first week, and I am very happy about it!  First, because I actually accomplished it.  Second, because thus far my hip is not bothering me any more than it might normally due to my high activity life as a performer and yoga teacher…and I usually just need to do some specific TLC to take care of it. On the asthma front, I DID feel a little tight in the chest yesterday, later in the day (which was W1D3, by the way, at the end of a long week of teaching and performing, etc), but it was also very hot on our stage which can sometimes make it hard to breathe.  Finally, I don’t get bored because I am using 3 DIFFERENT COUCH-TO-5K-PODCASTS.  Which means, in my aim to train 3 times a week, I get to listen to 3 different programs, alleviating boredom…which for me, is a sure-fire exercise killer.

I downloaded weeks one and two of each of these programs many moons ago when I was trying the first time…ok, it was early spring.  Later today, I will download the rest, since I like them so much!

They can be found at I-tunes (I use my I-pod) and are (in order of how I do them):

The Chubby Jones podcast (Mia Jones)

http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-chubby-jones-podcast/id286596177

Podcasts for Running (by Robert Ullrey)

http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/podcasts-for-running/id173959170

NHS Couch to 5K

http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nhs-couch-to-5k/id394384987

“Are you there, God? It’s me, chubby”(that’s what it says on the I-tunes album cover)

I did the Chubby Jones podcast on Day 1 because, well, it was 5 minutes shorter.  I figured I better ease into it in whatever form possible.  Mia has a mellow DJ vibe going on, and based on her website (http://chubbyjones.libsyn.com/), she has been doing this for awhile.  The music is pretty cool, but a word of caution…in her style of encouragement, she does use a few words that are allowed on TV but maybe not in your own homes…not the worst ones, mind you, and only once or twice,but you may or not be startled.  I k now, I sound like a prude, but for some of you it would be a workout killer.  For me, it wasn’t that major, and I enjoy her spirit of encouraging that comes from a place of experience!

Podcasts for Running

When I first began last spring, this was the first one I tried.  I really enjoyed it!  Occasionally when it is time to begin running, Robert preps you gradually and finishes with “Go!”, which for some reason makes me smile every time.  The music is sort of fitness/dance club sound, not irritating, not overwhelming, good beat…sort of just a good accompaniment that at this moment has nothing remarkable for me to remember other than general good vibes. The website link on I-tunes did not work for me just now, so I won’t post it…if you actually download the podcast, he does mention an e-mail address at the end…but I always think, “I am out here sweating buckets, I can’t go write that down right now!”  One of these days I will make a concentrated effort, so I can e-mail and tell him how much I like the podcast.  It is fairly no-nonsense, not emotional, but very encouraging.  Also, if you have an I-pod that has a picture window, this podcast has a graphic which shows which run you are on (Number 5 out of 8 one-minute runs, for example); I like that.

THIS JUST IN:  As I type out this blog post, I am not able to download the next podcasts from Podcasts for Running.  I have sent a note to I-tunes and hope to have it resolved soon!  I would really like to continue with my 3 different styles!

NHS Couch to 5K

The website link works, first of all, so good news there. 

I really like this one, too.  The female trainer has an accent from the United Kingdom, which for this Scotch/Irish/Welsh on my mother’s side girl who adores BBC America, Masterpiece Classic, All Creatures Great and Small, and a thousand other things UK, is simply wonderful.  The music is kind of club music and actually has some great words and messages!  Reminds me of some soundtracks I love from British movies, in fact…This was the last one I did this week, being the longest, and I certainly felt it in my last one minute run.  Keep in mind, though, I was again at the end of an already very physically and mentally taxing week….

which begs the question, why not do the hardest run first in the week, then?  Well, I thought about that, but in my world, the beginning of the work week is actually more taxing with a 2 show day in which I also teach a class, followed by a day in which I teach in the morning, followed by a show.  In other words, by Tuesday night, I am spent.  Wednesday is currently a glorious day in which my only physical activities are whatever my workout is for that day, plus one show.  I usually try to schedule office stuff that morning and have some kind of date night with my hubby that night.

So, those are my podcasts, which I am currently downloading further…if the Podcasts for Running is no longer available, I am not TOO upset (though a little; I really liked Robert’s instruction!), as both Chubby Jones and NHS have some weeks with additional run options, so I won’t be listening to exactly the same thing.
THIS JUST IN:  Did a search for Robert Ullrey’s podcasts and found this:

http://www.c25k.com/podcasts.htm

It looks as if you can download them to your computer and then add them to your I-tunes library, which I actually like anyway.  I will try it out a little later…

It’s GIVE-A-WAY time!

This week you have TWO ways to be entered into a drawing to be held at the end of next week, and yes!  You can enter both ways, gaining TWO CHANCES!

I am giving away your choice of either a Vessels of Clay Yoga coffee/tea mug or (for the driveable distance) a yoga mat.  The colors of mat to choose from are Buttercup Yellow or Dark Teal.

Yoga mats in Buttercup Yellow and Dark Teal, which would you choose?

Vessels of Clay Yoga mug; on the back it says "Beloved, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well." 3 John 1:2

How to enter:

1.  Leave a comment below, relevant to anything in this particular post, and/or

2. Go “like” Vessels of Clay Yoga on Facebook, and leave me a post on the Wall saying that you have!  (and yes, I will be checking. =-)…)  If you have already “like” the page, write THAT on the Wall!  I would love to have 500 followers by the end of today, and 8oo followers by the end of the week! Tell your friends!!!

I will announce the winner on the next blog post, and I will share some yummy recipes!!!

Blessings to all of you in all that you do!

Philippians 3:12-14

The Message (MSG)

12-14I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

 

**Addendum**As of August 22, I want to add another word of caution about the Chubby Jones podcast.  I have now done the Week 2, Day 1 version.  If you are offended easily by coarse language or worldly lyrics, this is not the podcast for you.  I started this one today loving the music and the DJ’s groovy vibe, but sometimes the language is a little off-putting, and one of the songs is NOT something I would listen to…but I was able to tune it out.  Also, some non-healthy beverage options thrown out at the end…was hoping she was being facetious…
This may be a podcast you totally enjoy, and I myself will give it another week (since I only listen once a week)…but I wanted to be sure I let you know…
 
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And the winner is….!!!!

Well, it is the end to another wonderful week, and while I have filled my day off with plenty of (fun) work to do, followed by another trip to the swimmin’ hole (this time with my Mom as company; hooray!), I am gonna’ take a break right now to share with you the winner of this week’s Yoga Mat Bag Give-a-way!!!

Prepping for the draw....

First, I put the names on little slips of paper and found a cute bag to shake them in…

Then,  I reached in to pull out a name, and it was….(drum roll, please)…

Hooray for Shelley!!!

Shelley!!!

So girl, let me know if you’d like the light green yoga mat bag or the maroon one, and we will set a time and place for delivery!!! Congratulations!!!

As for the other bag, I think we can have another give-a-way later this summer, don’t you?!?  And I have OTHER things for give-a-ways, too, so make sure you subscribe to this blog to stay-in-the-know!!! (There will be give-a-ways open to the entire United States, as well, not just Southwest Missouri!)

The answer to the Question about which kind of beans the recipe in Kristen Feola’s Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast was Chickpeas OR Garbanzo Beans, because they are the same thing!!!!  So, everyone got the answer correct…way to go!!!

Also, thank you for the “mayo story”, Kelly, and I am so proud of Zack!

By the way, last weekend I mentioned that I would be posting soon about how the enemy can get ya’ riled on a Sunday, and that certainly was the case last Sunday…but God is the remedy, and sometimes He works out physical blessings, even,  in our response to turning to Him…a post about how our last Sunday turned out is forthcoming soon…=-)

But for now, I wanna share a little fun we had this week!

My husband is a wonderful gardener. I am soooo very blessed to have him by my side, as well as for reaping the blessing of what his green thumb produces!  What a marvelous man!  Here are some photos of his magic place:

Squash and Zucchini...my yoga students reaped some of those benefits this week!

Kale, Collard greens, and Spinach

Eggplant

cabbage, fennel, beets, and somethin....

And that’s not all!  My sweet hubby won blue ribbons for his vegetables at the county fair this week!  I get to go there tonight and see the win in “action”…=-)

He won 4 blue ribbons! This is the kale, but he also won for beets, fennel, and zucchini!

I have had some success in the green thumb department this week, too!  I have tried sprouting things several times, and it has NEVER worked for me.  Recently, we received a catalog in the mail with a coupon for $25 of product free with our first purchase!  It is the Gardens Alive catalog.  We ordered some broccoli sprouts for $9.95 and got a sprouter for FREE!  This week I decided to give it a go, following their instructions to a “T”, right down to the use of Hydrogen Peroxide in the rinsing water each time I rinsed, and would you believe it?  SUCCESS!!!!

Gardens Alive Sprouter

Each of those tiers holds about what you get from the store for around $4 here…I have only used about half of my seeds, MAYBE, so I may have “spent” $1 per regular grocery store amount…saving me about $12!  Yessssss!

"Brocco-sprouts"---one of THE most healthful you can get!

Finally, I have been craving (dare I use that word?) Calzones…so, on the way home last night, I used my little noggin to think of what ingredients I have and how I might go about coming up with a healthier alternative than the one I pass every day on the drive!

Using a mixture of Spelt flour, oat flour and almond flour with water, salt and flaxmeal, I came up with a dough…while the dough rested,

I chopped up some garden zucchini and romaine, rinsed some brocco-sprouts, chopped a few store-bought green onions and mixed them with 1 Tbsp EVOO plus about 1/4 cup tomato paste and a liberal sprinkling of Frontier Pizza Seasoning. 

After rolling out the dough, I placed the veggie mixture on top, adding a little vegan mozzarella (Lisanatti), and some Tofurky Italian Sausage (I know, they aren’t whole foods, but real Italian Sausage would have not have digested well and is quite fatty…sometimes in our moderation…we have to be moderate…)

I then folded the dough over, cut off the excess, and crimped the edges…

Baked the whole deal in my NuWaveOven Pro (I highly recommend it for energy saving costs and easy/quick cooking!).

In the meantime, I re-rolled out the excess to be cooked in the skillet as a tortilla for another day.

After 20 minutes in the NWOP at level 10 (about 350 degrees), it was time to behold…

Yum!!!

Garden fresh, non-wheat, non-yeast, completely vegan Italian Calzone.  Believe me, I thanked God for the bounty of my favorite kind of tastes in a healthy way!…and my hubby gets to have some for lunch today, too!  How’s that for Proverbs 31 Woman?  (giggle)  He’s very happy. =-)…and I am very glad.

I pray you are having a weekend full of bounty and gladness, too!!!

Psalm 18:20 The Message (MSG)

 20-24 God made my life complete
      when I placed all the pieces before him.

Psalm 100:2
Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

What are you joyful and glad about today?  Please share by leaving a comment below…and we can all be glad with you!!!

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