hop to it.

I went to hot yoga today (after I picked up some new lulu gear). It was hot. It was yoga. It was exactly as I expected. It was intense. The vinyasas were super fast and the warrior 3s were super long. Again, exactly as I expected. What surprised me tonight though was me. While I typically opt somewhere between the variation and the super-duper yogi version, I always turn into a big chicken (what kind of yoga pose would that be? ,e just standing there?) when it comes time to “hop to the front of your mat”. I usually whimp out and take the “step toward the front of your mat”. I can do it. I’ve done it in my living room many times (usually after I get home from a class and I am mad at myself for not hopping) but when it comes to doing it in class I am scared… Of what? Falling on my face? Kicking the yogi in front of me? The truth is, I don’t really know. But tonight, armed with my new tank (in the cheery and fun color, ‘flash’) I made the hop… And it was fun! I’ll be practicing that next time. I might not be working on my crow or my headstand, but it’s all about my practice anyhow.

Gotta love the yoga dogs… Visit their fun site



friday update.

In education, we always encourage reflection to improve our practice. I think it’s time I make that part of my personal life, too. So as I begin my blogging journey I’ll commit to making Friday recaps of the week. It’s only 52 a year… I can do that. Right?

I am pleased with my accomplishments this week… I didn’t run a marathon, save a wounded animal, set a world record or find a cure for anything, but it’s the little things.

1. I went back to my Wednesday night Weight Watchers meeting. I gained since I had been in over a month (duh. I didn’t need the scale to tell me). I am excited to be back. I missed the routine and my WW pals.

2. I tried new fruit. Cherries. I had always been turned off by the pits (my excuse was: ‘potential chocking hazard’ but my reality was: ‘lazy’). They looked so yummy at Traders Joes. I washed them and put them in a colorful bowl in the fridge (I should put a pic here but I ate them before I thought about it) so I could snack on them while staring in the fridge (terrible habit but I am sure I’m not alone). Will buy them again.

3. New fruit “dip” invented discovered. Trader Joes 0% Fat Honey Greek Yougart. Delish! Had it with cantaloupe and it was super. Made a great desert.

4. Completed craft project #1. I had fun making my yoga bag and I actually finished a craft project. What’s next??

5. New yoga bag and I made it to yoga– twice. I really enjoy yoga and didn’t realize how much I missed it until I was contorted in dragon today. I’ve got to keep scheduling myself ahead of time to make it work.

6. I ran twice. When it was a zillion degrees. Nothing like all that heat to remind you that you haven’t had enough h2o during the day.

7. I’ve blogged several times. Thanks for reading… It’s encouraging and I love the comments and ‘likes’.

This week, I’ve been able to get back on track and live a little healthier. Goals for next week: drink more water, exercise, and finish laundry. The laundry isn’t fun or exciting or life changing but it is piling up. Ugh.

How was your week? What will you focus on next week?

summer craft project #1

I noticed a really cute mat bag at a yoga class a while back (a long while back). It was open the long way so no rolling and stuffing was necessary. I noticed its owner had plenty of room for keys, flip flops, h2o, etc. while I struggled to juggle my stuff. I inquired about the roomy bag and found out it came from etsy. Immediately, I thought, “I can make it!”. But that was during my last semester of grad school and during the regular school year so there was no way I could make it.

Since my mind hasn’t been so busy, I searched for a pattern for the illustrious bag. Of course, my *not so* ulterior motive is to have a cute new fitness accessory. Here’s what I found. Easy peasy!

So instead of a mani this afternoon, I headed to Joann Fabrics for a “quick trip” to browse.


Woo hoo!


And an hour and half and $40 later here is my final selection:


I’ll get the sewing machine out soon… Progress updates promised ;)