Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Some posing, a winner and a little blogger fail...

First things first...
I completely forgot to announce the $45 Swanson Git Certificate winner.
Happy Hump Day, my friends!
I hope your week is going well.
It is so hard to believe that it is almost August; where has the summer gone?!
It is a beautiful day here but a bit fall-like with the 64° temps.
 I decided on a little power yoga to start my kind of lazy day (I slept in...HeeHee!)
My somewhat unsteady Warrior III pose
(Virabhadrasana III)
I constantly have to remind myself that it is called yoga practice as it is not about perfection but the practice and focus. I know I am making progress and I am ok with that! 
 The dolphin pose is another challenging one for these runner's legs/hamstrings.
Salabhasana or locust pose is a baby backbend and is a bit of a challenge.
I could never have imagined the strength that it takes for yoga. I am absolutely in love with it and even though my arms were hating me today after yesterday's workout, it felt amazing!
Oh and...
Many thanks to my Injinji Buff for keeping my massive case of bedhead under control!
I sort of roll out of bed and directly in to workout clothes so there is no time for the hair extravaganza.
That has been my morning.
I was going to take a picture of my monster fruit/granola/coconut yogurt/protein powder bowl but it was entirely too ugly and I ate it entirely too fast! (First meal of the day at 11:30 is not recommended...ugh!)
My homework is staring me down so I guess it is time to get to that.
Have a great day!
And think about giving yoga a try!
"You have to get comfortable being uncomfortable!"

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Making peace with my change of plan...

I am a planner.
I make plans.
I stick to my plans.
My running plan for the year?
Make this MY YEAR for running!
How's that plan working out for me?
It's not.
We are coming up on August and I haven't run a race in several weeks and have no plans for any in the future. Not only have I not raced, but running is a bit of a struggle right now.
A bit of a struggle...
I guess that is an understatement.
My left IT band is a hot mess and I have been doing all the right things to heal it up but it seems to prefer to cause me grief.
I gave it a few days rest and have been rolling and stretching and all the other magical 'things' to whip it back in to shape. Well...
A 2 mile run last night was great but then I kept going and guess what?
NOT a good plan.
It is hurting to walk today and I have a small bit of bruising along my leg.
I hate to keep whining about this but I started the year with the fall and my knees being injured and that moved into right IT band issues which quickly healed. This left leg isn't giving up the fight quite so easily.
This is not my year for running.
This is not in the plan.
This has turned in to my year for silly injuries.
I have to be honest when I say that I have allowed it to let me down.
Add in to that my food allergies/issues/weight gain as a result and ugh...
What a bummer!
Have I gained a lot of weight?
Have the food allergies been a huge problem?
Have the gluten issues, etc been a major issue?
All of these things have just been annoying and they didn't fit in with the plan.
Yes, I am a control freak and have had a few things that really are a bit out of my control.
I am handling the things I do have control over and making peace with my change of plan.
My plan for the rest of the year?
Enjoy my life.
Fitness daily.
Cooking, baking and doing the things I love as often as possible.
This has turned in to a year of changes for me and the changes are so positive that I am ok with trading my running shoes in for a little while! ♥
Love & happiness weren't part of my plan...
So unplanned things are sometimes the best things!
All the smiles.
All the happiness.
Yeah, I am ok with my change of plan.
  Make it a great day!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Marvelous in MY Monday!
It has been a while since I have done a MIMM post but today seems like the perfect day.
Ian and I survived our last tournament for travel lacrosse. The season is officially over.
So proud of all these boys!
Rain delays, losses, long days and early mornings...
These boys played their butts off and grew as a team and maybe even as young men.
It was a great season.
So proud of my kiddo. He has a long ways to go but has come so far as a player, a team member and as a young man but he has a beautiful soul and he has made me a better person.
Nothing like a little pizza to revive the tired boy ☺
And well...a little yoga mat love seems to do it for Cleo.
She missed her people this weekend and is pretty glad her two-legged mom is back home.
I am pretty darned happy, too.
Had a wonderful night with my loves and then began my day with a tough yoga flow.
It is a strengthening flow and hoo boy...I made it through the whole thing but will readily admit to taking a knee a few times. Yikes!
I also had my first meditation experience and I certainly have a long way to go there.
Apparently I have the mind of a nomad; it really likes to wander!
Had several of these babies in the practice this morning and I am not sure why I am looking so mean.
Ha! My camera was giving me a hard time and my legs had about had enough of the one-your-toes thing.
 Breakfast was AH-mazing!
Mango, blueberries, raw pumpkin seeds, coconut yogurt and my homemade granola.
So delicious!
The granola is awesome! I can't wait to try out some other combinations!
My Monday, my weekend and my life with all of it's changes are certainly Marvelous!
I hope yours is as well.
Have a marvelous day!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Ginger-Lime Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry {Recipe}

Ian and I are off traveling this weekend but will be home in time for Sunday dinner.
I wanted to come up with something that was not only easy but tasty.
Then I remembered this ginger-lime stir-fry and knew I had to make it!
Tenders are my go to, for no particular reason but you can use whatever you have.
I know it sounds a little unconventional and it is but it is pretty darned yummy!

Ginger-Lime Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry
1 pkg. Chicken Breast Tenderloins, cubed
5-6 cups Broccoli Florets
Juice of 1 Lime
2 Tbs. Coconut Aminos
1 Tbs. Avocado Oil
1 Tbs. Fresh Onion, finely diced or grated
2 Cloves Garlic, minced & divided
1-inch piece peeled fresh Ginger, minced & divided
1 Tbs. Coconut Nectar
1 tsp. Toasted Sesame Oil
About 1/3 cup water
Sea Salt and Pepper, to taste
1/2-1 tsp Chili Flakes, optional
Toasted Sesame Seeds, optional
Oil for cooking, if desired

In a medium bowl, toss the chicken with the lime juice, coconut aminos, avocado oil, onion, half of the garlic and ginger, coconut nectar and sesame oil. Allow the chicken to marinate while you prepare the broccoli.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of water to the hot pan (you may use oil, if you wish). Add the broccoli, and stir-fry 1-2 minutes before adding the remaining garlic, ginger, 2 tablespoons of water, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Stir-fry until the broccoli is bright green but still crisp. You may need to add additional water when not cooking with oil. Do so 1 tablespoon at a time. Transfer the broccoli to a plate.

Heat the skillet once again over high heat. Add the marinated chicken and chili flakes, if using. Again, I did not add any oil to the skillet and had no problems with the chicken sticking thanks to the small bit of oil in the marinade. Stir-fry until the chicken is no longer pink and begins to brown. Return the broccoli to the pan and toss to heat through. You may add more coconut aminos at this time, if you would like a your stir-fry to be saucier. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Transfer stir-fry to a serving platter and top with toasted sesame seeds, if desired.

{Kitchen Bits}
  • The coconut aminos are a soy free replacement for Bragg's Liquid Aminos or soy sauce, you may substitute, if desired.
  • I prefer avocado oil, but you may use whatever you wish.
  • Raw honey may be used in place of the coconut nectar.
  • My little added tip, as you see in the recipe I said the onion could be diced or grated. I like to grate my onions. When grating, you get all the extra juice and flavor. It's a great way to add flavor without having to bite into bits of onion.

I hope you give the recipe a try.
If lime is not your thing, you could certainly leave it out and just add an extra tablespoon of coconut aminos (or Bragg's or soy) to the marinade.