This weekend was pretty full. Not of eats (which were boring and ugly and I won’t bother putting up a lot of what I ate because it was repetitive and dull) but of activity, power, and sweat. Loads of sweat.
Saturday was my well-deserved day off from exercise. I had planned to sleep in until around 8 and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. However, my body decided to wake me up around 6 AM, sharp! I think I’ve trained my body to get ready for early mornings, so now it won’t let me sleep in!
After a morning of errands, I ended up meeting with Connie to go over to West Farms Mall for some shopping therapy. We stopped at the Gap so Connie could trade in her size 2’s for a size 0! I ended up falling in love with a pair of boyfriend jeans, but was hesitant to try on my normal size (which is, at the Gap, a 2 currently) due to my gut problems. I didn’t think they’d fit right, which wouldn’t be an issue, but I felt kind of weird doing it. However, at Connie’s urging, I stepped into the fitting room.
Lo and behold!
If you had told me about a year and a half ago that I would rock a pair of size 2 Gap pants while bloated out of my mind, I would’ve said you were nuts and probably would have slapped you!
After a wild celebration (wherein Connie grabbed the back of the jeans and yanked on them in joy, which kind of hurt but it was a nice gesture!), we headed off to PF Chang’s. Connie had a $25 gift card to PF Chang’s that she wanted to spend, and you can’t split up a gift card so we needed to get a lot of food. I was only mad I couldn’t eat a more substantial meal! Colitis, you may take away my lettuce wraps, but you’ll never take away my freedom!
Connie ended up ordering exactly 26 dollars worth of food! She mapped out the menu perfectly. Included in her order (which she took home to share with family) were:
This was delicious!!!!! So thick, rich and flavorful, but still very light at the same time. I had no problem scarfing down almost 3/4 of the bowl (which was a gigantic one). When I brought it home with me to finish it up, I put a few oyster crackers on top!
Saturday night I went to see some friends in a musical in Thomaston. Afterwards, I was starving, and broke into a huge bosc pear
This thing was HUGE, but absolutely delicious. I’d never had a raw Bosc before (i usually eat d’Anjou pears) and I was pleasantly surprised by its crisp sweetness. The skin smells like raw honey.
On Sunday, I had a huge day of fun!
I woke up around 7:30 and prepared myself a delicious chocolate cherry smoothie to drink before Power Yoga with Connie.
I believe this was 1 c frozen cherries, 1 handful baby spinach, 1 c Silk Almond Milk, 1 serving Jarrow Brown Rice Protein Powder, 1 tbsp Hershey’s Cocoa Powder, 1 tsp Flax Oil, and a package of Stevia. Absolutely delicious, however I didn’t keep it in the blender long enough. It had little flecks of spinach here and there that proved a little chewy. You still couldn’t taste it though!
Yoga was delicious. I haven’t been to a power yoga class in about two years. Over the past two months I’ve been slowly ingraining myself back into the practice of yoga, trying to keep up with Connie (who is, as I’ve stated before, a yoga master). Today was a Power Flow class, which I thought would be a little bit easier since one of the hardest things for me to do in yoga is to get into a pose and hold it. I figured flowing from pose to pose would be challenging but easier for me.
Um, that was maybe the dumbest thing I’ve ever thought. This class was brutal. Our instructor, an adorable woman named Alysse (who is the girlfriend of my Tuesday instructor, Nick), proceeded to kick our asses with multiple sets of chatarungas and side twists that had my hips and arms screaming. My biceps are still sore as I type this! But I left the class feeling cleansed, refreshed, exhausted, and strong. At one point, Alysse told us we could do one-legged chatarungas/planks if that was ‘our practice’ today. I thought about it, then stopped thinking and just did it, and I proceeded to do it for the next fifteen planks! I felt like a superwoman! I will definitely be making Sunday Power Yoga Flow day!
After class, I was happy but dizzy with hunger. Thankfully, I had come prepared. I immediately broke into a Luna Chocolate Peppermint Stick Bar: