Quite Literally

This morning I headed outside and quite literally did some sun salutations.  It was way too gorgeous outside to not have a workout, but I wasn’t feeling like going for a bike ride or a walk.  I decided it had been too long since I last took out my yoga mat and weights. 

Everything around the yard served its purpose.  The picnic table became a place for me to perform chair lifts and pushups.  The front steps became a place for me to have a step workout (jumping up to the first step, jumping back down, repeat…really quickly).  The deck became my yoga studio. 

My outdoor workout was so. much. fun.  Can’t wait to do this again soon! 😀

I’ve been craving French toast for the past few days, so French toast was what I had.  Topped with chunky pb and homemade strawberry jam.

Somehow French toast always reminds me of the weekend.  It feels like such a special treat—reserved for special mornings.  And, might I add, it was quite literally the best breakfast of my entire week.

Morning Snack: 6-oz. plain yogurt, 2 T. Natures Path pumpkin flax granola, and a scoop of PB&company dark chocolate peanut butter

p.s. sorry for the blurry photo—I was quite literally running out the door while snapping the pic  :mrgreen:

This lunch was quite literally a hodge-podge assortment of various things from the fridge. 

  • A huge salad complete with avocado, mushrooms, green bell peppers, tomatoes, carrots and black olives
  • A ramekin filled with baked beans (which, by the way, taste even better today then when they were first made)
  • Kashi crackers

There was lots of crunchin’ action going on with this meal! 😀

+ some sweetness

My parents both had the day off, so we all ate out on the porch for a relaxing lunch…

My parents are quite literally two of the best lunch companions I’ve ever met (in addition to Jessica, a foodie friend of mine who is as excited about sweet potato sushi rolls as I am :mrgreen: )  They’re willing to try anything that I make at least once.  Honest over whether they like it or not. 😉  Appreciative of local, healthy produce and meats.  Foodies at heart.  😀

Somehow the rest of the afternoon whirled by in a blink.  One minute I was doing sun salutations on the deck, the next minute I was at the hospital with my memere, and the next minute I was home eating dinner on the deck.  Blink.  Where does time escape to?

This entire week has been so blissful though, despite all the rushing and time sweeping.  I think this has—at least in part—something to do with the fact that meal time has remained relaxed and laid back.  I’m not one for fast food, and I’m most definitely not one for eating food fast.  Of course, I’ve had moments where I need to quickly inhale a meal (life happens!), but I try to prevent it at all costs.  There’s something special about being able to sit down at the end of a long day and enjoy a home cooked meal, ya know?

Especially when it comes together in under 30 minutes. 😉

Baked Cod, sauteed asparagus (1 lb asparagus + 2 tsp olive oil + 1 tsp lemon juice, sauteed), and 1/2 a very large sweet potato.  Such a satisfying meal!

Oh, and 90% dark chocolate?   This is quite literally my favorite way to end a meal. :mrgreen:

Lately I’ve been falling asleep by 9:30.  It’s awful.  I’ll be in the middle of watching a movie and suddenly I’m asleep.  What can I say?  This girl likes her sleep.  I promised myself that I would at least stay up until 10 tonight, but we’ll see if that actually happens. 😉

Happy FRIDAY!

Question: Have you ever brought your strength training/yoga/cardio outdoors?   This was the first time I used some of the objects around the house to keep active, and I loved it!!  It was so much fun to transfrom the picnic table into a peice of gym equipment. :mrgreen:

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8 thoughts on “Quite Literally

  1. Love your outdoor workout, how fun! I live in a condo so it’s not possible here in my yard but I love doing exercise outside whenever I can. Love the candid shots of your parents, they’re great!

  2. When I’m looking for a super comforting dinner, I always turn to fish and sweet potato. Actually, anything sweet potato is comforting, now isn’t it? 😉

  3. Yummy, the french toast breakfast looks and sounds divine! I don’t think I have ever done yoga outside…although, I do love yoga! Usually if I’m outdoors I will go for a long walk!

    I love, LOVE bitter chocolate (90 percent) such a perfect way to end any meal 🙂

  4. That was, quite literally, a great post! You’ve inspired me to think outside the box next time I want to stretch or do yoga. I’ll just take it outside on the back porch. I love to hoop out back after a great run, so why not do other things!

  5. So far all I’ve ever done is yoga on my back patio…sometime ago! However, we recently hiked to the most beautiful lake and camped there. Next time I’m going to bring along a yoga tutorial on my iPod so I can do yoga out in such a beautiful place!

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