Quiet, loungy, lazy Christmas day

Because it is Christmas both the gym and yoga studio were closed today.

If the yoga studio had been opened I probably would have taken a yoga class today as there wouldn’t be any classes at the gym and it is rather difficult for me to get that motivated.

I had debated if I should go for a walk or try running. I hate running and I suck at it.

Then the other day in the mail I received a mini package in the mail from an old gym friend.

So my plan was that sometime this morning I would embark on the Holiday Workout, which claims to have holiday tunes and some tips.

The Holiday Workout never happened. Instead today there was lots of lounging, movie watching, a little knitting, a few naps. And you can’t forget about the eating and drinking.

Since I get up at 5 during the week for work my sleeping in on the weekends is normally around 6:30. Which is what time I got up today.

I got up and made a white chocolate mocha drink, grabbed a Mexican pastry and plopped myself on the couch under a blanket. I watched some Christmas movies, … Continue reading

Best time of the year?

I am still not quite sure what this post is going to be about. I have been thinking about it most of the day: Should I talk about spinning on Christmas Eve? Talk about abs or doing dirty dog in body conditioning today?

Or do I reflect on the holiday season? It is great for many. But for some others it is not so great.

This time of year can be stressful, depressing, sad, difficult, lonely, emotional or really not the best time of the year.

Because I feel so fortunate in my life and I believe that I was put on this Earth to help others. So I do what I can to make things better for others.

Because most people we know are rather fortunate we no longer do Christmas presents. We give money to charity because there are so many people who need so much. (Curt and I do stockings so we have a little something.)

We have a variety of charities we support. Among some of them: food banks; Planned Parenthood; public television; alma mater department scholarships/programs; Curt’s hometown Boy Scouts; Humane Society; Habitat for Humanity.

The cliche saying about how it is better to … Continue reading

Holiday treat minus the fat, calories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Post: Alicia

I have an addiction to Starbucks eggnog lattes.  They are delicious and every November I look forward to buying my first eggnog latte of the year.  I think part of the appeal is because it’s seasonal so it makes it so much more special to me.

Unfortunately this seasonal delicacy along with snacking on other holiday treats add to the fact that I eat too much junk during this time of year. And it also hurts my wallet.

For a 12 oz. (tall) nonfat eggnog latte it’s $3.75 at 350 calories and 15 grams of fat. It’s quite pricey (even when I bring in my own mug and get 10 cents off, it’s still $3.65).

Last year I did some research and discovered I could make my own at home for fraction of the cost and calories.  Trader Joe’s sells low fat eggnog for $2.69 a quart.  A half cup serving is 110 calories and only 1 gram of fat.  I found a recipe on Sweet Savory Life.  I used low fat eggnog, nonfat milk, and left out the whipped … Continue reading

Holiday candy with the 411

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This time of the year there is really just so much crap: goodies, lunches, dinners, parties, booze. It’s so difficult to not be tempted.
I have a candy bowl at my desk. The holiday items are mini candy canes and candy cane Hershey kisses. I’m not a huge candy cane fan. But those special kisses are another story.
I decided to do a little research on the treats. One mini candy cane is 12 calories and no grams of fat. And if I remember correctly, peppermint is supposed to curb hunger.
One of the kisses is about 18 calories and 1.3 grams of fat. But really, who is gonna eat one?
The bag indicates that 9 pieces is a serving, which comes to 220 calories and 12 grams of fat.
It’s probably too late to tell you to be careful this holiday season. But you can still get that exercise in. I am trying to keep that consistent. So far not bad.
(FYI: I am writing this on my iPhone.)

Hurrying to relax at yoga class

I literally ran to the yoga studio tonight to make it on time to Baxter’s Hatha class.

Traffic from South City to Emeryville was pretty tame, especially since there is a 49ers game tonight. But from Emeryville a drive in the evenings that normally takes me 15-20 minutes took 40 minutes tonight.

I quickly changed into my yoga clothes once I got home and headed out to Namaste. I ran part of the way and when I arrived I was pretty much out of breath and quite warm.

But I made it on time. And I have to say I am glad I did. I always enjoy Baxter’s classes. I was hoping for more of a Christmas-themed class. There were some Grinch and Christmas Rack references. Eh, good enough.

That class is never too intense. But tonight was even more mellow and we did a lot of work with the bolster. Oh yea, so nice! I love working with the bolster.

It was so worth running and hurrying to class to relax …

Low cal Sexy Sangria for the win

Last night was our friends’ Monica and Malcolm’s annual holiday Cocktail Competition party. The past three years the party has been a competition.

We didn’t make it the first competition party because we were out of town (but had been to it in the past).

The idea is everyone makes some sort of cocktail. We write the name of our drink on the board, a motto and why we think our drink should win. Everyone gets a certain amount of votes to give out. This year we each got three votes to make.

Last year I made Hungry Girl’s Winter Wonderland Peppermintini. My drink won by a mere two votes. And I really have to say it was the presentation that pushed me over the edge. I also really pushed that the yummy cocktail was 125 calories. A yummy pretty drink that won’t get you fat. 🙂 (Well, all in moderation.)

This year I made Hungry Girl’s Party-in-a-Pitcher Sangria, which for the party I renamed Sexy Sangria. (Curt actually came up with the name.)

Because of my close win last year I knew I had to up my A game. My Sexy Sangria had a Barcelona theme with … Continue reading

Sore, tired body

This will be a short post as I am tired and well, just bleh.

Tuesday night Jenn and I did some weight work on our back and shoulders (among other stuff).

Yesterday I worked from home so I attended the Power Vinyasa yoga class at the studio in my neighborhood. Naushon really had us focus on doing upward dog properly, by pushing our chest forward and our shoulders down.

Between the work on shoulders/back Tuesday night and the yoga class yesterday and the crappy sleep I have gotten the past FOUR nights I woke up today with super sore shoulders and upper back.

I know being sore like this is a good thing as I am working my muscles and getting stronger. But it still is not that comfortable.

(Tonight at the gym I did intervals for spin and a little ab work. I did some stretching of my back and shoulders as well.)

After I got home I took a nice hot shower. Then I slathered my refreshing gel on my shoulders and upper back. I am feeling a little better. I am relaxing while blogging, watching TV, drinking wine and having a dinner of leftovers.

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And the latest Go Fit Girl! winner is …

… Penny.

Thanks to Penny, Alicia and Lauren for participating in last week’s Comment Contest Tuesday on a Wednesday.

I mentioned in that post that we were only going to have green beans as our healthy option for Thanksgiving dinner. We also ended up having salad. Wooo! What a way to balance that meal, eh?

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and weekend.

As the Christmas season gears up remember to take a step back, take a breath and try not to stress yourself out. Decide if it is worth it or not. It likely is … not.

Good luck.

How to survive Black Friday: Just don’t do it

I have to say each year I get more disgusted by the idea of Black Friday, the commercials, the greed associated with Christmas.

 

Years ago with both sides of our families we decided to stop giving each other Christmas presents. No one needs anything. And really, a new candle or CD or shirt or whatever–we can all get those ourselves. So instead we give money to charity.

The stress of having to buy the perfect gift is eliminated; battling those crazy crowds … gone; spending money on something someone may or may not like … goodbye; never getting an acknowledgement or thank you for a gift you purchased … buh-bye; worrying about your Christmas shopping budget … adios.

The joy, pride and sense of being a good human being you get from giving to someone who really needs something: food, clothes, a new backpack, toys (when they aren’t normally under the tree), school supplies, healthcare, a home, education, pajamas, books, etc.) is the most amazing feeling and makes you feel like a better person. To me, that is the true meaning of Christmas.

More and more I reflect on the fact that there are so many people in this country and … Continue reading