Sittin' Pretty

One of the benefits that I LOVE about yoga is that it strengthens my core, giving me better posture.  I notice that when I am actively practicing yoga, I stand taller with my shoulders back.

HOWEVER.

I do not keep this posture improvement when it is time for me to use the computer.  When I sit down at my desk, my shoulders curve inward, I slouch forward, and my head hangs down.  It is only by staying attentive and engaging my abs that I can fix this issue, as I find myself easing back into a hunch otherwise.  I am super lucky, overall, because I spend only a couple of hours each day on the computer.  I shudder to think about my husband, who sits at his computer ALL.DAY.LONG., and does not give a fig about posture.  So many health problems can be caused by poor computer posture.  I don’t want these things to happen to him!  Or you!

So . . . the next time you are sitting at your desk or computer or wherever, sit up straight, put your shoulders back, and engage your abs.  You work so hard on your core – you don’t want to damage it!

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Quinoa Oatmeal

Good morning, everybody!

I’m a super busy mom-type person so honestly, breakfast is hard for me.  There are always ten different things that I HAVE to get to first.  Some mornings, it is 10:00 am before I can get around to having breakfast.

I used to be a cold cereal girl, but lately I’ve been eating oatmeal like crazy.  In particular, I’ve been making quinoa oatmeal and it is amazing!!!! (Is it still called oatmeal when it is made out of quinoa?  Should it be “quinoameal” or something?  Not sure.)

Anyway, it tastes great, fills me up, and gives me energy for yoga, work or whatever I have coming that day.  Here’s my go-to recipe:

 

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Quinoa Oatmeal

  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • frozen berries
  • almond milk

Put the water and quinoa in a small saucepan on the stove, bring to a boil.  Cover and turn down to low, let simmer for 15 minutes.  In the meantime, mash up your banana in a bowl and add some frozen berries.  When the quinoa is done (the grains will look a bit translucent and doughnut-shaped), pour it into the bowl and stir it up so the quinoa cools down and the frozen berries warm up.  I add almond milk to thin it out a bit, totally up to you how much to add.

 

Whole Wheat Lemon Berry Muffins

I love trying new recipes from 100 Days of Real Food.  I appreciate that Lisa creates recipes from “real” ingredients that I usually have on hand.

In particular, she has quite a lot of muffin recipes, which I love.  I make a double batch and throw them in the freezer, then put a frozen muffin in my kids’ school lunches.  The muffin helps keep their yogurt cold, but is thawed by lunchtime so they can eat it up.

Lisa posted a new muffin recipe last week that we tried, and it is absolutely our new favorite.  I tweaked her recipe a bit to suit our preferences, as I used organic coconut oil instead of butter, and organic mixed berries instead of raspberries.  They turned out amazing – we couldn’t stop eating them!

Whole Wheat Lemon Berry Muffins

Working out with Kids

My kids are on what they call a “balanced” school calendar, which means they were home for two weeks for spring break.  I had really good intentions to blog, but kids have a sixth sense about the computer:  they can be totally happy, doing their thing without me, but the minute I touch the laptop they come out of nowhere and NEEEEEED things and NEEEEEEED me and it never turns out very well.

As it so happens, this two week break also put a big dent in my workout routine.  It is really hard to go to a yoga class or a long run outside with a preschooler and a first grader tagging along.  I hopped on the treadmill a few times, but really didn’t get moving like I’d hoped and planned.  My back did get a great workout, however, as I taught my son to ride his bike – totally killer on the arms and back.  I also did a lot of playing outside, which isn’t a planned workout but involves plenty of running around.  So, there’s that.  We are back to the normal routine now, and my run yesterday was surprisingly hard after only two weeks off.

As summer is sloooooowly sneaking closer, I realize I need to come up with some great ideas to keep my workouts going with my little ones around.  We typically summer at our lakehouse, which has 100 steps down to the beach.  Last summer, I ran those steps 3-4 mornings a week until my legs gave out, and did beach yoga in the early mornings while the kids snoozed.  I’m looking for other ideas, though, to keep things interesting.

Working out with kids:  HOW do you make it happen?