I Ate a Cauliflower

Hi guys. Happy Thursday! Some things from the last couple of days…

Dog Park with the puppies..wanted to get a few more trips in with my babies before Reggie goes into surgery tomorrow. He broke a tooth and it having it removed and needs to go under. Layla is going to love having the house to herself for a whole day!

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BV yoga on Tuesday and Traditional on Wednesday. I also squeezed in a full-body strength workout and 10 minutes of cardio at the gym in the early afternoon. Feelin’ good you guys!!!

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I bought a head of cauliflower on Tuesday. CAULIFLOWER IS THE ONE VEGGIE I DESPISE. And yet…I wandered into the store and bought one for the first time ever. I chopped it up, tossed it in EVOO/S&P/Garlic Salt, baked for 20 and broiled for 10 and bam, it was delicious. I ate most of it, but Tyler liked it as well (odd enough, he doesn’t like cauliflower either!)

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A few weeks ago when we were in Edmonton, we stopped to have lunch at Local after an afternoon of shopping. We chose the restaurant because it looked like it had a cool vibe and the menu sounded pretty good. Plus, the patio was really nice. I ordered what was called the West Coast Chopped Salad and Tyler got a burger. My meal was super underwhelming, so Tyler was nice enough to let me take a bunch of bites from his yummy burger. I tweeted about the disappointing meal and was quickly contacted by the restaurant regarding my experience. After a couple of back and forth chats, they offered to send me a gift card!

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The good news is that there is another location here in Calgary, so we will be able to take advantage of their generosity pretty soon (I’m totally ordering the burger next time)

Hmmmmm……what else……..

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549 days after saying goodbye to my last job in MA, I FINALLY SNAGGED A JOB AS A PERMANENT RESIDENT IN CANADA. So excited. I start on Monday, so that’s why I must leave you now and hit the mall for a new wardrobe!!!!!!!!

My New Love

Holy crap you guys. I have a new found love. (And I’m not just taking about this guy:)

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I did something for the first time ever last night, and after the 75 minutes, I was over the moon. I. DID. YOGA.

I NEVER wanted to do yoga. I always thought it was crazy and that I wouldn’t have the patience for it. I preferred high-impact, crazy workouts. Only lately have I been feeling the urge to give it a go- not only for a change, but to see how it could affect my body.

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I lucked out with Hot Yoga on Crowfoot– not only are they just around the corner form my house, but they have been voted the best yoga studio in Calgary.

After my early morning trip to Target yesterday, I swung by the studio to get more information on rates and class types and speak with them on which class I should do as a yoga virgin. They were super helpful and suggested I try Traditional Hot Yoga first. So I did. 

The next TH class was offered at 6pm, so I basically went home and hydrated until class time. I got anxious and nervous and almost backed out. 5:30 rolled around, and I arrived at the studio to pay a new student 7-day trial ($25 for 7 days of use!). There was already about 20/25 people lined up along the corridor waiting to take the same class as me. 

This is insane. Already that many people waiting and it’s still 30 minutes before class is scheduled to start? Eek.

Ok, so the doors finally open and BAM it was hot. And I loved it. Being a California native made me a-ok with this heat. Especially in Calgary.

I always think of this image when I remind myself I am a warm-weathered person somehow living in Calgary:

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I immediately darted to the back corner to lay out my mat. As people were ‘ready’, they were laying down. I had no idea that about 5 minutes of laying down in 108 degree heat would get me so prepped and excited for a workout!

This is how the studio’s website described the TH class:

Traditional Hot Yoga (TH) is a series of twenty-six postures performed in a precise order, in a room heated to 42 °C (108 °F). The postures combined with heat help cleanse the body and warm the muscles. This class systematically works the entire body, concentrating on the essence of every organ, bone, joint, muscle, ligament, tendon, blood vessel, nerve and gland. Incorporating strength, balance, and flexibility, Traditional Hot Yoga teaches students how each pose stimulates the mind and restores and shapes the body. This class is available in a 65, 75 or 90 minute format.

I whispered to the girl next to me asking her if it was going to be hard and she said no. I must be a trusting person, because I took her word for it.

Come to find out, it wasn’t hard at all. There were a ton of challenging positions, but never once did I find myself straining or wishing I was elsewhere. And the instructor was AMAZING. She had such a warm and welcoming presence and fluently instructed each move and the purpose of doing each. She varied from walking the room to demonstrating moves. 

The only thing that felt funny about that class was the collective sound of people’s exhales. Seriously, just a weird sound to me.

OH. And I sweat. A LOT. Ghastly amounts. Lovely amounts.

There were some floor exercises towards the end of class that made my lower back a bit uncomfortable, but the combination of those and the heat made me realize AFTER class that the pain was gone. And my posture was better. And I woke up this morning feeling 2 inches taller. (Oh God, 2 more inches?! I’m already a giant!) I EVEN TOLD TYLER LAST NIGHT THAT I FELT GREAT ABOUT MY BODY<——that never happens, people.

Of course, I am now sore as hell. But it’s a good sore. One that makes me excited to jump back into my usual strength and cardio training for today. Only downside to this new found love is the price-tag that comes with it.

I know there are a lot of at-home yoga options, and my gym even offers classes, but neither come close to the hot yoga experience that I had. (Plus, creepy Jen noticed that there were about 30 gals my age in the class, meaning creepy Jen can actually have an opportunity to make friends!!) I seriously can’t wait to start working and making money so I can continue taking classes at this studio.

Namaste