25 July 2011

Weekend Update| July 25, 2011

Lake Eola- Via

Where to start? Even though this weekend was oppressively hot we had a great time. John and I have been training for a 5k this September. Saturday we got together at downtown Lake Eola with one of our teammates for the run, my best friend Becky!  It was so great to have a running buddy! Up until this day I had done all my running alone (John always flies past me as my running pace is slightly faster than most walkers) and I realized that running alone gives you entirely too much time in your head to doubt yourself. Having a running buddy offers a pleasant distraction and before you know it you've run a couple laps without thinking!


Post-run smoothie

After the run we were hot and sweaty and needed something to cool down and a green monster just wasn't going to cut it. I decided I would try my hand at replicating my favorite Smoothie King smoothie- the Caribbean Way. Man, Smoothie King can suck it! I will never pay $6 for their smoothies ever again. Here's what you need:


Suck It, Smoothie King! Post-Run Smoothie

1.25 cups OJ
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup frozen strawberry
1/2 cup fresh pineapple
1 banana
4-5 ice cubes

P.S. I've written the word "smoothie" so much in this post that the word no longer means anything to me...




We spent the rest of our Saturday doing laundry and grocery shopping. I guess Mr. Snuggles wanted in on our laundry because this is what we found when we went to switch the load over. He's feeling those good vibrations.

We called Becky back up to see if her and her sister wanted to come back over for movie night (with unbelievable savings on pizza, #consumer anarchy). We had a blast playing cards and watching Unknown. Have you seen this movie? One of the best I've seen in a while. If you liked Taken, you'll like this. It rekindled my love for Liam Neeson...not that my love ever needed it.


Triangle pose

Sunday morning we yoga'd before church. It's felt so good after running the previous day. There are so many different types of exercise to do, and many that I enjoy, but none that will ever match a good yoga session. Not only does it calm me, stretch me, and strengthen me, but it gives me time to reconnect with myself. Each pose helps me feel where I'm out of alignment and where I'm holding tension. It's a time for my body to do good for itself and that's something we desperately need in our fast paced lifestyles.

Sunday evening we went to our favorite Turkish place with couple John works with at Pioneers. It was so much fun to make new friends and learn about their life and experience. I've gotten to know a lot of his work friends over the last year and it's just so easy to dive right in to the meat of the conversation when you know there's a common mission and life purpose. The good food was the icing on the cake!


Question of the day:  
Do you practice yoga? What are your motivations in doing so?

40 comments:

  1. Beautiful lake!!! It was pretty hot this weekend, but luckily our vball tourney was in the earlier morning hours when it was breezy and overcast. It ended up being perfect, actually! I've done some yoga (with the wii fit) and I'm a DISASTER at it. I'm clumsy, off-balance and not very strong or strong-willed when it comes to keeping to it. However I am SO sore even today from my crazy times Saturday, your post has inspired me to maybe try it out again!!

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  2. Seriously impressed with your running & yoga! I do pilates when I can but would love to try hot yoga!

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  3. Amy- I understand. When you first start it it's important to start slow and do variations of the moves to make them easier...then work your way in as you get more limber and strong.

    Stephanie- Haha. Don't be too impressed. We only ran 1.6 miles. It's a start I guess. :)

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  4. I love yoga but never have to time to go. The classes are at 4:30 and i would never be able to make it there on time... :( So i practice at home.

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  5. Sounds like a perfect weekend, Hannah! I ran on Saturday morning as well, but sadly, did not indulge in a smoothie afterwards -- that combo sounds a.maz.ing... and I totally agree with you -- running buddies are such a blessing :)

    I have been an on-again-off-again practicer of yoga... but I really would like to get into it regularly; it feels so good the day after a run! I love how tall and "loose" (heh... uhm, you know what I mean, I hope ;) yoga makes me feel!

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  6. 5k...you rock! I took a yoga class in college for a gym class...I wasn't a fan BUT I really like Pilates :) p.s we planted pumpkins to bake with and decorate or front porch for fall :)

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  7. Amy- haha. I get what you are saying, but boys don't. You know, that's totally why guys come to yoga- "ohh..that girl can put her leg behind her head."

    Pervs.

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  8. The lake shot is so pretty! I love city living. I have been thinking about signing up for a 4k that benefits the local animal shelter, but I haven't run regularly in awhile. I should just sign up!

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  9. Bess- Yea! Do it! It could be fun if you get some friends to sign up...make a morning of it!

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  10. Sounds like you had a good weekend! I don't do yoga...I've done it before in a couple of classes but that was years ago in college. I should start to do it again, though!

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  11. I love Lake Eola and homemade smoothies :)
    I took the yoga classes at the UCF gym all through college. Since then, I've talked to a couple people who had negative views of it. One was a believer who came from a new age background so she steers away from yoga and other activities with certain spiritual backgrounds. i decided to take a break from it while i thought about my reasons for it (it was always "just exercise" for me, but should i question it more deeply?) and i haven't gone back to it yet. since then, i've tried pilates, which is a similar type of workout without the spiritual aspect and i liked it. i still want to do more research on yoga, though. What do you think??

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  12. OMG. MR. SNUGGLES, STOP BEING SO ADORABLE! YOU'RE HURTING MY EYES!!!

    I have not done any yoga but my best friend is a yoga instructor and I have a feeling she'll eventually peer pressure me into it. I know I'd feel better if I was doing it!

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  13. Beautiful view and cute kitty! I can't do yoga personally because of back problems, but I have stretches that seem to give me the same effect yoga provides you with. Isn't it nice that something so easy and FREE, lol, can have such an impact on ourselves? Good luck with your running! :)

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  14. I love Lake Eola! I have been running recently too just to run and I do Yoga every now and then if I need a good stretch. That picture of Mr. Snuggles is adorable!

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  15. Emily- I have had people challenge me on the same front. I guess my stance is "if you don't feel comfortable with it, great. If you do, great." I can see both sides, I personally feel comfortable since most classes and the stuff I do at home is hatha yoga (focused on the poses and breathing and relaxation). True yoga doesn't stop there but incorporates meditative breathing, meditation, and work with energy and the chakras. I have been to classes that were centered around pranyama and meditation...not my cup of tea as I was looking for the health benefits and others were there for a spiritual reason. Hope that answers your question.

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  16. I can't believe how expensive Smoothie King and the like are these days. Pfft, you got it right making it at home. Love Yoga. Never thought I would. I am more of the active exerciser. But I just love the stretchy feeling. So good. Guess that is my motivation!

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  17. My wife has been going to yoga class for the past few weeks but can't get into the meditation side of it, too much of a hard-headed business woman I suppose. She has shown me a couple of moves that I use for cooling down stretches post workout, although I am as supple as brick wall.

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  18. your smoothie looks delicious and your cat is so cute! I'm your new follower hope you can take a look at my blog and follow back :)

    http://www.ohmydior.org/

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  19. Tony: I totally understand that. When people tell me to quiet my mind I think, "what, and miss out on all this good thinking time?!"

    Oh my Dior- Thanks for following! And yes, the cat is adorable...although not mine...just a stray. I try to lure him in all the time...much to my husbands dislike. :)

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  20. Great smoothie recipe, I love making smoothie's with protein mixes after a work out. I practice yoga at my gym and it is such a great exercise to release the tension and allow your mind to focus on your body. :)

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  21. btw- thanks for your comment today about Bella, it definitely eased my nerves. I'm also guest posting over at Oh, it's just perfect. Check it out! http://www.ohitsjustperfect.com/2011/07/insider-nyc-guest-post-from-walks-with.html

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  22. That smoothie sounds delicious - I will definitely have to try it sometime. And I actually died at that kitten picture, OH MY GOODNESS too adorable!

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  23. Sounds like quite a filling weekend! I do practice yoga, but I don't. It's off-and-on and today I started the day off with it.. am determined to get back on the "on" part of that off-and-on and sticking to it this time!

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  24. it sounds like you and i have the exact same exercise style. i really love yoga and every year I have to train for my annual 5K!

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  25. Eva- You know, that's what I love about yoga. It's something you can come right back to with relative ease. You can't get right back into running after 3 months, but you can always come back to yoga and do it without much discomfort (although, a bit farther away from your toes in the standing forward bend!)

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  26. Thanks for your response to my question! I think that's a good perspective. Maybe one day I'll get back into it because I always loved it and felt awesome after classes!

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  27. Beautiful form, Hannah! I'm a yoga girl too!

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  28. Mr. Cuddles is SO cute! And I NEED to practice yoga more often, I love it when I do!

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  29. Oh wow, running, yoga, healthy smoothies...I'm very impressed. Time to rethink my Sundays I guess ;-) Have a great week, Love from London xo

    PS: They're my summery-stripey espadrilles - to be worn with my straw basket, just what's expected of any French person in summer :-D

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  30. Oh wow the lake looks gorgeous!
    And I at one point did yoga but stopped due to laziness, now I am trying to get back to anything that will put me back in shape.

    I am now following, return the love?
    http://lea-oh-lea.blogspot.com

    xoxo
    -lea

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  31. "Taken" scared me out of my mind. I love that kitty on the washing machine!

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  32. thats a good triangle! Go girl!

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  33. I went to a few classes but they weren't right for me - the atmosphere that is. I've been thinking about just getting a dvd or something and trying it out at home. Have you got any suggestions? And I totally agree with your response "quiet your mind" - I can't and I don't think I'd want to! Mr Snuggles looks like he's having a great time!

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  34. I'll have to try that recipe! Your cat is wayyyy too cute!

    Becca
    http://blondeslogic.blogspot.com

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  35. Hi Hannah- Just found your blog and it's great! Good luck on your run. I'm trying to train too, if the heats ever lets up!

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  36. yes on your yoga thoughts. the other day i was talking to my friend and he called yoga slow and boring. i wanted to smack him for not understanding what it was all about.

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  37. I never tried Yoga but it sounds really interesting!
    I'm playing martial arts!
    The pic of the little kitty is super cute!
    xoxo
    S
    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com/

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  38. MR. SNUGGLES! You NEED him!! John needs to like cats. NEEDS to.
    I do yoga sometimes, I like to mix it in during the week especially after a hard strength session. Gymbox has 15 minute yoga stretches that we like to do after cardio, too. Ben likes this black guy who does yoga on there, hahah... we call it "black guy yoga" -- we're not racist, swear!!!
    props on the running, I absolutely hate running, it hurts my joints so bad! So, I always admire the people who dig it. I can do ten thousand jumping jacks but something about running...

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