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I’m so excited to be participating in Yoga Pose May! Kate and Tina did an amazing job of organizing this fun month-long bloggie “event.” Each participant (well over 100 of them!) were assigned a yoga pose to feature on their blog on a specific day during the month of May.

I’m a relatively new yoga. It’s been an off and on thing for me over the last couple of years. I’ve really enjoyed checking out each featured pose across the blogosphere every day so far in May and I can’t wait for what’s to come during the rest of the month. Yoga Pose May is definitely inspiring me to practice more often. Not only am I learning a ton about more about yoga, but I’ve also discovered some fabulous new blogs to follow.

Carrie, Brittany, Alicia & I were all assigned plank pose and today is our posting day!

Core strength is something I’ve been working on improving lately. Plank is GREAT for doing so. It’s actually considered an ‘arm balance’ pose, but engaging your core is important in maintaining good form. This is this pose great when done in conjunction with other yoga poses. Hold it for 30-60 seconds and you’ve also got a fantastic addition to your strength training workouts.

So here’s me demonstrating the pose. Remember that I’m a newbie. The toughest part of this pose for me is dropping my shoulders without swaying my back. Hence the shoulders up too close to my ears. Practice makes perfect, right? 😉

There are many modifications for the plank pose. Here’s one for 7-months old:

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! I’ll be returning to my regularly-scheduled blogging this week after my brief hiatus. My creative juices have been lacking lately. Thanks to Yoga Pose May, I’m feeling re-inspired!

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Yesterday was a really, really good day. Well, minus the 8 hours I spent at work. 🙂

I started the day with my very first yoga practice from Yogadownload.com. I chose Gentle Hatha #1, one of the free 20 minute downloads from the site. It was just the right length to fit into my busy morning schedule. My mind and body felt awake, refreshed and ready to start the day.

Breakfast was cereal with organic skim milk (not pictured because of poor 5:30AM lighting) and a Horizon Organic lowfat milk box in the car (not pictured because driving and photographing is dangerous.) 😀 Can you tell my body has been craving milk lately?

I spent the morning sipping Lipton Red Rose tea and plenty of cold water.

Lunch was organic whole wheat thin spaghetti topped with homemade meat sauce (leftovers from last night’s dinner).

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First afternoon snack was a Honeycrisp apple. My favorite! No picture because there was a sudden congregation near my desk and I didn’t want an audience for the photography session.

Second afternoon snack was courtesy of a coworker. She passed around Jell-o Sugar Free Banana Fudge Supreme cups and a can of Light Cool Whip. Healthy? No. Delicious once-in-a-while treat? Absolutely.

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My coworker and I both worked through our lunch hours and left at 4PM to attend a fun foodie/charity event called Empty Bowls. It’s a national fundraiser who’s main goal is fighting hunger.

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We arrived about 15 minutes after the doors opened and it was already packed! First, we waited in line to select our bowl. All of the gorgeous pottery pieces are handmade by local artists and students from Wittenberg University.

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It was so hard to choose just one! I actually ended up with the 2nd bowl I picked up because I loved the shape and the colors of glaze.

My bowl:

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Coworker’s bowl:

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We then paid ($15 each) and got in another line for the food to fill our bowl. My coworker had an interesting observation about how similar these lines were to those you would see in a soup kitchen except that the lines at this event were made up of prominent businessmen and businesswomen, local political figures and Average Joe’s with big hearts and a little money to spare. I didn’t get a picture of the mass of people because there was just no good angle without someone standing directly in front of me. It was quite impressive. I think we were actually in this second line for about an hour.

Part of the serving table:

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Once we got to the buffet servers, we had to choose a soup to fill our bowl. Each one was donated by a different local restaurant. The choices were Vegetable, Potato Leek, Bowtie Pasta, Chicken Avgolemono (Greek), Chili, Broccoli Cheddar and Mariachi Chicken. They all looked and smelled DELICIOUS. My coworker and I both chose the Mariachi Chicken which was donated by my favorite Mexican restaurant! It was actually more of a layered dish than a soup. First, I had to spoon their “house” rice (OMG so good) into the bottom of my bowl. Then, there was shredded chicken with onions, mushrooms & peppers to put on top. The broth for the soup was then ladled over the top of those things and the whole concoction was topped with fresh, homemade pico de gallo.

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There was also a mini-salad bar with mixed greens and various toppings. I chose banana peppers, black olives, a little cheese and homemade Ranch dressing. I had a Texas Roadhouse roll on the side, but ended up not using the butter.

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We were chatting and eating when my coworker spotted the dessert table. Of course we had to check it out! I had the peanut butter chocolate cake. The piece was small which was a good thing because it was REALLY rich. I savored every bite.

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When we finished eating, volunteers from the event washed our bowls for us and brought them back. Leaving with an empty bowl is meant to be symbolic of the astounding number of people who go every day without food.

GIVEAWAY REMINDER: This is your last chance to enter my book giveaway for a copy of The World is Fat by Barry Popkin!

In other bloggie giveaway news, Rose over at On a Lobster Placemat is giving away a Quaker Robe & Slipper set.

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We got about an inch of snow in the night and it was still falling when I got up at 4:30AM. I left for work almost an hour early only to make it 1/3 of the way and turn around. The snow just kept coming down harder and the roads were getting slick. They’re expecting more snow and maybe freezing rain through the day today followed by more snow this evening so there’s a good chance I’ll be home again tomorrow. I hate using vacation time for weather, but I don’t mind the day (or maybe days) off.

As soon as I got back home I fixed up the oats I’d packed for work. I decided to use a real bowl instead of my plastic container. Today’s toppings were a swirl of honey, a dollop of peanut butter and a few HUGE blackberries. Deeeeeelicious!

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The coffee this morning was in one of my favorite mugs, a gift from my mom. I love polka dots & the color pink!

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After breakfast I did a 30 minute workout DVD with cardio and some lower body. Some people think I’m nuts, but I LOVE squats and lunges. I think it’s because I can really feel my muscles working when I do them and I enjoy that burn. My timing was perfect because as soon as my DVD ended it was time for Namaste Yoga on FitTV.

I took the pup out to play in the snow for a bit. She had a blast running around like a crazy thing and rolling around. I think we’ve gotten at least another inch or so since I got home!

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Jillian Michaels is on The Rachael Ray Show right now and I’m tuned in. I love and adore both of these ladies. Jillian always seems to say things that seem to hit home for me and she presents them in a fun way.

Speaking of Jillian, have you listened to her FREE podcasts? You can download them from the iTunes store. Just type KFI AM 630 in the search box, click the arrow to the right of SUNDAY, sort alphabetically and find Jillian. Add these to your iPod for some extra motivation during workouts! I actually like to listen to them in the car on my commute to help me stay motivated to hit the gym when I get home.

I love how so many of you bloggies as a question at the end of your blog posts and I’m going to start doing the same thing every day. Here goes!

What’s your favorite move for working the lower body?

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Is the weekend really over? Already? It went by so fast!

Saturday morning started off nicely. I slept in which is rare for me, even on the weekend. When I finally got up it was time for breakfast and coffee with my husband. I had 2 egg whites and a slice of 2% cheese on low cal toast. That didn’t look like quite enough and I was really craving protein so I cooked a Gardenburger Portabella burger in the microwave and then added it to my sandwich. My husband thought it looked weird. I thought it tasted delicious!

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Add coffee and organic skim milk and it’s a filling meal.

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After our late breakfast we showered and hit the road to visit my BFF and her husband. The guys both have strange work schedules and she’s a nurse so it’s been forever since we could all get together.

We had lunch at a place called City Barbecue. The other 3 are all big BBQ lovers. Me? Not so much, but I went along because I knew I’d be able to find something I liked. I ended up ordering a big salad of mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, shredded cheese & strips of smoked turkey breast. Everyone else topped their sandwiches with hot & spicy BBQ sauce, but I discovered a spicy mustard sauce that didn’t taste at all like traditional BBQ. I ended up using a little of that as my salad dressing and liked it a lot.

After lunch we headed back to their house and hung out for a while. We had a blast and totally lost track of time. Before we knew it it was time to head home.

I was still pretty full when we got back, but needed to eat something to keep me full through the night. I ended up making oats for dinner! Oats, a little cocoa powder, a spoonful of peanut butter and a few chopped dates. Sweet and delicious!

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Sunday morning I got up before my husband and did some yoga. I’ve been feeling really restless lately and that was exactly what my body needed. Afterwards I settled in with my Sunday morning ritual of coffee and coupons. The binder in the picture is how I organize my coupons. It’s filled with baseball card sleeves and divided by section of the grocery. I’ve found it works well for efficiency.

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My husband woke up hungry and offered to make brunch. I wasn’t going to turn him down. 🙂 He made me a 1 egg, 2 egg white omelet with ground turkey, mushrooms & shredded colby cheese. On the side I had 2 slices of turkey bacon and toast with spray butter. Oh, and coffee of course!

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After brunch I cleaned the casa and got the laundry going. The rest of the day was pretty much wasted. I had a horrible headache that I couldn’t kick and just overall felt icky. My day was spent mostly on the couch either sleeping or relaxing and reading. Brunch was really filling and I never really got hungry again. I did have some Kashi crackers and cheese later in the evening, but was too lazy to take a picture. I ended up calling it an early night.

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