Five days of clarity or no drinking wine. I chose to take some time off before my trip to detox. And being totally honest--to look better in my bikini. Heading to Cartagena next week and I know that I will be sporting a bikini and a sarong for a good portion of the trip. Why wouldn't I? Gorgeous weather, the beach and a cabana boy if all goes right.
In those five days, I have learned that I do enjoy cooking at my house, some recipes sound good but are not executed well and that whole foods changed their carrot cake. I am super bummed about the last one. I do not know why they would alter that recipe. Yet, they did and it is a poor substitute for the original.
I have made roasted beets and potatoes. Both of those turned out well. I partnered the potatoes with store bought green chile. I always crave chile when it is cold. I guess Santa Fe did speak to me on many levels. I dream about the chile there. I attempted roasted eggplant which was a disaster. I have pan fried it before which has worked. This method did not work for me. Granted it was sort of an afterthought. I cut the eggplant in half, then quartered and threw salt on it with olive oil. Some. I definitely did not put any love into it. I put it on a roasting dish and forgot about it. When I went to flip the eggplant I recognized my mistake. It was a soggy mess.
Many salads, some homemade sandwiches and of course, roasted chicken. I cheated and bought that too. Overall, it has been a sleep induced week. I've caught up on sleep, bought shoes and done more TRX classes. I am sad that the studio I found is closing after this month due to landlord wishes and tenant needs. I have found that I really enjoy the resistance training and full body work out that ensues. Unfortunately, I have not found many options in Denver to support my desire. If only I had found the studio in Santa Fe. I would be buff.
I suppose I could find a trainer. I think that is my next purchase of the year. A healthy lifestyle change supported by exercise. Must find a trainer that I respect and who will challenge me. There are options at the gym I am a member of. I haven't been inspired by what I have seen in that department. My experience is limited so I could research it more to truly form an opinion. There is a girl that I believe would push me to my limit. However, she is on maternity leave for the next three months.
I arranged a pedicure which is always a necessity in my life. Fantastic calf massage. That is why I like pedicures. Not so much for the painted toes. I prefer that massage work. It is such a treat!
Matt and I did a yoga class together. It feels more natural now. The language, cadence and rhythm of the class. Eventually, I should focus on teaching only and not practice alongside. However, I do enjoy feeling how my flow works. If the transition is forced or organic. After our class, Matt told me it was his favorite. I realized that I designed the class to reach a posture and incorporated a build up to that end which truly worked. As always, I started with many sun As and sun B's. I prefer this way to warm up the core and feel that it works the best. I do appreciate my astanga background. Maybe I will find a class while in Columbia. I think Cody would be interested too.
Heading to Barre with Shannon. She is my favorite instructor. Always a challenging sequence and great music. I love it!
Outside of that, I do have a few more days of preparation before getting my stamp. It is time! I think I might be able to do one of two more this year. Why not?
Til then, enjoy your day. Make the most of it!