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Maris Stella

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  1. Feels better, thanks!. I worked through it and the numbness went away, so I am still not sure why it happened in the first place, but I'm glad it's gone! 

     

    @Substix, yes, my lower back is very sensitive so I am extremely careful with it. I don't think it was that. But it definitely could have been pigeon. I should probably go to an actual class and seek the advice of a pro before I attempt pigeon again...I'm just really not sure what it is supposed to feel like. It sure feels awkward as hell, the way I have been doing it. 

  2. That is awesome, substix. I still have a bit of a "thump" but I can get my foot up there without a problem. Just working on grace, now.

     

    My goals are going. I've got 3 hours of yoga this week, and been working on the pushups. I have decided to adjust my diet goal because the problem with limiting eating out was that I ended up skipping a lot of meals if I hadn't prepared. We dropped that this weekend and just made a point to eat non-processed, non-cheesy, non-bready things, and stick to our banned foods list (still going strong!)

     

    Part of the problem was I doubled a chili recipe so that we could take it to work, and ended up really messing it up in the process >< WHOOPS.

     

    Still battling writer's block, but there is time left today.

  3. You know, it is finally starting to resolve itself, but it's from a yoga session on Monday. I can feel my feet, but I have tingly numbness down the back of my left leg, like it's asleep but on the verge of waking up. Really weird! I get the random numbness too sometimes but this is definitely the first time I walked away with it.

  4. Hmmm, do you have access to a pool? It doesn't *not* use the lower body, but it wouldn't be weight-bearing?

     

    When I was a competitive swimmer we also did several warm-ups where we tried to keep our lower bodies as stationary as possible, if you're trying to avoid moving it at all. There are slightly buoyant foam things made specifically for that purpose if you're just starting out, or you could hold a very small inner-tube between your knees. Hell of a cardio work-out, and would work some of your stabilizing leg muscles, which might help you out in the long run. (There's my amateur medical opinion, for you.)

  5. Derrrrrp I have made 0 progress so far D:

     

    This is always the hardest part of my 6-week challenges. I am the worst sort of creative person, in that I both love and powerfully despise the process. (For example, when my outlet was about 50/50 writing and visual art, I destroyed every single visual art piece I finished. Every last one.)

     

    It's just so...ugh, personal. When I write I look at my work and am filled with misanthropy, as embodied by myself. It's always "BEHOLD the COMPLETE and UTTER ABSURDITY." *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk*

     

    But anyways.

     

    @Hearthsinger, your story is really inspiring. 

     

    The thing of GREATEST value in your life is YOU. And if you share YOU, whatever that means, that's what people will love

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    And that made me want to hug you.

  6. So I'm on this quest to be able to do a full forward fold, head-to-knees. I'm ALMOST there! 

     

    But um, after my routine on Monday, I had numbness down the back of my left leg, and it has not dissipated. 

     

    Has anyone else had this happen to them? Should I be deeply concerned? Is it more likely a result of doing, say, pigeon pose wrong, or is it most definitely from working really hard to fold?

     

    It's real awkward feeling. I'm not really sure what to do.

  7. This is....incredible. It's not as labor-intensive as it sounds, and the results are really amazing. My super carnivorous boyfriend LOVES this stuff.

     

    Posting here with my modifications. Served about three hungry people.

     

     

    1 package (8 oz) tempeh, diced medium
    1 large yellow onion, diced medium
    1 green bell pepper, diced medium
    1 large carrot, diced small
    3 cloves garlic
    1 Tablespoon olive oil + 2 teaspoons
    2 teaspoons soy sauce
    3 tablespoons chili powder
    2 teaspoons cumin
    2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
    1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    Couple of generous dashes fresh black pepper
    15 oz can pinto beans, drained (we used black beans)
    1 cup good dark beer (I use Negra Modelo) (We used a really smoky beer, which gave the chili a meatier taste)
    15 oz can diced tomatoes (We used a handful of fresh cherry tomatoes, cut in half)
    3 tablespoons tomato paste
    1 1/2 cups water or veg broth
    2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
    Juice of 1/2 a lemon
    Handful fresh cilantro, chopped (about a cup, lightly packed)

    In a large pot, cook onions, green bell pepper and carrots over med-high heat, until tender and a little brown (15-20 minutes) stirring occasionally.

    At the same time, put tempeh in a large frying pan and fill with water until it is almost covered. Add 2 teaspoons soy sauce and let simmer over high heat for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed, stirring occasionally. When water is mostly absorbed, mash tempeh with a fork, so it’s crumbly but still chunky. Lower heat to medium and add 2 teaspoons olive oil , saute for 15 more minutes.

    At this point, the twenty minutes for your veggies should be up. Add garlic and saute one minute, then add salt and spices (except cilantro, you add that last) and saute a minute more. Add beer and deglaze the pot. Cook for 2 minutes. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, beans and water. Your tempeh should be done cooking so add that as well. Lower heat to medium, stir it up and cover for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook 30 more minutes stirring occasionally. Add maple syrup, lemon juice and stir it up. Add cilantro. Serve!

  8. So I love a lot of things about this woman's food blog and cook books. If you don't want to follow the recipes exactly, her flavor combinations are great inspiration for other things!

     

    Here's a recipe I really like, pretty much copy/pasted. I tend to cut way down on the oil, and I use ground cumin (which I still toast very lightly in a skillet). 

     

     


    Dressing:
    1 tablespoon cumin seeds
    1/3 cup / 80 ml extra virgin olive oil
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    1 tablespoon honey
    1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste
    1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    10 ounces carrots, shredded on a box grater or sliced whisper thin on a mandolin

    2 cups cooked chickpeas (or one 15- ounce can, drained and rinsed)

    2/3 cup / 100 g dried pluots, plums, or dates cut into chickpea-sized pieces

    1/3 cup / 30 g fresh mint, torn

    For serving: lots of toasted almond slices, dried or fresh rose petals - all optional (but great additions!)

    To make the dressing, first toast the cumin seeds in a dry skillet until fragrant and lightly browned, a minute or two. Let cool, and grind to a powder with a mortar and pestle.

    In a bowl or jar, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, ground cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.

    In a medium bowl, combine the carrots, chickpeas, dried pluots, mint, and almonds, and rose petals (if you're including those as well.) Gently toss until everything is evenly coated. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. (You can toss this salad, minus the almonds, hours in advance. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.)

    Serves 6.

  9. Sounds good, as long as you're goin in the right direction!

     

    Having trouble sleepin sucks a lot. I hope you manage to get that into control quickly :) If you need help with that let me know, I know a lot of tips and tricks to tamper with sleep cycles.

     

    Um, yes. Teach me your ways!

     

     

     

    i'm sorry to see you are having trouble getting your sleep time right. i love sleeping - i know that poor sleep just is depressing.

     

    this article may or may not be helpful - depends on what is keeping you up.  i for one cannot make any coffee after work (i'd drink a whole pot) - b/c it gives me crazy stressful dreams. 

     

    That was SUPER interesting, thank you for sharing! Bookmarking that for future reference.

     

    I've gone through phases with sleep. A year ago, I could have gone to the olympics for sleeping. I could have napped anywhere, anytime, and I fell asleep really quickly. These days (as in my teens) I am randomly plagued by nighttime anxiety and vivid nightmares, sometimes even sleep paralysis. I've had two instances of sleep paralysis so far this year. I've switched out pillows and sheets, worn different clothes, played white noise, blah blah blah. No real progress. Not sure what's going on! I had a bunch of blood tests done in January and the only thing that was weird was my vitamin D. I've been on a supplement since then, and the things that were obviously vitamin D related have resolved.

     

    But in other news, I can now get my foot from down-dog into lunge almost gracefully. One fluid motion, but still a bit of a thump. Gotta get the Bowser impressions out of my yoga practice.

  10. Blah, yeah. It was way low. I'm going to try and make up those missed hours. Doing an hour tonight, and I think I'm going to try and do 30 minutes when I wake up every day. 30 minutes always sounds so much more doable, and if I've got some down first thing in the morning, I think it's actually more likely that I'll do it in the evening.

     

    I really wish I could get up earlier in the morning. Right now I struggle a lot with falling asleep and staying asleep, so I'm usually extremely tired come 6:30 am. Hopefully as I get into better shape, my sleep cycle will become more consistent and I can start my day earlier!

  11. Substix and Evenewbie, thanks for the tips! I seriously need all the help I can get.

     

    Incidentally, I don't recommend laughing hysterically when trying to do Crow pose. This does not assist the balancing process.

     

     

     

    Hey, I stopped by here after reading your posts in my thread; it looks like we might be kindred spirits!  I love your goals (I can see you've done this before - your goals make way more sense than mine).  Also, we have similar measurements (me: height 5'10.5, waist 29.5, thigh 21.75, bicep 10.5, hips 40.5).  And my boyfriend is an aspiring writer...maybe I should recruit him to join in next time.

     

    I think I'll be using your progress as inspiration, if that's alright with you.  ;)

     

    Hullo! Yes, you will find that your first challenge's goals make no sense, hahaha. I think that is inevitable. But hey, most people are not taught how to set goals in the first place, so you have to learn somehow! I got no higher than a B on my last challenge, and very nearly failed one of my goals. It's definitely an ongoing learning process. So don't judge yourself too harshly this time around. Just do your very best, and use that as a starting point for the next challenge :D

     

     

    Aaaand a week one update:

     

    Kind of a meh start, to be honest. 

     

    We were very good about making food at home, and not buying lunches out. I need to rethink that grading system though. (All the grading systems actually. But I digress.)

     

    I did a whopping 1.5 hours of yoga this week so I obviously need to step up my game. I have a laundry list of excuses available but the truth is, I just psyched myself out and spent a lot of time sleeping this week. A lot of dramatic "I can't go on" kind of crap. And by "go on" I mean, move or think at all. 

     

    This weekend was better. I drove up to LA to see a friend and go to the Iliad Bookshop. (If you love books, don't go there. Spare yourself. You should be saving for retirement.) I also did body-weight circuits with my yoga and am now waddling around like a duck. The push-ups are progressing. Basically I picked up the momentum for everything except writing. 

     

    On to week 2!!

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