Starting the New Year with a Whimper (and a Croak), Plus a Yogi Clothing Review

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I am sick. I mean, really sick. Sicker than I can remember being in a long, long time. Until today, I have not turned on my computer for three days (that says something, doesn’t it?). When I last made an appearance here, I wrote that I’d spent the day in bed, getting lots of rest, with the hope to get better quickly. That was five days ago!

The next day, New Year’s Day, I thought that I felt better. In fact, I ran two miles with no problem (not that that is a long run, but after being sick…). Then, because I wanted to start my new year off with a bang, and get going right way on my goals (something else I haven’t written yet, though I did start the post and added a photo) I went to yoga. Yoga seemed like the perfect thing, not only because of my goal to get back to my practice, but because my yoga studio, Yoga Central, was doing a special, 105 minute New Year Kick Off Vinyasa + Yin. Well, it sounded like a good idea at the time.

Another reason I was excited about finally going to yoga was to try out an outfit from Yogi Clothing. They had sent me an outfit that I had selected to try out a couple months ago, but I’m sad to say, it’s been that long since I went to class. I picked the Racerback Tank and the Wild Leg Rollover Pant. Both were super soft and comfy jersey, the top 100% cotton, the pants with a little spandex.

First of all, I love this company. I love their clothing, their service and their philosphy. From their “about” page:

We believe in the power of imagination, and utilizing positive energy to achieve goals

I also loved my outfit. The fit was pretty good, though the pants were rather long. They did get a little caught up during my yoga practice. The fabric was so soft and comfy, though, I could wear them all day. There is a shelf bra in the tank, which was adequate for my simple needs, but larger chested women will probably want to wear a sports bra.

Yogi Clothing Review

¬†Okay, that picture was taken after an 105 minute class, and remember, I am sick.¬† All in all, I totally support this company and their clothing. While my pants weren’t right for my yoga, they were my choice, and I still love the look and feel of them. Just something a little shorter next time. And there will be a next time.

Currently, Yogi Clothing is offering 20% off for joining their mailing list.

Now, back to being sick. Which is actually what I did after yoga. I came home and didn’t do anything except watch football for the rest of the day. Yes, I know a lot of people did that, but I don’t really like football all that much. I had to go back to work the next day, even though I felt like I was getting sicker. My voice was coming and going, my cough was worse, but, I’m the boss and I had been gone for four days. I told everyone that my cold was five days old and I wasn’t contagious anymore (I hope that was true).

By Thursday I was just exhausted. I felt somewhat better, but I was so tired. Of course Thursday is a 10 hour day for me, as I see two private clients after work. I finally got home and went straight to bed. No dinner, I wasn’t hungry (if you know me, you know how unusual that is).

Then I woke up at about 1:00 because I was getting a headache. I immediately took my migraine meds, but they didn’t help. On came the headache, and the nausea, which kept me up for most of the rest of the night. Because I was opening my fitness center, and it is hard to find a replacement at 4:00 am, I had to go in to work. So, medicated on Imitrex, Tylenol, and cough medicine, I went to work (scary, I know).

Fortunately, my assistant was coming in at 8:00, so I waited it out, actually got a few things done, then left for home and bed as soon as she got there. I spent the rest of the day and into the night in my bed, surrounded by my dogs (including Olivia, who you’ll see in the video). I couldn’t keep anything down, so I was starving by the evening (no dinner the night before either, remember?). Nothing sounded like food I could handle. Oatmeal, no (tried it in the morning and it didn’t last), banana, no (I had two during the day, one stayed down, the other didn’t. I didn’t want a third). I had this weird craving for corn chowder (you’ll probably see a recipe in a few days), but I had neither the ingredients nor the energy to prepare it. I finally ate a baked (microwaved) potato, with just a little vegan butter and salt, which has long been a comfort food for me. It helped and it stayed down (hurray!).

This morning the headache was gone, along with the nausea. I’m still coughing and sniffling, but it seems better. Of course, anything without a migraine is better, so it may be my imagination, but I do think I’m on my way back. Probably not ready for a run tomorrow (though explaining that to Penny is so difficult), but maybe by Tuesday, my next scheduled run day.

Now to get going on that 2013 Fitness Goals post!

I hope that your new year started off with more of a bang than a whimper. How have the first few days of 2013 been for you?

Disclosure: Yogi Clothing sent me an outfit of my choice. All opinions are my own.

Weekend Happenings: Running, and Shopping, and Vegan Doughnuts. Oh My!

A Very Visual Saturday

Whatever that means. Lots of pictures and a video, I guess.

The morning started with a trail run. A late start, for us, of about 8:00 because it was cold, for us, about 50 degrees. We took a quick run with the whole pack (all six of them), then headed out for the real run with Penny.


Alan, Penny and I started out and decided to try a new path that Alan saw, that headed west into the hills. It turned out to be very sandy, poorly marked, and rocky, so our run turned out to be more of a hike and scramble. Still lots of fun, though. Penny led the way, though she is a bit better at rock climbing than we are





I tried out the Twitter apps new filters for this. Not bad.

After our run/hike/climb, I ate breakfast (hurray, leftover tofu scramble!), then settled in to see if I could somehow figure out a way to edit iphone video on my new Windows 8 computer. I don’t know if this is the best way (seems mighty complicated), but after I found an app that would download youtube videos, I ended up first uploading my videos (a few I’d taken on the run) to youtube, downloading them to my computer, then using Windows Movie Maker to edit them. Yes, I know. But, I was kind of happy with the result:

I first made a version that used Kid Rock’s Born Free for background music, which was wonderful, but without music rights needed to change it for publication. I will keep my original version for my own pleasure, though.

By the time I was finished with my video, it was time to go to lunch. I got a surprise when I opened the door, though. A package on my doorstep! A couple weeks ago, I was fortunate to win a dozen vegan, gluten-free doughnuts from Cinnamon. Geanna, of Green Vegan Living, founder of Cinnamon, emailed me a couple days ago to let me know they were on the way, which I’d quickly forgot about. So, it was a nice surprise.

Cinnamon was founded by Geanna who suffered from food allergies for years, and found it difficult to find anything on the market that she could eat. Now she creates wholesome, delicious foods that are allergen free, gluten-free, and vegan. In addition to doughnuts, Cinnamon serves cookies, cinnamon rolls, and for the holidays, a variety of pies. They are sold at a few places in Oregon, but, fortunately for the rest of us, they are also available by mail order.




Geanna sent a lovely note with the package.


Chocolate Peppermint


I brought the plain with cinnamon sugar with me to Starbucks

Now it may have been a long time since I’ve had a doughnut, but I can tell you that both flavors were rich and delicious. And, in addition to being vegan, etc. they are also baked. Sounds downright healthy to me!

After lunch and a cup of coffee (yes, I did bring a doughnut along with me to enjoy with my coffee), we went to buy our Christmas tree. We always go to the same place, a tree lot run by a family who come down from Oregon every year. I think we made our fastest selection ever. It only took about five minutes for Alan and me to decide on our tree.


No, that’s not Alan! I presume it is Mr. Whitney.

Finally, for dinner, I threw together some seitan, quinoa, hummus, and veggies, along with some Middle Eastern seasonings. Recipe coming soon, but I’ll tell you it was pretty delicious.


Sunday Shopping

Sunday also started with a run. A bit earlier, colder, and longer, with no rock climbing. Our goal was to get the run done, then shower, and head out for some Christmas shopping before it got too crazy.

Today we hit the mall, and we were pretty successful at beating the crowd, even though we got going later than planned. Of course, as soon as we are in the middle of shopping at our first store, I get hit with a “hunger thing.” That’s what I call when I’m suddenly so hungry that I get shaky, feel faint, a little nauseous and even break out in a cold sweat. It’s probably a drop in sugar or something, but I’ve dealt with it for years and know what I have to do. Eat.

The problem being, of course, that we were at the mall, not a place known for healthy eats. Bypassing Cinnabon, Wetzels Pretzels, and Coldstone, we made our way to the food court. Honestly, it wasn’t too bad. There were a couple of sandwich places, a Rubios, and the place we finally chose, the Garden Deli. I didn’t take photos, but Alan and I both ordered the 1/2 Veggie sandwich with a side order of sweet potato fries. Not the healthiest of meals, but not the worst either, and at least I knew I wasn’t going to faint or something.

We got a lot of our shopping done, took a quick trip home to feed the dogs, then headed out for a little more. I’m off on Monday, so we can hopefully finish up our shopping when we head out to the outlet stores.


My tree sits naked, awaiting lights and decorations.

As for the tree, it is up, miraculously straight the first try, just waiting to be decorated. Another job for Monday. Also on the agenda: Yoga! Another fresh start (I’m good at that). I’ve got some beautiful new workout wear that I will be trying out, sent to me from Yogi Clothing, that I can’t wait to wear and review.

I can tell that I am rambling now. That is what shopping all day will do to a person. Time to wrap it up. How was your weekend? For those of you who celebrate Christmas, do you have all your shopping done? I always feel like I’m out there until the last minute, how about you?


To leave you with a smile…my grandson Samuel and I wish you and all of your family a happy holiday season.