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I’m still here and I still plan to write a gf DL post, I promise.

Things are going well on the gf and sf front.  I start back to work next week so that will be an interesting challenge.

Starting tomorrow I will be waking up at the butt crack of dawn to do some yoga.  I’ll likely get a fee more practices from Yoga Download.

Today’s yoga involved doing 11 (!) loads of laundry.  Jealous?

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I am planning on a Disneyland post about their gluten-free options (which were many).  I was very impressed with them and the care they took to make sure I was able to eat something gluten-free and delicious.

I am thinking of putting Couch to 5k on hold for now and concentrating on doing  some heart pounding yoga in the morning instead.  DH has some needs outside the home that early in the morning so one of us needs to be home while Z is sleeping.  I want to support him getting up early and working early because I think it would help him A LOT (and getting up early is not a strength of his).  Without getting in to specifics, this support from me is leading us down the road to me eventually becoming a SAHM.  So I happily support!

So I can make this for Z.

How adorable, right??!

We’re headed off to Disneyland for Z’s 4th birthday in a few days so I won’t be purchasing anything until after.  Obviously, I will not start with that doll but it’s my goal.  I know how to knit – well, to knit scarves.  That’s it.  LOL

I’m gathering some “learn to crochet” resources.  Here’s an online tutorial and I also found two sites with video tutorials.  Youtube also looks useful.

I have 2 1/2 weeks left of my vacation.  I’d like to start teaching myself how to crochet by then.  And also get a week into Couch to 5k as well.  Never mind keeping up with my yoga practice (which I’ve ignored the last few days, sigh).

Goals.  Goals.  Goals.

Today involved being a mama, cleaning, and reading several doula blogs.

I have not done any yoga or a meditation today.  If I don’t pass out later then maybe I’ll fit in something quick before bed.

And, now, an oldie but a goody.

Just sharing some links that have been interesting to me as of late for various reasons….

Food Renegade’s post today about a 100 year old book’s discussion on food and health is very eye opening.  It’s just amazing how much of health is affected by making things cheaper and/or easier.  “Cheese food product”.  Puke.

Om Scampi – a meat eating yogi comes out of the closet.

I am a tad obsessed with reading articles on Ana Forrest.  Her history is amazing.  A few articles/blog posts that I have read recently: Talking Shop with Ana Forrest, Spirited Away, and Ana Forrest Kicks Asana.

I appreciate this “top 5 things I wish I knew when I started yoga” over at Autumn Locus Yoga.  I have been practicing yoga off and on since college (so around 15 years) but I still feel very new.

I am contemplating doing the Couch to 5K plan over at Cool Running.  The only real time I’d be able to do it (willing to do it) would be super early in the morning.  Which makes it hard.  But I would like to add to my yoga (and also increase my yoga these next few weeks).  We’re planning to start trying for kid #2 in the new year and I want to strengthen my body a lot by then.  Yoga definitely plays into that but I think adding some cardio would also be helpful.  There are several podcasts out there for the the C25k plan but I think I’d like to figure out how to make my own with my own music.  How, I have no idea.  I’ll bug my tech-savvie husband when he wakes up.

Running has always been one of those goals floating around my mind for the last decade.  I did try the Couch to 5K plan pre-Z but only made it to like week 3 or 4 I think.  Running is a bit awkward for me.  But being outside in nature while running has this romantic quality in my mind.  I also like the idea of running an occasional 5k.  Seems like a fun hobby.

I will admit, though, that running has always been one of those goals – always there but (obviously) have never been reached.  I once even told myself that I couldn’t possibly be that interested in it since I never actually got into the habit and that I should just stop pretending it’s a goal.  But, heh, it still lingers.  So maybe I’ll try, yet again…

Today was a fun but long day and I was beat by the evening.  I decided to just roll out my mat for a meditation.  I feel wonderfully peaceful right now but, boy, I cannot shut my mind off to save my life.  During the meditation, I will acknowledge that my mind is drifting and refocus only to find my mind drifting very soon again.

Definitely an area to work on.

…a brand new yoga mat.

…a Forrest Yoga practice on the new mat.

…figuring out future “what to do with my life” plans (near future, want to be a stay at home mother, but “future future” have decided to first become a La Leche League Leader and then a Doula.)  I am so excited!  (I am burnt out in my current career, which I just entered the 12th year, so hence the future thoughts post-SAHMness)

…ending the day curled up on the couch watching The Daily Show, sipping some kefir, and enjoying gluten-free, sugar-free truffles.

one-lovely-blog

Amy over at Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free tagged me with my very first ever blog award.  Thank you Amy!!  What a sweet surprise to see that as I was reading her blog tonight.  Made me all warm and fuzzy inside.

I now get to pass on the award to 13 blogs that have touched my life.

Autumn Lotus Yoga (I am loving this blog and it definitely has me intrigued re: Forrest Yoga)

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-free (love looking over her recipes)

My Year Without Sugar (a great blog for me to read, especially when I first axed the sugar from my diet)

The Reluctant Ashtangi (her posts about yoga truly inspire me)

Big Fat Deal (A body acceptance blog I read regularly; has been important in my journey the last couple of years)

The F Word (same as BFD; the 2 bloggers also happened to be on a talk show together a couple years ago, discussing body acceptance)

Real Food Mama (I’m a mother currently reading Real Food – this traditional foods blog is right up my alley)

The Everything Yoga Blog (lots of useful info here; inspirational)

It’s All Yoga, Baby (I’ve recently begun reading this blog – love the posts on current issues in the yoga world)

Gluten-Free Gobsmacked (great looking recipes that I plan to try; loved reading about her adoption)

Girl Gone Primal (I’m not a primal eater but I still enjoy reading this blog – and the delicious Primal Choco-Nutty Treats came from here. Yum!)

Cheese Slave (real food, great posts, and lots of great discussion in the comments)

No Food Diet (way more restrictions than me but lots of interesting, creative recipes – love the monkeys rating scale, too!)

Wow!  I did it, heh.  13 seemed steep but once I started going through my blogroll it was very easy since there are so many blogs I love!

In accepting the award, you are asked to pass it on to 13 other blogs you love.  Simply copy the award on to your PC and share this with bloggers you admire.  It’s fun!

Thanks Amy!!

Today was a long day.  Perfectly good day but lengthy and I am beat.  So beat that I decided to try out a meditation at Yoga Download.  I am all loosy goosy now (although I have such a hard time shutting off my mind during meditating – something to work on).

Late afternoon included a trip to our local farmer’s market.  I have some strawberries and blackberries calling my name in the fridge now.  Yummmmm.

At some point I will blog about my future plans and my excitement for them.  At some point…

Courtesy of YJ

Courtesy of YJ

And I just couldn’t help but do Jason’s forward bends Yoga Journal podcast again.  I lurve forward bends.  I am very flexible with them (vs back bends which I am completely the opposite) and can really get into a good stretch.  Love them.

Like I mentioned previously, I have been having some future thoughts rolling around my noggin lately.  I finally figured some stuff out which I am sooooo excited about.  I plan to post more on it later, maybe tonight, when I have time.

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