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Finding Balance

One of the goals I made for 2012 was to get back into my yoga practice. It’s been a little lackluster for approximately the past year, and when I started school in September, I all but stopped practicing. I have a weeklong yoga retreat planned for the fall, so I want to be in the habit of doing yoga before I go.

I’ve been practicing once a week, and I’m amazed at how quickly I feel a difference in my body. I can tell already that I’m much stronger than I was six weeks ago, even though I’m definitely less strong than I was in the heyday of my teacher training when I practiced 4-5 times a week!

Yesterday morning, my mom and my sister and I met for a yoga class at the studio where I did my training. My teacher, as she usually does, opened the class by asking for requests, and three different people asked for three different balance poses. So my teacher incorporated a balancing theme throughout the practice, starting by inviting us to think about how we can find balance in our lives outside of yoga.

It was one of those times that I knew I’d showed up for that practice on that day for a reason – I needed to hear that message, to finally admit how out of balance my life has been for these past few months. The perfectionist in me has kept up with school and my job and my personal life, as well as my blog. But next month, I’ll add an externship to my already staggering workload. Something’s got to give, and unfortunately, it’s the gf-gf. Also my laundry, but we won’t go into that.

I’ve got a few half written posts that I hope to finish, but over the next seven weeks, you probably won’t be hearing from me too often.

Even though I’m not blogging it, you can safely assume that I’ll be eating lots of meals like this …

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Roasted broccoli, kabocha squash fries a la Heather Eats Almond Butter, and smoked salmon. One of my classmates works for a seafood processing company here in Seattle and gave me several pounds of frozen fish, including smoked salmon and halibut.

And lots my favorite turkey burger hash …

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Just as soon as I restock my supply of turkey burgers. This bowl was topped with a little cheese and a lotta Deanna’s Best Hummus Ever – I’m sure I’ll be eating plenty of that over the next several weeks. I’m obsessed.

And as if I weren’t already meeting my RDA of garbanzo beans (that’s a thing, right?)

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I just discovered these falafel chips at Trader Joes. So good!

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Can you believe it’s almost spring?! We’ll talk more in April :-)

Comments

  1. I keep making beans to make hummus then I eat 1/2 the beans straight from the pot. Good luck with school! It gets hard to juggle school, blog and work.

  2. Best of luck with the internship! It’s good to know your priorities for different phases in your life and that I would say is definitely a priority over blogging.

  3. Who knew how much TIME blogging took, before you started doing it!? Not I!! I might also need to take a break over the next few weeks – overwhelmed is not the word.

    BUT, the best thing about blogging is getting to meet all the awesome people you otherwise wouldnt – totally including u of course! Ill look forward to your return!

  4. Your “about me” section sounds so much like my trip into the GF world. Being so newly diagnosed, it’s tough trying to navigate my way through the food world. Thanks to blogs like yours I’m sure I’ll be able to a safe GF place to rest.

    You will be missed over the next few weeks!

    • Aimee – Thanks for your comment! The first few weeks gf were the toughest for me, but it gets much easier! Also, I’m still around, just not posting often. Feel free to send me an email anytime if you have questions :-)

  5. I definitely notice a difference in how I feel and move when I am practicing yoga more regularly. I would love to do a retreat sometime.

  6. What can you do? Life happens and things/priorities/workloads change.

    Best of luck at the internship!

  7. I’ve never had that type of squash but it looks great! Plus, I think I need salmon now after seeing this. :)

  8. I just got the pingback to this post…almost one year after it was published. Silly WordPress!

    Hope you found more balance in your life last spring and that you enjoyed your yoga retreat this past fall.

    Also hope you’re still enjoying lots of kabocha fries! :)

    • Heather – thanks for your sweet comment :-) I was cleaning up some of the categories on my blog this morning, and this must have been one of the posts I edited. Weird that you got the ping now and not when I originally published …
      But maybe it’s for the best because I haven’t made kabocha fries in ages and have a kabocha on my kitchen counter right now!