Side Tracking

I haven’t blogged for a while. Been a bit side tracked Instagram & I also found another craving of eating & photographing good healthy food. There are soo many things I love doing & my mind is on a frequent yoga creativity spark. I want to blame it all on Instagram. Such a fun medium & there is a really strong IG (Instagram) Yoga community of wonderful Yogis who inspire & cheer you up throughout your day! But I haven’t forgot to blog – so now I am back again.

Sharing a super simple recipe of one of my latest IG food posts in case you need a little new spark for your next lunch/snack indulgence:)

Crisp Bread w/ Pesto Basil Mixed Cottage Cheese & Vegetables.

Crisp Bread w/ Pesto Basil Mixed Cottage Cheese & Vegetables. Just add some Pesto to your next cottage cheese craving & it will spark up your taste buds like never before!

 

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S.T.O.P.

Today I came across an interview with Deepak Chopra, I haven’t followed him since I saw the documentary “Decoding Deepak”, which was a insightful documentary about Deepak himself. This interview that I saw today was really interesting in how he is talking about our human interconnectedness, the world, spirituality & consciousness. One thing that stuck with me throughout the interview was how the interviewer mentioned that he is globablly known for not getting mad or angry. I wish I could say that – especially now being hormonal & pregnant.

However, he explained his concept of how he manages not being angry, mad or bothered through a method he calls S.T.O.P. Here is how you practice S.T.O.P in regards to Dr. Chopra if you are about to get to the boiling point of being angry, mad or irritated:

SSTOP. Stop with what you are doing.

TTake 3 Deep Breaths.

OObserve your body & observe where it hurts. Imagine your body smiling where it hurts & fill it with warmth.

PProceed consciously with compassion.

So I have decided to practice this method for each time my hormones get to me. Maybe I need to make a sticky note that I can place on my forehead that will remind me to take the breather before I as my prego hormones also have started to make me forget things very easily. Will keep you updated of how my progress will be going with this S.T.O.P method.

Here is the interview with Dr. Chopra called “A Journey of Thoughts” in case you feel inspired to watch it, a much better alternative than watching reality shows on cable TV.

Prego-Ego-Slam.

My instagram is growing & I really love my new found passion of taking daily yoga pictures of my challenge poses. But the other day I got a total ego-slam. My body is changing and it is starting to feel like I am turning into a submarine. My legs are tighter than they used to be. The booty is not as little anymore. The  stomach is growing at the speed of light. On top of it all – my arms are like spaghetti with no strength to hold the submarine & also with less strength to keep up with the flowy chaturangas while doing Ashtanga.

I am continuing to keep up with my practice as much as possible as it really feeds a calmness to both my body & mind. It is like taking a Happy Pill. Every time I come out of class I am a new person. But still yet I have to listen to the strains my body is going through as it is adjusting itself for my little treasure baby – Peanut.

So in the very near future I believe it will be less Ashtanga, more power walks around Diamond Head, some Prenatal classes & some sprinkles of meditation – which I hope will help calm my body & mind as much as Ashtanga does..

In that case I will have to put my instagram passion on a mini freeze but that might sparkle up some new creativity once I put myself in both the Ashtanga & the Bikram class, who knows?

 

My latest version of the pyramid pose.

My latest version of the pyramid pose.

Other Peoples Drama.

I didn’t make a 2013 New Years resolution list because I didn’t want to fail my own promises. I don’t like to fail keeping my promises/resolutions. So instead of being to hard on myself I created a mental notion to work on replacing my TV habits with reading. My husband & I have our quality TV time a few nights per week, which are excluded from my mental notion as this is our bonding cozy time. However, I have decided to replace my own TV time of watching junk with reading a book. Sometimes I put myself on a daily marathon of watching anything from the Housewives of Miami to the Fabulous life of Kimora Lee Simmons. Every time I watch these shows I feel I need to take a breather – there is soo much drama that it almost hurts. While I am watching I am asking myself why am I even bothering but still yet my two eyeballs are glued to the TV screen. Isn’t it amazing how interesting it can be to watch other people have drama? Still yet my stomach cringes at times of how these adult people behave & act.

So my mental notion is to replace {all} the unnecessary TV drama of other peoples lives with some inspiring & sparkly literature that will rejuvenate my brain & mental peace.

Working on replacing my TV habit.

Working on replacing my TV habit.

My little mini book shelf - I actually have most of my books on my Kindle....of course we gotta stay as green as possible.

With some inspiring literature that will sparkle up my brain cells.

the Rita I am.

I am still reading the Happiness Project by author Gretchen Rubin & today it made me want to write a blog post about it. One of the author’s punch list items is to be Gretchen (herself). If you are more connected with yourself, you will have an easier time to find the happiness that you are looking for, which is the basis of the book.

Ever since I was young I always had a tendency to get inspired by others. My childhood was not the easiest, I found myself often wanting to be someone else as I didn’t know how & who I was. This has been an insecurity that has been following me throughout the years. However, just from this past year of going through my very own lifestyle change of living healthy, quitting smoking, not drinking, exercising with yoga & slowly developing a positive mind (through all of the above). I am finally starting to become more grounded & finally becoming myself, the Rita I am. A person with less materialistic needs, less worries & anxiety, living in the moment yet being responsible, loving to inspire & create.  And above all – is not afraid to see my true self in the mirror.

Thanks to the author Rubin, I got an eye opener in today’s chapter of how I have finally become myself (or finally found myself). It is as the Buddhist proverb says, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear“. Even though the Happiness Project is “just” a book, it has given me some eye openers throughout the chapters that have made me realize that this past year has been a year of self-realization & maturity of finding the Rita I am.

Finding myself.

A year of self-realization & maturity.

Artificial Indulgences….

This past week I fell off the bandwagon again. I even indulged in chocolate cakes, Starbucks (again….I know) & Pumpkin Crunches. It is not that I am indulging in pizza’s and cheese burgers all day long – but I slipped. I missed eating my daily salad bowl & drinking my morning lemon water. Today I was wondering of the whys of these frequent bandwagon slips. I realized that most of the time I slip/fall off my healthy bandwagon is when I get out of my daily regiment of chores & things I do. This past week has been a little out of the daily regiment, with a BBQ get together, Warrior Dash and so forth. I even started to indulge in a daily Snickers bar because I started getting crazy sugar cravings – {bad}.

So today I went by Whole Foods & got me some healthy yoghurt almond sweets together with some chia seeds for my breakfast tomorrow morning! I know the yoghurt almonds are also very sugar potent but I rather indulge in yoghurt almonds than in a artificial Snickers bar, or what do you think?

My chia seed breakfast of tomorrow {Organic apple sauce, chia seeds, cinnamon & vanilla - here I come!} Inspired by http://ohsheglows.com/

My chia seed breakfast of tomorrow {Organic Milk, apple sauce, chia seeds, cinnamon & vanilla – here I come!} Inspired by http://ohsheglows.com/

Yoghurt Covered Almonds...sooo good. Need to learn how to make those myself!

Yoghurt Covered Almonds…sooo good. Need to learn how to make those myself!