Rusting Myself Out of Pregnancy

I am still avoiding sugar! I have now gone 2 1/2 weeks without any sugar from candy, soda, cookies or any Starbucks/Coffee Bean cups. However, I still have cravings for sugar and I kept wondering why I am walking around craving sweets soo stronly. This craving of sugar has been worse than quitting smoking. So I went to my friend Google! And Google told me that it could be because I am breastfeeding, which totally makes sense. But I am still confused of why it has created a sugar craving in my system. At times I do allow myself an apple and I do eat Luna Bars – they are soo addicting as well (they do have 12 g of sugar – but I totally ignore the 12 g’s….- I still consider myself sugar free!)

During these past few days I have practiced some yoga as well. Even tough I still haven’t gotten to a full hour & a half of ashtanga at home I still have got to do the sun salutations on a daily basis. And it is amazing how the body has a “muscle” memory. The flexibility & muscles are quickly coming back. I still do have to work a lot on my arms tough. The chaturangas are a bit tough to go through even while just doing the sun salutations…my spaghetti arms are still yet too weak.

Today I dared myself to try the kapotasana (king pigeon pose). I have been afraid to try it thinking that I wouldn’t be able to bend myself this much but I did it! And it wasn’t as scary as I had envisioned myself it to be. Now I just need to fine tune it – like I feel that I need to do with all my poses – but I guess that is what happens when you rust yourself out of pregnancy.

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Conquering the Pepsi Bottle

So I’m still struggling with the sugar cravings. It has gone more than a week & I had to have one piece of chewing gum today to get rid of the sweet tooth. It does work with chewing gum for a little bit. The chewing gum was my life savior when I quit smoking & it looks like it will be my savior today.

And I have to admit – I was sooo close to having a teeny tiny bit of Pepsi soda today!!! My hubby man is not on any kind of diet or lifestyle change as I have been & he eats whatever he want, which is why we have the shiny box of ice-cream in the freezer & today he asked me to get him a can of Pepsi. And I was on a total sugar craving mode & all I could see was this amazingly sparkly & tasty Pepsi bottle staring at me.

But do you know what stopped me? The last blog post that I wrote stopped me. I couldn’t fail my goal of quitting sugar by tasting a bottle of Pepsi as I consciously had put it out there for the rest of the world to follow. And do you know how much sugar it is in a bottle of Pepsi? 69%! Wow…that means that you would literally eat approx. 3/4ths of a Pepsi bottle filed with pure sugar….

So here I am – I realized that I dif no want to indulge in 69% of pure sugar. I instead made myself a cup of coffee with 2 tsps of sugar. I conquered the Pepsi bottle today but with another addiction of caffeine…

Lets see what tomorrow brings me..

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Back to Practice

I’m now 6 weeks into my recovery from the pregnancy. And I got the clearance from my doctor that I can start exercising again. Soo happy! I still haven’t found my way to my long craved Ashtanga or Bikram class but I have practiced at home. And my body is very stiff from being gone from yoga for a month & a half. This journey of 9 (-10) months of pregnancy to post recovery has been amazing, magical and the most loving experience in my life. But also the most toughest and challenging for my ego as i used to do yoga on a daily basis and found it to be my daily medicine. However, this life journey is definitely something I would do again at any time!

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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!

 

Ginger & Pomegranate Mask

Today it’s raining but I still got to clean up in my little herbal garden. When my mother-in-law came to visit, she picked a ginger plant while we went hiking (I avoided picking it as I didn’t want the little Menehunes come knocking on my door but I figured I would have my mother-in-law do it as she lives in Sweden – and we only have trolls in Sweden:)) And now the ginger plant is all growing up & sprouting! I am not sure though how I am going to get pieces of it without having to pick the whole plant….something I might have to google..

Oh well, today I got to get to know my new Korean neighbor a little bit more, she even gave me a Korean face mask – which I am definitely going to try. I like it that it is pomegranate – I guess Korean beauty products are well known & popular in Asia. I am totally in need of a facial rejuvenation – the preggo hormones, sunshine & no Bikram have made my skin a little dried out.

Got my herbal garden all cleaned up & my Hawaiian ginger plant is starting to sprout!

Got my herbal garden all cleaned up & my Hawaiian ginger plant is starting to sprout!

Korean Pomegranate Facial Mask - let's see if it will do some magic.

Korean Pomegranate Facial Mask – let’s see if it will do some magic.

Day 3 – A Quick Cup of Yoga Latte with the Downward Dog.

This is probably one of my (favorite) poses of them all in terms of really feeling that the body is making improvements in all the limbs. This is not the pose of choice but it really works me every time I do it and the improvements happen in just minutes – a quick cup of yoga latte I would say for anyone who is wondering what this pose will do for you! Maybe the quick improvements is what makes me enjoy it soo much. We all want to improve & feel good about ourselves quickly/instantly. So for someone who need to stretch it all out after their workout, (especially a runner) I would end my run by stretching out my limbs by honoring the earth with the downward dog !

Are you enjoying your Superbowl Sunday? I myself is not a big fan of football – so instead I decided in the very last minute to join a 4 weeks series Ashtanga workshop at Open Space Yoga with my favorite &  the best Ashtanga instructors here on the island Yoko! So excited – I am so happy that I get to spend Superbowl Sunday with learning the ins & outs about Ashtanga rather than hearing a loud sportscaster on television!

Honoring the sky with the Downward Dog - a quick full-body-feel-good-stretch of the day!

Honoring the earth with the Downward Dog – a quick cup of yoga latte!

The Happiness Project.

Today I went by the store and found myself in the book isle….hm….I do own a kindle and I stopped buying paperbacks so I am not sure what I was doing there. Right in front of me this yellow book shines. I have read about Gretchen Rubin and her Happiness Project and find her inspirational at times. I sometimes visit her blog to find inspiration about how and what she is thinking about happiness. She is a former lawyer so I figured she does her research & justifies her findings before she write her stories/posts.

Happiness have become such a “big” thing both through television, the internet & social media – where everyone is in search for the happiness “fix”. I personally believe that happiness is a state of mind we find ourselves in during special moments – the feelings of happiness comes in burst rather than finding itself as a being constant feeling.

I still yet will be reading the book to see if Ms. Gretchen Rubin found the secret formula of increasing her happiness through her own joyful Happiness Project. Once I am done reading the book I will share an update with you of my own interpretation of how she defines Happiness & also if she successfully increased her daily joy.

 

The Happiness Project unconsiously found itself in my shopping cart. Let's see if I can find the secret formula of adding joy to the mix.

The Happiness Project unconsiously found itself in my shopping cart. Let’s see if I can find the secret formula of adding joy to the mix.

Medicine Against a Worried Mind.

Everywhere I go I hear worries – in the news, from my mother-in-law, on Facebook, at the gym & in my own mind. The other day I was wondering if the human mind always have had this worried mind? Or is it something we have generated in our modern society? I admit – I worry myself too but ever since I started to do my yoga practice & stopped watching the news…. my mind has slowly but surely started to become less worried.

A few months ago I went & had a massage – the therapist who was a healer told me that I had a worried mind & body – her advice was that I needed to let go of all the worries otherwise I could get sick. She told me to go out and run it off – and I did! The running worked together with my continued yoga practice & non-interest in the news. Today I am less worried.

Off course at times the worry hits me but not as severely as it did before. If I start to feel anxious & worried I turn of the TV, take my running shoes off for a run & end my run in the park with some sun salutations. These are my own 3 simple steps that doesn’t include any pills or remedies in calming myself from a worried mind.

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Feeding the Emptiness & Hunger

A few days ago I was asked by a friend to help her get back in shape. And I said yes & got very excited to get a chance to be a personal trainer/inspiration to get someone “kick-started”. Afterwards I started to think about the process of how I would get my friend back in shape. So the thoughts I have had about obesity & being overweight for the past few days is that it is an addiction. An addiction, which is the same as it is for a smoker, an alcoholic, a shopaholic etc. In this case it the addiction is to food – where we excessively indulge ourselves to feed the craving of emptiness & hunger.

The most interesting thing is that while I was walking around thinking about how I was going to approach this project that I correlated with smoking & addiction – I found an article in New York Times today that justified my philosophy of food being addictive.

I myself have to admit that my smoking addiction now has been replaced with Chai tea, chocolate & yoga. It might sound funny – but I am really struggling with avoiding the daily chocolate cravings I have – in the early phase of my quit smoking I actually had a ice-cream addiction as well – I would need 1 to 2 scoops of ice-cream every day. The ice-cream got replaced with chocolate, where I now eat 100g of milk chocolate every day. Good thing I exercise, because if I didn’t I would be adding on a lot of pounds. I am still in the midst of figuring out how to get rid of this chocolate craving that I have got & why I am having it.

It is both a mental & physical addiction. Once I figure out how to turn off these cravings I will be on the right path of helping my friend with succeeding with her get in shape challenge as well.

Keep your finger that I can find the magic formula for getting rid of my chocolate craving!

The best way for me to clear myself & my mind is to go and do some yoga.

Becoming Self-Sufficient w/ a Mini-Herb Garden

I don’t have the magical hands that some people have with plants and flowers. I tend to either over-water or under-water the plants that I have had through life – and within just a few weeks they would die. However, ever since I started doing yoga – my patience, courage, focus & personality has changed. I guess I have grown up. Therefore, today I thought it was the right day to get started and see if I got those magical hands that my mother-in-law has. She is amazing with growing plants, flowers, vegetables – you name it. She even was able to grow she picked in Hawaii in her home in Sweden.

Being inspired by my mother-in-law, and wanting to become more self-sufficient and green – I went and got my own mini-herb garden to see if I got the touch. Let’s see for the next upcoming weeks if these plants are still staying green & growing!

I also researched a little about the health benefits I will get from my mini-herb garden once it starts growing and blooming:

Spearmint: Low in calories & contains zero cholesterol. Includes minerals such as potassium, calcium, manganese, iron & magnesium. Useful in healing digestive problems including nausea, flatulence and hiccups as it relaxes the stomach muscles.

Parsley: Healthy source of vitamin C and vitamin A, which helps strengthen the body’s immune system. Serves as a anti-inflammatory agent within the body. Anti-cancer properties, studies has shown that Myristicin (organic compound found in the oil of parsley) inhibits tumor formation (especially in the lungs).

Oregano: Rich source of vitamin K. Includes anti-bacterial properties. High in iron, maganese & fiber. Is thought to be the most antioxidant dense nutrient of all foods.

Thyme: Powerful antioxidant. Used in treatment of acute & chronic bronchitis, sore throats, coughs, laryngitis & asthma. Useful as mouthwash to treat throat infections, prevent gingivitis & mouth inflammation. A memory booster & can help you concentrate more.

Cilantro: Reduce feelings of nausea. Anti-inflammatory capacities. Good source of iron, magnesium. Helpful in fighting anemia. Promotes healthy liver function. Has been shown to reduce menstrual cramping.

My mini garden features some Greek oregano, parsley, spearmint, cilantro & thyme!

A Day of #Detox.

I missed blogging yesterday – was a bit busy working the day before and yesterday I was feeling a little under the weather. Today I am a back and I decided to start my day with a little detox. I feel I need to cleanse myself both from physically detoxing and mentally cleanse my mind. So I am starting my day fresh with a cup of tea and will end my day by talking a walk around Diamond Head during sunset.

I will not be doing yoga today but tomorrow I will continue my daily regiment of doing yoga and will do Bikram bright and early in the morning to start fresh again for this long holiday weekend!

Namaste to you on this Thursday!

 

Pssst…..I have something fun to share to you tomorrow as well…stay tuned:)

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Day 14 out of Infinity – A Moment of Sunday Chai.

So, since I started having a #Chai tea craving – I decided to fix the solution of cost. I am now working on getting the most tastiest Chai tea to replace my Starbucks Chai tea addiction since it cost an arm and a leg to buy it.

On top of it – the other day I read from another blogger Lisa BeWell who is blogging about her food-stamp challenge that the average person who benefits from food stamps get about $4 of stamp per day – an average of $28 to $30 a week. Right when I read it I had just bought my Chai tea from Starbucks. I had just sipped up a person’s daily food supply in 30 minutes, which made me feel horrible.

So today – we actually got some rain on the little island of Oahu and I made some tea myself & it tasted delicious – almost the same as Starbucks. Plus my Bikram practice today was excellent – I do believe that the practice have a lot to do with the teacher you have – and today the teacher and the tea was excellent!

A Moment of #Chai.

Had to share – Yoko taught me the right form in the head stand the other day – so now I got my head stand going!! It’s all about the bandha.

Day 10 out of Infinity – Post-Yoga-CRASH-Syndrome & the Food Bar

I still haven’t got into the habit of waking up early – and I didn’t manage to do it fully during my 7 day challenge either. I am a night person who loves to get work done at night, so for me to wake up early doesn’t jive at times….but I enjoy mornings – it makes you feel that you get more things done.

So instead, I went to my Ashtanga class with Yoko. Afterwards I followed Britanni Lynn’s advice that she gave me for my previous post – of trying to replenish myself with energy, so that I don’t crash after the yoga class – the “post-yoga-CRASH-syndrome”. I went to the Food Bar at Whole Foods. It was soo good. I ate the whole thing – which probably wasn’t the best idea:)

Now I am feeling much better – but getting a little drowsy… So I think today’s food intake was not the magical recipe to keep myself off of taking my daily nap aka the post-yoga-crash-syndrome route. Tomorrow I will try something else.

Namaste to you on this Wednesday & now I am off to my daily nap:)!

The Whole Food Bar – Green Curry w/ Delicious Salad

Day 2 out of 7 – The Juicy Juice Yoga Cup.

Since I started my health craze & yoga journey – for some reason my whole mental thinking changed. This unconscious mental change has not been because of any group pressure – I actually don’t communicate with anyone in my yoga class. It would have been fun to get to now other Yogi peers! For some reason it looks like most of the people in class like to be by themselves….maybe some day I will get to know some of the other yogis in class.

However, on a personal note I have become more healthier – my husband even bought us a juicer the other day. So I have now replaced my coffee cup & Starbucks Chai’s with my new healthy “juicy juice” as I call it. If you would have meet me by the beginning of this year – you would not have seen me with a “juicy juice” – all you would have seen is me puffing away with my coffee & cigarette!

Amazing how you can change your mental state & mind in a fairly short period of time.

The wisdow of today is to keep your mind strong – because if you go deep enough you can accomplish anything.

Namaste to You on this Beautiful Tuesday!

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Rita