Bikram Yoga Fail

I tried Bikram Yoga for the first time last night. It was a fail, I was in corpse pose for half the class. But I am not giving up on in completely. My class was 90 minutes in a 105 degree room. I love the heat but as soon as I walked in to the 105 degree room (with 40% humidity) I knew I was in for it. To put it nicely, it smelled like a hockey bag which is basically one of the worst smells ever.

Bikram Yoga Boston

I was also starving because I read that you should not eat 3-4 hours before class. I am a huge on snacks and having a completely empty stomach made me really nauseous in the extreme heat. Lesson learn – my body can’t handle not eating for 4 hours then going to Bikram.

The class consisted of 26 postures that were all repeated twice and there were to breathing exercises, one to open the class and the other before the final shavasana. The Bikram series is said to work the spine in every direction which helps to alleviate back pain associated with sitting at a desk all day (hello…like me ALL day). These postures all felt great and I could tell I was in serious need of this class.

If this had been a normal heat yoga class I don’t think I would have felt as bad but the heat at Bikram is there for a reason. Heat opens pores (leading to me pouring out sweat <— love puns!) which detoxifies the body and warms muscle tissues to increase flexibility. I am a fairly flexible person already but I find I can whip out some crazy poses in warmer classes like this one.

Intense heat also promotes a more intense cardiovascular workout and can assist in improving stamina and fat burning! Boom…now I can justify my breakfast sandwich!

All and all I liked this class, even though I was in corpse pose for half of it and would definitely give it another shot!

Boston Love & Frosty Hack

One year ago today those of us in Boston and many around the world heard the news of the terrible and tragic bombing at the finish line of the historic Boston Marathon. I was out running errands that afternoon and immediately headed home once I heard the news and was glued to the TV for the rest of the evening hoping for an answer as to why this happened. Nothing.

Although the tragedy could not be explained, it took Boston all but a moment to pull together and react. I was so proud of my city and all of the people in it on that day and that week and the weeks and months to follow. Boston Strong is an understatement. Its more like Boston WICKED Strong!

And now back to business…

I love finding recipes with ingredients that I have in my kitchen. Buying things just to use for one recipes kills me my food budget. I came across this recipe on Pinterest this weekend and had to try it.

I was a huge Frosty lover in my fast-food eating days (high school)! My go-to order was a dollar menu extravaganza consisting of a 4-piece chicken nugget, small frie, small chili and a Frosty. I just did the calculation and that little meal of mine packed 920 calories!! OMG…thank god that phase of my life is over.

I still would love to have a Frosty now and then so when I found this gem I was excited to try it. Here is the recipe I used which is posted on SnackHacks.org.

frosty hack

– 3/4 cup almond milk (I used Silk Unsweetened Vanilla)
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
– 1-2 teaspoons cocoa powder
– 1/3 banana
– 15 ice cubes

I tried to blend this beast and it was a no go. My poor blender couldn’t handle all of the ice cubes. I added more almond milk and tried to crush the ice with the ice crusher function. Still a no go.

I got really frustrated and gave up, settling for an icy drink.

frosty hack fail

FAIL! Fail, fail fail. It didn’t look, feel or taste like a Frosty.

Looks like I will have to head to Wendy’s for a Frosty or find a brand new recipe and start from scratch. I had some high hopes for this one…oh well. Can’t win them all!

Hope you have a wonderful worst day of the week Tuesday!