It is possible to fail at something and not be a failure.
Spring into Yoga Challenge
To be honest, yoga hasn’t worked out for me this month. Oh, I had good intentions. I certainly would not have started a Yoga Challenge (and invited my readers to join in) if I’d planned on not doing it. Between marathon training, my Ragnar Relay, blogging (even though I have cut back on that this month), not to mention that silly thing called real work, trying to fit in my yoga has become something that stresses me out. A bit counterproductive, don’t you think?
For those reasons, I am moving the Spring into Yoga Challenge to May. You are still welcome to join. There will still be a $50 gift card to Yoga Outlet for the yogi who posts the most frequently on Instagram and/or Twitter with the hashtag #SpringintoYoga. We just have a fresh start now. Remember that, while yes, the goal is a daily minimum of 10 minutes per day of yoga practice, but if you can’t keep that up, do what you can. Post a photo or a tweet with the hashtag and you have a chance to win. The important thing is don’t stress out about it.
How do I plan to accomplish in May what I could not in April? I have a plan!
- Schedule my yoga time. I plan my running schedule, why not my yoga practice? By working it into my workout schedule, I hope to avoid the “don’t have time” excuse.
- Suck it up and go to class. I admit I’ve been a little nervous about going back to my yoga studio. The class is hard and I’m so out of “yoga shape.” I need to remember that, first, it is an all-level class and that I am the one that usually likes to do the hard stuff, and second, it’s not a competition.
- While I can’t make more time in a day, I have a couple things that will help me find more time in a day. In May, my work schedule becomes much lighter as our season slows down (and the weather gets hotter). Also, in April, we had something going on every single weekend, either traveling for one of Alan’s announcing gigs, Ragnar, or work. In May? Nothing!
- Don’t sweat it. If I find that I’m stressing myself out to get in my 10 minutes of yoga between dinner and bedtime, I’m going to allow myself to skip a day. I practice yoga to ease my stress, not cause it.
I think that with my plan I will be able to Spring into Yoga most days of May. Want to join me? It’s easy! No sign ups, no photos required (unless you want to).
Vegan Recipe: Spicy Chipotle Seitan with Avocado
I have been known to throw things around in the kitchen. By that I mean I scan my fridge and cupboards, get a glimmer of an idea, then create a meal by throwing things together. Sometimes it doesn’t work. Most of the time it does (I’m lucky like that). And sometimes I throw together something so delicious that I can’t wait to make it again. This spicy chipotle seitan is one of those.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 jalapeno, chopped
- ½ cup onion, chopped
- 1 cup chipotle seitan (I used Good Earth Chipotle seasoned strips. If you don't have that, cut seitan into strips and marinate in a chipotle sauce (like Tabasco Chipotle) for about 10 minutes).
- Juice of one lime
- 1 tomato, chopped
- ½ cup zucchini, chopped
- ½ cup corn
- ½ cup salsa
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 avocados, halved
- Preheat oil over medium high heat.
- Add jalapenos and onion and cook until soft.
- Add seitan. Cook until slightly browned, about 5 minutes.
- Squeeze lime over seitan mixture.
- Add tomato, zucchini, and corn. Stir for 2 minutes, then add salsa and about a ½ cup of water.
- Add beans and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer for several minutes, until the liquid is reduced by about half. Add salt to taste.
- Serve over a half avocado and rice.
- Sprinkle a little cilantro over each serving.
To give the rice a little Mexican flair, I replace about a half cup of water with salsa. It’s easy and delicious.
Do you have any suggestions to keep me on track in May? Would you like to join me?