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Happy S Week! …Plus Trigger Point Therapy and Tart Cherry Martini (in a juice glass)

by Lisa on January 24, 2011

I’ve felt slightly off-track lately with food and fitness. My yoga teacher went to India for a month, so I boycotted yoga. I canceled my gym membership at the million dollar fancy gym (ok, it was only $115 a month…but geez). I had a hip problem, and a hip flexor problem…and a lower back problem. It was all just nagging me. So I didn’t join a new gym right away, thinking maybe my body needed a rest.

Regardless of my reasons, I am SO READY to be on track.

I recently saw on  Heather’s blog that she was using this thing called the Trigger Point Therapy Kit, and she said she really likes it. So I ordered that (and it came today). Love. It.

I've only used it once...and I'm already thinking of ordering the Grid--Revolutionary Foam Roller.

Aside from the trigger point kit, and doing anusara yoga classes on YogaGlo in addition to my beloved Vishali’s classes on Wednesdays at Blue Lotus

I’m declaring it Smoothie, Salad, Soup, & Sauna Week! I am really just craving an overload of veggies. Mostly warm ones. It was -10 degrees this morning. I went to my first day of Nutrition class at FLCC—I don’t know if my students are excited about class, but I am. I got some great icebreaker suggestions (thanks!). I ended up passing out index cards that each had either a raw ingredient or an end “product” (think eggs and mayonnaise). They had to find the person who had the product/ingredient match to what was on their own card, and then each pair introduced themselves to the class and talked about the link between their ingredient and product.  I thought it would help me remember their names, but it didn’t. I forgot all of them immediately. It’s not because I don’t care. It’s just difficult.

This wasn't my smoothie from today...it was my cocktail from yesterday :) I filled half the glass with kombucha, then shook together 2 servings of vodka with 2 tbsp tart cherry juice concentrate and a little agave (I know, agave is bad...but it was only a little). I added ice to the kombucha and then poured the cherry/vodka/agave over that. It was amazing! Like a tart cherry martini, with a little fizz!

Soup #2, after Pea Soup (which is too ugly to post). Veggie broth, canned tomatoes, quinoa, carrots, celery, spinach, chickpeas...whatever else Joe found in the fridge...plus dried herbs from my mom's garden

Simple Salad (with stuff I had leftover from my beloved hummus dish + spinach)

I followed up my trigger point therapy and yoga with 45 minutes in here...I could practically feel the toxins leaving my body :)

My smoothie was the choco-coffee-energy smoothie that I mentioned yesterday. Wow–I love that. A lot.

What’s your favorite smoothie?

How do you get back on track when you’re off?

Do you like soup? Normally, I don’t ever crave or want it, but it’s so cold here right now that it seems desirable!

If you were in my nutrition class today, would you have thought the icebreaker was interesting, or would it be a cause for eye-rolling?


  • http://www.runnintothealtar.blogspot.com Katy

    I think it's a really interesting ice breaker! And I'm so jealous of your sauna!

  • http://www.ravenwavesblog.wordpress.com Sophia

    That cocktail looks delicious!! Love cherry! I’m glad the first day of class went well. Don’t worry, you’ll get all the names in no time. I make the same salad you do all the time! It’s a great easy lunch. My favorite smoothie is a typical green monster! I try to download some new songs when I’m off track. LOVE soup!! It’s the best winter meal by far!

  • http://wheres-the-beach.blogspot.com/ Heather @ Where's the Beach

    I used to not like soups, but love them now. Maybe because mine tend to be veggie laden and that feels so hearty and healthy this time of year. So glad you liked the triggerpoint kit – really hope it helps you too! And that drink, very interesting. I've never tried kombucha!

  • http://onelovesarah.blogspot.com/ Sarah

    i love the kombucha tea cocktail idea; and I think the game was cute and one that I've never played before in a class.

  • http://stephaniejothomas.blogspot.com Stephanie

    LOVE the Kombucha cocktail idea. I would have LOVED the game. But I always liked listening to icebreakers more than participating. :)

  • http://thebalancedbean.blogspot.com Maryann

    I would have loved the ice breaker! I am just jealous of all your students :)

    I haven't heard about agave being bad and Ive been eating it lately!! What's wrong with it?

  • http://a-taste-of-confidence.com Jess@atasteofconfidence

    It's freezing here, too- so I'm a recent soup convert. I usually only like creamier soups, like tomato:)

  • http://purplebirdblog.wordpress.com/ Christin@purplebirdblog

    My favorite smoothie is my green monster with PB (almond milk, coconut milk kefir, frozen banana, cinnamon, maca, spinach and/or kale, and a spoonful of PB)!!! Deliciousness for sure!

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  • http://fitchocoholic.wordpress.com/ Gen

    Like the icebreaker idea a lot!
    My favorite smoothie is a banana/coffee one!!!! Sooo tasty! =D

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    Mmmmm…I gotta do the kefir thing!

  • http://mygreenkoolaid.com Michelle

    While everyone else is focused on your icebreaker, soup, smoothie as you ask, I am freaking out that you got trigger point!! It has saved my running legs for the last year or so- I love, Love, LOVE it!!! My calves cannot tolerate life without it- and lots of water.

    I am off to run this morning but I will give you a heads up- today's blog is about my date with a bag of Salt and Vinegar chips last night…… so I am back on the bus of health today!!

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    Agave had this reputation of not spiking blood sugar (having a low glycemic

    index)…but it turned out not to be true, and is now being compared to

    having similar effects in the body as high fructose corn syrup… :(

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    Hehe, me too—there were definitely some students giving me the evil eye

    (which I delightfully ignored), but I did reflect on how I would not have

    wanted to do it either!

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    I'm not such a kombucha fan anymore since my attempt at it turned moldy and

    synergy took the “real” version off the shelves…I recommend not bothering

    until they bring back the 21 and older version! It's not really an alcoholic

    beverage, but has a little bit…

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    Omg….I'm so glad to hear you love the trigger point…and I love the

    explanation the dvd gave about water. Not that I didn't know, but now I have

    that picture of beef jerky in my head motivating me to keep on drinkin' :)

    Mmmm…salt and vinegar :)

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    Oh—downloading songs is a great idea! I need to do that today :)

  • http://joggingwithfiction.blogspot.com Kari w/ Jogging with Fiction

    Last week I was craving fruits and veggies like nobody's business. Probably because I hadn't been able to make it to the grocery store to restock. This week I'm making sure I have plenty of each everyday!

    Your gym is crazy expensive! I thought mine was a lot and it was only $40!

  • http://www.1970kikiproject.wordpress.com CathyK

    oooo, so jealous of your sauna! i agree – great way to feel “rid” of toxins.
    i love veggies all the time, but this week have also been inhaling soups, chili – think the cold is talking to me!
    i like your ice breaker idea! i would have gladly participated! i find names tough to remember, too. better with faces.
    looking forward to hearing more about the trigger point therapy kit as you make more use of it! sounds great! available in canada, at all??!

  • Wendy K

    My fave smoothie right now is just a banana, a few frozen strawberries & spinach. Gets me going in the AM. :) Agh, I'm so bummed about the agave thing…I've been hearing lately how it really isn't good! boo!

  • LisaBona

    I like your icebreaker exercise and I'm sure your students did too. I also LOVE this post. It has everything…something new to me (the trigger point kit) Stuff I love with a twist (the soup and the cocktailand the smoothie) Getting back to yoga yesterday (sore today) And reminding me to use my infared sauna.
    I feel like I'm getting back on track this week but only to head off on vacation to get “off track!”

  • http://mariposagirl.wordpress.com/ Cindy

    Do you actually have that sauna at your house? We were saving for a pool someday but I think I would rather sit in a sauna and sweat…..GOSH I love that, especially this time of year when I am perpetually cold.

    I think your ice breaker was a cute idea.
    I am super dooper shy so being forced to interact and meet people is super hard for me but I would have coped.
    names are hard to remember all at once. :)

    LOVE SOUP. Winter it's soup season and summer it's salad. either way it's my veggies either warm or cold. HA

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh SAUNA

  • http://sweetpotatolovin.wordpress.com/ Jess (Sweet Potato)

    Smoothie, salad, soup, and sauna week sounds awesome! I could definitely use a few minutes (or 30) in a sauna these days with the temps being so cold!

  • http://cyclicalunemployment.wordpress.com/ Katherine: Unemployed

    I would so love to spend 45 mins in that hotbox and get back on track. I love banana smoothies; I'm not much of a coffee smoothie-er. I think all icebreakers cause eye-rolling but are fun anyway!

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    The hotbox helps a lot…sweating without putting in any effort feels pretty

    awesome! I think you're right on the icebreakers…even if they enjoyed it,

    it wouldn't be cool to let me know that :)

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    I go in the sauna to toast myself on the chilly days…like yesterday and

    today! I highly recommend it :)

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    I do have the sauna at my house. It was surprisingly affordable, and all the

    sides clip together really easily. I've moved it twice…and it still works

    :)

    I always hated ice breakers too… As a teacher, I like them (it helps the

    classroom feel more relaxed overall and …it takes up time!)

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    I just used the trigger point kit again…and it hurt so much. I have high

    hopes for my hip flexors!

    …better to be on track for a few days than none at all :)

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    Mmmmm….that smoothie sounds good! I like the simple ones :)

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    I don't know if the trigger point kit is available in canada….I actually

    bought it on ebay.

    I'll do a review of it after I've used it several times. So far, the second

    time hurt more than the first…but it feels so good in some crazy way!

  • Erica – Itzy's Kitchen

    Fabulous day! Pea soup is really ugly- but I love it to pieces :) And your little drinky sounds quite tasty. Favorite smoothie? Hmmm…I like a good green monster but it MUST contain banana. Soup is the best this time of year. I think your ice breaker sounds pretty cool. I like when they make you actually think!

  • http://peasandcrayons.blogspot.com Jenn

    I was JUST reading about foam rollers today! For massage and back pain and such.. and cellulite reduction (hey its worth a try!) I wonder if I'd actually use it.. thats the real question I guess. I wish I had a fitness buddy here in NC its so hard when my nearest friend is 35-40 min away. boooo!

    ok enough whining! Hope you're having a great day!

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  • http://anediblemosaic.com Faith

    I would have thought the ice breaker was fun! I used to love things like that, they really do help loosen the tension. Love the idea of an “S” week! :)

  • http://bakingnbooks.wordpress.com/ Baking 'n' Books

    Holy crap – thank you SO MUCH for your amazing comment on my blog! i have no idea how you found me, but am so glad you did. Yours is amazing – and I'm going to explore now! But what you said…that i could do it…gosh, I don't believe it, but knowing that there's belief and support out there is amazing…

  • http://bakingnbooks.wordpress.com/ Baking 'n' Books

    Oh and I've never been a big soup person – i know I should! There are so many good recipes and it's all over blogs for “healthy” food and detoxing, etc…but just can't get into it…

  • http://gratitouille.wordpress.com Erica D @ Gratitouille

    As a future nutrition student, I really like that icebreaker! Sure beats the “List 3 interesting facts about yourself” ordeal.

    Thankfully, Colorado isn't terribly cold right now, so I don't need too many hot things. But veggies (lots of em) are always welcome!

  • DiningAndDishing

    My favorite smoothie is spinach, banana, vanilla soy milk, flax, frozen berries and peanut butter. It's pretty much the only one I ever make!! :)

    - Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

  • http://www.healthydivaeats.com Katie

    Im so with you on I would rather go to the gym, that is why that wii fit sits there and will forever!!! lol!

    Oh my that cherry tart drink is fab!!! I must make one ; ) love that it has kombucha in it!

    I just want to live in your sauna, end of story.

    Have a beautiful day! xoxo

  • http://theavidappetite.com Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    This morning I made a smoothie with vanilla protein powder, a pear, almond milk, cinnamon and sweetener – so good! I poured it over ice and took it to work in my iced coffee tumbler. Delish.

  • http://veggie-couture.blogspot.com Veggiecouture

    The thought of soup is never too appealing but once I make it, I'm glad I did!

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  • Kristina @ spabettie

    I have been juicing every day recently, and my new favorite smoothie is to juice some citrus and ginger, maybe an apple, then add it to my vitamix FULL of spinach… it is amazing! :D

    the only thing that would make it more amazing? a steam! I love to steam – it DOES feel so cleansing.

    I'd have thought the icebreaker was fun, but I'd be the same way – it would not help me recall names. I'm bad at that!

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