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More Yoga Please

by Meghann on July 28, 2011

I miss yoga.

Between training for the Augusta Half Ironman and my inability to fall in love with any studios on my side of town, it’s been hard to find the free time to do any yoga. My head has also been so wrapped up in so many other things, that I sort of forgot the wonder of yoga was there. Not good.

I need to change that.

Thursday nights are speed workout nights with the Tampa Tri Team, so my mornings are free. My new plan is to take advantage of those free mornings by incorporating a little yoga into my weekly routine. Nothing major, just the 20 minute sessions from YogaDownload.com to ease and stretch my muscles out.

I did the 20 minute ‘Yoga for Cyclists‘ session this morning and instantly remembered why I love yoga so much. The warriors, downward dogs, and front bends really stretched my back and gave my sore muscles the gentle massage they were thirsting after. I need to be doing this more often!

I’m going to try and incorporate more yoga on my rest days. My body is craving it and I need to listen to that. πŸ™‚

Breakfast came in the form of an easy bowl of cereal.

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Starring a new bag of granola I discovered at Marshalls the other day. I love finding random fun gourmet foods there. πŸ™‚

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In the bowl:

  • 1/2 cup Kashi Honey Sunshine
  • 1/2 cup Kashi Golden Goodness
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate Granola
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries

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What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever picked up from a TJ Maxx/ Marshalls/ Ross/etc? I wouldn’t call it strange, but the majority of my Vera Bradley stuff is from MArshalls πŸ™‚

1 Cait's Plate July 28, 2011 at 9:26 am

Hahaha – I LOVE the random food selection they have at TJ Maxx! It always cracks me up and I’ve definitely gotten some of the more gourmet candy they have there πŸ™‚ That’s too funny.

The granola is an awesome find!
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2 Laura (Cookies vs. Carrots) July 28, 2011 at 9:31 am

Great plan to work more yoga in! I totally agree that when you can fit it in, it makes you feel soooooo good!
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3 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 28, 2011 at 9:34 am

Like Cait said, I think the most random stuff they have is what’s lined up at the checkout aisle. I never would think to buy food from a place like that but I’ve been suckered into a few “gourmet” things a couple of times.
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4 bonnie July 28, 2011 at 9:39 am

I’m going through the same thing. Between a new full-time job, teaching yoga, training for my 1st half marathon and in the middle of moving, my own yoga practice has fallen to the wayside πŸ™ I have 2 free mornings a week and am trying to sched in yoga like I’d sched any other non-negotiable thing I’d have to do. I hope u find a studio u like soon!

5 Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers July 28, 2011 at 9:49 am

Though I don’t spend too much time at Marshall’s, when I do go, I always end up with some random thing. Once I walked out with a Rachel Ray loaf pan and a bag of tye-dyed gummy bears.
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6 Hope July 28, 2011 at 9:50 am

That granola looks great! I’m hoping to find some good finds at TJ Maxx. I have a gift card that is ready to be used! πŸ™‚
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7 Dori July 28, 2011 at 9:51 am

I said this on your Facebook, but I get all my coffee at TJ Maxx. They sell really good brands for very cheap!

8 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 28, 2011 at 9:54 am

I get yoga withdrawals when I go without it for a long time too

awesome looking breakfast πŸ˜‰
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9 Allie July 28, 2011 at 9:55 am

I had no idea Marshall’s sold Vera Bradley… awesome! I buy random stuff from there like coffee mugs, etc. Love it.
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10 Gina @ Will Run for Cupcakes July 28, 2011 at 10:03 am

Clearly I live near the wrong Marshalls! Ours always looks like a war zone and I don’t have the patience for it!!! I did however pick up some Jelly Bellys the last time I was able to brave the mess πŸ™‚
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11 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 28, 2011 at 10:04 am

My mom always warned me never to buy food there, haha! I’m sure it’s fine but now I have a hangup about it πŸ™‚

12 Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health July 28, 2011 at 10:05 am

I love TJ Maxx! I’m not sure what I’ve gotten there that is strange though haha. I’m doing my first giveaway…check it out if you get a chance!
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13 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine July 28, 2011 at 10:06 am

You can get great furniture there–smaller stuff, like little decorative end tables and clocks. And bedspreads and dishes…love that place!

14 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life July 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

I majorly score on vera bradley at Marshalls all the time! Such a good deal!
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15 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake July 28, 2011 at 10:14 am

I ALWAYS forget about stores like Marshalls & TJMaxx! I really need to remember to check out places like that more often because I always hear about people making really great finds!
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16 Hillary July 28, 2011 at 10:25 am

Moose Munch from Kohl’s = the best thing ever. Enough said!
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17 Shanna, Like Banana July 28, 2011 at 10:27 am

Love Marshalls / TJMaxx

I bought a spice rub that ended up being rather pooey tasting.
I did see some pet wipes that I want to get that help cute your pet clean inbetween baths — random but useful!

18 Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

Chocolate granola sounds like heaven!
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19 Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) July 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

Ahhh yoga… I teach dance, and when my schedule is really busy, I turn most of the warmup into a yoga session and I work out with my students! πŸ™‚

I got a giant magnifying glass with a faux-horn handle that looks like something straight out of Sherlock Holmes as a birthday gift for a friend. He adored it. πŸ™‚
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20 Kara July 28, 2011 at 10:34 am

I need to bring yoga back to my life too!

I was at Big Lots the other day (like Ross for home goods) and I wanted to get a metal chicken I saw there so I could put it around the house and say “Knock, knock motherfucker” and laugh about it. Surprisingly, my husband vetoed the idea.
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21 Bethany @ More Fruit Please July 28, 2011 at 10:35 am

I love the post title! πŸ˜€ I need more yoga too! This may seem like a silly question, but when you do yoga from your computer, do you keep your computer on a desk/table or do you put it down on the floor? I tried doing yoga once at home and didn’t like it because I couldn’t find a great place to put my laptop where I could see the screen and follow along easily.

22 Yolie @ Practising Wellness July 28, 2011 at 11:47 am

When I pratice from home I put my laptop on the floor at the very top of my mat…hope you find a way that works for you, because having a home practice makes yoga so accessible…which is awesome, lol! πŸ™‚ xyx
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23 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups July 28, 2011 at 10:55 am

Chocolate and strawberry is such a great combination. I love getting shoes from those stores!
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24 Cindy July 28, 2011 at 11:04 am

Hey Meghann! I’ve been following your blog for a little while now and love it! I love learning about your half-iro ma training, and cycling adventures, and NROLFW!

I totally agree about Marshall’s–they have some of the best gourmet foods there! Whenever I go there, I go to the foods/cooking aisles first! πŸ™‚

25 Diana July 28, 2011 at 11:10 am

I just did yoga yesterday morning! It does feel great and relaxing but it’s definately a workout cause I’m always sore the next day πŸ™‚ Course I’m doing a weightloss version. I once found a bottle of Champagne Vinegar at Ross and bought it for cooking not having a clue what to put it in! But I recently learned how to make a fabulous dressing from scratch using it from Barefoot Contessa’s Paris cookbook. It’s yum!
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26 Allison July 28, 2011 at 11:31 am

If you ever want to meet up to go to a yoga class, please let me know! I love love love love yoga. Most studios offer a first class for free! I’ve been meaning to try quite a few out around Tampa so I can find a studio I love. Also, downtown they have free yoga on Sunday morning: http://diveintampabay.com/2010/11/01/free-yoga-in-the-park/

27 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 11:38 am

I’ve been meaning to go to the yoga in the park, maybe I’ll go this Sunday! I’ve tried a few studios around town and really liked Yogani, but it’s a little bit of a drive from where I live. πŸ™‚

28 Allison July 28, 2011 at 11:40 am

My favorite studio thus far is Yogani! I’ll be looking for a blog post about yoga in the park. πŸ˜‰
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29 Shauna July 28, 2011 at 11:38 am

I go back to TJ Maxx for this particular Roasted Vegetable spice. I use it more in the winter than in the summer but it is tasty!
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30 Natalia July 28, 2011 at 11:44 am

Hi there!
First time at your blog. Love it! I’ve subscribed to it, so I’ll be getting it every day. πŸ™‚
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31 Yolie @ Practising Wellness July 28, 2011 at 11:45 am

Mmm…I totally agree with you. Yoga is something I always miss and come back to when I don’t do it for a while…I love it so! <3
That's a great idea incorporating the 20 minute sessions into your rest days. With yoga every little bit counts, and is powerful, and makes a huge difference to your physical and mental wellbeing πŸ™‚
Yogadownload is awesome! As was your breakfast…more berries! And that granola? Looks ridiculously delicious. Have a lovely day! xyx
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32 Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) July 28, 2011 at 11:50 am

Gahh, I need more yoga in life as well- asap!

I’ve actually found some great cookbooks in Marshall’s which surprised me.. they always have cool snacks as well, although I automatically assume they’re stale haha.
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33 Cat @Breakfast to Bed July 28, 2011 at 11:51 am

copper pots. terrific copper pots. They are my prized possession (other than engagement/wedding ring-not counting my kids)

34 Faith @ For the Health of It July 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I always beeline for the food and kitchen section at my Marshalls! I snagged some Tera’s Whey protein powder there once, and I’ve scored some flaxmeal and fancyschmancy preserves there as well!
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35 Jane @ Broccolini & Cheese July 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I’ve purchased salts, spices and even pastas from Marshall’s! You can really find anything there!
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36 Morgan @ Some Kind of Sunshine July 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I always buy coffee from TJMaxx…and sometimes I buy fancy hand soap and fun toiletries!

37 Tara July 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I will not call it strange but I had zero real exercising clothes. I have been working out in t-shirts and a strange collection of shorts. I just went to Marshalls and got some real running clothes!! Two longer shirts- I see wearing them for gym time or yoga and a pair of New Balance capris!! I love New Balance and could not pass them up when I saw them for $17!!
I love Vera Bradley too!! When I found them in high school everyone made fun of me for liking them but now it makes me smile to see more younger people with them!!

38 Joyce @ Jranola Joyce July 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Yoga = shin splints gone.
I should really keep it up weekly, but time time time (management…haha)

TJ Maxx? hmmm ooo apple chips.
they are so good. if you ever see the Bare Fruit Apple Chips there–get them (ALL).
πŸ™‚

39 Jane @ Jane's Addictions July 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I got a stainless steel coffee canister from Marshall’s a couple of years ago. I love yoga. You got to get back to it girl! I do hot yoga 4 times a week and it burns tons of calories and get rids of toxins. I noticed it helps with running – the stretching is great but all the stability work helps improve my stride.
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40 Emily @ Comfortable Home Life July 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm

How funny, I just went to TJ Maxx yesterday to buy grapeseed oil! I’ve also gotten walnut oil and agave syrup at TJ’s before. Theres such a good selection–for so cheap.

41 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I NEED yoga too. THis just got me excited to really REALLY incorporate it into my plan too! thanks πŸ™‚
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42 Joyce @ Jranola Joyce July 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Hi, Meghann!
Okay, I added Meals and Miles on my blog roll, but I’m new to this and I don’t know how to link it correctly haha but I didn’t know if it was protocol to tell the people of the page’s you linked to! so just fyi! πŸ™‚
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43 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm

There really isn’t any protocol, but thanks for letting me know so I can check your blog out! πŸ™‚

44 Amber @ Stop and Smell the Wildflowers July 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I’m always afraid of buying random things at those stores, but I probably should just to try new things (and not pay full price! ;)). I do love to shop for clothes and home goods stuff at all three of those places.
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45 Emily@RunningPerspective July 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm

LOVE yoga downloads! helping me recover from my injuries so i can get back to running ASAP!
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46 kate July 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I know exactly what you mean when you say your body is craving yoga!

47 Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I’ve been saying the same thing for weeks! Back home, I teach yoga so I do it quite often of course…but I haven’t done it once since being on vacation! My muscles seriously feel it, too!!
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48 Carol July 28, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Wow – just walked out of Marshall’s with the same bag of granola !

49 Ali @ Ali Runs July 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm

The chocolate granola looks so good in that cereal! I need to invest in that asap.
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