Hot Yoga, Hot Sausage

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Oh, Y2Yoga… You seriously crush my soul sometimes. 

Y2 Yoga

I was yearning for a sweaty workout so I decided to attend today’s 90-minute “hot” class, led by the studio’s owner (Tanner).  Because I think post-marathon blues are setting in, I was excited to get a really hard workout in… And Y2Yga definitely delivered.  Sweat dripped off my forehead onto the towel, my muscles were quivering, and my arms were begging for mercy.  I <3 hot yoga!


Let’s see – begins getting my bootay handed to me in yoga class, the Husband and I also went on a little bike ride.  It’s pretty cold here so I had to get creative with my bottoms!

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Bike shorts must be worn at all times! Oh, as a side note, those Mizuno pants are fine for riding, but are really irritating for running because there are long zippers near the ankles.  I need long running tights WITHOUT zippers!


Pre-yoga lunch was a whole wheat wrap with refried beans, corn salsa, and sprouts.


Post-yoga, I inhaled some salty cashews ( + some unpictured olives).


And, after spending oodles of money at Earth Fare (the Husband’s favorite place, and my least favorite place – due to money spent), the Husband prepared me a wonderful dinner.


I ate toast while he cooked.


We found these fun vegan sausages at the store by Field Roast.  Normally, I shy away from faux meat products (I’m one of those vegetarians who are creeped out by faux meat that is too meat-like), but I really liked these because of the ingredient list.

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(FYI – Vital wheat gluten is also known as seitan, the natural protein found in wheat. It contains 75% protein!)


I had half a sausage with dinner.


Quinoa, BBQ sauce, and sausage, roasted potatoes and broccoli, and hummus-stuffed tomatoes.


And ginger chocolate for dessert. 


Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.



  • Katie @ Keepingupwithkatie November 7, 2010, 7:13 pm

    Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.

  • Charlie November 7, 2010, 7:22 pm

    I don’t eat much faux meat either! The ingredient list of these things can be scary :P. But those sausages do look good!
    I had a store bought vegetarian burger patty at my boyfriend’s house once and didn’t like the texture at all! And the taste was weird… Homemade = yummier :).

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 7, 2010, 7:22 pm

    Looks like a great day! I love it when workouts leave me shaky – in a good way of course. I’m pretty sure I would love those sausages if they were gluten free as well!

  • Anon November 7, 2010, 7:25 pm

    You’re very fortunate to be surrounded by yoga studios and to have the budget.
    I do wish I had patience for yoga. I have a tape that is basic and very “slow” moving. I can do about 15 minutes possibly 3-4 times a week. Do you think this effective? For some basic stretch?

    • Caitlin November 8, 2010, 9:22 am

      Yea! Any yoga is good yoga 🙂

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 7, 2010, 7:25 pm

    I love the quote at the bottom. I don’t really eat fake meat either except for tofu. Fake meat just creeps me out. Sounds like a great yoga class!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 7, 2010, 7:30 pm

    I want to do hot yoga so badly, but have not done it yet. I think my husband would keel over if he tried it. He is interested in Tai Chi, so I am thinking about looking into a studio here for that. Your dinner looks delicious! Those hummus stuffed tomatoes are calling to me! Have a great night Caitlin!

  • Melissa November 7, 2010, 7:31 pm

    I love that Dale Carnegie quote, it’s one of my favorites! Those hummus stuffed tomatoes look delicious. I’ve stuffed tomatoes with a wide variety of things, but never hummus – I must try them out. Your yoga class sounds amazing!

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) November 7, 2010, 7:36 pm

    have you ever tried faux riblets? there’s no way they are good for you and the ingredient list is probably outrageous but hot damn they’re good. just one….

    • Caitlin November 8, 2010, 9:23 am

      I think faux riblets would freak me out!

    • Caitlin November 8, 2010, 9:23 am

      I think faux riblets would freak me out!!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged November 7, 2010, 7:39 pm

    I’m with ya – one of the main reasons I’m vegetarian is just that the texture of most meat freaks me out when I really think about it, and sometimes fake meats are TOO good at mimicking it, ha!

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns November 7, 2010, 7:43 pm

    Was the sausage good??? That same brand has a ‘holiday roast’-type thing I was thinking about trying for my vegan Thanksgiving. Looks more promising than Tofurkey!

    • Caitlin November 8, 2010, 9:23 am

      Yes I liked it a lot!

  • tina November 7, 2010, 7:46 pm

    omg, i’m the SAME WAY with fake meat!!! i want my veggie burger/sausage/product to taste like veggies!!!!

    and i had the exact same experience at hot yoga today… it was LOVELY, i loved every second of it!!!

  • Krystina (Basil & Wine) November 7, 2010, 7:49 pm

    Ginger chocolate sounds awesome. I don’t like faux meat either, but mostly because I find the ingredients to not be the greatest.

  • Lindsay November 7, 2010, 7:51 pm

    right now at dick’s sporting goods…which i am sure charlotte has…there are under armor running tights with no zippers for $39. i got some this weekend and LOVE them! they also have nike dry fit long sleeve shirts for $25.

    • Caitlin November 8, 2010, 9:24 am

      I will definitely check this out! Thanks!

  • Hope November 7, 2010, 7:54 pm

    Im the same, I don’t really like the whole faux meat thing! But I buy these things sometimes are they seem intriguing!

  • Jacquelynn November 7, 2010, 7:56 pm

    I love field roast products… You should try the “lentil sage deli slices.” They are a good little quick snack to get some protein before or after a workout 🙂 Unfortunately since my fiancee and I moved to Utah a few months ago, they don’t have them at the Whole Foods here 🙁

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy November 7, 2010, 8:01 pm

    Mmm…ginger chocolate! Sounds yummy!

    I love your quote too!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life November 7, 2010, 8:01 pm

    I thought soul-crushing was a BAD thing. Lol!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now November 7, 2010, 8:07 pm

    That quote at the end of your post is awesome! 🙂

  • Wei-Wei November 7, 2010, 8:11 pm

    Hummus-stuffed tomatoes? That sounds very very interesting…

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 7, 2010, 8:17 pm

    Those hummus-stuffed tomatoes look really good. I’ve never eaten hummus hot — I’m assuming the tomatoes are roasted with the hummus in them. That’s going on my To Make list.

  • Camille November 7, 2010, 8:22 pm

    I’m creeped out by fake meat too.
    If I wanted to eat meat, I would just eat it!

  • Virginia @ YtotheUmmy November 7, 2010, 8:23 pm

    I have that quote posted on my corkboard in my room 🙂

    And yess, I know what you mean about the sausage/faux-meat thing! I’m new-ish to tofu, and I’ve managed to get the texture the way I want it (freeze first, then thaw, press, cook however) but I have to do something about the shape and flavor or else I feel like I’m eating an eraser 🙁

    • Molly November 8, 2010, 3:58 am

      good tofu is all about the flavor!

      the way i think about it is like this:
      animal meat is so often cooked with spices/sauces/etc that really one eats a meaty base with flavor.

      with tofu being the meaty base, you just need to add flavor 🙂

  • Amanda (modernation) November 7, 2010, 8:34 pm

    Doh! I just bought some running tights with zippers. I haven’t worn them on a run yet – hope they don’t bug too much.

  • ashleigh November 7, 2010, 8:36 pm

    What a perfect Sunday night meal!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 7, 2010, 8:40 pm

    I reallly want to try hot yoga. I wonder if you have to be certified in it or if you can just learn it on your own and teach it if your certified in general yoga..hmmm, that’d be pretty fun to teach!

  • Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 7, 2010, 8:41 pm

    I am in love with EARTHFARE!! I probably need to start leaving my wallet in the car, though, because I always find something to buy. Yikes!!

  • Shannon @ Philadelphia Phitness Pharmacy November 7, 2010, 8:42 pm

    Those Hummus stuffed tomatoes look sooo good! I had never heard of them or thought to try that before. Can’t wait to try that out! Thanks!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances November 7, 2010, 8:43 pm

    I had an amazing hot yoga class today, too 🙂 so sweaty and fantastic! Also, your dinner sounds tasty and interesting… hummus-stuffed potatoes? Hmm… never heard of such a combo!

  • D November 7, 2010, 8:45 pm

    faux-meat products freak me out too! sometimes the “ground meat” is tasty if you make taco bowls or something, but whole foods are still better i think! out of curiosity, why did you only eat 1/2 sausage? is it calories? to make the packet last longer? too much food?

    • Caitlin November 8, 2010, 9:25 am

      It would’ve been too much food otherwise with the quinoa and potatoes and veg (and chocolate).

  • Natalie November 7, 2010, 8:49 pm

    Did you like the flavor of the sausage? I’ve seen those at our natural foods store but never bought them because they’re a little pricey and am anxious to hear what you thought!

    • Caitlin November 8, 2010, 9:25 am

      They were a nice change. I liked!

  • Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife November 7, 2010, 9:01 pm

    This may be the best blog title of all time.

  • eml November 7, 2010, 9:01 pm

    I love that quote. Never heard it before, but so fitting for me at this time.

  • kathleen November 7, 2010, 9:04 pm

    I am creeped out by fake meat products too. Mostly because, well today I started to read the back of a veggie burger box until I flipped it over & realized that the ingredients list was a mile long (can’t be good) plus most all fake meat products contain wheat which is a no go for me. I guess I am stuck with tempeh & sunshine burgers.

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 7, 2010, 9:13 pm

    I just don’t like faux meat period — the taste is just too strange!

  • Jacqueline November 7, 2010, 9:15 pm

    great quote!

  • Shelly November 7, 2010, 9:21 pm

    I have a pair of lululemon running tights that are pretty good. They don’t have zippers at the bottom, and the zip pocket on the back is pretty big. The downside is that the come up over my belly button and are nice and tight, so they aren’t the most flattering to my lower abdomen. But when it’s cold enough for me to wear full length tights, it’s also cold enough for me to start out in a jacket that will end up tied around my waist, which kind of disguises the stomach area. 🙂

  • Paige @Running Around Normal November 7, 2010, 9:31 pm

    LOL at this title:) I love the Lululemon Wonder Unders for running tights!

  • Julie November 7, 2010, 9:35 pm

    Those sausages are about my favorite vegan food ever.

  • Katie November 7, 2010, 9:40 pm

    You seem to eat so little compared to the amount of activity you engage in.

    • Katie @ Keepingupwithkatie November 7, 2010, 9:53 pm

      I think it’s hard to gauge portion sizes through pictures. Also, if she is maintaining weight and feeling healthy and happy, then no one can judge her diet unreasonable.

      • Caitlin November 8, 2010, 9:29 am

        I had about 1800 calories yesterday, which isn’t “a lot” but certainly isn’t “so little” for a 5 ft 3 woman who weighs 120 pounds (especially considering the size of my dinner from last night). My hunger is actually pretty off this week as I come off of marathon training. My appetite has totally plummeted because my body isn’t used to doing such little cardio.

  • Liz November 7, 2010, 9:40 pm

    what did you think about the sausages? husband and i got the chipotle flavor once for some gumbo- so so so good. and because it’s just the two of us, we got four meals out of it. we really liked the spiciness of the ones we tried. do you recommend the apple sage?

    • Caitlin November 8, 2010, 9:30 am

      I liked the apple sage a lot! It wasn’t spicy though.

  • Kirsten November 7, 2010, 9:41 pm

    I feel you on the post-marathon blues. Starting to get them myself. Took the week off after running the race last weekend and now looking forward to a challenging workout again!

  • Carolina John November 7, 2010, 10:10 pm

    Check out Inside Out sports – my new favorite triathlon store. they have a store in Charlotte. Go get some running tights!

  • Erica November 7, 2010, 10:19 pm

    I also hate my running tights that have a zipper! They get too tight and I get a little rash if I don’t put body glide or vaseline underneath. I have a great pair of Reebok tights that I got on sale at Dick’s without the zipper!

  • Penny November 7, 2010, 10:19 pm

    LOVE Field Roast! I eat them like a hot dog, with mustard 🙂

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe November 7, 2010, 10:19 pm

    I am also on the look out for running tights without zippers, if I find some I’ll let you know.

  • ari November 7, 2010, 10:26 pm

    i love those hummus stuffed tomatoes! so fancy hahah.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 7, 2010, 10:55 pm

    Sounds like a delicious dinner! and even better because you didn’t have to cook it yourself 😉

  • hippierunner November 7, 2010, 10:58 pm

    You look so cute and I love the color of your top!

  • katie November 7, 2010, 11:03 pm

    hahah the title of this post was funny.
    eating refried beans before yoga is BOLD!! well, for me it would be! I want to do hot yoga!

  • Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) November 7, 2010, 11:08 pm

    I am craving an intense yoga workout! That sounds like heaven right now, weird that quivering muscles and dripping sweat sounds so appealing to me these days haha.

  • lori November 7, 2010, 11:29 pm

    love the quote at the end!!

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa November 7, 2010, 11:42 pm

    Dinner looks great! I love hot yoga. Definitely a great way to challenge yourself and detox!

  • Kiran November 8, 2010, 12:15 am

    Dinner looks so delicious, especially the hummus stuffed tomatoes. Gotta try it 😀

  • Marina November 8, 2010, 1:05 am

    I love hard yoga workout, makes me feel so connected to my body.
    The dinner looks nice, I actually like vegan sausages and hot dogs 🙂

  • Jenne November 8, 2010, 1:28 am

    OMGosh!!!! Those sausages look exactly like what I have been missing since going veg…Did they have that greasy snap when you bit into them??….I know it sounds gross, but vegetarian sausage/smokies etc are usually really spongy, like styrofoam, and, like you I generally steer clear of the faux meats d/t the creepy factor. I hope they sell them in Canada!!!

    • Caitlin November 8, 2010, 9:31 am

      haha no, there is no greasy snap. sorry 🙁

  • Laura @ DramaticallyFit (New blog!) November 8, 2010, 1:51 am

    Just wanted to say that I have been a long time reader and rare commenter of you blog. I recently have set out on a goal of self improvement in a variety of ways. I wanted to let you know that you have a supporter in West Virginia and I look forward to your posts everyday. =)

  • Anne November 8, 2010, 4:03 am

    If you liked the Field Roast Sausage, then you should definitely try this basic recipe for homemade seitan sausages.
    The variations on spices you could use is endless. There are lots of recipes available if you just google “seitan sausage”.
    Plus it’s super healthy and saves major $$$

  • Lauren November 8, 2010, 6:47 am

    I’m a bit scared of faux meat but every so often, it surprises me.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 8, 2010, 7:38 am

    I don’t like the yoga at my gym because it’s basically just stretching, but that hot yoga sounds like quite a workout! I’m dying to try it!

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope November 8, 2010, 8:33 am

    Were the sausages good? That’s one of the things i miss as a vegetarian–a nice sausage with peppers/onion/mustard on a hoagie!! But i’m too scared to try the fake meats. gross me out. that actually looks good…

    • Caitlin November 8, 2010, 9:31 am

      it was really good and not very faux meaty.

  • Jess November 8, 2010, 8:37 am

    You should try the Chipotle flavor of those sausages. If you like things with a good kick, they are AWESOME. Load one up on a real hot dog bun with some sauerkraut and mustard and ketchup and you will never miss real hot dogs again! I’ve turned on many meat-eating boys to those things and converted them into faithful followers. Enjoy!

  • Erin November 8, 2010, 9:37 am

    Did you hear that we’re getting a Whole Foods in South Park in 2012? I am so excited!

    • Caitlin November 8, 2010, 9:38 am

      YAYYY WF forever!

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy November 8, 2010, 9:39 am

    Faux meat kind of freaks me out too.

  • Amber K November 8, 2010, 12:02 pm

    Faux meat TOTALLY freaks me out, and I can’t have it anymore anyway, so that’s fine by me!

  • Ellen @FirednFabulous November 8, 2010, 1:06 pm

    Hummus+tomatoes=GREAT IDEA! Yummm.

  • Bethany November 8, 2010, 1:30 pm

    Zella running tights are awesome! You can get them from Nordstrom’s.

  • sirenjess November 8, 2010, 9:16 pm

    CWX tights are really good. You can find them at running stores. They are expensive but really worth it. They compression tights and they make different ones that focus on different areas of your legs.

  • Rosey Rebecca November 9, 2010, 7:42 am

    The vegan sausage looks really good! I’ll have to try it. I’ve tried tofurky a couple times. I like it, but I know what you mean about fake meat products grossing you out. Sometimes it gets to me, too. 🙂

    BTW, this is completely unrelated to your post, but I read “Eating Animals” a week ago. OMG- if I ever had any feelings that I would stop being a vegetarian at some point, they are completely gone now.

    • Caitlin November 9, 2010, 9:06 am

      great book, insist it? it definitely re-affirmed my commitment as well.

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