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Our friend Isaac brought over dinner… and in exchange for laundry machine access.  Fair trade, if you ask me!


Especially when your dinner involves the infamous Mmmm Sauce!  Does Nicole know me or what?  She sent over her laundry-toutin’ man with a delicious cabbage, tomato, chickpea, and quinoa stew and instructions to smear Mmmm Sauce on top.


I promise… I’ll get her to post the recipe – this stew was amazing, and I bet it would freeze well.  


We actually ate it cold, not hot, because our air conditioning is kaput.  Not having to turn on the oven tonight was so nice!


So, my Sunday involved lots of writing and a little yoga.  I walked into the early class that my friend Jen was teaching, and you should’ve seen her face!  She looked like she was seeing the Ghost of Yoga Past.  Heh.  But I have really missed practicing – I go through starts and stops with yoga all the time – and I want to take it up again. 


It was 90 minute hot class and boy, it was hard.  Jen is a tough but really amazing instructor.  My legs were quaking during a few positions.  I definitely walked out for air and water, too!  Whew.  But it hurt so good, you know?  Yoga is just so calming.


I shall be back, yoga.   Just you wait.


Anyone else squeeze in a restorative yoga session this Sunday?  It’s such a relief to take a great yoga class, you know?



  • Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! August 14, 2011, 9:55 pm

    I unfortunatley did not get in a yoga session this weekend, but your post made me realize how much I miss it. I am an group exercise director at a health club and teach quite a few classes each week so carving out time to actually just go take a class is harder than you might think. Your post has inspired me to MAKE THE TIME THIS WEEK! Thanks girl!

    • CaitlinHTP August 15, 2011, 10:18 am

      Have fun exercising this week!

  • Amanda August 14, 2011, 9:56 pm

    I got to a great hot yoga class on Friday and it was one of those classes where part-way through I thought “I am so glad I came”. Loveee that!

  • Meaghan (My Spoonful Of Inspiration) August 14, 2011, 10:00 pm

    I always bribe myself to workout with my feeling after. There is nothing better than the sweaty-endorphin pumping-energetic yet relaxed feeling after a good workout! 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 14, 2011, 10:00 pm

    Love love LOVE hot yoga!! I have finally found an instructor I really like – she’s upbeat and plays fantastic songs when we’re flowing on our own (like a g6? for real!) and I always leave feeling like a new woman!

    Dinner looks amazing!

  • CJ @ August 14, 2011, 10:04 pm

    I need to take up yoga! I try and then I can never stay focused and my mind wanders a bagillion places. It’s like that scene out of Eat Pray Love!! Any tips on shutting off the mind? Haha

    • CaitlinHTP August 15, 2011, 10:19 am

      Try not focusing on having a silent mind so much. It’s okay to have thoughts in yoga! I think putting too much pressure on yourself to be thoughtless can make it worse.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 14, 2011, 10:05 pm

    Honestly, I miss yoga in my life. Sadly, it seems like there is no time for it right now. Hopefully life will settle down soon. It is truly calming and it always helps me see things more clearly.

    Dinner looks delicious. Enjoy your evening.

  • Hillary August 14, 2011, 10:09 pm

    I haven’t done yoga in a year. Yikes.

  • Chloe (In Fine Feather) August 14, 2011, 10:09 pm

    Tonight I might do the Lunar Flow from Yoga Download. I find it helps me to relax & quiet my mind before I go to bed 🙂

  • Baking N Books August 14, 2011, 10:10 pm

    I only got in 15 minutes at home that I done in the quiet. I haven’t been to a class in a while – I’ll aim for that this week. Just haven’t been feeling myself.

    Does your studio “let you” just go out for water, etc? They usually frown upon it here as it disrupts the class?

    • CaitlinHTP August 15, 2011, 10:27 am

      Naw, they are cool. I hate yoga nazis.

  • Christina August 14, 2011, 10:23 pm

    I attended a 90 minute hot yoga class at YogaOne in Plaza Midwood! It was hard but I love that calm, tired feeling that I get afterwards!

  • Jen August 14, 2011, 10:44 pm

    I haven’t taken a yoga class in far too long. I let four bought sessions expire, even after the manager at the studio extended them for me. I’m ashamed. I’ve never taken hot yoga, though. I’ve always wanted to! I must, must, must get on that. This might sound gross, but I seriously LOVE to sweat. It sounds right up my alley.

  • Mama Pea August 14, 2011, 10:47 pm

    We coated our dinner in Mmmm Sauce too! I’ll link it up when I post it…it’s right up your alley.

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) August 14, 2011, 10:48 pm

    I know it’s sort of cliche, but I really think that yoga strikes the best balance in my life. I am always trying to find ways to squeeze in more of it!

  • Jen August 14, 2011, 10:49 pm

    thank you for being there this morning…and for the amazing OB note in the dressing room.

    sadly, i did not get any yoga in this weekend but teaching was equally as good for me mentally.

  • Meredith August 14, 2011, 10:50 pm

    I got in a yoga class this afternoon, felt sooo good after my 11 KM run this morning!

  • mi-an d. August 14, 2011, 11:07 pm

    i did power yoga yesterday. it was so lovely! i do yoga 3x weekly. wish i could do more!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 14, 2011, 11:17 pm

    I haven’t done yoga in months! I have a Groupon for a month ppass, but the last thing I want to do after a long run is move… although I know it’s supposed to be good during marathon training!

  • Sweet and Savvy August 14, 2011, 11:21 pm

    I think it is so, so awesome that you have friends that also have interest in preparing healthy dishes and living healthy lives! I struggle with this a lot.. no one I know will touch nonconventional dishes and think I’m crazy for eating things like quinoa and veggies that aren’t potatoes!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 14, 2011, 11:38 pm

    I haven’t done yoga in much too long. I usually practice at home but it’s honestly been months since I last did. I really need to pick that back up.

  • Ginger August 14, 2011, 11:40 pm

    I did, actually, and it was wonderful. I think I finally found a studio that fits. It was a hot power class that I’d never tried before and it was amazing. I’m still mellow 12 hours later, which for my adhd anxiety-prone self is unreal!

    • CaitlinHTP August 15, 2011, 10:29 am

      I am so glad you found a good studio!

  • Khushboo August 15, 2011, 12:25 am

    I’m on a chickpea stew so looking forward to that recipe…would be a perfect lunch option for work as we are microwave-less!

  • Jenn August 15, 2011, 12:36 am

    Yep! Did a 45 minute class today!

    Love it! Can’t get through the day without it! 🙂

  • theorist August 15, 2011, 5:45 am

    Yep, sure did. 90 min Bikram and it hurt so good. Always dragging when I get there but feel so great when I leave.

  • kristy @ kristyruns August 15, 2011, 5:56 am

    I haven’t been to hot yoga in months! It’s just so dang expensive, but there’s nothing like it. So wonderful.

  • Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East August 15, 2011, 6:01 am

    No yoga session for me! I did workout though 🙂

    I wish someone would come use my washer and bring me dinner in exchange! Sweet deal if you ask me.

  • cathy August 15, 2011, 6:24 am

    i kicked off my weekend with a yoga class at 5:30 pm on friday. it was awesome! i am just reigniting my friendship with yoga, and it feels great! glad you enjoyed your sunday morning class – i understand the shaky legs feeling!

  • Jess @JessCantCook August 15, 2011, 7:33 am

    I really meant to do yoga this weekend but the time got away with me. I’m finding that if I’m not going to yoga class regularly I don’t do much yoga on my own either even though I know I’ll feel great afterwards!

  • Amy @ SGTC August 15, 2011, 8:12 am

    I did not take a yoga class yesterday–but I did sign up for the gym. So hopefully there will be yoga in my future! 🙂

  • Emily August 15, 2011, 8:15 am

    That stew looks great! I’ll have to keep it in mind for when I start using the crockpot again! I need to have a yoga session today…my body and mind so need it!

  • Carolyn L. August 15, 2011, 8:18 am

    My instructor calls it “Elvis leg” when your legs get to shaking, and you just can’t control it!

    • CaitlinHTP August 15, 2011, 10:30 am

      Hahah nice!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 15, 2011, 8:22 am

    I just wrote about how yoga is so calming to me! Even when it is hard 🙂

  • Julia @ Brides Up North August 15, 2011, 8:31 am

    OMG Caitlin, so guess what – two weeks ago I handed in my notice at my legal job to become a full time blogger an writer. Im very scared, but super excited! I wanted to let you know since yours was the first blog I started reading and I am still reading it 2 years later! Here’s to following your dreams!!

    Here’s a link to a news article in a local paper if you are interested!!! EEKS!


    • CaitlinHTP August 15, 2011, 10:34 am

      I am SOOO excited for you Julia!

      • Julia @ Brides Up North August 15, 2011, 10:38 am

        Eeks thank you! Its a bit like stepping off a big cliff, hoping to land in marshmallows!! :-))

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 15, 2011, 8:40 am

    Yoga always feels especially good on Sundays. I feel like it lets me stretch out from the past week and get into a relaxed mindset for the upcoming week!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels August 15, 2011, 8:55 am

    even better than dinner would be if he had done some of YOUR laundry hahaha 😛

  • Molly @ RDexposed August 15, 2011, 9:14 am

    After more than a year of a stubborn running knee injury, yoga has relieved pained and nearly healed my knee. Praise yoga!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In August 15, 2011, 9:14 am

    I also had a lovely Sunday Hot Yoga class and mmmm sauce for dinner! Twins:)

  • Dana @ the Big Fat Skinny August 15, 2011, 9:43 am

    So funny, Caitlin! I have been missing yoga as well, and was planning to go to class tonight!

    That dinner looked aweso-mmmm!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me August 15, 2011, 9:47 am

    Yoga is great. I really enjoy it.

  • Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake August 15, 2011, 9:53 am

    Why yes I did! I dragged myself out of bed for hot yoga and it was amazing! I actually found myself strangely emotional during it. Several times the instructor commented on dedicating our practice to ourselves and thanking ourselves for giving the gift of yoga. I’ve been considering some major life changes (per my email to you), and her words really resonated with me. I actually choked up several times! Yoga is such an amazing experience.

  • Ellen August 15, 2011, 10:43 am

    I’m injured, so most of my workouts lately have been yoga. I got Bethenny Frankel’s Body by Bethenny yoga DVD and I really like it! It’s easy enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for a non-beginner like me. Plus Bethenny cracks jokes here and there and it keeps it fun, but it’s still calming 🙂

  • Amber K August 15, 2011, 12:25 pm

    There is a yoga/strength class at my gym, but I’m always too chicken to go. The classroom holds barely 8-ish people and that seems like such a tiny class. The last time I did yoga in a formal setting I was in a class with like 20 other people.

    And although I have I think I have three or four yoga DVDs I just can’t do it at home. I just keep thinking “hmm dishes need to be done. What is that sound? Why is my TV so dusty?” and then I give up because catching up with my DVR sounds more fun, lol.

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) August 15, 2011, 1:08 pm

    Honestly, I have been slacking in the yoga department this past week and I know I NEED it. My body is crying for it. I’ve been camping almost all this past week (Yosemite 1st half and New Hogan Lake this past weekend) and after all the hiking, swimming, and drinking I need some yoga time. I know the few sun salutations I did in Yosemite after the hike felt sooo good for my muscles. Yoga tonight!!

  • Katie G. August 15, 2011, 2:19 pm

    I got in (my second ever) hot yoga session on Saturday after a grueling and hilly bike ride. It was great! The perfect compliment to triathlon training all week! I am still getting used to the positions, but I don’t mind the heat that much. I love the feeling of sweating out all of the toxins!

  • AmandaonMaui August 15, 2011, 3:43 pm

    I did Bikram yoga for a few months, but I dropped when the instructors refused to accept and address that I was beginning to have some nerve damage in my right thigh from the chair posture and refused to modify the pose for me in any way. I also discovered the disgusting side of the founder of Bikram yoga and so I dropped out.

    I realized I prefer a yoga class that is less like bootcamp and more about a calming center and balance. I don’t have the money to go out and do it anymore, so I use hulu videos and other videos I own for the days when I want to do yoga.

    I actually did some yoga Saturday, and did some postures this morning when I woke up with an badly seized up back.

    • Caitlin August 15, 2011, 4:00 pm

      That’s why I never go to bikram! I’m sure there are nice classes but the one I went to was mean.

      • AmandaonMaui August 15, 2011, 4:05 pm

        They were totally mean, and expensive. It really made me miss the days I could go to a class in Florida for $5 and actually have the instructor walk the room and make adjustments.

  • Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine August 15, 2011, 7:37 pm

    I love yoga, but I have the hardest time keeping my mat clean + slip free, especially after hot yoga.

    That towel/cover shown in the picture above looks like a great solution to the slip problem though 🙂

  • Angie August 15, 2011, 7:53 pm

    I have also been trying to get back into a regular yoga practice, but the studios I like are all 30 minutes away from my house. I have been getting to a class on the weekends, and I took a great vinyasa class yesterday. Good luck in your pursuit of more yoga!

  • Karen August 15, 2011, 8:27 pm

    I recently started a new job that involves sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day. As a 15 year veteran nurse, a desk job is a first!
    I get so stiff every day that I’ve been doing about 30 minutes of yoga each night just to get myself stretched back out. It feel SO GOOD! I <3 yoga:)

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