Reflecting On Yoga At The Raleigh Hotel And The Week


Happy Thursday, Babes! I hope you have had a great week so far. In this post I want to check in with you, share some of the meals I have had this week, and reflect on a great yoga class I took last night at The Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach.

I am feeling absolutely amazing so far this week. After just a few days of more focused nutrition and increased exercise my body is thanking me big time. I have more energy, my stomach is less bloated, and I feel happier overall. I think meal prepping has really played a big part is the success so far of my week. Every morning I reach into my fridge, grab my breakfast, and lunch and off I go! Dinner is the one meal I am struggling with. As you all know I suffer from chronic migraines and one remedy I am using is a combination of herbs given to my by a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. They seem to be helping with my headaches but if I take too much of them they kill my appetite for dinner. That combined with a certain level of laziness to prepare food after work (haha) makes getting in dinner difficult. This has also allowed me to reflect on what I was eating for dinner before. Usually I would grab a random combination of things like hummus and crackers, cheese, olives, random veggies, or whatever was quick and easy. Now that I am back to following my nutrition plan I am realizing the meal I should be focusing more on is dinner (or M5 if you are on the plan).  That will be my goal for next week.

The two main meals I have been eating everyday are overnight oats and a avocado quinoa bowl. I have a couple recipes for overnight oats which I did a blog post on a while back. You can check it out here:

The avocado quinoa bowl is so satisfying and combines quinoa, chick peas or black beans, diced zucchini, sliced tomatoes, jalapeño (optional), and then is topped with a little salsa and sliced avocado. If you love Chipotle or Mexican food in general you should try making this type of recipe. You can these ingredients over a bed of lettuce or eat a salad on the side for extra greens. So tasty!

The one successful dinner I had this week was actually prepared by my husband. He made us seared ahi tuna with a salad of arugula, kale, cucumber, tomato, and carrots. He also drizzled a little low sodium soy sauce over the tuna to give it a sushi-restaurant taste. I am very lucky to have such a great partner in life. He is being very supportive of my journey and that makes all the difference.

If you are working towards a goal, share it with your family and friends and ask for their support. You are guaranteed to be more successful if you have the love and support of those around you.

Last night my friend Anela from Nelly’s Life (Check out her blog here!:  invited me to a yoga class at The Raleigh Hotel here in Miami Beach. It was part of a monthly even called the Leggings Lounge. The vibe of that hotel is pure paradise. Everything from the waterfall to the music in the pool/lounge area was on point. The class was hosted by Christa from Bliss Fit Life Miami. Check out her Instagram and leave a comment on a photo and let her know “courtney.val sent me”. She is so sweet and her passion just radiates. You can really see her desire to share her knowledge and build up this community. The class was more challenging than I thought. I did a workout in the morning which may have played a role in my shaking legs but it was a great challenge. She gave options if people were struggling to stay in one pose. After the active yoga portion of the class she had us meditate and reflect for a bit on the intention we had set for the class. I was thinking very hard about this journey and what I want to accomplish. Then all of the sudden I felt someone poke the inside of my foot really hard. It made me jump a little so I opened my eyes. No one was there. The instructor was on the opposite side of the room. I am not sure how to take this. It could have been a muscle spasm but the spiritual side of me thinks that maybe I was analyzing things too much and it was a little poke to draw my attention back to the present moment and focus on the now to be able to focus on the future.

 My leggings are from We Love Colors  . They are Style#6101 and color #7205.

My intention for today is to do just that. Focus on the present moment and live in the here and now. We cannot change the past and we cannot predict the future so our actions here in the present are what matter. Our actions of today will shape our future and become our past.

I hope you have a great Thursday and let me know in a comment what your intention is today.

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