Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Namaste

Let's be honest.  I've put on a pound or two since I moved to Santa Fe.  Last fall I joined a gym, but noticed that everything I did there I could do on my own and decided to end my membership and work out at home.  Let's be honest again.  That didn't work.  I did really great for the first couple months, but then something would come up, or I was too tired, or I had plans ... my workout streak ended. 

I went out for lunch with a couple friends and we were discussing how hard it is to workout and stay healthy.  There, I realized that I needed to find something that I enjoyed doing that helped me feel better about myself. 

I took my first yoga class alone on a Sunday afternoon almost eight months ago at YogaSource, a local practice.  I was hooked immediately.  I then signed up for a six week beginner class with a friend and learned so much.  In addition to using this as a workout I gained a sense of balance, flexibility, and strength.  I'm still a beginner and like the slow moving classes more than the faster, but I've been taking classes at my hotel with Harmony Yoga and think that it is the perfect balance of challenge for me.

I've been practicing a couple times a week and try to go more if I have time.  I didn't think yoga would be hard, but it really is.  I feel that this helps me stay in shape and being a person who deals with lower back pain and headaches I've found that my symptoms have subsided and I can feel when I've missed a practice or two.

Next, I want to start meditating and maybe chanting.  This is supposed to help you connect and center yourself.  The hard thing for me is staying so serious, I have a lot of work to do.  Maybe this can be a New Year's resolution .. 

I highly recommend yoga to everyone and have been trying to talk Andy into going to a class with me, but he is not yet convinced.  Maybe when I master Mayurasana (Peacock Pose) or Kapotasana (King Pigeon Pose) he'll want to try ;)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Mexican Chorizo and Sweet Potato Soup


When trying a new recipe nine times out of ten I change a handful of things when making it again.  I normally type it out, make my changes, and save it in a folder designated for my favorite recipes.  If I already have it printed out or if it is in a cookbook I make notes.  (You should see my cookbooks!)  Once I've made all my changes, sometimes I have a completely new recipe.  I love learning to cook this way because I can be creative in the kitchen and I surprise myself with the outcome all the time.  Andy has caught on too, he has made some really great suggestions.  With that said, I will make my new favorite fall soup, Mexican Chorizo and Sweet Potato, the same way over and over again.

Excitedly, I received the November issue of Food Network Magazine (The best gift ever!) last week.  I was excited for its arrival because I will be using this issue to attempt to make my first Thanksgiving turkey for our Santa Fe friends in less than a month.  When I was looking at The Ultimate Turkey Day Handbook  I came across this amazing soup recipe.

If you are looking for a quick, hearty, fall meal, I've found it for you.  I could also add manly and healthy in that description, because Andy liked it so much he couldn't stop eating and I think the serving sized can be doubled.  It says it serves 4, but we have enough leftover for the next two days!
 

view recipe here