It’s a gray day in Baltimore and days like this have me reaching out for mugs of hot tea. Nothing like it to keep you warm.
I had a delicious lunch today that included some kale that I had bought the other day from my local market. The bunches of kale looked so fresh and I knew I had to get it even though I wasn’t sure how exactly I was going to use it. I tried it in a green smoothie but blech it was no good. It was really bitter. I came up for another use in todays lunch. I concocted a sweet potato, black bean, and kale quesadilla.
I microwaved a sweet potato for 5 minutes and when it was done I mashed it in a tortilla. As the sweet potato was cooking I threw some chopped kale in a heated pan with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I let it wilt down then added in some onions and black beans. I placed the sautéed mixture into the tortilla then folded it in half and heated it until crispy on each side in the hot pan. Of course no meal would be complete without my Franks red hot on top that I quickly put on as soon as I snapped the pic. It was a winning combo 🙂 Glad I put that kale to use!
So Monday night and last night I went to yoga classes 🙂 In last night’s class I noticed a difference in my concentration. Usually my mind will slip out of my practice and I’ll start wondering what time it is, wondering if my quad is going to fall off because of the postures i’m in, and all around kind of spastic thoughts. Last night was different because I was actually very focused the whole time. Before I knew it class was coming to an end and savasana was near. It was an amazing feeling being able to be completely into the class. I feel like each class I advance in something small. Last night we went into splits and I had to laugh at myself. I have never ever been able to do a split. I looked ridiculous pretty much standing compared to everyone else who so easily went into the posture. What I love so much about yoga is the fact that no body cares about how you look. That is initially the opposite of how I felt when I first started. I thought because I wasn’t flexible that I would look terrible and people would laugh or wonder why I was in the class. When you go into class you begin to learn that everyone is focused on purely themselves. They are working on their own practice and don’t have the time or energy to watch anyone else. Now I don’t know if i’ll ever be able to do a split, but I think that eventually I could get much closer to the ground than the point i’m at right now. It’s a journey and every class gets you to a different point.
I hope you guys have a great Wednesday, hoping the weekend gets here soon!