Feb 2, 2017

Lovin' Life 2/2/2017: Blasts From the Past.

This week's Lovin' Life is all about blasts from the past.  Various hobbies and activities that I've enjoyed  but somehow lost the time in my day to continue participating in.  It might have been something in the water or the phase of the moon because I managed to revisit them all this last week.

It's been over four years (!!) since I had my last yoga class and my body is definitely feeling it.  Niggling aches and pains, tension in my shoulders that just won't go away and just not being as flexible as I used to be.

So I bit the bullet this week and have embarked on a home practice plan.  My first session was very humbling.  I had to perform trikonasana (triangle pose) with a foam block balanced on it's short edges.  Those days of completing basic asanas without props are sadly a distant memory but perhaps some practice at home will get me close to where I left off all those years ago.

What surprised me about that first session was how much better I felt in my own skin just from attempting the asanas.  I felt like I was revisiting something very familiar and I'm pretty excited about recommitting to home practice.  The only thing is I've lost my straps.  And wouldn't you know it?  The closest yoga store to me is in fact a Lulu Lemon...

via pinterest

In other news from the Healthful Living Institute at SSG Manor 2.0, I've discovered kale.  Not Beyonce's sweatshirt but actual raw kale leaves.

I've been using them in my roasted cauliflower salad instead of rocket and it's working really well taste wise.  That's the thing about trying ex-superfoods of the day way past their peak period of trendiness.  There's so much less pressure on you having to like them that you find that you actually do enjoy eating them.

Remember the sweet potato toast trend of winter 2016?  I revisited it over the weekend and it was a pretty good decision too.

Continuing on the rediscovery journey / trip down memory lane, I found a freebie adult colouring book and my stash of Woolies textas in the study the other day.  I sat down with them both while Preschooler SSG was setting up his indoor cricket set and got to work.  Much more soothing than a half hour or so scrolling through social media on my phone.

I've been a bit lazy and unoriginal when it comes to vegetables for dinner lately.  They either get parboiled on the stove top or microwaved before having a dab of butter and some salt added to them.  As our evenings are getting less complicated now that Preschooler SSG is more independent, I've been keen to do a few more stir fries for weeknight dinners.

The kitchen bench top looked like a packet of corn flour just exploded all over it but at least I have my repurposed jam jar full of stir fry sauce.  Nagi shared this recipe on her blog Recipe Tin Eats and you can find it here.  The idea behind the sauce is that by making one large batch, you can store it all in your fridge and dip into it as needed for quick, tasty and nutritious mid week dinners.  In the recipe, Nagi provides tips about ratios of meat, vegetables and noodles when using the sauce base as well as flavour add ins you could use depending on the taste you're looking for.  The mixture keeps in the fridge for ages and I'm looking forward to using it this weekend.

Are there activities or hobbies you've abandoned that you'd like to revisit?

What do you like to do instead of zoning out in front of a screen of some description in the evening after a long and busy day?


  1. I've been cooking heaps because I'm following a LCHF eating plan. It's been great!

  2. I used to like reading but I usually just crash in bed now as soon as I get the chance to, haha! Like you I know that when I get more time back as the boys are older I'll be able to go back to things I liked doing. They are only little for such a short time, I'll take a few moments with blogs/blogging for me and know I can get back into reading and watching tv/movies soon.

  3. I enjoy Yoga and would love to get inspired enough to do it in the comfort of my living room. As you get older you do get more inflexible and I think Yoga would be great iron out some of the tension and soreness from my poor old body! There's nothing like the beginning of a new year or new month to get us inspired! #TeamLovinLife

  4. I must admit, yoga is something I've thought about, but I haven't found a class at a time which suits my busy schedule. I've been doing more cooking lately too. Lots of healthy recipes to help me lose my last kilo to get back to goal weight :) #TeamLovinLife

  5. I discovered Yoga last year and did it on and off SSG but this year my PT and I are doing it 5 days a week and I just love it. I feel so much better and turning 60 this year have never felt better. Keep going you can do it! Have a fabulous week.

  6. I'd never heard of toasting sweet potato before but saw it on FB yesterday (used for soldiers to dip into eggs)!

    And yay for yoga. I go and have been regularly going for a few months. I was just going once a week but am trying to make it twice because I can notice the difference in my strength, balance and flexibility and that's a nice feeling! #teamlovinlife

  7. You've certainly been busy - I love colouring in and I keep thinking I should get into yoga. So many bloggers talk about how wonderful it is - I just hate starting at the beginning and feeling useless (I need to get over myself!)

  8. I really want to try kale, more out of curiosity than anything else! That sweet potato toast looks amazing, I think I completely missed that fad!

  9. Yoga speak is another language to me. I've always said I should ... but I never done. My body is completely rigid now. If I didn't have a heartbeat you'd think rigour had set in. Seriously.
    As for kale. I love it! Had kale chips the other day from Top Juice. Didn't love them so much. Although their vegetable chips are decent.

  10. When miss 22 lived away from home she used to visit on a Sunday afternoon and we'd paint together. Since she's moved back home we don't do that. I should revisit it. Maybe this weekend. Good for you doing yoga. I did a year or so ago but found that my knees were problematic for many poses.

  11. I'm a fan of 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles :-)


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