Had a such a beautiful weekend, Summer is almost here and the weekend was all about enjoying the long, warm days, exercising and stretching and being with loved ones.
Saturday morning I did my usual pilates reformer class with my favourite instructor at Elixr and then I did 20 mins of cardio. I'm trying to build my running fitness - at the moment I do intervals of walking for 1 min 30 seconds and running 1 minute. But by the last five minutes I felt like I could bump it up a bit and did 1 minute walking 1 min 30 secs running - that felt really good.
I broke my self-imposed alcohol-ban on Saturday when we went to a friend's wedding reception at Hive Bar in Erskinville.
I allowed myself 2-3 drinks and I stuck to it which was a great testament to how far I've come in just 2 and a half weeks. Previously I would have just let loose after 1 glass and regretted it the next day. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that I wasn't that fussed by it and found myself gravitating towards the water and mineral water. And I didn't feel awkward, restricted or socially uncomfortable about it at all - this is attributed to great friends I think!
Because I was able to keep the reins in on my alcohol consumption it meant I was able to get up and head off to Bikram, which is fast becoming my favourite thing to do on a Sunday morning. I'm still struggling a little bit when it comes to any exercise that has a back bend in it. I just get so overwhelmed and give up half way through. I'm doing a bit of research on this at the moment and will do a full post on it in the next day or so. I have a few theories...
After finishing up at Bikram I had the BIGGEST craving for mango. I walk past a fruit stand every day on the way to work and in the heat of the morning sun the smell of mangoes is truly divine, but I've resisted for ages! So after a couple of weeks of hard work (on both cutting down on sugar and cutting out the alcohol) I decided it was time for a little treat and satisfy my mango cravings.
And I don't regret it one bit!
I also found that I didn't get the 3pm dull, dehydration headache that I have got the last couple of Sundays after Bikram - I don't know if this is because of the sugar in the mango or because my body is becoming accustomed to the hot yoga again. I'd like to think it was the mango...
Anyway, I enjoyed it so much I thought I'd share the recipe!
Post-Bikram Mango Delight
1 Mango cubed (munch on the stone - don't waste a thing!)
1/3 cup of natural yoghurt
2-3 tbsp coconut milk or cream
2 brazil nuts
Place the mango in a bowl. Dolop on the yoghurt and coconut milk (or cream). Sprinkle over chopped up nuts, mint and coconut. Sit in the sunshine and eat happily!