Before I get to field trip goodness, here’s how another week of non-training workouts went. I have to admit I’m really digging a little downtime from the training hamster wheel right now.
Tuesday: Run 5 Miles
Thursday: Tuning Up for the Holidays field trip and Gyrotonic workout
Friday: Brief Strength workout
Saturday: Trail Run 5 miles
Sunday: Modified CrossFit (because somebody forgot her shoes)
I enjoyed an evening all about Tuning Up for the Holidays, at Posh Essentials in downtown Highland Park. Festive food and drink, a shopping spree. a makeover compliments of Cos bar (air rush makeup anyone?) and a Gyrotonic workout session led by Amy of Spyrl Gyrotonic were all part of the fun. I don’t talk about it here much because I refuse to let a back injury define me, but since inuring my lower back on a cruise almost 2 years ago, running on consecutive days is not something I can do without considerable back pain. My back feels chronically tight and I’m always looking for a way to stretch out my spine. When I heard about Gyrotonic, I was intrigued. This video illustrates what it’s all about.
Gyrotonic was developed by Juliu Horwath, a dancer who got injured, and devised this movement system as a way to strengthen his body and relieve pain. Unlike running, which causes us to move on a back and forth plane, gyrotonic is a circular discipline, encouraging a full range of motion reputed to open, stretch and lengthen.
Me with Amy, owner/instructor at Spyrl Gyrotonic.
To me it felt like a flowing fusion where yoga meets tai chi, meets pilates. It’s ideal for all ages and abilities. After one short session, I already felt elongated and refreshed. I was standing up straighter with my diaphragm lifted and shoulders back, making it easier to breathe more fully. Best of all I felt like my spine and lower back got a really good stretch and my core felt tight. Amy showed me some gyrotonic exercises I can do at home with zero equipment. Learn more about Spyrl Gyrotonic here.
Now for a Treat
Chocolate peppermint is one of my favorite holiday (or anytime) flavor combos. Whether it’s peppermint mocha coffee, a chocolate peppermint cookie, I am smitten. So I had a little fun in the kitchen and came up with a sweet treat, healthified just a little, cuz that’s how I roll.
Chocolate Peppermint Protein Cups
One of the many things I love about Now Foods is that they roll out exciting new products pretty regularly. When I saw their new Grass Fed Whey Protein Powder, I had to jump on it. Here’s a festive little treat I hope you’ll love as much as I do.
|Chocolate-Peppermint Protein Cups|| || |
- 16oz. Dark Chocolate, melted
- 1-1/2C Shredded coconut
- ¼C Now Foods Vanilla Protein Powder
- 3T Now Foods Coconut Infusions non-dairy butter-flavor coconut oil, melted
- 2t Peppermint extract
- 1t Vanilla extract
- Dash sea salt
- Melt chocolate in microwave or in double boiler.
- While chocolate is melting, combine coconut, protein powder, coconut oil, peppermint extract, vanilla extract and salt in a food processor. Pulse until smooth.
- Put 1T melted chocolate in the bottom and up sides of each of 12 cupcake liners coated with a little non-stick cooking spray and placed in a cupcake pan.
- Refrigerate until hardened.
- Place approx. 1T coconut mixture on top of chocolate layer.
- Top coconut layer with another 1T of melted chocolate.
- Garnish with peppermint candy pieces if desired.
- Refrigerate until set.
They’re perfect for hostess gifts, party treats and cookie exchanges.
How was your week? Have you ever heard of a Gyrotonic workout? What’s your favorite holiday flavor/treat?