SnOMG!

I love that we have the four seasons in Charlotte. (sort of.)  And I am glad that winter is usually the shortest.  (major.)  People are going crazy over this snow. (myself included.  I cried yesterday.  of course. because that’s what I do.)

It is beautiful, but I am already over it.  I  hate being cooped up in the house all day!  In preparation for this snowpocalyse, I ate almost an entire bag of marshmallows yesterday.    Mistake number one.  I woke up feeling like I may have been run over by a train, a pounding headache, and my whole face was puffy.  Sugar=no Bueno.  (I may have also eaten some sour gummy worms yesterday.   and a cookie.  These would be mistake two and three if you are keeping up. )

I needed to move my body in a big way today.  There was no way I was driving in this crazy weather, considering I don’t drive well under normal conditions.  (Remember this tire incident?)  So, my daughter and I rolled out our mats and did yoga (SNOWGA!) for an hour.  I feel so much better after this.  My headache is gone, my body feels awesome, and my mind is clear!

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I threw together three dishes containing no sugar to get me through the next few days.  (four,  if you include sugar-free green jello)

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Two pounds of frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot.  Cooked all night long, so now it just falls apart!  Juicy and delicious!

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I made this amazing casserole with half of the chicken, 2 eggs, 2 cups of extra sharp shredded cheddar, and a package of frozen baby bud broccoli florets.  Bake for 30 minutes and eat it up.  (this picture is before I baked it)

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The other half of the chicken went into a pot to make an amazing chicken chili!  These will keep us warm (and away from carbs) during this snowmageddon.

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And last, but not least…Snow Cream!  YUM!  I made this high class version using sugar free white chocolate syrup instead of sugar and vanilla extract.  I also used an organic lactose-free coffee creamer instead of milk.   It was Snowlicious!

 

Thai Massage

 

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(Photo Credit:  Wanda Koch)

This is a picture of my friend Ashley and I.  We have been friends for years, and we teach workshops together all the time.  I finally got a chance to see a different (and amazing) side to her yesterday when she gave me my first Thai massage.

Thai massage uses passive stretching and gentle pressure along the body’s energy lines to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension and balance the body’s energy systems.  Thai massage is both deeply relaxing and energizing.  Ashely described it as, “having yoga done to you.”

Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage.  Ashley used  her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move me into a series of yoga-like stretches.

Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during treatment. People describe Thai massage as both relaxing and energizing.  She also did some reflexology at the end of the session on my feet.

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Ashley came to my house, which was really convenient. .  Thai massage takes place on a futon mat on the floor, (which she brought)and you wear loose-fitting clothing.  I started on my back, and Ashley used gentle compression and stretching techniques to open up my body, beginning with my legs.

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Then I went into a side-lying position so she could get into my lower back, glutes, and hips.  It was really relaxing being pushed into various positions without any work on my part.  She also gave me an eye pillow that smelled heavenly!  (they are filled with organic flaxseeds and lavender essential oil)

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Thai massage has the following benefits:

  • relaxes
  • reduces stress
  • improves circulation
  • increases energy
  • increases flexibility
  • improves range of motion
  • centers the mind and body

I felt amazing after mine, and I can’t think of a better Valentine’s Day gift for a loved one!  (Even yourself…love yourself enough to give yourself this awesome gift!)

Check out Ashley’s  website here:  Om Massage and Yoga

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Gift cards are available– and for the month of February mention “itsapleasantlife” and you get 10% off!

I am also giving away an iPad.  (or an eye pillow…same thing, right?)  These are so wonderful… you can use them hot or cold.

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 Rules to win this eye pillow:

1.  Leave a comment below sharing how you would you use it.

2.  Like and share:   It’sAPleasantLife FB page.

3.  Like and share:  OmMassageNC FB page.

I will announce the winner on Sunday February 16th!

Hey Girl…

 

 

 

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My husband actually likes when I do wear yoga pants all day though.  (clean ones) He even wrote it on our advent calendar when we had to write what we were thankful for.   (He knows who butters his bread.)

I am not married to Ryan Gosling.  (not yet anyway.)  I am married to a pretty awesome guy who puts up with my craziness.  My “Hey Girl” photo cards would look something like these:

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Hope your Monday is filled with laughter!  Stayed tuned this week for two awesome giveaways!  🙂

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