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Posted on Apr 20, 2011 in Food, Working Out | 18 comments


You should all be very, very proud of me.

Yesterday, I signed up for an introductory yoga pass at Dancing Mind Yoga in Falls Church. It’s a 30-day, unlimited class pass that I am DETERMINED to get my money out of. So, yesterday afternoon, I went!


The “1” in the photo above is because it’s my first class out of the hopefully bajillion I’ll be going to, hehe.

Dancing Mind isn’t a Bikram studio like the last time I went to yoga, but it is still a HOT yoga studio. A mere 95-degrees rather than the 105-degree torture chamber that Bikram takes place in, hahaha. They practice Baptiste Power Yoga (you can read more about it on their website) which incorporated mostly standard poses in very rapid succession, which made it into a pretty intense work out! So it wasn’t exactly relaxing as I still kind of think of yoga (they didn’t play any music during the actual class, just before & after) but it was a great workout (it included ab work! Schwaaa!?)

It was a really great workout, and I know this because I have some soreness in my arms and shoulders today! Huzzah! I know that this probably sounds like crazy-person-talk, but I also felt like my stomach was flatter and firmer when I woke up this morning. Probably just wishful thinking, or maybe delusion due to dehydration but I’m just telling you how I feel, hahaha.

Because the room wasn’t QUITE as hot as Yoga Reston‘s, I found I was able to do more poses and try a little harder. However, because of that exact same reason, I was SO much more exhausted afterward! Plus whole part about how I was a sweaty beast driving home:


Well, you might not be able to tell that well in those photos, but believe me. Just… believe me. I’ll also add that the studio was really clean, and the instructor and all the regulars (and there were clearly a lot of them!) were really nice and welcoming. It had a good “vibe” to it (and the place is very highly recommended on Yelp, too — I checked. :P) I’m trying to embrace that whole “27 days to form a habit” thing when it comes to me being active (or whatever the actual number of days is) so I really want to go as much as possible. When I bought my pass I preemptively signed up for yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and then Monday – Thursday of next week. This is serious, folks! So if any of you in the area want to catch a class with me to encourage me working out and getting my “om” on, you just let me know. 🙂

Hokay, so. Moving on to dins last night! As I mentioned, I was really wiped out after the class yesterday, so I took it easy when I got home and just hydrated. Around 7:30 PM I finally peeled myself away from streaming “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” on Netflix (don’t judge!) to make myself some dinnah.


I whipped up some homemade guac, a vegan quesadilla (made with Daiya), and served up some Pretzel Crisps on the side to scoop up the guac that didn’t make it onto my quesadilla slices. So… is it bad to eat an entire avocado for dinner? Because that’s totally what I did. Oops. 🙂


For the quesadilla, I just did up two tortillas with some Daiya cheddar-style shreds in the middle, heated up in a pan with some melted Earth Balance. And then, of course, the real star is my simple yet muy delicioso guacamole. Holy schlamoly, I love avocado.


If you’re not 100% sure about the best way to cut an avocado, this is what I do:

Cut the avocado in half lengthwise, working around the pit in the middle. When you pull the sides apart, one will be pit-free and the other should have it sticking up out of it. Give it a whack with your knife so that it gets stuck in the pit, and just twist the pit outta there.

A Beautiful Fruit.

Then, make a checkerboard pattern in the avocado flesh with your knife, and scoop out with a spoon!


Easy as pie. 🙂


For the rest of the guac, you just chop up the red onion (I used a little less than a quarter of an onion for 1 avocado), juice your lime, throw some salt & peppah into the mix and mash away!


Glorious, isn’t it?


Yum. 🙂

What are some good habits you’re trying to form? Or, conversely, any bad habits you’re trying to break? Do you think there is validity to the whole “27 days” until a new habit is formed thing? And if so, do you think I can actually form a habit of exercising more days than not? Haha, I remain skeptical myself, but I figure I’ll at least capitalize on the momentum while I have it!

Until tomorrow, loves.


  1. Gretchen – I’ve been meaning to try that yoga place!!! I may see you there:-)

    • Let me know when you go! We should meet up for a class (nothing bonds you like getting ridonkulously sweaty together… ahahah)

  2. Did you have a yoga foundation before trying hot yoga? I want to try hot yoga SO BADLY but my yoga experience is like…none. I’ve taken one class. I’m afraid I’ll walk into a hot class and I’ll be so lost!

    • Honestly, I really didn’t have much of a foundation at all! I had taken maybe one class in college, and then did a few workouts from yoga DVDs at home but other than that, zilch! I was totally freaking out about going to that first Bikram class a few weeks ago because I thought I’d be totally out of my element, but it’s really not that hard to pick up. I just park it somewhere in the middle — both behind and between other people — so that I can look to see what I’m supposed to be doing, haha. I say go for it!

  3. I’m glad you enjoyed your yoga class- your face matches your tank top hahaha. Right now I’m also in the “exercise more days than not” habit making phase- I’m actually trying to workout 6/7 days of the week.

  4. I make my guac the same way, although I add some chopped tomato to it too. And you are one person, so you get 1 avocado, right? That is what I do too!

    One habit I am trying to get into again is flossing 2x per day. I have always been a bad flosser but I’ve been doing it 2x per day for the past 2 weeks and it is almost feeling like a habit. And my teeth already look 100% better, so I’m happy about that.

    • Thanks so much! I gotta say, I’m loving yours, too. Maybe one day I’ll get to that bikini confidence stage… but probably not soon. Bahahahaha. 🙂

  5. Ahhh!! My friend and I went to Dancing Mind 2 weeks ago…aka 1 week before they had the 5 classes for $15 on one of those deal websites!! I was so urked because you could only buy the deal if you were a new member so if we had just waited 1 week! I’m still a little flustered by it…Anyway I really enjoyed that studio, our instructor’s name was Krista I think and she was awesome! She just made the practice so laid back and was cracking jokes the whole time which was a nice change. I didn’t even realize we didn’t have music either until you just said something! hah Hopefully I’ll see you there but I’m an hour away from the studio so I have to work myself up to make the drive 😉

    • Are you maybe thinking if Kristen? Because if so, that’s who I had! And she was very cool and cracked jokes and made the whole thing very enjoyable. 🙂 Let me know if you want to catch a class there again sometime (if you can brave the commute haha) and we can coordinate which one!!

  6. Love yoga! 🙂 Thank you for doing a step by step avocado pitting instruction. I have a friend who has never approached an avocado before so I’ll send the couple this link! Saved me the trouble of photographing it myself haha!

  7. Love your self pictures!!! Good luck with yoga 🙂
    I believe that it takes at least 20(ish) days to form a habit. I usually make it about 4 before giving up, so I’m really trying extra hard right now to keep going!

  8. I love guac. Mmm. And I really love your blog layout. Like, a lot!

    I’m trying to get into more of a yoga habit, but I refuse to pay for it because I can do it for free at school. Only catch is the classes at school are usually in the late evenings & I’m an early morning work out type.

    I also want to do the 30 Day Shred, because I’ve never completed the whole thing, but it makes me want to die, I hate it so much. I think it’s the fact that it’s a video, because I actually like the workout.

  9. One of my goals in life is to eat an avocado everyday. I’m not even kiddin’! I’m obsessed! FYI, in Jamaican we call avocados “pears”. Ha.

  10. Exercise is absolutely habit-forming! My days feel empty without some form of movement now, because it’s almost always included! 🙂

  11. Bad habit: sweets. How do I get away from them- THERE EVERYWHERE! haha


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