Mystery solved

I took the day off work yesterday – I just needed to clear my head.  It was just what the doctor prescribed!  I caught up on blog reading, did some nice cooking and went to a hot yoga studio for a great vinyasa session.  I haven’t done hot yoga in a while but I was actually craving it yesterday.  It was perfect after a day of relaxation at home – just brought everything back in full circle.  I feel very at peace with my life right now.  Excellent!

So as many of you know, hot yoga is pretty challenging and depending on your day (and state of mind) you may either hate it or love it!  Yesterday because I was in such a zen mood (and really excited about my practice) I really really loved it!  I felt all of my muscles stretch and felt like my body really appreciated it.  But anyways – this is where the title of this post comes from… have you ever wondered how many calories a 90 minute hot yoga class burns?  I have.  I’ve heard crazy numbers flying around so yesterday I wore my HRM to find out for real.  I know yoga isn’t about calorie burning but can’t a girl cure her curiosity? :)  Here are my stats (note, I’m still very much a beginner yogi so if you do head stands and crow poses, which I don’t – I’m sure you burn a lot more!)…

  • Duration: 1:30
  • Calories burnt: 431 (55% fat)
  • Ave HR: 109, Max HR: 204

Mystery solved.  Obviously this isn’t very much compared to a 90 minute session on the treadmill or even weight lifting, but like I said – I didn’t go to the studio to burn calories – it was a very satisfying session for other reasons. Plus eventually yoga does make your body stronger so just like weight training – it’s about longer term effects!

Moving on to food…

BEST MEAL OF THE DAY:

Today’s meal of the day was so easy because my crock pot did most of the work.  I was at home all day so I could have made something more elaborate, I suppose, but it was nice to just throw everything in and move on to more important things, like relaxing, without giving up on taste!  I found this recipe for an apricot glazed pork loin with sweet potatoes once again through Shannon’s Tri to Cook blog (it originally came from the Cooking Light slow cooker cook book).  I doubled the recipe but otherwise followed it to the T.  Oh and I used peach preserve instead of apricot, because that’s what I had on hand.  Since pork goes beautifully with just about any fruit, I think you can easily make a substitution for your favorite preserve.

Here are some progress photos because I know you guys love these :mrgreen:

sweet potatoes

peach preserve

sweet potatoes with 1/2 cup of apricot preserve

sweet potatoes, preserve, pork loin all ready to be cooked

all cooked

I steamed some broccoli on the side to break up the sweetness.  Here is my plate:

My plate: pork, sweet potatoes + steamed broccoli

This was absolutely delicious!  The sweet potatoes with the peach preserve tasted like dessert (and I am all for eating dessert and calling it a meal!).  The pork (as always coming out of a crockpot) was fork tender and the broccoli was a very nice addition.  Yum!

pork tenderloin in a peach glaze

sweet potatoes in peach preserve

steamed broc

One warning though, this ended up being quite caloric (~550 calories) because I used a whole jar of the peach preserve which was 700 calories!  I didn’t realize this until after I ate this and decided to add it all up, so next time I’d cut the preserve in half.  I think it would still have enough sweetness, since sweet potatoes are already naturally sweet and the roasting method really caramelizes them.  But regardless, both me and my husband thoroughly enjoyed this and may have snuck in a few extra bites from the crock pot when no one was looking 😉  I know I’ll be making this again!

OTHER EATS

fresh strawberries

yogurt concoction: nonfat yogurt, red grapes, pb puffins, bear naked continental blend granola

yogurt closeup

Lunch: leftover risotto + toast with goat cheese

leftover oats risotto with shrimp, asparagus, mushrooms, grape tomatoes and picorino cheese

1/2 slice of When Pigs Fly sourdough bread with 1/2 oz goat cheese

Pre yoga snack: BB/pb toast + yogi tea

Arnold's double fiber ww bread with 1T Barney Butter + 1t pumpkin butter

Yogi tea message

4oz pour of red wine

wine label

Total calories for the day: 1629

What a day!  Hope you’re up to something fun this weekend.  I’m baking a surprise for my grandma and then I’m off to hang with her and my parents.  See you later with a few fun posts.  More progress pics are in store :)

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7 comments to Mystery solved

  • Tiffany

    Hah, that’s funny. I actually have a very similar recipe that I was thinking of making this week. Great minds, eh? 😉

    I’m interested in Vinyasa yoga, but my gym only offers it on Monday mornings and Saturdays at 11 (and it’s impossible to get in-my name has been on the list for the next open spot since December). Does the heat really make the difference? I’d worry I’d feel too overexerted.

  • I LOVE slow-roasted pork. It looks dleicious.
    I’m not sure if hot yoga would be my thing, but I am tempted to look into it by your zen experience and calorie burn. Sounds like the best of both worlds.
    Such a cute wine label!

  • Oh my gosh, awesome awesome!!! Tasty tasty eats too, love sweet potatoes!

  • K

    Mental health days are THE BEST! I take one as often as I can!

    I don’t think I’ve mentioned this yet but I really like this new format that you’ve been doing lately (workout, best meal of the day, pictures with captions when you roll over them)! Plus your pictures look fabulous :)

  • Elina

    Tiffany, we should go to the hot vinyasa together sometimes, if you’re interested. The one I go to is in Brookline Village! The heat is not that bad – just makes you sweat like crazy 😉

    Lara, I’d definitely give the hot vinyasa a go. I used to think that regular yoga doesn’t burn enough calories so that’s how I started the hot vinyasa. But now I think any yoga is great, if you’re in the right mindset. I like doing it at home with my cable box but the studio yoga definitely takes it up a notch! :)

    K, thanks for the positive feedback… I really appreciate it 😀

  • gosh that pork tenderloin looks so good and easy! seems like a really great idea for a dinner party =)

  • ooh, yeah! glad you liked it :) i think i had used a no-sugar added preserves for that reason, but i bet it could be cut with some chicken stock! so easy, and so flavorful, gotta love it!

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