Mixed feelings on yoga + protein brownie

August 2, 2011 at 11:11 pm 9 comments

Oooohhhhhhhhhh, why hello there.

Yes, I know it’s been awhile. I’m sorry!

Forgive me?


I was in a bit of a rut for awhile, you see. With the increasing pain in my right knee, my runs were becoming more painful and less frequent. This was not only frustrating, but also disheartening. I was feeling my motivation starting to wane as the possibility of running slipped farther and farther away, and other things just sort of followed suit.


So I decided to do something about it, and took my sorry ass to the physical therapist’s office. She had me explain my symptoms (excruciating right knee pain during lunges, squats, and going up or down stairs), history of pain (patellofemoral pain diagnosed at 12, brief physical therapy followed, nothing since) and then watched as I walked, skipped, tip-toed and heel-walked (??) back and forth a few times.

The results? Apparently my right leg is functionally shorter than my left, causing me to favor it and tilt my hips to compensate for the height difference. This makes soooo much sense, as I have always had a feeling that something was a little “off” about my gait. She did some stretching, some pulling, some general moving body parts around, then had me do some exercises to strengthen both my hips and my gluteus medius muscles.

I am very, very excited to continue with this and hopefully get to a pain-free place soon!


I went to yoga tonight. To be honest…I’m just not sure I’m ever going to like yoga. I know it’s good for me. I know it relieves stress, improves flexibility and strengthens my body. But I can’t help but find myself thinking, during every damn downward dog, “This suuuuuuucckkkkksss.” Am I crazy? Amy I the only person whose wrists hurt after the third sun salutation? Who looks at the clock on the wall with dread after seeing that there are still 30 minutes left? Parts of the class feel good (I love Warrior 2), but other parts just make me want to curl into a ball.

Oh wait — isn’t that a yoga pose too?

source: Your Yoga Place

Anyway, I decided to go today since my knee is still hurting, but I was really craving some movement for my body. I’m glad I went. It felt great to challenge myself (my balance sucks) and even better to successfully finish the class with only a few minor adjustments from the instructor. I might go again, but for now, I still have pretty mixed feelings on yoga.


To combat the food rut, I hit up Trader Joe’s Monday night. Oh. My. Goodness. $111 later, let’s just say that opening up the fridge and pantry is a very exciting event right now. I’ll share some of the loot in a later post, but trust — it is good.


With the aforementioned loot, I decided I wanted to get creative for dinner tonight. And so I did — and then some. Y’all, I made homemade pesto. This stuff was so good that I nearly went weak in the knees. In fact, I’m getting a little tingly just thinking about it. But because I’m too lazy to upload the pictures right now I like keeping you in suspense, the recipe will have to go up in an upcoming post as well. It’s super easy, and super GREEN. Oh my goodness.


For now, you’re just going to have to settle with an ooey, gooey, high protein, single-serving brownie. I know — life is tough.

Start with a few simple ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup pureed pumpkin (can sub applesauce)
  • 2 T rolled oats
  • 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 scoop protein of choice (this is optional; I used chocolate sun warrior)
  • 1 egg (can sub flax egg)
  • sweetener of choice (I use 1 packet stevia)
  • 5-10 dark chocolate chips.
Whisk egg in a bowl with a fork and add cocoa powder; mix again. Next add pumpkin and stir, then add in oats, protein powder and stevia. Spray a mug or a small bowl with a little bit of Pam spray, then pour in mixture. Stick chocolate chips into the batter, making sure to push them under the surface in different spots. Microwave for 4 1/2 to 5 minutes. Top with maple syrup and devour straight out of the bowl while still hot and gooey. Smile and revel in the deliciousness.
This isn’t super low-cal, but it’s simple, wholesome and packs a great dose of protein for either a mini-meal (for those of you that do that) or a post-run/gym snack. Make this. Right now. You will be hooked — I sure was :D
I’m hitting the sack, and hopefully preparing for a short trip to the beach tomorrow afternoon for a mid-workday break! Goodnight!

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sarah @ Run Sqrl, Run!  |  August 3, 2011 at 4:35 am

    I hate most yoga too, but I find that the Ashtanga variety. Just not hatha, and not the hot yoga everyone’s on about these days. Ashtanga sometimes comes under the guise “Yoga for Athletes” but really all it is is yoga that’s more fast paced to keep those of us who stare at the clock a little more entertained.

    Glad you took yourself to the PT!

    • 2. Laura @ prettylittlewords  |  August 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      Haha, “keep those of us who stare at the clock entertained.” Love it. Is that the rigorous one with 26 poses in a row?

      • 3. Sarah @ Run Sqrl, Run  |  August 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm

        I’ve never counted the poses (what a marvel, because I do count when I’m bored) but that sounds similar. It’s very rigorous, yeah.

      • 4. Sarah S @RunningOnWords  |  August 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm

        That’s the one! I loathe yoga, but my bff is a yoga instructor, so sometimes I have to pretend I don’t mind it. It’s just soooo boring!

  • 5. kris10take1  |  August 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I hurt my wrist doing yoga as well, and always joke that I’m going to break something when I slip on my sweat soaked mat.

    Try Hip Hop Yoga, the class I go to plays the music really loud, which allows me to actually quiet all my thoughts and keeps my attention away from “this position sucks” much like running to music it’s a great distraction!

    • 6. Laura @ prettylittlewords  |  August 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      That sounds like so much fun! I don’t think my gym offers that though, so I’m not sure I’d want to pay extra for the classes :(

      • 7. kris10take1  |  August 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm

        I actually got a deal thru groupon/buywithme, 5 classes for $30. That’s the only way I can go!

  • 8. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions  |  August 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Protein brownies?? What more could you possibly want from your dessert?

    I have a love/hate relationship with yoga. I love how loose and flexible it makes me feel, but MAN some of those poses are way tougher than you would imagine. For me, though, that five or so minutes of lying there in silence at the end of a session makes all the pain worth it. Good heavens do I love that.

  • 9. Allison @ PickyEatingRD  |  August 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    hah.. my goal for this year was to do yoga 1x/wk. I have gone 1x this entire year. I am just never in the mood even though I know I feel better after!


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