Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Handstand

Now that the big 10k is over, I've turned my attention to a new goal: the handstand. It all started when my work gym put up a hand-stand push-up wall  it would be a crime to ignore it! 

Now that I have handstands on the mind, I'm finding so much inspiration. My coworker, Sarah, is able to go into a headstand right by our desk, my former coworker Ashley was able to do a back flip in the office, and there's this post about Amelia from Bon Appetempt's gymnastics journey. The sheer athleticism and grace is so cool!  

Before I get carried away, I resolve to keep my goal simple: do a handstand a couple times a week and try to eventually not need the wall for support. Simple, right?! 

Monday, June 1, 2015

This is Breakfast at 30

Being 30 means I have to be a more mindful of what I eat. One day I had a metabolism, the next I didn't. 

Background story: during my late twenties, I worked as a Physical Therapy Aide (more on that later - still inspired by PT life!) where I walked, stood all day, and exercised with patients all day long. Working in a physically demanding job has its perks - I didn't have to watch what I ate as a long day can sometimes feel like a marathon in itself.

Now I'm 30 and, after a career change, work a normal 9-5 grind job. Desk life coupled with a metabolism fit for a 30 year old makes maintaining my health a bit more challenging. Health is now something that takes work. It's taken a few months to get the health ball rolling, but there's progress to be noted. One marker of progress is having breakfast handled. 

Dom's co-worker eats this yogurt granola combo and, after Dom's suggestion, I'm giving it a try myself. So far, it's working out great! It's easy to prep on Sunday nights and every morning I add in the fresh fruit and granola. 

1/4 cup Greek yogurt with honey 
1/4 cup coconut water
1 tsp of chia seeds

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Mount Sutro

Spending some time at the Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve was unlike any city experience I've had yet. Only a short drive up 17th Street from the Mission and, all of a sudden, you're in the woods. It really is an escape — it's dense, it's lush, it's everything! But it was also confusing. Rather than entering the trail from the wooden staircase as outlined on Yelp, we (Ilissa, Dom and I) made our way through an unmaintained area full of poison oak. We laughed at the thought that of all the adventures, we might get poison oak on an urban hike. We also didn't study the map close enough and, after completing our hike through the right most section of the map ("Woodland Canyon"), we let the road that separates one section of the reserve from the next deter us, thinking we must have reached the end. How big can a reserve in the middle of the city be? Apparently, big! If we would have crossed the road, we have found that the trail continues. In the end, we only explored about a third of the reserve. Note to self: when urban hiking, don't let roads trick you into thinking it's the end of the hike. Crossing roads are a part of the urban trek.  

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Let's Kayak

Ilissa and I have a mini list of city adventures going and, with the perfect weather yesterday, we decided to do the one that involved water. As someone who has never kayaked before, I was a little intimidated by the bay waters. I'm sure you get the idea. There are cargo ships out there! Scurry. So, we went with the easiest route that City Kayak outlined for us, which involved looping around Pier 40, going past the ball park, and under two bridges to the house boats that line the channel. We only made it past the first draw bridge before our allotted rental time was up and we had to turn back. All the more reason to try this again and make it to the house boats! 


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Out & About in the Bay Area

One of the reasons that makes San Francisco, Part II so different than the Part I of my early twenties is that I am afforded the luxury of having my car in the city (thanks, Dom!), off the street and in a garage! I'm sure anyone who has lived or lives in a city as dense as "the city" will understand how awesome this lifestyle of having a car here is. It means I can go to Target whenever, drive to work if I want to splurge on all-day parking (I just did that on Friday for my first time - it was worth the splurge!), meet friends in the East Bay, go to Palo Alto when I crave suburbia, and take day trips to explore the surrounding area. When I lived here before, I could only go as far as BART and Muni allow unless friends rented cars, but now I can make it a point to explore a bit more.

Here are scenes from recent outings:

Pacifica is pretty and so close!

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As is Point Reyes.

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And, Tilden in Berkeley.

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Can't wait for more end-of-summer adventures!