Asana Kicking

Hey guys 🙂 How are you? Thank you so much for your amazing comments about the new inspiration board– I’m really excited to see what this year will bring <3


I just got back from an asana-kicking Bikram class. I ended up skipping spin this morning and figured I’d take yoga since I haven’t practiced Bikram in about a month. Man, oh man, did I feel it. The instructor wasn’t very friendly and I can definitely see why it’s easy to be intimidated by Bikram. Word to the wise: try different instructors—some of them are actually very nice. (Like Rob in Jacksonville, FL)

Some recent eats:


Goat’s milk yogurt with Sun Warrior mixed in, organic bluerries, a blob of almond butter, cinnamon and a crumbled brown rice cake

Take-out from Eclectic Cafe– tostadas with veg refried beans, avocado, salsa, and goodies (I asked for no cheese but got a little sprinkle anyway)

take out

Blackberries galore:


An entire thing from Trader Joes. If my skin turns purple, ya’ll know what happened 😉

This afternoon, I was inspired by my new Canyon Ranch cookbook to make some flatbread dough.


I figured I’d make it, split it into portion sizes, and freeze in case the roomies or I wanted a flatbread.

dough (2)

The recipe kinda got eye-balled, and I used brown rice flour and gluten-free oat flour (ground up in the Vita-mix). Despite my lack of measuring, the dough turned out lovely.

dough (3)

We’ll see if it’s still lovely when I try to bake some right now 😉

I’m off to make some dinner, but I’ll see ya in the morning!

Have a great night,


Something to talk about: What are your thoughts on TVs in the bedroom? The Pilot and I have always banned TVs from our room (the guest room, living room and office each have one), because the bedroom is for sleeping, relaxation and.. other stuff 😉 For the first time in 4 years, since I’m living with roomies, I have a TV in my room! It’s been nice to fall asleep to Chelsea Handler’s voice 😀 So what do you think? TVs ok in the bedroom, or banned?

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  1. Christin@purplebirdblog on January 4, 2011 at 12:47 am

    We have a TV in the bedroom, but no cable. If I do use it when I’m falling asleep I set the sleep timer so it goes off and doesn’t disturb my sleep later. Now that Alex is working a graveyard he likes to turn on mindless cartoon DVDs so he can drown out the other daytime noises.

  2. Monique on January 4, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Banned! Although, if I were still single, I’d probably reconsider.

  3. Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa on January 4, 2011 at 12:50 am

    I’m opposed to TV in the bed room. When I lived with my ex we had one in the bed room. Not only did it kill the mood there were so many nights where we would just watch tv until we fell asleep which I HATE doing.

  4. sassy molassy on January 4, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I’ve banned a tv in the bedroom even though the manfriend thinks it would be great to fall asleep watching a movie or something in bed. I however just don’t want something else in the bedroom that could keep us away from sleeping, chatting or cuddling. I think if you’re on your own and are able to limit how much you watch it, a tv in the bedroom might not be that bad.

  5. Katee on January 4, 2011 at 1:11 am

    I have been a long time reader of your blog but this is the first time I’ve posted. I feel strongly about NOT having a TV in the bedroom for all the reasons you stated. My husband has been trying to convince me that having a TV in there would be nice. He travels a lot for work so on nights that he’s not home I think it would be cozy to snuggle in the bed with my fur-babies. But then when he’s home I appreciate that we don’t.

  6. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on January 4, 2011 at 2:18 am

    I personally hate when guys just sit in front of the TV all day. It doesn’t need to translate into the bedroom too. But if you’re alone its so great to have a movie night to yourself.

  7. Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf on January 4, 2011 at 3:04 am

    I’m not opposed to the TV in the bedroom. We don’t even have the cable connected to the TV in our bedroom, so all we can do is watch movies on that TV, which we’ve only done three times since we moved into this house three months ago. Even when we did have cable connected to our bedroom TV, it didn’t really get excessive. I’m sure if our sleep or intimacy was noticeably getting negatively affected I’d feel differently, but since it’s not, I’m sitting on the side of enjoying cuddling together while watching a movie in bed every so often.

    • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf on January 4, 2011 at 3:15 am

      I’ll also note that we don’t really chat in bed with or without the TV. We talk in the living room, at the dinner table, or getting ready for bed, but once the sack has been hit, the hubs is pretty much out like a light. Even if he’s still technically awake, his mind is gone and pretty much useless for anything except a few minutes of cuddling, so the the threat of TV-impeding-conversation at that point is really a non-issue for us!

  8. nellie on January 4, 2011 at 3:10 am

    Not a fan of the TV in the bedroom. I like to read before bed, it helps calm the mind before sleep. I had one in my bedroom for a few months a few years ago. I didn’t feel like I got a good nights sleep if I watched before bed.

  9. Casey Thomas on January 4, 2011 at 3:16 am

    I agree with you…I don’t like TVs in the bedroom when you have a partner however I can totally see the appeal if you are single and not sharing your bed with someone who deserves your attention 😉

  10. Gill (snaxandthecity) on January 4, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Hmmm I think it depends…we have a telly in the bedroom (its built in so we can’t move it) but virtually never watch it. If I was on my own though I’d probably watch more often! Our flat is tiny though so the living room and the bedroom are virtually one room anyway Haha!

  11. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on January 4, 2011 at 6:29 am

    One of my resolutions is to STOP watching TV in the bedroom at night. I get a much better sleep when it’s turned off!

  12. Linda B on January 4, 2011 at 6:45 am

    TV has always been banned from our bedroom! The one in the living room has been in a closet for over a month due to major remodeling. Truthfully, we haven’t missed it. Seems like we are more productive with our evenings.

  13. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on January 4, 2011 at 7:27 am

    I don’t have a TV in my bedroom, and I’ve never watched TV from bed in my apartment…I sit on the couch nearby instead!! I’ve heard it can cause insomnia because your bed it supposed to only be used for sleep and sex. Since I’ve had insomnia in the past, I’m not even gonna go there, haha 🙂

  14. Kara on January 4, 2011 at 7:52 am

    We don’t have a TV in the bedroom for the same reasons you don’t. If my husband was deployed, I can see having one in there, it would help me fall asleep without him there. I’d move it back out as soon as he got back to not distract us from more important matters 🙂

  15. Heather (Heather's Dish) on January 4, 2011 at 8:25 am

    we don’t have a tv in our bedroom because it just doesn’t fit but we’ve had one in there before! i found that i still didn’t turn it on all that much…i’d rather read in bed than watch TV in it!

  16. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on January 4, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I don’t have a TV in my room, but if I watch movies it’s usually on my laptop in my bed. Your new cookbook sounds amazing!

  17. brandi on January 4, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I had one in my room in college, but we haven’t had one in our bedroom so far and we’ve been married almost 7 years. I love falling asleep to the tv, but neither one of us really wants one in the bedroom – it’s nice to have a break in that room.

  18. allison @ livingoneday on January 4, 2011 at 8:55 am

    my boyfriend and i have a tv in our room and i admit it’s nice to watch when im home sick, have a day off, or he’s sleeping and im not tired yet. but i totally feel you on the sleeping and relaxation part, so im a toss up

  19. Dee on January 4, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I love having a TV in the bedroom, but the husband doesn’t. Right now he’s winning, but when we move on to our next home, I’m going to insist on having a TV in the bedroom. 😉

  20. Katie on January 4, 2011 at 9:09 am

    i’ve had a tv in my room since i was 17 and got one as a birthday present to take to college. then all through college i was sharing 1 room with someone else, so we had one and we always slept with it on to drown out the other’s working/studying/whatever.

    only recently have i decided to try and fall asleep without the TV on and OH MY GOD the difference in my sleep is huge – i fall asleep much quicker and every night that i have fallen asleep without the tv, i haven’t woken up ONCE in the middle of the night. with the tv, i wake up at least once.

    i’m going with TV in the bedroom but turning it off when it’s time for shuteye…or whatever else 🙂

  21. Charliegirl on January 4, 2011 at 9:12 am

    no TV in the bedroom! if we really want to watch something we can bring a computer in and watch netflix (and then you have to snuggle to you can both see the screen). 🙂

    p.s. i bought smoked salmon for the first time yesterday because of you, and mixed it with eggs and spinach for breakfast this a.m. i wouldn’t want to make out with anyone after eating it but it was delicious! xoxo

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2011 at 10:41 am

      LOL. glad you liked it!

  22. Kimberley on January 4, 2011 at 9:27 am

    When I lived by myself I loved having a TV in the bedroom. I’d set the timer and fall asleep without focusing on all those random little noises that can freak you out. My husband and I don’t have a TV in our bedroom. In fact, we only have one TV in our entire house…such weirdos!

  23. Beth @ Will Run for Books on January 4, 2011 at 9:50 am

    We (my fiance and I) actually only have one TV in the entire house – in the family room. We are looking to add another in the den eventually, but aren’t in a rush (we’ve only ever had one TV since we’ve lived together – almost 2 years now!) but agree the bedroom is a no TV zone.

  24. Stacy @ Every Little Thing on January 4, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I don’t watch a lot of TV in general so I don’t mind having one in there for the few times we want to watch a movie in bed or whatever. Plus, I like to go to bed early on weeknights sometimes, so it would be nice to fall asleep next to my bf while he’s still up watching TV.

    Ours is getting installed today, hehe

  25. Andrea on January 4, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I agree with you on trying different Bikram instructors. I’ve had an awesome experience with a few and then a terrible experience as well.

    I love watching TV in bed. It helps me fall asleep. Hubs, on the other hand prefers to watch TV on the couch and then go to bed with no TVs on in the room. I usually win that battle though. 🙂

  26. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic on January 4, 2011 at 9:59 am

    TV in my bedroom is banned too! I know what you mean about a bikram asana-kicking haha, especially if you haven’t been back in a month! Sometimes just being away for two weeks is already hard enough. But, I do love the feeling after each session so I gladly suffer :p

  27. RunningOnCoffee on January 4, 2011 at 10:13 am

    No tv in our bedroom. We’ve always had a small bedroom though, and a small apartment. We have a nice flat screen HD TV in the living room, and I think that’s all we need!

  28. sara on January 4, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I’ve never had TV in my bedroom!

    I’ve liked all my bikram teachers (though some are better eye candy than others), they are always nice and friendly at my yoga studio.

  29. Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle on January 4, 2011 at 10:22 am

    With my last boyfriend we had a TV in the bedroom and I hated it because he would want to watch ESPN all night long and I would wake up in the middle of the night with the TV on (grrrr) so now with my new boyfriend, no way. No TV in the bedroom. There are times when I miss it though.

  30. Jessie on January 4, 2011 at 10:26 am

    The hubby wants a TV in a bedroom but I have banned it. I agree that the bedroom is a place for sleeping and the TV definitely interferes!

  31. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on January 4, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I agree that Bikram can be super intimidating! The first class I went to I was not properly hydrated and left with a terrible headache! 🙁 however, now I’m hooked! I’m actually about to head to class now! I’m with you on the TV, when my husband is gone for work I have to have the TV on or every little sound freaks me put!!

  32. My Man's Belly on January 4, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Just found your blog and love it!

    We’ve got a TV in the bedroom but I couldn’t honestly tell you the last time we watched it. We usually just use it when one of us is sick and looking for some entertainment, but it probably hasn’t been turned on in over a year.

  33. carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream on January 4, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Love your motivation board! I’m also an anti-resolution person (for much the same reason – if I want to change something I do) however this time of year always feels like a time for a fresh start / re commitment so I use this time to set goals.

    I might just have to make my own board for 2011!!

    Happy New Year!

  34. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on January 4, 2011 at 10:55 am

    As a single girl on her own, I enjoy being able to watch TV in bed. It also so happens that my bedroom IS my living room so maybe I don’t qualify for this question. 😉 However, I don’t like it when I feel like falling asleep to TV has become a habit. I try to bust out my book or a magazine when I start to feel like I’ve just got the boob tube on for noise. Not sure how I’ll feel once I’ve got someone other than myself to consider!

  35. Janna on January 4, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I think they’re okay. I’ve never had one before, but sometimes I’ll watch movies/tv on my computer.

    I want to try not to get into the habit of falling asleep in front of TV so I probably won’t ever get one. I usually read before bed and keep some soft music on.

  36. Alexandrina @ The Cardio Queen on January 4, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I think that’s a good idea. Rooms are definitely for sleeping and those other things. 😉 I think as long as you have a comfy couch to watch some tv on in another room, there’s really no need to have one in your room as well. But…it is nice if you want to just curl up on your bed and watch a movie with that someone special. 🙂

  37. Juliene on January 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    How funny to see this post as this has been a hot topic in my office this week. I am vehemently opposed to TV’s in the bedroom for a lot of the above reasons, I truly believe it tricks you into wanting do things other then sleep in bed(which makes it harder to fall asleep). However when I found out I was pregnant recently we moved a tv into the bedroom mainly because I spend 90% of my time in our bed napping or being morning sick! I guess I eat my words now!

  38. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on January 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I’ve never had a tv in my room, but I do like to curl up with my bed and watch movies on my laptop, so it’s essentially the same thing. It’s so cozy to watch tv in bed instead of on the couch out in the living room!

  39. LisaG on January 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I haven’t had a tv in my bedroom until I moved into my new house a couple of years ago. I like to use it to workout in my bedroom and watch movies before bed. I set the timer so it doesn’t stay on all night.

  40. Doc (The Healthy PhD) on January 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    My fiance really wanted a TV in the bedroom, but I’m a struggling insomniac, so I can’t have it. I barely fall asleep in the pitch dark, with a sound machine AND a fan, and earplugs…luckily he comes to bed hours after I do!

    Your dough looks delicious! I used to make my own flatbread dough, but then I got laaaaaaaaazy. 🙂

  41. AJ on January 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    such a good topic! I have a TV in my bedroom, because I live with roomates and when I want to watch a movie, I don’t really want to share my space or TV, I just want to relax in peace : )When I lived alone in a one bedroom apt I never had a tv in my bedroom, and I will admit I slept better and ahem.. other aspects of my bedroom were more active : )

    Now when my bf visits me, I notice he often turns it on to scan for football games, with a laptop beside him with up. Grrrr! Talk about lack of quality time together! Luckily he thinks nothing of shutting off the TV and laptop when I request it. Also, I’m going to try and keep it out of the bedroom when I have kiddos someday because it seems like a TV on in mom and dad’s room at night is a clear invitation to stall during bedtime.

  42. Danielle @ InDeesKitchen on January 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I say YES!! to a tv in the bedroom, but the bf says NEVERRR… and he wins out, unfortunately.

  43. CampingGirl on January 8, 2011 at 9:38 am

    We have a tv in our room but we never turn it on. I am not even sure why it is there 🙂

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