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Yoga Workout Playlist No. 5 (Spotify Playlist)

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 5 (Spotify Playlist)

Alright, so another playlist means another story. (See my last story and playlist here.)

I’ve been *really* bad with stretching in the past 6 months. I foam rolled for maybe 5 minutes before my workouts. But aside from that, I didn’t stretch at all, and I didn’t go to yoga once this semester.

So about two weeks ago, my lack of stretching finally caught up with me. I developed a weird tightness in my left forearm and wrist, which was 100% because (1) I’ve been doing pull-ups every day and (2) I went heavier too fast on some pulling exercises. My advice – don’t do that.

On top of that, my back and hamstrings became so tight that I had a strange twitch run up and down my leg a few times for a day or two. That tightness was definitely due to starting a new dead lift program and not stretching after each *brutal* workout.

So yeah. I was asking for an injury. And I don’t think sitting, studying, and typing on a computer for exams basically 24/7 for two weeks helped the situation either.

I took all of these symptoms as a sign to just chill for a few days despite how much I love getting outside, getting sweaty, and taking a mental break every day to work out. I did some serious foam rolling coupled with some yoga movements. I even got two massages, which were magical but also kinda painful in the best way possible.

When I returned to my regularly scheduled workouts, I felt super fresh and flexible. I even hit a few new PRs (personal records). So chilling for 3-4 days was 100% the right decision.

Moral of the story?

Go to yoga once per week if you can!!! In the very least, spend 5 minutes doing a *really* thorough warm-up and at least 5 minutes stretching after a workout. You could also foam roll for 10 minutes every day. In my opinion, 10 minutes is a completely manageable amount of time. I’m holding myself to 10 minutes of stretching every day to avoid weird cramps, tightness, and soreness . . .

and I’ll be listening to the playlist below while doing it. 🙂

P.S. See the links to the playlist, my Spotify profile, and my favorite stretches below this image.

Hungry Gator Gal's Yoga Workout Playlist No. 5

My Spotify profile

This playlist on Spotify

My favorite yoga stretches

 

Questions:

  1. Do you stretch every day?
  2. If so, for how long do you stretch?
  3. Do you have any favorite yoga playlists? If so, please share a link to the playlist in the comments! 🙂
  4. What are your favorite stretches or yoga poses? In the comments, please share links to photos of the stretches if you can! 🙂

 

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Yoga Workout Playlist No. 4

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 4 from Hungry Gator Gal (Spotify playlist)
Yoga Workout Playlist No. 3

Yoga Playlist No. 3 from Hungry Gator Gal (Spotify playlist)

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 2

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 2 from Hungry Gator Gal (@spotify playlist included)

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 4 (Spotify Playlist)

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 4 (Spotify Playlist)

It’s the end of July, and I’m dying for a power yoga or vinyasa class. A month at Fort Knox for training with ZERO stretching and a week in bed with tonsillitis has killed my flexibility.

Guess who’s starting from zero again in August when school starts? Ugghhhhh. I’m banking on the fact that making a yoga playlist usually sparks my desire to practice at home. I’ll let ya’ know how it goes. 🙂

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 4

Spotify playlist:

Follow me on Spotify if you like a mix of indie, alternative, EDM, pop, and country.

Question:

  1. Has anyone else fallen off the yoga wagon? If so, how long did it take you to reach your previous level of flexibility? 
  2. Do you go to yoga as much for the atmosphere as for a good stretch?

 

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Yoga Workout Playlist No. 3

Yoga Playlist No. 3 from Hungry Gator Gal (Spotify playlist)

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 2

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 2 from Hungry Gator Gal (@spotify playlist included)

Yoga Workout Playlist

Friday’s Favorites: My Life Lately + Where I’m Going to Law School

Friday’s Favorites: My Life Lately + Where I’m Going to Law School

If you ever wonder what goes on in my day-to-day life, you’re in for a treat.

I often include tidbits from my life while sharing workouts, recipes and playlists with you each week. However, I haven’t shared a lot about myself in quite some time.  

Here’s a look at what I’ve been up to lately as a food blogger, fitness fanatic, college graduate and soon-to-be first-year law student . . . at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law! Once a Gator, always a Gator! More details about law school to come, but for now, enjoy a peek into my life.

P.S. I got the idea for this list from Jessica at How Sweet It Is. She’s one of my favorite food bloggers and CRACKS me up. Seriously funny writing. She shares the widest array of recipes you’ll find on any food blog. From trashy to artisan, she’s got it all. Thank you Jessica for the idea and for always making me laugh.

Also, product links are affiliate links in this post. Thanks for supporting this blog so I can continue to bring you the content you want! 🙂

Eating

Wonderful Pistachios

SO ADDICTING. No self control around these flavor-packed nuts. Good thing it takes so darn long to crack open just ONE. Keeps me from eating too many.

Drinking

Lots of water from my Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth Water Bottle and Assorted Herbal Teas.

Nalgene 32-ounce Wide Mouth Bottle

It’s HOT outside in Florida, and it’s only getting hotter. Bring on the liquids! Here are some of my favorite teas:

Bigelow's Orange & Spice Tea

Tazo cocoa mint mate tea

Tazo Cocoa Mint Mate Tea (a.k.a. dessert)


Wild Sweet Orange (Decaf) Tazo Teas

Celestial Seasonings – Herbal Fruit Tea Sampler 
 

Practicing 


Yoga!
 

I fell off the wagon and went to maybe five classes during my final semester at UF, but I’ve been practicing three to four times per week lately. I forgot how much faster I recover from tough workouts by simply stretching. It’s also fun to see the improvement in my balance and flexibility.

Although I love classes, I’ve been practicing on my own at home with YouTube videos and Nike Training Club (NTC) App workouts.

Nike Training Club Solar Power Yoga

Most of the NTC sessions are 15 minutes in length, so they’re perfect to complete as a warm up or cool down after cardio and strength training. My favorites are Vinyasa Rush Studio and Solar Power.

Mastering

My design skills.

I’ve come a looonng way since the start of this blog (i.e. blurry photos and horrible graphics/layout). However, I know I also have a long way to go.

I learned about general design principles, HTML, CSS and other things in my public relations visual communication class. I also had the opportunity to put them into practice with our final project and this blog. It was definitely one of the more practical courses I took as an undergrad. (Thanks Professor Tappan!)

I can’t afford the Adobe Creative Suite right now, so the following free design sites are my lifesavers. They make designing attractive blog graphics easy peasy.

Learning

Nothing.

Riker Hall dorm University of Florida
Me in my freshman dorm room at UF

I’ve learned so much in school and from life in general in the past four years, so I’m taking a break from learning anything. I’ll have plenty on my plate come August with the start of law school, so relaxing is the name of the game right now.

Trying

To control my breathing during timed 2-mile runs.

I’ve never been a runner, so trying to control my breathing while maintaining a one-mile pace in the range of an 8:00 to 8:30 minutes is difficult.

I can’t say why I’m suddenly running 6 miles per week just yet, but I promise I’ll share more details soon. I’m SUPER excited to share the news. It’s been difficult keeping it a semi-secret for the past 2.5 months!

P.S. Does anyone have tips on how to up my pace and control my breathing more naturally while running?

Playing

New music. Specifically . . . 

Supermodel by Foster the People

This album by Foster the People 
 
Nirvana Harry Fraud Remix by Sam Smith

. . . and this song by Sam Smith

These artists are ahead of the game with music right now, in my opinion. I give it two months before everyone is obsessing over them.

P.S. P.S. I pay $5 per month as a student to have access to a bazillion songs with zero ads. I have the ability to follow and make as many playlists as my heart desires. It’s TOTALLY worth the money. Ask for a Spotify Gift Card $30 (affiliate link!) for your b-day or a holiday. 🙂 

Finishing


My undergraduate career. 

UF College of Journalism and Communications Ambassadors 

I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Public Relations May 3rd!

Reading


A few books. Specifically . . . 

One L by Scott Turow


One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School.

Is it bad that I already understand how 1L’s feel because of my LSAT class? So much self doubt when your score doesn’t increase. . .  


On a brighter note, I promise to reveal why I chose UF Law over law schools in the D.C. area soon. It’s related to the semi-secret I talked about with regards to why I’m suddenly a runner.

I’m also reading . . .

Daily Rituals by Mason Currey (How Artists Work)
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work about how the minds of artists. If you like Malcolm Gladwell’s books, you’ll like this one too. 

 

Remembering

My high school years.

I can’t believe it’s been four years! My brother graduated earlier this month. I feel old but look younger than the baby bro, haha.

Wearing

Frat tanks and Nike Pro Core Compression Shorts.
 

Frat Tanks and Nike Pro Shorts

It’s summer peeps. Time to dress like a bum.  

#sorrynotsorry

Cooking


A LOT!

Basil Chicken Meatloaf and Roasted Veggies


My brother and I both eat like horses, and I’m doing the majority of the grocery shopping and cooking.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Protein Bites on Hungry Gator Gal

Follow me on Instagram if you want to see more of my daily eats.

Pina Colada Smoothie on Hungry Gator Gal

Get ready for some new recipes. 🙂

Working 

As a nanny.

Lake George, NY


I’ll be starting my job as a nanny for my two younger cousins June 30th just outside of Poughkeepsie, New York. I’ll be there until the beginning of August.

We’re spending time in Lake George and might be headed to the Hamptons. I’ve never been to the Hamptons, so I’m PUMPED!


Traveling


Possibly to NYC and D.C.

I’m hoping I can work in a few weekend trips to NYC and Washington, D.C. via train while I’m up North. I have friends in both cities this summer and would love to visit this sandwich shop in NYC for the first time and buy cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake again.

Georgetown Cupcake (DC Cupcakes)


Foodie problems.

Wanting 


Trader Joe’s Sunflower Seed Butter

 Trader Joe's Sunflower Seed Butter

I bought a different brand at Whole Foods because we ran out of the supply that was supposed to get me through to next week when I’m in Gainesville for my brother’s freshman orientation. 

Unfortunately, I have ZERO self control with nut butter and already devoured every last bit. Now I’m stuck with a jarful of sunflower seed butter that’s sub-par. 

Haaaalp me survive until Wednesday.

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Treats and Healthier Eats

Plant Fusion Protein Powder on Hungry Gator Gal

Food and Fitness Finds for the New Year

Caffeine, Sweets and Snacks

Summer Workout Jams

Summer Workout Jams

Music = motivation

Summer Workout Jams Playlist from Hungry Gator Gal (spotify playlist included)

Below you’ll find the spotify playlist for fans of streaming. You’ll find additional playlists like this one if you visit my playlists page and my Spotify profile (Brianna Kolota). You can follow me if you like what you hear.

P.S. I pay $5 per month as a student to have access to a bazillion songs with zero ads. I have the ability to follow and make as many playlists as my heart desires. It’s TOTALLY worth the money. Ask for a Spotify Gift Card $30 (affiliate link!) for your b-day or a holiday. 🙂 

Question:

  1. What songs are you loving right now?

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Summer Sweat Playlist

Summer Sweat Playlist from Hungry Gator Gal

Drop the Beat Playlist

Hungry Gator Gal's Drop the Beat Playlist

Spring Workout Jams

Spring Workout Jams Playlist from Hungry Gator Gal