Independence ARMY Challenge Week 2

This week was definitely a challenge for me.

Lifted L:

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Baddha hasta sirsanana A, headstand:

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 Forearm plank:

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Vashishtasana:

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Shoulder-Pressing Pose Bhujapidasana:

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Forearm stand:image

Firefly Pose, Titibasana:

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Click here for week 1:

Fallen Angel Pose

Click for the first post about this month’s challenge:Independence ARMy Challenge

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Recipe: Raw Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Raw Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes are incredibly chewy and moist. They taste like a traditional brownie, but there’s no sugar or flour, and they’re completely raw. The icing is just as rich and delicious, and it only contains cashews and agave (or date paste).

Raw Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting
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Recipe type: Vegan, Raw
 
Ingredients
Cupcake
  • 1 cup dates + water to blend
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ¼ cup flax seed meal
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • maca powder (optional)
Icing
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked over night
  • agave to taste
Date Caramel (optional)
  • 5-6 dates
  • water to blend
Instructions
Cupcake
  1. Start by making the date paste. Blend the dates with about 2 tbsp of water. Add more water if necessary.
  2. You can remove the date paste from the blender to grind the oats, or blend everything at once. I do it all together, but it takes a few minutes longer to break the oats down that way.
  3. Blend date paste with the rest of the ingredients. The mixture should be moist enough to stick together, but not watery. You can add more water if it's too dry, or more of any of the dry ingredients if it's too wet.
  4. Form into balls, or use a silicone mold to shape cupcakes. I used a silicone mold to make the heart shaped cupcakes.
  5. Dehydrate the cupcakes 4+ hours until they are the desired consistency. The longer you dehydrate them, the less moist they will be in the inside.
Icing
  1. Drain the cashews of the soaking water and add them to the blender. Add about 3 tbsp of fresh water and blend together.
  2. Add the agave and any other flavorings you would like.
  3. The more water you add, the thinner the consistency.
Date Caramel
  1. Blend dates and water til a smooth consistency.

Raw Chocolate Cupcakes

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June Splits Week 4 and Progress Pictures

Here are days 22-25 of the June Summer Splits challenge. I loved this challenge because I can really see the progress. In March, I posted this:Standing Splits March

And then during the challenge, I got this:

Splits JuneHonestly, I only practiced the pose a few times between March and June, it wasn’t until starting the daily yoga challenges that I really practiced splits every day.

Yoga June Week 4

Below, there are pictures comparing my splits from May 15th (right) and then from June 25th (left). While it doesn’t look like a huge difference, it feels so much more comfortable. In May, I was about 95% down, and it was very uncomfortable to lift my arms up. In June, my front leg is down all the way, and it really wasn’t bad lifting my arms.

Yoga splits May vs June

Yoga Splits… May (left) vs June (right)

I’m thrilled because for as long as I can remember, I could *almost* do a complete split, and now I’m just about there. I know I still have a way to go, but it’s an awesome lesson in practicing and getting better at something.

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