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It’s been a long time since I did a Saturday Smiles post, and because I’m so happy right now, I figured it was the perfect day to post.

1. One of the best things about this week was that I got to see one of my besties, CTLB.  She had come out to SF for a teaching conference, and we were able to steal a couple of hours to catch up on life.  The awesome thing about our friendship is that even though it can be months between phone calls or a year since we’ve seen each other in person, when we do get together again, it’s as if no time has passed.  I’m really hoping to get out to MA to visit her this summer, if she’s not too busy with family life or obligations to friends (SO many of her friends have gotten married over the past few summers that she was booked up almost every single weekend. I’m hoping that they’re all married now, so she’ll have a bit of free time).

2. Yesterday I had a lot of fun shopping at Target – for clothes!  Now I’m not saying that Target is the place where I’m going to fill my closet with fashions, it does mark a milestone. When I was morbidly obese, I longed for the day to be able to buy inexpensive clothes at Target. I know Target has plus-sized clothes, but they are all pretty awful, and when I was at my heaviest, even they didn’t fit.  So yesterday when I saw a few fun items, I knew I had to pick them up:

First up, pjs!  Now that it’s getting darker earlier, and the temps have turned chilly, I often get into my pjs when I get home from work.  I got this set (XXL), which have an alpine/fair isle patter on the pants.

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dotspjsI also got this fun grey and berry polka dot set (XXL).

14583156_201307011740I’ve been needing long-sleeved tshirts because all of my others have long since been donated. (Long-sleeved tees are a great way for me to extend my weekend/casual wardrobe, because I can wear them under short sleeves on cooler days. When I saw them for $12, I picked up some basics – a black and a white (XL).

This coming week I’m going to be teaching my AVID students how to annotate a text (mark notes onto an article or other reading), and to keep it interesting and grab their attention, I found a great article on the NY Times Learning Network about selfies.  I have a fun lesson planned, complete with a quick write and discussion questions, culminating in the students taking some selfies, which I’ll put into a class slideshow. (They’ll love seeing this goofy pics when they’re seniors). So when I saw this sweater, I knew I had to buy it to wear on Wednesday during the lesson:

2013-11-15 16.48.13 Too perfect, right? And I love that this is an XL in juniors!

14921788_201310292139Last Christmas I really wanted to be able to buy this shirt, but even the XXL wouldn’t fit.  This year, I’m hoping I can find one in the store, because I know the XL will work. What a long way I’ve come.

3. I’m hoping smile will be beautiful as I continued the shopping and bought some new lip treatment/lipsticks.

Fresh-Sugar-Berry-Lip-TreatmentI splurged on a new Fresh Sugar in Berry, and then saved money by picking up 3 new NYX lipsticks @ $4 each:

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snowwhiteSnow White

b52 B52

We’ll see how they look on me, but from the swatches I found online, I think they’ll work.

4. And finally, the thing that I’m really smiling about today is the bike ride some of my friends and I are going on later this afternoon.  I appreciate that they’re taking time out of their busy schedules on a Saturday afternoon to join me in celebrating my 100+ pound weight loss. It’s a gorgeous, sunny, clear day, so it should be ideal for a long ride.  I’ll write a post, with pictures, later.

I hope today brings you plenty of things to smile about.

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A day in the life. Or, all the things I did to avoid grading those darn essays that I need to get finished before Tuesday. (And I’d feel so much better if I went into the workweek with them finished).

Changed the sheets on the bed:

Drank lots of coffee!

(I hate that burn on the countertop, but it’s from a previous tenant).

Refereed overly passionate playing puppies.  And played with them a bit, too:

Went shopping at Trader Joe’s and Target and…

…filled the fruit bowl

…stocked the freezer (Lean Cuisine’s on sale at Target: $2 each, plus buy 4, get 1 free, so for 10 dinners, I paid $16: $1.60 each!!)

…made sure that all my favorite, healthy foods were ready for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner all week:

(Don’t worry about that overly-processed bologna-looking turkey, that’s what Lulu uses to take her daily dose of Benedryl when I run out of regular turkey).

Tweeted, blogged/commented on blogs, checked FB – basically went to all my favorite online haunts:

I even did a bunch of laundry and folded it and put it away.

But now I’ve come to the point in the day when it really is unavoidable.  I need to get to the grading:

Wish me luck.

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This is going to be a long post, so get something to drink (water!), sit back, and stay awhile.  (This doormat that I placed at my back door is one of the many purchases I made yesterday).

Yesterday was one of the best Fridays I’ve spent in a long, long time, and definitely the best day of my spring break so far.  I got to spend the entire day with my dad, which is always fun.  He recently had orthroscopic knee surgery, but was feeling better yesterday, so we decided to have a little “Daddy & me” time.

We wanted to take in a movie, but none of them looked that good or were that interesting to us.  I hate it when all of the movies in the theatres just don’t look appealing, don’t you?  I guess we’re in that weird in-between time when the Oscars are all done and the summer blockbusters haven’t come out yet.  There isn’t even a small, independent film that seemed worth viewing.

So instead, we decided we’d go to lunch at Chevy’s (I won’t even MENTION how terrible the calories are for seemingly healthy choices).  It was nice to catch up with my dad, just the two of us, because usually when I see my parents my mom and I dominate the conversation.  My dad is a quiet person, and although he’s the sweetest, most intelligent person I know, he tends to let others around him do most of the talking and only says things when he feels he has something worthwhile to share.  It actually works, though, because whenever my dad is talking, everyone pays attention.  🙂 We got caught up on each others lives, and although we see each other at least once a week, we always have things to talk about.

After lunch, our only other plan was to go to Target to pick up something for my mom.  I would’ve loved to do something active like go for a walk, go bowling, or play tennis, but my dad’s knee isn’t quite up to any of those things yet.   We did enjoy the car ride in the convertible; it was a gorgeous, sunny day so we took full advantage of it.

Why is it that I can never go into Target without buying something?  I swear, that store just has lots of great stuff.  I got the doormat you see above, some Thomas’ Bagel Thins (which I’ve been waiting for FOREVER.  I hate that it takes so long for us to get new things on the west coast.  I always thought we got things first, but judging from everyone else’s blogs, I think we’re usually a few months behind, for new grocery items, at least), and this for my kitchen:

It doesn’t match the colors of the kitchen perfectly, but I liked the retro feel of it, and for $9, it’ll do for a while.

After Target, we headed back to my parents’ house, but were quickly scooted out again by my mom.  She was in the middle of doing a major housecleaning and didn’t want either of us underfoot.  LOL.  My mom is so funny when she’s cleaning the house – very single-minded.  Since my dad had planned to buy some perennials for their garden, we headed to the nursery to check out what they had.  Again, we took the convertible, because it’s just so much more fun to drive. (My dad can’t drive right now with his knee, and I didn’t feel like driving his truck).  Since he wanted to scope out the flowers and then bring my mom the next day to choose them, we didn’t think it would be a problem if we took my car.

Once we got the nursery, I found some amazing New Guinea Impatiens that would work perfectly in my windowbox. The colors were amazing – almost iridescent orangey-peach-and-yellow and hot pink.

In the backseat of the Beetle, waiting to be planted

I also found  a mother-in-law’s tongue plant that I’d been wanting for my living room:

Tip: this plant is perfect for those who don’t think they have a green thumb because you just can’t seem to kill it.  It likes indoor, low light and only needs watering once every couple of weeks, or so.

I picked up this kalanchoe as my weight loss “bouquet” for myself.  For $4.99, it’s going to last at least 3 weeks, so the money is well spent.

After the nursery, we went back to my parents’ house, showed my mom all of the choices of flowers (I love the photos my iPhone takes for this very reason), chatted, had a glass of wine, and then I went home.

I was so inspired to plant the flowers that I had purchased, so I did something I’ve never done before – planted flowers on my own.  Usually I wait for my dad to “supervise” me to make sure that I’m doing it correctly.  I figured that I had spent enough time watching him do it that I could figure it out.  Hopefully I wouldn’t kill the new blooms.  I did have to use a step ladder to reach the inside of my windowbox (my dad is tall, so this is where he usually comes in, because he can reach without any assistance).

Aren’t they gorgeous?  I can’t wait until they’ve taken root and really bloom.  The man at the nursery said they’ll flower all summer, which is amazing. In about a month I’ll make another gardening post where I give you an update on their progress.

I absolutely love this fibrous begonia.  I didn’t plant this yesterday, my uncle gave it to me before he moved to Michigan last fall, but I did cut it back prune it in the winter, and I’m very proud of how well it’s come back.

Hands of a hard-working gardener. (That green stuff is fertilizer)

Dirt under my fingernails from when I got too impatient to use the shovel. 😉

My garden is almost complete!  All I have left to plant are some big, round pots that I usually put on my front porch, but I think that will have to wait for another weekend, because I didn’t find anything that I liked yesterday.  I usually plant impatiens in them, but I’m sort of bored with that.  It’s so difficult to find pretty shade flowers.  A colleague suggested fuchsias, which I think are pretty, so I might do that.  If any of you have any other suggestions, please let me know.

I had the best time planting all of the flowers, and I was really glad to see that 30 minutes of gardening earned 3 APs, because after that big lunch, I knew I needed it.

Yesterday was the type of day that I love, and I can’t wait to have many, many more days like it once summer hits.

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Today I went to Easter brunch with my family and received a really nice NSV from my mom. She told me she could really tell that I’d lost this weight, and was so proud of me for sticking with it and changing my lifestyle. It was so nice.

She also complimented me on my dress, which I thought was really funny, because I bought it at Target yesterday on a whim. I love Target, don’t get me wrong, but their plus-sized department leaves quite a bit to be desired. They have lots of cute clothes for “normal” sized women, but the clothes in the plus-size section always look boxy, ugly, or just plain cheap. The dress I found was $30, and had lots of bright colors on it, perfect for Easter, I thought. The main color was a light turquoise, but it also had green, brown, magenta, etc.

Here’s a look at it: 41ga5vozyvl_aa354_.jpg I wore a dark brown tank under it, because it went sort of low on me. I paired the dress with dark brown sandals. I think the dress looks nicer in person than in this picture, btw.

I can’t wait for the days when I’ll be able to buy workout clothes from Target — they have so much cute stuff, but hardly any of it is for plus-sized women. It doesn’t make sense, when you think about it, since “bigger” girls are the ones who need to workout the most. Anyway, those days will be here soon enough.

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Today I went to Target to pick up a few essentials and walked out spending $163. How does this happen? But I do have to say, I got a lot of good stuff for South Beach/weight loss.

A Brita Water Pitcher. I was watching The Biggest Loser the other night (so inspirational!) and they made a statement that this year on the show, everyone is going to use Brita pitchers and have their own reusable water bottle that they can keep filling up. They’re doing this to help the environment. I actually read something about this recently. So much of our landfills are getting full with these plastic water bottles. I am a huge recycler, but still, I go through a ton of those little bottles just by myself. I thought about it, and if I buy the Safeway brand water on sale,I get 24 16.9 ounce bottles for $3.99. If I’m drinking water like I should be (at least 4 of these bottles a day), I can go through a whole case (24) in a week. $4 x 4 weeks is $16 a month. In a year I’d spend $192 on water. Yikes! At my duplex I don’t have to pay for water, so why not use a Brita pitcher and buy my own reusable bottle? Plus, this article points out that bottled water isn’t regulated like tap water is. If you don’t like the taste of tap water, the Brita filter takes care of any “yucky stuff” that may be left in it. This makes a lot of sense, both economically and environmentally. So today I found out that Target had the Brita Pitchers on sale for $24.99. Good deal! I also bought a pack of 4 filters for $24.99, so I have enough filters for the next 10 months (1 came with the purchased filter). I filled it up, and am ready to use it.

Reusable water bottle. In order to make using the Brita pitcher a bit easier at work, I bought a cute, purple reusable bottle. This one has a straw in it, which makes drinking water so much easier for me. I’m all set for school on Monday. (ugh, Monday is so soon, but it must come, I guess).

South Beach Diet bars. I found a bunch of SBD meal replacement and cereal bars! This is so perfect, because I don’t like (can’t stand) eggs, and it’s difficult to find good, nutricious breakfasts to make on school mornings. When I have time, I love having oatmeal that I can make, but most school day mornings I’m running around just trying to get myself ready by 7:30 am when I have to leave. These bars make it really easy to grab something and go. I found them first at Safeway, but the prices were a bit high. Now that I’m in Phase 2, I have these with a yogurt, and I’m all set until lunch.

People’s 1/2 Their Size Issue. When I was getting my nails done this morning, my nail lady mentioned this newest issue of People magazine. She said the stories were so inspiring, and she told me I should read it. I bought it, and they do have some amazing weight loss stories. I love that all of the people lost huge amounts of weight without surgery. They even featured one lady who had lost 160 lbs. on South Beach! I was so excited. Because other than Jennette, I don’t know of too many people who have lost this much on South Beach. (Jennette’s blog, Half of Me, is amazing, by the way. You should totally check it out. She has a book coming out that I can’t wait to read (I pre-ordered it on Amazon, and you should, too)). Anyway, I know of several people who have lost smaller amounts of weight (comparatively), like 20-60 lbs., but since I need to lose about 150 or so, I was wondering if it would work for me. If these ladies could do it, I know that I cant too. I haven’t read the articles yet, but I’m looking forward to doing that tonight before bed.

George Foreman sponges. I didn’t actually buy these today; I got them a few weeks ago. These are the best! I love my George Foreman grill for making all of my lean protein in a snap, but it was a BIG PAIN to clean the thing. It would use up all of my sponges and I would never get them clean again. Or, I tried using a bunch of paper towels, only to go through almost half a roll. What a waste. These sponges have ridges exactly as the George Foreman grill does, so it works perfectly. I don’t know what it is about the sponge, but as soon as I rinse it out, it gets clean. My normal sponges never did that when I cleaned the grill. These sponges have made me enjoy using the grill because I know cleanup is going to be a breeze. If you use a George Foreman grill, I highly recommend these.

That’s it. It was a very successful (albeit expensive) trip to Target. Buying these things (and investing the money) really helps me stay on track with following SBD and working out. I’m determined to go workout tomorrow morning so that I can continue the routine I started earlier this week.

I hope you get some great tips from this post.

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