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bilbl_shoppingWhat a spectacular day it’s been, and it’s only about half over! I think every weekend I’m going to start writing a post called either #SaturdayScenes or #SundayScenes, depending on which day is filled with more fun. Who knows, some weekends it might be both. As I was posting photos on Instagram today, I made up the hashtag, and I think it will be fun to keep it as a regular feature on the blog.

So, for those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram (bellablogger), you’ve seen these photos, but I thought it would be nice to be able to write a bit more about each of them, as well.

422367_10151164129475426_268559075_nI started out this morning with my first Zumba class in months, and it felt so great to get back to it. I was so eager to give my Blochs a whirl, and so thankful that my heel is feeling better and the PF is giving me a lot less pain. I adore the energy of the class: the music, the movement, the smiles! I brought my friend Ani with me to the class, and it wiped her out! She said she really enjoyed it, but that she wasn’t sure how much more she would be able to do the rest of the day. I’m feeling sore already, but that great kind of sore where you know you used muscles that you haven’t used in forever. Zumba @ 10am on Saturdays is permanently in my iCal (except when I’m proctoring the SAT).

Today when I met Ani at the gym, she told me that she could definitely tell that I’d lost weight since she’d last seen me (NYE), and that made me feel so good!  This week has been fantastic with food & exercise, so I have a good feeling about tomorrow’s scale check-in.

580689_10151164411020426_1570796410_n Just look at that blue sky! Yes, it was 50 degrees and really chilly out, but the sun was shining and it was so clear that I just couldn’t resist putting the top down on the Beetle. (It’s funny that here in the Bay Area we’re bracing ourselves for the extreme cold (it’s been dipping below freezing at night), and my friend in Pennsylvania was saying that it was 50 there and she was out enjoying her garden. It’s all about perspective!). I felt so invigorated (and so hot) after the Zumba class, that I wanted to feel the breeze as I made my way to Sprouts to pick up my produce for the week for the week.

20130112-162159.jpg My haul from Sprouts. I got veggies, snacks (more on that in a minute), pb, tea, and almond milk for the week for $52. Not bad, at all. My Lean Cuisines/soups/Healthy Choice dinners add another $14, so my total grocery bill is $66 for the week – a far cry from $165/week that I was paying when I was on JC, right? I’m happy to say that my own version of it is working just a well, too. (More on that tomorrow for my weigh-in).

20130112-163344.jpg This is the snack find that made me smile today.  Wasabi Ginger Kettle Corn?  C’mon!  The stats are great, too.  I love the way it tastes, although I wish it was a bit “zingy-er” aka had a bit more heat from the wasabi.  Then again, I love things spicy!  I looked it up for you guys, and it looks like this is sold at Whole Foods and Cost Plus World market, too.  If you try it, let me know what you think of it.

20130112-162210.jpg So that was the first half of my Saturday.  Shhhh, don’t tell anyone, but this is an action shot (no doubt illegal) driving home with the top down.

1091185-football_49ers_extended_large And now, I’m going to watch my 49ers kick some Packer ass!

How did you spend your Saturday?

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Is it Tuesday already?  Wow, the time is flying by now that summer vacation is coming to a close.  This is my last true week off, although I don’t have to be at work until Aug. 24th, but next week I do have to go in for 2 days to assist with registration.  I’m definitely trying to make the most of these last few days of summer.

As many of you know, I bought a new VW Beetle Convertible on Friday! I’ve wanted this car for so long, and I feel so lucky and grateful to be in the position to purchase my “dream car.”  On Saturday, I took a glorious drive to Half Moon Bay and soaked up the sun.

This week is getting a bit hectic, but in a way it’s good because it will get me used to the busyness that will come when school starts up again.

Here’s a quick snapshot:

Monday – 10am training session with Jimmy, followed by 20 minutes of cardio.  Laundry and cleaning up at home.  Then I went with Ish to her gym and took an Aqua Aerobics class – very basic, but very fun.  My muscles are feeling the double workout this morning, let me tell you.

Yesterday at they gym I bought the “watch” display that goes along with the BodyBugg.  The cool thing about it is that it tells you how many calories you’ve burned, as well as how many steps you’ve taken.  (Plus it tells the time.  LOL).  I like having the display available in current time, rather than having to wait until I upload the info into the computer at night.  Because at 9pm, there’s not much I can do if I’m behind on my calorie burn, you know?  This way, I can do something during the day to make sure I see a calorie deficit of at least 1000 each day.

Tuesday – Today is crazy.  Right now I’m doing more laundry (for one person, my laundry NEVER ends), then I’m going for a much-needed mani-pedi.  Seriously, you guys, my feet are so cracked and calloused, it’s terrible.  I have not been taking care of them at all.  Today’s appt. should fix them right up, though.  After the pampering, I have to head to my classroom for a journalism workday.  We should be there for about 2-3 hours, but hopefully I can get some other work done at the same time.  After that, I’d love to go on a bike ride, as long as the weather isn’t too hot.  Then I’ll make something delicious for dinner.

Wednesday – Training with Jimmy at 10am, and then the rest of the day is free.  I’ll do cardio after the training, but after that, I’m hoping to take Neece for a ride in the car and maybe go to The Container Store to buy some desk organizers for my teacher’s desk at school.  This year I’m vowing to keep my desk neat and tidy, a task that has not gone well in the past.

Thursday – Another whirlwind day.  First my WW meeting, where I hope I see some good news.  I have been taking the advice of some of the very knowledgeable people who read my blog and I have been eating more of my WPAs.  I haven’t made it to the APs yet, but we’ll see.  I’m scared to eat too many extra points, but maybe a high day would be exactly what my body needs to jump start it.

Then, I have to take the car in to have a lo jack-type system installed, then lunch with a former student, then a Zumba class in the evening.  I’m really looking forward to trying Zumba, because everyone I talk to loves it.  One of my former students first told me about Zumba over 2 years ago, so she was on the cusp of the phenomenon, I guess.  She loved it so much that she wanted to get certified to teach it, and was hoping to hold classes on campus at her college.

Friday – Another appt. with Jimmy, although he said it’s going to be “all cardio, baby.”  That scares me a little bit, but I know I’ll finish the session feeling very accomplished (and very tired, I’m sure). Not sure what I’m doing with the rest of the day, but I’ll try to sneak in some fun, somewhere.

(Next week I take measurements, and I am really excited to see how many inches I’ve lost.  Jimmy keeps telling me he can see my progress in the way I’m completing the moves, which really makes me feel like all this hard work is paying off.  Seeing some significant losses in inches will really help me feel better about not seeing much movement on the scale).

Somewhere in there this week I need to go through the cookbooks (still haven’t done it) and do some serious shopping.  I’d also like to buy some new workout clothes (any ideas?).

Oh, and on a side note, I joined eHarmony yesterday.  I really would like to meet a nice guy, and so many people recommend that site, so I’m giving it another go.  (I’ve joined eHarmony twice in the past, but never for more than a month, and I didn’t meet anyone worth noting either time).  This time I joined for 6 months, which seems like a reasonable amount of time to meet someone I’d like to spend more time with.  I’ll be posting about my experience with that on the Bella Blog, so look for those posts.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

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I love, love, LOVE the new car  that I bought yesterday!!!  It’s my new little blueberry, and I can’t wait to really take it out on the road for a spin.    To read more about it, click here. (There’s a link to a photo with me and the car that you might want to check out).

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