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bilbl_superThis is the first full week of summer!  Even though the #TIU #bikiniseries is over, I’m planning to kick my workouts into high gear this week.  The great thing about Tone It Up is that the weekly workout schedules don’t stop.  I’ll be following their toning plan throughout the summer, and beyond.  Here’s this week’s plan:
Monday: C25K, W5D3 (which includes running for 20 straight minutes!) + Vinyasa Yoga in the late afternoon.***
Tuesday: stair workout with a teacher friend + TIU new toning (coming out early Tuesday afternoon)
Wednesday: C25K, W6D1 + Warm Yoga Flow + TIU: Bridal Babe Workout + Honeymoon Ready Routine
Thursday: Hot Tapas Yoga (similar to Bikram)+ TIU: HIIT the Beach 2 (Beach Babe 2 DVD)
Friday: Hot Tapas Yoga + C25K, W6D2 + TIU: Daisy Duke Workout (3 rounds) + TIU: Hula Booty (Beach Babe 2 DVD)
Saturday: Giant 5K w/ Di  (walking) + TIU: Cowabunga

***Today, TIU had the suggestion of going to a yoga class this afternoon, or doing one of their yoga routines. I’m so thankful that they suggested this, because I remembered that I had 19 yoga classes that I’d purchased last summer and were about to expire July 31st.  So, you’re going to see yoga on my schedule several times a week from now until then.

Now that the Bikini Series is over, I thought I’d start a little challenge of my own – getting in 150 miles by the time I have to go back to school for my first teacher workday on August 15. I’d love for you to join me.

I post my daily workouts on Instagram, so follow me (or look at the sidebar of this blog) to see what I’m doing!

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bilbl_superThis week is bananas for me at school – busy days, and a few events in the evening, too.  Which means several more days waking up at 4:00am to make sure I can fit these workouts in.  It hasn’t been easy waking up that early, but I’ve been doing a decent job of it these past two weeks.

Here’s my workout plan for this week:
Sunday:  20-mile bike ride with a friend
Monday: stair workout (6 rounds up & down of 225 stairs) + 2.41-mile walk in 37:19 w/ mom + swimming/playing in the pool with nieces & sis.
Tuesday: Rest Day
**Wednesday: TIU: Making Waves Routine (elliptical) + TIU: Sunrise Routine (Beach Babe DVD) / PM workout: Sunset Routine
**Thursday: C25K: Week 4, Day 2 + TIU: Ab Workout Playlist + Bikini Booty
Friday: TIU: Biker Babes + TIU: Take Me to the Sea
Saturday: TIU: Pura Vida + long walk with Sofi

**4:15am workouts

I’m going to try to walk Sofi on Wednesday – Friday in addition to these workouts, but it will just depend how the days go.

I’m excited about this workout plan because it’s challenging, yet also doable. I like the variety in my cardio because I think it’s really important, and the TIU toning is really showing up.  In fact, my friend Di said that I look really toned when she saw me on Sunday.  Which means that even though my weight has remained the same, I think I’m losing inches and firming up. Plus, I have a lot of fun creating the photo collages and checking in on Instagram with the TIU community.

This week’s C25K comes with 5 minutes of straight jogging, which is daunting, but I’m going to remember to s-l-o-w it down and just push through.  My legs are never the issue; it’s my breathing that become difficult, so I know that slowing down will really help.  As I mentioned in a previous post, my goal in beginning C25K again is to be able to wog/jog/run the MOOnlight 5K on July 12. Not run/walk, but to run it (however slowly) all the way through.

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Autumn has arrived! Which means that life is back to normal – school’s in, my schedule is busy, and obligations abound. But I won’t use those as excuses to slack on my goals. The great thing about fall is that the weather is cooler, which means that those wonderful fall fashions will keep me motivated. Plus, crisp temperatures mean that it’s never “too hot” to workout.  I’m going to relish my nightly cup of steaming hot tea as another way to keep my water intake up. I look forward to all those hearty, satisfying and wls-friendly soups, stews, and crockpot meals that I’ll create for myself. This year, the changing season will mark new milestones that I haven’t seen in 5, 7, 10+ years!  Bring on fall 2013 – it’s time to reach new heights! Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. Throughout the fall, I’ll be giving Sunday progress updates called Fabulous Fall Weigh-Ins.

Week 13 was busy, but really good.  It was my first week of school, and I am so excited by all of my classes.  I have amazing students, and I just know this year is going to be the best one yet.  I’m really proud that even with busy, busy days I was able to stick to my healthy eating and exercise routine.

All good news, so how’s the scale looking?

I weighed in this morning at 234.6, which is a loss of 1.8 pounds this week, and a loss of 42.4 lbs since surgery!!! I’ve lost a total of 80.4 pounds from my highest weight. I’m really happy with this week’s loss, especially since I had such a huge loss last week.  I also had my period for the 3rd time this month (crazy hormones), so that makes this loss even sweeter.  I am so excited that I’m now down 80 pounds!!

Getting up so that I can get ready, make my breakfast, gather my stuff, and hit the road by 7am actually wasn’t as difficult this past week as it has been in the past.  I can definitely see the difference in my energy levels.  As one of my colleagues put it, “you were a spitfire before, but now, you’re on a whole nother level.” I’m having fun picking out my clothes in the morning, and of course I love the compliments that I’ve been getting.  Even fitting in workouts wasn’t too tough – I’ve made sure to workout on the weekends when I have more time so that I can take my two rest days during the week, which has been working perfectly.  The one area that was kind of boring for me was in my food, especially my lunches.  I’ve been buying TJ’s salads and eating them over a couple of days, but I needed to shake things up a bit, so look for a “What’s in my Lunchbag?” post later this week.  (I picked up some fun foods today).

Since I’m now down 80 pounds, I thought I’d share my latest progress photos:

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The “before” was taken in September 2012, and I remember thinking that my face looked thin in the photo.
The “now” was taken on Tuesday (August 19, 2013).

Now for the rare, full-body shots.  The “befores” were taken in February 2013, the “nows” were taken 6 months later (yesterday, August 24, 2013). The top is the same in both, but the pants are much different.  The befores were 26/28 and the nows are 22/24. I’m down about 60 lbs between the two sets of photos.

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I’m not sure if you can see that much difference in the shots, but I can tell you that I FEEL the difference.  Both sets of photos were taken by my sister, after yoga class.  Yesterday’s class was tough, but much easier for me to complete than it would’ve been back in February.  I’m proud of all that I’ve accomplished so far on and off the scale! It hasn’t been an easy road, but it’s been worth every single step I’ve taken.

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Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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This month I’m participating in 30 Days of Thanks (#30DaysofThanks) by writing a blog post about 30 things I’m thankful for. To join in, go to the link above. The best part is, you don’t need to have a blog or even be on social media to take part in the project; you just need to be thankful. I can’t wait to see how my life might change by spending the 30 days in November giving thanks for things in my life — every single day.

Today I went to a new bikram yoga studio that is a stone’s throw from my job to take advantage of the 30 days for $40 deal they have going. The entire studio is dedicated to bikram yoga, and since that’s the type that I like best (at my current weight and ability), it is perfect. The studio has been there for years, but has recently undergone major renovations, so that it now looks as beautiful and serene as the practice makes people feel. (Before the redo, it was really run down).

This summer I’d joined a different studio, one that’s less zen and more about fitness, and my overall experience wasn’t great. I love the look of that other studio, but the atmosphere was really competitive, and I always left the classes acutely aware of what I couldn‘t do; which is really the opposite of most yogic beliefs.

This quote and photo come from the website of the new studio that I tried out today, and I think it really sums up the new experience I had. I still couldn’t get into many of the poses, but at BYSJ, I felt more encouraged to continue to try. Rather than feeling like a failure, I felt encouraged and empowered. I know I won’t be able to fit a class in every single day for the next 30 days, but I will be able to go several times a week, and I’m sure that on December 5th I’ll be much more flexible and able to get into positions that weren’t available to me today. I’m grateful to begin that journey today.

Today I’m thankful that I gave myself a month of being able to improve my bikram poses. I’m thankful that the new studio offers convenient classes so that I can still allow myself time to prep for all that I need to do for teaching, attend a 90-minute yoga class after school, and and get home at a decent time. I’m thankful that the deal makes it possible for me to fit yoga into my budget. I’m thankful that yoga is going to be part of my life for the next 30 days.

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Autumn has arrived! Which means that life is back to normal – school’s in, my schedule is busy, and obligations abound. But I won’t use those as excuses to slack on my goals. The great thing about fall is that the weather is cooler and there are no holidays or other social commitments to derail me from strictly adhering to my food and workout plan.  I’m determined that fall 2012 will be when I achieve my pre-surgery weight loss goal.  Since weekday mornings are hectic, I’m moving my weigh-in day to Sunday.  Sundays are the day that I use to get ready for the week ahead by grocery shopping, prepping my food, planing my meals, and organizing my workouts.  Sunday mornings are relaxed, so it’s the perfect day to weigh in.  Plus, Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend.  Throughout the fall, I’ll be giving Sunday progress updates called Fabulous Fall Weigh-Ins.

This week wasn’t one that I’d like to repeat in terms of weight loss.  There were some good things (I have been cooking up a storm), and some bad things (I didn’t workout at all during the week).  And then there was the status quo (I logged all my food each day).  Overall a very “meh” week.  Which, in the grand scheme of things is bound to happen, but when I have a surgery goal that I’m trying to meet, “meh” isn’t going to cut it.

{Okay, Bella, that’s all good and well, but what we really want to know is how you did on the scale}. Right?!

Today I weighed in at 304.0, which means I stayed the same this week. So, I have 23 lbs to go to reach my pre-surgery goal. It could have been a lot worse, especially considering that someone took over my brain on Friday night, but I’ll get to that in a second. The main reason for this stall is that I put no effort into working out M-Th.  I had a lot going on at work, and stayed hours after each day, but that can’t be an excuse.  Staying hours after school puts me at about the same time people with office jobs get home on a regular basis.  And they make time for workouts.  I let being exhausted become an excuse this week, which won’t fly.

I think exhaustion is part of what happened on Friday night, too.  I headed to the drive-thru window at Wendy’s.  What?!  All summer I never once had a slip like this, and then it happens on Friday night, after a really long walk with Sofi, mind you.  I was tired from the week, but proud that we’d gone on a long walk. I knew that I didn’t have anything quick at home to eat for dinner, and I didn’t feel like cooking a meal that would take 30+ minutes.  Instead of heading to Subway or to Safeway to get a Lean Cuisine or something (not great choices, but better than a drive-thru), I drove to Wendy’s, almost on autopilot.  Which is strange, since I wasn’t craving it or anything.  I logged it all, and was sickened by the calories.  It’s a good thing that I did get in a long walk with Sofi, otherwise there would have surely been a gain this morning.

I didn’t let this slip up turn me inside out, though.  Immediately on Saturday I got busy and headed to the 10am Zumba class I love.  It felt good to sweat and move and have an amazing workout done by 11am.  While we were waiting in line for the prior class to get out, a couple of the ladies recommended that I try the Thursday night UJam class.  I’d gone to a UJam class once before at a different club, and found it to be too much “street” dancing for my abilities, but they both said that this Thursday class was very accessible.  As much as Zumba, if not a bit easier to follow.  So, I’m giving that a try sometime soon (I’d go this week, but we have Back to School Night on Thursday).

The other cool thing on the workout front is that one of my colleagues sent an email early in the week to let us know that a yoga studio not 10 minutes from our campus was offering K-12 teachers free yoga throughout September.  They offer classes at 4pm and 4:30, which would be ideal for my later days at school.  I wouldn’t count yoga as a workout on it’s own (as I found out this summer), but it’s a good way to transition from work to home.  I’d like to go to classes at least twice a week.

I said last week that I didn’t want to put pressure on myself by making a strict schedule of workouts, but I think I’m the type of person that needs a bit of pressure.  Plus, I love making plans and sticking to a schedule.  Here’s what I’m thinking:

Sunday: walk w/ Sofi; housecleaning; OnDemand kickboxing
Monday: walk w/ Sofi; bike ride
Tuesday: walk w/ Sofi; UJam Fitness (this wasn’t the instructor they recommended, but I’ll give it a whirl)
Wednesday: walk w/ Sofi; Zumba
Thursday: Elliptical 5K; walk w/ Sofi
Friday: Heated Vinyasa; walk w/ Sofi
Saturday: Zumba; walk w/Sofi

If any of these workouts don’t happen, I will do an OnDemand workout in their place.  With my body, exercise is the key to weight loss.  No matter how tired I am, I have to remind myself of the surgery goal.

I’ve been doing really well with the food, and having fun trying lots of healthy new recipes.  My creative dinners were definitely one of the things I did this week that I’m really proud of.  More of the same this week.  I’m trying:

I’m using ZipList to organize and plan my menus, and I absolutely love it.  I think I may write a whole post about ZipList, because it’s amazing.

Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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Last night my friend Ani and I went to see Girish:Remixed at one of the local yoga studios I like to go to.  I had been on their site looking up a class for my sister when I happened to look at their upcoming events and saw the show.

REMIXED links Sanskrit mantra and chant with modern grooves in a heart-opening, soul-stirring union. This is sensual, funky, yet deeply devotional music that will have your body moving and your heart soaring.

REMIXED joins Girish’s lush, soulful voice and transcendent melodies with a dazzling array of international musical luminaries including Mac Quayle (Sting, Beyonce, Madonna), DJDrez (Black-Eyed Peas, Bombay Dub Orchestra), Herb Graham,Jr(MacyGray), Desert Dwellers, Rara Avis, Shujat Ali Khan and more.

REMIXED is an inspiring blend of musical styles ranging from dubstep to reggae, from dance to electronic – while maintaining the devotional heart and soul of Girish’s music. This is music to put your prayers in motion!”

I love music of all types, and I’m always looking for something out of the ordinary to do, so I figured it was a nice way to spend a Saturday evening.  I asked Ani to join me because she’s always up for new adventures. And I did something really a-typical for me – I didn’t research more about the music online before the event.  I wanted to experience the evening fresh, without any preconceived notions.

This is the Luna room at Breathe, where they hold their aerial yoga classes, among others. It was the beautiful setting of the evening’s music.

While I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew I’d hear some interesting music in a tranquil space, no matter what.  And I did.  We sat on blankets and bolsters on the ground, and most people were wearing loose, easy clothing.  I was a bit overdressed, but very thankful that I’d chosen to forgo my jeans, which would have been much too uncomfortable for sitting on the floor for two hours.

The music was based on chants from sanskrit, many of which are used in yoga practice.  I was actually shocked at how many people in the small group of 30 knew the chants by heart. The Girish website has samples of all the songs we heard last night, and here’s a sample of one of my favorites from last night, Jaya Hanuman. The thing that you don’t hear from the samples is the way that the songs built up in intensity and tempo.  As the description wrote, many of the songs took on a funky, jazzy vibe, courtesy of brilliant bass guitar playing and drumming.  Those were the moments I enjoyed the most, when I could just forget about everything else and FEEL the music.  And I guess that’s really the whole point, to let all of your troubles go and just be in the moment, exactly as you are when you’re practicing yoga. 

The only song I didn’t like was one that was sung in English and sounded more like a Christian revival meeting.  (It was something more impromptu, and not part of the CD or the samples).

Even though I didn’t completely feel like I belonged there (just my own thing, not because anyone was unwelcoming), I still really enjoyed the evening.  I liked the experience so much that I think I may go to the OM Music Festival in Santa Cruz in October.  I think it speaks to the fact that music can bridge all sorts of gaps.

Do you ever go to events that are very out of character for you?

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20120714-084746.jpgI think I really am becoming a fitness superhero! I’m thinking of joining a local community center so I can take more fitness classes. In addition to my normal membership at 24 Hour Fitness and my 1-month pass at the yoga studio, mind you.

It all started when my favorite Zumba instructor ever, Lollo, recently commented on one of my first posts about Zumba. In her comment, she mentioned that she’s teaching at a local community center that’s less than a mile from my house. So I looked up their schedule and was amazed by the classes they offered!

1. Spin Yogi (30 min spin, 60 min yoga) – Lollo teaches!
2. Mat Pilates (for beginners) – Lollo teaches!
3. Zumba – Lollo teaches!
4. BellyDance (24 hour doesn’t have this anymore)
5. Hot Hula (this sounds so fun!!!)

They offer lots more, but those are the ones I’d definitely go to. Well, I’m not quite ready for Spinning Yogi, but I can get there.

The cost is $29.99/mo, and I don’t have to sign a contract. They’re actually offering 3 months for $75, which saves $15, so I may go with that one. Considering that I only pay $99/year ($8.25/mo) for 24 Hour, I think I can fit this in my budget, at least for July, August, and September. I have nothing but time on my hands until August 15, and since these classes are offered in the evening, I can absolutely fit them in when school starts back up. I could easily spend $25-30 on something a lot less healthy.

So I’m going to go in on Monday and sign up!

Who am I? A girl determined to have fun with fitness while reaching her goals.

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Since I’m getting into yoga for the next 40 days, I decided to treat myself to a few items that will help me look better (and may just help my practice).  Plus, I plan to make yoga a part of my weekly workouts even after these 40 days are up, so I thought it was time to buy a bit of yoga “gear.”

Last week when I went to Bikram, I sweated a lot. I mean, my legs, arms, back, and everywhere else was sweating, which is unusual for me.  It was a great way to release toxins, but it wasn’t so great on my yoga mat. Stinky!!

I used some Clorox wipes to clean it up a bit, I knew there had to be a better way.

And then I went on Amazon (where I purchased all of these yoga essentials, actually), and found Manduka yoga mat spray.

I got it in the lavender scent, because I thought that sounded tranquil.

Next up was something that I’d been wanting to purchase for a really long time, but wasn’t sure it was a good use of money.  But after the stinky yoga mat incident, I knew it was necessary.

Today when I went to Yoga Basics, I asked the girl next to me who had the Yogitoes skidless towel whether she thought it was worth it, and she said absolutely.  She said that even though they’re ridiculously expensive, the grip and the way that they hold up in the wash made them worth the money.

I liked this one because I have an orange Gaiam mat that my sister bought me years ago, and I thought it would coordinate well.

And then I decided that I should probably get a second mat, too.  That way, I can make sure the mats are always “fresh.”  This one was only $16.99 and is supposed to be extra thick.  I got the dark purple color, because I thought it would coordinate with the towel.

I always keep a yoga mat in my car, but I like the idea of having a second one that I can use at home for some of the floor work that the workout DVDs I’ve been doing have.  Plus, if a friend is ever interested in trying yoga with me and doesn’t have a mat, I  can let her borrow one of mine.

Next up is something that I wrote about quite a while ago, the AdoraOm plus-sized yoga/workout clothing line.  I was so disappointed when I couldn’t go to their luncheon in L.A. because I’d been wanting to check out their clothes first-hand.  Their prices are fairly expensive, but the clothing is getting rave reviews from everyone who tries it, and I think their items are the type of high-quality clothes that will hold up well.  People spend crazy money on Lululemon, so why not spend a bit on the plus-sized version?  So I decided to treat myself to two of their tops because I don’t have any sort of performance activewear, and I have a feeling that it really does make a difference.

This is the My Game Face top ($67).  I got it in gray and charcoal because I thought it was the most versatile.  (And the turquoise color I’d wanted was out of stock in my size).  These tops are popular!  I bought it in a size smaller than I wear in my shirts because I wanted it to be a bit tighter. Plus, as I lose weight, I want it to fit me.  I don’t mind it being a bit snug now if it means that I can get more wear out of it later.

This one is called My Funky Tank ($79) and I love it!  Again, I wanted it in turquoise, but they were out of stock, and this color is fine.  A neutral that will go with everything. This top has a bit of a built-in bra, so I’m thinking it will be great for me to wear along with a sports bra for higher impact activities, like Zumba or kickboxing.

I know I spent a lot of money – thank goodness for that Amazon card I got!  But these are investments in something that I love to do, and since they last a long time, I think it’s worth it.  Plus, I’m a lot less likely to skip out on a workout/yoga class when I know that I’ve spent this much on all of the gear.  And since I’m someone who wants to look as good as I possibly can, even when I’m working out, knowing that this stuff will help me perform better as I look better really boosts my confidence.  And that’s priceless.

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Since I had today off and I wanted to take advantage of my 40 days for $40 deal that I got at Breathe, I decided to head to a noon Anusara-Inspired yoga class.  I’d never heard of Anusara before, but when I read the description, it sounded interesting.

Anusara, a system of Hatha Yoga developed and founded by John Friend, masterfully blends Universal Principles of Alignment with heart-opening, creative expression making the practice a beautiful and delightful synergy of precision and grace. Detailed verbal cues,  hands-on adjustments, and demonstrations of poses with detailed explanations will be given. Each class will be infused with a heart-oriented theme, woven into the asana practice giving more potency and meaning to each pose.

Little did I realize that the class was a lot less hatha and a lot more vinyasa.  Meaning lots of flowing from one pose to the next.  Downward dog to Staff to Cobra to Plank to Warrior to…you get the idea.  I don’t like moving from one pose to the next too quickly, which is why I love Bikram, because you hold the poses for longer periods of time.

But I was there and I decided to fight back the inner fat girl in my head who told me to leave as soon as we started all the moving from pose to pose.  I got into every single pose for the first 40 minutes.  Granted, I wasn’t nearly as graceful for effortless as others, and I may have modified the poses a bit, but I got into them.  And then Daniella,the teacher whom I absolutely loved, told us to move toward the wall.  And my intuition told me that this wasn’t going to be good.

Why oh why didn’t I listen to that feeling?

Daniella demonstrated how to get into a headstand.  Yes, a HEADSTAND!  WTF?!  I don’t think so.

No matter how many steps she was able to take us through, from being on all fours and lengthening the body and using the four corners of our body to propel us forward, there was simply no way that I was going to be able to get my body up and put all that weight onto my poor hands.

Just not going to happen.

And as I watched people attempting the handstand, I made the decision that I’d had enough yoga for one day, and I thanked Daniella for the class and I hit the bricks.

I mean, c’mon! A handstand?  Seriously?!  Don’t you think they should have mentioned that as one of the “heart-opening poses” in the description?

But I am glad I stayed for the first 40 minutes.  My heart rate was up and I can already feel the muscles in my thighs.  MyFitnessPal says I burned 768 calories, and while I know their estimates are higher than what a HRM might read, I’m ok with the inaccuracy, at least for now.  (Eventually I might want to buy a Polar F4 HRM, but that seems like a great reward item for making weight loss goals).  But, I digress…

I went on Breathe’s online class signup and decided on classes for the rest of my 39 days.  I’m not taking a  class every single day, but I am going to get my money’s worth.  Here’s what I’ve signed up for:

  • Sundays: Candle Light Yin
  • Tuesdays: Hot “Tapas” Yoga (“tapas” means “the discipline of steady practice which will lead to immediate internal and external benefits.”  Basically, Bikram yoga).
  • Thursdays: Hot Tapas Yoga
  • Fridays: Restorative
  • Saturday: Yoga Basics

I even signed up for Taiji and Qigong class on the last day of my 40 – Tuesday, February 21st – when I’ll be on February Break and able to take a morning class.

Learn how to maintain and increase your own vitality with this simple but profound class.  Each class will integrate gentle movements that stretch and strengthen your entire body with techniques that expand your breath and balance your mind.  Each morning you will have a chance to learn simple and effective routines Taiji and Qigong that energize, cleanse, and harmonize your body’s internal organs and energetic systems.  Sometimes called “Chinese yoga,” Taiji and Qigong healing exercises were developed in the earliest dynasties of China and have now spread throughout the globe.  This unique opportunity to practice these ancient Chinese energizing techniques is not to be missed!

I’m going to get my inner yogini on from now until February 21st, when  the 40 days run out! And I decided today that if I like these classes and the teachers as much as I think I’m going to, I’ll purchase a one-month unlimited package in July, when I can go every day if I’d like.  It’s $115, but there’s no commitment, and since I have so much time throughout that month to practice yoga, it will be worth it.

~Namaste~

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I’ve always loved Friday the 13th, even though most people think of it as an unlucky day.  As my Spanish teacher in high school once said, “how can any Friday be unlucky?”  My thoughts exactly.  And actually, ever since high school when I just had to be a little rebel (I was actually a really good kid), I decided that since everyone else thought of 13 as an unlucky number, it was going to be my favorite number.  It still is, to this day.

And this Friday the 13th is especially lucky because I have the entire day off.  And not just today (for semester break), but also Monday (for Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday), so I have a 4-day weekend.  I don’t have any special plans of going somewhere, but I do have a few things that I’m looking forward to:

Friday –

  • Anusara yoga at noon today. BTW – yesterday’s Indian Temple Dancing that I was so looking forward to was cancelled.  Only they didn’t tell anyone.  So 4 of us showed up to take the class, and found out the bad news.  Not the best way to run a yoga studio, but the girl felt so bad that she offered me a card for a free tea at their Mandala Tea House.
  • Find a new and interesting spot to take Sofi on a long walk.
  • Begin to crochet.  I found a great video series on YouTube and my Happy Hooker book arrived earlier this week.
  • Spend a solid hour or two reading.  Scale Warfare and I are reading The Life You’ve Imagined and I’m also interested in starting Hunger Games.
  • Babysit my nieces for a couple of hours – maybe some Wii Just Dance?
  • Continue my Sons of Anarchy marathon.  I’m up to season 4 now, and I love these characters.  It doesn’t hurt that Charlie Hunnam is so easy on the eyes.

Saturday –

  • Zumba at 10am and then yoga basics at 12:15.  Looking forward to a great day of calorie burn.
  • Watch my ‘9ers beat those Saints
  • Long walk with Sofi at another new location.
  • More crochet practice time.
  • More reading.
  • Catching up on Grey’s Anatomy.  I adore this show, but somehow I’m behind by a few seasons.  I’m going to use my Amazon Prime (which I’m loving!) to catch up and then hopefully watch the rest on Xfinity.

Sunday –

  • Personal puppy training with Sofi and Tanya (our trainer).  I think I’ve mentioned before that I live on an incredibly busy street.  I have a really long driveway, though, and I’d love to be able to train Sofi  to stay in the driveway when I open the door or when we’re just outside.  I know it can be done because my sister’s dog is great about it.  Plus, Sofi is so smart and a really quick learner. I’m just so nervous because of the way that Lulu died.  So I figured it was worth it to hire our puppy trainer.  Tanya is coming to our house bright and early on Sunday (9am) to help us learn how to do this.  I can’t wait.
  • Another long walk with Sofi.
  • Get the house cleaned and organized.
  • Candlight Yin yoga. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect way to end the weekend and get ready for the week ahead?
  • Coffee with a friend?

Monday –

  • Even though everyone will be out and about on Monday, since many people have the day off, I think I’m going to brave the mall to use they $100 gift certificate my parents gave me to Sephora.  Plus, window shopping is fun and it’s been forever since I’ve had time to just look around, so that might be nice.
  • Another fun, long walk with Sofi.
  • More crochet practice time.
  • More reading.
  • Get ready for the (short) week ahead – it will be the beginning of the 2nd semester, so the week should be a really positive one.  Fresh starts and all of that.

I can’t wait.  Even if you don’t have a 4-day weekend like I do, I hope you find some time do enjoy yourself.

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