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Monday, March 31, 2008

time for some junk food

Tomorrow, after I sub my boss's early-morning Zumba class (my plan! It is falling into place!) the girls and I are making vegan chocolate chip cookies. Then we're gonna eat the dough give half to the new neighbors down the street. Here's the recipe--it's not brain-surgery-complex, so that's good.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
from Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

1c. nonhydrogenated margarine, at room temperature
1 1/4 c. sugar
1 tbsp. molasses
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. bakinig soda
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips (My note: I'm using Ghiradelli. If you're going to share, you should use the good stuff! Heck, you should use the good stuff for yourself too.)

Preheat oven to 350. Cream together the margarine and sugar until fluffy. Add the molasses and vanilla. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls spaced a little over 2 inches apart onto ugreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until ever-so-slightly browned. Let cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
I'll tell you how it goes. :)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

big news

I'm sick. :P

In other (really fantastic!) news...This October (at least, the rumor is October and I hope it doesn't change to November or December because then I won't be able to go because when you work in retail, time off during the holiday season does not happen) the very first Zumba Instructor Conference will take place in Orlando, Florida!

!!!

I am so excite--and not just because it will be my third trip to Orlando in less than a year and a half--pretty big deal because never go anywhere and now I get to go there again which kind of rocks because there are so many places I want to go back to and so many places Ii didn't get to go to the last couple of times and OMG ZUMBA CONFERENCE!!!

What was I saying?

Oh yeah. So I totally wanna go. And I know there are plenty of other instructors popping in here now and then so...are YOU going? hm? hm??

I've got it all figured out. If save up every single penny from my Thursday afternoon Zumba kids class, my Thursday night Zumba class, my new Wednesday and Saturday classes at the community center...AND sub every single one of my bosses' classes, between now and October, and don't spend any of it (ha!)...that will be approximately $3,940. Assuming my kids class runs through the summer, which frankly I'm hoping it doesn't. So that should cover 2 plane tickets, a hotel room for 2 people for several days, a rental car (no m ore $80 cab rides for me!), and some fun money.

I know what you're thinking! You're thinking it's awful nice of me to bring my hubby along but, won't he be bored while I'm at my conference?

Truth is, I'm hoping not to bring him. He'll be home spending quality time with the kids, because while going to Florida with him for his conference and being on y own all day was my dream come true last summer, my hubby is a homebody at heart and really would be bored without me (awwwww...).

No, I'm hoping to surprise my friend Tina with the trip. She's the one person I feel like I owe my whole Zumba journey to. She started teaching the first Zumba classes i our area at my Y way back a year and a half ago. And she is the most loving, selfless, deserving, person I know. So if I can be a blessing to her by taking her on this trip, I so want to!

Shh! Don't tell! It's our secret, OK? If I can contain myself, that is. So, I have two or three really huge challenges ahead of me:
  1. remembering to fill out and turn in my time cards so I actually get paid
  2. not spending my money as soon as I get it
  3. not telling Tina
  4. not telling Tina
  5. not telling Tina!
Oh, and some other things for the "preparing for Zumba Conference" list:
  1. get a new camera to replace the one I just go for Christmas that Ii somehow broke right after vacation--good thing I didn't buy that memory card to go with it. Too bad I didn't buy that mickey mouse camera case...
  2. lose 30 more pounds, even if that means spending some of my $3940 on a whole new wardrobe. Yeah, I could deal with that. And hey, it's doable--that's about a pound a week.
  3. convince my friend Lee to go. Come on, girl! You can room with us!
  4. get the time off work. Please, God, don't let them move it any later...
[update: Being the sweet, thoughtful wife I am, I asked my hubby if he would want to come, figuring he'd automatically say no. He said he had to think about it. Doesn't he know this is my chance for a girls' week out? We might have to talk...] :)

Monday, March 24, 2008

I'm back from Florida! We had a blast. So much fun. So much walking.

And Friday? I Zumba'd with BETOOOOOO!

That was SO fun.

The $80 cab ride there? Not so much.

But OMG so fun. Lots of energy, nonstop music and dancing, tons of other instructors.

(I'd like to interrupt the positive gushing flow to say I'm so sick of how I look next to other instructors...you could fit two instructors in the space I take up. OK--back to the positiveness...)

So yeah, it was lots of fun. The energy was intense. I didn't get to meet Beto, though. Thanks to that lovely $80 cab ride, I secured a free ride home from a really nice woman that I was so happy to meet. But I had to leave when she was ready...and she wasn't an instructor so she didn't have that "must-meet-BETO" impulse the rest of us are so prone to. :) But you know how Zumba sucks you in...I bet she'll get to a workshop soon. It's an epidemic!

By the time we got home yesterday we were all so beat. I feel like I could sleep for a day. And during Tina's class this morning I was like a rag doll.

Oh, yeah, I have got to eat something. While we were gone most of my meals were fruit, veggies, and pasta or other carbs--but very little protein, since everything was meat and cheese. The cafeteria did have chocolate soy milk and soy burgers...but 3 meals a day, plus snacks, over the course of four days...a girl can only eat veggie burgers so many times!

ZZzzz..OK, off to an early bedtime.

happy Easter!

OK so I'm a day late but I couldn't let my favorite day of all year go by without an Easter greeting so here you go! I tried getting the song to play but all I have for you is the lyrics so if you can, rent VeggieTales--An Easter Carol and hear it yourself. :)

There’s a story that started on Christmas
When a baby was born in the night
And those who came far, who followed the star
Were seeing a heavenly sight ...
a heavenly sight.

Well the years hurried by, and the boy, now a man
Could make the blind see with a touch of his hand
He was born to be King -- he was Rabbi and Priest
But the best that he had, he gave to the least ...
He gave to the least.

He was born and he died, almost 2,000 years ago
He laughed and he cried, he felt all the fears we know
But what does it matter? A story so strange ...
Even if it is true, what does it change?
What does it change?

Well he spoke like a prophet -- like no one they’d heard
This simple young carpenter -- crowds hung on every word
He hated injustice -- He taught what is right
He said “I’m the way, and the truth, and the light.”

His friends soon believed that truly he was the one.
The Savior, Messiah, God’s one and only son.
But others, they doubted, they did not agree
So they took him, they tried him,
He died on a tree ...
He died on a tree.

God has made a way
for all who mourn and grieve
Death will never be the end
if you just believe.

There is nothing left to fear
nothing Heaven knows
For he died for us to give us life
and to give us hope He rose
He died for us to give us life
And to give us hope He rose.

Friday, March 14, 2008

the pride and the fall of me. oh, and an overabundance of parentheses.

Last night I gave one of my worst classes ever!

It all started because I wanted SO BADLY to bring some of the songs from the new DVDs to my class that night. I'm not going to be there next week (We'll be too busy partying with Mickey, Goofy, Donald, and Beto!) and I couldn't bear to wait two whole weeks to do the new songs, so I kept listening to the songs over and over and watching the DVDs over and over, but since I was sick and was feeling nasty well into yesterday I never actually got up and practiced on my feet.

Now a healthy, normal, well-adjusted instructor would say, "Well, I'm not really ready to do those songs in class and I would never want to do less than my best for my students, so I'm going to wait to bring these songs until I can get up and practice them and know them inside and out. Upside down and sideways. Even if it means waiting two more weeks."

But what *I* said was, "Psht! I know this! I don't have to practice! I can do it in my head; what's the difference getting up in class and doing it? No sweat." And I admit, what I was really thinking was "I need to have fresh new stuff that no one else is doing yet so I can be the best!!!" So I took my laptop to the Y and sat there for an hour before class cramming choreography for five songs into my head.

(PS, for those of you who are interested, they were African Dreams, Santa Que, Zumbalicious, Zumbando por un Sueno, and Alegria pa' Zumbar. Love them!)

Now, there were several things wrong with this. Besides the obvious things like OMG I'm such a jerk and OMG what kind of instructor walks into class never having actually gotten up and DONE the moves,
  1. I didn't factor in time to pee before class. BIG mistake. I always pee like a bazillion times before I teach a class. I'm like a nervous excited puppy. You're welcome for sharing.
  2. I didn't factor in time to change out of my street shoes into my Zumba sneakers. HUGE mistake. HATE working out in my street shoes--they're cheap and now I hurt.
  3. The clock on my computer, which I was using to make sure I wasn't late, is apparently 8 whole freakin minutes slower than the clock in the Y. So...I was late. Only by a minute, but normally I'm plenty early so I can prepare and stuff. You know, numbers one and two above.
So...long story short (haha yeah) I got to class, previewed a couple of more difficult moves (how 'bout that Sabor step, huh? Love it!) and then totally mangled most of the songs. (Zumbalicious came out OK. Love it.)

I don't know how much the class picked up on the messing up. The class was remarkably small tonight, as were all the other classes before mine today, and as was my kids class (two whole kids this week!), and the energy was kind of...low (as in crickets chirping). So I'm going to go ahead and say I disappointed them, anyway. I was so mad at myself as we left. I swore, after taking classes with other, more perpetually, unprepared instructors, that I would never ever take songs into class that I didn't know every way, couldn't do with my eyes closed, in my sleep...you get the idea.

Well, I took my sorry pera to the mall and drowned my woes in a soy latte (oh the drama). And I promise, I'm never doing that again. There's nothing like that high that comes from giving a great class and lemme tell ya--last night was nothing like that high. ;)

[Posting may be sporadic until I get home from Disney on Easter Sunday (Easter!!! My favorite day of the year!). The laptop, sadly, is staying home. (Gah! Withdrawl!!!)]

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

159.5

Well, I did it. I made it into the 150s before leaving for Florida. That was my goal.

Of course, dehydration and starvation via stomach bug wasn't exactly the method I had in mind...

Ugh...

Not much else to say, since I'm too weak to move. That Spring coming yet?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

zumba in the comics!


Zits has always been one of my favorite comic strips, mostly because the character reminds me so strongly of my little brother when he was growing up. Hehe. Anyway, you have to check out today's strip! Click here.


Monday, March 10, 2008

160.0

That's the reading on the scale, as of this morning. Just for the fun of it, I calculated my BMI online.

I'm now at 29.3, down from 33.8 (holy crap!) when I started out.

So, now I'm only overweight, not obese. Wheee! ;)

It's hard to put too much stock in those numbers, and I'll tell you why by sharing what I did this weekend:

I bought two pairs of size 12 pants.

Size 12! Me! I haven't worn that size in five years (check it out, I even changed my "about me" section. It used to say I was "looking at" my size 12s.). And the notable thing about it is that any time in my life I wore that size, I was always right at 150. 140 was a size 10, 160 a size 14, and so on. For me, 10 pounds equals one pant size, and while that's still true, it's now down a whole step.

So lately, 170 was a size 14, and now at 160 I'm wearing a size 12. And I know the clothes people aren't screwing with the sizes too much, because I can fit into my old pants (that I kept as some kind of self-torture) too. So that means I've gained muscle, right? Not that I need all this to tell me that--I can tell just in how I feel. You know, I can put a hand on my neck, or my knee, or my waist, or anywhere, and feel muscle that I don't ever remember having before, even growing up.

So what does that do to my BMI? Doesn't it give me a false idea of where I am?

Oh well, I'm not overly concerned. I'm thrilled with how I look and feel and how easy it's all going and how much I'm loving my diet and my ZUMBA and how all that adds up to me as a happier, healthier mommy/wife/friend/everything.

I am kinda curious to know what my body fat percentage is though. Not that I knew what it was when I weighed 185...I was too scared to check then. Could you imagine what it must feel like to know you're made up of 50% fat or something? I so didn't want to know then, so now I have nothing to compare to. Do any of you have one of those body makeup scales? Do you like it? I think I might invest in one...

*ps...Is this not one of the most scatterbrained, poorly-written posts in the history of posting? I apologize--I'm trying to cram in an entry between cleaning up after my kids, who have some nasty bug again. God? I'd like an order of Spring, please. Thanks.

*pps...I know, I know. I need to tell you all about the DVDs and show you my face when I got it. I will tell you this: they're freakin awesome. And this: I cried when I realized what they were. I feel very loved. :) And this: You SO need to order them. But you'll wait for them because I think they're still backordered. But OH are they worth it!

Friday, March 07, 2008

OMFGzz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

I'm sorry, Kimberly isn't available right now.

She's in the living room, Zumba-ing to the NEW DVD SET!!!!

You heard that right! My friend Lee sent me them as an early birthday present!!


OMG!!

So...Can't talk now! More later, including a shot of my face when I realized just what the UPS man interrupted my nap to bring...OK? xD

here comes the sun, doo doo doo doooo

The sun is out! It's been sunny and somewhat warm (a balmy 50 degrees!) for most of the week and it's SOOOOOO nice. I'm going to go upstairs and open the window over my bed and take a nap.

Hey, I taught a lot this week. I can nap if I wanna. :)

This morning I pulled out my old pair of size 12 Old Navy jeans I wore back in, oh, 2004? 2005? I've been trying them on every once in a while to see how things are going. The scale is unreliable, the measurements would be great if I knew how to measure in the same spot every time...but the pants, they do not lie.

I pulled them up.

I buttoned them.

I zipped them.

Now, they didn't look fantastic or anything. I'm not ready to go out in them. But! I pulled them up! I buttoned them! I zipped them! These are all things that were not once possible. These are all things that at one point? Were not even fathomable.

So. I'm happy.

Now I'm going in for that nap I feel I so richly deserve. ;)

PS...did I tell you? I'm going to take a class with BETO!!! in Florida! This month!!!

Monday, March 03, 2008