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Well hello there, Blog Readers! 

Happy Weekend! What is everyone up to?

I just taught not one, but two Zumba classes on this hot and humid Saturday morning. I subbed for a good friend Alejandra – as she is living it up at the Zumba® Convention – at the Darien YMCA.

It was really cool to see a new crowd. This class takes place in a gym with no mirrors, and I stood on a platform as I faced the class. Very new experience for me and it was a blast!

Second class was my usual at the Stamford LA Fitness. Everyone loved my new routines! Eva=happy girl this morning. Snapped a few pics of my Stamford class:

Thanks everyone for all the energy today! I had a blast!!

Some highlights from the week:

  • My friends at Chobani sent me a FREE case, all because they read my blog! How freakin’ awesome is that!! I got a box of assorted flavors – and I admit, I really am only a 0% plain kind-of-girl because I don’t like to eat added sugar AND I like to add in my own fix-in’s, but I tried the 2% strawberry banana and this was just so decadent. I loved it. The 2% was just so much creamier, too. This will definitely be added in to my daily meals every now and again. {I just like to watch sugar, that’s all…but everything in moderation, peeps}

 

Up close & personal with my 2% strawberry banana chobani, mixed with a packet of plain instant oatmeal and some yummy TJ’s crunchy unsalted PB. This was a perfect pre-Zumba snack for Thursday.

  • I had a HUGE surprise at my Thursday 5:45 pm Zumba Class… NICHOLAS worked out at LA Fitness at the same time, and he came into my class for the last few songs.   He has never seen me teach before!! I have always wanted him to at least just SEE my class, and finally it happened 🙂 He even tried to do the last few songs, and he was so cute. I couldn’t look at him as I was teaching because I’d start laughing..ha! Regardless, it totally made my night. {Un}fortunately, I did not snap any pictures, and I am sure he is very happy about that!
  • I had a half day at work yesterday and came home and made an awesome salad. I used arugula, basil, cucumbers, mushrooms, tomato’s, Dr. Praegers California Burger, 1 laughing cow chipotle cheese wedge, and salsa & Sriracha for dressing. It-was-so-good. I am getting so sick of chicken sometimes, so I love switching it up with some veggie burgers, ya know what I mean.

  • I tried the Black Bean Burger recipe from Sarah Smiles yesterday, and I need to figure out how to keep them all TOGETHER. They might have crumbled, oops. I also mixed things up a bit from her recipe (no sweet potato):

Ingredients: (Makes about 6 burgers)

– 1 can of Low Sodium Black Beans

– 1.5 cups of cooked Quinoa

– About 3 TBSP of egg whites

– A few spoonfuls of minced garlic

– 3 TBSP of red pepper hummus

– Lots of Mrs. Dash “Fiesta Lime” seasoning

– A few dashes of Chives

Directions:

Honestly, all I did was throw all the above ingredients into a mixing bowl. I then threw it into the {crappy} Magic Bullet to blend it all up into a smoother consistency.

I then coated a frying pan with coconut oil and made “burger formations” out of the mix  and cooked for a few minutes on each side.

Side note: I don’t know if I didn’t use enough oil or what, but this made the entire apartment a big smoke fest. I had to break out fans & open the windows to clear the smoke. HA. I obviously did something wrong. 2nd time’s the charm?

I have to say I really did enjoy them. Nick, not so much. But I LIKED them. I will definitely be making these again and freezing them 🙂

I made a plate of sautéed spinach in some more coconut oil and some veggies on the side. I had a very satisfying dinner.

  • Last but not least, I had a nice Friday night which ended with lots of Trader Joe’s 94% fat free popcorn mixed with 100 calorie bags of kettle corn….and some RED WINE 🙂 Yes, I love wine & drink it often, oops?

Okay friends, this smelly Zumba girl needs to get in the shower and get this day started after two intense classes. HASTA LUEGO!

Question of the day – Let’s keep things positive. What great things have happened to you this week? Or what are you grateful for this week?