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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It has been a while.. ahum.. over a month... since I last posted a blog. I guess I got lazy
Or.. maybe there just hasn't been much going on this last month. Not quite true - our town is different in the summer months. Most of the gringos have gone north for the summer and there are more mexican tourists in town, especially the last 2 weeks. It is fun to watch the families with small children on the beaches.

The down side of the hotter months is the lack of decent quality vegetables. Everything is pretty limp and tired looking and frankly some of the stuff in the markets looks worse than what I have thrown out during the winter months. Broccoli in particular is hard to find in good shape, and you know how much I like the stuff!

One exciting thing for this last month is that DH and I have started spanish lessons. We did a course about 4-1/2 years ago but not much of that was very useful. This time we decided to take a different approach. We have one on one (or rather one on two) lessons - 4 sessions of 1-1/2 hours a week Monday- Thursday. This week is the 4th week and tomorrow we will have completed 24 hours of lessons. We are learning a lot and I find it easier to speak to people in the markets, I can actually use sentences with verbs rather than just string a few words together and hope that with hand gestures they get the idea LOL

Last week our teacher invited us to visit a class she teaches in a small village up the road. She teaches english to teenagers during their summer vacation. Needless to say, these kids are dedicated and want to be there. What a lovely bunch of kids! We joined in the class and I think it was eye opening for them to hear us struggle with their language as much as they were with ours. We had a lovely hour with them and felt very honored to meet them.

My weight has been fairly ok this month, fluctuating between 135 and 137, not bad really considering I relaxed a little and although I still eat close to plan, there are days when it doesn't quite work out that way. I have been keeping up with the yoga sessions - I post the session on my feed after I have done one - just to keep me accountable :)

I have had fun using the veggetti but haven't really gotten creative with recipes yet. DH likes the bolognese sauce and I mostly stick to that. Time to get creative!!
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  • IRP1114
    I have missed your blogs! Missed this one. I must have gotten bumped off notifications. So cool you are taking more Spanish. How is it going? Hope it has made life better.
    2429 days ago
    I love that you're taking Spanish! My husband and I did Rosetta stone...but really that is useless when it comes to having to speak fluently. And to be submerged in the culture will make you experts on no time! I found it amazing how many of the Mexicans actually wanted to help us. I miss those days. We are planning our return to Mexico! We both have a lot of heartache for the ocean and the slow pace of life. Happy weekend to you! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2442 days ago
    So great that you are working on you Spanish. I too have gotten so lazy with it and need to look into taking some more classes. you just motivated me to do so!

    2447 days ago
    That is wonderful that the two of you are learning Spanish. It sounds like you've been keeping yourself busy this Summer.
    2451 days ago
    That's fabulous you and your husband are taking Spanish classes! I am so proud of you Lisa... keeping up with your yoga sessions! Thanks for sharing! I think you're wonderful! I hope you have an awesome day! Hugs and love!
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    2452 days ago
  • BETRHO48
    Buenos dias, Lisa!

    Como esta? (Well, that's about all the Spanish I remember. Unfortunately, the computer keyboard doesn't have an upside-down question mark to start the question.) How exciting that you and DH are taking up Spanish. It seems like it would be a lot of fun to go to a Mexican class which is learning English.

    It's interesting about the vegetables being so poor in quality there in the summer because of the heat. This, of course, is a great time for fresh vegetables here. Wish there was a way I could send you some!

    Thanks for the nice newsy blog!
    2452 days ago
    Always nice to hear more your news on the other side of the Mexican coast! Enjoy the rest of the will be gone before you know it!! Abrazos!
    2452 days ago
  • LINDA!
    You are so faithful to yoga. I am sorry that this is the time of the year that the veggies are not at their best. I am so happy for you that you are learning Spanish. I had a Spanish (Peruvian) boyfriend in college. I picked up some Spanish. Of course, now I have forgottten it. You will retain it because you are living in Mexico. So nice!
    2452 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    How exciting to learn Spanish, it will help you in so many ways. How awesome was that to share time the students. A big high five to keeping your maintenance weight, it's positively inspiring! Have fun on your culinary explorations!
    2452 days ago
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    Sounds like an awesome month to me. We are doing pretty similar with our maintenance practices and success. I am so ready for fall so I can focus more on progressing forward, and we have only just begun Summer! But it is great to realize that I can maintain and not lose ground until I can go forward. You are doing emoticon emoticon
    2452 days ago
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    Good for you and your husband for learning to speak Spanish. Congratulations
    2452 days ago
    While we were in Europe, I sampled every tasty looking thing that passed my way. I'm definitely paying for it now. Got to get out of that habit of "just a taste of this and a nibble of that." School is about to start, so at least that will force me into a routine of sorts.
    2452 days ago
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