June 20, 2011

Below I have a few books to mention, status on my writing and my fitness adventures.

First I need to take a moment and remember my Uncle Hank, who passed away last Wednesday.  I spent the end of the week with family remembering my Uncle Hank at the funeral home, resurrection services at his church, procession to the cemetery (where I got to run 4 red lights, thanks Uncle Hank) and a luncheon.  My Uncle Hank was 88 years old, he was married to my Aunt for 60 years when she passed 4 years ago and they had one daughter.  My Uncle and Aunt had one of those marriages that leaves the surviving spouse broken-hearted.  I think he only survived these last 4 years because of his sweetheart of a daughter.  My Uncle Hank was one of those great men, one who could tell a story amazingly well, I’m going to miss my Uncle Hank!!!

I recently finished the 3rd book in the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, I love this series.

Mac is a typical southern girl, or so she thinks.  When her  sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her  death–a cryptic  message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in  search of  answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a  shadowy  realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same   treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater  challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she  had no idea she  possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the  world of man, into the dangerous  realm of the Fae…

Fae Fever (the 3rd book) ends in a very unexpected way and I have no idea where book 4 will go.  I’m going to find out soon, because I started it yesterday.  Luckily for me the 5th book in the series came out in January, which I’m betting I’ll gobble up when I’m done with book 4.  Love it when an author writes a seriously challenging situation and the heroine finds strength she didn’t even know she had, not to mention the very serious sexual tension.  Good stuff here, be sure to check it out!!!

I have another series to mention.  I actually got my husband to read Hunger Games and he loved it of course.  Now I’m hoping he’ll move onto Catching Fire and MockingJay, seriously good reads!!

As for my writing, I’d actually hoped to be done with my current book at this point in June.  Well so much for wishful thinking!!  I have not written in over a month.  This week that will change, I need it to change, I need this book on the page and out of my head.

My week ended with all workouts intact, I completed my Sunday Pilates and all 5 40-minute workouts.  I didn’t get in my Pilates yesterday (I’m going to try for that some afternoon this week, yesterday I was emotionally spent and needed a day to chill out) and I got in another 40-minute workout in this am.  I did a lot better with my food decisions, except for the pan-fried chicken fillet and seriously butter filled rice that I ate at the luncheon.  Yes I cracked after a pain filled couple of days.  Today I am back on the wagon.


June 15, 2011

I’ve been mainly blogging about my adventures in weight loss.  Today I’m going to reach a couple other things, my garden, a new tv show and a movie, oh and a little about weight loss.

First, my garden

Here is a pic of my perennial garden.  I love being outside and working in my many gardens, which ranges from some annuals (for a splash of constant color, mostly in the front of the house and in pots on the front porch and back deck), perennials (for that spectacular/dramatic display during its special time of year), herbs and veggies.  Keep in mind I live in west Michigan so my zone is only between 5 and 6.  My sugar peas and green bean seeds have sprouted and are only about 6 inches high.  This week I’ve been training them to crawl up the bamboo support system I’ve got rigged.  Some of the baby sprouts trained very easily and others are being hard-headed, they seem to want to do their own thing.  I’m also growing tomatoes, one large and one grape.  Last year I created a raspberry patch, amazing how much bigger and how many more plants there are this year and all the flowers show promise for lots of yummy red treats later in the summer.  In the herb section I have a lot of basil, oregano, italian mint, rosemary, sage, thyme and chives.  Most of the herbs I clean and freeze and I use them for cooking all year long.  The trick for freezing herbs is simply, clip the leaves, clean, dry, use a good freezer bag.  When your closing the freezer bag be sure to roll the bag and get all the air out before sealing it completely.  Beside my deck I have a large patch of Peonies, wow they smelled pretty this year.  The Peonies and the Lilly of the Valley are already spent for the year.  Next year I will remember to bring some Lilly of the Valley into the house!!  Back in my perennial garden the Poppies and Foxglove are blooming something beautiful!!

One of the things I love is the inside of a Poppy.

Finally saw the movie I am Number Four  last night.  I read the book last fall and loved it, it was written by the writers of James Frey’s think tank.  I found an interesting interview with the book’s “author” on James’ website.  The second book in the series comes out this August. Back to the movie, although they changed several things and left a good deal out, I still think they did a good job with the movie, it was entertaining.  Of course I enjoyed the book more, but that’s pretty typical.

A fun (i.e. young adult paranormal) show started on ABC Family last night, Nine Lives of Chloe King.  I mentioned this show in my summer tv post.  Although I felt a little old watching this show I really enjoyed it.

I’ve finally decided on a scale schedule.  To start I’m going to weigh myself every other Wednesday.  It’s been a few weeks since I weighed myself, so I went for it today.  I’ve gained one pound, which puts my total loss now at four pounds.  I know my workouts are on track, but my food choices could have been better in the last couple of weeks.  So my take aways are to continue moving and pay more attention to what I’m eating.  I’m also going to measure myself every couple of weeks as well (which I have not done previously), so stay tuned for progress there.  I know I have a long journey ahead, so I’m not getting discouraged, rather I’ve reassessed and now back to the trenches.

June 13, 2011

Last Friday I didn’t report on my weeks workout efforts because it was a tough morning and I didn’t get up to workout.  I was feeling overly tired, so I decided Friday would be my off day and I’d get up early Saturday and workout (my normal off day).  Well,…I didn’t get up Saturday morning either, but I did get in a workout on Saturday afternoon.  I got out my Bosu ball, what a fun workout.  It’s not 40-minutes (not the one I have anyway), but it’s almost 30-minutes and works my muscles in a different way.  This week proved to me that if I get off track I can still pull out a good week.  If you caught my June 8th post you’ll know that this week started while I was on vacation, I did skip my Sunday workout (normally Pilates) and my Monday and Tuesday workouts were done on a hotel treadmill.  Wednesday and Thursday I got right back on track with my 40-minute workouts at home.  Although I didn’t do exactly what I set out to do, I am extremely pleased.  Normally these times are when my workouts stop entirely and I’m still in the game!!  I’m not giving up this time, I’m going to stay on this journey as long as it takes!!!  Yesterday I got in my Pilates and this am (Monday) I got up (just a little late) and got in my 40-minute workout!!

I’m also happy to report that my pants are starting to feel a little loose!!  Of course I have a way to got before I fit in the next size down, but the process has begun!!!

I’m sad to report however that I made several bad food choices over the weekend and in turn didn’t feel the greatest.  Per usual, you eat like crap…you feel like crap.  It appears I still need to pound moderation into my head.  I know I’ll never get rid of the junk forever, but a little bit every once in a while would work a lot better!!  I’m not even going to focus on the obvious, all that junk made my weight go in the opposite direction.  My focus is on how it made me feel, mentally not good, but physically I felt terrible.  I’m going to take this re-learned knowledge into a brand new week.  As Anne of Green Gables often reminds me: tomorrow is a brand new day with no mistakes in it 🙂

Versatile Blogger Award

Yesterday my blog got recognized, with The Versatile Blogger award, by one of my very favorite bloggers (isn’t that icing on the cake!!).  Thank you Dacia for all your inspiration and encouragement!!!


The Versatile Blogger Award is passed from blogger to blogger.  It’s a wonderful way to recognize the blogs you enjoy and to find new blogs to love.

Here’s the 4 rules:

1) Link back to the blogger that gave me the award . – done, see above, thanks again Dacia!!
2) Tell 7 random things about myself.
– see below
3) Choose 7 other blogs to pass the award to. – see below
4) Inform the other bloggers that I’m passing the award to them. – done

7 random things about myself, things I have not blogged about, hmmmm…

  1. I’ve studied dance all my life, contemporary and ballet mostly.  Back in the day I won a state title and got in the top ten at nationals.  If SYTYCD was on back then I so would have tried out!!!  Yes, I still have my crown and sash 🙂
  2. My dad’s an alcoholic, I love him and hate him at times
  3. I love books as you probably know, especially paranormal romance, but you can add young adult to that list as well, love me some twilight and don’t get me started on Harry Potter, love it!!!
  4. I’m a Star Wars fanatic.  In fact my oldest son is named after one of the characters.  Yes, I have all 6 films on DVD and yes, I went to midnight shows of episodes 1, 2 and 3 and I still play with my light saber 🙂
  5. One of my favorite movies is Just the Way You Are with Kristy McNichol.  I watch it every few years, not sure what it is about this movie, I just love it
  6. I have 9 piercings, all in my ears, 3 in the right ear and 6 in the left.  Got them all before I turned 20 and I think I’ll always have them.  No tattoos currently, but my husband and I have talked about getting one when we turn 50.
  7. I looooove to downhill ski

I can feel the love and now I get to share the love.  I’ve done a lot of blog surfing in my few months in the blogosphere, love how you can get lost jumping from one blog to another.  I’ve found a lot of blogs along the way and below are 7 that I really enjoy visiting.  I’m learning different things from these blogs and I hope you will too.

Five things at once

I Run Slow

Fat Girl Dives In

Escape from Obesity

Working on the Mind Body and Spirit

Take a Happy Break

Kait Nolan

June 8, 2011

Got back yesterday from an almost 5-day vacation.  We traveled from MI to Calabasas, CA for a friend’s wedding.  We had a lovely time, beautiful wedding!!!  The travel however was not fun.  My 4 1/2-yr old did great on the plane, my 21-month not so much.  It started out bad when American Airlines made us check our stroller with our luggage.  Getting from check-in through to our gate with two kids and all our carry on stuff was a struggle.  I actually asked the lady at the counter if American Airlines was trying to not have families on their flights.  Luckily when checking in for our return flight they told us they only have to check in strollers over 20-pounds.  Shame on you Ohare American Airlines, you gave your customer a hard time needlessly.

I was not looking forward to this trip for many reasons and one was my weight.  For a few obvious reasons I always feel even more self-conscious about my weight when I am near Hollywood.  Luckily there was one person at the wedding as heavy as me.  I felt ugly and fat most of the weekend.  No one made any comments about my weight, I did this all to myself.  It is times like these that I would much rather stay home and hide.  I know I am doing something about my weight now and that’s great, but here is my problem: I want to feel good about myself now, not when the weight is gone.  I want folks to enjoy my company now, not just because I have a pretty figure.

How did I do with my workout schedule while on my little trip?  Not so bad actually.  I did get up really early on Friday (the morning we left) and get in my last workout for the week and Saturday is an off day for me.  unfortunately I skipped my workout on Sunday.  The hotel we stayed in over the weekend didn’t have a workout room.  I could have gone out walking, we were staying in a beautiful area, but I slept-in instead.  I am extremely happy to report that Monday and Tuesday our hotel had a work out room and I did a 30-minute brisk walk both days and today (now at home) I got in my 40-minute workout!!!  I am so pleased, this is actually a huge victory for me.  My many get fit attempts have always failed during and after a trip.  I guess I am in it for the long haul now.

Now it’s time to get serious about changing the way I eat.  I did skip the desert table at the wedding and I made several good decisions while we were gone, but I made many more bad decisions.  I’m not putting myself on a diet, I don’t like diets, this will be a lifestyle change.  Diet changes are actually a bigger challenge for me and considering how hard it was for me to get moving on a regular basis, that’s saying a lot.  I have food issues, anyways, more on that tomorrow

June 2, 2011

Today I finished a book that I mentioned last week…loved it!!!  A Discovery of Witches by Deborah E. Harkness.  Below is a review, I found this book highly entertaining.  The author creates a whole world, as all good paranormal books do, that you can actually imagine, which many paranormal books do not do.  I fell for Matthew quickly.  There are times I got lost in the complicated research, but the mysteries the author has unfurled are very, very cool.  The kissing scenes are very tame.  It almost felt like the author didn’t want to write about the desires between her two main characters.  As the reader you can feel the desire, it just doesn’t come out in the literal sense.  The setup for the next book is exciting, I’m very much looking forward to the next in this new series.

It all begins with a lost manuscript, a reluctant witch, and 1,500-year-old
vampire. Dr. Diana Bishop has a really good reason for refusing to do magic: she
is a direct descendant of the first woman executed in the Salem Witch Trials,
and her parents cautioned her be discreet about her talents before they were
murdered, presumably for having “too much power.” So it is purely by accident
that Diana unlocks an enchanted long-lost manuscript (a book that all manner of
supernatural creatures believe to hold the story of all origins and the secret
of immortality) at the Bodleian Library at Oxford, and finds herself in a race
to prevent an interspecies war. A sparkling debut written by a historian and
self-proclaimed oenophile, A Discovery of Witches is heady mix of
history and magic, mythology and love (cue the aforementioned vampire!), making
for a luxurious, intoxicating, one-sitting read. –Daphne