Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Weigh In Wednesday

Weigh In Wednesday

Hello, all!  This past week has been extremely busy, but I've managed to stay on track.


I'm weighing in every two weeks, so I'll have an update next week.


Thankfully my workouts didn't suffer because of my busyness.  Not totally anyway.  I was able to get in my BBM workouts, but I didn't walk every day during my lunch break.  There were days I walked or jogged in place in front of the television in order to meet my 10,000 steps per day goal.


I've rediscovered Gina's website Skinnytaste and have bookmarked tons of recipes.  I made this Turkey Meatball Spinach Tortellini Soup last night for dinner.  I'm not feeling 100% veganism right now, and neither is Phil.  It's just easier when I don't have to make a meal for myself and a separate meal for my family.  Most days my breakfasts and lunches are vegan, and I eat with my family at dinnertime.  That works for me right now.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thinking Out Loud

It's Thursday which means it is time for thinking out loud and a bit of randomness with Amanda from Running with Spoons.

* Adrian passed his driver’s test.  Yay!  (Do a happy chair dance with me.) I wasn’t in a big hurry for him to get his license, and neither was he; now, we are both excited!

* My family is loving this book.  Adrian and I are huge fans of Friends and loved the episode with Emma’s first birthday party where Joey did a dramatic reading of it.  You cannot get through this book without getting emotional.

* I have a couple more 2014 updates coming.

* Someone I work with has been reading my blog only she doesn’t know that I know.  I hope she realizes that, while my blog is public, no one who only reads my blog will ever know all the dirty, gritty details of my every day life.

* Phil gave me a Fitbit Flex for Christmas, and I love it!  I especially love the vibration and dancing lights when I reach my 10,000 steps per day goal.

* Do people who block their telephone numbers when calling someone really expect an answer?

* My sister, Juanita, has lost a lot of weight since last summer which is great for her and me because I get to go shopping for clothes without spending a single dime.  Isn't that awesome?!

* I was all geared up to spend two hours in front of the television watching Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal until I remembered they don't return until next week.  The wait is killing me!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Weigh In Wednesday

Welcome back to Weigh In Wednesday!  I am having an amazing week.  I hope you are, too.  Let's get on with the update, shall we?


HW: 195
CW: 192.2 (-1.8)
GW: 135
H: 5'2"

It's not the full 1 pound per week I was hoping for, but it's a loss which is cause for celebration.


I'm still walking 10,000 steps or more every day and doing my BBM workouts.  On Monday, day 15, I repeated the fit test from day 1 to see how much I have improved.  These are the exercises and my results:

Squat press - days 1 and 15 - 16
Push ups - day 1 - 10, day 15 - 8
Jump squats - day 1 - 11, day 15 - 15
Tricep dips - day 1 - 12, day 15 - 22
Lunge, left - day 1 - 10, day 15 - 12
Lunge, right - day 1 - 9, day 15 - 12
Mountain climbers - day 1 - 20, day 15 - 30
Elbow plank - day 1 - 20 sec, day 15 - 30 sec

On day 1, I did push ups then jump squats; on day 15, I did tricep dips first, so my arms were wore out when I got to push ups.


I recently participated in a Clean Eating Challenge hosted by Kimberly from Sublime Reflection, so I've been eating a lot of meals that look like this.

We don't eat very many processed foods, but I did get rid of some Progresso soups and made a few other swaps to make our meals healthier.  It's not always easy, and there are still occasional temptations, but I make a conscious decision several times a day to do better.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Weigh In Wednesday

Weigh In Wednesday

Hiya!  I hope you all have had a good week.  I certainly have with the exception of the cold, wet weather.  I'm not quite ready for the blistering heat, but a little bit of sunshine would do me good.


We weigh ourselves every 2 weeks during the Bikini Body Mommy challenge, so I'll have a weight update next week.


I made a goal of walking at least 10,000 steps every day, and, so far, I have achieved that and more.  I have also done every single workout for the Bikini Body Mommy challenge since starting last Monday.  Last week kind of sucked because my lower body was extremely sore from lunges and squats.  I never, ever want to feel that again.


My breakfast is usually a smoothie or oatmeal since they're both quick and easy.  I'd like to have a little more variety, but this is what I'm working with for now.

For lunch I'll have a salad and whatever I made for the week to go with it.

This week it's a dish I made from a recipe I found in some magazine.  It's full of yellow and green peppers, onions, black beans and rice with a sprinkle of cheese.  Very filling and very delicious.

Phil wasn't feeling very vegan this week, so... Maybe we'll both be more motivated next week.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Weigh In Wednesday

Howdy, folks!  Remember me?  It wasn't my intention to disappear from my blog.  I'll try to do better.  How about an update?


HW: 195
CW: 194 (uh oh)
GW: 135
H: 5'2"

Alrighty then.  I obviously lost my mind during the holidays.


I started Briana's Bikini Body Mommy 3.0 challenge on Monday, and I have the sore lower body to prove it.   I think this is my fourth time starting the challenge.  I made it through 62 of the 90 days my second go round, so I'm sure I can make it to 90.  I stopped because I wanted something more challenging.  I tried some of the workouts at Tone It Up, but when I didn't have time for a long workout, I just didn't workout.  I went at least a month with no workout.  I realize now that, for me, a short workout is better and more effective than no workout, and slow and steady wins the race.


Besides the Christmas crap, I've been eating pretty well.  I will have a smoothie for breakfast most days because they're quick and easy, I've been packing a healthy, nutritious lunch, and my dinners are full of veggies and lean protein.

Phil wants to try veganism again beginning next week, so I'm happily joining him.

End of Year Book Survey - 2014

Being that we've already reached the end of the first week of 2015, I thought I would go ahead and start wrapping up 2014 starting with Jamie's End of Year Book Survey.  I enjoyed it for 2013, so I thought I'd give it another go.

2014 Reading Stats

Number of books read: 32 (my goal was 30)
Number of re-reads: 1
Genre I read the most from: 37% of the books I read were fun fiction books like The Potluck Club and The Potluck Catering Club series.

Best in Books

1. Best book I read in 2014 - The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness and The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

2. Book I was excited about & thought I was going to love more but didn’t - Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book I read in 2014 - Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleeza Rice

4. Book I “pushed” the most people to read (and they did) in 2014 - None

5. Best series I started in 2014? Best sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014? Series started – Red Rising by Pierce Brown, Best sequel and series ender – The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

6. Favorite new (to me) author I discovered in 2014 - Sue Monk Kidd

7. Best book from a genre I don’t typically read/was out of my comfort zone - I don’t typically read books like The Go-Giver, but it turned out to be a great book with a powerful message.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year - The Book of Life

9. Book I read in 2014 that I am most likely to re-read next year - I will probably re-read the entire All Souls Trilogy next year.

10. Favorite cover of a book I read in 2014 - Red Rising

11. Most memorable character of 2014 - Hetty "Handful" from The Invention of Wings

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014 - The Invention of Wings

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2014 - The Go-Giver

14. Book I can’t believe I waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read - Divergent

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book I read in 2014 - Extraordinary, Ordinary People – "Education is transformational. It changes lives. That is why people work so hard to become educated and why education has always been the key to the American Dream, the force that erases arbitrary divisions of race and class and culture and unlocks every person’s God-given potential."

16. Shortest & longest book I read in 2014 - The Go-Giver and The Book of Life

17. Book that shocked me the most for what was revealed - The Husband’s Secret

18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!) (OTP= one true pairing) Diana and Matthew, Book of Life and Bella and Edward, Twilight.  I have a thing for vampires and inappropriate relationships.

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year - Handful and Sarah, The Invention of Wings

20. Favorite book I read in 2014 from an author I’ve read previously – The Book of Life

21. Best book I read in 2014 that I read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressureThe Invention of Wings and Red Rising

22. Newest fictional crush from a book I read in 2014 - Jared Montgomery, True Love by Jude Deveraux

23. Best 2014 debut I read - The Book of Life

24. Best wordbuilding/most vivid setting I read this year - The Invention of Wings

25. Book that put a smile on my face/was the most FUN to read - The Potluck Club and The Potluck Catering Club series

26. Book that made me cry or nearly cry in 2014 - The Book of Life, The Invention of Wings, The Husband’s Secret, Divergent, and Red Rising

27. Hidden gem of the year - The Go-Giver

28. Book that crushed my soul - None

29. Most unique book I read in 2014 - The Go-Giver

30. Book that made me the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean I didn’t like it) - The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve

Looking Ahead

1. One book I didn’t get to in 2014 but will be my number 1 priority in 2015 - Department Nineteen by Will Hill

2. Book I am most anticipating for 2015 (non-debut) - The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

3. 2015 debut I am most anticipatingGolden Son by Pierce Brown

4. Series ending/a sequel I am most anticipating in 2015 - Can’t think of any

5. One thing I hope to accomplish or do in my reading life in 2015 - Read more for enjoyment and not just for finishing a challenge

2015 reading challenges I'm participating in

Reading goal for 2015 - 35 books

hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate

hosted by Christine at Buckling Bookshelves

Thursday, January 1, 2015

First Book of the Year

It wasn't my intention to go MIA, so I thought I'd pop in to wish you all a very Happy New Year!

Sheila from Book Journey is hosting a First Book of the Year link-up.

Today is a holiday for me, so I'm sitting back with some popcorn, hot chocolate and Adrian's copy of Department Nineteen.  I'll share more soon about what I plan to read in 2015 and what I read in 2014.