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Sunday Summary: The Green Smoothies continue…

Hello peeps! Short and sweet this week.

So I finished the 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse last wednesday and dropped 10 lbs. in 10 days. Pretty sweet. I am following it up with 1-2 smoothies a day and low carb meals, and I am allowing myself three cheats per week.

Yesterday I went to the movies to watch Tomorrowland (fantastic by the way) and had a small popcorn and a diet coke (cheat #1). Today I had breakfast at my favorite breakfast joint (Le Peep) and had pancakes (cheat #2). YUM! But my other meals have been green smoothies and salads.

Today’s Awesome Smoothie¬†was very yummy and included

  • 1 1/2 cups Spinach
  • 2/3 cup purified water
  • 1 orange
  • 2/3 cup mango
  • 1 tbsp. ground flaxseeds

I can’t recommend this book enough. I love that JJ Smith keeps it real and I’ve discovered a world of smoothie options that I didn’t know existed. I already made two converts. ūüėÄ This is the perfect time of the year (in the northern hemisphere) to do this. If you’ve been looking for a plan to jumpstart your weightloss journey or get back on it, I sincerely recommend you give this a shot.

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Sunday Summary: Valentine’s Day Edition

Hello peeps! I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day. Whether you spent quality time with your significant other, baked something yummy with the little ones, had a fun “friends-only” event, or simply enjoyed the solitude, I trust that it was a good Saturday. Mine was probably the most eventful Valentine’s Day in recent memory.

I did really well on the¬†Cupid’s Chase 5K run (which was a little over 5K) and my time was even better than before and no cramps. Fabulous!

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I then headed to Carrabba’s or a fun lunch and gift game with my book club pals. I had their house salad with italian vinaigrette on the side and their amazing Tag Pic Pac pasta with chicken. Please don’t judge me. ūüėÄ – Oh! and about the game… I received a beautiful pink wristlet wallet.

Screen shot 2011-05-18 at 2.03.15 PMFinally, in a spur of the moment I agreed to watch Fifty Shades of Grey. I hope that everyone gets that this is a terrible example of what a positive relationship is while simultaneously placing healthy people who happen to enjoy S&M under a bad light. This is a terrible story… that said… I can’t deny that I enjoyed watching it with friends. I had several thoughts as I watched it but I think Buzzfeed did a better job so please do yourself a favor and read this after you watch the movie or now if you have no intention of watching it. Hilarious… and oh so true.

So… I can’t complain. I had a great time.

This week I also met with a trainer at my local Y and got signed into MobileFit. I have a new weights program that I will start tomorrow and do three times a week, and a nutrition program that is aimed at helping me lose weight while keeping my cholesterol on check. This should be good.

Overall, again I overindulged with the snacks which probably shows that I have been under-eating at mealtime. My new meal plan sounds like a lot right now so I am guessing I was probably not eating enough which is why I was over-snacking and ultimately not losing any weight. I exercised about eight hours this week, including the run, which is great. I am really excited to start a new regimen and see what happens.

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As always… thanks for stopping by. ūüėÄ

Sunday Summary: Baby it’s cold outside

Hello peeps! I hope you’ve been enjoying some decent temperatures in your neck of the woods. My town has been unseasonably cold and my nose is reacting accordingly. I really hope I do not get sick. For now, it’s just a runny nose and a mild sore throat; no fever or body aches. [Click to learn¬†Why Does Cold Weather Cause Runny Noses?]

Overall this was not my best week… by far! I had a low week exercise-wise clocking barely five hours although¬†they were some pretty good five hours. And, I have been craving ALL THE FOOD! I’m so glad the week is over and I get to start again.¬†I realize that I AM NOT A WINTER PERSON. It’s been a challenge to drag myself to the gym every day and I keep craving chocolate and fancy coffee drinks. I can’t wait for this season to be over.

On better news, I finally watched Laggies and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. I enjoyed them both very much. Here are my favorite quotes:

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Today I started reading 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami… this 1000-and-some page book was assigned through my awesome book club and it will be the first read on my Goodreads 2015 Challenge.

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Be good! and Thanks for visiting! Have a great week.

Sunday Summary: Hello Winter

Hello peeps! It’s been another one of those weeks… just a regular week: on the downside, I lost this month’s round on Dietbet and aunt Flo came to visit wreaking havoc on my eating habits but, on the upside, aunt Flo did little damage to my exercise schedule and I was able to clock over eight hours of exercise this week. Also, I took an afternoon off to go to the movies and watch Interstellar… pretty sweet movie.

With the end of the fall, it is time to check on my¬†fall bucket list. Here’s what I was able to accomplish:

Screen shot 2014-12-20 at 5.12.22 PM#2 Have a fancy coffee drink Рsince the Gingerbread Latte resurfaced I have had plenty. This is my favorite coffee drink. And I have had quite a few already.

 

 

Screen shot 2014-12-20 at 5.23.54 PM#3 Try a new pumpkin and/or apple recipe РPumpkin is not really my thing and I am not very used to cooking with fruit so this was a challenge. I used this recipe for inspiration substituted the herbs for fresh parsley and used sliced instead of chopped apples. Came out nicely.

 

thegirlwithallthegifts#6 Read a scary/mystery book – I went with¬†The girl with all the gifts¬†by M.R. Carey. This is a science fiction book about a dystopian future. The story takes place some 20-30 years after a pathogen turns people into at least two types of zombies and the surviving humans have also turned into two types: those who live in anarchy and others, the remaining scientists and military still looking for cure. (Read my and other’s review here)

 

Screen shot 2014-12-20 at 6.22.29 PM#8 Run a 5K – I had a great time running a 5K in the evening throughout a beautiful neighborhood decorated with lots of lights. Also, I have made my first running buddy and that was also pretty awesome.

 

Screen shot 2014-12-20 at 6.27.20 PM#9 Take a nature walk – I have had so much fun this season at my local riverwalk park. Seeing the leaves turn week by week has been a Sunday delight.

 

 

IN PROGRESS: #5 Knit something cozy – this got started and I hope to finish soon. I’m knitting a grey buttoned wrap scarf that I am looking forward to wearing this season. (pattern¬†here)

So I didn’t really complete it but I did have some pretty good times this Fall. I hope Winter is not too harsh and goes by fast. I have big plans for the Spring.

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Sunday Summary: NaBloPoMo complete

And so November ends…

With the end of this month comes the end of National Blog Posting Month. Tomorrow (Monday) my Blogging 101 course with The Daily Post also comes to an end, and on Tuesday my Holiday Hustle comes to an end. Lots of ends which also bring new beginnings.

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I am proud to have completed NaBloPoMo but I am so happy it’s over. It is tough to come up with something to write about everyday. Some days it felt like a diary entry and less like a blog post but I loved reading the comments and at times was happily surprised about what the readers found entertaining and interesting.

These were the posts that got the most love/interactions:

  • Blogging 101 – What’s in the name¬†– I was surprised of how much love I got from this reintroduction of myself. I will now make sure to do a reintroduction every so often for the new readers that pop up. It was fun to reexamine how this blog happened.
  • Saturday Shenanigans: Book vs. Movie¬†– this post was completely out of the scope of this blog but it was NaBloPoMo and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Ironically, it got the most likes this month. ūüėÄ
  • I just want to eat¬†– This was a fun post to write which was inspired by one of The Daily Post’s daily prompts. This one not only got some love on the blog but a few interactions on Facebook which continued offline. It is good to know I am not alone.
  • Why do my calves cramp when I run?¬†– Another post that got some love on the blog which continued offline and from¬†which I got a lot of feedback and ideas.
  • Social Media, Oversharing, and Weight Loss¬†– I love how people reacted to this post. This one also got a lot of interaction on Facebook and the conversations have continued IRL.

I’ve learned quite a bit from this month’s blogging and following the lessons on Blogging 101 and thanks to the prompts I get from Mama’sLosingIt and DailyPrompts. I’ve also discovered some new blogs to follow and have made some new virtual friends. #forthewin

The four-day weekend, as you may expect, was not great on my regimen but I did pretty well overall. I exercised over nine hours this week including a Turkey Burn that I am still feeling. Since there is no Thanksgiving dinner in my household, food was not a big issue and I actually feel that overall I did much better this week. I’ll know for sure tomorrow when I do my weekly weigh-in. But I promised last sunday to “check the wiring” of my journey and I believe I have learned a lot but also that I have some real rearranging to do; specially when it comes to food.

On other news the break allowed me time to watch lots of movies and I watched three documentaries that I really enjoyed:¬†Alive Inside¬†about¬†the power of¬†music to reawaken people who’ve lost their connection to the world because of age, dementia, alzheimer’s and the like. The Anatomy of Hate¬†which I admit that was hard to watch at times but talks about why we humans hate, what drives it, and what we can do to¬†overcome it. And finally,¬†After Tiller¬†which explores the controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller. In a weird way all three documentaries interconnected in my mind. They are festering.

Today’s Weekly Words of Wisdom¬†is a reminder

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As always, thanks for stopping by.

Saturday Shenanigans: Book vs Movie

I’ve said this before. I sometimes have a hard time watching a movie based on a book that I believe that won’t live up to the pages. Science fiction stories are the exception since I like to see fantasy worlds brought to life. On the other hand, modern day tales of suburban households are a little different. For instance, this year, I read Lois Lowry’s¬†The Giver¬†and then watched the movie which was quite different from the book but since I was more interested in how they recreated this utopian/dystopian society it really didn’t bother me. On the other hand, I read John Green’s¬†The Fault in Our Stars but still haven’t been able to¬†bring myself to watch the movie.

Gone_Girl_(Flynn_novel)I was having a similar problem with Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl¬†which I finished reading the same week it came out in theaters. I really enjoyed the book and was having a hard time convincing myself to watch it on the big screen. However, my book club pals decided to make it an event and finally convinced me to join in the fun.

I must first say… the book was better. Isn’t that always the case? However, the movie is good. It stays pretty close to the original only changing minor plots to save time (the movie still runs 149 min) but overall a very good adaptation. Nonetheless, I can’t help but wonder what it’s like for someone who hasn’t read the book to watch this movie… any of you out there? Let me know.

Anywho… here’s my recommendation: if you have watched the movie, don’t bother with the book. If you haven’t watched the movie you’ll be fine either way but of course my recommendation would be to read¬†the book. The book takes you on a ride for days that the movie simply cannot take you. Check the trailer for the movie here if you haven’t had occasion to see it yet (I sincerely doubt it).

In case you were wondering, here’s a list of 16 movies based on books that came out (or are coming out) this year in theaters. Here’s the list for 2015. Now, if you excuse me… I got a lot of reading to do.

Happy Saturday

Fall Bucket List

workshop-button-1Hello peeps… here we are again with one of Kat’s from Mama’s Losin It weekly writing prompts (the linkup is up on Thursday so jump on this train). I chose #5 Create a Fall inspired bucket list which was a no-brainer since¬†Fall is¬†my favorite season and making lists and then crossing items off such lists one of my favorite activities. So, what should I make sure I do between now and Dec 21st?

FALL-INSPIRED BUCKET LIST
  1. Visit Pumpkin Patch and/or Scarecrow exhibit
  2. Have a fancy coffee drink (pumpkin spice latte anyone?)
  3. Try a new pumpkin and/or apple recipe
  4. Attend a Fall Festival (or similar event)
  5. Knit something cozy
  6. Read a scary/mystery book
  7. Take a historical tour downtown and/or hit the museum
  8. Run a 5K
  9. Take a nature walk
  10. Watch an indie film and/or attend music event

Please feel free to recommend recipes, books, and/or additional activities to the list.¬†What’s on your bucket list this season?

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