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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Week 2: Run the Year 2017

Week 2 Run the Year 2017 in Review

I am a little behind in posting my second week in my Run 2017 Miles in 2017 just like the first week. I want to post weekly on my miles, any milestones that have happened, weight loss updates if there is any and recipes that I have tried in that week... I need to be more diligent at getting these out right after the week is up!

Weight Loss Update:

week 2 weigh in ldbg

Since week 1 I went down from 134.0 to 133.2.
.8 lbs down...

Work Outs:
week 2 workout collage

1/8:
5.5 miles

1/9:
7.25 miles

1/10:
3.5 miles

1/11:
5.5 miles

1/12: REST

1/13:
8 miles

1/14:
6.25 miles

Weekly Recipes: week 2 food collage

Italian Sausage & Sweet Potato Soup recipe can be found HERE

Spinach, Rice & Cheese Bake recipe can be found HERE

Beef Brisket and Cabbage recipe can be found HERE

Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet can be found HERE


Quote of the Week:
"Start Today... 3 months from now, you will thank yourself"

Thursday, January 19, 2017

When Love Arrives by Johnnie Alexander Review

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When Love Arrives
by Johnnie Alexander

About This Book:

Dani had planned to spy on Brett--so how did she end up on a date with him?
Dani Prescott can't believe the lie Brett Somers is trying to sell to the media. During an interview about the plane crash that killed his parents, he blamed Dani's mother. But the crash killed her as well. Vowing to restore her mother's reputation, Dani has been following Brett and taking photos, hoping to find something she can use to discredit him. But when she catches his eye instead, she quickly finds herself agreeing to a date. Brett knows this mystery girl is hiding something--but he's got his own secrets to keep. What will happen when he discovers who she really is?

My Thoughts on This Book:

After getting a copy of this book for review I realized it was book 2 in a series.. I decided to read it anyway even though I hadn't read the first one yet. I wasn't disappointed. The story filled in nicely what occurred in the first novel so I never felt lost or missing any major storyline plots. The first book if I can recall was focusing on AJ and his now fiancée Shelby..

This book focuses on Dani, an out of towner focused on finding revenge to a rich boy named Brett. After all he decided to slander her mother and call her a murderer in an interview. She decides to go pay him a visit and find some way to make him pay. Instead she got more than she could bargain for. A relationship with his cousin AJ and his fiancée Shelby, a job helping them and a relationship with Brett? Can that be?

Can she turn her anger into love? Will her secrets of why she came to town ruin any chance she may have for love, friendship and a place to belong?

Fantastic storyline that hooks you from page one. I couldn't put it down until the very last page. I see there is a book three coming out this year. Can't wait to pick it up as it will focus on Brett's sister, Amy who has a roll in this book..

About the Author:

Johnnie Alexander

Johnnie Alexander is the award-winning author of Where Treasure Hides and Where She Belongs. An accomplished essayist and poet whose work has appeared in the Guideposts anthology A Cup of Christmas Cheer, she lives near Memphis, Tennessee.

I received a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Week 1: Run the Year 2017

Week 1 Run the Year 2017 in Review

I am a little behind in posting my first week in my Run 2017 Miles in 2017. I want to post weekly on my miles, any milestones that have happened, weight loss updates if there is any and recipes that I have tried in that week...

Let's start out with Day 1 Weight. I feel it's very important to take this large challenge on to see where you are on the first day. Since this is a YEAR LONG challenge I am looking forward to coming back to this post to see where I was on Day 1..



Since I started at 145 lbs back in October here I was on January 1, 2017.

1-1 1-4 Collage

I know I won't make the entire 2017 miles since this past year I only ran about 550 miles total. That would literally be 4 times the miles I've done this past year and I know that will put a toll on my body since it's not conditioned to run or even walk that much. I did start out pretty good in the first week. My ultimate goal was to do half and share the other half with two of my friends as we've signed up as a team for this challenge. Our name is "Women of Ass Destruction" because our goal is to use this fitness to tone down and get fit! Build muscle and destroy the fat!

Above here you can see my treadmill workouts I did for the first four days. On the treadmill I take a picture of each workout so I can journal my progress as the year goes on.

1-5 1-7 collage

The second half of the week I did these workouts. The 5th I broke up my workout with a 2 mile run which you can see on the bottom right and then another 3.5 miles speed walking on incline to finish my 5.5 miles needed for the day. I took a rest on the 6th and then back at it to finish the week off with a 4 mile workout.

week 1 food collage

My goal outside of physically working out is to change our diet with different foods to eat for dinner. My desire is to change it up so we try new vegetables and textures that are healthy, whole, real, unprocessed and full of flavor...

This first week I made some Chicken Avocado Wraps which were a huge hit. So good that they are still asking for us to have it again..

I also made a delicious moist, organic pork dish with kale, spinach, feta cheese and grape tomatoes.

I then also made a delicious sweet potato and ham soup.. YUM!

I forgot to take pictures of the other meals that week but I'm working on remembering before I eat it so I can journal it on here each week..

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly REVIEW

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Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly

Book Summary:

Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program—and whose contributions have been unheralded, until now.

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as “Human Computers,” calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws, these “colored computers,” as they were known, used slide rules, adding machines, and pencil and paper to support America’s fledgling aeronautics industry, and helped write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Drawing on the oral histories of scores of these “computers,” personal recollections, interviews with NASA executives and engineers, archival documents, correspondence, and reporting from the era, Hidden Figures recalls America’s greatest adventure and NASA’s groundbreaking successes through the experiences of five spunky, courageous, intelligent, determined, and patriotic women: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, and Gloria Champine.

Moving from World War II through NASA’s golden age, touching on the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the women’s rights movement, Hidden Figures interweaves a rich history of scientific achievement and technological innovation with the intimate stories of five women whose work forever changed the world—and whose lives show how out of one of America’s most painful histories came one of its proudest moments.
 

My Thoughts on This Book:

I will have to be honest, this could of been an extraordinary book with the fact that we get to know these four black women that made history. I struggled to get past the writing style. Very hard to digest and flipped back and forth in time. I felt like one minute we were discussing Dorothy and a person came on scene and we literally "squirreled" the topic off to the new character and their life story up to the point of their meeting.. Then after that she tried to pick up where she left off with Dorothy and the meaning was totally lost on me.

I wanted so badly to get into this book because I absolutely love reading about American history and it was a chosen book for my monthly book club. I almost felt like the author was pouring out her frustration on the segregation that took place in the 40's and 50's by how she wrote about it and kept going back to the same time periods and re-hashing the same topics.

I had a tough time keeping track of the characters. There was a lot of people coming and going in this text. The book looked long with 360+ pages to it but the story itself was only 265. The rest of the pages were her footnotes. Yes.. 100 pages of her footnotes describing where she got all her information.

Full of history that could of been told more in the perspective of one of the main black women since they all knew each other. But because it went back and forth, and had a lot of scientific technical wording, I just struggled with it..

I look forward though to seeing the movie and hoping that it will help connect the true characters more to me and that I can truly get a sense on who they were and how they ultimately changed America for the better..

I am writing this review on my own free will. I received a copy of the book at the library for the purpose of reading it for my monthly book club. No compensation was given by anyone in order for me to write this review.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

Cover Art


About This Book:

The last thing Search and Rescue helicopter pilot Kacey Fairing needs upon returning home to Mercy Falls, Montana, is to run into her mistakes. After a devastating crash during her recent military tour in Afghanistan, she is emotionally broken but ready to start putting her life back together. She just wants to reconnect with her teenage daughter and spend the summer working as the new lead pilot of PEAK Rescue in Glacier National Park.

But her mistakes aren't so easily forgotten. Because Ben King is also back in town.

Country music star Ben King abandoned his past when he moved to Nashville thirteen years ago to start his career. He hoped to heal his broken heart, caused by losing the woman he loved. But when his father is injured, Ben is called home to help manage PEAK Rescue during his recovery. He doesn't realize his father has ulterior motives until his old flame, Kacey, walks into his house and back into his heart.

Now, with Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben will have to work together to save lives. But when secrets are uncovered and old hurts rise to the surface, will they walk away again? Or can they find a different ending to their country love song?

My Thoughts on This Book:

I was so happy that I read this book. The characters were well developed and I fell in love with all of them. I love reading any storyline placed in my home state of Montana. This was set in the Glacier National Park area near Kalispell. Following Kacey, a military helicopter pilot, home on leave sorting out her life. Her high school boyfriend, Ben, is also home from Nashville, as a singer for the group band Montgomery/King. Old flames reignite but will life be too complicated for them to make a go again? Will 'baggage' that Ben was not aware of be the deciding factor on whether he stays or goes?

Well written.. You will fall in love with these characters and pray the next book in this "Montana Rescue" series shows these characters again.. Love it!

About the Author:

Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than one million books sold. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Reader's Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She can be found online at www.susanmaywarren.com, on Facebook at Susan May Warren Fiction, and on Twitter @susanmaywarren.


I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year New Goals

Its 2017 already.. WOW! January 1st. I've been busy for the past couple months working on my weight loss goals (Sadly for the 2nd time this year) but I'm very motivated to get this weight forever under control and to make new goals for myself in 2017.

Over the past 2 1/2 months I've successfully shed 14 pounds and over 10 inches off my entire body. I'm not done yet though. I'd like to continue my weight loss until I reach 120 pounds. I have 13 pounds to go!

I'd like to share my photos of today which is my 'start' photo for 2017. This will be my before photo for my Run The Year 2017 Challenge that I've started which will take me until the end of this year to complete. I look forward to comparing this photo with the one I will take in December 2017.


I am taking this challenge seriously this year as I've stated in a post earlier this week. My goal is to complete at least half of the 2,017 miles and the other half will be shared with two of my friends as we've partnered up to take this challenge together.

I am now on my way to making goals along the way to help with this big one. Setting up races to keep me motivated and to keep me challenged. I am going to embark on my very first half marathon which will take place on May 21st of this year.. I now have a little over 16 weeks to prep my body and mind to conquer this goal.

We don't have a lot of races here in town that are more than a 5K. I will participate in those of course but want to maintain a challenge while training for my half. Here is the list of races I plan to participate in marking those that I've already signed up for!

Count Your Clover 5K- March 12th
Icebreaker 5 mile- April 23rd
Bloomsday, Spokane WA 7.47 miles- May 7th (Signed Up)
Buffalo Jump Half Marathon- May 21st (Committed)
Camp Patriot Fun Run 5K- July 1st (Organizing)
Rock the Clock (TBD)
Save the TaTa's 5K- July 21st
Kickin' Assphault 10K- August 19th
My Best Day 5K- September 10th
What Women Want 3.5 miles Fun Run- October 7th
Scheel's Pumpkin Run 5K- October 28th
Burn the Bird 10K- November 23rd

These are the races I'm looking to participate in and motivate me to keep running! Do you have any goals to get physically fit this year? Would love to hear from you!