Weekend Wrap Up

weekend wrap up

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#FitReaders co-hosted by Felicia @ Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About. I recently joined FitReaders, because I thought it would be a great way to help me stay motivated. It’s always more fun with support of your blog friends!

Mon: 20,897 steps – Run (4 mi), Walk (30 min)
Tue: 13,182 steps – Walk (60 min)
Wed: 18,964 steps – Run (3 mi), Walk (30 min)
Thurs: 20,419 steps – Run (4 mi), Walk (30 min)
Fri: 12,835 steps – Walk (30 min), cleaned house
Sat: 20,262 steps – Run (5 mi), Walk (30 min)
Sun: 15,022 steps –  Run (3.5 mi)


Pretty happy I hit 20K several times last week! It wasn’t a goal I had set, it just happened thanks to the beautiful weather and taking walks on my lunch breaks, in addition to my morning workouts.


I’m noticing that my body needs more fuel these days, because I’m a lot hungrier than I used to be. I’ve been in the maintaining weight mode for awhile, but I don’t think I’m eating enough to make up for everything I’m burning with my workouts. It’s causing fatigue and this feeling that I’m always starving. I’m trying to play around with my calories to find a balance that won’t show weight gain, but will burn the fat instead of what little muscle I’m gaining. Everything I’ve read says to eat back at least half the calories you burn every day, so your body isn’t starving. If anyone has any other pointers, please send them my way!


I will admit that one of the reasons I work out is to eat more, because I love food. I have changed a lot of my eating habits so that I’m making healthier choices and eating a LOT better than I have in my life, but I still love to eat. And drink wine, of course.


I posted this for #facetofacefriday, and sometimes I still can’t believe that was me, a little over a year ago. Hard work and discipline does pay off.

 Bookish and Non-Bookish Thoughts

  • I finished God-Shaped Hole, and although I enjoyed it, it wasn’t a WOW read like I hoped it would be. Definitely more mature writing, which I loved. This author is seriously talented, and I will read her other books. I think the issue is that I’m still in a ‘must read all the suspense’ mood. I shouldn’t have picked up an emotional love story when I wasn’t in the mood for it. Cause any other time, I would have been sobbing by the end of this book, and I was just like ‘meh’. Me, the sappy girl who cries at everything. Clearly I wasn’t in the right frame of mind for this one.
  • That brings me to which suspense novel am I going to start next?! I have a few new ones that I’m trying to choose between. DECISIONS.
  • I have also been drawn to adding more historical fiction to my TBR list, thanks to several GR friends recommendations. Same with cozy mysteries, after Kathy @ Kathy Reads Fiction posted about them here. Can you believe I’ve never read a cozy mystery?
  • Being a parent is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, and also the most rewarding. This weekend had some serious struggles, and I’m constantly worrying if I’m doing a good enough job. A friend posted this on Facebook, and it was very fitting for how I’ve been feeling lately.


  • Another beautiful weekend, weather-wise! We spent lots of time in the pool, and it was wonderful. Yesterday was a low key day at home, recovering from all the sun exposure and getting a much needed nap. Now I’m ready to take on the week! It’s going to be a hot one. Hope everyone stays cool and has a great week!





27 thoughts on “Weekend Wrap Up

  1. Michelle says:

    Oh, honey! If you are worried about the job you are doing as a parent, it means you are doing just fine. Or at least that is what I tell myself when things get tough around my house. With two kids in the throes of puberty and ALL of those challenges, I find myself chanting this on a daily basis. You will get through it, and Peanut will be just fine.

    Three days of +20k steps? You should become friends with my husband on Fitbit. I’m about ready to dump him. He averages over 20k steps every day, and he’s only had it a week. I sort of hate him for it.

    No walking at lunch for me this week. It is going to be too hot. I did the morning thing today and will do another one in the evening as the sun is setting. I just get too sweaty for me to feel comfortable sitting around people in the afternoon. Once the weather cools off again, I’ll be back to those lunchtime walks. They were delightful, even if it did mean less time reading.

    Have a good one!

    • Brandie says:

      It is going to be too hot here all week, too. I don’t think I’ll be lunch walking the rest of the week. I got a little too sweaty today on my walk and it’s the coolest day this week, they’re saying. Cool being 88 degrees. 😦 I have been walking 30 minutes and coming back to read 30 minutes. It cuts into reading time a little, but I find myself working through my lunch a lot of days unless I force myself to go for a walk.

      LOL – I wish I could average 20K a day! That’s some serious walking/running! Does he run daily? My legs/knees hurt if I don’t give myself at least 2 days off a week from running. And if I don’t take a walk over lunch, I usually can’t hit 20K. But I do get excited on the days I hit it! Do you have a Fitbit? Honestly, it becomes addicting once you have one. It definitely challenges me to hit my steps, when I never thought about it before I got one.
      Thank you for saying that about parenting – I really needed to hear it! We are going through emotions and a growth spurt that has been a bit trying (attitude and pushing limits), and some days are just so tough. I want to do right by her, and some days I don’t even know what I’m doing. I just hope she’s happy and I’m doing SOMETHING right once in awhile. Lol.

      • Michelle says:

        Yes, I was getting a bit too sweaty even though it was in the lower 80s. I bring deodorant, but I don’t want to sit in my sweaty clothes in the afternoon. I’ll just wait until it cools off in the evenings, unless I get up even earlier than I did today.

        I do have a Fitbit. Honestly, I never found it all that addictive until this past month, and I’ve had it for almost two years now. I was always painfully aware of my low step count each day, but it never motivated me. Now, because I am forcing myself to walk every day, I want to make sure I hit my goal. Now, in full disclosure, I did lower my step goal to 8,000 steps each day.

        Yes, he runs every day and has for almost a year. There are even some days he’ll run twice. I don’t know how he does it. As for the extra steps, he has been walking with me in the evenings, so that is upping his step count too. He just can’t sit still though, so while I am jealous, I also know I could never do it naturally like he does. I like sitting down too much!

        Hang in there! I always count my parenting successes as they a) still come and give me hugs and/or kisses every night before bed, b) will come to me with problems or confidences, and c) still want to talk with me. So far, no matter how much I battle either of them, I still get a and b on a daily basis, even after I make them cry or so angry they can’t speak or they call me a horrible mother and tell me they hate me. So see? Concentrate on those successes. I know Peanut loves you. She is just testing her boundaries. I’m sure it isn’t the first time, and it definitely will not be the last.

      • Brandie says:

        It’s way easier for me to get a higher step count when I’m constantly chasing after Sunnie. I know if I didn’t have her, or she was much older, I’d have my butt planted on the couch with my Kindle more than I do now, and I wouldn’t get nearly the amount of steps in. Just last night she wanted to play kickball in the yard. That’s the only way I got 20K yesterday – I hadn’t planned on that at all! She keeps me active.

        Runs twice a day?!?! That’s amazing. I definitely have a long way to go before my legs will allow that. I wish I could run daily, but right now I am finding I have to take one or two days off a week because my legs just can’t hack it yet. Some day I hope to get to that point!

        Thank you – I know Sunnie loves me when she comes running to hug me at the end of the day. But then there are times like this morning when I couldn’t even get a kiss or hug out of her when I dropped her off at my moms – and I try not to let it bother me. She’s going through an emotional phase and is so up and down every day. And her independent streak is driving me mad. You can’t help her do anything. She would rather be frustrated doing something then let anyone assist. She’s a stubborn child, and my mom says I’m getting my pay back. Lol.

  2. Kristin (@_Kristin315_) says:

    Congratulations on meeting your goal and maintaining it. I just got my FitBit last month and so far has lost 5lbs. At first I was always hungry but now, I’m rarely hungry. I find myself making myself eat dinner or lunch because I know I need the calories in order to be able to do my workouts and runs. It’s amazing how much a little device can help. I had no idea how inactive I was until I got it.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

    • Brandie says:

      Exactly!! I really didn’t realize it, either, and now I’m so much more aware and HAVE to meet my goal every day. Crazy how much my mindset has changed in a few months. Congrats on the weight loss – that’s awesome!

  3. Teddyree says:

    Damn girl you are looking hot … am I allowed to say that, in Australia we say that to our girl friends lol but different country who knows 🙂 You are killing it with the exercise, awesome, awesome job Brandie. When my heart condition was stable enough to allow exercise, even the smallest amount of exercise burned off the calories and weight too fast. The specialist said to ‘up’ the protein. I needed more carbs than someone who was exercising to lose weight but the protein was the most important thing … it’s necessary to keep you full, retain muscle, or in my case help build it again.

    Love your reading choices, I have Station Eleven to read and I really want to get to it soon. If you love it maybe that will give me the kick I need to get to pick it up!

    A parent who questions and worries about whether they are doing a good job is doing a good job. I agree being a mum is the hardest job ever but it’s the one I love the most. One of my son’s was beyond difficult, I always thought I had failed him, failed as a mum. Now he’s a parent and in a ‘moment’ he told me understood and thanked me for always being there for him no matter what …

    I’ve waffled on for long enough, time to go and write a review or something haha. Have a wonderful week and happy reading 🙂

    • Brandie says:

      Thank you so much for this! Parenting is really tough. Right now I’m dealing with an attitude problem that I really didn’t think I’d have until her teenage years. It’s wearing me thin. I know everything is a ‘phase’, but I’m starting to wonder if this phase is ever gonna end. Lol.

      I want to read Station Eleven soon!! I’ve heard such great things about it.

      Protein is so important and I’m really trying to get more of it in my diet. I’m definitely eating it more than I ever had before, but probably still not enough. I need to load up more chicken on my salads. 😉

      Thank you!! 🙂 We say that here in the US, too. I really appreciate it!

  4. the Bibliophile Babe says:

    I don’t think you’re being a good parent if you don’t worry that you’re NOT, at least some of the time!

    You look fabulous! Great job on the fitness.
    I have the same issue with working out and then being absolutely starving after. I have a fast metabolism, have a hard time gaining weight and muscle (sounds nice, but when you’re 5’7″ and struggle to stay above 109lbs… not so fun!), and get low blood sugar. Add that to daily yoga, and I’m always hungry.
    I’ve found that things like couscous, whole grain peanut butter bagel, greek yogurt, chicken salad or a chef’s type salad along with some fruit about 20 minutes after a workout helps me. Eating some fruit and a bit of meat or cheese an hour or so before exercising helps with any light headedness immediately after, too. Cutting out added sugars and processed foods also helps me feel full longer.

    • Brandie says:

      Thank you! I’ve been trying to load up on protein within an hour after working out. Eggs, protein bar, peanut butter, greek yogurt, etc. It seems to help a bit. I really think I’m just not eating enough – I have my calories set at 1500 and I have a feeling that’s a bit too low. I’m starting to slowly increase it and see how that goes. I’ve cut out most sugar completely, other than the occasional ice cream because I LOVE ice cream in the summer. Lol.

  5. Kathryn says:

    Yum I loved the Lisa Kleypas Wallflower series, I see you have the first one sitting in your acquired section! Hope you enjoy when you get there.
    Great work with the exercise and very cool pics. Smiled at your no reading of cozy mysteries. I hadn’t either before I did a challenge last year that included having to read one. It was very okay, but not my first port of call. Have a great week.

    • Brandie says:

      Thank you! Yeah, I love the idea of cozy mysteries and I’m a sucker for their adorable book covers. But love serious, creepy suspense, and I worry I’ll find them more on the cheesy side. I’m willing to try it and see!

  6. kimberlyfaye says:

    Lisa Kleypas! Lisa Kleypas! The Wallflower series is amazing. I would, however, start with Again the Magic. It sets up the Wallflowers series so nicely and it’s a great, emotional read on its own. 🙂 Also, wow, what a transformation in just a year. You’re an inspiration, lady!

    • Brandie says:

      Thank you! 🙂 Yes – I saw you reading The Wallflower Series, and I caved to buying the book. Sounds so good! I’ll check into Again the Magic – thanks!

  7. Running 'N' Reading says:

    Okay, I just have to tell you that I absolutely LOVED Station Eleven; you have to read it so that I can hear what you think – ha! I couldn’t stop talking about it; I think I described the entire story to my husband and about 3-4 other friends. I’m sure they were so sick of it, but a couple actually decided to just read it! Congrats on your great efforts to stay active; what a transformation in those pictures!

    • Brandie says:

      Thank you! 🙂

      Lol…I really want to read it asap! I have a few other friends who raved about it, and I have to see what the fuss is all about, now! When I first heard of it, I didn’t think it was something I’d read or enjoy, but I’m starting to read things outside of my norm, and this one definitely has my attention!

  8. Kathy says:

    Just look at you a year later! So much to be happy about. I’m still changing my eating style one meal at a time but getting there. I wish so badly that God-Shaped Hole had been the wow read for you that it was for me. I finally added Station Eleven to my shelf!! Yay! I’m going to go into it in a week or so. 🙂

    • Brandie says:

      Yay – I think my next read is going to be Station Eleven! I really wanted GSH to be a wow read, I just don’t think I was in the mood for it.

    • Brandie says:

      I haven’t read many historical novels at all. My favorite is definitely The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. That book is fantastic and a must read. I’m hoping to get in some more historical reads soon. Right now I’m in a suspense mood and it’s all I want to read. I plan on starting Station Eleven next!

  9. twimom227 says:

    WOW! Your transformation is wonderful! Great job over the past year!!

    If you are maintaining weight, I would make sure your in calories are the same as out calories. If you are only eating half again of what goes out, you are still in losing mode (or did I misunderstand what you meant?). I know each of us is different, but 1500 seems way too low to me. I usually am eating between 1800-2200 calories every day while maintaining my weight. This includes “fun” foods and drinks as well as the basics. And I don’t work out nearly as hard as you do. 🙂

    I know it’s been mentioned, but I find that I need to eat more protein to keep me satisfied on longer days. I do things like turkey or ham rolled up with a slice of low fat cheese. I also like making my own fruit smoothies with protein powder. Also, I eat PB everyday!

    • Brandie says:

      Thanks so much! I am really trying to eat more foods with protein, and I’m get a lot better at it. I eat something protein right after my runs every day. I gained a few lbs and have been trying to get back down to my lowest weight, that’s why the lower calorie intake. Once I get back to that, I’ll increase it again to maintain. I feel like I’ve hit a plateau or that the weight ‘gain’ must be muscle. It’s staying around the same number for weeks. Always about a 3 lb fluctuation. I am trying to be better about not caring about the scale number as long as my clothes still fit good. 🙂

      • twimom227 says:

        I understand. I have a number I don’t want to go above and prefer to stay about 2 lbs under it, but I generally fluctuate about +/- 5 lbs over the course of a month. I hit my lowest weight back in June, but I was super vigilant. I think I’m basically where my body wants me to be now, based on my lifestyle, and I’m good with it!

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