Five Things Friday ~ 4-21-17

 

1. this week in reading

I finished this one last night. It was a very unique story, and I love Laura Dave’s writing style. Even when I wasn’t loving the story, I was still completely invested and didn’t want to put it down. I didn’t feel any connection to Sunshine – I just didn’t have much sympathy for her and her life choices. So, that took away some of my enjoyment of the book. In the end, I’m still glad I read it, and I’ll still read every book Dave writes.

2. New Books I’m excited about

 

3. fun thing(s) from the week

Hello, gorgeous weather! We’ve spent many evenings sitting outside and going for walks. It has been in the mid to upper 70’s all week, and I love it! This morning I was able to go to the park for a run. Feels good to get some fresh air! All the extra walking and being outside has helped me surpass my step count goals all week.

4. life happens

After an awesome spring break, we’re back to our normal routines, and I had a busy week at work. I was in the office most days this week, but usually only 5 or 6 hours which still allows me time to get other things done at home.  The next couple of weeks I’ll be working from home most days, which will be really nice. If the weather cooperates I hope to get in some more runs at the park!

5. looking ahead

This weekend we don’t have much on the agenda. My hubby has a fishing tournament, and the weather is supposed to cool way down for a few days. I plan to get the grocery shopping over with first thing tomorrow (best time to go is 7am – practically no one is there!) and then do a whole lot of relaxing.

PS – I need some easy crockpot meal ideas. Preferably with beef or pork (my husband isn’t a fan of chicken). I’ve been slacking on the meal planning, and I’m really sick of everything I normally make. Please give me your recommendations!

Have a great weekend!

 

Five Things Friday ~ 3-31-17

How is it almost April already?!

 

1. this week in reading

Nora Roberts books are like comfort food. This wasn’t my favorite of hers, but I still enjoyed it.

 

2. New Books I’m excited about

    

3. fun thing(s) from the week

It hasn’t been a very eventful week. Normal routine and that’s a good thing! I worked from home on Wednesday and was able to finish the book I was reading – that was definitely the highlight of my week. 😉

4. life happens

I got a little too excited about the nice weather we were having last week and may have overdone it on the running. I was doing so good sticking to 5 days a week and keeping my mileage consistent. Then I tried to squeeze in as many runs at the park as I could while the weather was so perfect, and it was one run too many – my hamstring is very unhappy. I’ve had to cool it this week and take extra rest days, which I hate doing, but I can’t risk popping it again and being restricted for months like I did in the fall. When it used to be really hard for me to find motivation to do any kind of exercise, now it’s really hard for me to take a day off from it! I guess that’s a good thing.

5. looking ahead

This weekend my best friend’s having a birthday party for her daughter, so we’ll be going over there on Saturday. Besides those plans the rest of the weekend is up in the air. Hubby will be fishing and has a tournament on Sunday. So, Sunnie and I will just be hanging out!

 

cheers!

{Weekly Wrap Up} 6-17-16

TGIF! Been a bit of a stressful week, so I’m glad to see the weekend almost here. I’m excited to get out of work early today and get my errands done, clean my house. And also for the pizza and giant glass of wine I’m planning. 😉 Tomorrow night we’re going to the Indians’ game, and I’m really excited about that! Our seats are right behind third base, and we’re supposed to have gorgeous weather.

This is going to be my last blog post for awhile. I’ve decided to take a bit of a break from it. I’m feeling burnt out, so a break will do me good. I don’t know for how long, but I’ll be back at some point.

Have a great weekend!

 

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#FitReaders co-hosted by Felicia @ Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About. I 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!

FITBIT STEPS
Fri: 18,231 steps
Sat: 13,842 steps
Sun: 10,729 steps
Mon: 16,164 steps
Tue: 20,149 steps
Wed: 16,463 steps
Thu: 16,542 steps
Total: 112,120 steps

 

Another good week. My goal is always at least 30 minutes a day, whether it’s a run or a walk or both. I even worked in some kettlebell exercises one night. Trying to get my arms toned up. I haven’t had a long run in a few weeks, so I’m hoping for one of those over the weekend.

I have been using MyFitnessPal for 2 years at the end of this month. I still don’t feel completely confident in my daily choices to stop using it completely, although I don’t track everything like I used to. I basically use it just to get a rough idea of where I’m at for the day. One of the things I had been noticing was my exercise calories were always WAY high. Which would then make me think I had all these extra calories to EAT ALL THE FOOD. And I didn’t want to keep thinking that way, and find myself eating poorly. I decided to change my settings on MFP from sedentary to active, since I do workout almost daily. It gives me a more accurate number of calories burned and keeps me closer to the number I should be consuming every day. I’m not trying to lose, just maintain, and MFP really helps me stay on track.

{Weekly Wrap Up} 6-10-16

I’m a reading slacker this week. Still working on the same book, and it’s not because it’s not good, it’s because I just haven’t had time. Sunnie has been in Safetyvillage at her school every night this week. By the time we get home in the evenings, I’m too tired to read. I’m hoping to catch up on sleep and reading over the weekend. Not a whole lot of plans this weekend, which is nice!

On a completely unrelated note – did anyone see Carrie Underwood’s performance at the CMT Awards this week? I didn’t watch the show, but I’m a big fan of hers and looked up the video the next morning. Just wow. Chills. Watch it here.

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I fail as a bookworm this week.

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I’m super excited I received the new Allison Winn Scotch book!! And thank you, Lori, at Palmers Page Turners for the She Laughs in Pink recommendation. You can read her review here.

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Also got this beauty in the mail!

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#FitReaders co-hosted by Felicia @ Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About. I 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!

FITBIT STEPS
Fri: 17,456 steps
Sat: 17,210 steps
Sun: 20,147 steps
Mon: 16,076 steps
Tue: 10,371 steps
Wed: 16,663 steps
Thu: 15,320 steps
Total: 113,243 steps

 

It was good pretty good week of steps. I’ve been really tired, so I’m not pushing it too much. I’ve run 6 of the last 7 days, and get a 30 minute walk over my lunch break most days. This week has been really busy, so I haven’t been able to take a lunch break every day.

{Weekly Wrap Up} 6-3-16

Wrapping things up a day late because life has been a little busy the past few days, but in a good way! We started summer hours at work on Fridays where we get to leave at 12:30, so the morning goes really quickly. No complaints here! We spent the afternoon in the pool, then out to dinner with friends afterwards. Today was Sunnie’s big dance recital, and she did so great! Here’s a picture of my sweet girl before we left for the show.

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I may have cried before, during, and after her performance. Did I mention I’m an emotional nutcase?! 😉

On a bookish note, I have to mention that I finished TWO amazing books this week. Undecided was every bit as wonderful as the hype said it was, and hyped books usually disappoint me. And after reading The Bird and the Sword, I decided to try another Amy Harmon book and picked up Making Faces. It goes down as one of my favorite books of all time. And of course now I’m mad at myself for not reading her books sooner. I had a few others on my Kindle already, but I had a little Amazon shopping spree to get the rest.

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#FitReaders co-hosted by Felicia @ Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About. I 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!

FITBIT STEPS
Fri: 14,540 steps
Sat: 12,347 steps
Sun: 8,948 steps
Mon: 20,304 steps
Tue: 16,685 steps
Wed: 16,513 steps
Thu: 13,031 steps
Total: 102,368 steps

 

 

 

The 5k on Memorial Day went better than I could’ve ever imagined! I got a new PR, coming in at 26:57, which beats my fastest time by 22 seconds. I was thrilled! And my hubby was there to cheer me on.

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