Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Reader's Workouts - Unbalanced Scales

Reader's Workouts is a weekly event which is hosted over at Joy's Book Blog.

I'm a Fitbit wearer, I like that it helps me keep active and moving during the week.  If you also wear one feel free to friend me!

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I've been feeling a bit unbalanced the late few weeks.  I'm looking at this scale as sort of the balance between meeting my step goal, and tracking my food. I start off each week feeling as if I have the scale balanced but by the end of the week the scale always seems to tip one way or the other.

Last week I set some Mini-Goals for myself :
  1. Track everything even if I go over on calorie count
  2. Hit at least 4,000 steps a day, even if I have to pace around the house at night to reach that count
Well I started off good on tracking my calorie count and then we hit Friday night.  We went out for pizza and I really had planned to just eat 2 slices of thin crush tomato pie. I couldn't stop at just two!  So then the weekend hit and I played that mind game where since you screwed up one day you just give up.  I hate that game, I always lose!

I did, however, hit 4,000 steps a day.  There was really only one day that I didn't hit my goal of 5,000 steps.  I did A LOT of walking this week apparently.  

Mini-Goals for this week:
  1. Track everything even if I go over on calorie count
  2. Hit at least 5,000 steps a day
Good luck this week everyone!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Austen in August Mini-Reviews - List Lovers and A Darcy Christmas



The List Lover's Guide to Jane AustenThe List Lover's Guide to Jane Austen by Joan Strasbaugh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's really just a book of lists.

I really enjoyed it and think it's a great resource to have on hand. I can already tell I'll be using it as a reference for writing blog posts in the future over at CNJ JASNA.




A Darcy ChristmasA Darcy Christmas by Sharon Lathan
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

This includes three novellas by three authors.

Mr. Darcy's Christmas Carol by Carolyn Eberhart. -3 Stars
This novella changes the end of P&P so Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth don't get married alongside Bingley and Jane.  Then it follows the basic plot of A Christmas Carol.  It was an okay story. Honestly the reason this got 3 instead of 2 stars was because there was a brief visit with Anne and Frederick!

Christmas Present by Amanda Grange. -4 Stars
This was the only story to stick closely to the characters of P&P.  In this one it's about a year after the end of the novel and something special happens on Christmas.

A Darcy Christmas by Sharon Lathan -1 Star
I haven't read any of Sharon Lathan's books, but I've been told how great they are, and sadly I really didn't see it in these Christmas shorts. This novella, is broken down to all the Christmases that take place during the course of her series and her characterizations didn't work for me. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Reader's Workouts - Mini Goals

Reader's Workouts is a weekly event which is hosted over at Joy's Book Blog.

I'm a Fitbit wearer, I like that it helps me keep active and moving during the week.  If you also wear one feel free to friend me!

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I'll start off by echoing a lot of what I said last time I posted a Reader's Workout:

  • Things haven't been going good for me on the fitness front, since my gym buddy had her scheduled changed for the summer I found it easier to make excuses to not go walk the track or go walk on the treadmill at the gym. 
  •  I've slacked on tracking my food 

I had promised to go to the gym and I made it that one day.  I had wrote "My plan is to get back to the gym Thursday after work, barring any disasters, I should be able to hold myself to that promise." Then the itching started, just a few bites on my legs but by Thursday I was covered in little groupings that hurt they itched so bad.  I had broken out like this back in November and went to an emergency clinic and was told it was low grade hives.  I still had some meds left over from then and tried taking them.  It helped but I kept finding new breakouts.

Last Monday I went to my primary doctor and was told not hives, and not bites.  She sent me to the dermatologist who said definitely bites, possibly bed bugs and he took a biopsy of a bite. Get results on Wednesday not bed bugs, but general bug bites. Learn Thursday someone has been coming into my place of employment with fleas.

I was the worst bit and had I know that this was the case (if the person would have spoke up sooner rather than later) I never would have had to had the biopsy, which has left a slight hole in my back that will take up to two months to heal and leave a scar. Needless to say I've been eating my series of emotions, but I'm determined this week to get back on track (I've said that before).

So to get back on track I've set some Mini-Goals for myself this week (Tuesday to Tuesday).

  1. Track everything even if I go over on calorie count
  2. Hit at least 4,000 steps a day, even if I have to pace around the house at night to reach that count
So I'll check back in next week! I hope everyone else is doing good!