Saturday, December 31, 2016

Last Weekly Update of 2016




I'll be sharing on...
Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin
and linking up with Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup hosted by Ilka from Ilka’s Blog and Angela from Marathons & Motivation

Holy wow, 2016 is basically over and tomorrow starts 2017. A whole new year! New goals to accomplish or bomb at, hey I'm honest. I decided to start my half- marathon training today instead of the first. What can I say I don't like waiting. I was getting antsy and wanted to get started.


December Goals:
One day a week of dedicated strength training: 1/7 - Did a Tricep Toning video and oh my have my arms been hurting ever since. 

Here's what I did this week...
12/24/16: Slacked
12/25/16: Ran 4.07 miles in 30:11 mins
12/26/16: Upper Body workout : Tricep Toning video 
12/27/16: Ran 4.08 miles in 29:31 mins
12/28/16: Rest
12/29/16: Rest
12/30/16: Got groceries and slacked


Friday, December 30, 2016

Last Runfession of 2016 & 2017 Goals


Holy wow, Where did the year go? I'm linking up with Marcia's A Healthy Slice, for Runfessions the very last of 2016. So Happy New Year!!  I don't know about you all but I'm really super duper glad that the holidays are over. I'm looking forward to a new year and a clean slate so to speak.

Ok so I Runfess that I'm a little nervous about starting half marathon training. I'm not sure why, but this seems like a big deal. Like now I'm in the big leagues. No more of these little 5 - 10k, we're going all the way... alright half the way.

I Runfess that I was surprised to see that I've run 431.35 miles total this year. Zombies Run has my stats in these graphs and it's so cool to see the distance get bigger while my pace gets smaller.  I've done 8 virtual 5ks and 3 virtual 10ks and this is only my first year really running. 




I Runfess that I don't like resolutions, but I do think it's fun to set a few small goals to accomplish during the year. So here are the things I'd like to accomplish in 2017.

Run a half-marathon (maybe a marathon)
Zombie Run 5k or 10k
Squat my own body weight
Lift the big rolls of fabric at work and load them without help
Run a few real races


What about you do you have goals for 2017?
Do you want to accomplish something in the new year that your nervous about?


{Review} MuscleTech Vapor X5 Next Gen (Icy Rocket Freeze)


Disclaimer: I received a sample as part of my JackedPack to review for free.  As always, all opinions are my own.



I received the Icy Rocket Freeze flavor and wasn't all that impressed. There are 2 servings per pack. I mixed up the serving via the instructions on the back of the package. I got nothing. Maybe I should have added more mix or less water? Not sure but no energy boast, no pump and no flavor.
I found this fairly weird as I'm pretty sensitive to the pre-workouts and usually need to cut the dose in half due to my body weight. Maybe I'll try the rest of the package with less water and see what happens.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

{Cover Reveal} Melancholy Ghost (Spirit Chasers #2) By Kat Mayor

Today is the cover reveal for Melancholy Ghost by Kat Mayor. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

Melancholy Ghost
Melancholy Ghost (Spirit Chasers #2)

By Kat Mayor

Genre: Paranormal

Age category: Adult

Release Date: 14 February, 2017



Blurb:

From ghost hunter to ghost, haunted.



Barrett has a plan—help Austin regain his memory, surround him with his friends and loved ones, and lead him into the light. Unfortunately, the tragic investigation of a melancholy ghost derails everything.



As new lead investigator, Thai struggles to maintain the high ratings SCI has always enjoyed. After a few subpar investigations, the network execs demand results, even if it means the team must put their lives on the line for a house more deadly than its dead occupants.



There are worse things than being dead.



Austin knows something is wrong. Most people ignore him, time eludes him, and his hands are basically worthless. If only he could remember what happened, he would have the answers he so desperately seeks. He’s sick of Barrett’s lies and Casey’s deflections. Austin will have to figure this one out on his own. Will the truth set him free, or destroy his soul?




You can find Melancholy Ghost on Goodreads



Melancholy Ghost Teaser




Excerpt:

While the others were in the back storeroom, Bob and Luis investigated the front of the store. Bob’s spirit guides led them over to an old Victrola. An apparition in a three-piece suit materialized in front of them. Bob couldn’t see the solid forms of ghosts the way Casey and Barrett did. He saw them as clear beings with bright edges. But if a spirit was strong and determined, it could convey its thoughts and words to Bob. You, sir. Might I have a word?

“Certainly.”

Professor Charles Bowen. The translucent apparition held out his hand in introduction.

Bob made the motion of shaking his hand. “Pleased to meet you, Professor. How can I be of assistance?”

The professor pointed with his translucent pipe. On the floor were shards of broken teacups and saucers. That was Lady Jane Carraway’s collection of fine, English bone china. It was then that Bob noticed the silhouette of a feminine spirit. Her clear being was outlined in a Victorian era tie-back blouse and skirt. She stood behind and to the side of the professor, clutching a lace handkerchief and weeping soundlessly. A mute spirit, Bob realized. Somehow her silent sobs were more sorrowful than if she had been wailing loudly. The professor pushed his wire-rimmed glasses up higher on his nose. Now what is to be done about them?

“Them?”

Those hoodlums. It’s one thing to endure their practical jokes. But Lady Jane is a kind soul. She didn’t deserve this.

He’s sweet on her, a young male spirit taunted. Then he made smooching noises. A couple of other spirits with him began to laugh. They blurred into one as they floated off down another aisle.

Alas, I did not know Lady Jane when we were alive. He patted her arm. I wish I had. His eyes narrowed at Bob and Luis. You must make them leave. They are turning this fine establishment into a rowdy, ill-managed ale house.

“We’ll do our best, Professor.”

One more thing.

Bob turned to face him. The ginger boy is the ring leader. If you cross him over, they’ll all follow.




Kat MayorAbout the Author:

I am a native Texan, wife, and mom. In addition to The Spirit Chaser, I have written a young adult series, The Circle. I’m a full-time reader, part-time writer, and when I’m not kicking a story around in my head, I love to read and review books on Goodreads.



You can find and contact Kat Mayor here:

- Website

- Facebook

- Twitter

- Goodreads



Healthy New Year's Drink Recipes




So New Year's is this Sunday and we all know that New Year's equals booze. So I've compiled this list of boozy recipes that'll let you get a jump on your resolutions before 2017. Now you don't have to feel bad for indulging a little or a lot on New Years night. Just remember please drink responsibly, designate a sober driver, and never drink and drive.

60 Healthier Drinks for Boozing

60 Healthier Drinks for Boozing : This article offers healthier versions of classic cocktails like a Bloody Mary or Mojito, plus many more.



11 Skinny Holiday Cocktails: A collection of 11 yummy drinks like Holiday Raspberry Shooters there only 90 calories per serving.



Sparkling Pear and Pomegranate Sangria: "A light and delicious cocktail, Sparkling Pear and Pomegranate Sangria is the perfect festive drink to serve for the holidays." From Lively Table



Berry Pomegranate Vodka Spritzer Recipe: This festive looking drink is delicious and easy to make. From Smart Savvy Living



Tequila Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate:  A Boozy hot coco that is vegan, paleo and gluten free friendly. From Diary of an ExSloth



The Ultimate Holiday Sangria:  "Filled with citrus, pomegranate, crisp pear, and cinnamon for one irresistible sip!" From Joyful Healthy Eats

Do you have a favorite healthy drink to add?

If you visit the sites and create these amazing drinks please make sure to leave a little comment love. 

Pictures belong the their respective copyright holders.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Post Holiday Eating Plan



I don't know about you all but I think I over did it on the food last week. Between family dinners, Christmas parties, stocking candy, and cookies... yeah I might have over done it. Ok ok I'll come completely clean I haven't been eating right since Thanksgiving. There total confession. Whew! I feel better.
And I'm ready to get back on the healthy eating band wagon.

Here's the game plan...
  1. Hydration: Drink a glass of water with apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning. Then get plenty of water through out the day.
  2. Start with eating anti-inflammatory foods: Lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, spices and quality fats like nuts, and seeds.
  3. Eat meals with a balance of fat, fiber, and protein to keep my tummy full and not wanting junk. 
  4. Exercise: Get back to my normal routine and maybe shake things up by trying some different things. 
  5. Don't beat myself up if I slip up... cause you know I'm going.
To get me started I'm going to be adding this to my workouts this week.



Anyone else have post holiday eating guilt? What's your plan for getting back on track?

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

{Book Review} Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women's Sports by Kathrine Switzer

Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women's Sports
by Kathrine Switzer
Publisher: Carroll & Graf
Release: March 9th 2007
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Running, memiors
How I got it: Bought it

Katherine Switzer ran the Boston Marathon in 1967 where she was attacked by one of the event's directors who wanted to eject her from the all-male race. She fought off the director and finished the race. From the childhood events that inspired her to winning the New York City Marathon in 1974, this liberally illustrated book details the struggles and achievements of a pioneering women in sports.


Review: This was an amazing book. I loved Ms Switzer story of how she began running and kept running all her life. She is an inspiration. Her dedication and devotion to getting women recognized not just in running but other sports is mind boggling. I found her time in Syracuse fascinating, living an hour north of the city. I was super impressed by her running those long distances in the dead of winter. Sorry you would never catch me out there.
Detailing the trials that she encountered during her running career, this book tells the untold story of the second woman to run the Boston Marathon. I found it interesting the myths surrounding women running when Ms Switzer started running. I couldn't wrap my mind around that people still believed things like a woman's ovaries would fall out if they ran farther than a few miles.
Ms Switzer's writing style was good, like talking with a friend. She shared her highs and lows, the pictures made the book offering a real feel to all the tales. I really enjoyed this book and found it inspiring.








Monday, December 26, 2016

{Spotlight} Lucy Trilogy by L.M. Pruitt



Burden
Lucy Trilogy Book 1
Winged Series Book 11
L.M. Pruitt
Genre: Urban fantasy/paranormal romance
Publisher: SP Press
Date of Publication: July 26

Book Description:


All my life, I've had plans.
Dying the day before beginning the final year of my surgical residency wasn't one of them.
Finding myself drafted in the eternal war between good and evil wasn't one of them, either.
And dealing with friends, enemies, and lovers I don't remember?
Definitely not in my plans.



Curse
Lucy Trilogy 2
Winged Series Book 12
L.M. Pruitt
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Publisher: SP Press
Date of Publication: August 27


Book Description:


The problem with plans?
Even the best ones can go awry. And when they do... all hell breaks loose.
If I've learned only one thing in the last few months, it's the past never dies.
Four plagues down. Six more to come.
We need more than a plan.
We need a miracle.




Redemption
Lucy Trilogy Book 3
Winged Series Book 13
L.M. Pruitt
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Publisher: SP Press
Date of Publication: September 29

Book Description:


The problem with miracles?
They require a deity who cares.
And if you don't have one of those... you need a sacrifice.
Or the world ends


About the Author:
L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She knows this because she's killed bamboo. Twice.  She is the author of the Winged series, the Plaisir Coupable series, Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and Taken: A Frankie Post Novel.



Sunday, December 25, 2016

Sunday Cup of...Merry Christmas!



Welcome to Sunday Cup of... grab your favorite beverage and visit with me for a bit.
Sunday Cup of... is a combination post featuring, 
The Sunday Post Hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  Hosted by Book Date
and the Book Blog Hop hosted by Ramblings of a coffee addicted writer.
I share my week, what's going on around the blog, and what books I'm reading or have finished.





by ArtistAbe

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas or whatever Holiday you celebrate. I got some wonderful present from DK and the kids. They seem to be enjoying their gifts too. I've got wrapping paper from one end of the house to the other and a turkey in oven. It's nice to have some down time to spend with my family. I'm going to enjoy my long weekend, hope you do too. 

All links go to Goodread pages


What I'm Reading... 

Not sure yet, DK got me some books for Christmas but I have reviews to do so... sigh #bookishgirlproblems.

Finished:

Sadie Walker is Stranded (Zombie #2)

Sadie Walker is Stranded (Zombie #2)
by Madeleine Roux (DNFY - Did not finish yet. This means I plan on finishing it just not any time soon. I'm just not in the mood for zombies right now and I don't like forcing myself to read.)


Restless Spirits

Restless Spirits
by Jean Marie Bauhau



Emma

by Jane Austen, Elizabeth Klett (Narrator)

Undisclosed (podcast)







Season 2 of Fear the Walking Dead almost done with it. 

I'm also joining the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a coffee addicted writer. Every week they will pop a question that you answer. Post your answer to your blog, and enter your post to the linky provided. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.


This weeks question:

 Do you participate in reading challenges that have you reading for 24 hours, challenges that have a yearly goal, challenges that have you reading certain genres, or do you not participate in challenges? (submitted by Elizabeth)

Ok lets break this down, first part - I have 2 kids and a husband reading for 24 hours is out of the question.
Second part - Only the Goodreads challenge.
Third part - nope
Fourth part see second part

I tried doing challenges but always seemed to fail. After awhile it stopped being fun, so I stopped doing it.


So that's it for this week, hope you'll stop by next Sunday. Have a great week!


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Weekly Update




I'll also be sharing on...

 Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin
and linking up with Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup hosted by Ilka from Ilka’s Blog and Angela from Marathons & Motivation

Merry Christmas Eve!!!! I'm going to be quick here and just wish everyone a Happy Holidays. Hope you're keeping with your goals and not over indulging, too much. See you next week for a full confession of how much I ate and didn't workout. Gasp!



December Goals:
One day a week of dedicated strength training: 0/7 - I am failing miserably at this goal.
Here's what I did this week...

12/17/16: Ran 4.53 mi in 33:30 min
12/18/16: Ran 4.09 mi in 30:22 mins
12/19/16: Rest
12/20/16: Rest
12/21/16: Ran 4.31 mi in 31:38  mins
12/22/16: Rest
12/23/16: Ran 5.16 mi in 38:42 mins

Plus the rest of the Fit-mas challenge. Today we start the