Saturday, May 27, 2017

#FitReader Weekly Update




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

So I think I'm going to do the 6 week Body Toning Boot Camp by Blogilates. I really like their work outs and the instructor, while overly peppy, is good at motivating you. I've been slacking on my diet, but going to try and get back on track. I'm trying something different to keep me accountable, I set up an Instagram account, separate from the one linked to this blog, to post just fitness and food on. The reason I did this is because I might post pics of myself and if I do I'll be making the account private. I'm really self conscience about how I look, so I'll be pretty strict about who I let follow me if I decide to do this. If your interested here's the link - sjstayingaccountable

 Goals:
Challenge: FMSM 30 Day Challenge (completed)
Blogilates: (Completed)

Walking to Mordor: 96.32 /1779 miles

Here's what I did this week... 
5/21/17: 36 mins Blogilates
5/22/17: 20 mins yoga
5/23/17: 
5/24/17: 
5/25/17: Grocery shopping
5/26/17: 
5/27/17: 35 mins Blogilates


Friday, May 26, 2017

Journal: Healthy Eating Sabotage

As I sit here wolfing down an entire bag of Brownie Brittle I can't help but wonder what the heck am I doing. I'm trying to get back on track, I want to eat healthier, I bought the bag of brownie bits to be my splurge. I told myself that after yesterdays binging I was going to be good. I had been good all week, having everything planned out and ready to go. Then I get to work Thursday and one of the girls had brought in doughnuts for everybody. I know I didn't have to eat them, but she had gone to Tim
Horton's and bought enough for everyone. I didn't want her to feel bad. After work we went grocery shopping, I was good... the Brownie stuff being my only unhealthy splurge and then that wasn't really bad bad. But of course no one had eaten dinner and by the time we'd gotten done running around it was almost 8 o'clock in the evening. Everybody was hungry and we got Burger King. Now I wouldn't feel to bad about this if we hadn't gotten Chinese food last week. Or I hadn't eaten a huge bag of gummy bears, or I hadn't eaten an entire box of Pasta Roni by myself for dinner one night. You see where this is going right?
I keep sabotaging myself. It's my own fault, I can't blame anyone else. It's not like they held me down and force fed me. I know I should grab an apple instead of chips, yet I don't. I know better. And while I'm baring my soul here, let me add that yes some of this is stress eating. Again I know this isn't good for me, yet it doesn't stop me from eating an entire thing of ice cream or drinking a whole bottle of wine.
So I'm going to try and do better. I've got healthy stuff to eat and now that the Brownie Brittle is gone, I have no more sweets. I will get back on the wagon, now I just need to find some motivation to get exercising again.


{Book Tour} Prelude to Insurrection by JC Kang


Prelude
to Insurrection
A
Legends of Tivara Story
by
JC Kang
Genre:
Epic Fantasy, YA

Only
an orphan half-elf spy can avert a rebellion before it starts.





Jie’s
superior senses have made her the perfect lookout. Now, as the
adopted daughter of the Black Lotus Clanmaster, she wants to prove
her pointed ears aren’t a liability when she’s tasked to
infiltrate a rebel lord’s castle.


In
this prequel to Songs of Insurrection, Jie must decide between her
duty to the emperor and her sense of compassion toward the
downtrodden. No matter her choice, it will have explosive
consequences for her, the realm, and the upcoming war.

**Free
May 17th & 18th!!**




Songs
of Insurrection
The
Dragon Songs Saga Book 1

Only
the lost magic of Dragon Songs can save the realm. Only a naïve girl
with the perfect voice can rediscover it.





Blessed
with an unrivaled voice, Kaiya dreams of a time when music could
summon typhoons and rout armies. Maybe then, the imperial court would
see the awkward, gangly princess as more than a singing fool.


When
members of the emperor’s elite spy clan uncover a brewing
insurrection, the court hopes to appease the ringleader by offering
Kaiya as a bride. 

Obediently
wedding the depraved rebel lord means giving up her music.
Confronting him with the growing power of her voice could kill her.




Orchestra
of Treacheries
The
Dragon Songs Saga Book 2

The
mightiest dragon threatens the world, and only the power of a Dragon
Song can vanquish him.





Two
years have passed since Kaiya rediscovered the lost magic of Dragon
Songs, yet the power of her voice is untrained. Potential suitors see
her as a stepping stone. One ruthless cousin would rather step on her
gravestone. 


Not
one to get walked over or buried, Kaiya is holding out for the exiled
foreign prince who inspired her to sing. The only one who appreciates
her abilities more is the world’s last dragon, Avarax, and it’s
not because he enjoys a good song. 

Raw
and unproven, she finds mentors in unlikely places. An elf courtier.
An ancient healer. A martial arts master. And an evil sorcerer.
She’ll need their guidance to survive the final showdown between a
girl finding her voice, and a dragon who has no intention of being
fooled a second time. 



Dances
of Deception
The
Dragon Songs Saga Book 3

An
invincible empire threatens to invade Cathay, and only a Dragon Song
can ensure peace.





After
vanquishing the Last Dragon with the power of her voice, all Kaiya
wants is a quiet life of anonymity. Instead, the Emperor sends her to
negotiate peace with the aggressive Teleri Empire.


The
critical mission reunites her with her childhood friend Tian, now an
assassin-spy who loathes killing. He is no longer the adorable,
gullible boy from her memories, any more than she is the adventurous,
sweet girl from his. Instead of rekindling nostalgia for a youthful
innocence they both yearn for, their reunion ignites a mutual
hatred.

When
the Teleri Empire breaks off talks, Tian must help Kaiya escape.
Orcs, Ogres, and enemy soldiers stand between them and home, and
their volatile relationship could get them captured… or killed.




Symphony
of Fates
The
Dragon Songs Saga Book 4

Kaiya
escapes her ordeal at the hands of the Teleri Emperor, only to return
to a homeland beset by enemies on all sides, and crumbling from
within.





As
a teenager, she quelled a rebellion with the Dragon Scale Lute. As a
young adult, she vanquished a dragon with the power of her
voice.


Now,
robbed of her magic by grief, Kaiya must navigate a web of court
intrigue to save the realm before it falls. Only she can lay claim to
the Dragon Throne on behalf of her unborn sons—whether the father
is the lover who perished rescuing her, or the hated enemy who killed
him.

In
the final story in Kaiya’s saga, she must rally a nation, repel
invaders, and prove to the world why her family alone holds the
Mandate of Heaven.




JC
Kang's unhealthy obsession with Fantasy and Sci-Fi began at an early
age when his brother introduced him to The Chronicles of Narnia, The
Hobbit, Star Trek and Star Wars. As an adult, he combines his geek
roots with his professional experiences as a Chinese Medicine doctor,
martial arts instructor and technical writer to pen epic fantasy
stories.



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Thursday, May 25, 2017

{Book Tour} RISING by Sonya Weiss


RISING
by
Sonya Weiss


Genre: Young Adult, SciFi Supernatural Romance


Pub
Date: May 9, 2017



When
sparks fly between a human and a Supernatural, the entire planet
could be at stake.
It’s
been ten years since the Great Extinction, when Supernaturals
threatened to destroy humanity. Now, in the sleepy town of Wayside,
Nevada, seventeen-year-old Cassie Grant’s life couldn’t be more
ordinary. Determined to get into an Ivy League college, her focus is
squarely on her studies. But suddenly everything changes when she
witnesses Jason Taylor, a cute and quiet loner, mysteriously save a
young boy from falling to his death.
Although
the Supernaturals ultimately retreated to their planet, three
families were left behind—including Jason’s. So far, they’ve
been successfully hiding in plain sight. But Jason knows that if
Cassie exposes him, all their lives will be in peril—especially
since Cassie’s father is the head of the Alien Eradication and
Defense Department. At first, befriending Cassie is Jason’s
survival tactic. But as they spend more time together, they begin to
fall in love. With the authorities closing in and a hidden threat
that could tear the very Earth apart, can Cassie and Jason keep each
other safe—or will their star-crossed romance start another
war?...


Sonya
Weiss is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, and author, including the
Stealing the Heart series with Entangled Publishing. She's addicted
to great books, good movies, and Italian chocolates. She's passionate
about causes that support abused animals and children. Her parents
always supported her bringing stray animals home, although the Great
Dane rescue was a surprise.


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{Review} FatSecret

I've been using FatSecret to track my calories and fitness on and off for  several years. I've used their apps for the Kindle and phone (Android version) as well.
The whole thing is easy to use, very basic and works great for tracking calories. I like how it has a calendar view so I can see how I've done intake vs. outtake calories at a glance. There is also a list-view which give info on fat, protein, and carbs, as well as calories. There are a wide variety of exercises listed and if you can't find what you're looking for you can add it. Same goes for the food, the site has a huge list and will auto-suggest things as you type, which is helpful if you're not one-hundred percent sure of a brand or name. Down side was I couldn't get the apps bar code reader to work, when putting in food. I loved that you can add your own recipes, and share them with other members or just plug in stuff to see how many calories a hypothetical recipe might have. You can create meals, if you tend to eat the same stuff everyday and it keeps a record of things you've recently eaten so it's easy to update your food diary. Same goes for exercise, and if you do the same exercises often or have a certain schedule you can set up your exercise diary to plug those workouts in automatically. I also like that you can plan your meals out up to a month.
The site offers tons of help from recipes and diets, to exercise tips and challenges. The best thing I think about the site is the sense of community that is offered. The folks on the site are wonderful and offer support when your feeling low or just a little motivation when your not really feeling it.
In my opinion FatSecret is a wonderful tool for anyone trying to lose weight or gain weight as the situation is with me. Unlike other sites where I've felt like the odd man out for wanting to gain, FatSecret is accepting and supportive.
This is a great site and super helpful, I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to keep track of calories and looking for support in weight loss or getting fit.

Disclaimer: FatSecret logo is trademarked by the site. I have no affiliation with the company and this review is based on my personal experience using the site and apps.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

{Movie Review} The LEGO Batman Movie

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made "The LEGO (R) Movie" a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble - LEGO Batman - stars in his own big-screen adventure: "The LEGO (R) Batman Movie." But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
Rating: PG (for rude humor and some action)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By: Chris McKay
Written By: Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, John Whittington
Runtime: 90 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Review: We took the kids to see this a little while ago, C had been asking to see it ever since it came out. I have to admit I was a little excited myself after seeing the trailers. It was what I've come to expect from the Lego company and their witty, sometimes sarcastic, fun.

Things I wasn't thrilled with: There's really not much to go in this section, the only huge grip I had was with the choice of voice actors for Harley Quinn and the Joker. I don't think Zach Galifianakis and Jenny Slate were good for those characters. Now I know that Mark Hamill can't drop everything when ever there is a Joker role available, because let's face it he is the best voice actor for the Joker. But they could have found someone better fitting than Zach Galifianakis. As for Harley she needed way more nose, come on she's from Brooklyn.

Things I liked: Still on the subject of voice actors I think Will Arnett and Michael Cera were great choices for Batman and Robin. They have good chemistry from already working together and are able to play off each other, which comes through even when it's just their voices.
The plot of the movie is cute and funny, teaching Batman that he doesn't have to be the lone vigilante. I loved the little extras that Lego threw in, referencing past Batman characters and other fun little facts.

This was an excellent family movie and a fun movie to watch.



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

{Book Tour} The Wizard Killer by Adam Dreece


The
Wizard Killer
Season
1
by
Adam Dreece
Genre:
Post-Apocalyptic, Fantasy

"Harry
Potter meets Die Hard" - M. Bybee, WereBook.org
"Madmax
meets Lord of the Rings" - Goodreads.com




A
world once at the height of magical technology and social order has
collapsed. How and why are the least of the wizard killer’s
worries.
Leaning
my bloody head against the back of the crashed levitating carriage, I
flex my cramped fingers. With a renewed grip on the mana-pistol, I
steal a quick breath. The others better wake up fast, otherwise we’re
all going to burn.
Written
using a binge-TV show model, Season 1 contains 20 pulse-pounding
episodes, and is an all new side to best-selling YA author, Adam
Dreece.




“…an
intense action movie-style romp through a wonderfully detailed
fantasy world. I freaking LOVED this story! I loved the cinematic
feel, I loved the action scenes, I loved the characters. It is like
Harry Potter meets Die Hard” — M Bybee, WereBooks.org, 5 Stars




"...imaginative
and compelling series that is quite difficult to stop reading. Dreece
knows exactly how to build and then neatly tie up each episode, while
leaving the reader wanting more.... highly recommended."
  • Reviewed
    by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite, 5 Stars




The
Wizard Killer
Season
2

Kill
me with a floating city? You got my attention. But then steal from me
and try to burn me alive? You got me thinking.
I
think I’m going to find your yigging, walking carcass and introduce
it to two friends of mine: pain and vengeance.
By
the way, I borrowed a lightning rifle. Don’t worry, I’ll return
it… empty.
See
you soon,
The
Wizard Killer




Season
Two kicks everything up a notch with 22 all-new, action-packed
episodes!






Adam
Dreece kicked off his indie author career with his best-selling
steampunk meets fairy tale series, The Yellow Hoods, which struck a
chord with kids 9-15 and adults. After four books in the series, the
former software architect put out two more young adult books, the
post-apocalyptic fantasy book The Wizard Killer – Season One, and
then his science fiction novel, The Man of Cloud 9. The first two
novels in The Yellow Hoods series, as well as The Wizard Killer, have
been finalists for Book of the Year awards from the Independent
Author’s Network.
When
he’s not working on his next book, Adam can be found giving talks
at schools, libraries, associations, as well as comic-con type events
like CalgaryExpo and FanExpoCanada on subjects from how to get one’s
ideas out and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, to how to
give a successful book signing.
Along
the way, Adam has faced many challenges, including working around his
Dyslexia (reading and writing disorder), and needing to be ruthless
with his time and energy in face of his severe asthma and chronic
abdominal scar pain. He’s become an inspiration to some, and a
symbol of tenacious hard work to others.
He
lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and children. He is
an active online mentor at adamdreece.com, and is a busy public
speaker, panelist, and author in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.










Monday, May 22, 2017

{Book Review} Heritage by Addie Hunter

Heritage
by Addie Hunter
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release: March 28th 2017
Genre: Fiction- YA: Superhero, action, adventure
How I got it: Received a copy from the author

Arhaus, Nevada is a small town on I-70 that currently has more superheroes than trees. After an accident in the summer of 2012, six teens gain superhuman abilities and quickly decide to put them to good use and become heroes in a world that's since lost its good opinion of people with abilities. As if that weren't enough trouble trying to keep their powers hidden from their friends and family, they're going into their senior year of high school. Strange symbols begin appearing all around town, a new kid moves in, someone threatens to bomb the news building, and Dave still can't find a date to his senior homecoming. Blaise hopes that they can figure out who keeps setting all these fires, and Kat just wants to graduate in one piece. The first novel in the Transcend series, Heritage sets up a universe full of the supernatural, following the lives of six friends as they begin to find out the world is much bigger than it once seemed.

Review:
This is an interesting concept, a world where superheroes are out in the open and accepted. Six teens get super powers when they are struck by lightning. Ok that's a little cliche, but hey it's better than radioactive waste. I liked how Ms Hunter, had them balancing everything. As teens they had to balance home, school, and saving the world. Ms Hunter did a great job fleshing out the teens, and making them real. I thought it was interesting the way Ms Hunter had the kids still concerned about things like homecoming, homework, and grades while saving the citizens of Arhaus.
I felt Ms Hunter's writing was good, her plot solid, and entertaining. Although I am confused by the opening scene and wish she had chosen something else, such as our hero's origin as the beginning. This made it a little hard for me to get into the book at first. Once I got past that and into the story I enjoyed it much more. I'm hopeful that the series will explain things more as the next book comes out. Overall this is a decent read, and I would recommend it for anyone 12 and up.



Saturday, May 20, 2017

#FitReader Weekly Update




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

Today is the last day of the Blogilates Challenges, and I think I did pretty good. I took four rest days during the course of the challenge, because my body was like you need to take it easy. Sunday I pushed myself a bit and did a couple extra workouts. I was lucky and had to work in the sewing department which meant I got to sit. Since my body was sore it was a nice reprieve.
Now that I finished these challenges I need to find something new.

 Goals:
Challenge: FMSM 30 Day Challenge (completed)

Blogilates: 
30 Days Sleek Arms (Day 30/30)
30 Days Flat Abs (Day 30/30)
30 Day Butt Lift (Day 30/ 30)

Walking to Mordor: 96.32 /1779 miles

Here's what I did this week... 
5/14/17: Day 26 Blogilates Challenges
Sleek Arms 9min video
Tone it Up KickBoxing video 11 mins
18 mins of Yoga
5/15/17: Rest
5/16/17: Day 27 Blogilates Challenges
5/17/17: Day 28 Blogilates Challenges
5/18/17: Rest / Cheat
5/19/17: Day 29 Blogilates Challenges
5/20/17: Day 30 Blogilates Challenges


Friday, May 19, 2017

{Book Tour} EIGHT DAYS IN THE SUN by MK Schiller


EIGHT DAYS
IN THE SUN
by MK Schiller
Pub. Date:
5/2/2017
Genre:
Contemporary Romance

Love needs
only one chance to shine . . .

He followed in
his family’s footsteps and just graduated Marine boot camp. Now
Mason Cutler’s personal mission is to get plenty of sun, surf, and
no-strings romance in his favorite laid-back Florida beach town
before shipping out. But a chance encounter with reserved Kiran
Shenoy becomes a golden day of conversation, connection—and an
intense attraction Mason can't walk away from. They make an
agreement—eight sensuous days together without regrets or promises.
Yet soon Mason is longing to convince the spirited woman behind
Kiran's sad beautiful eyes to take a chance on even more . . .

All Kiran
dared hope for was a chance to heal after a tragic accident and a
devastating loss. Mason's freewheeling energy and head-on courage
warms her scarred body and soul—and ignites her heart. But with
their lives going in different directions, the only commitment they
can make is a pact to meet again. Can what they feel survive Mason’s
military duty, and Kiran’s second chance to restart her life? And
can a desire sparked one summer night be enough for forever?



MK
Schiller
 is
a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. In the dark of
night, she sits by the warm glow of her computer monitor, reading or
writing, usually with some tasty Italian…the food that is! She
started imagining stories in her head at a very young age. In fact,
she got so good at it that friends asked her to create plots
featuring them as the heroine and the object of their affection as
the hero. She hopes you enjoy her stories and find The Happily Ever
After in every endeavor. M.K. Schiller loves hearing from readers.



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