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I Feel Pretty

Today, I feel pretty.  I don’t have on a new outfit or new shoes, I didn’t do anything differently with my hair or makeup, but for once this morning when I looked in the mirror, I felt pretty.  Kinda like this…

Okay, maybe not quite like that, but it was nice to look in the mirror and not immediately think, “Well that’s as good as it’s gonna get today!”

Last night I did the Peanut Butter Fingers Workout that I mentioned yesterday afternoon with the exception of the bottom two shoulder sets.  I have the broadest shoulders of any girl I have ever seen (hello linebacker!) and I certainly don’t need any help making those more defined or bigger so I substituted a few oblique sets since my love handles absolutely need to be toned a tish.  However, I have to say that I think I have found THE workout for me…That workout style was perfect!  I didn’t get bored once switching between the treadmill and weights and while my arms were DEFINITELY fatigued by the end of the workout, I wasn’t so tired and worn out that I felt like I was going to pass out like I usually do after 30 minutes on the treadmill.  I will definitely have to plan more workouts like this!

I’m super excited that we have nothing planned this afternoon after work, so I can enjoy this beautiful 80 degree weather running around outside with my Ryman for the rest of the evening.

After seeing a recipe for some stuffed bell peppers on Cookie Dough Katzen’s Blog, I think I’ll be creating some version of those myself for supper because they just look so darn tasty, and not half bad for you!

Tried any good recipes lately?

If I Stay Review

Today was another day spent mostly at home with my sick button…I did head in to work for a few hours to knock some things out, but then it was right back home to my sick boy.  He’s doing a little better I think, but he’s definitely not my normal rambunctious dragon 🙂

Sick Rylnn4

Since I’ve had a little more travel time on my hands during the last month, I got a little ahead of myself and I already finished the book that I was reading for the June book club, so I thought I would post my review…Enjoy!

If I Stay

For the Peanut Butter Fingers Blog book club for the month of June, the book of choice was If I Stay by Gayle Forman and when I saw the caption on the front cover that said, “will appeal to fans of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight,” I was extremely excited.  I have also read Stephanie Meyer’s book The Host (supposedly coming to theatres soon!) and while it was little difficult to get in to, I thoroughly enjoy her writing so when I boarded the flight to NYC, If I Stay was in hand.

The description of the novel…

In the blink of an eye, everything changes. 17-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck.  Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces-to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make.  Heartwrenchingly beautiful, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.

Spoiler Alert!

This novel started out very easily for me and I was hooked from about page 2.  However, I think that may have been the problem too…I was hooked at page 2.  The accident happens very quickly in the first of the novel and then the remainder of the novel is Mia bouncing back and forth between the present and some of the memories from her past with her parents, brother Teddy, boyfriend Adam, best friend Kim, and her cello camp playing friends.  I had a tendency to skim over all the back story just because I wanted to know what she was going to choose, life or death?  Her parents were killed instantly and she found out about half way through the book that her baby brother had been killed as well, so she basically has nothing else to live for except a possible Julliard scholarship, Kim, and Adam, and their boyfriend/girlfriend relationship had been waning before the accident anyway.  So would she choose to live or go be with her family?  With each page turn, I would just skim along until she was back in the present and I could get a glimpse of what she was going to choose.  However, she didn’t make her choice until the very last page of the book, when she chooses to live, squeezes Adam’s hand from the ICU hospital bed, after her makes a heartfelt plea for her to live and says that he will let her go as long as she chooses to live, and then Adam says, “Mia?”

The jumping back and forth between present and past always bothers me a little bit and I thought that the relationship between Mia and Adam sounded about like a relationship between 20-year-olds, not 17 and 18-year-olds.  I loved the family picture that Forman painted of Mia’s quirky, former hard rock family, that while very unorthodox, was extremely loving and caring and always made time to be with each other.

It was a sad novel to experience Mia’s pain and loss, especially when she finds out about Teddy and you think she’s going to choose to die until the last few pages, so all in all, it kept my attention and was quite suspenseful and a SUPER easy read.  After I read If I Stay, I found out there is a sequel that was released two years ago called Where She Went that is written from Adam’s point of view a few years after Mia wakes up, but I don’t know if I want to read it or not.  In my head, I already have a perfect picture of Mia and Adam and what happened, so I’m not sure if I want to shatter that or not.  All in all, I would give If I Stay 4 stars.

Read any good books lately?  I need another good novel suggestion!

If You Run One Step, You ARE a Runner

It seems like over the last few weeks I’ve had more conversations with folks that want to start running, but don’t know where to start, what kind of goals to set, or they simply just don’t feel like they can.  Trust me, if I can, YOU can too!

I started running back in high school, so I’ve got about 14 years (eek!) of running behind me and if you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you know that I have a love/hate relationship with running.  I think it’s the most effective yet the most strenuous and difficult exercise out there and I think staying motivated is one of the hardest parts of being a runner.  It’s all mental, trust me!

There are so many good free websites and apps out there that can help ANYONE become a runner and achieve any goal that you set.

Some of my favorites

Couch to 5K-One of my favorite plans (also comes in app format) that I believe if I was just starting out, I would definitely utilize as it starts you out slowly and combines walking and jogging for various time periods.  By the end of 9 weeks, you would be able to run a 5K!


Hal Higdon Training Plans-I have been a big fan of all the Hal Higdon training programs, and used his Novice 2 Half Marathon training program when I trained and ran my first (and only) half marathon last year.  His plans also come in app form and his website contains training programs for 5K, 8K, 10K, 15K and 10 miles, Half-Marathons, Marathons, and Post Marathons, as well as Triathlon training and walking training.

Hal Higdon

Runner’s World-As a current subscriber to Runner’s World magazine, I feel like I would be doing them an injustice if I did not recommend them as well.  Each month, they feature some type of training program for some type of race/fitness level and they are always very well researched with results.  I really liked this 8 week beginner’s program featured on their website but they offer 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon, and Marathon training programs as well and their website is also full of all kinds of running tips like running for cold weather, stretching, pace calculators, etc.

Runner's World

Workout Playlist-If I am not running in some super scenic place (and sometimes even if I am) I have to have some type of music to keep my mind off the thud, thud, thud noise of my feet (It really is all mental!) so here is a link to one of my favorite blogs to read, Peanut Butter Fingers and her amazing playlists that she has put together.  I am a huge lover of all kinds of music anyway, so putting together playlists for races or just an everyday run is always fun for me and switching the music up keeps my mind from focusing on the fact that I feel like I’m going to pass out halfway through my run.


Hope some of my favorite training plans/tips can help because I know they have definitely helped me over the last few years and if you have any tips or suggestions, please share!  Happy Monday!

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