Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

I absolutely could not put this book down. It was an incredible read. I actually enjoyed it more than I usually do Picoult's books.
The characters and their faults and flaws and energy and spirit were just fantastic. I am interested in Holocaust-related books and this was right up my alley. I definitely loved how the ending turned out, how the characters finished the novel. Absolutely enthralling.
Picoult...this is a BRILLIANT book. I can't wait for your next.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Fitness Update!

So in my old blog, I wrote a blog post that explains why I am in need of losing weight. (refers to a traumatic experience so read with care)
Because of the experience, when all is said and done, I gained about 60 pounds since I have returned home from Malawi. My goal is to lose around 80. And I am at 9.4 pounds lost so far! I have gained a lot of muscle and lost some fat. My thighs, hips and stomach have all lost an inch or two which is fantastic. My work pants (well, for the job I have now quit) got so loose and baggy that the fabric rubbed thin and when I bent over, RIIIIIP! But that is not a bad thing by any means.

The boot camp I am enrolled in is a great one. We typically start by stretching/warming up for 5-10 minutes, then do about 50-55 minutes of running, squats, boxing/fighting, ab work, arm work (lots of push-ups), and then end with a cool down for 5-10 minutes. It is great. Hard work and I leave every day dripping in sweat.

I have never worked so hard in my life but I am proud of myself for gaining endurance and having visible progress. I am excited to see how hard I can push myself!

So 9.4 pounds down (as of Friday - I weigh myself on Fridays at 1030am every week). 70 more to go!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Sometimes being broke is better than being miserable. In other words, I quit my job.
I was having a very rough time with a few things and decided that coming home 2 nights a week crying isn't worth the (minuscule) paycheck. Yes, money is money. Time is also money and spending 2 hours a day driving (which also equates to spending around 175$ a month on gas) is not my dream. Going in for the paycheck was dreadful and miserable, so I left.

I am a 24 year old with no debt, so life is a bit easier (meaning no college loans, no car loans, no credit card debt - nothing). My parents volunteered to assist me for a few months until I find a job closer to my dream field.

So I will be able to wake up at 5 and work out from 530-630 every day and enjoy that. I like waking up early and working out. I am currently doing a boot camp (my dad is too) and I like that when we have to run, I am running in the moonlight. I enjoy it. Crazy, I know. I have lost about 6 pounds so far, which is nice. Fitness, here I come.

I broke up with my ex. We "went our separate ways" in other words, I was ready to commit and he didn't know what he wanted, let alone if I was in his picture at all.

So lots and lots of changes, but I am happier by far, getting healthier and living well. :)