Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sunday Sweats: Vol. 10

So it's already Tuesday and I'm only getting around to posting my Sunday Sweats post about last week's fitness progress now.  I would have just said "screw it" and not posted it at all, but I figure it's a good way to hold myself accountable even if nobody's following along much anymore.  (I don't blame you, I've been sort of selfish as far as blogging goes...but I'll save that for another post.)

Anyway, I finally ran last week, but didn't make my goal of running at least 3x.  Once was good enough for me though because I was dying at only half a mile.  I also did a little bit of yoga here and there too which felt really good to stretch and lengthen and meditate.

As far as diet goes, I've been pretty good at staying away from wheat products, drinking lots of water and controlling my sugar intake.  I think the only time I really eat/drink anything sweet is my morning and afternoon cups of coffee.  So I think I'm doing okay so far with all of that.

As I mentioned last week, I signed up for a 21-day weight loss challenge by Noelle Benepe.  I did day 1 yesterday (Monday) after running and it was pretty good.  I only did one rep of each because I didn't want to overdo it on the first day especially after the 2 mile run I did just before.  Also, since I'm holding myself accountable here, I did accidentally skip one exercise of the circuit - squat jumps - because I thought I had memorized the routine already after glancing at it and watching the video in the morning so I didn't bother to check my list until today.


Today is Day 2 and mostly upper body exercises and I'm excited.  My upper body strength sucks.  As in I can probably only do 4 good pushups in a row.  Looking forward to killing my arms tonight and the rest of my body this week.

What about you?  What have you been up to?  Killed any workouts lately?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Sunday Sweats: Vol. 9

Well look who decided to show up today? Yup, this lazy bitch.

I have to confess, my sweat has been non-existent lately.  The last time I did any sort of fitness activity was the 5k on April 30th.  Yeah, over two weeks ago.  Things have been chaotic now that the school year is almost over and I'm so happy that soon I'll have a little more free time to actually run and workout on a regular basis.  No more practices, games, homework, projects, etc. for 3 months!  Woo hoo!

My goals this week are:

1.  Run at least 3x.
2.  Begin the 21 Day Challenge from Noelle Benepe.  (Starts on the 21st)
3.  Cut down on sweets.
4.  Look into simple recipes for meal prepping during the work week. 
5.  Hydrate.

I've been following Noelle on Instagram (@noellebenepe) for a while now and have always been interested in her courses.  Since May is my birth month and therefore "splurge month", I figured I should go ahead and give it a try.  It's an online course that costs $15 and all you need are a few essential pieces of equipment (most of which I already have at home).  It is a challenge program so you are recommended to post a before and after photo and the top transformations win prizes, so it's a great motivation for me to do the best I can so I can win!

Meanwhile, I have noticed a difference in my figure since I've been running and going wheat-free so I'm really hoping I can get that momentum back so I don't reverse my progress.  I put on a pair of pants this morning that I haven't worn in a while because it used to be too tight, and now they're actually loose.  This realization actually has me pumped up right now and I cannot wait to workout!

How has your fitness journey been so far?  Taking a break?  Need a new challenge to join?  Got any good recipes or tips for meal prepping?

Monday, May 9, 2016

Monthly Mantra 2016: May

It's May!  Can you believe it?  The month of flowers, transitioning from spring into summer, and my birth month!  I'm about a week late on this month's mantra because I had a hard time figuring out what it should be.

Ever since Queen Bey dropped LEMONADE a few weeks ago, I've kinda been obsessed with it.  I also have Rihanna's ANTI on repeat too, along with TWENTY88 and a few other amazing songs.  Music has a way of changing your mood, expressing the things that you don't know how to and can transport you to a different time and place.  Music is therapy.

This month, I encourage you to do more than just listen to the music.  Curate a playlist of your favorite songs and put that on repeat for the rest of the month.  Feel it.  Breathe it.  Live it.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Sunday Sweats Vol. 8

Tuesday: Ran 2.24 miles + yoga for 30 minutes.

Saturday:  Ran the Race Judicata 5k!  Stupid me, I didn't turn on my Nike Running app to track my time and pace but I almost ran through the whole thing.  Trace was my partner so he needed to walk a bit, but we ran way more than halfway through so it was quite an accomplishment.  He was kinda mad at me for tricking him at the end (I told him we'll run through the last color station and then walk, but kept running after the color station through the finish line) but he'll get over it.

It was so fun, and we're already looking forward to the next color run to join in.  This week I'll continue my running routine and try to put in more yoga time.

That was my week.  How was yours?

ABC Reads: April

A:  (The) Atlantis Plague, by A.G. Riddle.  Completed January 2016.

B:  Broken Grace, by E.C. Diskin.  Completed January 2016.
C:  (The) Color of Secrets, by Lindsay Jane Ashford.  Completed February 2016.
D:  Daughter of Sand and Stone, by Libbie Hawker.  Completed February 2016.
E:  E, by Kate Wrath.  Completed February 2016.
F:  Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell.  Completed March 2016.
G:  (The) Guardians of History, by Elisabetta Cametti.  Completed March 2016.
H:  (The) Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson.  Completed March 2016.
I:  Ice, by Kevin Tinto.  Completed March 2016.
J:  Jackaby, by William Ritter.  Completed March 2016.
K:  (The) Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.  Completed April 2016.
L:  (The) Light of the Fireflies, by Paul Pen.  Completed March 2016.
M:  My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout.  Completed April 2016.
N:  (The) Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah.  Completed January 2016.
O:  Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline.
P:  Papyrus, by John Oehler.  Completed April 2016.
Q:  (The) Queen's Poisoner, by Jeff Wheeler.  Currently reading.
R:  Regret, by Dan Dawkins.  Completed April 2016.
S:  (The) Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin.  Completed March 2016.
T:  Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.
U:  Under the Blood-Red Sun, by Graham Salisbury.
V:  Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann.
W:  Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.
X:  (The) X, by Lorena Bathey.  Completed April 2016.
Y:  You, by Caroline Kepnes.
Z:  (The) Zookeeper's Wife, by Diane Ackerman.

The Kite Runner
I have to admit that I wasn't sure I'd care for this book as much as I did.  I literally teared up at some points in the story and that hasn't happened to me in a while.  It was slow at first and I was a little confused because I didn't really know the whole backstory about the Afghanistan war and the Taliban and everything but it was interesting to learn about.  This was a story about family and friendship and how guilt can take a toll on you and change you as a person.  At first I was disgusted with the main character, Amir, for being such a wimp and not standing up for Hassan and treating him badly, but he was just a kid when everything went down (not that it makes it better) so I can understand why he was ashamed and scared.  I wish the author would write another book from Hassan's point of view.  I loved the way the story was told and the author's style was so easy to follow and so detailed that I'm already adding more of his books to my list!

My Name is Lucy Barton
This was a short read, but a really good story.  It was a bit confusing because the narrator, Lucy Barton, kept jumping back and forth between time periods.  It hinted of a twisted childhood and told of a few traumatic experiences, but didn't actually really say what went on which frustrated me.  Most of the story takes place when she's in the hospital and then her mom visits her for a few days, which is why she jumps back and forth from her childhood to the present because she hasn't seen or spoken to her family in years and they're sort of estranged because of things that happened in the past - which, again, they don't really say WHAT things happened.  All in all, a good light read.  I actually felt bad for Lucy, because the only time she really got to know her mother was those few days when she visited her in the hospital.  Made me appreciate having a loving (though highly annoying at times) family.  Probably a really good book to read now, since mother's day is coming up!

If you couldn't tell by the title, this book was about (you guessed it) Egypt.  I'm a lover of all things ancient Egypt so of course I loved this book!  The author goes back and forth between time periods of ancient Egypt to the present setting of the story and also between the different points of view of the characters.  It was a little confusing at first but once I got into the story it wasn't so bad.  The story was mainly about Queen Tiye's brief time before she was placed in her tomb and also about a scholar, Rika, who accidentally uncovers a hidden message by Queen Tiye on a papyrus telling of where her tomb would be.  Obviously Rika goes on the adventure to locate the tomb in hopes of using the treasures she finds there to help her own cause but things end differently.  I really loved learning about Queen Tiye and ancient Egypt and also loved the fact that the two main characters were female.  As always, I was a bit put off by the romance scenes as Rika is portrayed as a smart and headstrong woman, and I found it hard to believe that she fell in love so quickly.

Talk about a crazy twisted story!  After sleeping with his agent, Dan Dawkins' life gets turned upside down and he goes down a dark and twisted path.  The main character, Dan Dawkins is absolutely insane.  I mean, you'd have to be insane to blame your wife's death, and all the murders you've committed afterwards on the lady you had an affair with.  It takes two, Dan!  I felt really bad for the people he tricked and was disgusted that he couldn't take responsibility for his actions.  

The X
This one was a quick read (finished it in a day) but very interesting.  Basically about a woman, Clarissa, who is suddenly served divorce papers one morning after her husband and kids leave the house.  He ends up taking everything from her - the money, the house, and her two sons.  She finds an odd receipt one day and hires a private investigator to finds out what's really going on and learns that her husband is actually not the man she thought he was and that he is actually the leader of a neo-Nazi organization who is turning her sons against her and brainwashing them to help his cause.  With the help of the P.I. (Bryce) she fights to get her sons back from her crazy ex-husband.  There were a lot of different characters in the story and I don't really remember a lot of their names, especially since it was such a fast-paced kind of book.  I wish the book had been longer and told more about Clarissa's ex-husband's past and what led up to him just up and divorcing her.

That's my list for April!  5 books, not bad.  Only 8 more to go before my list is completed!  And I'm just about done with The Queen's Poisoner so basically 7 more.  Hoping to finish it all in May!

What about you?  What have you been reading?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sunday Sweats Vol. 8

This post is already a few days late so I'll just go ahead and jump right into it.

Tuesday:  C25k week 3, day 1.  Jog for 90 sec., walk for 90 sec., jog for 3 min., walk for 3 min., etc. for a total of 28 minutes and 1.97 miles.  Then yoga for a total of 30 minutes.

Thursday:  C25k week 3, day 2.  Same as the previous run except I ran a little farther for a total of 2.07 miles.  Yoga for 30 minutes.

Monday/Wednesday/Friday:  Nothing.

I've been slacking on my yoga lately because by the time I get home on M/W/F it's so late already and I have homework to check, mouths to feed, and other things that need attention.  Hoping to do more yoga this week instead of just on run days.

I've also been really good with my diet and I'm proud of myself.  I did slip and have a slice of pizza on Saturday because I was so hungry and Joey decided to order a pizza and have me hold it in my lap while he drove.  But, I was actually surprised that just one slice filled me up when I used to be able to devour like 3 slices, no problem.  Hells yeah for self control!  Lol.

The Race Judicata is this Saturday and I'm excited!  I've already printed out the waiver forms and will be dropping them off and registering everyone by tomorrow.  Our whole family is going (me, Joey, Aniyah, Chloe and Trace) and our nieces will be joining us too so it's bound to be a fun time.  We're already planning our all white outfits to wear so we can get colored!

What have you been up to?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Three Things

Thanks to Lisa for today's post inspo.  I haven't done one of these "about me" posts in a while so I thought this would be fun to do, especially today when I'm kinda in a lazy mood.

Three names I go by:
Jessica (and variations of this including Jess, Ska)
Mom (or Mooooooooooom!)

Three things I hate:
Fake people

Three places I have worked:
Golf Course
Surf Shop
Law Firm

Three things I love to watch:
The ocean
My kids playing together


Three places I have been:

Three things I love to eat:
All things cheesy

Three things I love to drink:
Anything with vodka

Three things I cannot live without:
My family
Beach days
All of the three drinks listed above

Three things I am looking forward to:
Having our house built 
5pm on weekdays
My 30th birthday weekend

That's my list.  What does yours look like?