Sweatin’ and Droolin’

With all my travels and sickness lately — I haven’t done a Friday round up in ages!  It’s time to change that my friends!

Work Outs

Welp, to say I’m out of my boring run rut is an understatement.  I’ve mentioned multiple times my focus lately on finding balance and truly taking care to listen to my body.  That has absolutely been reflected in my work outs this week and I’ve gotta say I’m feeling better than ever and am proud of myself.

  • Saturday: 3 mile run + walking around Boulder and Denver with the parents

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  • Sunday: Hilly 2 + mile walk with Gus + 45 minute CHALLENGER NTC app work out (killer).

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  • Monday: 3.1 mile run
  • Tuesday: Yoga class

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  • Wednesday: 3.16 mile run + 2+ mile walk with the Gusman
  • Thursday: Rest Day:  2 long walks (2 mile +) with Gus

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  • Today: 30 minute/10.5 + mile bike ride and planned yoga class PM

You’ll notice the trend of lots of walking.  My body cannot handle the pace that I was keeping before and during the honeymoon, and it let it be known.  I am trying to find balance and all this added walking and yoga + strength training are doing WONDERS seemingly overnight for me both physically and mentally.  WIN!

Eats

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I had a focus on healthy, made-for-one meals this week and feel like I did a pretty darn good job if I do say so myself!  Lots of recipes on the blog this week so check ’em out!

 

And a new favorite eat for you that I wish I hadn’t found . . . 

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I tried this new-to-me granola bar at Vitamin Cottage yesterday and I have a sickening feeling it’s going to do some damage on my wallet for a little while.  Honest to god the best granola bar I’ve ever had.  Worth almost 3 dollars?  OUCH, but I guess so because I’m likely getting myself another today.

And that my friends, is how I’m making you sweat and drool today! 🙂  Have a GREAT weekend!

Question of the Afternoon:  QUICK:  recap your week for me! Highlight reel time!

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Girlfriends and Some Good News

Good Morning and OH SO HAPPY FRIDAY to everyone 🙂

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I’m sorry — the cat was just too funny.  I had to do it.  With that said, I hope all my 9-5’ers here are ready for the weekend ahead.  My Friday night plans include another yoga class, some sushi and serious cookie action. . . if that doesn’t scream party.

Back Track

Last night actually started off with a nice long walk with the Gusman catching up with my Kansas City love.

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There have been a couple times in the past few days I’ve had conversations with my  girlfriends from a far about just how important are female relationships are.  I always feel like I never get enough time with the amazing women in my life (all of those ladies up there).  It makes me so sad, but reinforces how much I need to appreciate the time that I do have with them.

Anyway. . . the mixture of fresh air, my pup, and good girlfriend time filled my heart right up and before I even noticed almost an hour had passed and I was starving.  Last night’s dinner was pretty much an exact repeat of the night before

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Except last night I added mushrooms into the  mix and used a little more BBQ sauce.

 

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It was even better the second night.

And dessert… also a repeat of the night before.   PB pretzel crips. . . but don’t worry they’re gone now so hopefully I can force myself to stay away for a little while.  It’s a tough life…

I watched a movie while I ate dinner, but it wasn’t all that great so I’m not even going to mention it.  If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all, right?

This Morning

As I mentioned, I have plans to hit up another yoga class tonight after work, so I kept the workout on the light side.

Workout of the Morning

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30 minutes on the stationary bike for a little over 10.5 miles while reading a new book I actually found at work. . . I’ll let you all know what I think as I get further into it.

Good News

And finally. . . the good news I have!

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Yesterday I got the word that I was accepted as a Fitfluential Ambassador!  I could NOT be more honored and excited to be accepted into such an amazing program and am looking forward to my time as an ambassador.  Please stick around to see what fun happenings will be going on around Chocolate Medals with this news!

Question of the Morning:  What meals do you “repeat?”  

If you could be an ambassador for one program/company, what would it be?

The Book Thief

Time for my second book review from my honeymoon adventures.  And let me tell you, today is another good one.  While our apartment had a TON of TV channels, all of TWO had regular English language programming.  This lead to a ton of reading.  That made this girl a very happy lady, but let’s just say I didn’t pack for that.

I actually picked up my second read, The Book Thief  by Markus Zusac, at the Munich train station.  Not ideal (hello expensive) but I had heard a lot about this book and had a good feeling it would be worth the money.

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I was right 🙂

Summary

The Book Thief is a beautifully written story about a young foster girl set in WW2 Germany.  Stick with me here, the novel is narrated by Death.  Yes, I said beautifully written and narrated by Death.  It works, trust me.

We begin by being introduced to Leisel Meminger, our young main character, and her birth mother and brother in the middle of a train ride to be dropped off with a foster family.  Immediately the trauma begins for Leisel as her brother passes away during the travels.  The story jumps to his funeral, where while laying her brother to rest, Leisel finds and steals her first book as a keepsake of her lost family.  Through all of this, Leisel is left by her mother with her new foster family, the Hubberman’s.   This is a very tough transition for the young girl at first, but in time Leisel becomes close to her foster family, specially her Papa.  The two bond over sleepless nights and nightmares, which turns into their personal reading time after Papa finds Leisel’s stolen book.   It is this time that solidifies her love for books and reading.

Leisel’s second brush with thievery is at a Nazi book burning, where she finds a lone book that was saved from the fire.  She braves the dangers and takes the book with her, but immediately recognizes that she was not alone — The mayor’s wife, Mrs. Hermann, saw the young girl take the book.  Leisel and her father continue their overnight reading lessons with this second book and in an unexpected turn of events, the young girl actually creates a bond with the mayors wife over the book theft- spending countless hours reading in the mayor’s library.

At this point in the story the war and tensions begin to build and life becomes more and more of a struggle for the Hubberman’s.  The family, due to a past debt by Papa, take in a young Jewish man who stays in their basement.  This relationship becomes key for every member of the household, but as one can imagine also creates a lot of social strain.   The young girl and Jew bond over words and books and create an impactful and important relationship, even during the tumultuous time.  As safety truly becomes a concern, the small town that they live in becomes increasingly troubled and the interactions for the young girl become much more severe.   Papa is taken to war and the family is left to try and battle through this tough time.  Even through these trying moments our Book Thief stays an amazingly resilient, bright and beautiful character.

Review

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Yes, I was in Germany and old Austria while I read The Book Thief, and maybe that influenced my experience.  But either way, I was moved by this book.  While it’s a bit dark, I loved Death as a narrator.  It added elements to the telling of the story that were unique and moving.   As is often the case with an all knowing narrator, you are given hints and previews of the ultimate outcome through out the entire story, but it takes absolutely nothing away from the experience.

This is a story told in a very dark time of our history, and that fact is not hidden.  BUT, having a young girl with eyes wide open as your lead allows you to get such a unique vantage point of said time.   The emotions that are brought up through her story never ceased to amaze me and at multiple points brought me to tears.

I would put this book right up there with other moving WW2 stories like Anne Frank.   The story telling was almost so beautiful that I’m scared to the see the movie.  Almost ;). . .