Monday, April 28, 2014

At the Hospital


Drew and I are reading and chilling as we are waiting for his Dad to have a second heart valve replacement.
Thoughts, prayers and well wishes are greatly appreciated.
Sorry this isn't a real post! I need to keep my phone battery alive.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Crash the Chatterbox

Do you have a constant to do list running through your mind? Maybe your brain never actually shuts off. I always referred to my brain as a chatterbox because I could never shut it off.

When I saw this book called Crash Your Chatterbox written by Stephen Furtick, I knew I needed to read it! I have the problem of never shutting off my brain and never being at complete rest. Maybe you struggle with this too.. I think that is why I am a runner. It helps mentally, physically and emotionally exhaust the snot out of me.


When I began to read this book, Steven challenged me to crash the chatterbox. You see in our world, the loudest voice always win the battle! 
We are constantly and continually bombarded with louder lies, doubts, comparisons and mind games. We continually believe we are not smart enough, good enough, faithful enough , fast enough, joyful enough, giving enough and the list could go on and on. 

Furticks point is that every thought that enters our mind needs to be obedient to Christ. Every doubt, every lie needs to be counteracted with the promises about who God says we are and that may take years before we believe it, but we need to hold our thoughts in check. 


The problem is:
If you keep listening to someone else, it will determine your future. You have to crash the chatterbox! Immediately! Not tomorrow. Not three months from now, but today! This very moment.  The moment you hear a lie pop into your head, you need to crash it! 

Do you want to run Boston? Go for it! 
Do you want to lose 100 lbs? Do it!
Do you want to be a size 8? Stop drinking!
Do you want to take a vacation? Stop eating out and starting saving.
Do you want to write a book? Then start writing.

The truth of the matter is, your future is in his hands. You can do anything, but you must take every thought captive and be obedient to Christ. We can do all things through him, but we must get rid of the lies that keep us trapped from his calling and purpose for all our lives



If your struggling, know that God isn't done with you yet, friend. This is just the beginning of your story. This is the beginning story of his purpose for your life. This book helps you see that if you have a barrier in
your life, you can crash the chatterbox, overcome the barrier and God will use it for his purpose.

This book was excellent and was exactly what I needed to read for this particular time period in my life.


Thank you Multnomah for allowing me to review this book. I was not compensated for a positive review, but I did love this book!




Thursday, April 24, 2014

Barefoot

Happy Thursday! It's dark and looking like we are going to get blasted with rain here!

Here is my weigh in!

140.6! BAM!!!





So I'm trying barefoot running and so far it's been painful. Painful on my feet. You can break in shoes, but you can't break in new feet. Let's be real!!








The pavement was totally different than what I'm used too and the recovery time is way different. 




I've been getting some flack on Facebook about it from my relatives because they cannot grasp the concept of this kind of running, but honestly I want better form.

I'm run heel to toe instead of landing on the ball of your feet, like you're supposed to do. This running style is so slow and it will probably drive me crazy, but I'm not training for anything and long term, I will progress into minamilst shoes. I just need to slowly retrain everything, that's time consuming and requires a lot of patience on my end. However, this will benefit my body, reduce injury and maybe cure PF! I've heard that when everything else fails, people go to this style if running!! 

Q: What in your running career or in life has caused you a great deal of patience for a long term benefit?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Surprised By Grace


About the book: Surprised By Grace

Renowned writer Elizabeth "Tib" Sherrill shares her own faith journey at last! Embrace this page-turner and see God's work in your life every day.

Tib has written for Guidepostsmagazine for over sixty years, contributed to Daily Guideposts for over twenty-five, and coauthored the best-selling, inspirational adventures of all time with her husband, John, including: The Hiding PlaceThe Cross and the Switchblade, and God's Smuggler. Yet, Tib's most powerful story ever is this beautifully written, exhilarating memoir.

In it, you'll discover how God's love transformed her life from one of great struggle to one with a clear direction and find inspiration, hope and strength for your own journey.

Enjoy touching stories about Tib's family and close relationships, from her unhappy childhood to John's surprising marriage proposal. Meet her lifelong friend Mea, and her dear father-in-law who was able to see her for the complex person she was even though he was blind. Travel with her to fascinating places across the United States and Europe. And find out how she overcame her poor self-image after a stunning encounter with her Creator.

Elizabeth Sherrill's superb storytelling brings you into every scene, making you laugh and cry many times over. You'll be reminded that God intends hope and freedom for you. You'll also find wonderful insight and encouragement in the uplifting foreword by Guideposts Editor-in-Chief Edward Grinnan and in the inspirational "Conversation Starters," particularly useful for women's Bible studies, book clubs, or home groups.
Surprised by Grace will help you understand more deeply how to completely trust God in the toughest times of your life, how to recognize your dependence on Him, and how to allow Him to light your way.



My Review:
This book was very interesting. I'm a huge fan of Guidepost Magazine and always cry when I read their stories so I was super honored when selected to review this book! I think the main thing I took away from Elizabeth's (Tib) Story and it's a very important lesson is that we all at times doubt God, wonder why we were created and yet throughout this book she eloquently and loving makes the reader understand that each person is created for a purpose. We are all created unique, he loves us individually and he loves us abundantly. 

I feel like this book is written very authentically and is something each one of us can identify with in some way or another, whether it's through her friendship with Mea, dealing with poor self esteem, her childhood upbringing or relating to things in her marriage to John. You can relate to her in some way, which is why I loved this book.

 In one chapter she talks about depression, she talks about the treadmill, saga and pilgrimage. Basically to sum it up, it's three different ways to look at life. Treadmill- meaningless, repeated over and over activity. Saga- people without purpose who are always coping or Pilgrimage- good, bad - past and present, but life is going somewhere. Life is a stepping stone to a destination. I just loved that. I'm not sure why, it just spoke to me, it's where I'm at right now in my life. "Whether my life is a treadmill, saga or pilgrimage depends not on where my feet are, but where my heart is."

This book is filled with endless tidbits, wisdom, quotes, scripture and neat poems. It's truly a gem. I loved reading her insight into daily struggles, daily prayer discipline, her and Johns thoughts on Heaven and how the way God views us! 

Great book all around! 4.5 stars for me. I'm giving it that review because it was hard for me to follow at times, but that is the only negative comment I can give it! I was not compensated for a positive review. The opinions expressed here are my own and I want to Thank Guideposts for the complimentary copy!


About the author: Elizabeth Sherrill is the author behind the classic best sellers The Hiding Place about Corrie ten Boom, The Cross and the Switchblade about David Wilkerson, and God's Smuggler about Brother Andrew. She also is a longtime contributor to America's best-loved inspirational magazine Guideposts, and best-selling devotional,Daily Guideposts.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Monday

Happy Monday! To everyone who is running Boston today, I wish you a wonderful race!

Hope y'all had a Happy Easter! I had a great time spent with family, relaxing and we are finally starting to taste Spring in Michigan! It actually hit 70 degrees!

My husband and I headed off to church and ran into some family friends, which was awesome. Service was great and helped put perspective on life. It was just great!

Drew and I headed home for a while and started working on a few summer plans before heading to my parents house. 

We ate a wonderful Easter dinner over there, but what made it wonderful is that my Grandfather was able to come over. He currently suffers from Alzheimer's and we rarely are able to take him out of the nursing facility. It was great to see him. 



Of course, it was great to have my Grandma there too. Grandparents are such a blessing. I know my days are numbered with them. I truly treasure each  moment with them.
Plus, I love this girl too! I can't believe she will be off to new journeys this year! It seems she was just a baby, but she is graduating in just a few weeks! Crazy!!!!

Well, I hope you had a great Easter Weekend! I have some crazy running to tell ya about! 

Q: What did you do for Easter?




Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Sensible Arrangement Book Review


About the book: A Lone Star Brides book.
Marty Dandridge Olson is ready to leave behind the pain of the past.
Answering an advertisement for a "Lone Star bride," she leaves her Texas ranch and heads to Denver to marry a man she doesn't know.
Jake Wythe is the man waiting for her.
Burned by love, he marries now simply to satisfy the board of Morgan Bank, which believes a man of his standing in society should be wed. Together Jake and Marty agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.
When missing money and a collapsing economy threaten his job, Jake's yearning to return to ranching grows ever stronger, much to Marty's dismay. But a fondness has grown between them, as well, further complicating matters.
What will happen when their relationship shifts in unexpected ways . . . and dreams and secrets collide?

 

My Review:  

First, let me congratulate the author in this being her 100th book! What an accomplishment this book truly is for her! WOW! I can't imagine it!  Since this is her 100th book, she is giving an ipad Mini away at her webcast event. Make sure to register, you don't want to miss it. Now to my review! 

This is my first read by Tracie Peterson, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I have been starting to slowly read Historical Fiction, but they are not always my cup of tea. It's really a hit or miss for me. It depends if the author can suck me into the story or not right away. Well, here is the deal with this book. It wasn't horrible, it wasn't my favorite. I really enjoyed the way the book was told. Tracie has a way of using very descriptive detail, which made the story very interesting. 

The story takes place between Colorado and Texas. This is your mail order bride kind of story. The two main characters in the story are Jake and Marty. Marty travels to Colorado to marry Jake out of convenience. The two settle in together with some problems as one would expect, but develop a friendship. Jake struggles in the banking industry when the economy is taking a turn for the worse, while we see huge personality flaws in Marty who continually lies to Jake.  She really has a hard time understand how lying is detrimental to others, especially their relationship. However, this led to great discussion on God, faith and I felt this part was very well written, which I think is ultimately the purpose when any author writes a Christian novel. The characters are important, but the message behind the book is the most important. Tracie did a good job in making sure the reader understand how lies can truly effect a person's life. 

I would have liked to see more romance between Marty and Jake because those are the kinds of books I enjoy, but I'm not sure that is the message Tracie was trying to portray out of this book. Again, I felt the characters were kinda blah. They didn't have heroic efforts or I didn't really know what their goals were in the story.  They dealt with issues that came around them, but I never felt like they conquested something big. Maybe I have high expectations? I'm not sure. 

Since this is the first book in the series, I didn't feel like the ending cleared everything up for me. I am hoping more resolution will come in book #2, since I have unanswered questions, so I'm hoping clarity will be provided in the next book. I received a copy of Sensible Arrangement from Bethany House through Litfuse for the sole purpose of review. I was not compensated for a positive review and the thoughts here, are my honest opinions. 

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/vlp1S

About the Author: Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. 

Learn more about Tracie at: www.traciepeterson.com






Friday, April 18, 2014

Here to Stay- Book Review ( Awesome BOOK)

First, if you have never read a book by Melissa Tagg, you have never read a good BOOOK or a least a great book.... 

I'm not playing.

" Here to Stay" was absolutely darling! I can't even begin to tell you how awesome this book was. I might be a tad biased because the story was set in Michigan. I do have to just mention that because I loved that too. I do take a little mitten pride.. JUST saying. 

Now that we have all that out of the way, let's get to the juicy part. What is this story about and who are these charming people on the cover? Let's be real for a second, I do judge a book by it's cover and those two... Don't they look super cozy? Enough. It's time to review!


FINAL HeretoStay_mck-web-1Main Characters: Autumn Kinglsey & Blake Hunzinker

These families do not get along whatsoever! See there's a huge backstory to this whole drama about what these families don't get alone and it involves Autumns sister Ava and Blakes deceased brother, Ryan. But, I'm not going to spoil those details because you really need to grab the book yourself and figure out why the families don't get along. Can we say DRAMA? Now, the drama isn't just petty, it's big stuff and rightfully so there would be major backlash. But, I'm not going there with you because ya'll need to read this story... 

Here's what I will tell ya.. Autumn runs an Inn in Whisper Shores, which was gifted to her from her mother. Her father passed away unexpectantly and she was given the Inn. However, it wasn't really Autumns dream. Her dream was to go and travel the world, and move to Paris, but instead she took the gift of the Inn and ran with it for a while, but it started to go down hill. She continued to lose business and things were taking a different direction, so she's hoping to sell the place and move on with her dream, take the job in the Paris and walk away from Whisper Shores forever. 

In walks Mr. Blake and suddenly life turns a slight different direction. He is offered the job to take over the towns annual Christmas festival, but he wants the help of Autumn. Autumn isn't sure that she wants to help him with the festival and her family does not want Autumn to get involved with the Hunzinker family in anyway. However, Autumn knows the Inn needs lots of repairs and if she agrees to help Blake, he will help with the Inn. She is hoping to sell the Inn after the Christmas festival and moving to Paris where she has a job lined up. She accepts the deal from Blake because she does go to Paris. The rest, you'll have to READ! Pick up the book! It just hit the shelves!!! 

As you can imagine with any good novel, suspense, laughter and romance are always intertwined to make it a page turner. I read this book from start to finish because I couldn't put it down. I would give this book 10 stars. I LOVED it! Thank you Melissa and Bethany House for an Awesome book! Can't wait to read more books from you! You're a gifted author. 

If you want to check out Melissa's Blog, go here!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Running Minimalist

So, as usual it's Weigh in Thursday and I'm no longer really dropping. I'm going back and forth between a couple of pounds. It's rather frustrating.
141.8

I've decided to go with a new form of running because my knees just hurt. I'm going to try out minimalist running. It's a totally new style of running for me and it's going to be really slow. I'm excited to start this new challenge, but I know I have to re-train my entire form and it's going to be completely mentally, physically and emotionally exhausting, but I'm ready. 

So, I went to the running store and got me fitted for a pair of shoes to help me with my form!

They were on clearance for $50 bucks! I was stoked! You know you're a runner when you own more running shoes than anything else. 

So I'm giving it a go. Only a .5 mile as my long run! Pfft! I'll keep ya posted! 

Q: Would you try this style for less knee pain?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

National Stress Relief Day

Did you know it's National Reduce Stress Day? I heard it on the radio today and it got me thinking that we live this crazy life in a maze. We are constantly going from one thing to the next. The guy on the radio was asking listeners for their best advice on how to ward off stress in their lives. He asked people what are your top 5 ways to ward off stress?

Here are my top 5 ways to ward off Stress

1) Pray:
Having faith that things will work out is huge in my life. My spiritual faith is a huge part of who I am and without it, I don't think I could function somedays.

2) Sleep:
 If I don't have 8 + hours of sleep, I can be grouchy, irritable, non focused, frustrated and just more stressed easily.

3)Reading:
I'm always reading something and that helps my brain focus on something else. I need to think about other things. I need my mind to take a vacation. Are you with me? If you can't take a physical vacation, why not take a mental vacation?

4) Exercise:
Exercise is very helpful to reduce stress. A good sweat helps me feel so much better about life. I love getting my heart rate going and that helps me feel better about life. Don't you feel so much better after you've had a long walk or run?? Oh, I just love the feeling!  

5) Talking with a Friend:
Sometimes you just need to have a good conversation with a friend. Are you with me? Sometimes you just need a good chat or a good cry? Come on, I know you've all been there! We all just need to let out some steam or just tell our frustration. Everyone needs a friend to talk about what is going on in their lives. Sometimes I just need to call my friends and tell them whats going on and then I feel so much better.

How do you handle your stress?


Speaking of National Stress Awareness/ Relief Day, I have been reading this book called Twirl by Patsy Clairmont and it has to do with this very topic.



How are you insides? Are they quieter or have they grown louder? Is it hurry up, rush.. rush.. rush.. and is move faster part of your vocabulary? Are you tired of moving so fast and forgetting what is next? Are you growing weary of this fast pace life style and are left more bitter, angry, depressed and sad? Patsy writes "Twirl" in hopes of encouraging readers to know there is hope beyond this fast pace lifestyle. 


YOU can LIVE differently!

My Take:
First, I love how this book is broken up into small sections and you can take this book at a chunk at a time. I never felt overwhelmed by the information, but instead felt like I could read each chapter and apply it to my life. Second, you could easily read this book as a daily devotional and that could be really nice, especially if you're a busy and trying to figure out how to fit everything into your schedule. I loved that this was put into small enough chunks where I could read this as a devotional in the morning. If you haven't read any of Patsy's books before, you're missing out on her humor too! She is very funny and I really enjoy that in this book too. Additionally, I just love how she brings the reader to finding joy in the small things and to enjoy each moment. I enjoyed this book and I think you will too! Give it a try!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Boston Strong


This is what I'm thinking of today.... Boston Strong....  I'm thinking of the victims and families who have lost those near and dear to them and remembering the day running was changed forever. As I reflect on this day, I'm reminded that RUNNERS are strong, courageous and resilient! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

I like Giving- book Review

Do you like to give? Are you not even sure how to do it? Are you afraid of the rejection?


Or...
Maybe you've been on the receiving end. Maybe someone has paid for your Starbucks. Maybe someone has paid for your McDonalds or your grocery bill. I have heard of these kinds of stories, ice experienced them and I've also experienced the amazing feeling of giving. 

This book is written by a man named Brad Formsma, who happens to live in Grand Rapids. Score! He writes about giving as a lifestyle. The stories in here will laugh, make you cry, shake your head and inspire you to give- whether big or small, we all have something to give! I love the practical advice too. 

This is a quick read. I'm actually using it like a devotional to continue to help me to remind me daily practical ways to give where and how I can. You'll love this book, I promise!!

Thank you Waterbrookmultnomah press for allowing me to review this book. This is my honest opinion. 5 stars from me!

New Form + Super Excited Runner = Pain

I was so excited on Friday to get out and go running. The weather was absolutely gorgeous. 



It has finally turns nice and we were in the 60s. This is HUGE for Michigan. I was pumped. I even ran in SHORTS!

I decided to give running a different spin. I have been hearing a lot of talk about barefoot running, ball- toe running and Zero Drop shoes.

Well, if you know me, I'm all or NOTHING! 

I ran 2.5 miles running ball to toe and for the first time, I had no knee pain. I didn't even have to use KT tape or nothing. It was absolutely wonderful. I was stoked. You could even say, I was hooked. However, I felt like an idiot and my strides were very short. The entire time I felt like I was running like a ballerina on her tiptoes. My form probably looked odd, but for reduced knee pain, I was all in..

Until I woke up Saturday and my calves were on fire!!!!

I spent the entire weekend, rolling Icing, stretching, more rolling,more icing and lots of stretching.


Lesson Learned: Start Slow, don't run 2.5 miles with this new style. Now I'm on a week off, until I've worked all the knots out and will be taking this a lot slower. Plus getting the proper education. I thought 2.5 miles was taking it slow, I was wrong ;(

I currently had been running heel to toe, realizing that was causing me a lot of problems! Form is critical!!

Q: What are your running mistakes?


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Maybelle in Stiches Review


From the back of the book Cover: Maybelle Kazinzki can't sew. She was after all, the only girl in the seventh grade Home Economics class to sew the zipper in the neck hole of the A-Line dress they were supposed to make. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother's house she gets the crazy idea to finish it---somehow, come heck or high water. She thinks it will help fill the lonely nights while her husband, Holden, is serving overseas during World War II.

Her recently departed mother's quilt is made from scraps of material Maybelle traces back to her mother's childhood, her grandmother's childhood and her own childhood. She tries to add one of Holden's stripes to it but the sewing is not going well and neither is her life. After receiving some harsh news, Maybelle's faith falters and she puts the quilt away and stops trusting God. But God is faithful---no matter what. And it'll take a group of neighborhood women armed with quilting needles to help Maybelle believe that.
 
My Review: This book did not immediately capture my attention. I think it was difficult because I really had to wrap my mind around the fact that this book was set during WWII and history isn't always my favorite thing, but I love the Quilts of Love series, so I really wanted to read this. As I continued to give this a read, it did not disappoint. What I loved is how see see Maybelle, one of the main characters transform over the time period in which her husband comes home from the war. Throughout the story there are losses, heartbreaks and tears, but Maybelle and her friends get through each one. It really helped me to learn, discover and appreciate what life was like for families back then and for the hardship families go through now. I think through Maybelle's story we can realize if we trust God, he will always provide a way, it may not be our way or in our timing, but we have to put our faith and trust in him. In the end, it will all work out together for good. This book recieves 4/5 stars from me! Don't take my word for it, pick up your own copy and read it! 

To purchase your own copy of the book, go here! I was given a copy of this book through Abingdon Press and through Litfuse Publicity Publishing Group for my honest review. I was not compensated for a positive review.


 

 
 
 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Closet Purge

Last night I did a closet purge. Seriously, my clothes were mocking me because EVERY TIME I put something on, it was ridiculously big and then I ended up frustrated before work.
The more I thought about this, I really should have taken video. I purged at least 60+ items because that is how many hangers we have as a result, but I purged from my drawers too. It's quite amazing,actually.

It felt like never ending piles of clothing for sure. I did not think it would ever end. 
Slowly, I began to fill this large tub with clothes. I'm not quite ready to give them away yet. I know the rule with weight loss, once you drop the weight, you should get rid of your clothes. 

However, I'm breaking the rule! I filled this thing full with clothes, it was so heavy my husband had a hard time lifting it. I'm keeping these clothes until I'm sure that another 10 pounds is gone and I'm comfortable in Smalls. Right now I'm in both smalls and mediums. It needs to be one or the other. 

Last night I was excited when I found this gem and pulled it out! A lot of good years happened while at SAU!!! 
I even tried to spice the shirt up with a scarf, but that wasn't going anywhere!
This is my selection of clothes and I could honestly purge about 10 shirts from this pile, but I needed something to wear and these items were the best fitting.

Yesterday I went shopping and returned with one shirt from the mall! Today I'm going out to the thrift stores to see what I can find. Who knows? That's a pathetic closet!

Q: Where is your favorite place to shop?? 







Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weight Loss, Knee & Feet Pain- Runner Issues

Honestly, I didn't expect a huge weight loss this week, especially after eating yesterday's lunch.

It sure was tasty and worth every single calorie.

However I was glad to see the number on the scale this morning wasn't that significant and showed that I continue to maintain my weight loss.
141.6
It has been one of the most hardest things to put my numbers on my blog. By posting my numbers each week, it is held me accountable to keeping me on track, but not letting the weight-loss go to my head. It has been utterly scary at moments to put myself out there in a public format, but I believe it has made the difference.

Yes other factors have contributed to my weight-loss, but I've also had to make choices and choose to live a healthier lifestyle by choosing to eat healthier foods.  Every day I'm not perfect nor do I intend to be.

Since the weather has been so terrible here, I have been working to help get rid of my planter fasciitis and my knee problems. All of these problems have been a direct result of running. 

Yes I have been rolling my feet on golf balls, using a frozen pop bottles, stretching, using frozen ice bags, pea bags and I am just plain tired of this crap.

As a result my knees also continue to hurt. I know it's directly related to my plantar fasciitis. Try putting on an ice bag over your knee and having it not stay for more than five seconds, it's quite frustrating!!! 


At this point, I'm looking for something that will reduce inflammation on my feet and knees that will actually stay and not fall off. Furthermore, I just want to RUN without pain. It's causing shin splints because my calf muscles are tight. I foam roll, I tape, but maybe I need something different???

 As soon as it gets warm, I'm going to start swimming, which I know will really help too.


Q: I'm tired of fighting these injuries, what do you recommend? 



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It Had to Be You- Susan May Warren

It Had To Be You
A Christensen Family Novel.
Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen’s cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career. She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits—and starting to fear she doesn’t have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen . . . but she knows better than to expect help from team veteran and bad-boy enforcer Jace Jacobsen.
Jace has built his career on the infamous reputation of his aggressive behavior—on and off the ice. Now at a crossroads about his future in hockey, that reputation has him trapped. And the guilt-trip he’s getting from Eden Christiansen isn’t making things any easier. But when Owen’s carelessness leads to a career-threatening injury and Eden stumbles upon a story that could be her big break, she and Jace are thrown together . . . and begin to wonder if they belong on the same team after all.


My Review:
Chapter 1 really confused me, not gonna lie. I think it was confusing to me because this is book #2 to this series and It may have helped me to read book one, however after read the entire book, I realize that the author did a great job at making this a stand alone novel. You need to read the first novel, but I am sure it would help and I will because I did love this book so much. I love how the author really crafted each character. If you put Eden and Jace in the same room with one another, you would not see them as a couple, less of a match for one another, but the Susan really take the reader on a journey and thats what I love. Eden doesn't want to even be around Jace because she has this perception of him based on his hockey career and the way the media has painted him to be. However, I feel like I am already giving too much of the story away, so I am going to stop myself right now! This book is a page turner, one that will make you laugh, cry, hate Jace and love him all in the same night! It's a good book. You will meet other characters too, just READ THE BOOK ! I was given a review copy from Tyndale House Publishers. This is my honest review and I was not compensated for a positive revew. 5/5 star for me! I am super excited and cannot wait to read the next book in the series! 




To learn more about the author or purchase a copy, go here


Susan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award–winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church. Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA's Inspirational Reader's Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists. In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women's events about God's amazing grace in our lives. She also runs a writing community for authors. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Where I've been and I'm not Going Back- Weightloss

I haven't been real tempted to post about how I've been doing the whole " weight lost" thing, but after a number of growing concerns through my Facebook, Twitter and email, I thought it would be best to just address it.



It's like the elephant in the room or on the blog.. LOL. 

Yes, I have lost a significant amount of weight! Proven fact! I went from 160 ish pounds( around Christmas, hello SWEETS) at my highest till 140.4 this morning. 



Nope, it's not an eating disorder. Dismiss that from your minds. Last night I enjoyed  a big Fat Juicy Burger from Culvers with the hubby. It can be done in moderation folks!


Here is what is what is helping my weight loss. 

1) I have no desire to eat sweet or sugary things. Occasionally, I'll eat a cookie or two, but I don't drink Carmel fraps like I used too. Goodbye Twizzlers! 



2) I rarely drink pop. It's been eliminated from my diet. When I drink pop, it's Sprite or Sierra Mist. Again, I don't crave sugar, it's really too sweet for me. I've lost my sweet tooth folks.

3) I'm eating more whole foods. Sure I eat processed, just I don't like the taste, or I fill up very quickly. My body has learned that it doesn't feel good on that stuff. 

4) I drink water all the time, my second drink of choice is non caffeinated Tea!

5) Salty foods besides chips and Salsa really has no place in my stomach anymore. My body can't do them. I get bloated, cramps and feel like crap.

6) I just don't drink alcoholic beverages. It  may not be fun, but swimsuit season is coming and I'm looking for cute summer apparel. I can pass on the drinks.

7) I'm filling up on lots of foods that are made from the earth. I'm convinced if it grew from the garden or earth, I should be eating it! Eating lots of veggies and fruits, whole grains and fibers! 

8) I don't even think about food choices most of the time, I've become accomostomed to making good ones now, so I don't think about or become obsessive. Occasionally, a thought might sneak up on me and that's when I combat it with a burger to tell myself it's okay to not always eat healthy.



9) I'm choosing to eat different because I feel better all around- mind, body and spirit. I feel less bloated, my jeans are loose, I can walk into a store and try on clothes I never would. Clothes are now too big! My closet mocks me because nothing fits and that is crazy!!!!



10) Overall, medications changes have also helped me adjust to a new diet, which is something I didn't expect, but I'm getting there. 


These are some of the many things that helped contribute to my weight loss. I can say this, food is huge when it comes to weight loss. You are WHAT you EAT. I never believed it, until this winter has messed with all my running plans.. Food is FUEL for your body, but you gotta do it right.

Q: Are you struggling with weight loss? I have in the past. I know how frustrating it is. I just finally found my sweet spot. What has been successful for you in the past?