Running- Training Week 6

Monday: 3 Mile Run

Zone three training today. It wasn’t the greatest run, I had to keep doubling back because I wasn’t paying close enough attention to where I was. And for some reason that really messes with my mind. I’m a bit disappointed in my pace. I think I could have gone faster but I just wasn’t focused this morning. I’m not sure what my deal was. Hopefully the rest of my runs this week will be better. But at least I beat the rain and was able to wear my new running skirt!!


Wednesday: 4 Mile Run

This was a hard run! I’m excited I was able to stay in zone three at this pace but the run wasn’t exactly the most enjoyable. I can’t believe it’s already humid and hot this morning.


Thursday: 3 Mile Hill Run

I hate hill day. After dragging my feet for 45 minutes, I went out and had a hard run. I pushed myself hard and would have liked to have ended on a faster pace. But honestly, I’m just glad I finished and pushed myself to do it. I’m not even sure if this qualifies as a hill run but it sure does for me.


Saturday: 6 Mile long run

I had such a great run this morning. I met up with a couple other friends who are training for a half with me.

These woman are amazing and I absolutely loved our run!! We went out thinking we were going to do five miles but ended up getting a little lost and running six. But honestly, I felt like I could have ran forever. We stayed in zone two, so it was a nice slow run.

 

Total Milage: 16 Miles

 

The Sway (Classified #1)

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Author: Ruby Knight
Published: May 17, 2016
Pages: 186

Stars: 2 out of 5

Synopsis:

Her mission is to get close to him for inside information.

His mission is to kidnap her for a supernatural militant group.

Recruited in her teens for a life of espionage, Julia Caldwell, now 19, is theyoungest CIA agent on record. Her mission is simple: get close to Cole Thomas for intel on his father, a known and dangerous weapons dealer. As she grows closer to Cole, something is off. He might not be who she thinks he is. And worse, his mission will put an end to hers.

Always believing the government’s story that her purpose in life was to keep the world safe, Julia doesn’t know who to trust or who to believe. But now, THE SWAY has a different story—a different purpose for her—that goes well beyond all she ever imagined.

Review:

This book is difficult for me to review. As an adult, this book was not for me. The adolescent immaturity and instant love was too much. But if I was a teenager, I can see this book being a big hit. This book touches on the emotions and insecurities teenagers face. And all the ‘firsts’ when it comes to love and relationships.
Julia is a 19 year old who has been manipulated by the government. Although she is exceptionally smart and strong, she has an immature nature about the way she does things and acts. Even though she is nineteen, she acts much younger and focuses on her crush instead of more important things, like saving the world. And let’s not forget within a couple weeks her love interest went from enemy to my one and only love.
The plot was a combination of x-men mixed with the fantastic four. Although there were some lively plot twists, there wasn’t anything entirely amazing about them. I felt like the author added things to the plot not because they necessarily made sense, but because they were needed to lead the plot in the direction she wanted. The plot itself was an easy read and didn’t get very deep. The writing was not very strong and overall made the book weak.
Again, I think a younger generation would enjoy this book. There seem to be a good amount of positive feedback on goodreads.

Release- Glass Ceiling by A.M. Madden

About the Book

Glass CeilingWhen a perfect new love is shattered, two hearts will do anything to pick up the pieces. In this sizzling novel from the author of Stone Walls, irresistible heat leads to sensual thrills—and a secret that changes everything.

Two years ago, Nick Farley was undercover as a bartender in Chicago. The tough-as-steel FBI agent was working all the angles to build a case against a local crime syndicate, but even his intense focus was no match for the sight of Angela Cavallo’s plump pink lips pulling on her drink. All Nick got was one night—the longest, hottest, sweetest night of his life. It could have been the beginning of something real. Instead, she walked away—and Nick watched her go.

Angela has made some mistakes in her life, but Nick was never one of them. Nor was the baby boy he doesn’t know about. But Angela has been running from a stalker for so long that she’s forgotten how to feel safe. So when Nick suddenly reappears in her life, Angela faces a moment of truth. She wants to trust him and reveal her secrets—her life and the life of their son may depend on it—but first she needs to know that Nick can handle her past, and promise the one thing she most craves: a future together.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title. Glass Ceilings is meant for mature audiences 18+ due to sexual content and adult situations. Glass Ceilings is a stand alone novel from the True Heroes Series.


You can find my review for this book here

Published Date: May 24


About the Author

A.M. MaddenA.M.’s truly believes that true love knows no bounds. In her books, she aspires to create fun, sexy, realistic romance that will stay with you after the last page has been turned. She strives to create characters that the reader can relate to and feel as if they knew them personally.

A self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good book. She also uses every free moment of her time writing, while spending quality time with her three handsome men.


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Running- Training Week 5

I don’t know if you know this but I have picked the half marathon I want to run. It’s on August 27. I am both excited and scared. This week is week five of 19… I still have a ways to go. Looking at my running now, it is a little daunting to think how far I have to go. But one mile at a time right 🙂

Monday: 3 miles

Wow, this was a horrid run!! My thighs are on fire and they felt incredible heavy during my run. I should have taken today off but I just had to run.. Sometimes I swear my competitiveness gets the better of me. I tell myself, it’s ok to go over a 10 minute mile but then when I do, I get really down on myself. Running a challenging 5 mile run and then the next day following it with a three mile.. not great. My thighs are still screaming at me and my run has been over for a couple hours now.


Wednesday: 4 mile run

Hands down, this was the best run ever!! After all the stress I have been going through this week, I really needed this run to be amazing and it didn’t let me down. I can’t believe I almost dropped 15 seconds off my pace. I’m not sure if that will be sustainable but it was awesome. Right when I started running, I found myself in my zone. The next thing I knew, I had ran past my turning point. Everything about this run felt right. It is runs like these that make me love being a runner!!


Thursday: 2 Mile hill run

Today was a slower pace hills run. My focus was my form so my pace went down some, but that’s ok. I am surprised how much information this watch gives me. Absolutely love!!! Overall, good run!!


Saturday: 4 mile run

My goal today was to run a SLOW run and stay in HR zone two. I won’t lie, there were some grunts of frustration and a couple eye rolls when my watch would sing at me to slow down. But I did it. That’s one for the books I guess..

Total miles for the week: 13

The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, #2)

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Author: Rick Yancey
Published: September 16, 2014
Pages: 320

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

Review:

This book is not at all what I thought it was going to be. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I expected going into it but what I read was not it. This book changes almost everything you know, thought you knew, and understood from the first book in the series. I am honestly struggling to write a review without giving away any spoilers.
Just like the first book in this series, I am going through the chapters and find myself transfixed with the characters, the plot, and the emotional turmoil. I can’t turn the pages fast enough and I can’t read enough. At some points within the plot, I imagine my heart is beating nearly as fast as the characters are. And the plot twists are unexpected. I had no idea the book would come to the conclusion it did.
Cassie is still the determined, strong, scared character from the first book. She holds onto ideals that are fairytale-istic yet is clear headed enough to make rational choices… eventually. She isn’t really the focus in this book or maybe her character isn’t the one that stands out as much.
Ranger.. My opinion of her has changed so much. Even from the beginning of the book to the end, her character has changed so much. I have a new respect for her and an understanding of why she is the way she is. And poundcake… oh poundcake. My heart just breaks for some of the characters within this book. I love how connected I am to them and how the book has opened a side to many of them I didn’t know.
One thing that surprises me again and again about this author is how he isn’t afraid to take the story where it needs to go. Whether that means killing off loved characters or leading the reader one way for them to only discover what they thought was going on, it’s actually so much worse.
This is one of those books you want to scream at from the top of your lungs when you finish. Not because you are mad but because you just can’t believe what happened. It’s one of those books you stare at the last page of the last chapter and say- ‘no, it can’t end now! I need to know what happens.’
If you have read the first book In this series, you will love the second. But be prepared because you are in for a whirlwind of reading whiplash. And if you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend it!!

Draw (Gentry Boys, #1)

Draw

Author: Cora Brent
Published: July 29, 2014
Pages: 384

Stars: 1 out of 5

Synopsis:

Saylor…
I don’t even know if love is real. After running from the bastard who brutalized me, I limped back to Arizona, choosing a vibrant college town in the hopes of starting over. I never expected to find him there.
Cord Gentry.
He and his brothers were tough, lusty forces of nature I’d known since childhood. Years ago, Cord seduced me as a sick game. I’ve hated him ever since. Now here he is again, a man who beats other men bloody for money.
Cord has always been heartless, dangerous, not to be trusted.
And I want him so much I can’t think.

Cord…
They called us ‘those white trash Gentry boys’ until we believed that’s what we were. Our people squatted at the edge of a hellhole prison town for generations. The childhood we endured was the stuff of nightmares. I’d learned early on that my brothers, Chase and Creed, were the only people on earth worth my time.
They all told us we were bad, that we’d always be bad.
The horrors of the past have scarred my soul.
But now I need to be better.
For her.

Warning: This book contains explicit language, sexual situations, and violence which may be upsetting to some. Draw is the first of theGentry Boys series, however this New Adult Romance novel can be read as a stand alone.

Review:

The opening scene in this book surrounds violence, domestic abuse, and the beginning of rape. This might be a trigger to some. Consider this before choosing to read the book.

Slaylor has really low self esteem. She put up with physical abuse from her boyfriend for a long time before she gets the courage to leave. Even though she leaves, which takes strength, she still beats herself up about how worthless she is.

Cord has had a rough upbringing. Abusive father, addict mother, and a family history of crime and trouble. He fights his past as much as his future. Him and his brothers earn a living through underground fighting. Cord has a really negative history with Saylor.

Let me just start by saying this book was not for me. The writing was bad and because of all the spelling/grammar errors, it was very difficult to read. The language chosen was often confusing and didn’t flow right. All of this added up as being difficult to fall into the story.

At first I didn’t mind the plot but then I just couldn’t help but roll my eyes. I don’t enjoy instant love books and that’s what this was. Without any reason, Saylor goes from absolutely hating Cord to being in love with him. Saylor and Cords relationship is unrealistic, forced, and overall none of what happens flows right. The entire plot is unrealistic with none of it making sense. The characters will say something but it doesn’t follow their actions or what is happening in the story. The characters inner monologue repeats the same issues, problems, possibilities, etc. over and over and over and over again.

Overall, in a way this book is about starting over and second chances. And I liked what the author did with Millie’s character. But the book got to the point that I skimmed most of it because I couldn’t stomach what was happening or I was bored. I’m not sure I could recommend this book to anyone.

Reached 100 Followers!!

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Wow, I can’t believe I’ve reached 100 followers. I first started this blog to help reconnect with myself. That quickly transformed into wanting to connect with you. Thank you for reading my blog and wanting to connect and share in my passion.

I especially want to thank those who participate in my silly Tuesday Talks or simply comment on my posts. I think sometimes it is easy to feel lost in the blog world. Wondering if there is meaning behind what you write and do. But your comments and likes prove that I must be doing something right. Thank you!!

If you have any questions you want to ask or anything you want to see in the future, post a comment and I will do my best to either answer the question or write a post on that topic.

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Birthday Present

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So yesterday was my birthday and I decided I needed to treat myself to something fun. After much deliberation, I bought Garmins Forerunner 225. I haven’t used it yet but I am really excited to get started.

If anyone has Garmin Connect, lets connect and help motivate each other. My username is BoundToBeMe

I am sure I will do a review in a couple weeks of this watch but I have high hopes it will be just the thing I am looking for 🙂

Brave Enough (Tall, Dark, and Dangerous, #3)

Brave Enough

Author: M. Leighton
Published: April 5, 2016
Pages: 288

Stars: 2.5 out of 5

Synopsis:

He was the most charismatic man I’d ever met. Strong, tough, brave. Bold as hell. Something told me Tag Barton could have anything—anyone—he wanted…and he wanted me. It didn’t matter that he was wrong for me in practically every way possible. It didn’t matter that my father would hate it.

I couldn’t resist him. Even if I’d known who he really was and what he was really capable of.

When he suggested we pretend to be engaged, I thought he was the answer to all my problems. He wasn’t. And, in his wake, he left nothing but scorched earth and me, just another casualty of my father’s war.

Can I believe him now when he tells me he loves me?  Or is he nothing more than a beautiful, breathtaking lie?

Review:

Weatherly is upper class and is exhausted of always having to be perfect, look perfect, act perfect, date the perfect guy who will fit into her perfect world.. It isn’t until her father informs her that she either loses her trust fund or marry a man to solidify a business merger that she runs away to the family vineyard to form a plan. Weatherly is soft, sweet, flirtatious, but her upbringing has left her a bit naive. As the story progressed, her character got on my nerves. I think the thing that bugged me the most was how soft she was. I wouldn’t necessarily say she had much for common sense.
Tag maintains the vineyard Weatherly’s father owns. And he is dead set on getting Weatherly under him. But is it because of his plan or the growing attraction he has for her? Tag is a secretive guy who cares deeply for his family. He is an expert at flirtation and innuendo phrases. His one liners were a little much but I did enjoy the mystery behind his character.
The chemistry between Weatherly and Tag is instantaneously thick. That might have something to do with Tag walking in on Weatherly touching herself while taking a bath. But as the book continues, I can’t help but think Weatherly’s reaction to Tag is similar to a young adolescent who desperately wants to get laid. The way the author describes her reactions is a bit over the top. For example, I felt like her nipples would harden at the slightest thing and she would become turned on with just the sound of his voice. It was fun to read at first but quickly became annoying.
The book is written in a duel perspective and I can’t decide how I feel about this. At first, I couldn’t help but think the author did the book a dis justice by doing this. Even though there is a lot of mystery surrounding Tag, some of it is lost with what his internal monologue gives away. I think the flirtation, playful remarks, and the slight game that is played between Tag and Weatherly would have been more potent if the book was told strictly through Weatherly’s perspective. But near the end, I understand why the author wrote it this way. Without the duel point of view, the plot wouldn’t have been as complex without Tag, his secrets, and the insight on what he was going through.
The plot was a bit slow until the engagement. Then things really took off. Up until the engagement, I felt the plot was really fluffy and didn’t hold much as far as a plot. But once the engagement happened, aka the drama took off, then the dynamic of every relationship in the book changed.
The book was extremely unrealistic. For example, the couple gets married after knowing each other less than a month. But the really kicker is how Tag is good with marring Weatherly but it’s a struggle to say ‘I love you’. This made it really difficult for me to get into the book. Without giving away anything, I wanted to roll my eyes at Weatherly’s reaction when things start going south. There were a couple points where I actually got upset and wanted to yell, “what do you think was going to happen?!?” Which brings me back to how naive her character is.
Overall, this book wasn’t the right fit for me. I need something more realistic. This book isn’t really deep and would be perfect for those who want a steamy romance without needing to dig into a deep, complex plot. For those of you needing more out of your stories, I’m not sure this is the right choice for you.

The Celiac Diet.. ahem Lifestyle

Contrary to what I first thought when getting diagnoses with Celiacs, eating gluten free isn’t as horrible as I originally thought. The gluten free food available now is similar to what I consider normal food, aka wheat infested food. But there are just some things that can not come close to the memories. For example, beer. Oh, man do I miss beer. Deep dish pizza is another but it’s getting to the point that I don’t even remember what pizza is supposed to taste like. Which I guess is a good thing, considering I won’t be able to ever have it again.
CookHere are some of my favorite recipes and typical food I eat on a regular basis. I normally stick closer to a paleo diet. For some reason, my body feels better eating a lower glycemic diet. On the left are a couple of my go to cookbooks. As you can see, my Against all Grain one is falling apart because I use it so much. The little journal looking one on the top right is where I write down family recipes or my absolute favorites that I have turned gluten free. Which really, isn’t that hard once you know what to avoid.

CookDanielle Walker’s Peruvian-Style chicken. If you don’t know who she is, you are missing out! She is an amazing chef with easy to create meals that my kids even eat. This recipe is in her book: Meals Made Simple. The chicken is amazingly tender and the spices are great. This is one of those all encompassing dishes where everything you need is in that pan. I guess if you want fruit, you will have to add that on the side, but you get the idea.

CookThis is another one of my favorite dishes. My husband hates it but I don’t mind. This is an asian rice or mock fried rice dish.

When I add meat to this dish, I like to use an asian marinade. But instead of using soy sauce, I use coconut aminos in the recipe.

 

Ingredients for cauliflower rice:
3 Tbs oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 or more gloves of garlic
a handful of: celery, carrots, broccoli
1/4-1/3 cup chopped nuts
1 large head cauliflower, trimmed and coarsely chopped
salt
coconut aminos or soy sauce

Directions:
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium head. Sauté the onion and garlic for 8-10 minutes, until soft and translucent. Add the celery and sauté for 5 minutes. In a food processor, pulse the cauliflower until it is the texture of rice. Grate or cut the carrot (in the picture I grated them). And cut the broccoli into bite size pieces. Add the cauliflower and carrots to the skillet, cover, and cook for 10 minutes. Uncover and add the broccoli and however much soy sauce you would like. I usually add about 4-5 shakes. I don’t use much, just enough to get a good flavor. Cook for another 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the nuts and salt to taste.

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Man, are these tasty but they are high in carbs so I wouldn’t pair any other carbs with this dish. These are really simple to make and the kids loved them. Plus the ingredients hardly cost anything, so that is a plus!

For breakfast and lunch I am kind of boring. For the most part I eat the same thing every day. For breakfast, I eat spinach eggs with half an avocado on top. I use two egg whites and two regular eggs, as much spinach as I can shove in there and some salt/pepper sprinkled on top. For lunch I either eat grilled chicken breast or a salmon burger with half an avocado.

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For an afternoon pick me up, I will have an iced coffee with a scoop of protein powder mixed in.

CookOne of my favorite things to eat during the spring and summer are salads. I have taken Danielle Walkers California Chicken Wrap- chicken avocado, and bacon- and put it on a salad. I added cucumber and tomatoes. Her herb ranch dressing is to die for. Both of these recipes can be found in her book- Meals made Simple. Her blog is another amazing place to look for great recipes.

 

I buy most of my Almond flour online because of the price. Believe it or not, the texture of your almond flour makes a huge difference.

I don’t have a picture of these but these Cinnamon rolls are amazing!! And I don’t feel horribly guiltily for eating them.
I have a ton more recipes I can share with you if you are interested. But I won’t spend the time writing them up if no one wants them. So write a comment below and let me know if you like this or would like to see more.