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Friday Fun! (Updates Ahoy)

April 27, 2012 2 comments

Hello my lovely readers!

Wow what a crazy week it’s been!  Between being slowed down by hobbling everywhere, getting settled in at work, and getting ready to go out of town….it’s just flown by!

I *did* play one of my xbox kinect dancing games in spite of my stitches a couple of days in a row (I know, bad Amanda).  Also over my weekend I managed to get some time in on Waiting for Daybreak‘s edits.  It’s so close you guys.  I’m thinking a July blog tour.  Anyway, I finally got back into the gym last night, and got praise from my trainer, so it appears my attempts at healthy eating/drinking to keep my fitness going in spite of injury are working!

Things may be a bit slow around here next week, since this week I’ve been working on a chunkster, one of my Bottom of the TBR Pile Challenge booksAcacia: The War with the Mein.  PLUS even if I do finish up some books this weekend, I won’t be blogging them for a bit since I’m spending the weekend visiting my dad up in Vermont.  It’s a mini-vacation yay! One I sorely need too.  I haven’t seen him since Thanksgiving.  Crazy, I know.

Progress continues, even when it’s not obvious.  Writing, reading, fitness, bonding……it all plugs along as long as you keep at it!

Happy weekends all.  Care to tell me a chunkster that you feel is worth the time?

Friday Fun! (Holy Busyness Batman!)

March 23, 2012 3 comments

My lovely readers!  Boy am I ever glad I gave you guys the heads up that things would slow down around here for the next few months.  I’m not even sure how long it’s been since I posted a Friday Fun. A couple of weeks?

In any case, my new job is AWESOME, and I am so blissfully happy that after years of struggling through school and in a bad economy that I wound up with a job in the field and area of librarianship that I wanted in the city that I love.  I love my commute! I love my coworkers! I love my patrons! I love the view from my shared office!  I love that I HAVE an office!  I love that I’m getting to go to the Medical Library Association’s 2012 conference in Seattle!

But it is also a huge learning process and I find myself with a brain refusing anymore information by the time I hit the T at the end of the day.  This means that all three of my nonfiction reads I had started before working at my new library, as well as during the first week, have hit the wayside. Cannot. Do. It. I need memoirs and paranormal romance and swashbuckling and FICTIONAL STORYLINES FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.  I cannot read and attempt to comprehend things about evolution in a toxic world or why you should eat this and not that.  Nope.  Can’t do it.  At least not right now.  So, yes.  I’m going to attempt to struggle my way through the three nonfiction reads I had started with a chapter a day. Beyond that, no more.  I mean, I have to work on learning PHP for my new job.  One can only handle so much nonfiction in one day.  That said, I still want to do Diet for a New America, but I think I’m going to have to rework it somehow.  Maybe make it a challenge instead of a project.  That way I won’t feel bad if it takes me a while to get to the next book.  I still intend to finish, buuuut probably not by the end of 2012 *snort*

Speaking of diet and health, I have discovered ZUMBA and it is AWESOME.  I’ve always been a dancer from a very young age (before I got fat and unhealthy) and for some reason even though I’ve recovered my fitness, I was ignoring dance.  No more!  Zumba is basically dance aerobics only using Latin dance and a mix of Latin music and modern popular songs.  (I think to date my favorite routine has been the one we did to I’m Sexy and I Know It.  It involved showing off our guns).  Anywhooo I love the Latin dancing because it is all hip shaking, but it’s also a great class to go to once a week because long-term cardio is still what is really difficult for me, but the class and instructor are just so dang FUN that I am bound and determined to make it through.  And I do.  I just also have at least one point in every class where I am certain I am going to die.  Then we pretend to be roping a cow, and I suddenly am fine. 😉

Happy weekends everyone!  Tomorrow is my first day as a Saturday librarian, and I am mad excited.  (Which seems to be my perpetual state of emotion nowadays).

Book Review: Lean, Long & Strong The 6-week Strength-training, Fat-burning Program for Women by Wini Linguvic

October 13, 2011 3 comments

Strong woman standing with hands akimbo.Summary:
In this book Linguvic seeks to lay out multiple strength training routines for women that can be done within your own home with minimal equipment.  The routines are divided into core, lower body, and upper body.  Each of these have beginner, intermediate, and advanced options.  The routines are designed to be combined in various ways to either fat-blast or target core, lower body, or upper body.  The book includes a nutrition guide.

Review:
This is one of those times where I really wish I hadn’t trusted the reviews on Amazon and instead borrowed the book from the library.  Granted, I got it for only $3 from Better World Books, but it proved to be utterly useless for me.

Linguvic is definitely a strong woman in all of her pictures, but there is NO WAY she got that strong doing these wimpy routines.  I’d been strength training for nine months prior to getting this book hoping to expand my routine, and they were all simply way too easy for me.  There is nothing intermediate or advanced about this book.  It is beginner all the way.

Almost all of the moves include using an exercise ball and a towel and maybe a set of hand-weights.  Personally I find exercise balls to be more trouble than they’re worth you can just bench press or use a Roman chair.  They’re rolly and annoying.  However, I suppose if you’re the timid type wanting to start to work out and not join a gym just yet, it could work for you.

That said, a solid half of the moves are stretches.  Stretching is not going to give you muscles, so I have no idea why she dedicates so much space to them.

The nutrition section is disappointing, but that’s not surprising given that I’m veg, and she’s an omnivore.  It gives good basic tips, but they’re ones you could get on the internet for free, (such as eat breakfast, don’t eat processed food, etc…)

I think this book suffers a bit from false marketing.  It is not a book that will work for any woman at any strength training level.  It is clearly a book designed for women who are going from doing nothing physical to attempting to begin building some muscle.  It is a beginner’s book.   Even as a beginner’s book, though, it is lacking in variety and truly challenging moves.

Overall, there is some value in this book in that it consists of non-threatening, quick routines that women who have never exercised before may find simple enough to stick with.  If it will get them off the couch, then it has done something.  If you have any experience with strength training at all, though, don’t waste your time with it.

2 out of 5 stars

Source:  Better World Books

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Friday Fun! (Exercise and Zombies)

August 13, 2010 8 comments

Hello my lovely readers!  I hope you all had lovely weeks and are enjoying your Augusts.  Remember that scientific studies have proven that you’re more likely to have a bad Friday the 13th if you believe in the curse, so just don’t believe it. 😉

I’ve had a busy, but fun week.  As a way to try to strategize against my anxiety until my doctor’s appointment next month (where I’m hoping to finally get some anti-anxiety meds), I’ve been seriously increasing the amount of physical activity in my week.  If I’m exhausted then maybe I’ll be too tired to be anxious, eh?  Well, it worked in uni anyway.  So I started doing the 30 Day Shred again and found myself barely able to walk up and down stairs the next day, haha.  I’ve also returned to biking now that the weather has cooled some, and I’ve started doing the evil pilates dvd some of my friends from uni and internships may remember.  Ana Caban’s pilates dvd really kicks your ass.  Er, abs.  I highly recommend it.

One of my pepper plants is blooming!  But the blooms tend to wither up after one day and die.  I have no idea if this means I’ll be getting peppers or not.  Are the blooms supposed to whither?  Anyone know?

So I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the increasing zombie trend.  (If you haven’t heard much about it yet, trust me, you will be).  Where is this obsession with a global pandemic coming from?  I think maybe, on some level, everyone knows that the way we’re going right now isn’t sustainable.  We have too many people using too many resources.  A key element of a lot of the zombie lit is that it wipes out the population to a sustainable level, and the survivors are forced to return to the ways of our ancestors–growing their own food, going to sleep when it’s dark out, being physically active, etc…  So people clearly know that two of the main issus are overpopulation and over-use of resources, and yet most people do little to nothing about it.  What used to be a key element of our survival as a species–the instinct to reproduce as much as possible–is now our downfall.  Whereas we used to lose a lot of people in childhood (seriously, as a history major I can tell you, kids were so disposable, some families named all the boys the same name because statistically only one would survive.  It was that bad), now you pretty much have a really good shot at living a long, healthy life as long as you live in a western nation.  And of course there’s that problem on top of the overpopulation problem.  We currently have plenty of resources, but they’re unevenly distributed.  I’m not saying there’s something wrong with there being some variance in the levels of comfort, but it’s so incredibly wrong that we have some people with multiple million dollar homes and an entourage they pay for and clothes that cost thousands of dollars while other people are living on the street or in dirt huts or are starving to death.  And the thing is, I think everyone knows that the world is fucked up, but we’re tired and we’re beaten down, so we just figure the world is coming to an end, may as well have fun imagining it.  My friends and I started talking about whether banding together to fix things was possible or if it’s just too late.  One of my friends thinks it’s just too late.  I’m inclined to agree with her.  I think there’s just too many people who would rather live in happy ignorance than face the facts they know and make drastic changes to fix it.  Of course, that’d be a lot easier if so much of the population weren’t debt slaves…., but that’s another rant for another post.

Anyway, so that’s what’s been going on here this week!  Lots of physical activity and lots of philosophical discussions, lol.  Oh also, I bet you’ve figured out by now that there’ll be a review of a zombie book next week.  Those of you who follow me on Twitter already know which one. 😉

What do you guys think about zombie lit?  Where’s the popularity coming from?

Happy weekends!