Well it is one week into my 31 day fitness challenge. I have managed to do my yoga workout each day, though some days have been harder than others. I am trying to just be where I am and be happy with it, but I am struggling to get back into yoga shape that is for sure. Still I feel a little more at peace with myself and that is one of the main benefits that I get from yoga, so that is a win if you ask me. I have also been hitting my 10,000 step goal each day. That has not been easy either, especially on days when I work. I don't get as much walking in at work as I would like, so I have to commit time in the morning and at night to getting the steps in. I know that this is good and healthy for me, but it is taking some time from my writing schedule, which of course makes me feel guilty. I need to learn balance and to remember that if I don't take care of myself then I won't be able to write anyways.
So all in all a successful week one on my new fitness regime. Weight loss was only about one pound, but hey that's a step in the right direction! This week I will continue my yoga practice each day and hitting my step goals. I also need to add in some ab work and maybe some weights. I will either do this at home on my own, or I may see if I can hit the gym with a friend. Said friend is younger and in better shape than I, so I must admit that I am rather scared to hit the gym with him. But my husband told me, "I don't care if you are scared, do it anyways." I think that is what I need to do! I'll have a new update next week!
This week I finally got to see The War for the Planet of the Apes, a movie that I have eagerly been awaiting. I liked both of the previous movies in this franchise, always rooting for the apes by the way. I was not disappointed in this movie. It has all that you would expect from a summer blockbuster, lots of action and special effects, but it also has heart. There are some very sad moments in this movie, as well as hopeful ones (well if you are rooting for the apes at least). Woody Harrelson made me root for the apes even more in this movie, for he played an excellent and crazy bad guy. I also love that Maurice, the orangutan that has been in all the movies, plays a bit bigger part. He is one of my favorite characters and provides a lot of heart in this movie. I highly recommend this entertaining movie, especially if you liked the previous two movies. It might be my favorite one in the series, even though or maybe because it shows the worst that humans can be.
Though life and health keep getting in my way, I keep trying to make time for art in my life. Here are the latest watercolor paintings that I have completed. The one is of my twin nieces from a photo of them, in my own cutesy style of course. The other is from one of my favorite video games of all time, Little Nightmares. Both were so much fun and I am happy to say my sister in law loves the painting of her girls and is going to hang it in their room! And as an added bonus the girls actually recognized themselves in the painting! I hope to get some more painting time in this month, it is such a stress reliever for me and I certainly need that in my life.
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So if you read this blog on a regular base, you know that I am attempting to slowly get back in shape. Well it is time to get serious and that is why I am committing myself to a 31 day health challenge. I signed up for a yoga program that has the 31 days all planned out for me. I hope this really jump starts a regular yoga practice for me. At the same time I am getting back into using my Fitbit to hit at least 10,000 steps a day. I figure 31 days of hitting my step goal, combined with daily yoga is a big step in the right direction. I am also slowly cleaning up my eating, though I love food too much to ever be perfect in that area. As I get in better shape I hope that I see improvements in my overall health. Stay tuned for weekly updates, I need to be held accountable so that is why I am putting my health journey out there.
If you are interested in doing the same yoga challenge that I am, here it is: http://yogawithadriene.com/revolution-31-days-of-yoga/
The husband and I are still having fun cooking our way through the Bob's Burgers Cookbook! This past week we cooked the 50 Ways to Leave Your Guava Burger. It called for a BBQ sauce made with guava jelly, tomato paste and more, plus bacon and pineapple rings. Pretty darn yummy, though I was not really a fan of the pineapple ring on the burger itself. The BBQ sauce as quite good tough and I may make it for other meats and meals sometime soon. All in all this was a good burger and got two thumbs up from the hubby and I!
Thought that I would just give a little update on what I am working on right now. You know me, I am always working on multiple projects all at once!
I am about to enter edits for The Rise of the Inquisitor and hope to have it out late August, early September. Look for a cover reveal soon!
I am also working on a couple of new stories. I am almost done with a rough draft of a fantasy novella, one that I am pretty proud of as it has two strong females in it, something that the fiction world needs more of. I am also working on a m/m hockey romance and the next story in the Gods Behaving Badly series, not to mention continuing to work on the long awaited sequel to Quest for Redemption. I'm going to be very busy the rest of the year that is for sure!
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Next month I will be making a rare in person author appearance. I will have a table at the BMG Fan Fest 2017 here in Albuquerque. I will have several paperback copies of my books available for sale, as well as some jewelry and art made by yours truly! Hope to see you there if you are in the area!
Finally getting back into some book reviews here on my blog. I just finished reading Nos4a2 by Joe Hill and I really liked the book. This is the fourth book of Joe Hill's that I have read and I must say that he is now one of my favorite authors. That kid might be going somewhere. LOL
Nos4a2 just might be my favorite Joe Hill book. It is full of horrors, from real life and beyond. Vic, the heroine in this piece, is tragically flawed and makes me feel for her as if I personally knew her. Nothing is completely black and white in this story, everyone had both good and bad in them and that makes it a very compelling read. I highly recommend this book. 5/5 stars from me! Go read it!
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