Archive | June, 2012

The Host

28 Jun

I’m not sure how many of you book worms out there wanted to read something else by Stephenie Meyer after the Twilight Series, but I definitely wanted more. My prayers to the higher powers, and to Mrs. Meyer’s were soon answered when she released The Host. I had to give it a shot. Sadly, it was one of those very confusing books and super hard to start. I was lost between the back and forth of the main character. I had no idea what was happening. The talking in her head bit drove me crazy and I never knew who was saying what. My confusion lasted a few chapters but then slowly, I finally started realizing what was really going on. Boy was I happy with the direction the story took from there. I’ve read it a few more times since.

Like every great (and not so great, but good selling) book, Hollywood is turning it into a movie. I’m excited but like with Twilight and The Hunger Games, I’m worried that I’m going to stop loving the book after I see the story on the big screen.

Oh well, I do not blame the authors for capitalizing on the franchise. Seems to be the smart way to take the fame that comes with being the author of these very popular books.

In case anyone has missed it, here’s the teaser trailer for The Host movie.

The movie is scheduled to release in 2013. The trailer makes it seem a lot more suspenseful than I remember the book but that’s a good thing, I think.

The Host: Take a First Look at Stephenie Meyer’s New Sci-Fi Movie – Twilight, The Twilight Saga, Movie News, Saoirse Ronan :


Body Transformation

26 Jun

College or having kids or just a change in lifestyle can have a huge impact on our bodies and nutrition. Six months after having my daughter I knew I had to make changes if I wanted to get back in shape and feel healthy again. Not only make the changes for me but I want to set an example for my family that living healthy and exercising have great advantages.

It feels great to hear my friends and coworkers tell me that I’m getting back to my pre-baby body, that I’m starting to look like my old self again. It definitely keeps me motivated to hear their positive feedback. My clothes are slowly starting to fit again. I also love reading inspiring stories, such as the body transformation that Kelsey shares on Her story serves as a reminder that if I want to reach my goal, it will take time and hard work, dedication. I will not give up or be discouraged because it’s not happening overnight. My hope is to have reached my goal (pre-baby weight) by the end of this year. I feel that’s a realistic goal and will give me the time to get there and keep my body healthy. I’m currently about 75% there but the last 25% are proving to be the toughest. The weight is not coming off as fast anymore. This means it is time to analyze my game plan, make changes to my meals, and get aggressive at the gym/cross-fit/running.

The bottom of Kelsey’s article has a great gym routine that can be incorporated with about any form of cardio.

Goal change:

1. Eat smaller portions, 4-6 times a day. PORTION CONTROL!

2. Add cardio in the AM 3x’s a week. I’m going to move my running time to the AM, before work/school, and fasting.

3. On my non-cross-fit days, up my weights at the gym with less rest time in between exercises.

Wish me luck!! – Body Transformation: A Model Transformation.


Magic Mike. Yummy

20 Jun



Nothing more exciting than a bunch of straight men (mostly) dancing half naked for money. Yum. Did I mention half naked?
I’m having serious Channing Tatum cravings lately. But I think it’s justifiable. I mean he can dance as we all saw in Step Up, he can fight and kick butt the likes of Mel Gibson in Braveheart, he can make you re-fall in love with him even if you have no memory of the 1st time, he’s a riot as a very old high schooler, he’s a Joe, and well of course he’s the main-event male dancer.

Prayer to the higher powers:
If there’s a Fifty Shades movie please let Mr. Tatum be Christian.

Becoming a Father — the Cycle Continues

18 Jun

My husband tried to explain to me how he felt when he first held our daughter. He said he knew love from his family and friends and he knew love and what it meant with me, his wife but then he tried to explain how he had this instant overwhelming passion for our little one the very second he looked at her, tiny and bundled in his big hands. I knew I married the right man when he struggled to explain his love for our baby. Because nothing means more to me than the love I have for my family and it’s not something I can easily put into words.

I love you hunny, happy day and may the cycle continue with our generation.

Andy Herald: Becoming a Father — the Cycle Continues.

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