Over Your Oats #23

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Life

Be An Encourager LOVE

Do Or Don’t: Work Uniform

How To Create A Float Worthy Top Knot Because who doesn’t love a top knot? 

How To Deep Clean Your Kitchen in Five Simple Steps

Health & Fitness

How I Finally Realized I Had An Addiction

Why I Love My Cellulite

Wherever You Are Start There YES! Email me with questions! 

Real Life Transparency + Transformation: Riley’s Story AMAZING

Dear Nutritionist

Workouts

20 Minute Kettlebell Body Burn Workout

10 Workouts To Try When You’re Bored At The Gym

Food

Mexican Frittata

Super Creamy Chia Seed Pudding

Mango Banana Chia Seed Pudding

5 Portable Gluten Free Pre Workout Snacks

Post Strength Workout Snack Ideas

Gluten Free Lemon Vanilla Sprinkle Protein Bites

Thursday Thoughts

1. This is completely ridiculous and I can’t believe I’m making this a Thursday Thought, BUT (haha butt – no pun intended!) my Max 30 accountability buddy sent me a photo of herself in a pencil skirt, which she never normally wears, saying her butt looked like a shelf. I sent one back saying mine looks more like a wall. You’re welcome.

 

2. You know what’s awesome about the above bizarre (yet totally normal…) conversation? I looked at my body (and my butt) with objectivity. I don’t really care what shape my butt is, or what size my jeans are or what my body type is. I mean, I care a liiiittle and I do care how my clothes fit (girl ain’t got $$ for new clothes) but what I’m saying is that I’ve come SO FAR over the last year. A year ago, 5 years ago, 15 years ago I cared. A LOT. Now I know it’s just not that important.

 

3. Tuesday night I had a meeting for my Junior League Committee and it was my turn to bring snacks! I tried to keep it healthy, but had to throw in some brie to keep it “classy.”

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4. I FINALLY got the book I Am Malala from the library (ebook) and I’m about 40% of the way through. Although not typically the genre that I read, I am really, really enjoying it so far. It is such a huge difference in viewpoint of the history of the world after 9/11, coming from a young girl in Pakistan and I’ve learned so much in just a short amount of time.

 

5. According to my closet, it is Spring. Winter, DEAL WITH IT.

 

6. You know what I hate about having a “real” job? I can’t tell you guys all about it on the internet. Because, well, it’s the internet and that goes everywhere. Can’t we all just be BFFs and meet for coffee (or froyo…) and chat?

 

7. This past weekend was GORGEOUS! I got to meet up with some friends for an evening picnic by the lake and I felt like a whole different person! It almost felt like summer!

 

8. Have a great Thursday!

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Are you wearing more spring-y colors lately? 

On a scale of 1-5, how much do you care about your body type/shape?  

Book Reviews

The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

The Realm of Possibility

Synopsis from Goodreads:

One school. Twenty voices.

Endless possibilities.

There’s the girl who is in love with Holden Caulfield. The boy who wants to be strong who falls for the girl who’s convinced she needs to be weak. The girl who writes love songs for a girl she can’t have. The two boys teetering on the brink of their first anniversary. And everyone in between.

As he did in the highly acclaimed Boy Meets Boy, David Levithan gives us a world of unforgettable voices that readers will want to visit again and again. It’s the realm of possibility open to us all – where love, joy, and the stories we tell will linger.

 

I actually have no idea how I came across this book… but it is basically filled with poetry-styled short stories and song lyrics written by one person but from the point of view of several different people, all who end up being interlinked with one another. It was definitely different from what I normally read, but it was nice to expand outside of my typical genre.

 

Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse

Before We Met

Goodreads Synopsis:

Hannah, independent, headstrong, and determined not to follow in the footsteps of her bitterly divorced mother, has always avoided commitment. But one hot New York summer she meets Mark Reilly, a fellow Brit, and is swept up in a love affair that changes all her ideas about what marriage might mean.

Now, living in their elegant, expensive London townhouse and adored by her fantastically successful husband, she knows she was right to let down her guard.

But when Mark does not return from a business trip to the U.S. and when the hours of waiting for him stretch into days, the foundations of Hannah’s certainty begin to crack. Why do Mark’s colleagues believe he has gone to Paris not America? Why is there no record of him at his hotel? And who is the mysterious woman who has been telephoning him over the last few weeks?

Hannah begins to dig into her husband’s life, uncovering revelations that throw into doubt everything she has ever believed about him. As her investigation leads her away from their fairytale romance into a place of violence and fear she must decide whether the secrets Mark has been keeping are designed to protect him or protect her . . .

 

Oh my gosh, this book was crazy! But in a good way! I seriously was dying the whole time trying to figure out what in the world was going on with her husband! It’s kind of creepy to think you can be married to someone and then suddenly realize you don’t really know them at all. Hopefully this doesn’t happen to often in real life…

 

The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand

The Matchmaker

Goodreads Synopsis:

Dabney Kimball Beech, the 48-year-old fifth generation Nantucketer, has had a lifelong gift of matchmaking (52 couples still together to her credit). But when Dabney discovers she is dying of pancreatic cancer, she sets out to find matches for a few people very close to home: her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech; her lover journalist Clendenin Hughes; and her daughter, Agnes, who is engaged to be married to the wrong man.

As time slips away from Dabney, she is determined to find matches for those she loves most – but at what cost to her own relationships? THE MATCHMAKER is the heartbreaking new novel from Elin Hilderbrand about losing and finding love, even as you’re running out of time.

 

I just finished this one on Saturday and it was another good book by Elin Hilderbrand. I really love how the book switches back and forth between the present day, and then telling stories of all the people the main character, Dabney, “matched.” I don’t want to put any spoilers in here but I do have to say I didn’t looooove how quickly she gave in to a certain temptation and then avoided dealing with it. But again, I’ve definitely never been in that situation! I also really loved Agnes’s love story (Dabney’s daughter) and how the author allowed Agnes to see what was really happening to her with her fiance. Definitely a cute book!

 

Do you feel like you read different books during the summer as opposed to the winter? 

What is the most recent book you read? 

Over Your Oats #22

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Life

Using Positive Words to Promote Self-Love

On Having Followers

9 Christian Blogs I Love

7 Amazing DIY Natural Skin Care Recipes

3 Ways To Deal With Sugar Cravings

A Love Letter To The 31-Year-Old Me

On Living Alone

The Thing About Healthy Living Blogs

Our Top Ten Spring Books

13 Things To Remember If You Love A Person With Anxiety

American Eagle Wins Award for Realistic Underwear Ad

Fitness

Bodyweight HIIT Workout

Not Every Trainer Speaks The Truth

Do You Really Need Cardio?

Five Ways To Stretch At Your Desk

Food

Fifteen Freezer Friendly Dishes for Busy Days

Sparkling Pineapple Punch Cocktail Recipe

Thursday Thoughts

1. Soooo I had a somewhat unconventional Easter weekend. My human BFF Maddie’s birthday was the same day as Easter and I flew out to Denver to celebrate with her. We had an all-day Brunch fest with her friends on Saturday and of course, tiny hats were involved. Why? She loves tiny hats. It was a good time.

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2. Anyone and EVERYONE is welcome to join my Facebook group: Be Your Best Self for healthy living tips, posts about self-confidence, recipes, and a monthly 5-Day Clean Eating Challenge! Check out this page for more info! P.S. I’ve gotten a LOT of questions about Shakeology, so I’ll be doing a Shakeo FAQ post coming up soon!

 

3. How could I visit Denver without visiting my non-human BFF: MOLLY! I love this dog. Too much. My brother cooked us all an Easter Dinner (well, salmon, asparagus and sweet potatoes) and we ate outside in the GORGEOUS Colorado weather (it was so depressing coming back to Chicago…). Molly also celebrated:

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4. I’m back to the whole “can we get a few more hours in the day?” phase. But really. Can we make that happen? Somebody?

 

5. My brother painted a wall in their finished basement with chalk paint so they could draw on it (yes, this has been my dream since childhood). Obviously I had to make an outline of Molly.

 

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6. Molly and I did my Insanity Max 30 workout together. She tended to creep closer and closer to me without absolutely no fear that I would kick her. Apparently any exercise that doesn’t including petting her is not incredibly amusing.

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7. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS WEEKEND!!!! Why? I have nothing planned. The end. :)

 

8. Have a good Thursday!

 

If you celebrate Easter, what did you do? 

If you could move to any city due to their weather, and only their weather, which one would you choose?