Thursday Thoughts

1. I am running a Free 5-Day Clean Eating Challenge if anyone is interested! It will be run through a Facebook group and you get recipes, a grocery list, meal planning tips, workout ideas PLUS one on one coaching from… ME! Haha who doesn’t want that? Leave a comment or send me an email if you’re interested! (peaceloveandoats@gmail.com).

 

2. So for the past 10 Saturdays I’ve been going to an all-women’s bible study on the book of Philippians at 9am every morning. My small group decided to do this in lieu of actual small group meetings since we’re in a transition phase (a lot of girls are leaving so we’re technically having to “break up,” long story…). Anyhoo – I did NOT WANT TO DO THIS STUDY. I was so adamant, mostly because I felt forced into it and if you try to force me to do anything I can get kinda stubborn. However, I have to say that I’m so sad it’s ending!! I loved it. I knew I would (but wouldn’t admit it) and now it’s over. Sad face :(

P.S. The book of Philippians is super short and so packed FULL of amazingness. I highly recommend trying a study on it.

 

3. I’ve mentioned this before but… I think I’m pretty much hilarious. Yep. I’m laughing right now as I type this.

 

4. It’s official. The bumblebee is my spirit animal. Haha if I had to choose one, and I will. I’ve always loved them (and have stickers of them everywhere…) but now I love them even more. I’m going to be the crazy bumblebee lady that collects things with bumblebees on them. Oh wait, I kinda already am…

 

5. 9 Days until I fly to Denver to see my BFF Maddie for her birthday and 11 days until… MOLLY REUNION!!!!! I CAN’T HANDLE THE EXCITEMENT.

6. You knew I had to go here. I live in Chicago, all we talk about is weather. WHAT IS THIS!?!?! I am not a happy camper.

7. This week is FLYING by. Where did the time go? Seriously? I feel like I’ve barely gotten anything done and yet I haven’t even had a busy week. WHAT HAPPENED?

 

8. Have a great Thursday!

Be Anxious For Nothing; 15 Scriptures To Soothe An Anxious Heart.

 

What’s your “spirit animal?” PICK NOW! 

Do you think you’re funny? Do you think I’m funny..? ;)

Blog Updates!

Hey readers! These past couple of days I’ve been doing a lot of blog updating and adding new pages. I’ll be doing a lot more over the next week or so, such as updating my book reviews so it’s easier to find books, recipes, and all that fun jazz. I’ll also be adding a “Join My Team” page under “Coaching” if you’re interested in doing what I do. I just want to make this site easy to navigate and simple for all of you to understand me and that I want to be here for YOU! PLEASE let me know if you have any ideas – you’re the reader so this is for YOU!

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I added my “Heath & Weight Struggle” to my About Me section so that people can get a good idea of my story when they first find my blog.

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I’ve also added a whole new section for coaching so that you can get a better idea of what I do and what I offer.

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My free “Be Your Best Self” Facebook Community

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Bootcamps (aka accountability groups or challenge groups)

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And more to come! Please let me know if there’s anything YOU’D like to see!

Book Reviews

More book reviews! I’ve definitely slowed down with reading novels as I’ve been working a little more behind the scenes on Beachbody and my blog, but I’m still chugging along!

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice

Goodreads Synopsis:

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life–and her relationship with her family and the world–forever.

I’ve talked about this book before during Thursday Thoughts so I’ll keep this brief, but this was a GREAT book. A must-read, for sure. I haven’t personally known someone with alzheimers so being able to read this book from the point of view of someone with the disease was an incredible way to understand not only what it would feel like to have the disease (or a fraction of!) but also the point of view of the family members and how difficult it really is to handle.

The book was very realistic and well written, and not only was it about alzheimers, but the characters in the story were very well developed. Her husband and each of her children had their own stories and character development and it made the story feel even more real because of their different reactions. I highly recommend this book because it’s a way to understand alzheimers, but through a story rather than more scientific reading.

 

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey

Goodreads Synopsis:

A wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age story, Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen’s “Gothic parody.” Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist.

The story’s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.

 

I’m a big fan of Jane Austen’s and I was looking forward to reading another book of hers. At first it was hard to get into solely because of the language, however after a while I got used to it and found myself speaking in “old english” in my head… haha that’s when you know you read too much.

I find when I read anything by Jane Austen or anything Jane-Austen-esque I compare it to Pride & Prejudice, which is one of my favorite novels. Haha and this is a little unfair because not only have I read it a couple times but I’ve watched the movie a million times as well as the movie with the director’s commentary… so I know every little nuance in the novel.

BUT back to this one – I can’t say I thought it was as good, but it was a fun book to read. I liked that the main character was a little young, naive and curious, but at the same time surprisingly insightful. I felt the ending was a bit abrupt, but otherwise I liked the pace of the book. Now I’m wondering if it was made into a movie… haha even one of those great BBC ones (which I love…).

 

Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

Silver Girl

Goodreads Synopsis:

Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing – because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars.

Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie’s had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But the island can’t offer complete escape, and they’re plagued by new and old troubles alike. When Connie’s brother Toby – Meredith’s high school boyfriend – arrives, Meredith must reconcile the differences between the life she is leading and the life she could have had.

Set against the backdrop of a Nantucket summer, Elin Hilderbrand delivers a suspenseful story of the power of friendship, the pull of love, and the beauty of forgiveness.

 

I was really expecting this book to be more of a fluffy beach read, but boy was I wrong! I was so impressed with how the author would write flashbacks into Meredith’s past to not only tell us about the history of the characters, but also as a way for Meredith to realize through hindsight that her relationship with her husband wasn’t what she thought it was at the time. I felt like Meredith and her friend Connie’s thoughts and emotions were raw and real – nothing was held back and nothing felt fake. All the characters felt well developed, and the story kept me interested and wanting more the whole way through the novel. I definitely recommend this book!

 

Do you ever read books written before the 1900’s? 

Weird question, but is there any disease you wish you knew more about? 

Over Your Oats #19

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Life

5 Tips to Stop Your Mind From Making Mental To Do Lists All Night

Is Your Body Trying To Guide You But Your Just Not Listening?

Personality Test

What To Do When You Eat 2.5 lbs of Nuts In One Sitting

How To Properly Wash Your Face

10 Verses Every Girl Needs To Hear

The Scale

Ridiculous Hard Work

Fitness

7 Minute Barre Squat Burner

Bodyweight Lower Body Workout

Overcoming Running Excuses

I Am Worthy of Happiness Tabata Workout

Food

Kale and Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Bison Stuffed Cabbage

Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread

Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Beer Beef Stew

Thursday Thoughts

1. Uh THANK YOU for all of your sweet comments and support, both on the blog and in social media, on my post Tuesday! You guys are awesome. And remember – always feel free to email me if you are dealing with anything similar and want to talk!

 

2. Um, so did I ever mention that for several months I’ve been writing articles for another blog? Haha in other words I have a second blog… You can check it out here: The Happy Attorney

 

3. My friend in San Francisco, Caroline, sent me this little… what are these called? Oh my gosh ever since I read Still Alice I feel like I have alzheimers. Anyway the best part of her gift was this cute little book full of quotes! Haha I think people know I like quotes… not sure how.

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4. How colorful is my food prep this week? I’m actually already sick of eating this meal… but that’s what I get for not actually planning out recipes and “winging it” for the week.

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5. So I’m on week 2 of Insanity Max 30 and I had one client who got the program to do it with me. Well my “client” has become my virtual friend and biggest motivator throughout this whole program. There’s no way I’d get up and do the workouts every morning if we weren’t constantly messaging back and forth encouraging one another. I already love this girl.

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6. This is me. All day, every day. Haha right now.

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7. Selfie Bloopers!

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8. Have a WONDERFUL Thursday!!!

 

Do you have any funny selfie bloopers on your phone?

Do you think you’re funny?  

What’s the last gift you gave?