2015 – Time to Shine!

I am experiencing something of a rock bottom. Well I would rather phrase that in a more positive way, but in addition to focusing on the positive changes that I plan to make, I need to realize the hole I have dug myself into and the steps that brought me there. Since my move my weight has creeped up and I have gained about 15lbs since the summer (and I have probably rounded that up to an even 20 with the holidays but I am not getting near a scale until I have done some work). I have a million excuses that I make to myself, it’s not that bad, I’m going through a breakup, I’ll start tomorrow, just one more time, I’m tired, It’s OK it’s the weekend, etc.

But now I am stuck here with a big belly, low energy and feeling pretty crappy about the whole thing. I am not going to wallow in things at this point, but I am going to take action and get myself back to where I want to be, to where I am really myself.

I started this morning by walking to work, it is a brisk 15-20 min walk and I will repeat it for the way home. I am also having a Vega smoothie with fruit for breakfast. I plan to drink a lot of water and tea today as well.

My goals for the month of January are as follows:

  1. Keep a positive attitude
  2. Transition to eating clean
  3. Drink lots of water
  4. Drink less booze
  5. Read 4 books
  6. Go on 2 good hikes
  7. Practice Ukulele every day

 

 

Book Reviews – Heart Shaped Box

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One one hand, I want to finish off some reviews to get myself closer to my goal but on the other hand I have already scraped together two and I don’t really have that much else to say. To compound this problem it has been a while since I read this book so some of the details are fading. I have been writing book reviews for Cannonball Read for like 5 years (crazy!) and it does get hard to come up with new ways to say, it was a decent book and I liked reading it.

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Book Reviews – Where We Belong

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Lately I have taken a ton of books out from the library and have read very few of them. When I was living in my old town, the library dicked me around, saying that I damaged a book when I hadn’t so I decided to forgo the library and just read what I had (as well as download a ton off amazon). Now that I am in a new city, I have a new library card free of fines and I plan to keep it that way (OK I already have $3 in late fees but who’s counting) Anyways, where I was getting at was that I have taken a lot of books out lately and if I am being completely honest, this is the only one that I have read. I maybe didn’t pick the best books, or I wasn’t in the right head space to read them or whatever, so I decided to get myself a comfort food book.

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Book Reviews – Horns

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I read this book when I heard about the movie and I am pretty bummed about how that turned out but at least I did get an enjoyable read out of the deal. I read this book a few months back and I am woefully behind on reviews but I figured I had better get them finished as the end of the year is fast approaching.

Horns is the tale of a young man who is assumed by all in his town to have brutally murdered his girlfriend. He awakens one day to discover the titular horns have started to sprout on his head. He quickly finds out that the horns make people do very strange things, seeming to voice and act out their innermost desires, and their more self destructive desires for the most part.

The book is told through flashbacks and present day encounters with his friends and family and eventually the murder mystery is resolved. I read this book rather fast like the junk food it is. I would recommend reading it if you like this sort of thing.

Book Reviews – Dark Summit

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I have read several books on extreme mountain climbing, maybe one day I will climb one myself, although I have done a lot of hiking I haven’t really felt that drive to do something big and crazy. Although since I am calling it crazy, I am probably not one of the type to actually risk my life to summit. I do enjoy taking a look into the lives of those that do however. Dark Summit is the tale of the 2006 season up on Everest which was fairly treatcherous with 10 people passing away on the mountain, which is more than double most of the surrounding years. There was also a lot of flak because many people were left for dead on the mountain while others simply passed them by for their own summit.

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Book Reviews – The Rosie Project

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This is another book that I binge read while on holiday in Jamaica this June. I sprained my ankle on the first day there so I was fairly immobile but it was a good excuse to just chill and relax by the pool and do a lot of reading, and I did.

I read the bulk of this book while sitting in a hammock at a mountain retreat. I had a hike booked which I am bummed to have missed out on, but I did get a lovely hammock to sit on and I did get to take a walk to the river (the guy made me walk way too fast but I survived).

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Book Reviews – Orange is the New Black

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I read this book a while back when I was going through withdrawals after binge watching season two of the show the book is based on. Initially when I found out that the series was based on a book I didn’t want to read it right away so as not to spoil the series, but in this case the need was too strong (and there is enough differentiation to not really spoil much).

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Book Reviews – Coreyography

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Alright, cards on the table time. My name is Alli and I used to have a crush on Corey Feldman. Sigh, what a relief to finally get that off my chest. My BFF and I used to watch Corey movies back in the olden days, she liked Haim and I liked Feldman. We both got over these crushes like normal people do, but we revisited our glory days back in 2007 when they were filming the 2 Coreys reality show and we heard that Feldman’s band was playing nearby. We both got to meet the Coreys (and I was up front so got to touch Feldman – not like that, get your mind outta the gutter!) We even made it up there on TV.

Alright, maybe that last part really isn’t something to brag about, but it happened and the 12 year old girl inside of me was pretty thrilled.

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Book Reviews – Mr Mercedes

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Well I have 8 pending book reviews to write so I figured today would be a good time to get started. I will keep this short and sweet to get some of my pending list completed.

I read this book when I was on Vacation in Jamaica back in June and honestly don’t recall too much about it. I always enjoy Stephen King books, but this one was really more of junk food, I ate it up quickly and forgot about it just as quickly.

It is pretty standard King fare, although Wiki says that it is more of a crime fiction book (and apparently part of a planned trilogy). It is about a retired detective who gets sucked into a case and is trying to stop a murderer from killing again.

As stated above, I enjoyed it overall but it was really nothing special. I am a constant reader so I will likely read the rest of the trilogy, who am I kidding.

Moving Accross The Sea

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The time has come my friends, time to make a big change and get a fresh start. Sometimes when opportunity knocks it gives you a chance to see possibilities that you didn’t know existed. I think any time you make large changes it is natural to have fear. To overcome this fear and focus on the positive is the challenge I am facing right now. 

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