1/30/2015

#FitReaders January 30th Check-in


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January 23 - January 29, 2015

We had wonderful weather this week, so I enjoyed being outdoors. I love hiking with my family. On Saturday we tried out a new location and a new trail in the hills. Along the trail we discovered a farm that was open to visitors. We stopped to see the pigs, chickens, bunnies and goats! We had a blast that day! On Tuesday I went over 25,000 steps, which was a personal BEST for me, yay!


What I did this week
Friday 1/23
30 min. cardio
Total steps 9,842

Saturday 1/24
2.75 mile hike
Total steps 12,257

Sunday 1/25
Rest Day

Monday 1/26
40 min. cardio kickboxing
Total steps 11,735

Tuesday 1/27
6.19 mile run/walk
Total steps 26,143

Wednesday 1/28
30 min. kettlebell
Total steps 5,356

Thursday 1/29
34 min. yoga cardio
3.11 mile walk
Total steps 18,020

Currently listening to:
The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) by J.R. Ward

I'm so proud of all my FitReader friends for making the decision to be active this week!
High five to you!!!

1/25/2015

Best #Audiobooks of 2014 Blog Hop ~ My Favorite 5 + Giveaways


Welcome to the BEST AUDIOBOOKS OF 2014 Blog Hop
hosted by

I'm sharing my top 5 favorite audiobooks listened to in 2014!
(In no particular order)


Me Before You
by
Jojo Moyes

Narrated by:
Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, Alex Tregear, Andrew Wincott, Owen Lindsay
Genre: Adult Contemporary, Women's Fiction

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible”


Sixth Grave On the Edge
by
Darynda Jones

Narrated by: Lorelei King
Series: Charley Davidson #6
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mystery

“A girl, a mocha latte, and a naked dead man walk into a bar.”


Seventh Grave and No Body
by
Darynda Jones

Narrated by: Lorelei King
Series: Charley Davidson #7
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mystery

“Charley Davidson, Private Investigator, Because No One Is Better At Investigating Your Privates”


Outlander
by
Diana Gabaldon

Narrated by: Davina Porter
Series: Outlander #1
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy

“Oh, aye, Sassenach. I am your master . . . and you're mine. Seems I canna possess your soul without losing my own.”


Clipped Wings
by
Helena Hunting

Narrated by: Jason Carpenter, Elizabeth Louise
Series: Clipped Wings #1
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
My Review

“Everyone has scars, Tenley. If we're lucky, they're only on the outside"



There are 2 Giveaways!

Blog Hop Giveaway

My Book Snack Giveaway

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1/23/2015

#FitReaders January 23rd Check-In



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January 16 - January 22, 2015

So my week was good.
I had mild congestion throughout the week and decided to listen to my body and slow down a bit. I didn't do as much cardio as I'm used to, but still kept myself active. The yoga workouts still had me sweating hard at the end. By the time Thursday rolled around, I was ready to take on tabata! Man, did it feel good to get the heart rate up there!

What I did this week
Fri. 1/16
30 min yoga + 3.71 mi walk

Sat. 1/17
Rest Day; 2.06 mi walk

Sun. 1/18
3 mi run + 2.92 mi walk

Mon. 1/19 
4 mi walk

Tues. 1/20
34 min yoga + resistance training
4.31 mi walk

Wed. 1/21
Rest Day; 1 mi walk

Thurs. 1/22
60 min Tabata + 2.34 mi walk


Audiobook listened to:
Finished

Started


This week's recipe HIT!
A friend tried this healthy recipe for Shepherd's Pie recently, and it was a huge hit with her family. Of course, I had to try it out as well.


Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Author: 
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 2 tablespoons fat (lard, tallow, ghee, coconut oil, etc)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef or lamb
  • ¼-1/2 cup homemade beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon homemade ketchup or tomato paste (omit if you don’t have a GAPS-legal or Paleo option)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fat (lard, tallow, ghee, etc)
  • ½ cup shredded GAPS-legal cheese (omit for Paleo)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 2-3 quart casserole dish and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, steam or boil cauliflower until tender.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of fat in a large skillet or saucepan over medium high heat. Add the onion, celery, carrots and garlic and cook until beginning to soften, around 5 minutes.
  4. Add the ground meat to the pan and cook until browned. Add beef broth as necessary to keep the mixture wet. Add the ketchup or tomato paste (if using), parsley and season with salt and pepper. Let simmer while you prepare the cauliflower topping.
  5. To make the topping, drain the cooked cauliflower. Mash or puree with a stick blender until smooth. Add 2 tablespoons of fat and season with salt and pepper.
  6. To assemble, spread the meat mixture on the bottom of the dish. Top with the cauliflower mixture and smooth with a spoon. Cover with shredded cheese, if using.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is brown and bubbly. Serve warm.


Make sure you stop by Oven Love to view her yummy pictures! I love this recipe because it uses cauliflower "mashed potatoes".

Modifications that I made:
Used coconut oil in the skillet for the veggies and meat
Omitted the ketchup/tomato paste
Used Nutriva shortening for the fat when making the cauliflower "mashed potatoes" (you can use butter if you want)
Omitted the shredded cheese

Result:
My family LOVED! We felt satisfied without the our tummies feeling full.
This is definitely a keeper for us!

I hope you had an active and healthy week!

1/22/2015

Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras Release Blitz, Excerpt + Giveaway




Blurb

He was my older brother's best friend.
He was never supposed to be mine.
I thought we would get it out of our system and move on.

One of us did.
One of us left.

Now he’s back, looking at me like he wants to devour me. And all those feelings I’d turned into anger are brewing into something else, something that terrifies me.
He broke my heart last time.
This time he'll obliterate it.



“Look at me, Elle,” he says, using the deliciously low demanding voice that once made my toes curl and my eyes roll back, and I have no choice but to tilt my head to give him my attention. “Forget those lame guys you’re dating. Let me take you out.”
        My heart, if possible, spikes further in my chest, overriding all warning of the impending chaos that’s sure to come. I try turning my attention to the poster hanging beside me, but the kissing couple makes me look back at him and the deep green eyes that are burning into mine. My stomach does a flip-flop, the way it always does when he looks at me that way and I try to take my hands back because these feelings are too scary for me to deal with right now, but he holds them tighter, bringing them up to his mouth and kissing the tip of my ring finger. Why did he pick that finger to kiss? I pull harder and he finally lets my hand drop.
        “I can’t,” I say, my voice coming out hoarse.
        A myriad of emotions flash in his eyes before they settle on determination and I’m forced to take a step back, away from his scent, away from his warmth, and into the cold closet behind me.
        “Why not?”
        I sigh, finally looking away, back down to his naked feet. “I just can’t.” He knows why not. He shouldn’t ask me that question. “What’s Vic doing, anyway?”
        His body moves into mine so quickly that I don’t have time to react to his large hands clutching my arms or his face dropping until we’re nose to nose. I just stare, wide eyed, waiting for his lips to fall over mine, but they don’t. He just looks at me, breathes on me, lets me breathe on him, and he groans. And that fucking groan travels from his body into mine and crawls into the core of me, draping over every fiber inside of me.
        “What do you want, Oliver?” I whisper against his lips. “What do you want from me? You want to kiss me? You want to fuck me? You want to come into my life like the hurricane that you are and tear down everything I’ve rebuilt and disappear just as quickly?”
        His lips brush slightly against mine, just a breath of a touch as he stands there, crowding me like he’s about to devour me. But he won’t. He never goes in for the kill. He just lures me, casts me, reels me in and pulls away. His hands drop and his face leaves mine with the same quickness and I feel a pang deep inside me that I wish wasn’t there.
        “I’m sorry,” he says quietly, shaking his head in a movement that makes his hair sway back and forth. His eyes are soft on mine now and I can almost hear his thoughts: I should have never kissed her. I should have never—
        My brows rise in surprise at the apology, though. There are so many things I can say to him, but the sudden defeated look in his eyes keeps my mouth shut. Finally, I exhale and push off the wall, standing in front of him, with enough distance between us that we can’t reach out and touch each other.
        “It’s okay just… don’t do it again. The kiss the other day was a mistake…” I stop talking and walk past him, putting my bra away and sorting through my underwear drawer like it has some sort of hidden treasure or something. This time when I feel him come up behind me, I drop my head and exhale. He really needs to stop sneaking up behind me.
        “Oli—“ I start and gasp when I feel his lips on the back of my neck, soft and warm. My heart thunders and my hands begin to shake inside the drawer so I close my eyes and focus on breathing. He drops another kiss right beside that spot. I never knew the back of my neck was so sensitive. The feeling sends a ripple of sensation down my arms and through my body.
         “It wasn’t a mistake,” he says in a husky whisper that makes my flesh break out in goose bumps. “You’ve never been a mistake. You want me to tell your brother that I want to take you out? Is that what it would take?”


Congrats & Happy Release Claire Contreras! 
Kaleidoscope Hearts is LIVE! 
Meet Oliver and Elle in this wonderful stand-alone!
ONLY $0.99 (Limited Time Only)
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Author Information
Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs.

Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading.

She has been described as a random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter.

Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones.

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