Staying the Healthy Course

This vegetarian thing seems to be working for me. Yay.

And maybe there is a reason behind it.

While at my nephew’s wedding I chatted with my sister-in-law about the blood type diet she’s been following for years. According to her, and my follow up research, I should be a vegetarian. Now, I haven’t completely cut out diary but I noticed I’ve reduced my intake quite a bit without orchestrating it.

All rather interesting.

As of Wednesday, I’m a pound and a half shy of 20 pounds gone! Woot.

Yep, recalculated calorie intake and burn numbers. Lost another 48 calories this week and upped the amount I need to burn by 20 calories. Rather worried about reaching that number of calories burned each day. Getting the exercise in, beyond my daily walks with Beastie Girl, is a major challenge.

It’s mostly a time thing. Work. Wee beasties out of school equaling a lot of movies and sitting (card and board game type activities) because it is so stinkin’ hot. Feeling guilty if I go somewhere after work to work out, even if only three times a week.

Blood Type Diet: Fact or fiction? Discuss in the comments :)

So Far Gone Reveal

A Tuesday Book Talk Special, on a Thursday!

so-far-gone-e-reader-copyIt’s my pleasure to help Avril Ashton reveal her latest cover. Congrats Avril, the cover is delicious :)

So Far Gone

Jacob Donnelly wants something new. Something different. Which is why he’s got a one-way ticket to New York and his bags packed. One last night out to the bar finds him in a sexy stranger’s bed, giving in to an explosive chemistry Jacob had been searching for, but never found. Until now. It’s too bad he’s leaving town, although once he finds out his one night stand’s true identity, Jacob can’t get away fast enough.

Cash Warner made a mistake. It doesn’t matter that he’d never felt anything like the fire generated between him and Jacob. He doesn’t plan to ever see his one-night hookup ever again. Except he does. When the reality of what they’d done fully sets in, Jacob flees, leaving Cash struggling with how to deal with the bitter taste of betrayal he can’t escape. Because even with Jacob gone for years, Cash can’t stop wanting more of that one night. Fate conspires against them once again, bringing Jacob home after tragedy strikes, and they’ll find it near impossible to keep their distance despite being committed to other people.

So Far Gone is releasing August 1st.

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BIO:

A Caribbean transplant, Avril now lives in Stone Mountain, GA., with a tolerant spousal equivalent. Together they raise an eccentric daughter who loves reading and school (not so much school anymore). Avril’s earliest memories of reading revolve around discussing the plot points of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys with an equally book-minded mother.

Always in love with the written word, Avril finally decided to do the writing in August of ’09 and never looked back. Spicy love scenes, delicious heroes, and wicked women burn up the pages of Avril’s stories, but there’ll always be a happy ending; Av remains a believer of love in all its forms.

Addicted to cake, the ID Channel and the UFC, Avril writes Erotic and GLBT Romance for Ellora’s Cave, Evernight Publishing, eXtasy Books, Secret Cravings Publishing and Total-e-Bound.

Website: http://www.avrilashton.com

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Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/author/avrilashton

Tuesday Book Talk

Open Thread for Readers:

  • Got a book you want to talk about?
  • Frustrated with a book or series?
  • In love with a new one?
  • Found a buried treasure?
  • An issue that keeps popping up in the books you are reading?
  • Just want to chat about stuff in general?
  • Post away…

Inked

I finally did it. Only ten years in the making!

Last May, I talked about this tattoo.

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Outlining

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Shading

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Finished

I’m completely thrilled with how this turned out.

For those of you on the fence:

Start to finish, this piece took two hours.

I was pleasantly surprised at how little this hurt. I’m not sure if that’s due to me having a high pain tolerance or, more likely, extra padding, LOL.

During the outlining stage it felt like someone was drawing a pin across my skin, the only painful part was when it felt like it was going against the grain, if that makes sense.

The shading stage didn’t hurt at all.

Aftercare, I recommend A&D ointment. It seemed to speed up the healing process. You use a light coat over the tattoo for 5 days then switch to a lotion like Lubriderm for 2-3 weeks depending on location. A tattoo is completely healed once the flaking is over and there is no raised skin in the tattoo area.

The itchy/flaky period of the healing process is the worst! You don’t want to scratch which can damage the art.

And don’t tell That Man, but I think I caught the tattoo bug…

This one I had been thinking about for ten years.

Another, which I can’t do while working where I do as they don’t allow exposed tattoos (and I don’t plan to be regulated to trousers for the rest of said tenure), is an ankle tattoo to represent the wee beasties. I’ve wanted to do this since youngest came along but it wasn’t until oldest designed it about five years ago that I added it to my list.

After my post last year and someone mentioning a sister tattoo, I have that on my list too. I even know what I’d like to do if beloved sis is up for it :)

I better stay on top of this weight loss, LOL

Tuesday Book Talk

Let’s talk books!

Just Read

I finally sat down and read this one.
Pagan Fire by Teri Barnett

Why I picked it up: The title actually drew me in on this one. Then the back blurb hooked me.

What I liked: I predicted I’d enjoy the Celtic mythology which I did. The story intrigued me from page one and moved forward with a steady pace. The brutality of the time period wasn’t shied away from nor was it graphically in your face which I appreciated. The author obviously did a lot of research and it didn’t come out as info dumps. And while I wasn’t expecting a HEA the author delivered one for me :)

What I disliked: I predicted being worried about the mixed reviews which were founded. The narration, at best, is omnipresent and, at worst, a bundle of head hopping, neither of which I have much patience for.

Just Read

Because, once again, I’m between books at the moment.

Master of the Opera by Jeffe Kennedy (click on the covers to go to Amazon)

Why I picked it up: Phantom of the Opera, duh. Don’t those covers just draw you in…?

What I liked: This was a nice twist on the Phantom. Set in New Mexico, with Native American themes running through it, and modern day; we have Christine arriving as a prop apprentice, Roman (Raul) as her childhood sweetheart, and the Master (Phantom). The author wove a wonderful who-done-it tale with my beloved POTO story. We have the tragic hero in the Master. I wanted him to win just as much as I have ever wanted Eric to. Christine isn’t quite as naive as her namesake, though she has her moments. 5 stars all the way.

What I disliked: I’m not a fan of the serial, so waited until all the parts were published. I wish this was available in a single eBook for my keeper file :)

SPOILER: This had the HEA I’ve always wished for Eric to find. Thank you Jeffe!

Just Read

Because, once again, I’m between books at the moment. Yeah, I’m sounding like a broken record.
Second Hand Heart by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Why I picked this up: I honestly don’t remember. It was sitting on my eReader for some time before I clicked it open. I’m guessing the blurb caught my eye.

What I liked: I was pleasantly surprised by this tale. It reads like you’ve picked up someone’s diary and it works really well for this story. The main character is Vida and she’s been dying her whole life. There’s quite the emotional ride as we follow Vida and her quest for life and discovery of self. Which is all I’m going to say because I don’t want to ruin the tale for you. This rates one of my rare 5 stars.

What I disliked: I can’t say there was anything I disliked. I will say those who don’t hold with cellular memory will likely find a lot of this story requires the reader to suspend belief.

What are you reading and loving at the moment?

Happy Father’s Day!

May YOU not be all by yourself.

You’ve probably already seen this but, hey, I live in Vegas. BTW, I have NEVER seen McCarran this empty. Ever.

Even Celine Dion loved it!

And the behind the scenes…

Wishing all you dads out there a wonderful day

with the ones you love!

Ten on Tuesday: Live

ToT-ButtonThe Ten on Tuesday topic for June 3rd is 10 Bands (or individuals) You Have Seen in Concert. Better late than never :)

Health Update

I’m a figment of your imagination today as I’m attending my nephew’s wedding, visiting family, and spending a day with BFF.

Send good thoughts to That Man for holding down the fort :)

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I’m back to walking 2 miles every morning with Beastie Girl. We’re out the door at 5 AM on the dot, because it’s already freakin’ 80+, and back by a quarter to 6 depending on the route we take. I’m hoping to work up to 3 miles but need to work on my speed a bit. No more attempting to run for me! Doctor’s orders.

I’m officially down 11 pounds since I started this trek. Yay!

However, that means I also recalculated my daily calorie intake/burn numbers, something I plan to do every 10 pounds lost so I stay on track. I lost 40 calories a day, boo hoo. I decided to keep the burn amount the same for now. Once I reach 1200 calories per day I’ll definitely have to work on increasing the number of calories I burn each day.

More than the weight loss, though, I feel healthier and have more energy.

Tasty Tuesday: Stuff Peppers

When I decided to return to a vegetarian diet I had to pull out some of my old favorites, you know, the recipes the males in my house won’t eat because, gasp, veggies!

Here’s a simple one I like to do on nights when I’m making rice as a side for the family anyway.

Stuffed Red Bell Peppers

Stuff Peppers1 medium red bell pepper, cut lengthwise

4 tablespoons cooked rice

1 tablespoon chopped green onion

1 tablespoon chopped tomato

1 tablespoon feta cheese

1 tablespoon pine nuts

Mix the rice, onion, tomato, cheese, and pine nuts. Fill the pepper halves. Wrap in foil and cook at 35o for about 20 minutes or until the pepper is cooked through. Makes one serving of approximately 425 calories.

Add a side salad and this is a great low calorie dinner.

Remembering

Thank you to our men and women for your service ~ past, present, and future.

And thank you to all the military families for your sacrifice.

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