Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pictures of You

Is it just me, or does anyone else tend to get in kind of a slump on Wednesdays? It’s like I’m tired from the last three days of work and I’m ready for a break, but it gets better once Thursday hits because the fact that the weekend is near keeps me going.

Well, regardless of my mood, today was pretty much like any other day. Rotation, work out, dinner, blog, study/read/blog stalk, bed. Breakfast was posted on my Facebook page and here’s lunch:

veggie burger

Homemade veggie burger



Plus salad and fruit. Definitely hit the spot.


Work-Out + Dinner

Today’s workout combined a total body lift with a little cardio, and really kept my heart pumpin’ the whole time. As I’ve mentioned before, I typically do two or three exercises back to back in the form of supersets or triple sets to speed up my workout and increase the calorie burn. Here’s what I did today:

  • 5 min run on treadmill
  • Lateral raises 3 sets x 15 reps
  • Incline dumbbell chest press 3 sets x 15 reps
  • Overhead triceps extension 3 sets x 15 reps
  • Lunges 3 sets x 12 reps (each leg)
  • Seated calf raises 3 sets x 20 reps
  • Barbell rows 3 sets x 12 reps
  • Barbell overhead press 3 sets x 12 reps
  • Alternating dumbbell bicep curls 3 sets x 12 reps (each arm)
  • Crunches 3 sets x 20 reps
  • Leg raises 3 sets x 12 reps
  • Side bends 3 sets x 20 reps
  • 15 min Arc Trainer (for some cardio action)

I know it looks like a lot of work, but there’s two things I want to say about that. For one, as I already mentioned, it doesn’t take me as long as you’d think because I do supersets and triple sets. Secondly, it was a total body workout, so naturally it’s going to be longer than if I was only targeting one or two specific body parts. I try to do at least one exercise for each major muscle group when I do a total body routine (chest, shoulders, biceps, triceps, back, legs, abs), so that’s why there are so many listed.


Dinner was a good one tonight!


Salmon, green beans, and orzo with parmesan cheese on top. Dinners like this just scream “healthy!” me.


Pictures of You Book Review

So yesterday I mentioned that I would do a short review for you guys on the last book that I finished: Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt.


As you may recall, on Monday I mentioned that it's been a while since I've read a book from start to finish (for pleasure, at least). Sure, I’m not exactly proud of that, but it’s something I would like to change. Well, this book was a great way to kick start my reading hobby back up. I was hooked from the first page!

The book begins with a tragic car accident in which Isabelle, a young photographer who is leaving her husband, crashes into another vehicle and instantly kills April, a wife and mother who is also fleeing her marriage. April is survived by her husband, Charlie, and her young son, Sam. The story follows Charlie and Sam as they grieve over the loss of April and try to unravel the mystery of why she was leaving in the first place. It also follows Isabelle, who is now forced to live with the guilt of unintentionally ending a woman’s life.

I won’t give away any more details about the actual story, but I will say that it was extremely well written and I will definitely be reading other novels by Caroline Leavitt in the future. I thought that the fact that the accident happened right away would mean that the rest of the book would sort of drag, but this was not the case at all. I felt as if I really knew the characters and my eyes were glued to the pages as Charlie slowly discovered the real reason April was leaving him.

Bottom line: Pictures of You is a fantastic book that I’d highly recommend to anyone looking for a mystery/drama novel. You’ll love it!


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