Top Ten Tuesday: Books I am Looking Forward to in 2015

It is Tuesday! Which means another list! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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Top 10 Books Released in 2015 That I’m Excited For:

1.Winter- Lunar Chronicles?? Need I say more?

2. A Darker Shade of Magic– Vicious was one of my favourite books I read this year, so I’m definitely looking forward to what else V.E Schwab writes.

3.Nightingale – Kristin Hannah is one of my favourite authors. I don’t even have to know what the book is about, as long as her name is on it, it automatically goes on to my TBR list!

4. The Heir –  I just marathoned the whole Selection series in October. It was a fun, quick read and I look forward to getting back into that world in 2015.

5. First Frost– I love me some contemporary with a splash of magical realism, and this author is the queen. I read Garden Spells by her a long time ago and look forward to this second book.

6. Sabotaged-Okay so technically this is book #5 in the series, and I have only read the first two…..but I REALLY liked them so I know I will enjoy this one too…once I eventually get to it!

7. The Remedy– In a world BEFORE the program! I’m currently reading this series right now. This is a 0.5 book, but its not a novella, says it should be about 320 pages so I will definitely read this one too!

8. An Uncertain Choice- This author writes great Historical Romances! I’ve read quite a few of her books.

9. A Love Like Ours- Contemporary Romance series, more companion novels than a series though. Same family, centers around different people in each book. I own the first two so you better believe I’m going to want the third book!

10. Lady Maybe- Another author that I see her name on a book and automatically it goes on my TBR. She writes awesome Historical Fiction as well!

 

Well I think that is it! What books are you most excited for in 2015? Are any of these on your list? Leave a comment I love to chat!

 

 

 

Book Review: The Rosie Effect

rosie effectBook: Rosie Effect
Author: Graeme Simsion
Rating: ★★★★☆

The Rosie Project was one of my favourite books I have read this year, so I had high hopes for the Rosie Effect, and I was NOT disappointed. I actually think I might have liked this one a LITTLE bit more than the first. *gasp* I know crazy right?

This book had many of the same shenanigans that the first book had. Don still described people by their BMI, he still over-analyzed everything, he put his foot in his mouth more than once, and he may or may not have got in trouble with the law….twice! 😉

I think the reason I enjoyed this a little more was because of the plot. Parenting! I for some reason find enjoyment reading about couples going through a pregnancy. They are usually comical and every experience is completely different. If you have read “The Rosie Project” then you can ONLY imagine how Don is going to handle this news. Mr. Over-Prepared, Shows- No-Emotion, Don! Yup! Its interesting and frustrating all at the same time.

Honestly, if I had someone like Don in my life I am pretty sure I would go a little crazy, but he is entertaining to read about. You know who ISN’T entertaining to read about? Gene! I still dislike him just as much as in the first book. Although he did redeem himself a “little” bit in this book, he is still a pretty big jackass!

So there you have it some of my thoughts on the book! I couldn’t give it a full 5 stars because there were some things towards the ending of the book that frustrated me.

If you enjoyed the Rosie Project then I definitely recommend you check this one out too!

How I Drink My Shakeology….

One of the great things about my Beachbody programs is the Shakeology as part of the meal plan. Once a day you replace a meal or snack with a shake and it is my healthiest,quickest and yummiest meal of the day! Full of over 70 natural ingredients and MANY benefits.

  • Increase in Energy
  • Reduced Cravings
  • helps in weight loss
  • FEEL healthier
  • Hair looks healthier

and those are just the results I have had with it!!

Now I know there are MANY ways to drink this but I’m going to share my current 3 favourite simple recipes.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shakeo   Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana

  •  1 Cup of Almond Milk
  •  1/2 Banana ( you can use frozen if you like)
  • 5-6 Ice cubes (depending on how slushy you like your shake)
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 teaspoon of Natural Peanut Butter

Mix it up in the blender and enjoy!!!

 

Mint Chocolate

  • 1 Cup of Almond MilkMint Chocolate
  • 5-6 Ice Cubes (depending on how slushy you like your shake)
  • 1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1/8 teaspoon of Peppermint Extract (be careful with this as “less is more”)

Mix it up and enjoy! This one is perfect when your craving those Girl Guide Thin Mints or at Christmas when my family brings out After Eights my favourite chocolate!!

Chocolate Chai

  • 5-6 Ice Cubes (depending how slushy you like your shake)
  • Chocolate Chai Shakeo1 Cup of CHILLED Chai Tea
  • 1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology
  • Splash of Almond Milk (optional)

Mix it up and Enjoy! This one is perfect for those mornings when you need that EXTRA energy boost, IF you don’t use Decaf of course!=)

**Just a note I did not create these recipes, these are just the ones I have TRIED and enjoyed! **

How do you drink YOUR Shakeology? Or if you don’t drink Shakeology what are some of your favourite shakes? Comment below and let me know! I’m always up for new recipes!!

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR

Well I thought I would come by and do a quick post for Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme put on by the Broke and the Bookish. Not sure If I will participate every week but this week looked like fun! =)

 

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Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR (In NO particular order)

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo- by Alexandre Dumas: This is a BEAST of a book at a whopping 1,462 pages! I’m reading it for my F2F classics book club so I KNOW it will get read but it will probably take me all winter. I’m looking forward to it though!
  2. Shadow of the Wind- By Carlos Ruiz Zafon: Okay, seriously, I own this book and have been wanting to read it for a LONG time! I need to get this one off my TBR! I’ve heard it is an awesome book so not sure what is taking me so long….
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: J. K Rowling: I only started reading these books this year. I was really enjoying them but for some reason I stopped at book #5.
  4. If I Stay- by Gayle Forman: I enjoy YA every once in awhile and I heard this book and movie are good.
  5. Watership Down- by Richard Adams: Again, been on my TBR for awhile and would help with my TBR challenge on Goodreads.
  6. The Woman Who Stole My Life- by Marian Keyes: I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway (my first) so I definitely want to get this one read soon!
  7. Magic Hour- by Kristin Hannah: Kristin Hannah is one of my favourite authors and I’m slowly making my way through all her books. She has a new one coming out in the new year but I don’t think I can wait that long! =)
  8. In the Afterlight- by Alexandra Bracken: I’ve been waiting for the conclusion to this series FOREVER! I might have it read before the winter though if it comes in from the library soon.
  9. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation– by Lauren Willig: I have renewed this book from the library SO many times! I just need to read it! I’ve heard this is a great Historical series but it is a pretty long won. I think there are about 11 books so far. I look forward to trying them out!
  10. Narrow Road to the Deep North: This book looks fantastic! Also it won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction (2014). I have definitely been wanting to read more of these.

And….just because I am horrible with lists and can’t keep it to just 10 I have a couple more books for IF I finish the ones above…

1. A Storm of Swords – by George R. R Martin: Yup, another big book, but I hear this is the best one in the series so I would really like to get it read before I forget everything that happens in the other books.

2. Meant to be Mine – by Becky Wade: Again, another book I own and haven’t read. I noticed going through my list I don’t have any quick contemporary romances so I needed to add this one. I’m a mood reader so this one might be perfect if that is what I am in the mood for.

3. My True Love Gave to Meby Various Authors: Looks like another quick read, Christmas themed, so would  be great to read in the winter.

That is what is on my Winter TBR, but I’ll be honest it is VERY likely to change! What is on yours??

PiYo results, chapter one complete.

 

So it is Sunday afternoon, my boys are downstairs with their dad so I thought this would be a perfect time to write a blog post. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write and then it hit me. Oh yes, my before and after pictures….*shudder*  When I originally took these pictures I was never planning on sharing them. They were just going to be for me so I could see how far I had come in my fitness journey. Now though I see how important it is to share them.  You can tell people about a workout program, how great you feel and how you have lost weight BUT unless they actually SEE it they probably won’t believe.

So what is PiYo?

PiYo is an at home exercise program that mixes Pilates and Yoga and amps up the speed. Although you do lots of stretching you don’t hold the stretches, your moving and burning calories while stretching. It’s fast paced but low impact. There is also a modifier on every workout so if you are suffering from an injury, not as flexible, or just had a rough day you can still get your sweat on! Now of course exercise is only part of the program, the other half is the meal plan, and seriously it is the easiest meal plan to follow! It gives you tons of options and then you just mix and match to create some yummy and creative (or simple if you are like me) meals. And of course one meal is taken care of with your delicious shake of the day.

Okay so I’ve talked enough about the program now you probably want to know if the program works right? Well here are my pictures and you can decide that for yourself….

collagebeforeafter2 In my 60 days of PiYo I lost 1.5lbs ( I know doesn’t seem like that much) BUT I lost 2.25 inches on my waist and 1 inch from my hips, not to mention I gained muscle in my arms and legs.  I’m also going to be 100% honest with you and tell you that once a week I had a free DAY, not just one free meal. If I had stuck to just one free meal I KNOW my results would have been even better. That was the choice I made though and all in all I’m pretty happy with my results. The pictures don’t lie, I definitely had some changes and my hard work paid off!

am I done? Heck no! This was just the first chapter I have many more to go.  But I’m here to tell you that seriously if I can do this ANYONE can do it. I was the girl who ate junk food everyday and never exercised. All it takes is some determination, commitment and the willingness to change! YOU have to want this! Nobody else can do it for you!!

If you are ready to make some changes and are tired of giving yourself excuses please send me an email at angiehenry84@gmail.com We can chat about your fitness goals. I would love to help you reach them!! =) YOU can do this!! All it takes is the desire to change!

Water: soooo good for me,yet my biggest challenge!

benefits-of-drinking-water1Who would think that drinking 7 glasses of water a day would be my biggest challenge while starting my exercise programs? Not me! Exercising everyday? Eating clean and avoiding that junk food? Yup, I for sure thought those would be the hardest, but no, it is the water….

Why? I’m not really sure. It is easily accessible, turn on the tap and there it is! It isn’t that I don’t try. I have a water bottle with me everywhere I go. Always sitting beside me, I carry it from room to room, but somehow I just forget to actually DRINK from it. *sigh* I’m not a huge fan of the taste, and I have tried fruit-infused water but it is just not my cup of tea. Hmmm.. speaking of tea now THAT I could easily drink at least 3 or 4 cups of a day, which is probably why I’m having troubles with drinking all my water……

I know all the benefits of water which you would think would encourage me even more to drink it, but somehow I still seem to end up at least a couple glasses short on a daily basis.

I’ve read all the tips

  • Drink a glass of water first thing when you wake up
  • Drink a glass of water every time you walk into the kitchen
  • Drink a glass of water before your meals
  • Instead of setting down an empty glass, refill it right away
  • Carry a water bottle that you love
  • Track how much water you are drinking. Check off each glass so it feels like an accomplishment
  • Eat something spicy

and the list goes on and on. All great tips but somehow not sinking in for me. SO I have decided that enough is enough! If I can do the 21 Day Fix and eat healthier I CAN drink my daily 7 glasses of water. So starting today for a whole week (need to start out small until it becomes a habit) I am going to make sure I drink my water. I’m writing it on here because I know it will make me more accountable even if I am the only one reading it 🙂

I’ve got my water bottle filled, my app downloaded (yes there is an app for tracking water, I am going to try “Water Your Body”) and I am ready to go!!! Wish me luck, and feel free to ask me during the week how I am doing! =)

How about you? Do you get all your water in? What are some of your tips? Please share I would LOVE to know!!

Friday Reads, The Slight Edge

slight edgeWell it is another Friday, and sadly I’m reading the same books as last week. *sigh*  I will continue reading Rebecca and Leaving Time this weekend.

As a Beachbody Coach they really stress the importance of personal development,  not only do we concentrate on our health and nutrition but they also want us to concentrate on ourselves! I love that!! I started reading The Slight Edge today upon recommendation and was hooked from the first chapter.

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first chapter was so inspiring talking about how we have control over our life and what we make of it. We CAN be a success and we have all the tools to make it happen. CONSISTENCY is the key! Can’t wait to read a little from this book!! =)

What are some books that inspire you?

Just a short post today but I will be back this weekend with something for the Fitness category!