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Month: January 2018

January – What I read this month

January – What I read this month

Hey bookworms! I can’t believe January is almost over! It flew by with work stress and all the meal prep (and dishes!) involved in Whole30. I’m looking forward to February, which hopefully will be a bit more relaxing! I read 10 books in January. I’m […]

Whole30 Week 4 – We’re almost there!

Whole30 Week 4 – We’re almost there!

Hey friends! I hope everyone had a great week. This week has pretty easy Whole30 wise, I’m not really craving anything, and I’ve felt better than I did during the first 3 weeks. The finish line is in sight! Normally, after the 30 days of […]

Half Marathon training update

Half Marathon training update

Hi friends!

Jeff has kindly reminded me that when I started this thing the whole point was to have a place to talk about both reading and running (or working out in general), and I’ve really been neglecting the running aspect. So I thought I would give you all an update on how my training is going for my half marathon in DC this March.

I’ve been following Peanut Butter Runners 12 week intermediate half marathon training plan (I started the week of January 1st)  and will be on week 10 when the half rolls around. The plan runs the program Monday through Sunday with long runs on Saturday. With my crazy work schedule (I have a different work schedule each week with different hours and different travel time to offices), I’m not able to plan my long runs for the same day each week, and I run my schedule on a Sunday through Saturday plan to match with my work calendar.

Training has been going well so far, but it’s been really cold in NYC the first few weeks of January so my long runs have mostly been on a treadmill, which hasn’t been ideal, but totally doable with Netflix and my kindle.

Sunday – I attended my favorite weight class, Body Pump! It’s a nation wide weight class that uses barbells and I love it. I always leave feeling really strong.

Monday – I know I shouldn’t do back to back weight classes, but my favorite instructors teach Body Pump on Sunday and Monday mornings, so if I get a chance to take the classes I always go for it.  Thus, this Monday was another day of Body Pump.  I hadn’t done the new release before Sunday (it’s a set program that every class is doing no matter where you’re taking it), so while I struggled a little Sunday I felt much better on Monday having done the release once already and left feeling good.

Tuesday – Due to the the sun setting pretty early right now I had to do my long run inside – per the schedule my long run was only 6 miles this week. I’m not the fastest runner by any means and for some reason I always run way slower on the treadmill than outside. I finished the 6 miles in 65 minutes. 

Wednesday – I woke up super early to get in a yoga class and then my instructor never showed! I was so mad – I struggle when I don’t go to the gym with a set plan so I ended up doing a 10 minute ab workout, a short upper body weight circuit, and a 10 minute yoga flow on my own at the end.

Thursday – 4 miles on the treadmill – finished in around 48 minutes.

Friday – I did a total body work out from Peanut Butter Runner (I mixed it up just a little by adding push ups in). I did each superset twice (I didn’t have a ton of time). Jeff also took some photos of me for a push up post that’s coming in February!

Saturday – Rest day! I had to work and needed to run a few errands after work with Jeff so I took the day off.

Sunday – I have a 3 mile run planned after work (again on the treadmill because it will be dark out when I get home from work).

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

Book Review: My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Book Review: My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Hi Bookworms! My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent is a book I’ve been hearing about a lot recently (both good things and not-so-good things). It has been billed as a haunting story with fierce language and a dark side. With a description like that I […]

Whole30 – Week 3 Are we done yet?

Whole30 – Week 3 Are we done yet?

Hi friends! I have to be honest, this week on Whole30 was super rough for me. I am so ready to be done! At this point during my last Whole30, I was feeling great, both mentally and physically. I was sleeping better, not getting tired […]

Book Review: The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Book Review: The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Hi friends! I’m so excited about the book review I have for you today. If you’re like me, you’ve seen signs/ads for TNT’s new show, The Alienist.  And if you’re anything like me, you like to read the book before watching the movie/TV show. Caleb Carr and The Alienist really deliver, and I highly suggest picking up this book!

In New York City in 1896, a string of horrific murders have begun to take place. A young boy’s body is found mutilated and left on the Williamsburg Bridge. This young boy was not the first victim and, sadly, will not be the last. Crime reporter John Moore teams up with Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, an “alienist” or psychologist, along with several detectives from the police force, including one woman who is determined to be the first woman officer in the NYPD to try to solve these murders with never-before-used criminology methods. As the team begins to put together a psychological profile of the perpetrator–based on the details of the crimes and the clues left behind–the group begins to realize just how dangerous this man is and that the closer they come to solving this mystery, the more danger they are in.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Although a longer story, the pacing was great, the characters were dynamic, and the murderers were gruesome without being over the top.

I really loved the psychology that is underlying the whole story.  Certainly, some of the theories they used are no longer considered sound science, but it was fascinating to see how the team used small clues to create an image/background of the killer. The criminology, including the discussion of the use of fingerprints (even though it was a science that had not yet been approved for courtroom use) was well done and added an extra layer to the crime solving.

While I enjoyed Moore and Dr. Kreizler, I personally think Sara stole the show. She was a feisty, independent women who not only held her own mentally but also physically when needed. Carr did a great job of creating a woman who was a forward thinking individual while still keeping her appropriate to the time period. I also enjoyed how the characters all interacted with one another and the quick banter and wit that the team developed throughout the book. The characters (including secondary characters like crime boss Paul Kelly) didn’t always do exactly what you thought they were going to do, and that made them much more dynamic and like actual people than some characters in books.

The murders were gruesome and well-described without being over the top or done simply for shock value. Each part of the murder was linked by the team to part of the personality profile of the killer, and it was fascinating how well Carr did bringing each minor detail of the murders full circle with the criminal profile.

Rating 5/ 5 – This book was a great historical mystery that not only had a unique serial killer, but also had dynamic characters, a great blend of action and witty dialogue, and a great look at how criminology and profiling (or the lack thereof) worked in the late 1890’s.  Do yourself a favor and pick up this book!

The series will premier on TNT on January 22. I’m really excited to watch!  The cast looks great, and I hope they do a good job adapting the book. I’ll be sure to let you know how I feel about the show after I watch a few episodes!


Do you need to read the book a movie/show is based on before watching it?

I always try to, but in the end it doesn’t always work out.

Whole30 – Week 2 eats

Whole30 – Week 2 eats

Hey guys! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and got a chance to relax, read, run, watch a little football or anything else you do to unwind. Week 2 of Whole30 has come to a close and I’m feel really great. Of course I still […]

Book Review: The English Wife by Lauren Willig

Book Review: The English Wife by Lauren Willig

Hi Readers! Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways (and St. Martin’s Press) I got a chance to read The English Wife by Lauren Willig, which comes out today (January 9th), and this one did not disappoint! When Janie’s brother Bayard is found with a knife in his […]

Whole30 – Week 1 in the books!

Whole30 – Week 1 in the books!

Hey friends!

I hope everyone is enjoying their first week of 2018.

Week 1 of my second Whole30 is in the books and so far, so good (check out my first day post here). I really struggled on day 2: work was super stressful and I just wanted to eat all the chocolate, but I held back. In the end I felt much better at the end of the day than I would have if I had eaten my feelings and that’s one of the things I love about Whole30. I’m able to healthily deal with what’s thrown at me rather than eating something that will only make me feel better for a minute. The rest of the week was pretty uneventful, I wanted bread several times, but that was to be expected. I also had a few headaches in the beginning of the week as I came down from all the sugar.

Jeff and I tried to branch out a little from our standard meals and we ended up with a few great dinners!


Monday = Jeff and I were both off for New Years Day so we made up one of our favorite Whole30 breakfasts, an egg and salmon bacon scramble.

Tuesday- Thursday = Breakfast egg bake (recipe here).

Friday = I made myself an omelet with eggs, spinach, tomatoes, and salsa.

Saturday and Sunday = We had movies to get to both mornings so we kept it simple with omelets.  So again I had eggs, spinach, tomatoes, and salsa. 



Monday = I got distracted by the Michigan football bowl game (let’s not talk about it) and only had a grapefruit for lunch – my bad.

Tuesday-Thursday = Salads that I prepped on Monday. They contained kale, spinach, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, walnuts, beets, and I used balsamic vinegar and olive oil as a dressing.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday = I made a mixture of tuna fish (or canned salmon for Saturday and Sunday) with tomatoes, spinach, Dijon mustard (that is Whole30 compliant), walnuts, and salsa. It was actually pretty good, although it didn’t look all that appealing.



Monday = Jeff and I branched out with coconut shrimp! The recipe we followed can be found here. We also made the pineapple sauce from the recipe but used spinach (because it was all we had). We added some avocado and a weird mix of left over cauliflower rice, red sauce (Whole30 compliant), and an egg yoke. The shrimp were super tasty and we will definitely be making them again.

Tuesday = Jeff got stuck late at work, so we were both on our own. I ended up making another omelet (my quick go to) with compliant sausages from Trader Joe’s, tomatoes, spinach, and salsa.

Wednesday = Baked sword fish (with gee and sun flower seeds), parsnips, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and avocado.

Thursday = Salmon, squash, beets, avocado, and brussels sprouts.  

Friday = We tried to re-do the coconut shrimp recipe with frozen shrimp from Trader Joe’s. It was good, just not as good as when we made it with fresh shrimp. We also had butternut squash, yellow peppers, onions, and avocado (they were 5 for $5 at Whole Foods so we stocked up but then had to make sure we got through them all). 

Saturday = We tried something else new on Saturday, and it did not turn out very well! We made this recipe, with chicken thighs, artichokes, onions, and beets. We couldn’t really figure out how to cut up the artichokes (next time were just getting the heats already cut out) and then the onions just burned into the bottom of the pan. The chicken did turn out pretty tasty though.

Sunday = Spaghetti squash, chicken, green beans, tomatoes, and pesto. Another new recipe (this one went so much better!!). 

As you can see, I eat pretty big portions which is one of the things I love about Whole30, I’m not worried about how much food I’m able to eat. Also, I know that Jeff and I don’t make the best looking food (we need to work on presentation), but I promise most of it is delicious!

I hope everyone has a great week!

Book Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Book Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Hey Readers! The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin comes out January 9, 2018, and I was lucky enough to snag an ARC last month. Check out what I thought about this book that is already starting to get a lot of attention this year!   If […]

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