Being Judged

Do you feel like your scale judges you? I do! I also think that sometimes, it just displays a number without taking into account my hard work or my feelings. UGH!

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Good news = I’m back to pre-birthday weight

Bad news = Not sure what’s making my weight go up and down. Anyone have any tricks out there for finding out what your body reacts to (carbs vs protein, gaining muscle vs losing weight, etc.)

It does appear that actually going down in weight will be very gradual for me. I saw a plotted graph from one WW’er and that seems like a good idea. I’m thinking about using that so I can visually see my downward trend more than just the ups and downs, week to week.

Thoughts?

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The Cast by Amy Blumenfeld

The Cast

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Disclaimer: I recieved this book as a promotion and in turn am reviewing it honestly.

The Cast by Amy Blumenfeld is an emotional story of the ups and downs of friendship. It is told by alternaing characters and revolves around the main character, Becca.

When Becca received a cancer diagnosis as a teenager, her fiends rallied behind her and created a video to cheer her up; twenty-five years later, they are getting together again but have no idea about the changes coming to their lives. Becca is once again facing heath concerns and her marriage is being affected, Jordana is only now figuring out who she is, Seth and Lex will reunite with all of its complications, and Holly will face unforseen chanllenges.

The characters in the story are well-developed and you get a sense of who each one is. There is a lot of information about Jewish life and those details are interesting. There is a lack of action after the first chapter up until the final few and I had to really push myself to keep going. This book might appeal to middle-aged women but it just wasn’t interesting to me as I felt it was too slow.

Recommended for those who are interested in Jewish life and stories that revolve around loss and grief.



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Bloom by Kevin Panetta

Bloom

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC from the publisher and in return am reviewing it honestly.

Bloom by Kevin Panetta is not a book I would ever choose to read on my own; it is a LGBTQ oriented graphic novel. The story follows Ari, a teenager who is trying to transition into adulthood but doesn’t know what he wants in life. His family owns a bakery and has hopes he will continue the business but Ari dreams of being part of a band. In comes Hector, an understanding guy whose passion is baking but he always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I found Ari’s character to be annoying. He is just a sullen teenager and his lack of a enthusiasm and never doing the right thing get old quickly. Hector, his love interest, seems too perfect and you wonder why he would even like Ari. Furthermore, the dialog is cliche and uninteresting. The only thing I enjoyed about the book, even a little, was the artwork. It’s done in blue-scale and is visually appealing.

I would not recommend this book.



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13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


I have wanted to read 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson for years. The premise of the book really appealed to me and I knew I would love it….However, I was disappointed. Although the writing is excellent, the actual plot leaves much to be desired.

Ginny’s “runaway” aunt Peg has just died and left 13 little blue envelopes with tasks for Ginny to complete. They send Ginny on an adventure in Europe. Along the way, she is supposed to learn about not only her aunt but herself as well. While going through the letters, the reader understands that Ginny should be gaining wisdom from her seemingly carefree aunt.

The idea of the book is wonderful but it lacks execution. Ginny seems to be going to all of these fascinating places in Europe and then nothing happens (maybe that’s the point but it still wasn’t well done). I also never really connected to the characters, no matter how hard I tried. Ginny was boring and her love interest, Keith, was a loser.

Would not recommend.



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Downs and Ups

This week has been a series of “downs and ups.”

The Downs

Since beginning WW 2 weeks ago, I weighed in 5 lbs down! This was amazing. I was ecstatic. I began counting my calories last September but without significant loss of weight. My body was changing but the scale was not matching the deficit. I decided ton try WW because it takes are more holistic look at what you’re eating. It balances out the carbs with fiber and protein, so I gave it a try. SUCCESS! At the meeting, I earned my first charm, a lovely blue rectangle that signified I was part of the club.

The Ups

Unfortunately, my 35th birthday was the day after the weigh-in. I had it planned out though, I was prepared. I knew where we would go out to eat, Texas Roadhouse, my favorite, and I could even get a few bites of a shared dessert. It worked out so well until…my husband (who I love dearly) surprised me with Italian Cream cupcakes, my biggest downfall.

Cake…I could eat cake all day, every day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks. It doesn’t matter.

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So, after losing those 5 lbs, I am now only down 2 lbs. Here’s to two-a-days until I weigh-in Wednesday.

The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle: Memoir of a WWII Bomber Pilot by Robert K. Morgan

The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle: Memoir of a WWII Bomber Pilot

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Robert K. Morgan, American hero and flyboy, tells his life story through WWII in The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle: Memoir of a WWII Bomber Pilot.

Before my review I must be honest about my connections to the story of Robert Morgan. I first fell in love with the movie, Memphis Belle and when picking a research project in college, chose the Memphis Belle, the plane and crew. I’ve also helped to restore the Belle when it was in Millington, TN with the Memphis Belle Association and when it came to naming my daughter, I could think of nothing else than the Belle and named her Morgan after the pilot.

Robert Morgan begins his story all the way back to childhood in Asheville, NC on the Vanderbilt estate. He fills the book with engaging stories of his childhood and eccentric upbringing. My favorite parts were hearing about his mother’s and Gloria Vanderbilt’s friendship. He also indulges the readers interest by telling of his whirlwind romance with the Memphis Belle, Miss Margret Polk and his heroics in serving both in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of war.

I greatly appreciate Col. Morgan’s perspective looking back at his life. He does so without glorifying his accomplishes or exaggerating his mistakes but instead comes across as a grandfather telling his story as straightforward as possible. I appreciated the truth of his escapades rather than the conformed story the magazines and newspapers shared. He makes the WWII generation seem closer to the present generation by showcasing the true feelings of a young man going off to war.

This is a must read of those wanting an honest look at a war hero. Because of language and some adult content, I would suggest for older high school and adult. I appreciate the story more as I get older and am able to look back on my life with a new understanding.

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QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability in Work and in Life by John G. Miller

QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability in Work and in Life

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability in Work and Life by John G. Miller, is a must read for those who want more out of life.

John Miller encourages those who want to get ahead in their personal and their professional lives to go the extra mile, and not wait for someone else to do it. While not profound, this short book is a quick read that will have people putting more effort into their life instead of getting away with doing the bare minimum.

Recommended for those who need inspiration and want to reach the next level. This would be a great gift for coworkers or grads.

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