Day Somewhere in the middle of week 7 | The Road to 2 Chesticles

I haven’t posted in awhile about my 8 Week Challenge journey so I can’t actually remember what day I am at.

So lets see….I have sitting pretty steady at an 11 lbs lost at this point.  Also I have lost 4 inches off my waistline.  I have maintained the Challenge Friendly, cleaning eating food plan for pretty much the entire challenge.

I did however have a few cheats along the way.  The most recent was this past weekend when we went out for some Gelato.  I mean I couldn’t pass up a small bowl of that goodness.   And it was hotter than Hell outside so the cold treat was well deserved.

I am exercising more that ever and have started doing some strength training.  I honestly never thought that I would enjoy it, but I really do.  I always shied away from it, 1) because lets face it, I hate to exercise and 2) I was always worried about getting big Hulkamania muscles.  Gross!

But this challenge has changed the outlook on so many things for me.  The fact that I can do without sugar in my life.  I really don’t miss it at all.  I feel like I have more energy and my sleep has improved.  Also, overall I just feel better.  I feel like I carry myself better.  Even my palate has changed.

Right now I am addicted to spinach. Couldn’t not stand it before the challenge.  I thought the taste of it was horrible.

Now??? Now I eat it all the time.  Currently I am loving it in shakes, you know the ones that look like green sludge, yup those shakes.  Just had one for lunch….so delicious!

I am certainly looking forward to what the final stretch holds over the next week and a half.

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Review | The Last Valkyrie | Karina Espinosa

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About the Book

Raven Romero is a washed up Valkyrie who is unable to return to Valhalla, spending her days in a haze of sex, drugs, and alcohol.The last Valkyrie_1

When she is wrongfully accused of murder, Raven has two options: run or clear her name. With a laundry list of enemies, she has no idea who could be framing her. One thing is for sure: they know what she is and they’ll stop at nothing until she’s behind bars or dead.

With no choice but to delve into the supernatural underground she tried so hard to avoid, Raven seeks aid and learns what it means to be human.

The world believes her kind no longer exists, but Raven Romero is The Last Valkyrie

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My Thoughts

I was provided an ARC of The Last Valkyrie from Lady Amber’s PR for my honest thoughts.

This is was my very first read from Karina Espinosa and it has left me wondering, “Where the hell have you been all my life!” She’s a reader’s dream UF writer.

The Last Valkyrie is a fast paced, well plotted read. The female lead, Raven, is fierce, strong and independent. The book is full of twists and turns that made it very hard for me to put it down. Add in some Norse Mythology and the foreshadowing of a love triangle and you’ve one of the best first books in a series that I have read in ages.

I knew after 25% of the book that I would be giving The Last Valkyrie 5 stars, but I enjoyed it so much, I’m throwing in a glass of whiskey too.

If you are a fan of the UF genre, you do not want to miss out on reading The Last Valkyrie. I’m already on the lookout for book 2.

About the Author

Karina Espinosa is the Urban Fantasy author of the Sins of the Fallen series and the Karina EspinosaMackenzie Grey novels.  Infatuated with travel, pop culture and the need to write everything down, she spends much of her days in front of a computer working on her next book, shopping online and listening to music.  With nomadic tendencies, she is currently resting her head in South Florida until the itch to move strikes again. You can usually catch her on Facebook, Instagram and live-tweeting during episodes of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Orphan Black.  Follow her on social media!

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Day 24 – The Road To 2 Chesticles

Soooo…. I cheated last night. Yup it happened. I broke down in a moment of weakness and said F it, I’m on vacation, I’m having ice cream.

I scoured the list of offerings, a few times. I mean if I’m going to cheat, I might as well go all in right?!?!

So after much deliberation, while warring with the voices in my head, I settled on Death By Chocolate.

Appropriate name don’t you think?

And you know what?? After 23 days without sugar, it didn’t taste all that great. Not at all like I remembered. On top of that I felt horrible afterwards. Not guilty horrible, but sick horrible.

So, the lesson, it wasn’t worth it. And today I am back on track again.

About Me – 10 Useless & Random Things You Don’t Care About

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So I’ve decided to have some fun today with some uselessness, do what you like with it!!

  1. I love Nutella and until 4 days ago I would eat it by the spoonful, right out of the jar
  2. I collect shoes, much to my husbands dismay.  I have more than any one person should have.
  3. Don’t shoot me, but I hated Seinfeld.
  4. I have a girl crush on Mila Kunis.
  5. I have to pee really badly right now, but trying to hold it until I am done this post.
  6. I’m currently binge watching Switched At Birth on Netflix.  So much so that my son asked me why the hell I was using my hands so much when I talked.  Didn’t even notice!  hahaha! If you haven’t watched it, there’s lots of sign language in it.
  7. I don’t drink coffee, never even tried it.
  8. Driving a Zamboni is on my bucket list.
  9. My favourite colour is black. It makes up about 90% of my wardrobe.
  10. When I was a kid I really wanted a Popple, sadly I never got one.  I will forever have to live the remainder of my life wondering what if…..

 

Glad you had fun with this uselessness.  I am going to tag a few people to play along, play along if you like.

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Review – Double Down – Alessandra Torre

Double Down, is the second, and final book in Alessandra Torre’s new romantic suspense duet All In.

DoubleDown_EbookThe first book, Even Money, which should be read before taking on Double Down, ends on one hell of a cliffhanger.  Lucky for the reader, we didn’t have to wait long for Double Down to release and Miss Torre picked up right where she left off.

Just like Even Money, Double Down is a romantic suspense novel, however I did find the second book to be a little darker than the first.  It worked well to give the storyline an edgy feel full of twists and unforeseen turns, hooking you in until it conclusion.

Alessandra Torre has the creativity, the wicked imagination and the skill to write the stories that readers want to read, from the first word until the very last.

I’ve grown to love the characters in Double Down and hope to see them in books of their own.  But for now, Bell and Dario will have their HEA.

Overall I give Double Down 4 Stars and the All In Series 4.5*.

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Read my review of book 1 Even Money here.

About The Author

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen 1445407779715novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense.  Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews.  She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com