Sunday, July 20, 2014
So, recently I received a copy of the book Sky1-Foundation written by William Ammerman. This is a futuristic type of story about a group of people who find out the government is not lifting quarantines inside their walled world. The main character, Nick, finds out some sketchy things are going on and rushes to attempt to get his wife, child, and a few others to immigrate to another level for safety.
The city this book is based in walled itself off from the rest of the world. Inside this wall are different levels, these levels represent different castes of people. You have many levels, from one to 137 or more. The people in the lower levels are impoverished and less educated. They are also subject to abuse from those in authority. There is some opportunity for "leveling up", I guess. The book it's stated a couple times that people usually only go up 1-2 levels in their life time. Though at least one person went up from level 55 to 130-something due to his intelligence and probably underhandedness. In short, he's not really a good guy.
The first few chapters were okay, then I got a bit lost when the author jumped between characters to show the events that were all happening at the same time. However it fairly quickly comes back together as the main characters are rushing to try and secure documentation to get out of the level they are in. This level is being quarantined and conditions are quickly deteriorating.
Just when they thought they made it to safety, things change. You're left with a nice cliff-hanger that encourages you to get the second book in the series. In short, not my usual type of book, but a fairly interesting read. The ending was great, made me want to get the second book in the series. Sky1 - Post-Apocalyptic Thriller http://www.amazon.com/sky1-foundation-the-sky-series-ebook/dp/b00ic9cs4w
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Sunday, June 8, 2014
Today ended up being another rest day. It was my baby's 13th birthday so I tried to make the day about him. It also rained and stormed again making doing anything outside difficult.
Juneathon Day 8
Today I went for a walk, dragging my oldest son along this time. He talked about a favorite game the whole time and I just smiled and nodded. He's getting ready for his Senior year in high school so I'm just enjoying every minute I can now.
Anyway, it was a cool 75 degrees outside, with a nice breeze and the humidity felt like it was a bit lower for once. Went a bit slower than I intended, but I did something. I'm also going to go through my challenge exercises and be done for the day.
Have a good evening dear readers.
Friday, June 6, 2014
Tomorrow is another day, and I will probably do a few squats here in a bit. I just think I needed a lazy day.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
However I did do 70 squats, 8 burpees, 2 x 20s planks, 8 chair dips. I'm trying to stay active and keep going on this Juneathon challenge. Some days my motivation is really low and working out is the last thing I want to do. I figure, though, if I do a little bit maybe I'll want to do a little bit more.
5 days in, almost a week. If I make it past a week, I'll be doing better than I do on most challenges. How sad is that? Anyway, I'm off to finish up my day.
Have a great evening dear readers.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Today I really didn't feel like doing much. I did do a little more than a half mile walk with the dog in tow and completed today's challenge exercises. So, better than nothing I suppose.
I hope all my dear readers out there accomplished more, tomorrow I've nowhere to be so maybe I'll do a longer distance.
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I'll post later today after I complete today's run/walk and workouts. Have a great day dear readers.
Monday, June 2, 2014
|Today's stats from adidas micoach app|
Have a wonderful day, dear readers.
*oh and for those that are curious, I'm going to add a body measurement section to the sidebar over here -> to record progress. Hopefully.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Day 1 is done and done. I just did an easy mile, which was ten trips up and down my driveway. Tomorrow I plan on going on the street and doing a mile and a half, or more depending on weather. I also completed day 1 on my squat and burpee challenges and day 1 of the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Pants June challenge. Tomorrow I'll record some measurements so I can see if I make any changes this month.
Goodnight dear readers.
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Saturday, May 31, 2014
Good luck Juneathoners
Also, I'm over on Tribesports.com doing a couple challenges they have there for the month of June. So if you've a hankering to do 250 squats and/or 100 burpees at the end of a month then look me up over there. Just search for @jackief1 or click HERE.
Let's have a great first month of Summer, dear readers.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
So lets change up the challenge (because I like doing personal challenges) and make it a move more challenge. It goes with my 2014 resolution and health/fitness goals for this year. So I challenge myself, and you if you wish, to move more. Set your phone alarm to go off every 30, 35 or 60 minutes and get up and do 5 minutes or more of some activity. Especially, if like me, you are studying for finals and lose track of time.
So do squats and jumping jacks during commercials, take a 5 minute run outside around the house and up and down the driveway, tickle the kiddos for 5 minutes, wrestle with the hubby. Anything,just get up and move for 5 minutes or more. The goal for adults is 150 minutes of exercise type activity per week. So if you get up and dance 6x a day for 5 minutes each time you have 30 minutes a day. Do this 5x a week and you've hit that 150 minutes. Easy peasy, right.
So, here's today's activity thus far for accountability:
25 minutes Zumba-style dancing (I worked out to Dance Fitness with Jessica, just search for her on YouTube. She's great.)
1 minute 40 seconds of burpees
1 minute 20 seconds of wall sits
So I'm up to a little more then 30 minutes of exercise today. Am I done? Nope, it's only 11am here, there's still a whole day to go through.
Monday, April 21, 2014
So I've been trying to ramp up my healthy eating and healthy habits. I figure I really need to practice what I preach. I want to be a great example to friends, family, patients/clients, random strangers. I can't do this if I'm telling them to cut back or quit drinking soda pop and I'm chugging down a 32oz Dr Pepper a week (more on bad weeks). I can't say get up and move if I'm not doing it as well. The difference between me and them is that I know what I'm doing to myself and I know how to fix it. That makes what I do to myself when I let bad choices reign even worse. So I need to get that straight quick.
So one thing I'm doing, as the title of this post states, is a quick 2-week no sugar challenge. It's really a no ADDED sugar challenge. I'll still eat fruit and naturally sweetened items. I'm also going to keep adding a teaspoon of sugar to my morning 20 oz coffee. However, all that Easter candy, leftover cheesecake, cinnamon rolls. That will not cross my lips. No soda pop, no sweet tea, no candy bars, no cookies (unless I bake some sweetened with fruit). It's not as horrible as it sounds, and I've made it 2-3 weeks before sugar free. I can do it again. I'll try to post on here how it's going, but not giving any promises since I also have to study for finals and wrap up my senior project and internship.
Have a great week Dear Readers.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The family gave me mixed reviews on the spaghetti. I thought it was great, others thought it was okay, and a couple thought the flavor was a bit odd...but okay.
I made the noodles the usual way...boil in salty water. I browned the meat and while that was all going I made the tomato sauce. Since I liked it I thought I would post the recipe here. Just a warning, I guessed on the seasoning amounts, so all seasoning amounts are pretty much to taste. Bad Jackie for not measuring.
Spaghetti Sauce with a twist
3 cans diced tomatoes (low sodium preferred)
1 can navy beans, rinsed and drained
1 small can tomato paste
1 lb lean ground chuck
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp Mrs dash
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp ground mustard
1/4 tsp turmeric
1. Brown meat in large skillet.
2. Puree two cans of tomatoes, the beans, and tomato paste together.
3. Add seasonings to tomato sauce.
4. After meat has browned, add tomato sauce and last can of tomatoes.
5. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Nutrient data for 8 servings (based on calculator on caloriecount.about.com)
Calories 192, Total Fat 4.2g, Cholesterol 51mg, Sodium 289mg, Total Carbohydrates 16.6g, Dietary Fiber 4.1g, Sugars 4.2g, Protein 22.4g, Vitamin A 16% • Vitamin C 19% Calcium 3% • Iron 73%
Friday, February 28, 2014
- Open, drain and rinse one can of chickpeas. You can either leave the skins on or take them off for a smoother hummus.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Anyway, I am here. I've been busy with school stuff and learning lots. Well, applying lots and learning some. It's been an exciting semester so far. Right now I'm working on a general nutrition lesson plan and diabetic education plan. Also making diabetic friendly, low-sodium menu plans. One using a slow cooker and utilizing leftovers as a cost saving feature.
I'm no longer a Beachbody coach. While I think it's a great company, it just wasn't for me. I'm not much of a salesman (saleswoman?) I guess. So now instead of bringing in any money I'm concentrating on not spending any more then absolutely necessary and cutting costs where I can.
Also, over at Mamavation they are doing a virtual 5K this coming weekend. I decided to sign up and kick off my running season. Last year I didn't do a single 5K, and barely ran at all. If you would like to check out and sign up for this free virtual 5k and mayhap win prizes just go over to Mamavation and check it out.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
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And to order Focus T25 challenge pack go here: http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BCPT25205?referringRepId=301613
For the next 7 weeks the challenge is log your health/fitness journey. You can choose your favorite way to do this. I'm going to be using a free printable from here http://www.designfinch.com/2012/09/01/planning-to-get-fit/# (I'm using number 6). Starting this evening I will take a snapshot of my journal each day, whether I fill it out or not. I need to log the good as well as the bad. I will post the picture on here for accountability.
If you would like to join along just like and comment on my Facebook page and (if you can) share your log entry. You don't have to share any measurements if you don't want to. Just share that you followed along. Let's hold each other to our goals.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
I'm so close to finishing and excited about the future. However, I'm not sure what my future will hold if I cannot finish these final 9 credit hours. I've already pushed my graduation date back several times due to different reasons (finances was the reason a couple times) I'm not sure I'll be able to do so much more.
So if you're feeling generous please donate a bit on my GoFundMe page located HERE. If you're feeling generous but unable to help out please consider sharing my link on your twitter or facebook page so maybe it can be reached by those who are able.
I thank you dear readers and I hope you had a great New Year.