I’m Had a Corny Moment, But I’m Good Now.

Yesterday, I created a video blog for you all. I wanted to spice things up around here. I tried to upload it, and Miss WordPress wanted me to upgrade this blog for $100. Lol. No.

So I tried to upload it to YouTube. No luck. This morning, I tried to find other options. No luck. Out of frustration, I ALMOST reached for my debit card. However, there was one problem:

This was not planned out at the beginning of the pay period when I created my budget. It wasn’t an emergency, so I couldn’t justify going into savings for it. I can hear some of you right now saying:

“Bookworm, you need to lighten up and live on the wild side sometimes!”

I would have to disagree. I know myself. Giving into wants here and there is how  I would get into consumer debt. That’s right. No consumer debt here. I’m not above it, I just don’t like the bank or companies having dibs to my once a month teacher paycheck.

I like to read blogs, watch videos, and listen to Podcasts for reinforcement. It works.

My Favorite Money Blog: DoubleDebtSingleWoman.com

My Favorite Money YouTuber: FrugalChicLife 

My Favorite Money Itunes Podcast: Dave Ramsey  (I usually don’t agree with his politics, but I still like his sense or humor and overall spirit of helping people better their relationship with their money).

Do you have a favorite money personality? Sharing is caring!!!

 

 

 

Step To It!!!

By nature, I am a homebody. A clean house, full fridge, and Netflix is pure luxury to me. Yes. I know I am weird. That’s why you like me! Anyway, being sedentary is my kryptonite. It’s the monster that wants to get me.

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(Sugar the Dog: “Mommy! I’m ready for you to walk me. Again.”

Me: “Girl! I already earned my benchmark steps for today! Okay, let me finish this coffee.”)

So my tactic is to take my pedometer readings seriously. For this summer, I have determined that I can always average 7000-8000 steps. This is how I am doing it:

CrossFit: At least 2000 steps.

Dog Walk: At least 2000 steps.

House Chores: At least 2000 steps.

Miscellaneous: 1000 to 2000 steps.

(Maybe I will average the magical 10,000 steps when I go back to work in August!)

Am I the only person that predicts the amount of steps the day before? By the way, be should be FitBit friends! I enjoy doing the competitions!

A Few Hacks And Websites That I Have Been Enjoying…….

Rubber band Apple:I am sure I am the only person that did not know this, but once you put a rubber band around a chopped apple, it will stay in tact without browning. I use this hack a lot during the school week and days with a lot of errands. I pair mine with raw almond butter. You can find it at Whole Foods or grocery stores like it. I go to Fresh Market.

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Waterlogged App:I actually only use the alert part. I have it set to remind me every two hours to continue drinking water. Sometimes it is annoying, but it is helpful for those moments where I need to be reminded to drink up! Oh yeah, it is free.

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Frugalwoods: If you are like me, and low key take pride in striving to be (COUGH) frugal, check out this website. These are regular people, like us, that work hard to live a financially smart lifestyle.

Peas and Crayons: No need to reinvent the wheel of healthy eating. Each Wednesday, dozens of bloggers post about what they eat for one day in “What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW)”.

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(The Bookworm is currently reading White Teeth.)

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Reinventing Yourself

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How Are You Toward Health Goals, Easy Going Or Stubborn?

Daily Prompt: Never Surrender

One thing that I am adamant about is NOT setting myself up for failure.  When I choose a goal or challenge, it is natural for me to be gung ho about the situation. If I fail at the goal, I usually make modifications or plan smarter when I revisit said goal. Sometimes this takes weeks, months, or even years. In a future blog post, I may tell you about the first time how I was gung ho to train for a half marathon and quit because of my hair. YEAH I SAID IT, HAIR. A year later, after proper planning (to include cutting my hair off) not only, did I race my first half marathon, but I went on to complete my first full marathon.

With that said, I am modifying my lent goal it to allow decaffeinated coffee. Bear in mind, I am not necessarily participating in lent for religious purposes. I wasn’t raised Catholic, so I don’t know a lot of the details outside of the bible verse that Jesus fasted for 40 days. I am using this time period to challenge myself health wise. How has your lent period been going thus far? I understand if you opt to keep the answer to yourself.

Maybe This Happens To You.

1. Am I the only person that looks forward to their evening workout , limits consumption of food that isn’t nutrient dense, then get home and seriously consider skipping the workout (like I am doing right now)?

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(Maybe not the pink and jelly filled donuts. I think they taste funny.)

2. Am I the only person that goes to a physical therapist, and seriously plan to do the exercises? Thankfully, I am almost fully recovered and PT exercises are optional.

3. Am I the only person that will feel smug/proud for skipping a workout?  Wait it gets better. THEN said smuggle gets envious when someone mentions that they worked out an hour latter on social media? Too bad it still doesn’t motivate me to work out.

4. Am I the only person that has confessed social media envy (like I did just now, see #3) ?

5. Am I the only person that needs a cup of (decaf) coffee to get motivated to workout? By the way,I decided that I am a borderline caffeine junkie and self inflicted intervention with said decaf.

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(That’s “real talk”.)

Don’t be afraid, I don’t bite.  I want to “hear” your responses/comments.

The Bookworm Is Infatuated With Audible.com

Instead of music, I am currently listening to downloaded audio-books from my iPhone (through audible.com) when I am on the elliptical machine. So now if you see me at the gym attempting to quietly chuckle, now you know. As much as I enjoy reading, I prefer audio-books at this point, because it enables my multitasking spirit. I think that I will use e-books and audio books,  more often,  for fiction. I rarely read these types of book again, even if I feel that the book is a 5  out of 5 (star) book.

My favorite entertainment genres are African American fiction, biographies, and Chick lit (also known as chick literature). I choose “Who Asked You” by Terri McMilllan and “Bridget Jones: Return of the Boy” by Helen Fielding. Fielding’s book will appear as a film this spring. McMillian’s works has appeared in film before (Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Grove Back); I would not be surprised if this book appeared in film as well.

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(I don’t reread print fiction books. However, this audio book was hilarious and dramatic. I will be listening to it again.)

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(I am in the middle of listening to this book. It’s pretty funny so far, but the subliminal message is to be careful what you ask for.)

Running on Holidays……

Honestly, I don’t care for it. The only way that I run on a holiday is if there is a group run scheduled. Even then I can’t make any promises. Last year I ran Thanksgiving morning. That was nice, because the weather was cooperative. This Thanksgiving was a no go because it was too cold this year.  At the very least, though, I usually walk my lab around the neighborhood for about 20 minutes or so.

Another reason I don’t like running in the cold is because I have natural hair. I do a daily “wash and go”, and it seems like wet hair and being out in really cold weather could equate to illness. Today, I wore one of those crochet berets. That worked out really well, and it will be one of my go to pieces for cold weather.

 

Image(Grocery store run.This is the only selfie that I had from a few weeks ago. I never thought I would publish this, so there was no need to smile as I just wanted to make sure the hat looked legit on my head. It was a long day so cut me some slack).

I did run this (Christmas Eve) morning though . Actually, it was too cold for my liking, but I told a good friend last night that I would show up. I stood her up yesterday at morning spin (it was raining and decided to go back to sleep), so I didn’t want to aggravate her two days in a row.  If it helps any, I did make evening spin.

I am going to call this my five mile “long run”. Now I just need to do two more three mile runs this week. I think I am going to stick with this routine for a little while until I finally begin physical therapy (Thursday morning). Hopefully, I will be good to go by May so that I can resume marathon training. Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!

The Shape Magazine Article Featuring Mary J. Blige

I am generally interested to read about how African American female celebrities maintain diet and exercise habits, especially those in the 30 to 50 age group. Besides being a 30+ black female, these are usually people that I have followed over the years because of their talents. So naturally, when I found out that Shape Magazine was featuring Mary J. Blige for its cover issue, I wanted to read the magazine edition. I decided to download the e-magazine version.

In the article, Blige, 42, mentions that she has enjoyed being fit for many years. However, as she is aging, her body wants to hold on to the extra weight. Her motivation to maintain her physique is her distaste for being out of shape and not being in a good mood when she doesn’t exercise. Currently, her exercise routine consists of mainly running, swimming, and strength training. However, she is very transparent about preparing for the photo shoot. She says that she increased her cardio and stopped eating sugar 21 days before the shoot. Diet wise, she is gluten free, dairy-free, and low carb “most of the time”. Lastly, she cuts out carbs by about 6:00. Additionally, she generally abstains from alcohol. 

Blige is clear about how physical fitness and overall wellness is attainable. However, she emphasizes that it is not always easy. Some of her eating habits do seem a tad bit extreme, though. I opt not to eat meat, but it’s isn’t to maintain my weight. You know how some people say they could not function without eating meat? Well that’s how I feel about carbohydrates. She also references domestic violence, substance abuse, and the death of celebrities (such as Whitney Houston) as being part of what she uses to motivate herself toward overall wellness. Even though I have not had to deal these types of struggles, I still relate to the notion of striving to be fit and well in the midst of stress.

What celebrities do you follow that appear to live a physically healthy lifestyle?

Image(This is the first magazine that I have download to a tablet. I like the e-magazine format a lot better than the print version, so far).