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My Favorite Teenage Fiction Books

Certainly Twilight has had its time to shine in the literary world, but when the time has come for a comparison test, there’s really no substance to work with in this world of vampires and shapeshifters. Also, the title gears itself more towards the female audience. With the following books, the audience is varied more widely towards both male and female teens. The City of Bones series nearly made this list, but it’s much too new of a book series to have only just seen a surge in popularity, and so it’s too early to tell whether or not it would take a spot in a “Top Ten Best List” quite yet. Although the following is a bit shorter; a top 5 list of the biggest teen genre books.

Hogwarts!

Hogwarts!

Coming in at number one is the world renown Harry Potter series. To say that these books did not make a impact on modern day pop culture would be a lie. There’s hardly a soul above the age of eight who does not recognize the signature circular glasses, the lightning shaped scar on a forehead, and the deep red and gold colored scarf. A few other icons that have made themselves unanimous with Harry Potter is the broomstick and the golden snitch, with its crazy quick flapping wings. Harry potter has been beloved by readers of all ages since its initial release in the 90′s. Continue reading “My Favorite Teenage Fiction Books” »

My Favorite Web Design Books

Web design has become the backbone of a business. Today’s era of a web sites have become the virtual door for entering a business. Some businesses will offer information about the products and/or it’s services, or the business will have a virtual E commerce store to buy a product or a service. This was not an option in the earlier years. But, the technical savvy people created the art of web design by starting from the basics by creating the first web language, HTML and CSS. This language has opened the door for many web languages that will create many different types of themes, designs, images, etc.

The new languages that were created in the early years were written and documented, which was transcribed into books. These books are used as an instructional aid to educate and train those interested in web design. The language and the new technologies have changed throughout the years, so the web design books are always changing. However, there are books that, regardless of age, provide the basic information needed to know the new techniques or software applications. Without a thorough understanding of the basics, one will not be a successful web designer. For this reason, let us take a look at the Best Web Design Instructional Books available. Continue reading “My Favorite Web Design Books” »

Top 5 Barbecue Books

Smokin’ with Myron Mixon: Backyard ‘Cue Made Simple from the Winningest Man in Barbecue (by Kelly Alexander and Myron Mixon)

Mixon has won more awards for his BBQ than you can shake a smoking stick at. Want to take home the blue ribbon yourself? This is your book. Here, Mixon gives away 75 of his award-winning secrets. Drool-worthy pictures of smoked meats of all types make this book a winner, and recipes for marinades, rubs and sauces will inspire culinary fantasies. Mixon also helps readers find the best electric smoker in his chapter on equipment. Getting fired up? Excellent! This book will have you firing up the BBQ every night!

The Barbecue! Bible 10th Anniversary Edition (by Steven Raichlen)

This book is an old standby. Anything that has won the IACP/Julia Child Cookbook Award deserves a place on your shelf. With over 500 recipes, it’s one of the larger collections of BBQ recipes available. The caveat of this book is that it’s aimed more at a beginner crowd. If you’re just getting started with your BBQ career, go for it! If you’re looking for something more detailed or even gourmet, explore some other options.

Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room: Southern Recipes from the Winningest Woman in Barbecue (by Melissa Cookston)

Let’s face it, the title is apropos. BBQ is usually associated with guys and their grills. Cookston, however, is one of the world’s top pitmasters, and oh boy (I mean, oh girl!) is she a master! Here’s just a small sample of the to-die-for dishes you can cook up with the help of Cookston: Slow-Smoked Competition Brisket, Fire-Grilled Pork T-Bones with Hoe Cakes and Mississippi Caviar, and Grilled Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Yes, there is a BBQ desserts section! Need we say more?

Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book: Recipes and Secrets from a Legendary Barbecue Joint (by Chris Lilly)

This is a comprehensive book filled to the brim with rubs, glazes and sauces. With multiple recipes for side dishes, it’s a great addition to your collection, as it allows you to plan meals made entirely on your BBQ, smoker, or in your backyard ground pit. Lilly writes an informative chapter on equipment including a barbecue smoker guide in which he walks readers through the best equipment for their needs.

Smoke & Spice: Cooking with Smoke, the Real Way to Barbecue (by Cheryl and Bill Jamison)

This husband and wife couple has truly given a gift to fans of authentic smoke-cooked BBQ. The cookbook is focused completely on the art of slow and smoke, and it delivers with 400 outstanding recipes. Some of those are not for the faint of heart or the impatient, but if you love meat that falls off the bone after being smoked for 12 or more hours, this is your book. You’ll be able to make just about any type of meat into a mouth-watering indulgence.

Tips for Approaching the Piano through Books & Learning

Learning the piano is something most people would like to do. Piano is an important part our lives and culture. But how should you go about learning the piano? Well there are several ways – from hiring a tutor, learning from a book, or playing by ear, essentially what matters is the piano is being played and played well. What it comes down to is what is best for you.

Here are a few suggestions.

Hiring A Teacher.

pianoThis is probably the most common route people take. Hiring a teach gives us a sense of security as we are in constant contact with someone we think of as a professional. Teachers take care of us and create small and large goals we can complete and feel good about. If you thrive in structure, hiring a teacher may be the best way for you to learn a piano.

Just as important as hiring a teacher, is finding the right one. If you’re going to commit to learning to play the piano, you want your guide to be someone you can get along with and shares your ultimate goal. By default, most teachers will be starting you out in a classical manner, but if you’re just in it to learn some of your favorite Elton John, or maybe you want to learn some Jazz, there’s teachers for that too. Look online and in your local papers, find at least three people that interest you and get in contact with all of them. Think of it as an interview, after-all, it’s them that are ultimately getting your money, so take the time to be sure your teacher is someone whom you will work well with.

Learning By Ear.

Learning by ear is another common route, though this one is a little harder, and takes more personal discipline, learning by ear can be more rewarding. After playing around on the piano you may start to notice certain patterns and themes, common chord changes and structures. You might start to notice most Pop music recycles certain chord progressions, and that there’s a set bracket of how many progressions the song might be. Once you start to pick up on what’s going on, music wise, you might start to find yourself guessing when the verse is going to come in, and what’s going to happen with the chorus, and once you can associate that with physical playing of the piano, you just might find that your on your way to becoming a more fluent player. Lots of great players learned by ear, and many had to. The first jazz pianists come to mind. And, in fact, Jazz itself was a sort of rebellion against classical music. People wanted to break the rules classical music set-up, they wanted music to be more free and expressive, and to do this, they had to do it by ear.

Buying A Book.

Getting a book is another way to learn and self-teach. Particularly a music theory book may be the way to learning to play the piano. By learning entry level theory you start to notice the patterns in music mentioned previously. By learning to read the music, and recognize reoccurring themes, you’ll notice the daunting mystery of learning the instrument will slowly be illuminated by new found wisdom. Getting a few books, and importantly, the right books, is an excellent way improve your skill as a budding pianist.

Of course, the three methods are not exclusive to each other. The best way may be a combination of the three, or any combination that resonates with you! There is no one specific way to learning the piano. What works for you may not work for someone else. The best thing to do is experiment and see what gets the best results.

Best books to get your kids to love their toothbrush

Electric ToothbrushKids are notorious for neglecting their hygiene and that is why parents are having a difficult time trying to get their kids to do their daily bathroom rituals. If left to their own devices, kids would rarely change clothes, take a bath, shampoo their hair, and, let alone, brush their teeth. Fortunately, kids being kids, they are easily influenced with the things that they see and read and one of the best ways to get your kids loving their toothbrush and brushing their teeth is to buy them children’s books that focus on dental hygiene.

Pop-up and Interactive Books

When it comes to giving your kids books that they can appreciate, nothing can beat colorful pop-up books or books filled with colorful drawings and illustrations. Aside from the fun that your kids will derive from these books, you will also be able to teach them a valuable lesson when it comes to their dental hygiene.

1. Brush Your Teeth, Please: A Pop-up Book by Leslie Mcguire (Author), Jean Pidgeon (Illustrator)

This pop-up book is about a chimp that is brushing its teeth back and forth. Any kid will have fun imitating that and will teach them the proper motion of brushing and cleaning their teeth. Click here to buy.

2. Brush, Brush, Brush! (Rookie Toddler) by Alicia Padron (Illustrator), Childrens Press (Other Contributor)

Rhythmic rhymes filled with bright, colorful pictures will surely teach your kids the perks of dental hygiene. Kids will be imitating the book which will ensure that parents will have an easy time brushing their kid’s teeth. Kids will also have fun reading the books and are likely to remember them by heart. Click here to buy.

3. Sesame Street Ready, Set, Brush: A Pop-Up Book by Sesame Street (Author), Che Rudko (Author)

Who does not love Sesame Street? And with Elmo teaching your kids how to open their mouth and brush their pearly whites, things will be a cinch. Elmo will even teach your kids how to apply toothpaste, brush their teeth, and rinse as well as making them ready for monthly visits to the dentist. Click here to buy.

Teaching Your Kids about Oral Hygiene

Aside from children’s books, there are also other ways you can entice your kids to brush their teeth. Getting colorful toothbrushes is one way to attract their attention. Better yet, you can get them powered toothbrushes that they can play around with. Not only will these be enjoyable to use, but they also help clean the teeth very well. Getting flavored toothpaste also works well as they will enjoy the refreshing taste in their mouths. For really young kids, there are toothpastes that can be swallowed; this is especially useful if your kids still have trouble spitting out the foam.

Waterpik has a nice option for your kids, too, if they are having difficulty flossing or if they neglect to do it. Their Waterpik for Kids Water Flosser is a great option that makes flossing fun and pain free, and it even comes with stickers!

All in all, there is no reason why your kids should not enjoy brushing their teeth. With a few children’s books and some extra paraphernalia, you can teach them the joys of dental hygiene and make them enjoy it as well. These children’s books are quite easy to find and are extremely affordable and you can even purchase them online.

Literature Scholarships for High School Seniors

CapIf you are a high school senior that is passionate with literature then pay attention to this one! There are several different scholarship options available for you to enjoy. These scholarships are directly involved into creating essays based on literature and writing. Students will be able to show all of their talent by writing essays and getting a chance to change their lives through scholarships. Literary scholarships can come in many forms from odd literary scholarships like this list to some of the most prestigious scholarships in the world like the Rhodes Scholarships.
High school students often have to face a huge dilemma: get a loan or try a scholarship, better yet several different scholarships? Well, loans are the worst option, after all students will be in debt for years, even after they have their degree. High School seniors have the hard mission to choose the right option in order to have a much better future. There is a 50/ 50 chance that these students will choose the right option. If you are a senior high school student keep your eyes open for the truly good opportunities that will help you have a better future indeed.

Let’s take a look at 2 literature related scholarships that are perfect for high school students!

J.D. Salinger Award

TheJ.D. Salinger Award is a very interesting scholarship option for high school seniors who would like to have a great part of their studies paid (if not everything at once!). This is a unique opportunity that is aimed directly at students who love literature and would like to put their writing talents into very good practice. This project is perfect for students who love writing, whether they prefer fiction or romance, drama or horror. High school seniors are more than welcome to join the group and make a difference into the world. Not only will these students make a difference but they will also be able to get a good award in return. The money they get should be used towards their university fees and expenses, that way they will be able to continue their education and become much better people.

For those who do not know J.D. Salinger was a very famous writer who wanted to spread his talent worldwide. This scholarship will allow students to get $30.000 as scholarship award and they will have the opportunity to live in the University and sleep in the very same room that J.D Salinger slept back in 1938, when he was still a student. This is the true golden opportunity for the literature lovers.

Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contests

Another wonderful option for those who love writing and literature is the Ayn rand Institute Essay Contest. This is the perfect scholarship contest for high school seniors who are willing to have a much brighter future without having to stay in debt for decades afterwards. This institute has different essay categories for students as long as they focus on Ayn Rand’s work. The students will have to write essays based on Ayn’s novels, showing how passionate and how deeply they understood what she meant when writing. There are different scholarship values given, the values will come according to the participants’ age and how good they did with their essays. There are around 600 awards that have a total value of $100.000 dollars.

Reading without the Lights on – Scary Business!

Lights offI am book crazy! I love reading books of all different types and to be honest I can’t quite get enough. I read in the morning, I read during breakfast, I read during lunch and pretty much every other spare moment that I have. My favorite types of books are fantasy with perhaps the highlight being the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

This past year I was lucky enough to visit Harry Potter World at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. It was amazing and it felt like I was really there. I rode all off the rides multiple times but perhaps enjoyed the atmosphere more than anything. I was able to sip pumpkin juice and butter beer and even have lunch in the ‘Three Broomsticks,’! It really brought the books to life for me as exactly I had imagined it. At the amusement park, they have built Hogwarts Castle which overlooks the rest of the park which acts as the entrance to perhaps the most popular ride. It’s amazing how much detail they put into the castle; it makes you feel like you’re really there.

One of the problems I have with my reading addiction is when I am in bed with my wife. She cannot sleep for the life of her unless the room is completely dark which creates a bit of a problem for me. Of course, I could read in a different room but there is something which is relaxing about falling asleep with a good book. To solve this problem, I did some research into suitable flashlights I could use in the bedroom. I started out with using the flashlight we had kept in the garage for sometime but it was big, clunky and pretty much the worst reading companion a guy could ask for.

I then took a little bit of a closer look at the tactical gear industry which has a variety of products designed to be discreet. I figured if I could find something small enough to hold to the side when I am reading, it would be discreet enough for my wife to be able to sleep soundly. Unfortunately, the high-lumen tactical flashlight I settled on was just a bit too bright and in fact illuminated the room way too much.

Eventually, I found a whole new market which included low powered headlamps which were extremely convenient for me. They were also very discreet which meant my wife could still sleep despite my reading. Now we both rest better than ever and I get to enjoy all of my books!

 

Best Books To Inspire Exercise

 

Running a Marathon and reading a bookSometimes you know in your mind you need to be getting some exercise, be it running, swimming, biking or whatever your thing is. But sometimes you also need a bit of inspiration, something to motivate you into action. You may need to do a bit of shopping to get going, pick up a pair of cheap running shoes for women or a new bathing suit then all you need is some direction.

So here are some suggestions for a bit of reading the night before to get you inspired for the next day’s undertaking.

Food and Drink Inspiration

Runner’s World Cookbook

This is a handy little preparation aid that has 150 different recipes in it, which are ideal for fuelling up ready for a run, or other exercise. The menu options are also great for building energy but still losing weight. One example recipe is a banana-oat energy bar, which is ideal to take with you on a run to replenish reserves on the move.

Smoothies for Runners Book

In a similar vein, this book has 36 smoothie recipes focused entirely around the needs of runners. The aim of the book is to give you recipes which provide varied and tasty smoothies with minimal fuss and preparation but that give the maximum nutrition and energy.

Getting to Know Yourself

The Science of Running

This is a scientific approach to the subject of how to maximise your potential as an athlete and get the best performance for you. It takes approaches used by the best runners out there and shows you how you can apply them to your own abilities. It looks at what causes fatigue, how energy is produced and how the brain has an impact on what you can do.

Running with the Mind of Meditation

This is a route, which may not appeal to everyone, but if you enjoy the spiritual aspects of life, this is a book from a Tibetan lama and leader of a set of international meditation centres. His approach comes from a background of martial arts, horsemanship and running and discusses how he blended the physical and spiritual to achieve his goals.

Planning

Marathon: the Ultimate Guide

When you set yourself the aim of doing something like a marathon for the first time, it doesn’t hurt to get some expert planning advice on the case. This book, and previous versions, have been in print since 1993 and have constantly evolved as the sport had. However, the core elements have remained the same; learning about nutrition, prevention of injury and how to build your training schedule to achieve what you planned to do.

 

There are books now for every aspect of sports to help you accomplish your goals and set new ones, to get your body in the best possible condition and to avoid injuries. Not only that but the information you obtain from reading some of these books may actually inspire you to try something new and attempt something you have never tried before.

My Top 5 Stylist Education Books

Hair StylistThere are many great books for stylist but if I had to choose these are my top five:

1. The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care by Davis-Sivasothy, Audrey. This book is technically detailed and covers everything from maintaining optimal heir health, which shampoos to use, to growing longer and healthier hair. There is a special salon version that features full color photographs and color tab organization.

2. Make a Six Figure Income Doing Hair: How To Do It, Really. by Alan Daniels (Oct 10, 2012). Although this book is not about the process of cutting and styling hair, it is still one every stylist should read. Lets face it, we would all like to make a six figure income as a stylist but how realistic is this dream? Alan Daniels explains exactly how to build and maintain a thriving client base, everything from using humor with clients to tracking your business. It is not easy but Daniels gives you the tools to leap ahead of the competition and significantly increase your earning power.

3. How to Create the Perfect Cut, Shape, Color, and Perm for Any Hair Type: Secrets and Techniques from a Master… by Easterly, Cosmo (Aug 3, 2009). Cutting hair is all about Hello yes I tried and inspiration. Understanding how to read and work with different types of hair can take a whole career. Not only does this book cover every aspect of styling hair, it also goes into depth on how to talk with clients and build a strong client base. Written by Cosmo Easterly, this book is a must read for any stylist no matter their experience.

4. Good to Great Hair: Celebrity Hairstyling Techniques Made Simple by Vetica, Robert, Hayek, Salma and Messing, Debra (Jan 1, 2009). Celebrity hair stylist Robert Vetica dives into the work of celebrity style with this fascinating book and reveals the tips and secrets celebrities use to get their astonishing looks. Every client that walks into a salon secretly wants to look like a star. Vetica does a good job of explaining how to use these celebrity techniques on the average person to give them the best look possible. Before and after photos help customers pick the best hair style for the shape of their particular face.

5. Hair-Styling Tips and Tricks for Girls (American Girl) (American Girl Library) by American Girl Editors (Sep 1, 2000). If you are a fan of the American Girl books that have swept the nation this book is absolutely for you. With over 40 great styles for young girls and teens from knots to pony tails to ballet buns, you can use this book as a guide for your younger female clients. This book is packed full of easy to follow instructions that you can teach your clients so that they can get the same results at home.

There are many great helpful hints for stylist on the web. As a stylist it is important to keep up to date on the latest trends and techniques.

My Favorite Hunting Books

If you are like me, then you have a hunter on your shopping list, and you are always worried about the right gift for birthdays, father’s day, and even Christmas. This list provides you with reviews of my top five hunting books for hunters. Whether you are interested in hunting yourself, or looking for that perfect, but genuine gift, then these books are bound to satisfy your troubles.  If your hunter is not a reader, you could always consider a safety item that would help with hunting!

5 Great Books for Hunters

5. The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting Deer for Food
This book is simply fantastic and appropriate for both the experienced hunter or a beginner. Author, Jackson Landers, explores the idea of obtaining a natural food source, specifically deer, in a refreshing and new light. So many hunters today hunt for the fun of it, but with the advice and refreshing outlook provided by Landers, hunters will take pride in understanding how their kill provides for their families in other ways than entertainment.
Lander’s book provides readers with a new understanding of what hunting is all about. In our society, it is easy to view hunting as a vicious sport, a selfish reach for entertainment, a violent and unnecessary past-time. However, Landers portrays hunting in a new light. He makes the case that grass-fed prey are treated much better than the meat bought at Wal-mart, and he’s right!

4. Where the Red Fern Grows
Now, I know what you are thinking: A) Isn’t that a children’s book, and B) That is so not a “hunting” book. However, hear me out on this one. Where the Red Fern Grows is a classic hunting novel written by Wilson Rawls. Yes, this is usually considered a classic children’s story, but adults can greatly appreciate the subtleties of Billy’s coming of age, the true value of Billy’s hard work, and his passionate relationship with his dogs. This story is one that no hunter- of any age- should miss.

3. The Most Dangerous Game
Written by Richard Connell, The Most Dangerous Game is another great hunting adventure story that no hunter should miss out on. The story chronicles a 1920’s big-game hunter from New York, who gets trapped with no ship on an unfamiliar island in the Caribbean. The hunter is subsequently hunted by an aristocratic Russian, and the tale is as exciting as its storyline. This tale of a hunter’s love for his sport turned dark is one that is bound to keep any hunter on his/her toes.

2. Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter
Meat Eater tells the true story of Steven Rinella’s lifelong love for nature and the art of hunting. A love he developed early in childhood. Rinella grew up in Twin Lake, Michigan and his love for hunting was fostered by his own father’s experiences as a hunter. This true hunting story is sure to pull the heartstrings of even the toughest hunter.

1. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins does a wonderful job chronicling the adventures of young hunger, Katniss Everdeen in this modern popular fiction novel. If you’ve seen the movie, but haven’t read the book then you really should give this great novel a try. Katniss has been forced to hunt illegally, with a bow might I add, for years to support and feed her mother and beloved sister, Prim. When an ugly turn of events forces her to volunteer for the Hunger Games, Katniss must use her skill with a bow to fight to the death for her life. This book is a great book for hunters as it is both entertaining, and exciting.

My Adventures in the Self-Help Section: Hidden Gems

As you guys know, I’ve been a book nut all my life. I’ve worked in libraries, I’ve been an author (well, I’m still an author), I’ve reviewed books for major publications and, most importantly, I’m an avid, avid reader. So, it should go without saying that I’ve spent a fair amount of my adult life in book stores and libraries.

And, for the most part, book stores and libraries are great. They are full of Jason - Yuletimereading.com (img)awesome resources on nearly any subject. However, there’s always been one section that really annoyed me… the self-help section. Now, I’ll the first to admit I’m a little bit biased. For the longest time, I thought “Pfft. Who would need anything from that section? If you want to improve yourself just do it!”

Really, I’d even be embarrassed to be seen in that section. Now that I’m typing it out, it’s embarrassing that I was embarrassed! Because here’s the thing: sometimes you just don’t have the knowledge, skills or background to improve yourself in the meaningful ways you’re looking for. Most of us aren’t psychologists, nutritionists or DIY nerds.

So, one day, I made it a point to actually go and look through some of the books there. Some of them, of course, were full of bologna. And that’s what a lot of people don’t like about this section: it’s full of “gurus” telling them how to make money online (which we all know is impossible). And, believe me, that’s true. But there are some really awesome books, too! More accurately, I’ve found that certain genres of self-help books are good. That’s what I wanted to share with you today. So, without further ado, here are a few types of self-help books you should make a point to check out:

  • Meditation/happiness books. These are usually the ones people need the most but are most resistant to trying. I’ve come to feel that, as a society, we’re just not very happy people. Reading about what happiness actually is and how to practice being a happy person has been super elightening. If you can get your hands on anything by the Dalai Lama, go for that. His writing is very rarely religious – it’s mostly just super wise and very enjoyable.
  • Nutrition. Now, be careful here. There will be tons of fad diet books in there as well. But most of us know next to nothing about what we’re putting in our bodies. Finding an awesome book on nutrition can help you lose weight (of course), improve your moods or even get better skin. After starting to eat clean, I’m down 10 lbs, I’m a million times happier, and my lifelong battle with blemishes seems to be over. Awesome!
  • Psychology. A lot of self-help books about psychology don’t even give you a ton of advice, but I’ve found them to be a really good compliment to books about happiness. It just really helps to understand what is actually going on in your head. Because most of us don’t have a clue!

So give those a shot! I was pleasantly surprised at how fun and helpful some of those books here. I’m sorry I ever doubted you, Self-Help Section! I’ll be back to visit you soon!

I’m Tired of Being a Lazy Book Reviewer: My Fitness Goals for 2014

The new year is upon us and I’ve made a commitment to my husband to get back in shape.  He has been working out like crazy with his friends before the new year and it’s absolutely putting me to shame.  I recently purchased the Gillian Michaels at home workout routine and based on what I’ve read it seems like it’s a great fitness tutorial for someone like me that only runs on the treadmill from time to time.  I’ve been also studying online to find the best fitness advice so I am not wasting my time by doing the wrong exercises or taking the wrong supplements when I can’t find the time to put together a meal.  Below is a sample workout plan of what I plan to do starting January 1st.  I’m going to start off by doing them at home, and if I find out I can’t stay dedicated enough, I’m going to pony up the cash to go and join a gym.  I can’t let my husband keep putting me to shame and I’m determined to get back to my pre children shape!

Me - Pre Kiddos!

Me – Pre Kiddos!

Here’s a below sample of what I’m planning to do going forward.

Mondays:

Bodyweight Workout

  • Push Ups
  • Pull Ups
  • Crunches
  • Rowing Machine (We have one in our home gym)

Tuesdays:

  • Run a Mile
  • 3 Sets of Burpees
  • Sprints at the Park

Wednesday:

  • Rest Day

Thursday:

Bodyweight Workout

  • Push Ups
  • Pull Ups
  • Crunches
  • Dips (We also have a Dip Bar at Home)

Friday:

  • Run a Mile
  • Sprints at the Park

Weekends:

  • Rest Days Both Days

Now that you’ve seen to what I’m committing to, hopefully my faithful readers here can help me stick to it!  My husband has been taking supplements that he says have really helped him but I’m a little nervous to jump on that band wagon because I’ve read that some supplements like creatine can make you bloated.  He seems to do okay with them but he’s a guy and typically guys seem to react differently than us girls with supplements especially if we are trying to lose weight, not gain it!

I’m hopeful that I can stick to my goals and not just have them turn out to be another new year’s resolution flop that they seem to have been over the last few years.  My husband has already lost about 20 pounds doing crossfit and seeing him drop weight so fast really agitates and aggravates me.  But the good news is that it also motivates me too!  I hope that you and your family all have a great new years and I’m hopeful that all of you can meet your new years resolution goals this year!!!