Monday, April 16, 2018

Rainy Thoughts: Staying Healthy Needs Motivation

So, there was a thunderstorm not too long ago, but since then, not a cloud in the sky. Wish the rain would come a little, but at the same time, I would like for it to be sunny so I can tan, but then again, I don't want it to be too hot the wedding. But now I'm just blabbing on. Anyways, speaking of wedding, I have to try my hardest to stay healthy and let me tell you, it's not easy, but it is doable.

Going to the Gym Needs Motivation

I love going to the gym. I feel like I'm getting stronger, I''m healthier and the gym can you feel like you did a great job. The thing about going to the gym is that you have to keep motivated. some days, I'm hyped and ready for the gym. Other days, I just want to stay on the couch watching Judge Judy or continue playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. 

What I do to help me stay motivated for the gym is to remind myself why I'm doing this in the first. Of course, I want to look good on my wedding day, but I also want to look at pictures of myself in the future and not go "ewww."

I also mix up my work out routine. When I do cardio, sometimes it's with the elliptical, sometimes it's the treadmill. When I'm doing squats, sometimes it's with barbells and other times it's with weighted balls. Either way, I try to mix up my gym time so that I'm not bored doing the same routines.

Eating Healthy Needs Motivation

I actually enjoy eating healthy. I can really feel the improvement in my body, inside and out. I'm not
bloated, I have more energy and my waistline has gone down. And the scale has been pretty nice to me lately. What sucks about eating healthy is staying motivated to eat healthy! There's so much temptation everywhere!

For example, at my last job, I would bring in salads and healthy meals every day. Then, there were my co-workers, bringing in Wendy's, Canes and Pizza Hut every day. It was so hard to say "no thank you," when they asked if I wanted anything. But I resisted (most of the time). 

The trick is to not give in to your temptation. Better said than done though right? I resisted temptation by eating on the other side of the office or just simply closing my door. I also added spruce to my salads to make me excited to eat it, instead of complaining how boring it is. Healthy food doesn't have to be boring, and once your body is starts being trained on the foods you will eat, that knawing desire for sugar and everything fried slowly goes down. 

Treating Yourself Sometimes Needs Motivation

Yes, sometimes you need to motivate to treat yourself. Sometimes, when you are out being healthy, going to the gym 4-5 times a week, you forget that sometimes it's okay to treat yourself. It's okay to have a rest day from the gym. In fact, it's good to have a rest day. It's okay to order off the regular menu on Saturday night instead of the 600 calories or under menu. It's okay to treat yourself once in a while. One time is not going to kill you. Going back to old habits might though. 

In conclusion

In conclusion, we all have our reasons for staying healthy. And we all need the motivation to get us through. It's okay to treat ourselves too. Staying healthy is a commitment and one that you will be happy to benefit from. in the present and future. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Rainy Conversations with Author Janet Evanovich

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday weekend! I was so excited when I got an email back from Janet's assistant about answering my interview questions! I wish we would have had a more personal conversation, but I know she is probably a busy lady. I'm just glad she was able to take the time answer some questions that I had, she is my favourite author after all! Read the full interview below and enjoy.

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How did you get into writing?

After I got a college degree in art, I discovered that I was allergic to the pigments in paint, so there went that idea.  I'd been making up stories ever since I was a child.  When my kids were little, I decided to see if I could write a book.  It took me three manuscripts and 10 years before I finally got published.

Who would you say is your favorite character you have ever written, so far?

I would have to say it would be Grandma Mazur, who, by the way, was inspired by my own Aunt Lena.

What inspired you to write the Stephanie plum novels? Did you think that it would go on for this long?

I saw the hilarious bounty hunter movie, Midnight Run with Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, and played a little game of "What If?"  What if I wrote a book with a reluctant, not-terribly-skilled female bounty hunter?  That book was One For the Money.  When I wrote it, I thought that it would likely be a stand alone title.

What keeps you inspired to continue writing the Stephanie Plum novels?

I love the characters.

How did you handle your first negative review?

Somebody once said that a writer should never take the best -- or the worst -- review to heart.


Which one of your characters do you feel you relate to the most?

When I started the Plum series over 25 years ago, I identified with Stephanie.  Nowadays, I'm afraid that it's Lula.  I need more exercise and fewer donuts.

Where is your perfect spot to write?

My upstairs office.


When you are not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
Spending time with my family.

Do you prefer e-books or printed books and why?

I like the feel of book in my hands, but E-books are a reality that I've come to embrace.

Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?

Don't procrastinate.  Sit yourself down in that chair and write. 

You can find out more about Janet Evanovich by visiting her website. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. You can read my previous reviews of her works by following this link. Until next rainy day, Happy Reading!