Sunday, July 3, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? / #FitReaders Check In- July 4, 2016

Woo-Hoo!  Happy 4th of July to my readers in the US (and, I guess, it is the 4th of July everywhere, so even if you don't celebrate Independence Day, I hope you have a good day!).  We're planning a quiet day, but I'm hoping to have some good pictures up in the next couple of weeks for Saturday Snapshot.

First off, a bit of blog business.  I've decided NOT to post any reviews in July.  For the past couple of years, I've taken December off from posting reviews, and I am planning to continue doing that.  However, I had planned to take May 15-June 15 off as well, but then I didn't...and now my post backlog is gone and I'm feeling the pressure to read, Read, READ only to get content up on the blog.  And, folks, that's no fun--and blogging should be fun!  So, I've decided to take July off, with the exception of 2 reviews for blog tours that will be up on July 19th and 20th.

That does not mean that I won't be posting.  I'll still be doing my Monday check-ins and my Saturday Snapshot posts.  I'm also hoping to get some F&T Fridays going and then some bookish posts on Wednesdays.  Then, come August, I'll be back with reviews.  Next year, I will be taking May and December off so that I don't find myself in the same position (May is just a crazy month for me, so it is a good one to pull back a bit on the blogging).

Now, onto the check ins...

As I said last week, this week was Vacation Bible School--both my kids attended and I volunteered, which means that it was a crazy, crazy week.  I was afraid that it would totally derail my healthy living habit (as it has in the past), but I did fairly well.  That was mostly thanks to my 30 in 30 walking challenge, which I'm still doing.

1. At least 70,000 steps a week:
Sunday, 6/26 - 11,913 steps (6.01 miles)
Monday, 6/27 - 12,294 steps (5.66 miles)
Tuesday, 6/28 - 12,871 steps (6.13 miles)
Wednesday, 6/29 - 11,946 steps (5.75 miles)
Thursday, 6/30 - 12,633 steps (6.08 miles)
Friday, 7/1 - 12,519 steps (6.06 miles)
Saturday, 7/2 - 16,524 steps (7.96 miles)
TOTAL: 90,700 steps (43.65 miles)

2. 2 strength training workouts each week
Yep!  I got 2 in!

3. 96 ounces of water a day
My FitBit says I did this 6 days, but I'm pretty sure I hit it all 7 days.

Since we're now in July, it is time for new (but very, very similar) goals:
1. At least 77,000 steps a week
2 . 2 strength training workouts each week
3. 96 ounces of water a day
4. Complete the 30 in 30 challenge (unless I miss a day and have to start over, I should complete this in mid-July)

Right now, I'm reading:
The Valley by Helen Bryan
I'm still working on this. It is a bit of chunkster and I'm still waiting for the actual story to begin.  It is one of the two books I'm supposed to review this month and now I'm starting to worry that I won't finish it in time.  Thanks to the fact that I'm over 100 pages into it and nothing has really happened it, I'm not feeling especially motivated to read it.  Sigh...

The Last Woman Standing by Thelma Adams
So, funny story.  This is the other book that I will be reviewing this month and I knew that it was coming up way back in March before we went to Arizona (I was originally supposed to review it earlier, but the publication date was pushed back).  Because I knew that I'd be reading this book, I reluctantly agreed to go to Tombstone while we were there.  Here's the thing....Tombstone is the shining example of really, really bad historical tourism.  Honestly, it is probably the biggest tourist trap I've ever visited--and there really is no reason for that.  Anyway, I knew that ahead of time (my husband and I had been there a few years ago) so I really only went to prepare myself for this book.  Long story short, in retrospect I'm glad I did go--because this book is actually quite fun!  It's also the reason why I haven't been reading much of The Valley lately....

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
von Steuben just showed up....

Right now, I'm listening to:
Well, Jane Eyre is still queued up my audible app, but I haven't really listened to it this week.

Last week, I finished reading:

Nada, thanks to this fact:

I'm hoping to get more reading done now that I can keep my eyes open!

Oh, before I forget...the giveaway for In Twenty Years is finally up and running, so head on over and check it out--you'll have TWO chances to win!

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