CURRENT READ: The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian
GENRE: Young Adult
PROGRESS: 118/419
THOUGHTS SO FAR: It’s good, but as you can see I’ve been sucking at reading.

This weekend I went to visit my “other husband” (who is the Marine’s best friend and is in the Navy) up in Virginia Beach. It’s just a quick drive North so we try to rotate our visits every couple months. This time it was our turn to drive up and we decided to attend another roller derby match. Guys, do you have any idea how much fun this is?! A BLAST! I’ve only watched two matches, but OMG! I love it! It’s fast paced, gritty, and hard to look away from. I’ve been researching some teams around our area so I can go support them. (I also scored a free piece of pizza at the match!)

Other than that, the weekend was nice and full of random/weird YouTube videos and laughs galore per usual.

So, I haven’t talked about this much—or at all really—but I’ve been undergoing a health change. A few months ago I tried out The Wilder Way from Jasinda Wilder’s book Big Girls Do It RunningWhile I love the book, the message, and the program, it just wasn’t working for me for various reasons. (Note: It’s nothing to do with Jasinda’s program, this was all personal.) Instead, I’ve been following a woman named Arielle who I discovered via this awesome, informative, and REAL Buzzfeed post. I adore her. Like seriously adore her. I can relate to her on SO many levels and I love her posts on her IG and Tumblr. Since following her, I’ve been tracking my food, setting daily non-scale goals (NSG), and have seen a drop in weight, and an increase in my energy—all while still eating the foods I love. She does attribute a lot of the weight she’s lost to Weight Watchers, a program I’m not on and may try, but I believe her real-life and easy approach is also a huge factor in her success. There’s not a huge, HUGE difference between her plan and The Wilder Way, but I simply find this one easier to relate to, which is why I believe it’s working for me.

In addition to changing my eating, I’ve also been walking 2 miles a couple times a week. (I had initially tracked it with my PokémonGo app and thought it was about a mile but it turns out it’s way more!) I plan to up this to 3 miles and then more as the weeks progress. So far I feel more mentally aware on the days I walk and more relaxed. I also find it easier to sleep at night, which is so important for me because I usually tend to have a hard time falling asleep and staying that way.

OH! Here’s to Yesterday turned ONE on the 19th (my Marine’s birthday). I cannot believe it’s already been a year since I released Maura into the world. It’s still my favorite book of mine yet. Her growth is beautiful and inspiring even to me. If you haven’t read it yet, you can grab it from Amazon for just $2.99.

❤ TH

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