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Random Re-reads: A Review January-April

I may not be reading anything new, but I am still doing quite a lot of re-reading (in fact a few books I have already re-read a couple of times just this year). And I absolutely adore that Goodreads tracks re-reads now. It is giving me some interesting insight. I base my grades on how re-readable I think a book will be, but it is absolutely fascinating just how many 3 & 4 star books I am going back to right now. Granted, many of them are 5 stars, but some of the ones I read a couple of times even weren’t. It makes a case for readjusting ratings, and I think I might do that for some of them.

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The overall theme seems to be laugh out loud until I cry, and/or women whose lives are awful outside of their own personal control. That is probably pretty telling.

And here are the 3 stars:

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And here are the 4 stars:

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So yeah, over half of my rereads weren’t even 5 stars. Maybe I just burnt out on rereading the 5 stars? Maybe where I am at in my life there are things in those books that just call to me. But overall, strong indomitable women, with problems that are not internal, and constant or near constant risk of death and dismemberment seem to be what is calling to me. That being the case it is no wonder only some tried and true authors are really calling to me.

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#FitReaders- Weekly Check-In February 10, 2017

Week of February 4-10, 2017 Stats

I did slightly better on sleep most of this week (without the sleep hygiene sacrifice of sleeping in on the weekends), which naturally came back to bite me in the butt last night. As for the rest, I think I have been underfeeding. Simply the fact that I was falling asleep so early (for me) is a good sign my body is unwell. That plus the awful stall and the declining motivation to do much of anything is probably a good sign that I need to eat more, not less. I’m not even going to try to do my 5 K this weekend, I am just going to try to relax. Though I am giving some thought to trying to run a mile a couple of times a week, literally jog/run/wobble rather than just walk. For now thoughts are about all it is.

I also need to decide what to read this week, particularly out of my ARCS and for #TBRChallenge. I am still just rereading, and right now I am back on Patricia Briggs.

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#FitReaders- Weekly Check-In February 3, 2017

Week of January 28-February 3 2017 Stats

I am click clacking along, not reading much but still keeping my butt off the chairs for the most part and I improved over last weeks stats. Except of course for sleep which was abysmal as usual.

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I have also been using some Runtastic apps for body weight training. I know I need to get back to the gym, but this is what I’ve got for now.

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#FitReaders- Weekly Check-In January 27, 2017

Week of January 21-27 Stats

Everything has been a bit hit or miss; eating, exercising, motivation. Likely most of this boils down to sleep, but it is very much a chicken or egg thing. Am I sleeping less well than usual because I have been less active, or am I less active because I am not sleeping well? Probably it is just my stupid brain/body being stupid, but that doesn’t help the fact that I find myself distracted, irritable, and short tempered. I am seriously considering investing in more specific sleep hardware. I wish Fitbit had something, but it looks like right now the Withings Aura is the most comprehensive item available, and I DO have the option to “purchase” a 20% off code with my Higi points (they also have Garmin, WSS, iHealth and LeftLane, so if anyone wants a code I can see if I can figure out how to share them, I have way more points than I know what to do with). And I am also keeping my eyes out on the Sleep Number 360, desperate times call for desperate measures. Would it help? Probably not, but more data is more data.

All I know is that food logging is back to being a seriously ingrained habit, though that doesn’t necessarily mean I make good choices. I went to log my morning once this week and found calories already in. When I looked I had logged 2 fun sized Snickers in the Midnight-4:00 am slot. I checked my Fitbit and sure enough, I got up at 3:05 am…apparently for a snack. Aren’t parasomnias fun :/ In the meantime, I’d better finish up this post and get back up off my behind.

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#FitReaders- Weekly Check-In January 20, 2017

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I started this post initially by saying that if the fog cleared I would do my 5K later today, but then I looked at myself, and said “Stop procrastinating”, got up, and did my first 5K-wet, fog, mud and all. I guess if I were following my own internal logic I would wait to post it until next week, but damn it, I am proud of myself even if it was done in a truly uninspiring time. I am rocking and rolling along otherwise in keeping moving on a daily basis, and figuring out how to work it into my work day.

I am feeling a touch blah though, about the fact that I am in a bit of a stall, despite the fact that I knew it was coming. And knowing all I have to do is continue as I am to get out of it really doesn’t help the blah.

January 21, 2017 5K Stats

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Week of January 14-20, 2017 Stats

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#FitReaders – Weekly Check-in January 6, 2017

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I can not quite figure out what day I want to check in, but I suspect it will be on Saturdays some time. I feel pretty good about how active I have been. Sleep is of course an ongoing issue, but getting up off my butt is feeling more natural. I even increased my daily goal from 10,000 to 15,000 steps per day. I am nerving myself up to actually DO the virtual 5K, I am certainly doing way more than that a day spread out, but somehow the idea of it is a little terrifying when put into one event.

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