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New Books

I won It Felt Like A Kiss from Carolyn (Book Chick City). It sounds adorable and OMG that cover?? Too gorgeous!

I’m DEVASTATED to report that I didn’t finish Breakable *sobs pathetically* I have a review scheduled for the end of the month.

Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Breakable by Tammara Webber
Breakable by Tammara Webber

It Felt Like A Kiss by Sarra Manning
It Felt Like A Kiss by Sarra Manning

Photo of It Felt Like A Kiss by Sarra Manning


Lovely Florals (unique pre-made)

Lovely Florals Theme

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Beauty & Beast (unique pre-made)

Beauty and Beast theme

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Couch to 5K

I ‘completed’ week 4 of Couch to 5K. Week 3 was pretty easy for me, but week 4 ramped things up. All three days of week 4 were the same exercise:

Time (in minutes) Activity
0:00 – 5:00 Warm up walk
5:00 – 8:00 Run
8:00 – 9:30 Walk
9:30 – 14:30 Run
14:30 – 17:00 Walk
17:00 – 20:00 Run
20:00 – 21:30 Walk
21:30 – 26:30 Run
26:30 – 30:00 Cool down

On day 1 (Monday), I was thinking, “This is harder, I can really feel the burn.. phew..”
On day 2 (Wednesday), I was thinking, “Holy shit holy shit, I don’t know if I can make it!” But I did make it!
And day 3 (Friday)… ugh.

I started out okay. But by the time I got to the third running interval (17 minutes in, three minute run), I was starting to doubt myself. Then when I got to the fourth running interval (21:30 minutes in, 5 minute run), I was going, “Please don’t make me run! PLEASE DON’T MAKE ME! JUST TAKE ME HOME!” Then, much to my dismay, I stopped running at about 25:10 instead of 26:30. 🙁 #feelinglikeafailure

I’ve had this problem a lot with exercising. I feel like I get WORSE the more I do it. Maybe that’s how it’s supposed to be (get worse before it gets better), but man, it’s discouraging as hell.

How was your week?

Have you ever felt like you’ve gotten WORSE the more you exercised?

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    1. I KNOW! I’m so sad. I purposely picked up Breakable because I thought it would be a sure thing.. you know, like a guaranteed 5-star book. *sobs*

    1. Thank you Rosie! 🙂

      It’s sooo hard! I’m afraid of next week, when it will get even more intense x_x

  1. Keep at the running. Just look at how far you’ve come since beginning. 🙂 I started with the C25K and thought I’d never be able to run a complete 5K. But I did. I’ve since gone on to run several 10Ks and 4 – half marathons. I ran my first half at age 50. I thought those “marathon people” were nuts. I still think those who do a full 26.2 miles are crazy, but I’m signed up for a half in October. There is no crime in doing the walk/run routine, either. I run three minutes, walk one minute and alternate that for the entire 13.1 miles — and I still finish pretty respectably. GO FOR IT!

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  2. This is exactly how I’ve felt this week. I’ve been really great with working out for the past few weeks – working out (on the elliptical) every day and pushing myself and feeling good about it. Then this week came. Ugh! I felt like I was torturing myself, I wasn’t even pushing and then I didn’t even work out most of the days. I know I need to jump back on it, but I SO don’t want to. 🙁

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    1. I know! Lucas was sooo boring. He seemed like such a creeper because he was practically stalking Jackie. And since he was a total loner (and stalking Jackie instead of talking to her) there was NO dialogue in the book! It just felt like some autobiography or monologue.

    1. I thought Lucas came across as a TOTAL creeper. He was kind of stalking Jackie and I was turned off by it O_O Then the rest of the book just really bored me. 🙁 I think probably because Lucas was a total loner so there was practically no dialogue in the whole book (more probably came in later though, when he actually started TALKING to someone).

  3. Ashley I’m loving your Couch to 5k updates! I’m doing a 10k for the first time ever in October, and have been meaning to start, but running….*whimpers*. I understand the feeling about sometimes feeling worse after exercising. While I’m trying to get my health in order at the moment, it’s hard to exercise and feel great afterwords…most days I feel like utter crap and never want to do it again. But never give up – and if your timings are off, remember at least you have put in the effort – more than you would have done if you’d not done it at all! Now only if I could apply the same philosophy in my own workouts….

    Looking forward to seeing your review of Breakable as well!

    1. Thanks Hannah! I know exactly what you mean; it’s hard to stay motivated. Everyone keeps saying that eventually they start to enjoy exercise.. hopefully that point actually exists for us and we just need to make it there! *fingers crossed*

  4. I got Beautiful Oblivion too and I’m trying to read it and finish up another book at the same time. Love the cover!

    Both of the designs are lovely but Beauty and Beast is stunning.

    Exercising sucks but I found that when I was going to the gym I hated it but after awhile it became a habit. Then I stopped going because getting there became very inconvenient because of our schedules and I wish I could go back. I’m terrible with my exercising now, which is why I know you’re doing great. You may not feel like you’re doing it, but you’re totally rockin’ it. Look at that schedule. I’m lucky if I get exercise going back and forth from the fridge to the couch now… let alone couch to 5K. You’re doing great!

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    1. Thank you Carrie!

      I think I’m finally starting to get into the habit phase, but seeing myself get worse and worse throughout the week is super discouraging!

      And haha, just make frequent fridge trips and you’re fiiiine 😉

  5. Keep at it with the running! I did the couch to 5k last year and it was a game changer for me! I NEVER ran before that, and now I run three days a week. The other game changer was for me to get off the treadmill and run outside. I thought I’d hate the public aspect of it, but I got over that and discovered it was so much easier to run outside. So if you’re using a treadmill, consider running at a park instead. Just be safe about when and where you go. Hang in there!

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    1. Congratulations Karyne! That’s fantastic. 🙂

      I actually used to always run outside, but I prefer the treadmill. I’m not sure I run as well on it, but it allows me to push myself more. I find that if I run outside, I hold back because I keep telling myself: “Sure you can run/walk 2 miles, but then you still have to make it back home! Don’t wear yourself out!” But on the treadmill, I can run/walk until I feel like I’m going to drop dead because I can get off any time I want. Not sure if that makes any sense, but it’s a weird mental thing for me XD

      1. Yeah, that makes perfect sense, and I’ve heard a lot of people use the same reason, but FOR running outside. They don’t want to have the option to quit. =) I would run a really small lap in my neighborhood over and over until I was confident in my perseverance. That way I could stop on any lap in front of my door. =) But whatever gets you running! If the treadmill works for you, that’s even better! You don’t have to worry about the weather or creepy neighbors.

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  6. I feel ya, sweetie! I just started with a work out program a few weeks back, 5 zones, each with 5 excersises. You start out with 15 repetitions, and it gets 5 more for 4 weeks. I’m still in week two because I can still feel it killing me. x) If I don’t have sore muscles after the workout anymore, I move on to the next week. They are for muscle build up, btw, not to burn fat, but if you get the first done, it leads to the other eventually, right? But first, you GAIN weight because you build up muscles. That just sucks so much! It’s sooo discouraging! Even if you know you’ll get over that point eventually, its still freaking bugging you in the back of your head all the time. Bugs me, at least, to no end. But you gotta stay strong and pull through… Let’s work harder, we can do this… !!

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    1. Ohh yeah I know what you mean about gaining weight. That is SO discouraging. I was losing weight for a while but then I think I gained another pound or two. It could definitely be because of muscle, but it doesn’t feel good!

  7. It Felt Like looks amazing! Too bad for Breakable, I really liked it even though it was unexpectedly different from what I thought it was going to be like.

    I don’t love exercise either (never have), but since I’m trying to loose weight I’ve limit myself to walking for at least 30 minutes four times a week.

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