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Burpee Cardio Circuit

Hi everyone!

Sorry I’ve been MIA this week. I have been really busy with my internship. Which is going really well btw! I love occupational therapy more and more all the time. And I found this picture the other day that is awesome:

I can’t wait til I officially become an OT!

And now I have a great new workout for you all that I did today :). Wow was it challenging! It took me just over 20 minutes to complete and my chest was on fire throughout a lot of it haha.

Talk about completing a crazy amount of burpees! If you complete the workout the way I did, then you’ll do a total of 120 burpees at the end! However, I didn’t include push-ups in my burpees…I just didn’t feel like it…so you can choose which way to do it!

I followed this workout with a 20 minute walk through my neighborhood to cool down and get my heart rate lowered. All I can say now is bring on the food! This definitely worked up my appetite :).

If you are unsure of any move, you can search them on youtube!

I recently finished a great book called The Nightmare by Lars Kepler. It was awesome! This is Kepler’s second novel and the second in a series. I read the first one, The Hypnotist, last summer and it was really good as well! They are both swedish crime novels.

Here is the synopsis from Barnes and Noble:

On a summer night, police recover the body of a young woman from an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with brackish water, and the forensics team is sure that she drowned. Why, then, is the pleasure boat still afloat, and why are there no traces of water on her clothes or body?

The next day, a man turns up dead in his state apartment in Stockholm, hanging from a lamp hook. All signs point to suicide, but the room has a high ceiling, and there’s not a single piece of furniture around—nothing to climb on.

Joona Linna begins to piece together the two mysteries, but the logistics are a mere prelude to a dizzying and dangerous course of events. At its core, the most frightening aspect of The Nightmare isn’t its gruesome crimes—it’s the dark psychology of its characters, who show us how blind we are to our own motives.

This book was sooooo good! It was really intriguing and kept me guessing throughout it! If you like thrillers then I definitely recommend reading both of Kepler’s books!

Have a great weekend everyone :D.

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Recent Reads

Happy 4th of July everyone!!!

I hope you all have an amazing holiday! I want to thank you so much for all of your support and well wishes on my last post :D. My first two days of fieldwork went well! I definitely know that I’m going to have a lot of hard work ahead of me, but I’m very excited. There is one thing however…I’m exhausted! On Monday, I got home around 7pm and wanted to go to bed at like 8 haha. I hope that this is just something that will take getting used to!

I’ve been trying to figure out my workout schedule with all of this too. I’ve decided to only workout 5 days a week now instead of 6. Two days of the week I start at 8:30 and the other two at 7:30. I’ve determined that those two 8:30 start days I’ll get up at 5am to go workout. Let’s hope those workouts are successful haha. Then I’ll workout on my day off and the two weekend days. I think 5 days of working out is going to be sufficient for me right now. I just know that 6 days would mean way less sleep than I need and not enough rest for my body!

Okay, so I mentioned last week that I’ve read a few good books recently!  They are:

– The Watchers by Jon Steele

Here is the synopsis from goodreads:

Meet Marc Rochat, a man-child who has devoted his life to being the bell ringer at the Gothic Lausanne Cathedral, one of the greatest architectural structures in the world. Eerie things have been going on in and around his church, including tremblings in the underground crypt and a variety of gruesomely murdered bodies showing up in nearby streets. Across the square from the cathedral lives Katherine Taylor, a beautiful young American woman who is making phenomenal money as one of the highest-priced call girls in Switzerland; she’s a bit too introspective for her own good and, unfortunately, much too observant of her clients’ peccadilloes. Rochat’s and Taylor’s lives collide with Jay Harper, a British private eye who has been sent to investigate the killings and other strange doings; alas, he has no memory of who hired him or precisely why he was chosen for the job. And now all the clues are pointing skyward, where fallen angels are said to haunt Lausanne.

At first, I just couldn’t get into this book. The character Marc Rochat is really quirky and I felt like things were so confusing for a bit because it kept jumping between characters…and I couldn’t tell how they were all going to be connected. And then, just as I was about to say screw it to finishing it…the book got incredibly interesting! So much so, that I ended up really liking it and I can’t wait for the next one!

– The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Here is the synopsis from goodreads:

The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.

Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

This book was really good! It was very engaging, although I don’t know if I would recommend that a guy read it haha. It definitely had some really sad parts that tugged at my heart, but I thought it was beautifully written and a really intriguing story. I loved how the chapters alternated between past and present and you were able to get a good picture of why the character Victoria is the way she is.

–  Arranged by Catherine McKenzie (I read her first book Spin a while back and loved it!)

Here’s the synopsis from goodreads:

Anne Blythe has a great life: a good job, good friends, and a potential book deal for her first novel. When it comes to finding someone to share it with, however, she just can’t seem to get it right.

After yet another relationship ends, Anne comes across a business card for what she thinks is a dating service, and she pockets it just in case. When her best friend, Sarah, announces she’s engaged, Anne can’t help feeling envious. On an impulse, she decides to give the service a try because maybe she could use a little assistance in finding the right man. But Anne soon discovers the company isn’t a dating service; it’s an exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriage service. She initially rejects the idea, but the more she thinks about it-and the company’s success rate-the more it appeals to her. After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world, so why wouldn’t it work for her?

A few months later, Anne is travelling to a Mexican resort, where in one short weekend she will meet and marry Jack. And against all odds, it seems to be working out-until Anne learns that Jack, and the company that arranged their marriage, are not what they seem at all.

This was such a fun book to read! I love reading a good “chick lit” type novel….especially this kind that has a good plot, some twists that aren’t expected, good dialogue and characters that you can relate to! If you enjoy books like “Something Borrowed” you would probably really like this too :D.

And I’d say that’s enough for today hehe. Happy Holiday!!!

What’s the best novel you’ve read recently?

Grad School Graduation Weekend

Hi friends!! Happy Saturday :).

I apologize if I’m a bit MIA this weekend. It’s my graduation weekend for graduate school! Even though I’m not technically graduating, I’m just walking, it’s still a big event because to me it symbolizes being done with academia!

All of my furniture and a bunch of clothing, shoes, and miscellaneous items were moved out of my apartment yesterday. It was so incredibly strange to walk back into the room I’ve basically been living in for 2 years and see it empty. I have a feeling there are going to be lots of tears when I leave to go home. As much as I’m ready to go home, it’s still so sad to leave the amazing friends I’ve made here and to close a chapter on a wonderful part of my life!

This weekend is basically going to be a whirlwind of seeing people and going out to eat. It kind of freaks me out a bit and I mentioned this so Tessa when we met the other night and she totally understood where I was coming from! I love eating out, but knowing that I’ll be doing it for a majority of my meals this weekend gives me some anxiety. That in itself is hard for me to admit sometimes because I would like to think that I’ve come a long way and wouldn’t still have those thoughts. But alas, I do. I know I can choose healthy items when I go out to eat, but for some reason I always gravitate toward more unhealthy ones. I feel like I “deserve” to treat myself. This weekend I just need to focus on how my body is feeling and go for the foods that sound good instead of whether or not I feel like I deserve them! Hopefully doing that will help me feel better :).

Anyway, my mom arrived with a couple of new clothing items for me yesterday! I am SO excited to wear them. One is a top from Express and the other is a fitted dress from Von Maur!

The shirt:

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Please tell me that I will look okay in this kind of top! I tried it on and really liked it but it’s not something that I would usually wear. I am long waisted and generally feel more comfortable in tops that are longer, but this is definitely shorter. Do you think it will look good on me?

The dress:

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This picture doesn’t do this dress justice. It’s SO cute on! I’ll have to take pictures for you :D. My mom did a great job – she always picks out awesome clothes for me!

Oh and I finished House Rules by Jodi Picoult! I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a well crafted story. Here is the synopsis from Good Reads:

When your son can’t look you in the eye…does that mean he’s guilty?

Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger’s syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject – forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he’s always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he’s usually right.

But when Jacob’s small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob’s behaviors are hallmark Asperger’s, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police. Suddenly the Hunt family, who only want to fit in, are directly in the spotlight. For Jacob’s mother, Emma, it’s a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it’s another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob.

And over this small family, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?

The only thing I didn’t really like about this book was the ending. I felt like it just ended without really concluding the story. I was left wanting more of an explanation. Other than that though, I would definitely recommend it! Especially to those that are interested in how Autism can impact a person and family- I feel like this was really well researched in that area!

Anyway, I hope you all have amazing weekends! I’ll be walking for graduation tomorrow and then driving home to Ohio on Monday!

Love you all ❤