MIMM #6: Another Piece of My Heart and Events

It’s a marvelous feeling to see my body changing and improving day by day. I have progressed so much already even though the scale isn’t necessarily much lower than I’d hope, I can actually see improvements in my body and by what I’m accomplishing in the gym. My motivation is higher than ever and I absolutely love getting in shape.

Side planks for #plankaday

Here’s a marvelous book I read recently:

Another Piece of My Heart“Another Piece of My Heart” by Jane Green was an awesome book. I was unsure if I should read it because it seemed like something that wouldn’t necessarily interest me. I am only 22 and I tend to stay to books that have characters around my age or a little older, just because I can relate easier (there have been exceptions of course). This was another exception to my comfort-level and I am so glad I made this choice. The book is very engaging, it is extremely complex and it really made me feel like I was there with the characters, experiencing everything with them – I felt very connected to the characters and I felt like I was watching a TV series. Not a movie, a TV series – because there i a lot of stuff going on in this book to fit in one movie. The only thing I wasn’t too crazy about was the constant sudden change of voice and perspective of the narrator – sometimes it’s this person talking, sometimes it’s someone else, sometimes it’s an all-knowing 3rd person narrator. It can get a little confusing at times but that might have been what really connected me to the book and made me feel like I knew the story from all the different perspectives.

I don’t want to spoil anything by summarizing the book in case any of you decide to read it. But let me tell you, there is so much more to it than I thought there would be from reading the description. This book is a lot more complex than that and the twists and turns of events shift the focus entirely. That’s a good thing. Here’s Amazon’s description:

From the New York Times bestselling author of JEMIMA J, and THE BEACH HOUSE, comes Jane Green’s most emotional and powerful novel yet:  a story that explores the complications of a woman marrying into a ready-made family, and the true meaning of motherhood.

Andi has spent much of her adult life looking for the perfect man, and at thirty-seven, she’s finally found him.  Ethan–divorced with two daughters, Emily and Sophia–is a devoted father and even better husband.  Always hoping one day she would be a mother, Andi embraces the girls like they were her own. But in Emily’s eyes, Andi is an obstacle to her father’s love, and Emily will do whatever it takes to break her down. When the dynamics between the two escalate, they threaten everything Andi believes about love, family, and motherhood—leaving both women standing at a crossroad in their lives…and in their hearts.

ANOTHER PIECE OF MY HEART is a novel that illuminates the nuances and truths about relationships and is Jane Green at her absolute best.

I will gladly give this book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. It’s a much recommended and marvelous read.


Another point I want to make today is that it’s marvelous how health conscious business are becoming and that there is an increasing number of healthy lunch spots popping up all over the place. Last week, my co-workers and I made a lunch trip out to Freshii. After checking out their website and drooling, we decided we had to finally make the trip. Although I can’t say I was exactly overjoyed with the place – it was expensive and the food was pretty bland, we all agreed on the boring bland taste factor. I tried the Wild Pacific Salmon salad which was pretty dry and boring; my friends had a rice bowl and a noodle bowl, both of which they said they could have easily made themselves and it wasn’t anything to write home about, it was actually rather disappointing. I realized that it might be a better idea to just create your own salad/bowl when you go there because they offer a vast numer of unlimited veggie toppings, many of which I was interested in. If we make our way out there again, I will make sure to create my own salad and base my opinion off of that trip as well. Everyone deserves a second chance!

I went to two marvelous events this weekend. P-FIT is a fitness meet-up in Chicago that I found randomly, it is an evening outdoor pilates class in a park downtown Chicago and it is free. Any free fun fitness class is something I am totally interested in, so naturally I RSVP’ed! The class was led by a young female instructor who recently came here from Turkey. She spoke pretty good English but some stuff she didn’t say correctly and she wasn’t very good at instructing because of that, we were sometimes finding ourselves confused. Plus this one guy came who was totally annoying me – no only did he wear JEANS to work out and he looked like a homeless person overall (his whole look, his hair, his face, his everything) and he wouldn’t stop talking! Like shut up and let us workout, stop talking, stop being creepy! Sigh. I decided to walk back to my apartment because it ended at dusk and it’s my favorite time of the day so I thought it would be a wonderful chill walk, especially since this wasn’t all that far from my place. The walk took me around 35 minutes and I got some nice pictures of the city. The beauty of Chicago’s downtown still takes me breath away ❤

Another marvelous event was Pamper Me Fabulous yesterday. I did a review of KLUTCHclub box in June, a subscription fitness-focused monthly box, and they had me down as one of their members in their database. They sent me an email inviting me to attend this event for free (normally the price is $42) as a thanks for supporting them and living in Chicago. The email was sent to all Chicago members. Since I had no previous plans for Sunday, I RSVP’ed and decided to go (alone, dun dun dun, I know, I’m such a loser..) I came pretty late and didn’t stay long. I did manage to squeeze in their 20min hatha yoga session which was perfectly relaxing. It took place in a marvelous art studio with different art pieces hanging on the walls.

yoga and art

I sampled some cocktails by Godiva and Qream and wow, so so so good. Probably caloric as heck too though. Then i got some free samples of Think Thin bars and my gift bag. I doubt I would have come if I had to pay- you had to pay for everything in there again so I’d personally rather just go to Macy’s or Nordstrom to get the same kind of deals on skin products.

gift bag contents

Have a marvelous Monday everyone!

Taking control of health & fitness with LifeBook event

I have a strong online presence and I am very active on Twitter and Facebook, as you guys might have noticed. I also follow a number of fitness and health professionals (not to mention fellow bloggers, but I think that’s a duh). Recently one of the local fitness pros I follow, Andrea Metcalf, tweeted about a complimentary event happening in Chicago which is a workshop to take control over our health and fitness. It was a LifeBook event, which I’ve never heard about before but I was curious to check it out. Might as well, it’s a FREE 3 hour workshop, I’d be silly not to take advantage of an opportunity like that, when I had nothing better to do that evening anyway.

To tell you the truth I was kind of nervous about attending. The event page didn’t provide very much information and left everything pretty open and vague. I was actually kind of afraid this would be kind of like a brainwashing event to make them join a cult. Haha don’t laugh but I’m gonna be honest here! I’ve probably watched and read too many books and movies about this kind of thing, haha. But no, it was not a cult gathering, thankfully. The event promised the following: “You’ll gain immense clarity on what true vitality is, why it matters and how it’s created. You’ll examine your beliefs about your health, define exactly how you want your body to look and feel, and outline what you need to do to achieve the levels of vitality you’ve always wanted.” 

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