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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

McBride Moxy Book Review





            Close to the Skin by Zara West

Bella escaped to New York from the small Greek island where she grew up to get away from the boyfriend she loved, but knew was wrong for her, and to start a new life.  For eight years she hid away in her quaint little tattoo shop creating her art through the tattoos.

The boyfriend found her, using his billions and connections to do it.  While she tries to tell herself he’s no good for her, she can’t deny her reaction when he kisses her, touches her, loves her.  Still his wealth is gained through illegal dealings and she wants nothing to do with that.  The last time Vernon did what was best for her, she was kidnapped, and worse.

Vernon doesn’t believe Bella when she says she won’t marry him.  He’s convinced that if he whisks her away to one of his private properties on a beach in the Caymans that she’ll change her mind.  He can give her everything, and he loves her.

Unfortunately, Vernon’s past catches up to him and endangers not only his wealth, but all that is important to him, including Bella.  It’s time for him to make hard decisions to protect not only his life, but Bella’s life as well.  They will use her to get to him.

I like that Bella Bell made the right decisions for herself and ran to a place she thought she could disappear.  I understand her wanting to have something of her own that she worked for, and made successful.  I like the cast of friends she has made.

Vernon really loves Bella, and honestly believes that since he can give her anything and everything she could ever want she will come around and agree to marry him.  He doesn’t understand her at all, and I love that about him.  He actually believes he is doing the right thing.

This is a highly entertaining story with a cast of characters that will make you smile.

It gets a 6 on the McBride Moxy Meter


Check out more of Ms. West’s books at:  http://www.zarawestsuspense.com/

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Long Road to Weight Loss

I've had to watch my weight my entire life.  You know those people who get stressed out so they drop 15 pounds?  Or the ones who worry too much and drop 10?  I'm not one of those people.  While I don't keep piling on weight, and I don't eat a lot of crap, the weight remains.

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After a million years of this problem.  After 3 pregnancies, 2 C-sections, and too many other surgeries to name, the time has come.  Both my kids are grown and it is time for me to focus on me.  I made 2017 the year for the betterment of me.  

 

Now the year didn't start off as well as I'd hoped.  In March I joined Gold's Gym and did really well for 3 months.  I went to the gym 3 times per week for a half-hour workout, which is what the trainer suggested.  I was feeling good, and doing great.

Then, I got sick.  I was sick for a friggin month.  Needless to say, I didn't work out during the month because I couldn't breathe and was coughing all the time.  We went and picked up my daughter from college and that put me behind for another month -- getting her settled back home, and trying to figure out what to do with all the stuff we brought back from the apartment.  


But a couple of weeks ago, I finally got back to it.  I'm determined to make this work.  I'm going to the gym 5 times a week now -- after work -- for 30 - 45 minutes a time.  I'm building up to an hour each time.  I'm going to start using MyFitnessPal again.

I like MyFitnessPal because it shows you all the numbers.  It shows calories, fat, sugars, protein, and it counts down for you so you know how much you have left for the day.  I just have to get used to remembering to enter the food and exercise information every day.  I get busy and forget.Image result for free sighing gif

If you're having the same struggle, join me here and we'll provide support to each other.  It is a long road to the weight goal, but seems bearable with a friend.


~~Sloan