Monday Musings: Kicking Off September

September is here and a new season is just weeks away. Have you kicked off the first day of the month on a good start? Are your goals still in sight? Have you given up on them or are you forging ahead?

I’m getting September off on a positive start with an early morning workout. There isn’t a need to miss the first day of the week and the first day of the month keeping healthy and fit.

Today’s Workout Activities:

Scola Dondo’s Azonto Workout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32vMRkWrzLQ

Tone It Up Love Your Arms and Abs Workout: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJMvXlec4_U&list=PLoF7Or9dN9vIxajn3X5gtq51MNVp1r2Eh

Tara Stiles Yoga for Holiday Meal Digestion Workout: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLG7VvPODHs&index=52&list=PL0632B348AB9BD822

And a 3 mile walk with my mom is still to come as soon as the sun starts to kiss the sky.

Writing Good Starts:

I will be uploading Pattern for Murder later tonight. This is the first book of three in a new series. I got an idea for a short story/novella yesterday while I was working on some other creative projects and if the movie keeps playing in my head I just might write it this month.

Other than that, I am keeping a steady, yet soothing, pace this month. I have vowed to try not to over tax myself by doing too much work and not enough me time. This will be difficult for me as I rarely schedule “me time” but I am doing it this month. Tuesday I have plans…yeah, I’m going to try to do them. And those creative projects?—I’m almost finished with one, with four, and now an added one for five, left to go.

Happy September you all.

Fly on the Wall Sunday: Trouble in Paradise

I love fitness and nutrition so much that it kind of feels like I’m spending more time talking about that than books on this blog. While I did decide that this blog would have a few topics out of the writing world, I had planned to spend more time talking books. So let’s talk books today and not fitness. Oh who am I kidding? Let’s talk suspense romance books including fitness motivated characters ;).

Trouble in Paradise has my leading lady who took the bull by the horn so to speak. She finished school, knew what she wanted to do and she went for it. One best foot forward in your face so use my services approach landed her a contract, a steady paying job that pays her exactly what she asked for, a lot of travel helping people get fit and nutritious within the leading man’s company, and of course, there is a rather attractive multiracial Aussie-American-Japanese man. Lucky her.

Trouble in Paradise Not everybody wants paradise; some people prefer hell. When crazy finds its way to what should have been a perfect working getaway secrets are exposed, relationships are sealed and life changing events might just become life ending events.

Short Excerpt:

Now he stood here beside her, wondering why she hadn’t come to him. Didn’t she know he could protect her? She had to know that. What did she think he did for a living—fly fish?

“She told you.” She stared out at the ocean. He wasn’t happy with her avoidance so he stepped in front of her.

“You should have told me. You came back to that office and yet you didn’t even bother to come in to tell me. You walked back here by yourself. What were you thinking?” Was he angry? Yes. That was a definitive yes.

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Friday Dish: Last and Final

It’s the last Friday of the month so what am I Dishing about this time? Books of course.

Those of you reading the Special Ops series know we are still in the Witness Protection segment. I have actually finished book three in near second draft form, but it will go through more edits from my end. I have also gotten a completely different story in mind for the final book of the segment so I started penning it (yes, on paper) and I think maybe I will write it, put it through edits and maybe combine the two books for the final release in the segment. I am not sure yet as it depends on if/when I get it done. I don’t want to hold the other book up too long waiting on this one to be ready.

Overall, August, for me, has been a mixed kind of month—the kind that opens eyes, closes doors, and causes one to think a lot. With September not too far away the only thing I know with certainty is that if the world is still here then another season will change, and if I am still alive I will kiss summer goodbye and welcome Autumn, fall to some.

That’s all for this time. More Dish next week, same time, same place.

Cello Diaries: August Closing

Another month is getting ready to fade away and I am still practicing cello. For the most part I am moderately happy more days than not with my progress. Baby steps…I have to remember to acknowledge those sometimes.

Basically I’m still working on the same things I’m always working on and there isn’t really much new to share with that, but I did find this really amazing music the other day so I thought I would share it here.

I heard this one first: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLTbBnBS3gE It is Epic Viking Battle Music titled To Valhalla.

Here’s more ~ titled: The Last Chronicle by Antti Martikainen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgA9_f1z1Gc&list=UUyVTPFh9-6DuGbCjpT4_YKg&index=4

He has links to where his music can be purchased so if you like it you can go and explore more of his music as well as buy some of it.

I know this is a shorter Cello Diaries this month, but maybe next month I’ll have something different to share…maybe, but I’m not holding my breath on that ;).

Wednesdays with the Arts: Motivational Love Your Body

I was going to talk about something writing related today, but then I saw this video and thought in all the fitness videos I have shared this one on Accepting Your Shape is worth sharing. No, it’s not saying don’t get and stay healthy, it’s simply pointing out that not all humans have the same body shape.

I don’t know what my shape would be considered. I think a lot of that is because I never cared. Growing up there wasn’t this focus on “oh you’re hourglass, or pear, or apple.” People were just people. Working out was just fun for me. Way back when I first started working out I had no idea what good it was doing for my body; I was just having fun. Even after I realized I was working out I don’t think I fully understood how great it was for my body. I knew a little, but I was still having fun and not over analyzing it…shocker, I know. I analyze everything ;).

Fast forward to kickboxing aerobics in college; the teacher I had really focused on how physically good working out was for the body, and on what muscles we were using and toning. It was that year when I got the “you’ve lost weight,” shocked type expression. No, I might have lost like five pounds max but really I was just toning up areas. I wasn’t overweight at any point in my life so I guess the bamboozled shocked proclamation from another woman had me looking at my body and wondering if I missed something all those times I was looking in the mirror to make sure clothes were as they were supposed to be—no skirt stuck in pantyhose type thing that is.

Fast forward to today and I realize I am a lot more in tune with my body, what workouts are good for it, what workouts change the look in ways I might not want it too, and how healthy I am living my life with fitness and nutrition.

Tips I have heard for being more confident in one’s body:

Sleep Naked ~ Um…not for me. I have this thing about thinking there could be a fire in the middle of the night and then I’ll die trying to put on clothes because I am Not leaving the house naked. But hey, this might be fine for others so if you want to try it then have at it.

Stop Comparing Yourself with Others ~ I wholeheartedly agree on this one. Each body is different; no two are the same, so why try to base your beauty off somebody else’s body?

Do the Best that You Can ~ I think this kind of goes with the previous one a bit. When working out don’t think just because the woman on the other treadmill can run like the Devil is chasing her and you’re still walking at what may seem a moderately slow pace, that what you’re doing isn’t good enough. It is good, so embrace it and do the best that you can.

Well, this post is getting too long so maybe some other time I’ll discuss this more.

Monday Musings: All About Health

Hey. I know I’m a lot later today than usual, but I have been busy today. It has been a morning of working out for me. I did Tara Stiles yoga routines. I picked a few different ones that came up to about twenty minutes of yoga. I went walking with my mom using the poles that we both walk with. It was a shoe destroying walk, which meant I needed new sneakers that I hadn’t planned to have to buy. Stupid shoes. They weren’t even that old.

After lunch and cello practice I did Scola Dondo’s Azonto dance workout, followed by some in room jogging for about 25 minutes. (I know I am trying not to do the jogging thing because it’s not good for my leg, but I just couldn’t resist.) I followed jogging with more yoga. I did a healthy joints yoga routine but followed that with the Full Body routine.

I had fun. And while having fun and jogging in my room I came across another health video some of you might find useful.

Eating Healthy with Unhealthy Friends

These are good tips. I have always eaten before going out because I am allergic to things, and I’m a picky eater so at least I know if I eat before I leave I will have food in my stomach and won’t sit starving because friends picked a place where I can’t eat. I’m also (not a full vegan) but more vegetarian than not, so eating at home is great because I get what I can eat, plus I know what has gone into it since I cooked it.

Another health tip I hear often is don’t look at it as a diet, but a lifestyle change. I agree on this one. If you’re going to do healthy eating don’t look at it as just being for a few weeks or a month or whatever, try making it a lifestyle change and keeping it long term.

Healthy Hair Tips: They are both so pretty, and I really like her necklace.

So that’s it for today. We’re in the last week of the month so Cello Diaries should be here on Thursday but everything else should be same as usual.