Monday Musings: Kick Off

I kick off my days with a workout, sometimes checking email when I remember that I have several email accounts I need to check (note to self, check emails this week). I like to mix it up when I workout. I have routines I love and I know me, I gravitate toward the things I love to do and so that can get me stuck in a routine for a long time. Knowing this makes me change things up. Even if it’s just mixing up the yoga videos I make a change. Sometimes it’s adding in Pilates to post cardio work because I have been away from doing Pilates for a while and have been getting back into it more recently.

So here is a look at the three YouTube videos I kicked off my morning with.

This one is a dance workout. I believe it was after three minutes into the video when the warm up started. She talks first and shows a little about the moves you’ll do during the warm up. This was my first time doing this one. I had fun, definitely sweated and got my heart rate up too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCgtXttnmQM&list=TLjHOdS2_o6U9NM7snhxHYAmaLjrqJfliJ

I finished it off with yoga. Okay, the titles may or may not be entirely accurate, but I don’t want to click on the link to go back to grab the exact title. I’m not being lazy; I just really want to go get my shower now.

Total Body Holiday Yoga: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZoYNuGwF-c&list=PL0632B348AB9BD822&index=56

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

The month is almost over and so the fitness blogging will probably cease…okay, maybe not, but it will go back to being less spotlighted. I don’t have any idea what next month will bring to this blog other than the usual staples. I shall see next month. Have a great rest of day you all.

Fly on the Wall Sunday: Guarding Angel

I know I’m late today, but my computer is currently preoccupied–I am not the one using it. So I am borrowing my mother’s laptop but because of the difference in the programming it won’t open any of the files I need in Word. So I am redoing what I believe to be last week’s Fly on the Wall Sunday post.

Guarding-save-for-web possible nook cover upload

When one of her now deceased ex-husband’s legal cases come full circle to haunt her she’s going to have to trust him to keep her safe. But trust isn’t easy when the man guarding her is the very man who broke her heart in the first place.

Can she forgive him? Or will memories from the past complicate the present and cause both of their demise?

Excerpt:

“You might be harboring some adolescent grudge toward me but I have a job to do here. I will do my job whether you like it or not,” he glared at her. “I will keep you alive. Stop being a child and woman up,” he snapped as he leaned in closer to her. She felt her anger rising. “Impulsive and apparently not smart enough to let things go. It’s been well over a decade, Angel; let it go. Maybe if you had done that you could have saved your marriage—”

She heard the hard smack against his face before she realized her hand had been the thing that caused it. Her hand cupped her mouth as she gasped and her eyes widened. She hadn’t meant to do that. She had never done that to anybody before. “I…oh my God. I didn’t mean to do that.” But was she sorry she had? No. She had wanted to do that the moment he broke her heart. That slap was seventeen years late. The anger in his eyes had her stomach boiling with fear. She didn’t know this man. She knew him when they were young and she was deeply in love with him, but a lot had changed for both of them over the years and she didn’t know him now.

“This will be the last time you hit me, Angel.” The ferocity in his voice told her the silent message behind his words. Do it again and she would be sorry—very sorry. Those were the words the look in his eyes screamed to her.

He pushed off the couch and stalked toward the front door. “I’m going to do my rounds. Be smart enough not to open the front door for any reason.”

Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Lulu

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LA8KQU0

http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/guarding-angel/14794918

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/guarding-angel-capri-montgomery/1119869915?ean=2940149724918

Friday Dish: A Week in Review

It has actually been a moderately productive week. I’m in a mad dash rush to meet some deadlines right now but I think I can meet them…I hope. Life changes are ahead if all goes well and while I’ll have to make some adjustments I really do think this could be a good thing.

older man series main coverBut not to speak too much of the uncertain, let’s talk writing. Did I mention that I finished the rough draft of a couple stories this month? Code of Honor, the next book in the Witness Protection segment of the Special Ops series is done in first draft. It needs editing and I’m going to get started on that soon. I finished Black Rose and it needs editing. I finished a couple short stories that I don’t plan on releasing for people to read but I did have fun writing them. Oh and I am almost ready to release The Older Man collection. I have to get that one out because it finalizes the wedding from the Play it Again book. 8 Ball is really about the sister, but what better way to kick off her story than to get her story going having her meet the Best Man?

I was almost finished with the second book in the Rose series until I decided I didn’t like the leading lady because she’s simply not good enough for my leading man. Yeah, that just made the story take a different angle. I’m still working on the sci-fi book…that one will take a while. I need to finish putting the edits in print into the e-file of the last two books in The Russian Connection series. The first book will be ready to come out, but the last two still have more edits I want to do before passing it off to the editor while the first book is pretty much ready to land on the editor’s desk when her vacation is over.

So for the most part I am busy writing, editing, and getting ready for some major life changes that will definitely make an impact on my life as I know it now.

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

Hello Fitness

I workout in one fashion or another daily. Sometimes I’m just on yoga or reinstituting Pilates into my routine. Sometimes I’m full on cardio plus yoga and toning. I think I have to agree with the PT I worked for that jogging is damaging on the joints. I have had problems with my leg since instituting jogging. I’m a little addicted to jogging so I’m pulling it back and not doing it more than once a week. I’m planning to cut it out entirely.

The workouts I used to do all the time were dance workouts. I was a Belly Dancer once upon a time—yes, paid to dance too. But I started off in Belly Dancing as a workout. I loved it so much I took classes and when I moved to the PNW I did it as an additional way to earn income while doing a slight bit of teaching. I moved and due to location I ended up retiring after about a year. I still loved dance workouts and I got into Hip Hop dance, had some ballroom, but not a lot, bought the Core Rhythms videos and pretty much danced around the house whenever I felt like it.

For me, dancing wasn’t like a workout even though it was. I had so much fun with it that I wasn’t doing routines and counting the minutes until I could stop. So my advice would be to find something you like to do, get your cardio in, some toning, and don’t forget to stretch afterwards. Oh, yes, warm up before starting okay.

My workouts this morning included:

Scola ~ Dance Cardio Workout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32vMRkWrzLQ

Yoga Total Body: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_ngi5RHP7c

Yoga Crazy Core: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVpiJOY-WwA

I had so much fun with the Scola one so I am going to do that one again for sure. She has other dance workout videos so I’ll try some of those. The biggest thing for me is modifying where need be because of my leg, but fortunately I’ve learned to listen to my body and I know when I need to modify a move.

Have fun, stay healthy, stay fit.

Capri Montgomery

Wednesdays with the Arts: Abs Are Made In the Kitchen

They say abs are made in the kitchen. That would mean you can work out from now until forever but if you eat like crap it’s not likely all that work will help you sculpt your body. It reminds me of a PT I worked for (Physical Therapist) way back in the day. He said that he didn’t workout so he could lose weight. He worked out so he could eat.

For him, he loved what he loved when it came to food and he wasn’t willing to compromise what he ate for a more sculpted and toned body like he apparently had when he was younger. He worked out so he could eat the meals he loved without gaining astronomical amounts of weight that would push him out of his healthy weight range.

I workout because I love to do it and I always have. It’s also a good thing working out helps keep me healthy.

I have already shared some of the YouTube video workouts and healthy being videos I found while researching in the previous week’s posts, especially Friday’s Dish. If you have some workouts that you love to do please feel free to share in the comments to help others find new routines too.

Fly on the Wall Sunday: Guarding Angel

Guarding Angel

When one of her now deceased ex-husband’s legal cases come full circle to haunt her she’s going to have to trust him to keep her safe. But trust isn’t easy when the man guarding her is the very man who broke her heart in the first place.

Can she forgive him? Or will memories from the past complicate the present and cause both of their demise?

Guarding-save-for-web possible nook cover upload            Excerpt:

“You might be harboring some adolescent grudge toward me but I have a job to do here. I will do my job whether you like it or not,” he glared at her. “I will keep you alive. Stop being a child and woman up,” he snapped as he leaned in closer to her. She felt her anger rising. “Impulsive and apparently not smart enough to let things go. It’s been well over a decade, Angel; let it go. Maybe if you had done that you could have saved your marriage—”

She heard the hard smack against his face before she realized her hand had been the thing that caused it. Her hand cupped her mouth as she gasped and her eyes widened. She hadn’t meant to do that. She had never done that to anybody before. “I…oh my God. I didn’t mean to do that.” But was she sorry she had? No. She had wanted to do that the moment he broke her heart. That slap was seventeen years late. The anger in his eyes had her stomach boiling with fear. She didn’t know this man. She knew him when they were young and she was deeply in love with him, but a lot had changed for both of them over the years and she didn’t know him now.

“This will be the last time you hit me, Angel.” The ferocity in his voice told her the silent message behind his words. Do it again and she would be sorry—very sorry. Those were the words the look in his eyes screamed to her.

He pushed off the couch and stalked toward the front door. “I’m going to do my rounds. Be smart enough not to open the front door for any reason.”

Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Lulu

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LA8KQU0

http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/guarding-angel/14794918

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/guarding-angel-capri-montgomery/1119869915?ean=2940149724918