2015 Reading: January – June

I read my first chapter book during spring state testing in the second grade and have been a proud bookworm ever since.  I’m happy to say that my love for reading has only intensified over the years.

Thanks to Goodreads, I am able to set goals and obsessively track my reading progress throughout the year. For 2015 I set my goal at 50 books.  I wasn’t sure if I would actually read that many, but I was willing to give it a shot.  Here we are at the end of 2015 and I blew that goal out of the water.  I managed to read 73 books this year, with a grand total of 20,578 pages.  That is an average of 281 pages per book.  Crazy, right?

I don’t want this to be the world’s longest blog post, so I am going to share my 2015 reading list in two installments — January through June and July through December ((you’re welcome!))

Let me know in the comments section if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them!


 

JANUARY

1.  The Wedding List — Autumn MacArthur
2.  From the Wreckage — Michele G. Miller
3.  Divorced, Desperate, & Delicious — Christie Craig
4.  Significance — Shelly Crane
5.  Accordance — Shelly Crane
6.  Reverence — Shelly Crane

FEBRUARY

7.  Defiance — Shelly Crane
8.  The River — Beverly Lewis
9.  The First Husband — Laura Dave
10.  Sisterland — Curtis Sittenfeld
11.  Forrest Gump — Winston Groom
12.  I’ve Got Your Number — Sophie Kinsella
13.  If You Were Here — Jen Lancaster
14.  Remember Me? — Sophie Kinsella
15.  Angel Falls — Kristin Hannah
16.  The Undomestic Goddess — Sophie Kinsella
17.  American Sniper — Chris Kyle

MARCH

18.  Girls in White Dresses — Jennifer Close
19.  Working Stiff — Judy Melinek
20.  Can You Keep a Secret? — Sophie Kinsella
21.  Wedding Night — Sophie Kinsella

APRIL

22.  Twenties Girl — Sophie Kinsella
23.  The Choice — Nicholas Sparks
24.  Someday, Someday, Maybe — Lauren Graham
25.  The Midwife — Jennifer Worth
26.  Quilting With a Modern Slant — Rachel May
27.  The Here and Now — Ann Brashares
28.  Lock and Key — Sarah Dessen
29.  The Giver — Lois Lowry

MAY

30.  Beast Keeper — Lucy Coats
31.  Shadows of the Workhouse — Jennifer Worth
32.  A Wife by Accident — Victoria Ashe
33.  I’ll Give You the Sun — Jandy Nelson

JUNE

34.  Goodbye My Wishing Star — Vicki Grove
35.  The Goodbye Quilt — Susan Wiggs
36.  The Love Letters — Beverly Lewis
37.  Orphan Train — Christina Baker Kline
38.  The Antelope in the Living Room — Melanie Shankle
39.  Farewell to the East End — Jennifer Worth

Do you enjoy reading?  What’s the last book you finished?

Iced Coffee Shakeology

After I had my second baby, I learned what tired really was. The whole ‘sleep when baby sleeps’ rule doesn’t really work when you also have a toddler to chase after. My kids were 6 months and 2.5 years when I started drinking coffee. I love creamy, blended iced coffees. When I started drinking Shakeology a few months ago, I decided to try to create a similar drink at home. This is my favorite recipe and the one I am most likely to drink.

coffeeshakeo

1 scoop vanilla Shakeology

1 cup chilled coffee

Splash of milk

Ice

Blend until smooth

**I am an Independent Team Beachbody Coach and this post contains my personal business links. If you’re interested in seeing what Shakeology and Beachbody can do for you, send me an email! cheeryhomemaker at gmail dot com. I would love to be your coach and help you achieve your fitness goals!**

Pumpkin Spice Shakeology

It’s fall, which means it’s time to pumpkin everything! I’m down to just a few scoops of vanilla Shakeology, so I decided to try and create a pumpkin spice recipe before I run out. I’m not generally a fan of pumpkin flavored drinks, but I really enjoyed this shake.

PSLshakeo

1 scoop vanilla Shakeology

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup milk/almond milk/coconut milk

1/4 cup chilled coffee

Dash of cinnamon and nutmeg

Ice

Blend until smooth.

**I am an Independent Team Beachbody Coach and this post contains my personal business links. If you’re interested in seeing what Shakeology and Beachbody can do for you, send me an email! cheeryhomemaker at gmail dot com. I would love to be your coach and help you achieve your fitness goals!**

My Weightloss Journey

I have struggled with my weight for the majority of my life.

In high school I was always the chubby girl in my group of friends. Not really fat, just a little overweight. I graduated high school wearing size 11 jeans that I thought were the biggest pants on the planet.

By the end of my freshman year of college, I was squeezing into a pair of size 13 jeans. And I wasn’t surprised it just continued to go up from there. When I married my husband in June 2008, I was tipping the scale at just over 200 lbs.

In September 2014, my family and I packed up our belongings and moved from a large city in Illinois to a small town in rural Missouri. Being a stay-at-home-mom of two young kids, my social interaction was mostly limited to the cashier at the local Wal-Mart. I didn’t know anyone and I didn’t know where to meet people. Food became my best friend and my weight slowly creeped up.

On June 15, 2015, I stepped on the scale and was appalled at what I saw. I weighed 230 lbs. I decided that enough was enough. I started pushing my giant double stroller around my neighborhood each day and counted each calorie that passed my lips. If you’ve ever been to Missouri in the summer, you know that it gets hot and humid. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with my walks without my kids melting.

It was around this time that my friend told me she had signed up to be a BeachBody coach. After asking lots and lots of questions, I decided to try out the 21 Day Fix program and bought a bag of Shakeology. I loved that I didn’t have to count calories or calculate point values. If a food was on the approved list and fit in the color coded containers, I could eat it. And honestly, there are still days I don’t eat all of my containers because I’m full. You get to eat so much food AND lose weight!

I haven’t always given it 110%, but since July 11th, I have lost approximately 23 lbs! Even when I’m not tracking my containers or doing my daily workouts, I’ve been able to maintain my weight loss. I’m not dieting, I’m changing the way I eat!

If you are interested in following along with my weight loss journey, be sure and ‘like’ my Facebook page.