This will be my weekend reading.

From Publishers Weekly

Vermont novelist Longfellow (China Blues; Chasing Women) places Mary Magdalene at the center of the origin of Christian thought. As this vividly imagined novel opens, “Mariamne,” the daughter of a wealthy Jewish aristocrat, is a gifted child with a love of learning who hears prophetic voices. Because privileged girls in Jerusalem are not raised to be scholars, Mariamne must indulge her passion in secret, accompanied by her slave, Tata, and her father’s ward, Salome. Mariamne and Salome eventually run away to Alexandria, where they study in the great library, and into the wilderness, where Salome devotes herself to John the Baptizer. Meanwhile, Mariamne is drawn to Yeshu (Jesus), with whom she shares a brief earthly love and prolonged discussions of gnosis—the experience of direct personal insight into the divine. Together, they envision the events that lead to the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. Reimagining such famous episodes as the healing of Lazarus, the wedding at Cana and Judas’s betrayal, Longfellow sees Yeshu and his apostles from a feminist perspective. Longfellow (who first published this novel in 2005 at a small startup press named for Mariamne’s donkey, Eio) is more passionate about research and philosophy than plot or character. Readers looking for a fast-paced thriller will be disappointed. (Mar.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

This lookes to be a good read. I started this morning and so for it is keeping my interest.

This was a good workout week for me.  I lacked a little with Les Mills, but I’m not giving up.

Next on the list is to add YOGA…..

Library

One of the places that I find the most peace….. My Library.  Right now, I’m reading about 4 books!!!

I spent the day watching The Office and Hoarders….. The Office is one of my all time favorite shows.  I love watching the funny things that happen throughout their work days.  It makes going to work fun.

The weekends here are always so peaceful!!!  Although we didn’t go to the beach this weekend, we enjoyed family time.  I tried two new dishes this weekend.  Saturday was Stir-fry night.  The first batch didn’t come out like I had hoped, but batches two and three were right on the money.  It was good trying new things…. also sticking by my resolve to cook more.

My fitness week is listed below.

Week One
1-1 Pump Challenge Run 3 miles
1-2 Spin 45 min
1-3 Pump Challenge Run 5 miles
1-4 Flow Spin 45 min
1-5 Pump Challenge Run 2 miles
1-6 Hard Core Abs Run 3 miles
1-7 Yoga Run 6 miles

I’m not giving up on Less Mills!!!

Although the first week was not nearly enough working out, I will keep at the program until I see some results.  I’ve figured out the I really have to teak ANY program to fit me in order for that program to work for me.  I have to stop believing the commericals that I can get “The Body that You want” with any of the programs that I buy thinking that I’m buying the magic pill.

There really is no magic pill…. only money down the drain if I don’t use the programs.

Weight loss is a mental challenge, not a physical one.  If you can take control of your mind, the rest will follow.

I saw this on facebook and it is so true!!!

This last week was a good workout week. I’m loving having a SkyyLounge in my garage.  It makes it much easier to get up and hop onto the treadmill.  I scored a find at the thrift store about a week ago.  Seasons I-VI of LOST for $9.99 a season! So, since I’ve finished the Sex and the City series…. Now, on to LOST! A challenge would be to see how much weight I lose per season. Goal… 5LBs per season. That’s doable!! And also a lot of fun.  I’m going into week II of Les Mills PUMP. So far, I know that I have to add additional workouts with this set.  I can not fall into the thought that I will lose or even maintain with only PUMP. PUMP Challenge is only 20 min of work, with lots of talking in between.

Intentions

The Power of intentions

the will to do others harm.

gifts presented as bad charms

to some who believes in  its power,

it could bring great stress

to others who believe it to be a myth,

it really brings no distress.

It serves as a motivator..

…that beacon in the night…

the ability to change its meaning

…the opportunity to turn on the light

When others give me hate and strife

I in turn give them laughter and delight

..this in turn…turns on their light

No “attacks against self-esteem”

No returning meanness with being mean

Your life is played out in symbols…

..I know who you are and I laugh.

there truly is  no one insignificant….

we all have much to give.

There’s nothing wrong with elephants…

everyone lives…. how they live…