Linking up with GretchRuns and See You In a Porridge for What's New With You? and Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction for the Monthly Wrap-Up
Hey everyone - if you're new here, I'm Lauren! I focus a lot on entertainment (especially books) but I'm slowly adding in more lifestyle, etc. I want to make the blog about all things that I enjoy so hopefully you'll like it too!
January was a really long month, I have to admit. I went back to work after a couple weeks off for the holiday. It was nice to get a break, but I'm part time so I didn't get paid. That's the big downside, so getting paychecks again is really nice.
There are a lot of political posts going around. Not all of it is about politics though. Many are just about equal rights. I wrote up my own thoughts on Facebook and I shared it on my blog. If you haven't seen it and want to, check it out here. That's all I'll say about that here though. Let's move on to the rest of January...
Shannon from It Starts At Midnight has monthly book giveaways and I won her December one. I got to choose any book that was released that month - following a certain price point- and I chose Books for Living by Will Schwalbe. It looks great. It's essentially about the books that you love in your life. Perfect for me!
I saw Garth Brooks in concert this past Sunday. I've never seen him live, and he hasn't been to Cincinnati in 20 years, so it was great to finally go. I went with my sister - my ticket was part of my Christmas gift from her. We both had an amazing time. Randy Houser was there for about four songs to opening up, as well as one of the backup singers. She's a singer/songwriter herself and played a few songs, including "Red High Heels" which Kellie Pickler sang - her and Kellie wrote the song together. Her was is Karyn Rochelle, and she was great.
Then you finally get Garth who is just insanely energetic. You could really feel the intensity and it was easy to see he was having a great time. I can't imagine having his energy though! His wife, Trisha Yearwood, had a set in the middle of the show and it was great seeing her too.
They sang a song together before Garth left the stage. I'm a big 90's country fan so I grew up on people like Garth and Trisha. She sang a few songs and then it was back to Garth! He played all the classics, including favorites of mine like "The Dance" and "The Thunder Rolls." The show was sold out so it was amazing to hear everyone singing along. Definitely a favorite concert of mine. I'd totally see him again if I get the chance!!
If you have any questions about the show, let me know! I'm happy to share more. If you want to see more photos and a lot of videos, visit my Instagram.
I took this picture a few weeks ago, I believe? Anyway, I figured I'd use this to explain that I'm taking part in a weight loss program led by a local hospital. I have meal replacements for two meals - I'll mostly use them for breakfast and lunch. These are either shakes or soups. There is a pudding option, but I'm not really a fan of pudding. Anyway, the other meal - probably going to be dinner most of the time - is something I have to do myself. I also have to do my snacks. I get a certain amount of starches, lean meats, fruits, veggies, and fats to use throughout the day. I have a list of food options and how much of that item you can use to reach your fruit or your veggie for the day. For example, I get two fruits a day. One small apple is a fruit, about 17 grapes is a fruit, etc.
Anyway, I've just started but I'm determined to lose weight and become a lot healthier. Diabetes runs in my family and I really don't want to get it. There are other things I really need to work on too. I was thinking of doing a post here and there about my journey and how things are going. Would you be interested in reading something like this?
I'm also linking up with the hosts for The Monthly Goals Link Up
Normally you would go over your January goals, but I didn't really make any. I'm just going to go into my goals for the month of February.
+Read at least 5 books. I read 10 last month, but February is a bit of a shorter month and I never know how long a book will be, so I'll go realistic!
+Lose around 10 pounds. They say you can expect to lose a couple pounds a week on the program, though I know it can be a bit more in the very beginning. I'm not sure what I'll end up losing, but I figure it should be around 10 pounds by the end of February. It will be interesting to look back and see! I know once I start seeing results that it will make all of this a lot easier.
+Keep utilizing my planner. I got a Happy Planner from Micheal's for the year and I'm doing really well using it. I want to keep this up, as well as using more stickers, etc. to help liven it up and make it more fun! I plan on keeping the planner at the end of the year as a look at the previous year.
I think those are it for the month! What are you hoping to accomplish in February?