Thursday, October 3, 2013

Heart of the Matter

Heart of the MatterHeart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am a fan of Emily Giffin. Not in the 5-stars-for-every-book-she-writes type of way but in the sense that she does a good job with the multiple points of view and the raw emotions that each character has. I might not always understand why those characters are the way they are but I can appreciate the way in which they are written. So with that being said, I can delve into Heart of the Matter.

I’m not sure what I thought this book was going to be about when I picked it up to be honest. It turns out I didn’t even pick up on the fact that two smaller characters in the book, Dex and Rachel, are from Something Borrowed. Anyway, the book is about Dex’s sister Tessa and her marriage to Nick. Tessa is a former work powerhouse who has now decided to stay at home with their two kids. Nick is an acclaimed surgeon. One fateful night Nick is called into the hospital to attend to a child, Charlie, who has been badly burned.

Charlie’s mother Valerie is single mom who put herself through Harvard law all while balancing being a mother on her own. At some point during Charlie’s recovery, it becomes clear that there is something between Nick and Valerie. Tessa also becomes aware of it but does not want to believe “it” could happen. She is reluctant to admit that she is unhappy in her life when she feels she has nothing to complain about.

Yes the book involves cheating but it isn’t the main point of the novel. Regardless of who you agree with, there are many, many different feelings and emotions wrapped up in and around a marriage. There are so many factors that go into what makes a marriage work. The heart of the matter is whether those two people will do to keep their lives from falling apart in the end.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Color Run Encore

That's right - I did it again!! 

When I saw that they were adding an Encore Chicago Color Run I knew that I had to do it. I had so much fun running it with my sister last time so it was an easy decision. I did much better than I did the last time around too. I ran as much as I could back in June but I really wanted to improve on my performance. J told me mid-run that she was impressed with my improvement :) Can't beat that! Well...I can. But you know what I mean.

This time around we did not spend extra time in each color station, dipping our own hands into the color and pelting each other with it. Nor did we stay for 5 color throws at the finish line. This resulted in me not being blue 2 days later. That's a plus, lol. In June the course took us through Grant Park and I liked that route better. This time it was in the parking lots of Soldier Field and the McCormick Place. It was harder for my cheering squad to follow the route so even though they had the camera with them this time (ok, well, we had it last time except my mom never really pushed the button down to grab shots of us...) we don't have many action shots. If the Bears game hadn't been a noon game (away obviously) we could have hung out to grab some pretty shots with the city and lake in the background...but we didn't. Oh well again.

I'm enjoying these 5ks a lot. I plan on signing up for the Ugly Sweater Holiday 5k to benefit Toys for Tots in Chicago on November 16th. I told K that I really do need to have a race every 3 months or so to keep me motivated. It's sort of the catalyst for me to keep running and working out. I know that I need to do this regardless of whether or not I can do a race but it's the little things that help me. 

So far I am hovering around 23 lbs lost since March. I lost steam in the later half of the summer but at least I kept the weight off. That alone makes me happy. I added in the 30 Day Shred for about two weeks and noticed a difference in my running actually. But then the race creeped up on me and so I went back to just running for my exercise. I've been thinking about having a weight loss blog for this journey. I just think that it would be easier to keep all things related to weight loss in one place and have one location to see the progress I've been making. I don't know. Time will tell I suppose. First I have to have time to actually blog. Lord knows this one has been suffering lately. For that I apologize. 

So the reward for this wall of text: pictures. :-)

And for fun....Here's an "Afters" comparison: