Monday, March 28, 2016

Results of the 21 Day Fix

My 21 Day Fix ended yesterday. I'm sure you'll all dying to learn the results. What? Only me?

Here's the scoop: I lost 7 pounds and even lost 1 inch. Since the first week of January, I have been eating better and exercising, so that has led me to lose a total of 14 pounds and 2 inches. Not bad.

My biggest challenge: making time to exercise.

The easiest part of the whole thing: getting more sleep. Between working, family life, and exercising I was pretty tired by the end of the day so I slept more and slept better.

What did I do right: Used my containers every morning to start my day off right.

Where did I flounder: Still can't seem to give up my one Pepsi a day and only once made time to exercise in the evening if I didn't get a chance to work out in the morning.

Am I happy? You bet. I am definitely on the road to where I want to be. Now that I have my DVDs and my containers--which really do help you think about what you're eating--I can keep on moving forward. Having met my weight loss goal of 110 pounds, I am going to focus on toning up.

Thanks to all those who have supported me along the way. I couldn't do it without you!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

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4253 Church Street Palmer, MA 01069

Property Site:
Former 2,200 square foot bridal shop available for lease. Remodeled with two bathrooms and private kitchen area with sink. Three parking spots in front and a driveway that leads to three additional parking spots in the rear. Tenant responsible for all utilities.
Bathrooms: 0.00
Square feet: 2,200
Price: $1,100

For more information about this property, please contact Cheryl Malandrinos at 4135755751 or You can also text 3238048 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 71819461

3 Russell Rd Wilbraham, MA 01095

Property Site:
Spacious Colonial on quiet, dead end street. Updated kitchen with custom cabinets, granite countertops, island with countertop range, built-in convection ovens with warming drawer, and copper sink. Formal living room features stunning fireplace w/ pellet stove insert and custom mantel. Newer heating system and windows. Hardwood flooring underneath all second floor bedrooms. Addition with separate entry lends itself to numerous possibilities. Some sweat equity will turn this home into a beautiful place to make memories together. Being sold as is. Will not go FHA/VA.
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 2.00
Square feet: 2,567
Price: $246,000

For more information about this property, please contact Cheryl Malandrinos at 4135755751 or You can also text 3236537 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 71901367

396 Michael Sears Rd Belchertown, MA 01007

Property Site:
New price! On over 5 acres sits this absolutely picture perfect,meticulously maintained Cape with a new roof, new gutters, new Harvey windows, new vinyl siding, new outdoor lighting and new front & back entry garage doors (2014). Seller states 2' x 6' construction w/ a new slider, new Buderus high-efficiency boiler & new hot water tank (2009). Living room has new carpets & wood-burning fireplace w/ brick hearth. First floor also features dining room w/ new floors, kitchen w/ stainless steel microwave, ENERGY STAR refrigerator & dishwasher, & Jenn-Air range, a bedroom, a full bath & family room w/ slider out to the freshly painted deck & patio. Second floor offers spacious master bedroom w/ his and hers closets, a full bath w/ tile tub/shower surround, and another sizable bedroom. Partially finished basement w/ tons of extra storage space, built-in wine rack & cedar closet. Mass Save Audit, new second floor thermostat & smoke & CO detectors (2015). Nothing to do here but move in!
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.00
Square feet: 1,886
Price: $264,900

For more information about this property, please contact Cheryl Malandrinos at 4135755751 or You can also text 3236553 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 71922467

1341 Bay St Springfield, MA 01109

Property Site:
Bright and cheery renovated bungalow on corner lot with detached garage on Marsden Street. Enter through the enclosed rear porch into a completely new kitchen featuring beadboard wainscoting and stainless steel & black appliances. Freshly painted combination living room/dining room offers glistening refinished hardwoods and brick hearth fireplace. It is already wired to hang your flat screen TV above mantle. Two freshly painted bedrooms with refinished hardwoods and subway tiled bathroom with new vanity completes the first floor. Bring your ideas to the partially finished basement that includes a half bath. Relax out on the front enclosed porch or on the side deck off the kitchen. Large fenced in backyard with patio. Security system with new keypad. Easy highway access and close to shopping, area restaurants, and schools. Schedule your private showing today!
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.00
Square feet: 992
Price: $114,900

For more information about this property, please contact Cheryl Malandrinos at 4135755751 or You can also text 3237791 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 71941022

Monday, March 14, 2016

The 21-Day Fix Has Begun

Last week I started the 21 Day Fix. I have to admit when it arrived, I was unimpressed. I spent $70 on a book, a plastic shaker for shakes I won't be making, a meal chart, a couple of DVDs and a set of plastic containers I could have bought at Walmart for about $3?

I can't say the cost still doesn't irk me, but here's the thing: it's making exercising and eating right easier. Here's how it goes:

  • There are six containers: green for veggies, purple for fruit, red for protein, yellow for carbs, blue for healthy fats, and orange for seeds and dressings. You start by calculating your current caloric intake. Then based upon your caloric intake, you are allowed a certain number of each containers a day. I'm within the 1200-1499 range, so I can have 3 containers of veggies, 2 fruit, four protein, two carbs, one healthy fat, and one seeds and dressings. The containers come with stick on labels so you remember how many servings you can have of a particular food group and what each color contains.
  • In the eating plan book, you'll find not only ideas of what you can put in your containers, but recipes. 
  • It also comes with a paper daily meal tracker so you can make sure you're getting the right number of containers each day. 
  • The two DVDs have five days each of workout routines. They are not easy. If I hadn't been doing a bit of exercise before now it would be hard to keep up. Luckily, they have one person who performs a modified workout. I have to resort to that from time to time. You need some equipment for these workouts: exercise mat and light and heavy weights or resistance bands. 
  • The plastic shake container is for those who will be making protein shakes. I can't, as even the smell of them makes me sick to my stomach.
  • The 21 Day Fix Start Here pamphlet has a Transformation Tracker on the back where you can record your Before and After measurements. In addition, participants are encouraged to take Before and After photos. 
So, how's it going? The first week I took two days of rest because working out seven days is too tough for me. I am, however, doing a a mostly good job about sticking to the eating plan. I have to admit I can't give up that one last can of soda a day. Caffeine withdrawal headaches are still a pain. I also find that since I have been drinking more water--water is highly encouraged--I crave it more when I don't have it. 

I was supposed to work out today, but it didn't happen because of my schedule. Tuesday it must happen or I will start getting lazy. 

One thing I've found helpful is to take Probiotic Gummies. Probiotics are said to promote digestive and immune health. I definitely feel better when I take them daily. My belly feels too full otherwise.

I've been sharing photos on my regular Facebook page. Sometimes they are food photos. Other times it's just me looking exhausted after a workout. I'm a visual person, so these pictures help motive me to keep moving forward.

I'm not sure what the end of the 21 Day Fix will bring, but I know I'm working toward a healthier lifestyle, and that's all that matters. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder Now Available in eBook Formats

This is the day Little House fans have been waiting for--HarperCollins Publishers released the series for e-readers today!

It looks like they are only offering a 5-eBook set on the HCP website, but if you visit:

Barnes and Noble

you will find all nine books available in digital format.

What would Laura think of this new way to read her books?

Monday, March 7, 2016

Mailbox Monday - March 7

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Happy Monday! I hope you're having a great week so far. Buyers are coming out of the woodwork looking for houses right now. I've worked two days in a row morning until night. Not a lot of reading--or blogging--getting done.

I received one book last week. I had been impatiently awaiting its arrival. This was a pre-order that helped to support the restoration of the Conservatory at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA. Charyn's other book about Emily Dickinson is a favorite of mine, so I hope to enjoy this one just as much.

Through interviews with contemporary scholars, close readings of Dickinson’s correspondence and handwritten manuscripts, and a suggestive, newly discovered photograph that is purported to show Dickinson with her lover, Charyn’s literary sleuthing reveals the great poet in ways that have only been hinted at previously: as a woman who was deeply philosophical, intensely engaged with the world, attracted to members of both sexes, and able to write poetry that disturbs and delights us today.

What did your mailbox hold last week?

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Book Review: From the Mouth of Ma by Robynne Elizabeth Miller

One chapter at a time, author Robynne Elizabeth Miller seeks to learn more about Caroline Quiner Ingalls--Ma from the Little House books.

In From the Mouth of Ma, Miller indicates that readers didn't get a chance to know Caroline Ingalls very well. Much of the close relationship Laura Ingalls Wilder had with her Pa (Charles) is written into the pages of her Little House series, but Ma remained a bit elusive.

Each chapter--except the first two, which are dedicated to outlining the purpose of the book and providing a bit of background on Caroline Quiner Ingalls--shares a little piece of Ma with readers: how practical and traditional Ma was in her daily life, her matter-of-fact opinions, how she valued honesty and forthrightness, what a devout Christian she was, how pragmatic she was while holding onto a dose of optimism, and more.

Miller discusses some things that bothered her about Ma from the Little House books--like her seeming lack of compassion for her children after the prairie fire that threatened their home in Kansas. She also dives into the many platitudes that Ma's character used in the books to help her--and readers-- understand more about who Ma was.

We end up with a well-rounded portrait of Ma with her unwavering love and devotion to her family and her desire to teach her children important and valuable lessons. Caroline Quiner Ingalls did not live an easy life out on the prairie, but as the author states, she navigated through it with grace and strength. For me, this book served to grow my admiration for a woman who embodied those characteristics and a pioneering spirit that helped create the country we know today.

Paperback: 84 pages
Publisher: Practical Pioneer Press; 1 edition (November 26, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692580654
ISBN-13: 978-0692580653

I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.