Announcement!

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If you were looking for another way to support my work without supporting huge publishers, I have posted my stories on Simily! Not all of them are available but I’m slowly adding them.

This doesn’t mean I’ll be removing my stories from other platforms. I know there are people who don’t want to or can’t use Amazon or other big retailers for various reasons. It’s a subscription type site so there are plenty of other authors to see as well! Click here to check it out!

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Today’s Workout: Back on my feet!

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I did it! Sorta… I got up earlier but not as early as I wanted. I was able to get in a powerwalk and prep lunch and dinner so my calories were planned out for the rest of the day

It felt good to get on the treadmill again. I’m gonna work my way back up to form and finish C25K before the end of the year. I’m hoping running will get easier as I drop more weight. Less stress on my knees and ankles could help me level up to C210K much easier.

My weight hasn’t moved but I’m coming up on Shark Week so that’s normal. I’m probably retaining a bunch of water due to hormones and craving more salt. I’ll have to be patient about the scale moving in the right direction again.

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Today’s Workout: First Day of School

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I think both me and my kid got a little too complacent with a wake up routine. Now that school has started, we both need to be up earlier. They need to be on time for class and I need to make lunch; meaning a much earlier wake up time. We didn’t get it today so I was grouchy all day making a quick kettlebell workout an easy choice to burn off some calories and some grumpiness.

I’m working on food prep (partly why I want to get up earlier) so that making dinner takes less time and I can get to my workouts earlier. I can do 30 minute sessions of weights if I time it right and still have time to write and go to bed at a decent hour. I have the feeling I’ll have to go back to doing big cooking jobs on weekends if I don’t have to work. I’d rather wait until it’s cooler but we’ll see.

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Lenni Reviews: “Burn the Witch” Vol. 1, by Tite Kubo

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Set in the same universe as Bleach, dragons and magic are real in Reverse London and the agents of the Wing Bind are the only people able to fight them. Noel and Ninny are witches and Wing Bind agents who battle dragons in secret. But they risk being exposed when Noel’s classmate, Balgo, is targeted by a dragon.

This volume has just the right balance of fantasy, humor, magic, and intrigue. Our audience stand-in, Balgo, is just goofy enough without getting annoying (yet, we’ll see how it goes) and Ninny’s high energy works well with Noel’s deadpan nature. I see potential in this and I hope there’s much more. While I haven’t read Bleach, I am familiar with the series and I wonder if this series will take a similar path. 4 out of 5.

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Today’s Workout: Consistency

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As in I am in desperate need of it. For me, this week will be all about trying to do a little bit of a workout every day. Today was more stationary bike and I’ve been lowering the resistance to get my speed up. It’s easier to type with less resistance.

Also, I hit the 15 pounds loss! I’m super excited about this. I’m only 17 pounds away from getting under 200; that’s my goal before the end of the year. I’ll be doing more cardio and weights to try and get there; even if it’s just a few minutes. The combination of the Saxenda and keeping active should get me there. It’s worked wonders so far!

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Lenni Reviews: “Mao” Vol 1, by Rumiko Takahashi

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Nanako is a seemingly normal high school girl being raised by her grandparents after her parents died in a tragic accident. One day while she walking, she goes through a portal and finds herself in Taisho era Japan (the 1920’s) and is able see auras and demons. Here, she meets Mao, an exorcist on a mission to kill the demon that cursed him.

This is classic Takahashi and I love it. There’s great lore and tons of it, fun fantasy, intrigue, cool characters, and a mystery that will keep you coming back. I look forward to more after a strong start to this fantasy series. 4.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Ice Cream Man Vol. 6: Just Desserts” by W. Maxwell Prince, Martín Morazzo & Chris O’Halloran

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This volume is another series of dark short stories with the Ice Cream Man being featured.

These stories are hit or miss. I’m still wishing for an overarching story in these anthologies. I thought this would lead to knowing more about the entity and why it’s so malevolent; maybe what the overall point is. I’m not seeing that and while that is ok since some of the shorts are good, it’s just okay. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu” by Junji Ito

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This manga has real life stories about Ito becoming a cat owner against his will because his fiancée wants them.

This is really funny, especially coming from Ito. If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you know I’m a fan of his work so it comes from a place of love and experience when I say it’s fucking hilarious and terrifying to see Ito’s style in every day situations. This was fun to read and if you’re a cat owner, there are some familiar situations here. 4 out of 5.

 

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Lenni Reviews: “Norroway 2: The Queen on the High Mountain” by Cat Seaton & Kit Seaton

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Seven years have passed and Sibylla is captured by the Troll Queen, jeopardizing the prophesy she must fulfill

There’s some interesting palace intrigue going on here in this rich fantasy world. There’s a lot of lore to play around with and I didn’t expect a 7 year jump from the first volume. That’s an interesting choice since most stories are quick to get to the big prophesy part right away. This is an interesting twist giving room for a compelling cast of characters. I like the uniqueness. 4 out of 5.

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Today’s Workout: Making the most of lunch

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I didn’t have the chance to prep my lunch before I left for work so, I picked a place far off to get something to eat. It may have been a bagel with tuna (no mayo) and I know that’s a bunch of carbs but it was actually nice to be outside.

I don’t know if I’m in the place where I feel comfortable running outside again. Not in this heat for sure, but my main reasons for sticking to the treadmill were other people thinking they have a right to mock me while I’m running. Even if I feel good and I’m getting healthier, it’s disheartening to get teased. If you’re the type of person to do this, you’re not helping. If you think overweight people should go workout, maybe don’t laugh at them when they do.

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