Wildlife and A Delirium Review

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 22 minutes stationary bike – 5.10 miles (am)
  • 20 minutes treadmill (1.5 minutes run/ 3.5 minutes walk ratio) (am)
  • Cardio Fit & Tone Class

Yesterday after I dropped Jaden off at school, I went to the gym for about 20 minutes before my physical therapy appointment. After my appointment, I had about another 20 minutes to kill, so I went back to the gym and hopped on the treadmill. The bottoms of my feet are so sore from running on Saturday, but I have another 5k on Mother’s Day, and I would like to do better.

When Danny got home from work, I took a Cardio Fit and Tone class at the gym. It was alright. I think I was just tired and didn’t really give it my all. I have come to realize that I love strength classes, like BodyPump, a billion times more than cardio classes. Which is funny, because a year ago you would have mostly found me on the cardio equipment.

I prefer doing cardio on my own sometimes, rather than in a class. I like the class dynamics, but sometimes I feel so awkward in cardio classes. And there was so many people last night that everyone is just on top of each other.  But it’s the opposite for strength training - I much rather take BodyPump than strength train on my own.

After my workout, I had an organic apple.

My weight loss class teacher said that if there’s any fruit that you can buy organic, it should be apples because regular apples have the most pesticides and toxins that get inside your body. So, I sprung the extra 50 cents and bought organic apples.

Later in the afternoon, I had some cottage cheese and strawberries for a snack. I have been eating a lot more cottage cheese lately to get in more protein.

Today

Breakfast

I went outside to take a picture of my breakfast this morning (I always make sure none of my neighbors are outside first), and I saw this big guy:

The kids were so excited to see a bunny outside. Actually, I was too. Remember how cool is was when you were little to see a bunny or a deer outside? I always thought it was so cool, and I still do. A couple of weeks ago, I made Danny follow three deer that were running outside while we were driving in the car.

The kids left some carrots for the bunny.

I finally took a picture of my then cold breakfast.

I recently finished reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver on my Kindle. This review contains spoilers. If you plan on reading this book, skip this review. But come back and read it after you finish the book, and let me know what you think.

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According to my Kindle reviews, I am probably one of the few people who didn’t like this book. A quick summary – Lena is a teenage girl growing up in a society completely controlled by the government. The government has decided that love (delirium) is a disease that needs to be cure. Every teenager is cured at age 18. Lena’s mom died from delirium, and she can’t wait to get the cure. Then she meets Alex and falls in love, and realizing that the government may not have the people’s best interests in mind.

Here’s a few reason why I didn’t like the book:

  • Lauren Oliver is a wonderful writer, very descriptive, however, I found this book way too descriptive. I would often get lost because she would go on to describe so much that I forgot what was even going on in the first place. A character would ask a question, then the author would add so much description that the other character’s answer would be all the way at the bottom of the page, and you’d forget what the original question even was. I’m all for description, but this was overly descriptive.
  • Alex – I didn’t fall in love with Alex the way that I wanted too. He is definitely no Edward or Petta. I didn’t feel an attachment to him, and when he died at the end I was like, oh, well, that’s too bad. I didn’t want to whip myself facedown on my bed in despair and sob uncontrollably like I did when Edward left Bella in New Moon. <— Joking…kinda.
  • Also, I didn’t think that Alex was actually going to die. At the end you kind of realize it (hello, he didn’t go over the fence) but I wasn’t as shocked as I should be because I didn’t feel a connection with him.
  • Hana – The whole book you believe that Hana is some kind of rebel who doesn’t agree with what the government does. She sneaks out, she listens to music, hangs out with boys, and supports Lena and Alex’s relationship. But in the end, she agrees with the delirium cure. I thought that she would go into the Wilds with Lena, but she doesn’t. I know that she loves her nice, comfy life, but them why all the rebellion?
  • Lena’s Mom – I know there’s a second book, but I would have liked to learn a little more about what happened to Lena’s mom after her escape from the crypts.

Questions of the day:

  • Have you read Delirium? What are your thoughts?
  • What’s your favorite wild life animal?
  • What did you have for breakfast?

9 Comments

Filed under Book Review, Breakfast, Fitness, Working Out

9 Responses to Wildlife and A Delirium Review

  1. Melissa Woollard

    I haven’t read it but from your review I don’t think I’d like it. Right now I’m reading Rick Springfields auto biography. What can I say, he was my teenage crushes. And so far really interesting. I love birds, I have many feeders and got this from my mom. For breakfast I have an English muffin and blueberry yogurt . Have a great day Heather!

  2. I’m the same way when I see wildlife, it gets me so happy. When I drive upstate to ski during the winter I always look for deer and animals. I love horses though, they are my favs.

    Your breakfast looks so good! I wish I had something like that, but instead I ate a Clif bar during my classes.

  3. For breakfast I love my green smoothies!

  4. I love that same kind of young adult alternate world literature too. I did NOT like Peeta. Team Gale all the way. I also prefer Bodypump/Group Power to cardio classes.

  5. shannonjoe

    I skipped the review because I am planning on reading the book!

    I LOVE wildlife, nature, outside!! LOVE LOVE! :) I get so excited when I see a hawk, a turkey, a deer, anything! And I live in the country, but still get excited!

    I love seeing pictures of your meals-gives me some good ideas! :)

    Shannon
    http://www.everystepcounts365.wordpress.com

  6. susie

    Heather, you are so funny. I could just see you throwing yourself on your bed sobbing uncontrollably, ha ha, over Edward! I am reading ” I’ll Sleep When I Am Dead, the Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon by Crystal Zevon. I love the roots of rock and roll! So far it’s good…My next book is the Bush years (and how they screwed up this country) but that’s another story.

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