52 Week Reading Challenge

I often post on my blog different challenges that I participate in. To date, ALL of those challenges have been FITNESS challenges. But here's a new challenge for all my readers. This is a READING challenge.

Technically you should read 52 books in a year, so one book a week. But like ALL challenges, this belongs to you. If reading 52 books in one year, or one book a week seems too daunting, then use one book for multiple weeks. You make this challenge YOURS! 

I'll update this post throughout the weeks with books that I read for the challenge. You DO NOT have to read them in this order. 

WEEKS & TOPICS
1. a book with more than 500 pages COMPLETED. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker 
2. a romance COMPLETED. Grey 😂
3. a book that became a movie COMPLETED. Alligent.
4. a book published this year COMPLETED. The Nightingale. Probably my favorite book this year.
5. a book with a number in the title COMPLETED. Seven Years by Dannika Dark.
6. a book written by someone under 30 COMPLETED Stolen by Lucy Christopher
7. a book with nonhuman characters COMPLETED Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes by Johnathan Auxier
8. a funny book COMPLETED Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
9. a book by a female author COMPLETED Anything but Ordinary by Lara Avery
10. a mystery or thriller COMPLETED The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
11. a book with a one-word title COMPLETED {The} Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
12. a book of short stories-COMPLETED Rogue edited by George R.R. Martin
13. a book set in a different country COMPLETED Family Life by Akhil Sharma
14. a nonfiction book COMPLETED Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
15. an author's first book-COMPLETED Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson
16. a book from your favorite author that you haven't read yet 
17. a book a friend recommended COMPLETED The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
18. a Pulitzer-prize winning book COMPLETED The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
19. a book based on a true story COMPLETED Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me by Mindy Kaling

20. a book at the bottom of your to read list

21. a book your mom loves (changed this to a book my daughter loves) COMPLETED Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eye by Jonathan Auxier
22. a book that scares you 
23. a book more than 100 years old COMPLETED. Pride and Prejudice.
24. a book based entirely on its cover-
CompletedYou Have to F**king Eat

25. a book you were supposed to read in school but didn't COMPLETED Pride and Prejudice
26. a memoir COMPLETED Yes Please by Amy Poehler
27. a book you can finish in a day COMPLETED The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
28. a book with antonyms in the title COMPLETED Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
29. a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit COMPLETED The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
30. a book that came out the year you were born COMPLETED. Come Back,  Amelia Bedelia
31. a book with bad reviews COMPLETED The Handmaid's Tale (from a list found here)
32. a trilogy (the first) COMPLETED Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
33. a trilogy (the second) COMPLETED Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
34. a trilogy (the third) COMPLETED Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer
35. a book from your childhood COMPLETED Little House in the Big Woods. 
36. a book with a love triangle COMPLETED Twilight (read this one with Haley).
37. a book set in the future COMPLETED Divergent 
38. a book set in high school COMPLETED Vampire Academy
39. a book with a color in the title COMPLETED Green Eggs and Ham
40. a book that made/makes you cry COMPLETED The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
41. a book with magic COMPLETED Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
42. a graphic novel COMPLETED Persepolis
43. a book by an author you've never read before COMPLETED Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline
44. a book you own but have never read COMPLETED The Night Circus 
45. a book that takes place in your hometown COMPLETED Skyway by Bill DeYoung
46. a book that was originally written in another language COMPLETED The Count of Monte Cristo
47. a book set during Christmas (or similar holiday) COMPLETED. That Holiday Feeling 
48. a book written by an author with your same initials COMPLETED I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, by Jennifer Hudson

49. a play COMPLETED Cyrano de Bergerac

50. a banned book COMPLETED And Tango Makes Three
51. a book based on OR turned into a TV show COMPLETED Darkly Dreaming Dexter
52. a book you started but never finished COMPLETED A Game of Thrones Book One

 

Are you in???

 

Spartan Race Giveaway

I did my first Spartan Race last February. It was AWESOME!! You can read my recap HERE

As you are probably well aware, obstacle course races are all the rage!

And the Spartan Race Series offers a race distance for everyone!!

From the Spartan Sprint (3+ miles and 15+ obstacles) to the Spartan Super (8+ miles and 20+ obstacles) to the infamous Spartan Beast (12+ miles and 25+ obstacles,) the Spartan series appeals to beginners, elite OCR racers, and everyone in between.

I did the Spartan Sprint and it was the perfect length for me. Our Tampa course was 4 miles, and any obstacle I couldn't complete, I took the burpee penalty.  

Spartan has some big news for 2015. The first noteworthy item is the Spartan UP! podcast which started THIS MONTH.  This free podcast will feature Spartan founder and CEO Joe DeSena’s interviews with a variety of successful people around the world. Authors, adventurers, athletes, and academics will be interviewed about what makes each one so successful at what they do. Sign up for this intriguing series here.

 

 

The next bit of news for 2015 is the Spartan Cruise coming in March.  This is a truly unique destination race!  This Caribbean Cruise will take participants on a 3 day cruise to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.  A first of its kind private island Spartan Race will be held here. In addition to the race, cruisers will be able to train with the elites, meet Joe DeSena, hear expert speakers, and more. I would LOVE to take a Spartan Cruise. It sounds AMAZING!!

For those of you who can’t do just one Spartan Race, the 2015 Spartan season pass has been released.  This pass allows for unlimited Spartan racing!  Pass holders can race in any heat without extra charges, take advantage of free bag check, and get special hotel and rental car discounts. This pass is a must-buy for those training for a 2015 Trifecta.

2015 will also include a new venue for the Spartan World Championship.  This event will be held in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California in October 2015.

MetamorFit readers can save 10% off ANY Spartan race by using the code SPARTANBLOGGER.

But wait...there's MORE!!

I also have a GIVEAWAY good for ANY open heat (non-confirmed start time) in ANY Spartan Race in the continental US.

All you have to do to win is comment below letting me know which city you'd choose to run! You can see the list of available cities HERE. I'll choose the winner by Saturday January 17th. 

Good luck and AROO! 

Weight loss success with General Mills & Weight Watchers-GIVEAWAY!!

It's not secret that I lost over 200 pounds following the Weight Watchers program. Weight Watchers really taught me so much about myself, my eating habits, and how to make healthy food choices.  I was even featured in the 2012 NATIONAL TV Commercial Campaign for Weight Watchers. I heart Weight Watchers.

But during 2014 I really struggled. I mean really struggled.  I struggled with weight gain and am now in a place I honestly thought I'd never find myself again....in a battle to take off unwanted pounds.

I got a little complacent and thought that I "knew everything" and no longer needed to track my points. BIG MISTAKE. HUGE.

So I'm back on plan, and working hard to take off the 40ish pounds I put on over the past year. But if I took off 200, 40 is really a drop in the bucket.

One of my FAVORITE Weight Watchers endorsed product is the Broccoli Cheese from Green Giant. But not only is it a favorite of mine, but it's a favorite of Ronin's! The Broccoli Cheese is also one of my favorite "go to" items for lunch while I'm at work! It helps to keep me on track!

Green Giant makes it so easy to get in your vegetables! Simply take the box of Frozen Green Giant Vegetables, put them in the microwave, and viola, DINNER!!! They taste great with a grilled chicken breast and a lovely purple potato!

GIVEAWAY!

General Mills is giving away an amazing gift basket of products, including salad tongs, a dressing emulsifier, and salad shears, to one lucky MetamorFit reader!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Visit these 3 recipe sites:

2. Leave a comment on this post stating which healthy recipe from the 3 sites listed above you are going to make!.

The winner will be selected by January 23rd and will be notified by me through email. General Mills will be sending you the gift basket directly. 

I went to Publix TODAY (with the Tampa Trio in tow...wow, I should have done that tomorrow once they go back to school) and Publix was having some AWESOME deals!!

In-Store Savings
In addition to digital coupons, save in-store! Offers available at your local Publix store from 1/1 to 1/7. Dates might very in certain markets.
• Green Giant 4-packs: BOGO
• Green Giant Frozen Vegetables: BOGO
• Progresso Soups: BOGO

Check out the site below and print up your coupons!

Printable Coupons:
Click here to clip and print your coupons. Available while supplies last.
• Save $.40 when you buy SIX CUPS any variety Yoplait® Yogurt
• Save $1.00 when you buy FIVE CUPS any variety Yoplait® Greek or Yoplait® Greek 100 yogurt
• Save $0.80 when you buy 4 any variety Green Giant® Frozen Boxed Vegetables

Direct to Card Coupons:
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• Save $1 when you buy 4 Progresso™ products (excludes Progresso™ Pasta Bowl)
• Save $.40 when you buy SIX CUPS any variety Yoplait® Yogurt
• Save $1.00 when you buy FIVE CUPS any variety Yoplait® Greek or Yoplait® Greek 100 yogurt
• Save $0.80 when you buy 4 any variety Green Giant® Frozen Boxed Vegetables

Disclosure: The information, products and Publix gift cards were provided by General Mills through Linqia.