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Pat’s Run–We did it again!

5 May

When it comes to exercising I would love for the world to accept that eating ice cream is actually working out. Think about all the calories you burn walking into the store, opening the fridge’s door, grabbing the bucket of ice cream, carrying it to the register, putting it in the bag, taking it home and finally spooning it into your mouth. Someone please do some research, then come tell me I’m right!

But until then I have to stick with… exercising, for real. Motivation fails me more than I care to count (sucker), but I do like to trick myself into actually working out at least 4-5 times a week. To do that, I sign up for a certain sporting event every year, for which I must prepare physically.

It’s the Annual Pat’s Run, organized by the Pat Tillman Foundation and in collaboration with ASU. For those of you who don’t know who Pat Tillman was  he was an ASU Alumnus and one of the best football player in the history of the university, whose generous life impacted so many Americans and whose legacy continues to help veterans receive an education. 

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At this year’s Pat’s Run scheduled for April 25th  I was joined by my son Patrick and his girlfriend Alyssa, my niece Bat-El and her boyfriend Michael. We called ourselves the Sundevil4Ever Team. Bat-El and Michael ran pretty much the entire 4.2 miles while Pat, Alyssa and I took our time. We ran very little, but walked really fast, because we do enjoy the crowd and the atmosphere. I try to take it all in, from the Star Spangled Banner stirring our hearts, to the American flag dancing in the wind, to the military groups running and singing, to the occasional tutu and colorful costumes. There’s no way to describe how I feel every year I attend this event but I promised myself that for as long as I can walk I will participate in Pat’s Run. 

Happy to report that’s one promise kept and counting.

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VBT–Rewind to You by Laura Johnston. Guest Post & Giveaway

2 Oct

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One last summer before college on beautiful Tybee Island is supposed to help Sienna forget. But how can she? This is where her family spent every summer before everything changed, before the world as she knew it was ripped away.

But the past isn’t easily left behind. Especially when Sienna keeps having episodes that take her back to the night she wants to forget. Even when she meets the mysterious Austin Dobbs, the guy with the intense blue eyes, athlete’s body, and weakness for pralines who scooped her out of trouble when she blacked out on River Street.

When she’s with Austin, Sienna feels a whole new world opening up to her. Austin has secrets, and she has history. But caught between the past and the future, Sienna can still choose what happens now…

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GUEST POST My Trip to River Street and How REWIND TO YOU Came to Be

Ever been to Georgia? Go! I fell in love with the coast of Georgia when my husband, young daughter and I lived there for a short while. The idea for Rewind to You came to me while I was sitting on the beach with KC. Picture a sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. Gorgeous. I wished I could pause time. You know, save the moment so I could “rewind” to it someday and never forget it.

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That got me thinking. What if we could rewind to pivotal moments? At first it seemed like a great idea. The longer I thought about it, however, the more potential conflicts I saw arising from this scenario, especially if we were powerless to change certain things about those moments.

 

If you could rewind to a point in your past, would you want to do something to change the future you’re living? Do you have regrets? REWIND TO YOU’s female protagonist, Sienna, sure does. And it’s going to take more than determination for her to move on.

 

A trip to River Street in Savannah, GA sealed the deal for me. The premise in my head developed into something more as we ate at The Pirate House Restaurant (also featured in my novel) and walked down the quaint pathway along River Street. Just as Austin, the hero in Rewind to You, claims, the best pralines in the world are right on River Street! That street is lively, charming—magic, basically.

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Sienna’s walk down River Street marks the beginning of change. Austin saves the day—and her—in many ways. But Sienna isn’t the only one who harbors secrets. Without realizing it, Sienna and Austin begin an adventure that will help them both understand when it’s best to hold on and when it’s time to let go.

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For more about River Street and Rewind to You, visit my website: http://www.laurajohnstonauthor.com

Thanks for having me!

 

 

Laura Rewind to You AuthorAuthor Laura Johnston

Laura Johnston lives in Utah with her husband and two children. Growing up with five siblings, a few horses, peach trees, beehives and gardens, she developed an active imagination and always loved a good story. She fell in love with the young adult genre both through her experience in high school as well as her job later as a high school teacher. Laura enjoys running, playing tennis, sewing, traveling, writing, and above all, spending time with her husband and kids. REWIND TO YOU is her debut novel.

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Praise for the Book 

“Johnston’s debut spotlights romance and familial relationships, including themes like grief and self-sacrifice. It’s an ideal story for readers looking for a deep-rooted YA love story with the emotional ups and downs and poignancy of a Nicholas Sparks contemporary. There’s also a touch of wit and a sigh-worthy hero – a definite on your TBR list.” – RT Book Reviews

“This is contemporary YA fiction at its best! –Kay Lynn Mangum, author of The Secret Journal of Brett Colton

Rewind to You will steal your hear away.” –Kelly Nelson, author of The Keeper’s Saga

 

 

 

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Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an iTunes Gift Code or River Street Sweets Gift Card. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Open Letter of Apology to my Body

14 Oct

Dear Body,

I’m sorry.

I’m sorry I’ve neglected you. I’ve abused you feeding you junk food. For the past year I’ve replaced daily workouts with daily splurges. Instead of running I sat at the computer. Instead of hitting the gym I hit rock bottom giving up on myself.

I ate candies and gummy bears and ice cream. I delved in burgers and French fries and pastries. Who cared that they creped up on me, pound after pound—I didn’t. I told myself after I turned 40 that it didn’t matter—I should finally indulge in those things I craved. And indulge I did. Eleven pounds later I hated looking in the mirror.

But no more.

I’m done.

Cleaned up my pantry and started working out. In moderation, which is something I have to teach myself how to do it. Take long walks. Starting two weeks ago my boss and I challenged ourselves to take the stairs (our office is on 7th floor) twice a day. We write down how long it takes us to come up. In a month we’ll raise the bar to 3 times a day.

Today was a good day. I treated myself to a coffee by walking to the Starbucks near my house, which is not quite near (1.8mi away). An hour later, my walk tracker recorded 3.6mi.

Numbers isn’t the reason why I do this, but because it finally hit me that if I give up on you, you will eventually give up on me. And you and I have to be BFFs forever, not enemies. I’ll give you healthy food, plenty rest and exercise, knowing you’ll burst with energy and fit in my clothes again.

Deal?