Weekly Workout Recap – Week 6: Slowly Back on Track

Workout

Suffice to say that things were not doing too good in the last two weeks. Last week in particular only managed to get in a Sunday workout. Still, one workout is better than none. I do want to keep at least a 3 workout thing in whatever form I can manage. With that said, there was a lot of creativity and things working out to make it happen.

Let’s just check it out!

Monday & Tuesday

The first two days of the week was the overwhelming crazy E3 coming to an end. With that said, it included a lot of coming right home to work on drafts and getting in the recap posts over to That Moment In. We were plagued with time zone differences as usual as well as just being bombarded with all kinds of news. Don’t get me wrong, I love every bit of it but just not so easy to get in workouts.

Wednesday

A day of unexpected events took its turn for Wednesday. Tuesday’s recording wasn’t able to be done so we did another recording after work. BUT..it was not a rest day. I had planned to go for a long walk at lunch and with an unexpected power outage at the office for an hour, I ended up having an earlier lunch and doubling the time I intended to go for a walk.

Distance: 3.3 km – moderate walking

Thursday

It was a busier day at work with lots of little tidbits to get taken care of. Ended up not getting any workout done.

Friday

Another walking day scheduled in during lunch time.

Distance: 2.5km
Time: 30 mins
Moderate speed

Saturday

Zumba time today! I’ve decided to diverge away from the Tone It Up workouts as they were making it slightly routine and boring so I wanted to change it up with cardio. I can’t seem to find time to go out to run and my area has recently had a uncaught kidnapper/predator in the neighborhood so the city also advises against it. Its why I like Zumba as it raises my spirit and energy, a decent amount of challenge and is a full body cardio workout. Some repeats from last week but overall, some routines I just randomized on my Zumba playlist on Youtube.

Sunday

Father’s Day ended up with family visits and getting other things done. You’ll read about in the next Weekly Adventures. I did do a little gardening today. Although, I can’t say it was particularly exercising, especially since most of my day was spent E3 edits for Game Warp for next week.

Overall…

I’m slowly making the best of a busy situation. I got some Zumba in and a lot more walking than I usually did which was my form of exercising. I have been having some knee pains so the running has been taken off for a little bit until I get some running tape or whatever you call it. Things should slow down next week so I’m going to try to get back to weights, more Zumba and hopefully some jogging/walking sessions.

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Double Feature: Varsity Blues (1999) & A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits (2016)

It feels like quite a while since I did a double feature but that might be because I’ve been taking a little movie watching break and binging some more TV that I never happen to write about (but I will, I promise). A bit of a mixed bag here although you could call this a young adult/adolescent pairing? I don’t know when A Cinderella Story for this one takes place. Its usually around the high school phase as well.

Varsity Blues (1999)

varsity blues

Director: Brian Robbins

Cast: James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, Paul Walker, Ron Lester, Scott Caan, Amy Smart, Eliel Swinton, Ali Larter

A back-up quarterback is chosen to lead a Texas football team to victory after the star quarterback is injured. – IMDB

Those who know me know that I’m a huge fan of Paul Walker, as a human being and truly do miss his presence since he had done some fantastic work in Fast and the Furious as well as other movies. I’m sure that I’ll be doing something in the Sunday Lists very soon. With that said, I haven’t seen Varsity Blues before where he plays the supporting role of Lance Harbor, the injured star quarterback mentioned in the plot summary above. The main character here is played by James Van Der Beek. Going into Varsity Blues blind did give me quite the shock because it is quite an intense film especially in the sense, of how Jon Voight’s character as the coach of the team.

Varsity Blues is quite generic in the coming of age sports film but it shines in its performances and the cast member. The movie also has some pacing issues particularly in the beginning however the second half of the film does redeem itself quite a bit as that is where I was truly invested into the movies. It touches a lot on say the future of the dreams but also brings into other realities of say race and prejudices as well as unreasonable ambitions and doing/fighting for what is right and following your heart instead of what others perceive as your future or the path you should take.

I was a little underwhelmed by the film as its fairly average but the decent performances does make it worth a watch.

A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits (2016)

a cinderella story if the shoe fits

Director: Michelle Johnston

Cast: Sofia Carson, Jennifer Tilly, Amy Louise Wilson, Jazzara Jaslyn, Thomas Law, David Ury, Sven Ruygrok

A contemporary musical version of the classic Cinderella story in which the servant step daughter hope to compete in a musical competition for a famous pop star. – IMDB

I have no idea how these A Cinderella Story is still going on. I think I’m missing like the third one if this one is the fourth one. I do like the Hillary Duff one with Chad Michael Murray which started it all. Its one I watch every once in a while for the obvious reasons that the cast is spectacular with Jennifer Coolidge as the absurd mean stepmother role. The next one after that was Another Cinderella Story with Selena Gomez which I didn’t love but enjoyed since it had some cute moments and lovely dancing and singing moments. I didn’t bother with the third one since I figured this stuff wasn’t worth my spending money on it so to fill up some background noise and uninvested movie viewing, I put this on because I saw it on Netflix. I know no one in this one and its all quite rinse and repeat. There’s some dancing and the opening thing of singing and dancing seems like this female replica of Grease’s Grease Lightning part. However, this one is just bad. The humor is not funny. The acting is meh. The singing and dancing is okay. The story is generic.

It was something of a waste of time but then I mean, as background noise, I guess it fit the bill but I wouldn’t watch it again.

Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 5 – Worst Movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Time for Round 5 of Opinion Battles and this time we share our worst movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Mine was a no brainer even if I didn’t see Dr. Strange (at the point I sent it in) and The Incredible Hulk and it was Iron Man 2. It was just so boring, even Robert Downing Jr. couldn’t save that one.

Head over to check out the other choices and drop a vote for who you agree with the most!

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Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 5

Worst Movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Avengers Infinity War has smashed onto the big screen, bringing all the work together from the years of the films, we have looked at the best before, but now lets look at the worst movie from this universe.

Next Round – Biggest Acting Oscar Snub – Closing Date Friday 1st June 2018

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Ant-Man

This is my pick because I wasn’t a fan of the character, I also didn’t enjoy the movie and it is the only one I haven’t returned to re-watch of the films in the MCU.

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Ironman 2

Boring and pointless is how I felt about Iron Man 2. It was a drag to watch mostly because it felt like nothing much fitted together. Its forgettable and formulaic and perhaps one of the worst parts was…

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TV Binge: Nailed It (Season 1, 2018)

Its a beautiful Sunday (or at least I hope it will be since the posts are written in advance…hooray to organization!) I should be baking this weekend since its my husband’s birthday weekend. Fun fact that our birthdays are literally a week apart. Either way, its time for fun stuff so whats more fun than talking about food. Boy..am I on a roll with food related series! Anyways, I didn’t realize Nailed It was so new until I was looking at the release date on Netflix.

Nailed It (Season 1, 2018)

Nailed It

Hosts: Nicole Byer & Jacques Torres

Guest judges: Sylvia Weinstock, Zac Young, Valerie Gordon, Dave Arnold, Yolanda Gampp, Jay Chandrasekhar

Nailed It is a competition show for amateur bakers who are trying hard to learn how to bake but failing hard. How the show works is that there are three bakers every episode. In the first round, they face-off for a themed baked goods usually the same item but different design and the bakers get to choose whichever they want or end up with if they are too slow. Whoever does the best ends up with a prize and get to wear the gold chef’s hat to flaunt that they are the one to beat in the second round. The second round is a one big cake that they need to replicate. As this is an amateur baking competition, they have a Panic button one lifeline to ask for help where one of the judges will go to help them, while the loser of the first round gets a second advantage of one of the buttons that mess with the other two competitors like Nicole Nags, Freezer Burn or Pardon My  French.  The best of this second round wins the competition and ten thousand dollars.

Nailed It

The first season of Nailed It only has 6 episodes so its quick watch. In some ways, its weirdly satisfying to watch amateur bakers at work. I believe that we learn a lot from our failures. So, there’s this weird connection of being a amateur baker that fails at aesthetics of a baked good all the time that I do understand their struggle and from those elements, I learn a little about the little details that make a difference. While this feels more or less as entertaining than say Zumbo’s Just Desserts (review), there is still a lot to be learned in the baking department because the head judges is Jacques Torres who is a pastry chef and a chocolatier, so he offers some nice advice. With that said, the other person joining him is host Nicole Byer who probably is the life of the show because she talks a lot and is somehow rather entertaining for the most part. Aside from them, each episode has a new guest judge, each knowledgeable in their own respects.

Nailed It

Overall, the season for Nailed It was so swift that there isn’t really much to talk about. Its for the crowd that likes having a good laugh at some of the baking failures and shenanigans that can happen to the amateur bakers who attempt some big projects. As entertaining as it all is, it surprising highlights a lot of the basic mistakes that some people don’t quick get when they first start baking and has a decent educational value as well. Plus, most of the guests are pretty knowledgeable and give some decent advice as well as Jacques Torres. Its a fun little show and I wouldn’t mind seeing a Season 2 as a fun little binge session. I definitely has a good few laughs at some of the turnouts. Honestly, that is all I ask for sometimes when I watch a show. Its not like I’m watching a food documentary series which is meant to be serious which I have a few of those TV binges coming up 😉 Plus, I appreciate that Netflix is appealing to its foodie viewers especially since I don’t have cable so I don’t get Food Network unless I travel and have hotel stays.

Have you seen Nailed It yet?

Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 3 Favourite Steven Spielberg Movie

In Round 3 of Opinion Battles this year, we are looking our favorite Steven Spielberg movie. The choices are all fantastic. Its without a doubt that Spielberg has done many fantastic movies and pinning down a favorite is almost impossible however, oddly enough one of his debut titles is always my choice as for myself, its actually the one I rewatch quite a bit and that is his 1971 action thriller Duel. Head over to Movie Reviews 101 to check out the other chosen faves and drop a vote in the poll for your favorite.

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Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 3

Favourite Steven Spielberg Movie

Ready Player One is hitting the cinema this month and is directed by one of the great directors of all time, Steven Spielberg, this month we are going to pick our favourite films from this man’s illustrate career.

Next Round – Least Favourite Oscar Winning Actress in the Lead or Supporting Role – Closing Date Friday 6th April 2018

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Jurassic Park

This is the first movie I remember seeing at the cinema, the effects leave you jaw dropping and still 25 years later it is still flawless. You can watch this movie over and over and still enjoy it. The T-Rex is truly terrifying for the audience especially when I was only about 6 when I saw it.

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Dual

This is possibly one of the hardest rounds as Steven Spielberg…

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Ultimate 70s Blogathon Conclusion

Its time to say goodbye to the Ultimate 70s Blogathon. Drew took care of the conclusion post where he recapped all the entries we had and the participants who joined us. Head over to check it out at Drew’s Movie Reviews!

Drew's Movie Reviews

Hello, friends! I hope you’ve enjoyed the last three weeks as much as I have. Kim and I have had a blast sharing everyone’s reviews of their favorite 70s flicks. There have been a wide range of films reviewed and if you missed any of them, here they are:

Tranquil Dreams – Alien

Drew’s Movie Reviews – Saturday Night Fever

Box Office BuzzStar Wars: A New Hope

Movie Reviews 101Kramer vs. Kramer

MovieRobThe Exorcist

Ten Stars or LessSlapshot

Riley on FilmWestworld

Emma K Wall (Explains It All)The Exorcist

Plain, Simple Tom ReviewsOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

MovieRob – 5 Easy Pieces

Film and TV 101The Godfather

Starry Traveler’s RoadSnoopy, Come Home

Rhyme and ReasonFor Pete’s Sake

From the Depths of DVD HellIsland of Death

Drew’s Movie Reviews…

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Opinion Battles Year 4 Round – Most Anticipated Movie of 2018

Its February so time for Round 2 of Opinion Battles! This time we’re sharing our Most Anticipated Movie of 2018. There’s a few I’ve got my eye on but I’m going with something somewhat under the radar and hoping that it’ll succeed, The Quiet Place. Some great choices thrown into the hat here so remember to head over to check it out and drop a vote on which one you anticipate the most!

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Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 2

Most Anticipated Movie of 2018

2018 is well underway and all our players have their own picks for what films they want to see this year, but which one is the one they want to see the most?

Next Round – Favourite Steven Spielberg Movie – Closing Date Friday 2nd March 2018

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Deadpool 2

Deadpool was one of my favourite superhero movies, it was loud and happy to push the limits with violence and language. We had Ryan Reynolds shining and now we want to see where he takes the character next, while I am not familiar with the source material we do get a fan favourite Cable joining the cast too.

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Quiet Place

There are a ton of upcoming movies in 2018 that have potential to be hits however, the one that stands…

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