Currently Into

May 22, 2019

Reading I think I’m officially out of my reading slump, having torn through most of this book over the past 5 days. I can’t vouch for the ending yet (I’m 75% through) but — what a great reading experience. The writing reminds me a bit of Frederik Backman, but I dare say I like it even more.

(Thank you readers for this recommendation!)

((PS: I am reading this on my phone for the sake of pure convenience and because I did not have patience to wait for a physical book to arrive, in the mail or from the library.))

Workouts I’m sort of stuck in a 21 Day Fix rut. I’ve been going to my ‘live’ workouts 1-2x/week, but am not thrilled about how long the whole process takes on weekdays – basically 80 minutes when driving time is included. So I may rethink my membership.

I am considering diving into 80 Day Obsession — a longer workout program with the same trainer as my beloved 21 Day Fix (LOVE Autumn Calabrese). This seems like a fun summer project. BUT I still want to incorporate running because those are the most relaxing ‘treat’ workouts to me. So maybe I’ll do an extended 80DO with runs mixed in!?

If anyone has experience/wise words to impact, I’ll take them. (As usual, not planning on any of the nutritional stuff / supplements / etc).

Good Ol’ Autumn & her FIX

Cookbook I read about it on The Frugal Girl, and was sold by her enthusiastic endorsement (since the FG is — well, frugal — I figured her threshold for book purchase is high).

wholeheartedly agree with her endorsement

I now own this book and love it too. It has detailed pictures of every recipe, the meals are generally very kid-friendly, and — my favorite part — the ingredients lists are all very SHORT!

I don’t cook very often, but even I was motivated to make Sunday dinner from this book (flank steak + corn served with roasted asparagus – my addition). We had the chicken & orzo soup from this book the past 2 nights and both A&C loved it. And last week we tried a chicken with farro salad recipe that was excellent. This book is now sharing ‘favorite’ status with my 2 volumes of Run Fast Eat Slow.

Looking forward to

parenting book club 🙂

NOT thinking about homework or the school rush

having my GME time officially carved out of my schedule

my 2 ‘mommy days’ scheduled for June

some live podcast recordings!

Legoland / Amelia Island vacation (July, excited!)

belated anniversary weekend away (also July, also excited!!)


New podcasts I have been sampling (and enjoying) lately:

(I seem to have a new obsession with personal finance / financial planning for whatever reason)

I need a new juicy “story” type podcast though! Recs welcome 🙂


  • Reply Cara Rabik May 22, 2019 at 6:37 am

    You know I love me some 80 day obsession! A word of warning: you will need heavier weights than what you use in 21DF. I routinely use 25’s and 30’s so if you don’t have a wide variety, look into that before you start. It’s great bc autumn tells you exactly what weight she’s using for each exercise so you can adjust based on what she’s doing 🙂

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 22, 2019 at 9:50 am

      We have 15 and 25s (they are joshs!) but i could get more!

  • Reply gwinne May 22, 2019 at 8:04 am

    I like America’s Test Kitchen….and I like cook books with color photos, so I might need to get my hands on this one! Thanks!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns May 22, 2019 at 8:59 am

    A podcast I would recommend is “In the Dark.” There are 2 seasons and both were excellent. They are heavier, though. The first season is about an abduction in Minnesota. The 2nd season is about a man who was tried 6 times for a crime (he had success with multiple appeals but the prosecutor keeps trying him again).

    Have you tried reading Commonwealth? That’s another great book that really sucked me in! I haven’t heard of that cookbook but will have to check it out from the library to see if it’s a good fit for us. We have a 15 month old and while he eats EVERYTHING at daycare (vegetables, lentils, beans, you name it) it’s a different story at home. I’m hoping this changes so I can eventually make one meal that all of us eating, using a cookbook like the one you bought. Right now, we feed him and then we eat dinner after he goes to bed (he eats around 5:30 since he goes to bed at 6:30 and 5:30 is just WAY too early for us to eat!).

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 22, 2019 at 9:49 am

      That podcast is produced by the daughter of the Duke pediatric endocrinology chief that I worked with while there! So I totally should listen!!

      • Reply Emily May 22, 2019 at 12:38 pm

        In the dark is amazing! For story-like podcasts, I also recommend Bag Man with Rachel Maddow (about Spiro Agnew—but so timely and interesting!), S-town if you haven’t listened yet, and if you’re interested in a criminal justice issues, Charged and Caught are both great.

        • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 22, 2019 at 2:25 pm

          Loved S-town!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 23, 2019 at 5:43 am

      Ps loved commonwealth

    • Reply Lori C May 23, 2019 at 9:39 pm

      In the Dark is wonderful- eye opening to how broken our justice system is.

  • Reply Kate May 22, 2019 at 9:03 am

    For a story based podcast, try Alone: A Love Story. It’s a Canadian podcast about a woman who tells the story of her love life, divorce, and search for a second soul mate and a single mom. The author has worked in radio and broadcasting all her life, and has excellent storytelling timing and great music. She is honest, does not sugarcoat, but is not fatalistic, either.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 22, 2019 at 9:52 am

      Ooh sounds fascinating

  • Reply Jill May 22, 2019 at 11:25 am

    I’m also a huge fan of LIIFT4 (on beachbody on demand)- it’s 4 days per week and a great combo of strength and HIIT. It was perfect for me because it allowed me to train for my half marathon and all of the workouts were 30-40 min

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 22, 2019 at 12:23 pm

      Maybe I should try that! If I am willing to try another trainer that is not autumn 🙂

      • Reply Sidra May 24, 2019 at 4:40 pm

        The trainer is Joel Freeman. He does a great job of explaining everything. There is weight lifting involved so important to make sure the moves are being done correctly. There is also a rotating cast of regulars. There is enough chatter to be helpful and engaging but not annoying.

  • Reply Elizabeth May 22, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Seconding Alone: A Love Story!
    For podcasts would recommend ‘The Habitat’ which is about the people that spend a YEAR locked in a dome as part of an experiment about how humans could go to Mars.
    Also ‘Dr.Death’ the bizarre story of a neurosurgeon in Texas – I imagine you and Josh would have so much to say about it!
    I just listened to an episode of Bad with Money which was excellent, The Cut on Tuesdays episode with Stacey Abrams, and the ‘Call Your Mom’ one.

  • Reply Beth @ Parent Lightly May 23, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Next on my list are: So Money and Fairer Cents. My finance blogger friend recommend them to me but I haven’t listened yet!. I’m also really enjoying The Double Shift!

  • Reply Sidra May 24, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    I really enjoyed BoD LIIFT4. It is 4x per week and none of the workouts are more than 40 minutes.

  • Reply Ana May 24, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Ooh report back on the workouts…I don’t currently have heavy weights so it would be a commitment but I’ve been thinking of straying from 21day fix for a change. I also have that cookbook in my amazon cart on Kristen’s recommendation but haven’t hit the trigger yet. I really liked Kitchens of the Great Midwest. Daisy Jones and the six is a fun read, and I really enjoyed Next Year in Havana. Everything else I’ve read lately is WAY HEAVY and depressing.

  • Reply Sidra May 24, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    I forgot to mention the podcast Call Your Mother from Kveller. It’s not a “story” podcast but each episode has been more amazing than the next. It comes out once/week and the episodes are about 25 minutes. I highly recommend it.

  • Reply Linda May 26, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    A couple story podcast recommendations: Gangster Capitalism (season 1 is about the Varsity Blues scandal) and The Shrink Next Door.

  • Reply Cassie Reid McGarvey May 27, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Re Beachbody and Running. Am working on runs but must lift. Am doing just total body core, AAA, and booty from 80 DO. Am on week 2 and it seems to be working ok. I need the focused glute and core work – didnt feel like Liift 4 did that for me.

  • Reply Tricia May 28, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    I have just wrapped up my third round of 80 day. I have done Lift and 21 day. I’m not a coach and don’t do supplements. The at home just works best for me at this stage in life. I never used heavier than 15s for 80 day. You will need heavier for LIft but my max was 25. I love Autumn and her style and cues. Joel doesn’t cue as well. It was fine but didn’t love it.

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