The Secret Garden

I love to read but lately, I have had a hard time really getting into a book. I usually can read a book per week but according to my #50BookPledge I’m on track to finish 19 this year. Not a good start.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m so consumed with eating healthy that my brain power is used up in the kitchen and I have nothing left when it comes time to read or if I just haven’t been reading the right books. Instead of reading on my daily commute, I have spent endless hours trying to figure out what to read next. I started to think about all my favourite books and see if maybe it was time to re-read one of them. That’s when I remembered “The Secret Garden

Now, I need to admit something. I’ve raved about this book to anyone who asks, added it to my must read list but for the life of me, I couldn’t really remember what happened. I remember that it’s about Mary Lennox and her cousin Colin and a secret garden (obviously) but that’s about it. How can it be one of my favourite books and I don’t remember what it’s about??? How embarrassing! Truth is, the book brings me back to my 5th grade class when Miss. McDermott would read it out loud to the class. I don’t really remember all the details of my childhood but I remember that I LOVED when it was time for her to read to us. My love for reading started at a young age so those classes are still one of the most vivid memories etched in my brain from elementary school. I can still see her sitting on a stool and remember staring at the tassel of her bookmark as she read. Every time I see a book that she read, it brings me back to a simpler time and that is a good enough reason to love a book.

I did however order the pretty yellow cover version from Amazon and re-read it. I figured if I don’t like it as much as I thought, it will at least look nice on my book shelf. I read it in 4 days and now I really really really love the book. The message of the book is to believe in the power of positive thinking and I don’t care how old you are, this is definitely, no question a Marbair’s must-read book. Not sure where Miss. McDermott is now but I wish I could thank her for reading to us and introducing me to The Secret Garden.

Secret garden

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Water Baby

In a continuous pursuit to lead a healthier lifestyle, last night I tried Aquafit!

Yes, Aquafit! And before you start rolling your eyes at the fact that I choose the one class famously attended by senior citizens, don’t knock it until you try it.

To say the class was challenging is an understatement. I was expecting a bunch of grannies waving noodles in the air and floating around enjoying a relaxing “exercise” class but instead it turns out that I signed up for 45 minutes of non-stop movement. I arrived just as the class started and the aqua fitness instructor didn’t waste any time. The moves seem easy enough but let me tell you, you feel each and every move in your muscles. My arms and legs were burning and even though you couldn’t tell, I was working up a sweat!

I would recommend the class for all ages because you go at your own speed. Everyone is focused on not drowning that you don’t even notice the others in the pool. Except when you are going backwards and accidently knock them out as you swim by. Apparently I can’t swim in a straight line!

The other reason I would recommend this class is because you actually feel great in a bathing suit! I’m not even kidding. I dreaded putting on a bathing suit, I’m overweight, have cellulite, need a tan and haven’t had a pedicure since last summer but when you walk out of the pool, you have a workout high. Your body feels great and you forget about being critical on how you look.

I’m not going to wait until my hair turns gray to enjoy the feeling again, I’ve already printed out the schedule and plan to attend weekly. No better way to get a summer ready body than becoming a Aquafit water baby.