Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Post~Apocalyptic Bridge {In the Dark Room}

Project 52 Week 5 Post Apocalyptic {Living Outside the Stacks}
My family and I are big fans of The Walking Dead. I’m not really even certain how this started because, initially, I was totally skeeved by all of the flying brain matter and snot streams now I’m all Team Daryl Dixon. We actually plan family time around this TV show ~ we root for our favorite characters, sigh loudly when the black guy dies, and sigh even louder when he’s replaced by another black guy. Seriously, what is with that? In a post~apocalyptic world are black guys nonexistent and black women endowed with some sort of mystical powers? Hey, Michonne, I’m looking at you; you freak me out but I’m cheering for you all the sameAnyway, that’s a whole nother blog post.

My point is that this week’s 52 Week Project: 2013 Edition theme was “Post~Apocalyptic”. See, I ramble for a reason. When I saw this bridge, I knew it would make a perfect post~apocalyptic setting. Can’t you just picture screaming people running to safety across the bridge, closing the gates, and then realizing that they’ve trapped themselves with something even worse?

If you’d like to see the rest of my photos from the 52 Week Project, click here.


What I Wore {In the Closet}

Hey, everyone! Hope you’re having a wonderful week so far. I know I am. Nothing particularly great is happening, I’m just happy to be able to see another day. Throwing my hands up and praising God! Good health and a fabulous hair day, what more could a girl ask for?

Teal Cardi Floral Shirt Tan Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

A few weeks ago, one of my coworkers said “You have just got to stop coming to work looking so cute!” I started laughing and said “But I’m a blogger.” Because that’s the answer to everything. But it’s true, when you know you’re going to post pics of yourself, you step up your game. That’s not to say I don’t have days when I wanna take it down a notch but dressing nice does make me feel better.

Teal Cardi Floral Shirt Tan Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

It also makes me feel pretty confident. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a tucker but I wanted my outfit to resemble this one that I found on Pinterest, so in the shirt went. And you know what? No one pointed at me and laughed. No one said “Girl, you know that gut is too big to be wearing that.”

Teal Cardi Floral Shirt Tan Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

And even if someone had said something, I wouldn’t have cared. Well, maybe just a little bit. But I was having a good day and my confidence was on full display.

What makes you feel confident?

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Witness to Fitness: Pumped Up! Powered Up! All Things are Possible! by Donna Richardson Joyner {Book Tour}

Witness to Fitness by Donna Richardson Joyner Book Review {Living Outside the Stacks}BOOK DESCRIPTION (FROM THE BACK OF THE BOOK)

A 28~day program to help you lose weight while you nourish both your body and your soul.

In Witness to Fitness, Donna Richardson Joyner brings together faith, food, and fitness in a way no one else has done before. She inspires the reader to follow her on a journey, strengthening mind, spirit, and body. Her program will help you get the results you are destined for and create lasting change in your life.

Joyner’s plan is to inspire you to lose weight and feel and look great. The exercises can be followed by anyone at any fitness level. Each day in Witness to Fitness, you are given:

  • Daily meal plans with delicious, easy~to~make recipes
  • Awesome daily workouts with photographs that clearly demonstrate the exercises
  • Uplifting affirmations to keep you encouraged every step of the way

In addition, you get:

  • A scripture to inspire you daily
  • A success story to motivate you
  •  A song of the day that keeps you energized and moving

Donna’s energy is contagious! Her philosophy is that you can have victory in your health by practicing faith, perseverance, and courage to achieve your goals. Witness to Fitness provides a unique wellness program that focuses on changing your mind~set, living in the spirit, and loving your body. Donna encourages us to strengthen our body and soul to liver our best life ever. Her joyful spirit and inspirational program will transform your health and your life.


Donna Richardson Joyner is a renowned fitness and lifestyle expert who has traveled to 50 states, 50 countries, and 7 continents motivating and empowering people to walk in the newness of good health. The only member to have served under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama on the President’s Council for Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, she has appeared in and sold millions of fitness videos, including Buns of Steel and the number one inspirational fitness video program Body Gospel. She is a former fitness expert for the NBC Weekend Today Show and ESPN Fitness Pros, and the producer and host of Donna Richardson: Mind, Body & Spirit. An active philanthropist, she serves as an advisory board member of the Robert Wood Johnson foundation, the LPGA Foundation, and as a consultant for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Donna is the founder of Grow Green Get Fit. She has been inducted into the Fitness Hall of Fame and has been named one of the “25 most inspiring women in America” by Essence magazine.

You can connect with Donna Richardson Joyner by visiting her website.


I was all kinds of excited to review this book when the offer first came through. As many of my long time readers know, I’ve been struggling with my weight for years, so I’m willing to try just about anything. And I’ll be the first to admit that I thought using a book to exercise and lose weight would not be that effective but I was wrong. Within the first two weeks, I lost a little over 2 lbs from following the exercise chart*, reading the inspirational messages and bopping along to the daily song. Unfortunately, I was unable to stay on the program because I was sidelined with a week long battle with The Plague (aka the flu). Now that I’ve regained my health, I will be going back onto the program.

I think what made this program work for me is that it’s a day~by~day process. I enjoyed reading the stories of how others worked their way to a healthy weight and lifestyle. Knowing that there were people that Donna encountered who overcame bigger weight struggles than I have is inspiring. I also liked having scriptures to back up the idea that we are mandated by God to live our healthiest lives and cherish the vessel that he has given us.

The biggest drawback for me was the diet plan. I have a large family, so following the meal plan was impossible. I simply don’t have the time or the finances to cook separate meals for myself and my family and some of the meals don’t work for teens. I would love it if someday a fitness/diet expert would consider that when making these specialized menus.

Overall, I think this is a good fitness program to follow if you like the idea of combining fitness with spirituality.

To find out more about Donna Richardson Joyner’s book tour, visit TLC Book Tours.


What song gets you moving?

Disclaimer: This book was provided to me courtesy of TLC Book Tours  and HarperOne free of charge in exchange for a review. This did not influence my opinion.

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