Sunday, January 14, 2018
***I received an ARC of this book but the following comments are my own honest thoughts and opinions of this selection.***
I may have mentioned in a previous post that we don't use the word "diet" in our house. It is a dirty little four letter word. I feel pretty strongly about this. I was never a kid who had to watch their weight too much but it was a constant subject in my house growing up. My mother was constantly trying every new diet fad that came out. I am not kidding. I lived through Richard Simmons videos, Slim Fast shakes, green tea pills, weight watchers, etc, etc, etc. Her weight would fluctuate a lot. My little brother also developed a bit of a weight problem. I tried to stay pretty active myself and I loved exercising so I naturally was able to maintain with out trying to hard. Then I had my daughter right out of college and found myself as a single Mom a year later. I had taken health and nutrition classes in college and knew that everyone loses weight differently. I am one of those people who need to eat like 3 times a day on a set schedule. I have consistently weighed more over the years since I gave birth to my daughter than I did the whole time I was pregnant. The reason I hate diets is because most of them tell you about all this stuff you need to stop eating and then it gets super expensive trying to buy the "right" ingredients. I have always felt like they aren't realistic for everyone. I don't eat a lot of snacks. My go to guilty pleasures are a plate of nachos, popcorn, and a bowl of ice cream . These are not things that I even eat once a week. I have been looking for a practical guide of things to do to change my eating habits and start on a healthy path to weight loss. Liz Josefsberg has provided such a guide.
Liz is all about real talk when it comes to her personal struggle to lose weight and her time as a Weight Watchers spokesperson. This book helps you figure out what triggers you to eat unhealthy and how to substitute healthy options to create new habits. This is a fantastic way of making little changes. She also helps you realize that you are bound to make a mistake or slip up from time to time. Instead of giving up when this happens and feeling bad about it, Liz teaches you to accept that you made a mistake and get right back on the horse the next day. The book covers her main 6 steps for making changes. Her "Target 100" includes things like 100 ounces of water each day, 100 minutes of exercise weekly, and 100 grams of carbs daily. These are such easy things to incorporate and change that I feel like this may be a perfect guide for so many more people than the average diet is. I found this book to be very helpful and encouraging. I love how friendly the tone is of the book and how easy Liz is to relate too. The foreword is by Jennifer Hudson and she has lost so much weight and maintained it thanks to help from Liz. This is a must read for anyone looking to lose weight or simply making some healthy changes.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
I love, love, love crafty things. I enjoy sewing from time to time and I paint and draw. These are the things that I do to relax when I am not reading. I first learned to embroider through my Grandmother when I was about 11. I always have some floss and material laying around and have been known to stitch names or flowers on to pillowcases and what not. I have always wanted to learn more stitch types and other ways to embroider that would be more artistic. This book was perfect for that. It breaks down several types of stitches with pictures and gives examples of all kinds of projects for any experience level. I have thought of trying some of the harder projects when I get a chance but after practicing some of the examples in the book I feel more confident and ready to tackle a tougher one. I tried the elephant picture they used but needless to say I was not very successful lol. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys learning new crafts or just looking to improve on the embroidering skills they already have.