Monday, June 14, 2010

Book Review - Jackie Warner's This is Why You're Fat...

Sunday food prep was completed. I'm set for the week. Yesterday was a bit light on water, but I'm back on track today.  I posted the Kiwi Mojito recipe, as promised. It's soooo nice to have my girls home! :-)

Today I'll be hitting the gym for cardio and I will attempt to lift. My back is still tender, but I'm hoping it's rehab'd enough for weights. Please, please, please!

I picked this up and read it over the weekend. Jackie is a person in the fitness/nutrition industry whom I respect. Her book is very straight-forward, practical and easy to follow. The plan makes sense, and the workout plan she offers (three "circuit" workouts) can be done as easily at home, as in a gym! All you need is an exercise mat and 2 sets of dumbbells.
Her style is very "real-world", and while she pushes organic foods, she does point out that if you're removing junk foods from your grocery list, adding organic foods won't break the bank. A reasonable assumption. (But still, an assumption).

Jackie does make one very important point about the mind-body connection that I absolutely loved. She talks about the whole "think-it, be-it" philosophy, and says that your thoughts/attitude/beliefs can control the world around you. This is true. When you're upbeat, aren't the people around you influenced by that? Here's the quote...

"... I understood at a very basic level that my thoughts -- and the energy that emanated from those thoughts -- could move mountains or start fires. I simply had to chose which to do."  (pg. 196, paragraph 3)

That really spoke to me. I'm a firm believer that as we think, so we are.  The "move mountains or start fires" part has been going through my head all day... am I going to move mountains or start fires? I've been around that type of thinking (positive thinking, belief speaking, etc) most of my life, so the concept wasn't new, but for some reason today it just seemed to take root.

Anyway, the book... I highly recommend it. If you're just starting your fitness/weight loss journey, this is an excellent place to begin. Her 2 week jump start is both logical and practical and appears to be fail-proof. There is one point upon which I disagree... she is of the camp who believe that tropical oils are bad. There is enough research available to be able to dispel that falsehood. Coconut Oil in particular is an excellent addition to any healthy diet.  Other than that, Jackie's got my vote! :-)

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