Love & Care For The One And Only You

Adams, Michelle Medlock. Love & Care For The One And Only You: 52 Inspirations. Franklin, TN: Worthy Publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
loveandcarefortheoneandonlyyouMaking the choice to be healthy and strong isn’t always easy even though it may be the correct decision. As a certified fitness instructor, author Michelle Medlock Adams provides encouragement, coaching, compassion and empathy through the included 52 inspirations. Personal stories, scripture verses, power prayers, positive reminders, healthy hints and delicious recipes all provide the necessary motivation to meet those goals, rather running a 5K, losing weight, eating healthier, or an ultimately larger goal, all linked to spiritual guidance. Taking care of the one and only you has never been better…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Having increased my own fitness goals for the New Year, I found Love & Care For The One And Only You to be perfectly timed. Like a conversation with a good friend, reading the inspirations, pondering over them, thinking about them while working out, and then rewarding myself with one of the healthy treats, this book made looking after me (for that little bit of time) enjoyable and productive. I especially liked the scripture verses which complemented each three or four page devotion along with the “work your words” and “healthy hints” sections. Easy to read yet full of meaning, this is definitely a book I would recommend to those needing that extra support to meet their goals (which is just about everyone)!

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Love & Care For The One And Only You from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

Strong Is The New Skinny

Cohen, Jennifer and Colino, Stacey. Strong Is The New Skinny: How to Eat, Live, and Move to Maximize Your Power. New York: Harmony Books/ Random House Publishing. 2014.

SUMMARY:
strongWith a central message stating that the point of fitness is getting stronger and healthier through empowerment and doing (not deprivation, suffering and extremes), Strong Is The New Skinny teaches that strong is more than physical. Way past just being skinny, this book offers a determined mind-set, exercises, encouragement, variations and attitude adjustments to help you be your best at your strongest…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Be prepared to be amazed (as well as sore, tired, yet so proud)! I truly appreciated the overall message in this book…anyone is capable of being strong, healthy, challenged and successful…at any age, fitness level and size. Starting with a reality check, pursuing self-goals, working diligently, persevering and applauding success, authors Jen Cohen and Stacey Colino provide the necessary head-work, exercises, techniques and tips, and well placed motivation to help realize strong is not the same as skinny. With pictures for examples (just as a side note…some may find the pictures not as conservative as they may like), challenge variations and sample workouts, Strong Is The New Skinny is like a Personal Trainer! With a list of exercises at the back of the book, I was able to access each exercise easily on my eReader for reference at the gym. Be ready to change your focus, thought-process, strength and abilities with this book!  Strong is healthy!!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Strong Is The New Skinny from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

Prescription for Life

Furman (MD, FACS), Richard. Prescription for Life: Three Simple Strategies to Live Younger Longer. Grand Raids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2014.

SUMMARY:
prescriptionWith years of experience as a vascular surgeon, Dr. Richard Furman shares how to live younger, longer and healthier. Citing three strategies to follow which allow you to live life to the fullest, healthiest and longest possible, Prescription for Life lays the foundation.  While changing his own life, he hopes to allow you to change yours too…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
With so many diets and exercise books on the market these days, I started to read this book a bit skeptically. Not far into the book though, I realized this was a real approach to healthy living, not just a fad. Through extensive research, personal experience and quite possibly some (not so common) common sense, Dr. Furman shows how choices can affect consequences. Weight, food and exercise are a few of the items which can determine various cancer risks, dementia and dysfunctions. I found this book to be informative, thought and action provoking, a direction towards a healthier lifestyle and definitely meant to be re-read and shared with family and friends. Here’s to a healthier life!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Prescription for Life from Revell Publishing for my honest review*