Part of the reason for the increased number of book reviews here is simple, an increase in reading. It’s partially the iPad, partially more down time, but whatever it is, I’ll take it. It has led to this blog being a bit disjointed but, to be honest, it always has been at heart.
Anyway, Chubster, a “hipster” weight loss guide from a self-called hipster in Phoenix. I’ve really lived here too long if I think his hipster habits are completely normal and anything super hipster-ish, except talking at length at how the Chubster non diet is better than every other . . . → Keep Going: Chubster: where reading and weight loss intersect
“In the Middle East, what you believe can still get you killed”
After the post that was supposed to be about the book turned into an analysis of reading habits, it’s time to think about this book. As I mentioned, I read it on the iPad, so it wasn’t physically highlighted or dog eared, but I certainly made extensive use of the Kindle app’s highlight feature. It is an amazing book both in Feiler’s writing style, but also in the information he presented.
I was left thinking throughout the book about what his chosen title meant. It has . . . → Keep Going: Review: Where God Was Born
I have an extremely conflicted relationship with organized religion and the concept of god, yet I am enamored with the Middle East. Mom and I went to Israel for my 30th birthday and it was magical and everything I thought. I was already planning my next trip while still there. When people were curious about it, I explained it as a fascination with history. And that’s a huge part of it in the same way I love Rome. So much happened there. But that’s not all of it, I’m fascinated with reading about the Middle East and you can’t read/experience/know . . . → Keep Going: Where “God” was born?
Tom Coughlin signing his book at Barnes & Noble
this blog has been mostly travel and weight loss journey with the occasional foray into sports. Today, is one of those forays because I just finished reading the best book I’ve read in a very long time. Tom Coughlin’s Earn the Right to Win.
I don’t tend to put athletes on pedestals because Here, There be Dragons or Tigers or whichever term for danger you prefer. It generally comes to no good end. Celebrities, athletes or otherwise, are just everyday people who live their lives in the spotlight. That’s no . . . → Keep Going: Tom Coughlin: Earn the Right to Win
or something like that. One of many good points that my weight watchers leader often makes. Wasn’t sure how/if that would apply in the case of this week’s gain because I’d been up and down over the course of the week. Well as of this evening’s scale hop (serial weigher, guilty as charged) after a lot of water, it’s all gone.
Even with the increased calories of the wings and the dressing, I knew I had not possibly gained 4lbs. I’d have exploded if I’d eaten 14K extra calories. One of the things this weight loss journey and the . . . → Keep Going: Quick gain is a quick loss
Statue at the UN
What was that I said the other day about diminishing activity points?!
MONSTER day today w 1487 calories burned, good for 14 APs. The thing is? I totally could have gone longer.
It started after my Weight Watchers meeting this morning (up point 2, totally expected after some not great food choices this week and big losses the last two weeks). It was a gorgeous day and I was trying to stretch my errands out as long as possible, i.e. the furthest Modells and branch of the library*. I had moderate success with that . . . → Keep Going: Monster AP Day
dressed like a girl
I know there’s a fair bit of anti-Biggest Loser sentiment on Weight Watchers. I agree and disagree with it. I agree in that BL does make some think/expect that big losses are the norm, but I disagree in that if it teaches people to eat well and responsibly, that’s a good thing. I only started watching this season, but I really got a lot out of it. It opened my eyes, but I know better than to think I’m going to lose double digits in one week. I didn’t even do that in week 1.
. . . → Keep Going: Believe It, Be It
A real eye-opener.
I’ve been reading a number of books on food and nutrition during my weight loss journey and this one struck me because it wasn’t proscribing a particular diet but rather encouraging education. I’ve seen any number of people back on WW for the 3rd, 4th, etc. times and I don’t want that to be me. I want to learn from this WLJ and not regain it. In that respect, I like that weight loss is hard. It reminds me of why I don’t want to have to do this again.
Young was a student of Marian Nestle, . . . → Keep Going: Review: “The Portion Teller” by Lisa R. Young
saw this book today at the library. Sub title is “The Surprisingly Simple Weight Loss Plan for Hardworking People Who Don’t Have Time to Diet” and it was that premise that intrigued me. The website doesn’t seem like there’s any ground breaking info in there, but I think it might be some good tips for eating out, which is something I still struggle with. I like when I can control everything I’m eating, but there are times I can’t.
I’ll report back as I begin reading. Plan to start this evening at the gym. Has anyone else read it?
. . . → Keep Going: “The Wall Street Diet”
WOW. That’s about what I have to say about this book.
I just finished and reviewed it over on Library Thing. It was basically the best book to read in tandem with Weight Watchers for the education it provided. Yeah, I had some basic nutrition when I was in school but nothing along these lines and it was really eye opening. No, I didn’t think McDonalds was good food and I almost never eat it, but as far as recommended levels of things daily and… So much I didn’t know. It’s definitely spurred me to read further – and no, . . . → Keep Going: Don’t Eat This Book