book reviews ( catch up)

HIIT It!

gina harney 

hit it

Lose Fat, Build Muscle, and Feel More Energized in Less Than 30 Minutes a Day

Your life is not about working out. Gina Harney, better known as the Fitnessista, knows that well. That’s why she uses HIIT – high intensity interval training – a smart alternative to long cardio workouts. Intervals of short, intense workouts are paired with appropriate recovery time and leave you with a metabolism boost so you can use energy more efficiently for the rest of the day. With HIIT It!, you’ll learn how to get fit in the time that you have, with no memberships and no expensive equipment. Because feeling great is about eating right, too, the Fitnessista shares her foolproof method for fueling your body with quick, healthy, and delicious meals and snacks.

You don’t need to be a body-builder to make high intensity interval training a part of your fitness routine. The Fitnessista shows you how to:

-Build a personalized fitness plan that fits with your life

-Combine cardio and strength training in routines that last thirty minutes or less

-Eat smart with tasty, easy to make, protein-packed meals and snacks

-Have fun with your workout!

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Note that I don’t really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn’t. I can’t rate it three-fifths worth reading! The only reason I’ve relented and started putting stars up there is to credit the good ones, which were being unfairly uncredited. So, all you’ll ever see from me is a five-star or a one-star (since no stars isn’t a rating, unfortunately).

I rated this book WORTHY!

The HIIT It! invitation on the cover refers to high intensity interval training, not to hitting on the woman in the picture! Normally I review only fiction on my blog, but I’m seriously in need of some aerobic exercise – more than I get already, that is – and I thought this would be a good way to combine both blogging and my own personal agenda! Evil ain’t I?!

I wasn’t disappointed. Naturally with a book like this, you can’t simply review it and let it go. With a novel, you can tell if it’s working as you read it, but with a book like this, a proper review would give feedback about whether the information and techniques in here actually provided any benefit in the real world – that’s part of the review after all! All I can advise you on at this point is whether the book appears to deliver value, and the answer to that is yes, as far as I can gage without having pursued a several-month course doing what the book advocates. I’ll get back to you on that part of it at a later date!

In terms of value, what the book does deliver is detailed information on what this is all about, including work-out plans for minutes, days, and months, along with detailed information about what’s going on in your body (or what isn’t, if you don’t exercise!), about muscle groups, about how to work this into your schedule, how to even split the minimal 30 minutes into smaller time-slots and still get something back, about the best time of day for work-outs, about safety and exercising smartly – including what to do with your work-outs if you’re sick – what to eat and what not to, copious work-out plans, and the latter portion of the book includes recipes – and it doesn’t diss by omission gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian diets either, as too many of these books seem to do, so major kudos for that. It includes photographs showing positioning and technique. I don’t doubt that I’ve missed many things from this list, but it ought to give you a good idea of what’s delivered.

All-in-All, there appears to be everything here that you need to get going – all that’s missing is your own will to do what this book suggests; as always, that’s all on you! Plus, Gina Harney is an author who gets that it’s bicepS! I could name a score of YA authors who could benefit from reading this just for the anatomy lesson! I recommend this book.



Since you’ve been gone

mary jennifer payne

since

Is it possible to outrun your past? Fifteen-year-old Edie Fraser and her mother, Sydney, have been trying to do just that for five years. Now, things have gone from bad to worse. Not only has Edie had to move to another new school — she’s in a different country.

Sydney promises her that this is their chance at a fresh start, and Edie does her best to adjust to life in London, England, despite being targeted by the school bully. But when Sydney goes out to work the night shift and doesn’t come home, Edie is terrified that the past has finally caught up with them.

Alone in a strange country, Edie is afraid to call the police for fear that she’ll be sent back to her abusive father. Determined to find her mother, but with no idea where to start, she must now face the most difficult decision of her life.

Ltmk Onbooks rated it 4 of 5 stars  · 
Edie and her mother, have to upsticks, moving home and school at very short notice, whenever needed to avoid her violent father who keeps tracking them down. After they abruptly move to London, Edie’s mum goes missing. Jermaine, a boy from school helps Edie search for her mum, will they find her ?
I really liked this book, I found that I easily connected with Edie and her reasons behind her actions. I found this a very sad and emotional story and I even cried at certain points. I would’ve liked to have heard more towards the end about Edie re-uniting with Jermaine


a taste of passion

ashley lister

taste

When baking entrepreneur Trudy Cole falls for celebrity chef Bill Hart, all is far from sweetness and light. Instead passion, betrayal and ambition makes for an explosive mix in the high stakes game of gourmet dining.

I’m a sucker for movies and books with strong food related themes, and A Taste of Passion (Sweet Temptation, #1) by Ashley Lister looked like it would fill that need. This was the first book I’d read from Ashley Lister,and I like the book as much as I disliked the book.

The books themes seemed very similar to the trendy hip books making the circuit these days.

• The older “life smart” male Vs the younger not so” life wise” female
• The wealthy, want for nothing male Vs the climbing the mountain to success female
• The sexually knowledgeable male Vs less experienced female (but not a virgin in this case)
• The sexually dominant male Vs the submissive female quickly falling under his spell – quivering with need for what he can sexually give her
• The quick move into a D/s relationship, in this book very little negotiation or bargaining
• The male who can provide all – the sexual, financial, and roof over her head Vs the female who needs all the alpha male can provide

Themes unique to this book:
• The use of kitchen cooking implements for “punishment”
• Almost all sexual scenes carried out in a kitchen
• The heroine is an accomplished professional in the culinary field
• The heroine considers the pros and cons to having this relationship

What did I like about the book:
• The food related themes, the use of culinary images, the imagined smells and tastes, used to wet the sexual appetite.
• I enjoyed the use of term spankmaid
• The hot sex scenes in the kitchen, or the one in the outside cottage garden.
• The story has a plot that’s enhanced by the sexually charged relationship of Bill and Trudy.
• The stories secondary characters bring additional dimension to the various threads, some characters are likable, some quirky, some despicable, and some you wonder if they have other motives that haven’t been played out yet.

What did I disliked about the book:
• In several instances the author gets repetitive – saying the same thing back to back, using slightly different wording.
• The way Daryl, Gemma and Charlotte put up with Donnie’s treatment of them
• The unresolved “kitchen fight” that goes from an extremely negative to an extremely positive financial situation for Bill almost overnight
But what I really disliked about this book the most was the abrupt ending, it’s not a cliff hanger, the story just falls right off the cliff! No epilogue, no teaser about the follow on book …just our heroine and a muffin….waiting

Will I read the follow on book – maybe, now I’m going to have to see how many books this story is going to span, because I won’t read a long drawn out plot that could have easily been concluded in one book had the page count been increased.

For me this was a 3.5 – 3.75 star read, and I’ll round up to a 4 star read, just because I’m a sucker for food themes.



wish

jake smith

wishJames McConnell’s one wish is that his nine-year-old son will finally be healthy enough to play a game of catch. Then he and his wife, Emily, receive news they’ve dreaded: Aaron’s cancer has relapsed.

As the family steels themselves for a draining treatment regimen in yet another hospital, Aaron receives the gift of a lifetime—a personal visit from one of his favorite professional baseball players—and the chance to make a bold request, his wish: to see his dad play in one major league game.

A former college standout, James fears he doesn’t have the talent it takes, even for one game, and that he’ll miss what could be Aaron’s precious last weeks. Yet how can he refuse his dying son’s wish?

Poignant and triumphant, Wish is the story of a father’s love, a family’s perseverance, and the miracles that can happen when you believe in the impossible.

As far as “missional fiction” books go this was probably the best I’ve read yet. I love reading fiction but at the same time I like to read books that challenge me as a person or promote valuable organizations or programs. This book was written to raise awareness for the great need for bone marrow donors and promoted the “Be the Match” website.

The story of nine year old Aaron is heartbreaking. He’s already battled cancer once and entered remission and now it is back. And he has a rare type to match for a bone marrow transplant that would save his life and no one in his family or already on the donor list matches nationwide. Meanwhile as they continue treatment and pray for a match Aaron gets to meet his favorite baseball player! Did I mention that the only thing the father and son in the book really care about is baseball? Well Aaron gets to meet this guy and his wife and he makes ONE request and it isn’t even for himself! He requests that his dad, a former high school/college baseball player, get to play in ONE major league baseball game.

This book outlines the relationship between Aaron and his father, James. It shows the importance of the father/son relationship. It shows the importance of having a hobby and something to look forward to when facing cancer. It shows the commitment it takes sometimes to make a person’s dreams come true. I love how much James loves Aaron in this book. And while it was incredibly sad to read parts of this book I appreciate the realness of the description of what James calls “The Place.” The pit of despair. The depression. The worry. The all-consuming fear that his son might die from cancer and there is nothing he can do about it.

I think it was a little far fetched that the kid got to wish for his dad to play in a major league game. I would have found the book a little more believable and interesting if the dad had simply been able to pracitce with a major league team. It was fun to read about him getting to play in the game though and I realize the book was fiction.

I loved Aaron’s character’s vast knowledge of baseball! Even the major league players and coaches he met couldn’t stump him when the asked him trivia questions! I grew up with a deep love for baseball so it was really easy to connect with the characters in this book. I think the only thing that would have helped me connect even more with Aaron would have been if he collected baseball cards to go along with all his memorized stats!

This book is not for the faint of heart. It deals with deeply sad situations with cancer. But it renews your faith in the importance of family. And it reminds you that YOU could be the person to save a person’s life with a bone marrow donation



discover your nutritional style

holli thompsondiscover

Do you want to feel good again, have abundant energy, and finally take control of your own health? Wouldn’t it be nice to effortlessly release excess weight and return to your natural vibrancy and glow? It’s time you make the connection between what’s on your plate and how you feel. Discover Your Nutritional Style shows you the way.

Holli Thompson, CHHP, CNHP,gives you the information you need to understand how to nourish yourself in a way that’s best for you, based on your individual needs and preferences. Learn what’s right for you – and how what’s right for you changes with the seasons and with your needs.

Drawing on her years of experience as a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Holli Thompson helps you discover what nutritional style – from Healthy Omnivore to Flexible Vegetarian to Modern Vegan – is ideal for your personal nutrition. Her flexible, seasonal approach to eating helps you modify your diet to support your health and lifestyle throughout the year.

Holli provides clear, sensible advice for resetting your system and doing a safe, healthy and trouble-free cleanse. Over 40 delicious, easy-to-make recipes using seasonal ingredients round out this book

I can never resist a cheesy quiz — be it on Facebook or in the pages of a corny teenage magazine — so when I heard about a book advertising a quiz that would reveal my own unique nutritional style… how could I say no?!

Holli Thompson believes that a healthy dietary path should be one full of loops and turns, according to her colorful new book on nutrition, DISCOVER YOUR NUTRITIONAL STYLE: YOUR SEASONAL PLAN TO A HAPPY, HEALTHY, AND DELICIOUS LIFE. She believes that there are three basic approaches to this lifestyle — a “healthy omnivore,” a “flexible” vegetarian, and a “modern” vegan path — although a person’s nutritional viewpoint will vary seasonally and situationally.

Thompson’s proposed “diet”/lifestyle is really nothing particularly revolutionary — she suggests mostly whole, locally grown plant foods with occasional animal based products (except on the “modern vegan” path). She suggests that we should all take a fairly flexible approach to nutrition, yet she does seem to paint the “flexible vegetarian” as the most ideal point on the nutritional spectrum.

Her most frequent advise throughout the book is to incorporate as many raw vegetables and leafy greens as are possible — and to make them as delicious and appetizing as possible without succumbing to heavily processed foods and condiments. She goes into detail, with the assistance of colorful photographs of season vegetables, about what produce is readily available in each season — along with tips on how to prepare them and a section of fairly easy recipes that heavily feature the aforementioned veggies. The recipes feature a fairly even mix of omnivore and vegetarian samplings, with the suggestion that most could be easily modified to fit a vegan lifestyle.

Overall, I think Thompson did a nice job portraying the benefits of a local, seasonal plant based lifestyle, although I’m not convinced that she really compartmentalizes her ideas into different nutritional styles. In the end, all three styles are just slight variations of the same dietary suggestions.

While I am a huge fan of the heavily plant based nutritional message — and I do adore the use of bright, colorful photographs and the fun, inviting appearance of the cover — I just don’t buy this book as a guide to discovering my “nutritional style”



happy lemons

thomas flindt

happy

When you laugh, you experience feelings of harmony, happiness and balance. Laughter allows you to get in touch with yourself, and with life itself. Of course, it’s fun to laugh, but laughter is much more than just fun – laughter is a deep personal release that can positively transform tension, stress and pain. In his book, Happy Lemons – How Happiness Breeds Success , Thomas Flindt takes us on an interesting journey, examining the roots of laughter and diving into its various purposes, why we laugh, and its benefits at work. The book dives into a world of laughter, including the power of now, and the therapeutic and physical effects of laughter. The book includes fun and simple exercises that help you incorporate strong habits to gain more happiness in your everyday life.

Not only will Happy Lemons leave a contagious positive effect on you, it also provides tips and practical tools on how to incorporate great positive habits at work, how to increase job satisfaction, and how to incorporate more joy in your everyday life. Breathing and laughing are your most important energy resources. It doesn’t make you feel alive, it keeps you alive.

This is a very unique approach to a self-help book, charmingly written, with an interesting view on how laughter can improve ones life, beyond the initial thought of “just feeling happy”/
Laced with exercises that range from embracing the little annoying habits of others, to learning to laugh at yourself, this book is practical, more practical than I originally have thought, when I received the volume.
I love being surprised by different approaches in self-help, as I have read many, and the genre is filled with books that increasingly sound the same. This book is lovely in its uniqueness and provides an insight into techniques such as Laughter-Yoga.
Overall I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a fresh technique on how to improve ones life. I enjoyed the volume.


hope runs

claire diaz-ortizA

hope runs

young American tourist’s visit to a Ken yan orphanage where she planned to stay just one night becomes a year that changed her life–and the future of one amazing orphan

Do you ever stumble on a book that charms you and challenges you at the same time? “Hope Runs” by Claire Diaz Ortiz, Sammy Ikua Gachagua and Donald Miller is one such book. At moments incredibly heartbreaking, then overwhelmingly triumphant, this memoir of Diaz Ortiz’s friendship with Ikua Gachagua shows how an instant can change a person’s life.

Written in two voices, these unlikely friends share their hopes, struggles and goals. Claire Diaz Ortiz is on a soul-searching travel quest, looking for definition in her life. Sammy is a resident at an orphanage in Kenya. Claire and her friend, Lara, travel around the world and land in East Africa, looking for a deeper sense of purpose. As fate would have it, they stay at a residence connected to an orphanage. After returning home, they go back to Kenya and set up a foundation which teaches the kids the joys of running. This provides the children with a greater sense of purpose and it provides the orphanage with much needed financial assistance.

Traveling back and forth between the United States and Kenya, Claire and Lara become the family some of the kids have never known. They are more than financially invested in Sammy and the orphanage, they are invested emotionally and spiritually. Sometimes the “teacher” is the one who ends up learning the most. Heart-warming, poignant and hopeful, “Hope Runs” is a home run in my book. I’ve pre-ordered two copies – one for myself and another for my 22 year old niece.

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the pleasures of spring

evie hunter

the please

An invitation to the hot and steamy world of bestselling Irish erotica author Evie Hunter…

‘More colour and better written than EL James and a more exciting read than any of Sylvia Day’s books’ Irish Independent

‘A BDSM masterpiece’ Sunday World

‘A must-read if you enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey’ Irish Daily Star

He picked up her hand where it grasped the water glass, felt her pulse and looked into her eyes. ‘You don’t want a man with manners. You want someone who will let you walk on the wild side, who knows what you’re really like …

Roz Spring is an actress and a chameleon, the kind of woman who always lands on her feet. But even Roz can’t talk her way out of witnessing a murder, and she must go into hiding before the murderer comes for her.

Andy McTavish has turned his back on a life of privilege to prove himself in the world of international security. Tall, dark and dangerous, Andy is the ultimate seducer who has never met a woman who can tame him.

Roz needs his protection and, to get his family off his back, Andy needs a fake fiancée. The solution is obvious: pretend to be a couple. Getting up close and personal won’t be hard, as the chemistry between them is electrifying.

As two practiced charmers drive each other beyond the limits of sensual endurance, they find their usual defences are no good. When the barriers come crashing down, a raw passion emerges that neither wants to admit.They know that when the murderer shows his hand, they will face a fight for life and freedom. And if they survive, what will happen when the need to pretend is over?

The Pleasures of Spring is the latest sizzling standalone novel from Evie Hunter whose trademark combination is an addictive erotic story and a page-turning plot. If you’re an Evie fan, you won’t be disappointed. And if you’re new to Evie, well, you’re in for quite the delicious treat

Roz Spring is a lead female character not to be trifled with. Roz is a physically fit, smart, head strong and skilled con artist who knows how to take care of herself. However, she is not so stubborn as to not know when to call in reinforcements and ask for help when she needs it. This is such a nice departure from many of the heroines that I have encountered lately. I have had a run of heroines who are either weak, inanely stubborn and obstinate, or just downright irritating. Any heroine who does parkour across the rooftops of buildings in central London has my respect and admiration! On top of that her yahoo email is CatO9tails. Winning!

Now we can’t have a lackluster alpha to pair with our fabulous heroine can we? Heck, no and Hunter doesn’t disappoint with our hero either. Andy McTavish is Irish, cheeky, self assured, darkly handsome, and determined. Well, let the fire works commence. With the email handle of Dark Rider he elicits all types of fantasy worthy scenarios that Hunter delivers on throughout this engrossing book.

There’s a little something for everyone in this book. Action, intrigue, romance, steaminess, and humor are all delivered in this edition of the Pleasures series. I have not read the first 3 books, but I will now have to go back and get them. Roz and Andy have a history that I missed by reading this one as a stand alone and I am now intrigued by the stories of the characters that came before this addition to the series. This was an enjoyable read and can be read as a stand alone, but I would suggest you start from the beginning and enjoy the ride up to The Pleasure of Spring.



can’t always get what you want

chelsy krause

cantFans of Ruthie Knox, Rachel Gibson, and Molly O’€™Keefe will love this deeply romantic and uplifting debut novel about losing everything you thought you wanted—and getting exactly what you need.

Sophie Richards has been looking forward to a much-needed girls’€™ night out: a Rolling Stones concert, a few drinks, a distraction from her grueling nursing shifts in acute care. But when her best friend bails, Sophie gets stuck with a blind date.

Although Brett Nicholson may be the hottest carpenter alive, and Sophie may technically be single, she isn’t exactly on the market. Six years ago she found The One. He was everything Sophie dreamed a man could be–€”and then she lost him. In an instant, her whole life changed, and she forgot all about happily ever after.

But as she gets to know Brett, Sophie starts to wonder about the future for the first time. With a broken heart still clouding her mind, jumping into a new relationship feels impossible. When she’s in his arms, walking away feels even harder. Now Sophie faces an impossible choice: living in the past or choosing love in the here and now.

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Sophie Richards has been living with a broken heart for the past six years after having loved and lost. Her pain is always with her, even though she’s tried to move on, the devastating experience has shaped her life in more ways than one. One night, Sophie has plans with her best friend to go to a concert, but after her bestie becomes unavailable she suddenly finds herself being set-up on a blind date, that will put her face to face with a gorgeous guy that with one smile, has her thinking about hope and the future. Brett is sexy and a total catch and Sophie can’t help but feel giddy and alive when she’s with him. They have perfect chemistry and become closer than either of them thought possible but the shadow of her past and the guilt will creep in making it hard for love to bloom. Her frustrations with her job and the sadness for what she’s lost will become too much, threatening to brake her again. Will she finally let go and forget the past, or will she loose her second chance at love?

I was impressed by the way this author writes, especially for being a debut novel; the story really felt from the heart, with a strong voice, it was almost as if the author was next to me telling me about the girl carrying such big sorrows. Unfortunately there were issues with the structure of the plot, in my opinion it really needs some trimming; the heroine’s inner monologues and everyday scenes were too long and too much. The romance felt secondary, the story became mostly about Sophie, and her struggles, preventing me from feeling the connection between both loves in her life. Past and present scenes switches were not seamless but felt force and lastly I really wish there would have been a bit more passion between the characters, seemed to me like Sophie was a fiery type of girl, yet she never got her big moment to get what she was craving out of both life and love.

This was a very promising novel but unfortunately fell short for me, regardless of that in the future I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up another book by this author.



i need you

jane lark

need you

Wanting his best friend’s girlfriend is a cliché Billy knows well – it’s the tightrope he’s walked for years.
But now Jason and Lindy have broken up and Billy can’t help but be there for the girl he’s loved from afar for so long. She’s hurting.

Fighting to find a road to the future, Lindy’s heart hurts. She’s trying to escape the truth, but Billy keeps making her face it – and it’s ugly. How can she keep living when everything is made of glass and it keeps shattering?

Her one constant is Billy. Only, rebound isn’t his style and when Lindy starts to see him in a different light, he just can’t trust her. He’s no one’s second best.

When I cracked open I Need You by Jane Lark I was immediately sucked in by Lindy and the emotional mess she was. She had some REAL problems that needed to be addressed before she was ever going to be “okay”. The author did a great job of putting you in Lindy’s head as she fought to figure out why her life was falling apart. It seemed like I could do it in one word, Jason. But as the story moved on you realized Jason was part of it, but Lindy had a lot of demons she was fighting that didn’t have anything to do with him.

Then there was Billy. Billy had carried a torch for Lindy for a thousand years, from the time they were in high school, through college when she was with Jason and then through her breakup with Jason. Billy was persistent, if nothing else, though sometimes I thought he was just Lindy’s punching bag. He took the hit though and taught her the things she needed to learn in order to survive in this cruel world.

As the story progresses the author lets you in on the rest of Lindy’s life in bits and pieces until you suddenly see the whole picture and understand why Lindy is like she is and at the same time why Billy is so enamored with her. There is something about her that only Billy can understand, calm down and at the same time bring out the best in her. He has a way of making her see herself in a different way than Jason or anyone else ever could. Dare you say that is why he is her soulmate.

I loved this story for the determination of Billy and the perseverance of Lindy. The supporting cast of characters made the story that much more intriguing and enticing. I gave this book five stars because all in all it was a five star read, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the extensive amount of sex in it. Though some of it was necessary for Lindy to understand that she wasn’t undesirable it did become distracting after awhile. I know that is the new adult genre, however, so I let it go. Also, while this story took place in the US all the lingo and terminology was from the UK and many parts of the story left you wondering just exactly where the story was taking place because those of us in the States wouldn’t use those terms or speak that way. Those were the only two things I found that just didn’t fit into the feel of the story, but felt it was necessary to mention them for those who are hung up by that.

I loved Lindy and Billy’s story and didn’t need to read the first book, I Found You, to follow it, though I will be going back and reading that one now to better understand Lindy and Jason’s story. If you’re looking for a well written, gritty, emotional new adult romance then I Need You is going to keep you sucked in and reading late into the night. I give I Need You 5 cups of very hot ‘I want you” coffee!



the 20/20 diet

phil mcgraw

2020In The 20/20 Diet, Dr. Phil McGraw identifies seven reasons other diets fail people over and over again: hunger, cravings, feeling of restriction, impracticality and expense, boredom, temptations, and disappointing results or plateaus. Then, he addresses each of these roadblocks by applying the latest research and theories that have emerged since his last best-seller on the same topic, The Ultimate Weight Solution. Dr. Phil and his team have created a plan that you can start following right now and continue working for the rest of your life. In this diet, readers will start by eating only 20 key ingredients, called the “20/20 Foods,” which theories indicate may help enhance your body’s thermogenesis and help you feel full. But that’s just the beginning. This book explains why you haven’t been able to lose the weight before, and empowers you with cognitive, behavioral, environmental, social and nutritional tools so you can finally reach your goal, and learn lifelong healthy habits to maintain those results. As Dr. Phil says, “You can choose to see your goal with 20/20 accuracy, and when you see a goal that clearly, you can achieve it.”

√ Realistic & Credible

THE 20/20 DIET is a comprehensive guide to using the latest scientific research to plan your own personal strategy for success in losing weight. Dr Phil explains why other diets fail. He calls these blunders the “Seven Ugly Truths” about dieting. For example, diets often leave you feeling hungry. So guess what–you eat a lot. As another example, diets make you feel restricted in what you can eat–causing you to “rebel” against the diet.

Once we understand WHY diets don’t usually work, we can use the latest scientific studies to help chart our own program. The 20/20 Plan is a combination of sensible exercise with some very special foods–Dr Phil calls these the “20/20” foods.

The foods in the 20/20 Diet are (naturally) called “20/20 Foods.” They are selected because they tend to increase your metabolism–that’s called the body’s “thermogenesis.” Secondly, these foods tend to “help you feel fuller when you eat them so that you feel satisfied.” Finally, these foods have a “time-release” effect. That is, the full feeling lasts a longer time than with other foods.

The 20/20 Diet plan is actually in three Phases:

+ PHASE I THE 5 DAY BOOST: Allow your body to adjust to the new dietary balance. This gets you going in the right direction, and is mostly a learning phase, so you can better understand your body’s signals about hunger versus habit.

+ PHASE II THE 5 DAY SUSTAIN: Builds on the success of the first phase by adding some more 20/20 foods to the mix. This phase also emphasizes the “30-Second Burn Burst” exercise program.

+ PHASE III THE 20 DAY ATTAIN: In this phase your goal is to maintain the steady weight loss, and even add some dining out occasions. There are more foods to choose from.

Besides the detailed diet plans, there are tons of excellent, inspiring ideas in this book to help you get started, and keep you on track. Here are some:

♦ Dr Phil points out that being overweight is not because you use food normally–it’s because you MISUSE food: “You’re going to have top stop using food for anything other than nutrition.

♦ One key to the 20/20 diet is to increase your metabolism. Naturally, your body will use energy just through normal activity, but also, you can exercise. Thirdly, your diet can help increase your metabolism. Picking certain foods will tend to increase your metabolism.

♦ Dr Phil notes that losing weight is about changing behavior. That requires that you change the way you think about yourself–and specifically, how you think about losing weight. He suggests a simple way to give positive affirmation to yourself: “You’ve got to decide, and really believe, that you can be good at losing weight.”

♦ There are tons more tips from Dr Phil. In one section called, “Extinguish Your Fake Hunger,” he suggests having a cup of water before you start reaching for something to eat. That’s because we oftentimes confuse being thirsty with being hungry. Here’s another interesting fact: Dr Phil points out that one study showed that drinking more water actually increases your metabolism.

√ In summary, THE 20/20 DIET is an inspiring, credible book. The book is nicely organized, and easy to read. To make your planning easier extensive, appendices list a large number of food items that you can pick up at the grocery store. These are the “20/20 foods” that Dr Phil wants you to emphasize. There is also an extensive reference section at the end to support the ideas presented here



the silver tower

colee firman

silverThe minute Leo set his sights on Sophie she knew she was in trouble. Just being in the same room as him has her perfect world ready to spin off its axis. Getting mixed up with Leo is the last thing she needs, and suddenly the only thing she wants.

At eighteen-years-old, Sophie Hayden’s entire life has already been planned out for her. Just like her parents, she’s on the fast track to becoming a Guide for The Silver Tower. In three weeks, she’ll graduate from Slatemore Academy and move away from home–away from her controlling father and spoiled siblings.

When Sophie heads out to do fieldwork required for graduation, she hardly expects to cross paths with students from her school–much less witness them using an ancient relic that’s not supposed to leave the grounds of Slatemore.

Sophie’s decision to find out exactly what they’re up to nearly costs her everything. It seems like a miracle when Leo Emerik swoops in and saves her from disaster. Sophie’s ready to thank him and move on. He has other plans for her.

A catastrophe with Sophie’s name on it seems to be waiting around every corner since meeting Leo. Somehow, he’s always there to bail her out. Everyone else can see the one thing she can’t–her bad fortune may all lead back to him.

I have been a MASSIVE fan of Colee’s work since I was fortunate enough to do a R2R for her first book Dissever and she has never disappointed me. Her story telling ability is truly magnificent and she captures your imagination and holds it until the very last word.
So in saying that this book is no exception, however I was a little nervous to read it because I thought “nothing can be as good as her unbinding fate series” which is one of my favourite series of all time. But once I started reading The Silver Tower I overcame that apprehension because this series is going to be just as good as Unbinding Fate.

Sophie is a 18 year girl who has only weeks until she graduates from high school. She has always been very dedicated o her studies and is well on her way to becoming the best Guide the Silver Tower has ever seen. That is until she is hailed and eventually loses her compass which is the biggest mistake a guide could ever do. Little does she know from then on her life will never be the same. Now I’m sorry if that makes little or no sense to you at all but I promise you it will when (not if but when) you buy and read this book.



have now caught up i hope … one book that i was really looking forward to this last couple of weeks was
one night promised
jodi ellen malpas
onenight
 i was really looking forwrd to some passion: a norti book something that would get me going … sadly the fella turnedout to be a controller and as you may be aware i have my issues with men that want to power over their women perhaps it may be different in the next two books but i have not spending anymore time on them … other than him i loved the other characters their quirks !
i am now in the middle of a book that has drawn me into it since i first read its blurb is
the ice twins
s.k tremayne
ice twins
i have only started it really yesterday but its good its the story of a twin when taken form her house to a rural Scottish island  says it was not her twin that died a year ago
but her
will wait with baited breath ‘cos i am sure it will be suspenseful – if its not then i will probably disappointed cos i like a good book !

bhappi~x~

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