Happy New Year to all!
If you're concerned about your weight, reading The Secrets of Skinny Chicks by Karen Bridson will give you the best reality check ever. In this book you'll meet twenty-one 'skinny chicks' (models, actresses, athletes, etc.) and get all the details on how they maintain their figures. Everything from how much and what kind of exercise they do, their typical daily menus (even down to what they snack on), their weight and all measurements, daily water intake, and weight maintenance philosophies. Then a doctor, a personal trainer, and registered dietitian gives their own professional opinions on each 'chick' and how healthy their regimes are. Let me tell you, these women work really, really hard to keep themselves slim, and they are all doing it in a healthy way. I have a hard time envying a skinny chick who works out six days a week and avoids chocolate, because this seems to be what it takes. I'm glad I finally understand the dedication (and sometimes self-deprivation) it takes to stay really slim. It has helped me decide that I'm not going to sweat it if I'm 5-10 lbs heavier than I'd like to be. I love eating what I want, and I'm not going to exercise for hours a day. That's my choice for now, anyway.
In part two, Karen Bridson (a certified personal trainer, avid runner and former non-skinny chick) breaks it all down into fifty secrets that will help you stop emotional eating, stop overeating, learn how to motivate yourself and make an exercise plan you'll stick to. I love this book for being no-nonsense, thought-provoking, optimistic and encouraging.