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April 29, 2009

I really don’t get to do too much book reading these days. As a child, I could always be found with my nose buried in a book. I started to read at age 4 with “The Night Before Christmas”, and was reading at the fourth grade level in Kindergarten. I could spend all Saturday buried in a book, could read in the car, in the dark, whenever, wherever. I’m not saying this to brag, simply to share how much I loved reading and books. I still love books. I love hardcover books the best, the ones with the paper sleeves. I appreciate the benefit for many of online books and those electronic book readers, but they don’t seem to be a draw for me, at least not now.

I have been watching Biggest Loser and I really love Jillian Michaels. Something about her energy, her drive, her honesty, her passion, and her tenderness that I gravitate toward. She has struggled with her weight as a child and teenager, so she knows the pain it causes. I have been listening to her podcasts from her radio show and she really knows her stuff. When she came out with her newest book, “Master Your Metabolism”, I thought I’d check it out. My fear was that it would dilute or distract me from my Weight Watcher’s program that has worked so well for me. However, that is not what is happening.

This book – as far as I can tell so far, and I’m only a few chapters in – is not about exercise, but it is about diet – not A diet – but rather, nutrition. It’s about hormones. It’s about learning your body’s biochemistry and how it functions. This is extremely fascinating to me as it’s something I never learned. Somehow, I just never really paid attention or had the classes in school about glucose, insulin, all that stuff. I don’t know what foods turn into what in your body, other than I know generally that some things turn into fat, some to energy, some to protein, but don’t quiz me, or I’ll fail. 😉

Anyway, I’m having fun reading this book and hope that this will supplement my Weight Watcher’s program by helping me to learn what healthy foods to choose that fall within the healthy food guidelines. I hope it will teach me more about “what” to eat and I can still count my points within that.

I’ll post a review when I’m all done, but don’t expect that to be real soon. I’m no longer a fast reader. Better yet, you might check it out for yourself.

Happy Wednesday!



  1. April 29, 2009 11:26 am

    Its been so hard for me to get into a book the last few months. When I find one I like, I literally can not put it down. The other weekend at the beach, I got into a page turner (“The Help”–author forgotten) and before I knew it it was 4AM and I was at “The End” LOL!

    I just havent had time to finish the stack thats waiting for me.

    • April 29, 2009 11:28 am

      I started reading “The Shack” on recommendation by my mom. I first thought it was a true story, then read it was fiction, and halfway through it sounded like all the other books like that I’d read, so I put it down and
      haven’t picked it up since.

      I love those “page turner” type books. They are the perfect relaxation and escape. And sometimes it’s just worth it to be able to read for hours like that.

  2. April 29, 2009 2:29 pm

    i am not a Jillian fan. my neighbor teases me that should would love to see Jillian and me locked in a room to see which one would survive. Jillian may be stronger than i am, but i have way more fight in me….if that is really possible. i can be a lot like Jillian when i fight for something i believe in.

    • April 29, 2009 3:05 pm

      You don’t like her because of her drill sargeant demeanor? I think that comes from her martial arts training. On her radio shows, she shows a completely different persona. Must softer, funnier.


  3. April 29, 2009 6:14 pm

    Green Eggs and Ham was the first book I ever read on my own (I was in the first grade) and even if I’m reading something right now, I have to have a book waiting in the wings. As a matter of fact I just mentioned books in my last post. Katie Alender, a fellow sewist, has just published her first book. Right now I’m reading Olivia Goldsmith’s books (author of The First Wives Club) since I’ve gone through all of Jane Green’s books. I’ve found over the years that so many books have been written about nutrition, and good foods vs bad foods that I don’t bother with them anymore because as soon as they tell me what I should do, I want to do the opposite!!!

    • April 29, 2009 6:27 pm

      Laura, I agree with you about all the nutrition books. But this isn’t a fad
      diet book. This is – to me at least – more like a science book – learning
      about biochemistry and how our hormones work. That’s science and not a fad.
      She has pages and pages of references at the back of the book, so it sounds
      to me like expert advice. I’ll keep you posted.

      I knew about Katie Alexander’s book – have you seen their blog? Debutante
      something… I’m too lazy to go look…


  4. April 30, 2009 5:24 am

    You are the third person who has recommeded The Shack…I’ve gotta add that to my list of things to read.

    • April 30, 2009 6:54 am

      Well, I’m not so much recommending it, as much as mentioning that my mom
      told me to read it. It starts off very gripping and sad (have tissues handy)
      then it gets pretty far out there and obviously fiction – or not – depending
      on your point of view in spiritual matters.


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