What’s on My Kindle – Books I’ve Read and Recommend

The Tao of Dating: The Smart Woman’s Guide to Being Absolutely Irresistible by Ali Binazir

Mastering Your Metabolism: The 3 Diet Secrets to Naturally Balancing Your Hormones for a Hot and Healthy Body – by Jillian Michaels

Veronica Monet’s Sex Secrets of Escorts – Tips from a Pro – by Veronica Monet

Relax, Focus, Succeed – Karl Palachuk

How to Have an Orgasm as Often as You Want – Rachael Swift

The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle

You Can Be Happy No Matter What – Five Principles for Keeping Life in perspective – Richard Carlson, PhD

French Women Don’t Get Fat – The Secret of Eating for Pleasure – Mireille Guiliano

French Women for Al Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes & Pleasure – Mireille Guiliano

A Woman’s Worth – Marianne Williamson

He Comes Next – Ian Kerner

The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle

This is a powerful book about living in the present, not the past, not the future. When we are too future focused, it creates anxiety and we miss the joy of each passing day. When we dwell on the past it creates depression and, again, we miss the joy of each passing day. I highly, highly recommend this book and the book suggestions the author makes as well.

Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels

This book changed my life. I have battled with my weight off and on since having children twenty years ago. I have never been obese, but I have been “overweight” according to the BMI chart. My weight impacted my self-confidence, even if I didn’t really realize it. I was able to remain active enough, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, snowboarding, etc., but I always felt a little awkward because my core strength and balance were mitigated. My son had “done” a Jillian Michaels workout video with a friend of his, in his living room, and even as a very fit, athletic young man, found himself challenged, and a little sore the next day. He recommended the video to me and I tried it. It was all I could do to get through the warm up the first time through. I stuck with it and within a week I was able to complete the video and felt pretty good about myself. Somewhere along the line, I stumbled across this book and bought it. I read it cover to cover in the course of a week and it scared the hell out of me. I was able to put into action about 75 – 80% of the recommendations and during the next year and a half lost fifty pounds, had a whole new energy level, and a whole new level of self-confidence. I have friends who have bounced from one fad diet to the next, who have worked out religiously for two years, who have taken other extreme measures to permanently lose weight and none of them have had lasting results. Or any results. The key is to follow as much of Jillian’s advice as you can afford/is practical. It is truly about remastering or as I like to say, re-engineering your metabolism. I gave the book to my daughter who wasn’t at all overweight to begin with, but still saw incredible results in body composition and energy levels. I now have the book on my Kindle and make an effort to re-read it annually, lest I forget any of the valuable lessons.

Writers’ Block

I want to write. I like to write. I’m kind of good at writing. When I can write. For years I have wanted to “be a blogger”. I bought books on how to be a blogger. I should read them some time. I have long lists of topics and ideas on things I could write about, and when I have time to sit down and write about them, I find something else to do, like eat chocolate or clean out the kitchen sink. I have the longest lasting recorded case of writers’ block. So I am writing, now, about absolutely nothing and I hope that breaks the curse and I’ll be able to write more about nothing on a more regular basis! Perhaps I will actually be able to develop one of the ideas on one of my “Blog Ideas” lists. I have been keeping these lists, many of these lists, for a couple of years, now; on my iPhone, my iPad, my MacBook, my work computer, random slips of paper. I have been known to actually pull the car over to painstakingly type out an idea on the notepad on my iPhone. Yet, I have written about none of them. I thought about upgrading to iPhone 5 (I’m making a list of excuses as to why I need an iPhone 5) just so I could see if I could train Siri to take one my blog ideas and develop it intelligently for me, while I continue to drive, or while I clean out the kitchen sink. I’ll let you know how that goes. But now, I’ve said what is on my mind and I’ve got to put this Max Brenner chocolate bar away before I eat the whole thing, and, yes, there are some dishes in the sink I need to attend to.