I didn't do the diet, just the 30 workout, so my review is based on that. The workout is a killer, seriously the hardest I have ever done in my life,I didn't do the diet, just the 30 workout, so my review is based on that. The workout is a killer, seriously the hardest I have ever done in my life, and you have to go for thirty days. It's basically two sets of five circuits of 4 or 5 exercises each. It is not a workout for the shy or faint of heart, because you WILL have a sweat trail following you around the gym as you do this high-intensity stuff, like 10 burpees, then jump on the treadmill for a minute at 9 mph, then do pushups, then do jumping jacks, etc. She says the workout should only take about 45 minutes but it was more like an hour and a half some days (I got it down to an hour 15 towards the end) while I tried to figure out what everything even was (frog pushups?) and then make my body do them. It's only a four day/week diet, too, so on two of the days I did an hour of cardio and just rested once. A real killer, best for someone who has been exercising regularly and is bored with their routine. And like I said, not for someone who doesn't like to get weird looks at the gym because people do watch when you do your frog kicks and pike crunches, so you have to have a thick skin....more
My favorite is the conclusion: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. I have to admit I skipped pages 78-146 because those issues were also covered inMy favorite is the conclusion: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. I have to admit I skipped pages 78-146 because those issues were also covered in Marion Nestle's "What to Eat" which I just read. His recommendations at the end, I thought, were very well-written, simple, and helpful. I think that I still feel it is more important to eat organic than local (although I don't usually have to choose) since I have small children. I would especially recommend pages 147-201 to everyone; read more if you want to know his reasoning....more
Total Immersion Weekend Workshop (12 hrs): $500 Group class 8 hrs of Perpetual Motion Freestyle swim lessons: $400 Total Immersion DVD: $50 Book: $16.00
ITotal Immersion Weekend Workshop (12 hrs): $500 Group class 8 hrs of Perpetual Motion Freestyle swim lessons: $400 Total Immersion DVD: $50 Book: $16.00
I got the DVD and the book from the library ($0). I took notes, put them in a ziploc baggie, and tried to think Total Immersion thoughts while swimming laps. Did it help? Sure. Do I know what I'm doing? No. Is it worth hundreds of dollars to find out? Not right now. But I do enjoy watching youtube clips of swimmers doing this, because it looks so smooth and fun....more
This book is about how Kingsolver and family decide to live a year on "only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to livThis book is about how Kingsolver and family decide to live a year on "only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it." I love her as a writer, so 5 stars for voice. She's clever, witty and poetic, and political (a plus if you agree with her politics, perhaps a tad preachy if you don't). I had to minus one star for her choice to go idealist instead of realist. She has such a romantic view of gardening, cooking and farm life. The only mishaps she mentions are a spilled pumpkin soup at Thanksgiving and unexpected turkey mating behavior. I would have appreciated an unexpected frost, a child crying over slaughtering turkeys, cursing during the vegetable preservation process that seems like unending chopping, blanching, freezing, drying, canning, dehydrating -- anything that would make this experience closer to what living like this would be like for my family. Kudos for the recipes, though. My kids only half-heartedly complained about the "Eggs in a Nest" recipe on page 61 which requires a "really large bunch of chard," and was easy and quick to make. (The only other time they ate chard without complaining, besides as tiny ribbons in soup or something, is when I made homemade ravioli filled with chard, bacon, and ricotta cheese. There was nothing romantic, relaxing, or satisfying about that experience, however, with three young children needing attention, bacon grease splatters, spilled flour, every dirty dish . . .) I'm more likely to agree with her when she explains, "most people find the idea of making cheese at home to be preposterous. If the delivery guy happens to come to the door when I'm cutting and draining curd, I feel like a Wiccan. What kind of weirdo makes cheese?" Well, Kingsolver, for one. She also slaughters turkeys and swoons over seed catalogs. This book is a primer on food issues and also a great read....more
Jeff Galloway freaks me out. He's so mainstream and then he goes off on these crazy rants -- Stretching causes injury! Weight lifting causes injury! -Jeff Galloway freaks me out. He's so mainstream and then he goes off on these crazy rants -- Stretching causes injury! Weight lifting causes injury! -- that I don't know what to make of him....more
This was similar in many ways to Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle", in that it is a year-long experiment in eating only local foods. KingsolveThis was similar in many ways to Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle", in that it is a year-long experiment in eating only local foods. Kingsolver is a much better writer and I enjoyed reading her book more. "Plenty" did, however, supply what I thought was lacking in the other book: realism. "Plenty" documents the difficulties in trying to eat locally: struggling to live without wheat/flour, trying to store potatoes in an urban apartment, staying within a budget(their first dinner cost over $100), and the strain that foraging/preserving/canning placed on their relationship. (On the plus side, their hundred mile radius overlaps on mine, so should I choose to undertake this experiment, I've got some great resources to help me!) I think both books make the point that local eating is not very practical -- I mean, the authors really have to go out of their way and work for it, you know? They both feel strongly that it is worth the time and effort and they make sacrifices accordingly. Both books speak of being connected: to the environment, to the community, to one's own body and its needs, and even better connections to their families. I loved the "salty" ending, and how they found solutions to all of the major challenges they faced....more
Most of these books seem exactly alike when reading, so I don't usually get much out of them. I did find her questionnaire about metabolic processing,Most of these books seem exactly alike when reading, so I don't usually get much out of them. I did find her questionnaire about metabolic processing, though, to be surprisingly helpful. Her exercises had some variations that I had not seen with my personal trainer, and those were helpful too....more
It's hard to rate a diet book -- rate it on how well written it is? On whether you lose weight? On the science? -- but I'm going to give this one threIt's hard to rate a diet book -- rate it on how well written it is? On whether you lose weight? On the science? -- but I'm going to give this one three stars. Three stars because it's the perfect January diet: you're highly motivated to follow very restrictive rules; you lose weight right away; you have lots of energy to accomplish all those other pesky resolutions; and you eat lots of vegetables and fruit. But whether you gain it all back immediately or whether it's really a good idea to neglect the glycemic index seems to be ultimately a matter for each individual, time/trial and error, and science (but don't all diet books?)....more
He's a runner, not a writer, but ultra-athletes fascinate me anyway. And also, this is off the subject, he eats Paleo and not to be too crabby or anytHe's a runner, not a writer, but ultra-athletes fascinate me anyway. And also, this is off the subject, he eats Paleo and not to be too crabby or anything, but I am so sick of hearing about it. I know it's all the rage but man, that is alot of meat! And fat! I think I have an anti-Paleo bias that I just can't get past. Whatever....more
Tim Ferriss is a slacker, hack, doofus. His writing style is infomercial meets Mythbuster and his theories are a pastiche cobbled together from whatevTim Ferriss is a slacker, hack, doofus. His writing style is infomercial meets Mythbuster and his theories are a pastiche cobbled together from whatever has worked for him. Having said that, I am having a hard time putting this book down.
I was riveted to find out about his barefoot running training program (Barefoot Ted opened a running store near me that has tempting running workshops); Total Immersion swimming looks like flying; I found someone who could get my body fat tested using DEXA; and myotatic crunches on a BOSU ball definitely work much better.
Ferriss is all about measuring results so I was frustrated that he frequently wasn't able to provide those. Did he go from a 5K to a 50K in 12 weeks? "This chapter was a last minute addition . . . there wasn't time to update before hitting the shelves", but check his blog for the outcome and you'll find . . . nothing. What about Total Immersion swimming? Did he train and finish an open water one kilometer race in 2008? Well, he chose to spend time with family, but one day he went to the ocean, asked a lifeguard about an approximate mile marker, and trust him, he was amazing and swam really fast. I'm sorry, but I expect more from a guy who actually IMPLANTED a glucometer to better understand his own blood sugar (no, he is not a diabetic). Maybe it's time for him to consider a five hour work week in order to "get 'er done."
This book is interesting as long as you don't expect anything from it -- Ferriss is not trying to help YOU. He's just telling you about his zany adventures in self-experimentation, and when they overlap yours, or when you see something you want to try, great. But you'd do better to research elsewhere when you need some real information, and hopefully from a more responsible source, someone who might mention the dangers of eating disorders when explaining about how to binge and use laxatives, or who will discourage at least teenagers from using steroids (despite his own steroid-neutral stance). ...more