December 30, 2010 by Reader's Connection
A quartet of books from Cheryl Holtsclaw at West Indianapolis.
Her note: Don´t know if you want/need any self-improvement books (for all those folks still optimistic enough to make New Year´s resolutions), but thought I´d pass along a few for your consideration.
I’m With Fatty: Losing Fifty Pounds in Fifty Miserable Weeks
by Edward Ugel
If you’ve ever tried (and tried and tried) to lose weight, then Ugel is a kindred spirit for sure. He describes his year-long effort as “fifty miserable weeks”, which, yes, they certainly were, but thanks to his wonderful self-deprecating sense of humor, he somehow turns into an entertaining adventure. First the send-off: a recording of his snoring by his wife. Then, first stop, the sleep center. Followed quickly by a diagnosis of sleep apnea and a verdict he cannot live with: wear the CPAP mask for the rest of your life. No, he’d rather do anything than that—even, gulp, lose weight. It’s start and stop with the diets and the exercising and he even makes a side trip into the world of herbal juices (the BluePrintCleanse) and a colonic. (You don’t want to know, but he tells you anyway.) If only losing weight could be as much fun as reading about it. But, wait, how many calories do you burn laughing? This might be the best diet book ever.
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
by Christopher McDougall 796.424 MCD
I’m not a runner. The last time I ran was when the ice cream store was getting ready to close. So I have no idea why I picked this book to read, but by the time I got to the driving force behind McDougall’s quest, “How come my foot hurts?”, I was hooked. You have to admire a man who’s so determined to find an answer that he travels to remote areas of Mexico. There he finds the Tarahumara who excel in running, but break all the rules for how to do it correctly. How can they party so wildly, wear thin sandals, and yet run so effortlessly, so joyfully? Can a man really outrun a horse? (Yes.) How is it possible for ultramarathoners to run hundred-mile races? The deeper McDougall digs into these questions—and so many more—the more intrigued he becomes and the more science seems to support the notion that man is meant to run. Fascinating stuff, and although I’m not planning on becoming a marathoner, I might just jog down to the mailbox. We’ll see where it goes from there.
One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer 158.1 MAU
John Steinbeck once said, “When I face the desolate impossibility of writing 500 pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day’s work is all that I can permit myself to contemplate.” It’s daunting to think of losing weight, taking up meditation, begin a fitness program. It’s too much, too big, too scary. But when you break a diet down—into bite-size pieces!—it might just be doable. Leave one bite of dessert uneaten. Meditate, however imperfectly, for just one minute. Lace up your running shoes. Whatever your goal, take just that one first step. Make it so small and easy that it will be nearly impossible not to do it. Then the next day, take that step, plus one more. As the days add up, so will the successes. Seems like a system that worked for Steinbeck, so it might just be worth a try.
Ten Step To Overachieving In Business And Life
Success Is A Choice: by Rick Pitino 158.1 PIT
Pitino is the only men’s coach in NCAA history to lead three different colleges to the Final Four. His secret to success? “Nothing meaningful or lasting comes without working hard at it.” Without hard work, without knowing that you deserve that victory, there can be no self esteem. “Until you rise early, stay late, pay a bigger price…genuine self-esteem is going to be an elusive goal.” If your goal is losing weight, Pitino’s not going to be happy if you say that you don’t have time: “You make the time to eat, don’t you? You make the time to sleep, don’t you? So make the time for some kind of exercise routine.” The need to work hard is echoed by none other than Larry Bird: “I don’t know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough. I still wonder if somebody—somewhere—was practicing more than me.” I’m not a sports fan, couldn’t name half a dozen basketball players if I had to, but it’s hard to argue with success.