Reason # 39,675 why I love my kids: when this book came in the mail for me from Hachette Books, my younger son read the cover carefully and quietly said to my husband: "I don't think Mom really needs this book, do you?"
Definitely a keeper, that one.
And he's right that my goals have more to do with fostering healthier eating habits and getting more exercise, than losing weight. Denise Austin is the perfect cheerleader in both these arenas.
The concept behind the book is that you do twelve minutes of exercise each day--a different routine for each day of the week, with a few extras thrown in for variety--and eat the low-calorie meals Denise lays out for you. The most helpful thing about the meal plan, for me, was her shopping lists for each week. When I saw that Denise buys more fruits and vegetables for one person than I buy for my whole family, I stepped up my produce purchases big time.
The exercise routines are doable and varied enough to keep me interested. Did I do them daily? No. Did I walk the 12 miles per week Denise suggests? No, but I got closer every week. Did I lose any weight? Nope. But this book will be a useful resource for me as I continue with my personal goals.