Be Prepared

I am a nerd. I love to learn. I love to research. And, I’m pretty darn good at it.

So when I decided to make this life change, I started searching for the tools to help me succeed. Recipes, cookbooks, gyms, workout dvds, apps for my new phone (a droid), books, blogs, web sites, etc.

Do you have any favorites of the above? Please share! I want to fill my head with knowledge, support, inspiration and determination.

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  1. Well, I am a fan of a couple things you might be into.

    First, it sounds cheesy, but my fave workout DVD is The Wedding Workout by Women’s Health with trainer Marie Forleo: http://www.amazon.com/Womens-Health-Wedding-Marie-Forleo/dp/B000HEWEGW
    Another good one, although the woman on it makes me insane, she has the most annoying voice…is the Walk Away the Pounds series with Leslie Sansone. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Ddvd&field-keywords=Leslie+Sansone&x=0&y=0
    It’s really good for days when you are too lazy or it is too cold to go workout outside. I think they carry both at Target for relatively cheap prices.

    A few things I did to drop pounds (which I have to start doing again!!! Ugh) are ride my bike EVERYWHERE (which, let’s face it, is impossible in Milwaukee in the winter unless you’re crazy like I used to be), and running (which I hate, but it definitely gets the job done quicker).

    I’ve never been a runner, but ran my first 5K this past November thanks to the Couch Potato to 5K running program on coolrunning.com which you can find here:
    http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

    I’m horrible at being on diets so I don’t even try..but know I have to do it this year in order to get anything done. I second Amanda D., and sign up for the hungry-girl email newsletter if you aren’t already!
    Ok, long rambling over! Hope this helps!

  2. One of the most enlightening books for me so far is “Protein Power”, not so much for the “diet” the book recommends, but for the real life scientific information on how your body works and what different measurements/proportions mean about your body. I’m still in the middle of it, but the first half has been really great. It has made me realize that I needed to make lifestyle changes that will be permanent, but that I can change my body and my metabolism by making certain food choices.

  3. A great DVD is Jillian Micheals 30 day shred. You can also do some fun ones like Carmen Electra’s aerobic striptease (i know, cheesy, but it’s fun and different). I think the key is just to mix it up because sometimes routines get boring. Also, Dr Ian Smith’s Fat Smash book is a good book to teach yourself how to eat healthier. It’s not so much a diet book as a step by step book that introduces you to healthier eating habits, portion control, etc…

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