This blog is for me to keep track of and review the books I read for the 100+ Book Challenge.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
#64 - Curves
I joined Curves at the end of February this year. It has worked wonders for me, so I felt like it was time to read this book. The first chapter made me feel like they were just trying to sell Curves to me and that was a bit of a turn off. After that chapter, the selling theme stopped and the book was packed with loads of interesting information. It goes over the at home version of the Curves workout which requires no equipment besides one of those stretchy tube things that you can get at Wal-Mart. There's also a really detailed diet plan (complete with weekly meal plans and shopping lists) that is supposed to boost your metabolism so that you eventually only have to diet two days a month and can consume 2500 to 3000 calories a day for the rest of the month and not gain weight. According to the test you have to take to see which diet plan is right for you, I should do the high protein, low carb plan and that just burst my bubble because I love pastas and fruits! I do know some people on this diet at my local Curves and they swear by it. I guess I'll have to break down and give it a try sometime. Anyway, there's lots of good nutritional information in this book and there are also sections for people with diabetes, arthritis, menopause, pregnancy, etc. Overall, very informative. Here's a synopsis from Barnes and Noble:
The power to amaze in 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week.
Two million women have discovered Gary Heavin's secret to permanent weight loss at more than six thousand Curves fitness and weight-loss centers around the country. In thirty minutes, three times a week-and without a restrictive diet-many have been able to take off the weight and keep it off for good.
The Curves Promise:
- A unique three-part nutrition plan that produces results quickly and shows how to maintain weight loss in order to eat normally for 28 days, and only monitor food intake two days a month - A Metabolic Tune-Up helps deter yo-yo dieting and shows how to lose weight by eating more, not less - Simple self-tests determine calorie or carbohydrate sensitivity, helping women individualize their food plan - Shopping lists, meal plans, recipes, food and supplement guides, and charts to track progress and guide users through every phase of the nutrition and exercise plan - A complete Curves At-Home workout, combining strength training and aerobics and taking only thirty minutes a day-no more than three times a week
My progress in the 100 Book Challenge so far:
1. An Idiot Girl's Christmas - Laurie Notaro - 142 pages 2. The Missing - Chris Mooney - 360 pages 3. All the Numbers - Judy Merrill Larsen - 269 pages 4. The Quickie - James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge - 274 pages 5. The Darkest Evening of the Year - Dean Koontz - 354 pages 6. Plea of Insanity - Jilliane Hoffman - 598 pages 7. When Madeline Was Young - Jane Hamilton - 274 pages 8. Sunshine - Robin McKinley - 405 pages 9. Spying in High Heels - Gemma Halliday - 318 pages 10. I Am Legend - Richard Matheson - 312 pages 11. New Moon - Stephenie Meyer - 563 pages 12. Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City - Kirsten Miller - 380 pages 13. The Husband - Dean Koontz - 415 pages 14. Kiki Strike: The Empress's Tomb - Kirsten Miller - 369 pages 15. Plum Lucky - Janet Evanovich - 166 pages 16. Blood Rites - Jim Butcher - 372 pages 17. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - 245 pages 18. Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist - 513 pages 19. The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz - 368 pages 20. Little Stalker - Jennifer Belle - 333 pages 21. Watchers - Dean Koontz - 352 pages 22. Lost and Found - Carolyn Parkhurst - 289 pages 23. Dead Beat - Jim Butcher - 396 pages 24. Steve & Me - Terri Irwin - 273 pages 25. Bright Lights, Big Ass - Jen Lancaster - 385 pages 26. Curse of the Spellmans - Lisa Lutz - 407 pages 27. Bleeding Kansas - Sara Paretsky - 431 pages 28. Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison - 416 pages 29. The Abstinence Teacher - Tom Perrotta - 358 pages 30. The Good Guy - Dean Koontz - 493 pages 31. The Double Bind - Chris Bohjalian - 368 pages 32. Dork Whore - Iris Bahr - 216 pages 33. Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer - 629 pages 34. Monkeewrench - P. J. Tracy - 404 pages 35. Diablerie - Walter Mosley - 180 pages 36. After Dark - Haruki Murakami - 191 pages 37. Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella - 389 pages 38. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson - 246 pages 39. Heart Sick - Chelsea Cain - 324 pages 40. Dearly Devoted Dexter - Jeff Lindsay - 292 pages 41. Ice Trap - Kitty Sewell - 340 pages 42. The Bad Place - Dean Koontz - 381 pages 43. All We Know of Heaven - Jacquelyn Mitchard - 310 pages 44. The Dollmaker - Amanda Stevens - 376 pages 45. Shakespeare's Landlord - Charlaine Harris - 214 pages 46. The Senator's Wife - Sue Miller - 306 pages 47. The Crimson Petal and the White - Michel Faber - 895 pages 48. Dexter in the Dark - Jeff Lindsay - 303 pages 49. Gods Behaving Badly - Marie Phillips - 293 pages 50. Earthly Pleasures - Karen Neches - 311 pages 51. Proven Guilty - Jim Butcher - 406 pages 52. Such a Pretty Fat - Jen Lancaster - 379 pages 53. Obedience - Will Lavender - 287 pages 54. The Fifth Vial - Michael Palmer - 372 pages 55. 2060:The Newton Prophecies - Keith Katsikas - 338 pages 56. The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry - 392 pages 57. White Night - Jim Butcher - 407 pages 58. Mordred, Bastard Son - Douglas Clegg - 260 pages 59. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini - 372 pages 60. Good Omens - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman - 412 pages 61. The Magician's Nephew - C. S. Lewis - 106 pages 62. The Gunslinger Born - Stephen King, Peter David, Robin Furth, Jae Lee, Richard Isanove - 240 pages 63. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J. K. Rowling - 312 pages 64. Curves - Gary Heavin & Carol Colman - 334 pages