Wednesday, May 27, 2015

No More Excuses

No More Excuses by Maria Kang is actually not only the title of this motivational book, but it is also the motto I am currently trying to follow.
It's so easy to come up with an excuse not to workout, not to eat healthy. 

It's late, your tired from a long day at work.  Your friends want you to go hang out with them.  It's too hard to get up early.  Working two jobs, how would you fit it in.  Between work and kids you have no time for yourself.  You'll start tomorrow.  You'll start next month.  You've been eating unhealthy for a month, another day won't matter. The list could really go on and on.

It's a fact coming up with an excuse only takes a second and it's easy to talk yourself into believing that your excuse should take priority.
But if you can adjust your thinking to focus on how to rid yourself of excuses, you might just get out the door, get that workout on.  Or pick a healthier food option instead of a fatty or high calorie one.

That is one of the things I love about this book and this is what Maria Kang promotes.  She will teach you how to adjust your mind, your life and not allow any more excuses and how to find the motivation needed to achieve the goals you would like.

I'm not usually into motivational diet books, but I have to say I found I actually really enjoyed this one.  Sure it's the same things we hear all the time, but this is coming from a gal who didn't just write a book, but she lived a heavier life and one day decided to not make any more excuses and achieve the health goals she had for herself.

Things you'll enjoy about this book; it breaks things down.  Everything from understanding calories and calorie control, muscle weight vs. fat, carbs and protein.
But she also breaks down all of the most common excuses that people come up with not to start a healthier life, and she breaks them down as to why they shouldn't be and how to break and move past the excuse.

She also gives workouts, with detailed pictures on how to do straightening and core workouts correctly.
She even broke it down for runners.  Now I love to run, and that will always be my cardio of choice, but she explains why if losing weight is your goal, how running may not be the perfect choice to go.
Normally in these situations I would roll my eyes, but she speaks the truth, the more miles you go, the better you get, the hungrier you can get.
While I still think running and weight loss is possible, she did give me some additional food for thought, that I have heard before and was considering.  But hadn't had it broken down.
Weight lifting... I have heard its the greatest thing for fat burning, but I never understood why.  She brakes it down, and I explains this.  I have to admit after reading it, she sold me on getting more into weight lifting to build muscle.  She also suggests doing this before you do your cardio workout, which I found I also agreed with.  Even if at times it might not be exactly my preferred method.

There was also a chapter on posture and core.  I have to admit, I do not have the strongest core and I have wondered about my posture.  I have some fun new workouts she suggested and shows in the book, that I am enjoying trying to strengthen my core and back to hopefully begin to correct incorrect posture.

Overall, I really liked this book.  I liked some of the tips and suggestions to get started on goals.  I am a huge goal person, so I liked that this book is not only motivational, but promotes goals.
I also liked the 30/30/30/10 eating plan she gives.  Allowing for 10% of your daily or weekly food intake to be a treat.  A calorie watching treat, but she doesn't promote you be perfect, she promotes you eat healthy but still allow yourself a little flexibility.

Although, I am reviewing this book for Blogging for Books, and I did receive a complimentary copy, all thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.  I really did enjoy this book, and currently I am implementing some of the changes and suggestions she has given.
You'll probably see me mention them as I share with you weekly my goals and progress.

Click Here if you'd like more information on this book.
You can also check out Maria Kang's Author Bio HERE.




12 comments :

  1. Amen to the more running = hungrier! Weight training is something I really need to do...and made tons of excuses not to! I'm intimidated by it probably because I knowing nothing about it. Although my husband and teens could probably give me some pointers.

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    1. It's so true isn't it!
      Oh, sometimes I am the queen of excuses, especially when it comes to my diet!

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  2. haha yes running=hungry the majority of the time. Even when I'm taking time off, I think I'm just so used to eating a lot that I eat just as much as I do when I'm running lol. You and me on strength training. I know I need to do it, and I'm a whole lot better at getting it done now than I was for a while there, but if there is anything I slack on, it is definitely that. I could run the same route day after day and not get bored, but with strength training, if I'm not constantly switching it up, it's even worse! And I love that it sounds like she doesn't cut out any food groups either. The whole no-carbs thing, even if I didn't run, that would be insanely hard to do!

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    1. Having been away from racing so long, and all the time off running I did have to take, I swear my body was used to eating more or whenever I wanted and then when I wasn't running... Well lets just say I unfortunately packed on way too many pounds!
      Oh I could never do the no-carbs thing. I am more into eating anythng I want, within reason and portion control

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  3. Haha, I am using these excuses today. I didn't do any kind of workout what so ever because I am completely exhausted. It was only 7:45 pm here when I decided to lay down for the night!

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  4. I am rungry ALL of the time. I'm the queen of excuses too. It' so easy to find other things that need to get done!

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  5. I love a book written by someone who has walked the walk- they can relate! the running info is funny- I am hungry all the time and it takes such will power to eat well. I like the diet formula for the 30/30/30/10 with the 10 being a treat, now we are talking!

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    1. Me too, I like to know that someone has been there, knows how it really is and has been able to shed the pounds against the odds!

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  6. Yay for Maria Kang! I really liked reading her book too! <3

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    1. I had just gotten my copy when I saw your review on your blog and I was so excited to see what it was about!

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