Check Out Some Motivation

Regardless of whether or not you composed a list of resolutions on Saturday, most of us can benefit from eating better, exercising more, and reducing the impact of stress. I’ve been working on little changes over the last couple of months and, thanks to resources found at the library, I’m well on the way to achieving my goals.

Book cover of "The Food You Crave"If you watch The Food Network, chances are you’ve run across one of Ellie Krieger’s cooking programs. She holds a master’s degree in nutrition, is a registered dietician, and makes eating healthy easy and fun. Her cookbooks, The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes For A Healthy Life and So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes For Every Meal Of The Week showcase clear and concise recipes that integrate healthier ingredients into everyday meals. The dishes are satisfying, healthy, and most of all, delicious.

Book cover for "Small Changes Big Results"Another book by Ellie I’m loving is Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan To A Better Life. Focusing on better eating, moving more, and improving emotional health, this book is all about making small changes over a long period of time. Each week there are three minor changes that build on the previous week’s changes. I chose to read the book straight through, making the prescribed changes at the suggested time. You could also decide to pick and choose, skipping changes that don’t fit your lifestyle. I’ve found making small changes and building on a solid foundation is the only way I will stick with something, so this book really worked for me.

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In addition to Ms. Krieger’s books, I’ve been checking out some high-energy CDs to help me keep a steady pace while I’m working out. Some artists who keep my energy high and my spirits up include AC/DC, Adam Lambert, Cascada, Daft Punk, Gnarls Barkley, Scissor Sisters, and Weezer. I also love checking out compilation CDs. Compilations like 80s Metal Gold, Now That’s What I Call Music, and Vans Warped Tour keep me motivated to move and are a great way to add a little variety to any workout routine.

With a bit of determination, and a little help from the library, any goal is achievable.


4 thoughts on “Check Out Some Motivation

    • My all-time favorite workout album would have to be Appetite For Destruction by Guns ‘N Roses. The library has a copy if you’d like to try it out for yourself.


  1. I immediately put holds on both cookbooks after reading this post. Last night I made the white chili from So Easy and it was delicious (I’d never had hominy before, yum). Small changes like making meals from scratch rather than relying on processed food are part of my plan for the new year – and this post was a big help!

    The B-52s are my favorite group to listen to when I work out. 🙂


  2. Shakira (Donde estan los ladrones) can be handy workout music. Also Mika (Life in Cartoon Motion). Henryk Gorecki’s Symphony #3, “Symphony of Sorrowful Song,” not so much.


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