Audiobook Giveaway & Review: Your Holistically Hot Transformation by Marissa Vicario

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Narrator: Marissa Vicario

Publisher: Falk Audio (2017)

Length: 4 hours 33 minutes

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This book is about finding that food and exercise balance in your own life. It’s not about yet another fad diet or some supposedly awesome exercise plan that will transform you. Rather, it’s about listening to what your body needs and regaining that control over your food and activity choices.

When I first looked at this book, I have to admit, the title turned me off. Just at a glance, I thought this book was more focused on looks than on healthy living. I’m certainly glad I gave it a chance though! It’s got a lot going on inside. So, don’t judge this book by it’s title. There’s some thoughtful and helpful advice in this book.

I especially liked the advice to ditch the scale. Yes! Really, this is only one way to measure your progress and it doesn’t necessarily indicate healthiness. The info on sugars, fat, and fiber and what they do or don’t do for the body was especially useful.

As always, I like the reinforcement of getting away from pre-packaged foods and fast food restaurants. I can totally get behind the idea of plating up even simple meals so they look lovely since presentation does make a difference in the enjoyment of a meal.

The info on the cleanses and juicing was new to me. I found it interesting to learn just how limited their usefulness was to weight loss or maintaining a healthy weight. The other side of the coin was the info, and the author’s own experiences, on becoming a good cook. Now the author does compare cooking to shoe shopping, which I found to be a bit silly. I’m not a shoe person myself (my husband owns more shoes than I do) so this section I felt like breezing through. Plus it reinforced my first impression about the book. Health should be attained (or maintained) for it’s own worthiness, not simply because you want to look hot. It’s fine if that’s a side effect, but shouldn’t be the main goal.

Finally, the book talks about the importance of having personal time and quality sleep. I totally agree. I think most people would benefit plenty from these two things in general, whether they are seeking to lose weight or not. The PDF that comes with the audiobook was easy to access and had some helpful recipes (such as making my own salad dressings – yum!).

I received a free copy of this book.

The Narration: Marissa Vicario narrated her own book and the narration was OK. While I enjoyed hearing the book in the author’s own voice, her production quality wasn’t that good. There were a few repeated sentences, mouth noises, and odd sounds (perhaps the turning of a page?). However, the sound quality itself was good, staying at an even volume all the way through. The author’s passion for this subject comes through clearly in her narration.

What I Liked: Great advice on finding what works for each individual; info on cleanses and juicing; reinforcement of avoiding fast foods; the PDF that accompanies the audiobook; the importance of personal time.

What I Disliked: The book’s title; shoe shopping? really?; the narration production could have used a few touch ups.

What Others Think:

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Lunging Through Life

Peace, Love, & Oats

Your Path To Fit

GIVEAWAY!!!!

Marissa is giving away 3 Audible.com copies of Your Holistically Hot Transformation. Do the Rafflecopter thing below or answer these questions in the comments: Do you have an Audible.com account? What is your favorite fitness thing (a certain exercise or some super food you love)? If you follow Marissa in any way, let me know in the comments for an extra entry into the giveaway. Giveaway ends July 9th, 2017, midnight.

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Leviathan Wakes Read Along – The Schedule

I read Leviathan Wakes (Book 1 of The Expanse series) some years ago and I have watched the first season of The Expanse as well. Now the wonderful folks on the SF/F Read Alongs GoodReads group have put together this group read. I couldn’t resist. Anyone is welcome to join in the fun. I’ll be listening along with the audiobook.

Here is the current schedule:

Week 1: Friday 9th June – Chapters 1-14, hosted by Over The Effing Rainbow
Week 2: Friday 16th June – Chapters 15-28, hosted by The Illustrated Page
Week 3: Friday 23rd June – Chapters 29-43, hosted by There’s Always Room For One More
Week 4: Friday 30th June – Chapters 44-End, hosted by The Illustrated Page

Book Blurb for Leviathan Wakes:

Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to the Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

As always, folks are welcome to jump in and join us. You don’t have to be a host or a blogger. You can always choose the easy route and tackle the weekly discussion in the comments of the hosting blog. We also have a Goodreads Group started for SF/F Read Alongs in general, and there is a specific folder for this read along. You are welcome to follow the fun there as well.