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Published October 2nd 2014
Challenge yourself and change your life
Just recently I was amazed at seeing a friend who after getting a "wake up" call about his health, picked up this book, read it and started to turn his life around. The result, after 6 weeks he looks absolutely amazing, healthy and has more energy. His secret? "Hard'n Up: Transform Your Mind and Body for Life with the trainer from the Biggest Loser, by Shannan Ponton.
I borrowed this book and have since purchased it. Hard'n Up by Shannan Ponton, I found actually to be a thoroughly enjoyable read. It is incredibility honest, thought provoking, dotted with some heart jerking tales and anecdotes. I love this quote,"…the most important measurement is not your waistline but the 6 inches between your ears. Once you have your brain in the right place the battle is 90 per cent won. Dr Mike". So very true and I would say that this applies to most things in life but is extremely important in the battle of weight and healthiness.
Hard'n Up is an all-in-one guide to weight loss, fitness, nutrition and motivation. It is inspirational and more importantly, makes sense, as mentioned, covering all areas from go to woe - including mindset, diet, exercise and maintenance.
The diet menu is easy to follow, giving you choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner including snack options. There are two menus, one for women and one for men covering calories to lose weight. These menus set the foundations to continue the journey of a good healthy diet. I like it too that you can have carbs such as soy and linseed bread, oats, all bran etc and fruit. It is not a no carb diet - fantastic!. Sorry I do though love a poached egg on toast sometimes rather than an egg white omelette, not quite ready for that yet.
The exercise guidelines in this book are great with plans and tables to keep you on track, starting off slowly, increasing with intensity. The exercises are descriptive and easy to follow with great photos.
All in all this is a great book. I recommend Hard'n Up as a good read and a "bible of healthiness". I hope it will be inspirational to you as well, help you make positive changes that matter in your life and set you up to create your own road map to being healthy and happy.