NANOWRIMO TIPS – With November only a few days away, the reluctant novelist might want to consider National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO). What started out as a grass roots Bay Area community group has become legitimate cultural phenomenon. I have heard numerous testimonials that NANOWRIMO has helped aspiring writers realize their dreams. That being said, I haven’t done the NANOWRIMO program myself. But with so many overwhelming testimonials it’s worth checking into. At the very least you owe it to yourself to check out the page that lists published NANOWRIMO novelists. The goal is a 50,000 word novel that can be verified by uploading to the website. I have heard that a great way to get started is by using Book in a Month (BIAM) to complete scene cards, work through an outline, develop characters and the list goes on. If you are not anticipating major life changes (a new job, moving, a divorce, a new baby, etc.) in the month of November, give NANOWRIMO your best shot, your dreams are worth it, see the web link for much more information.


Fire Up Your Fat BurnFire Up Your Fat Burn by Lori Shemek
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I worked in the fitness industry in my twenties, but in my forties, it’s been difficult to maintain a healthy body weight. Back in the day, teaching twelve fitness classes weekly (plus weight training) meant eating healthy wasn’t critical. I ate whatever I wanted. I hear this often from my middle aged friends that were athletes when they were younger. Working out at that level (time or intensity) just isn’t feasible anymore. I have tried a lot of diets and have read a lot of diet books. Other approaches are unsatisfying, because of focusing on fads or lacking practical examples. For those reasons, Fire Up Your Fat Burn by Lori Shemek, strikes the perfect balance. This is a grab and go program coupled with the principles of why the approach works. Since I know a bit about exercise programs, I really appreciated suggestions that an average user can accomplish; at home, outdoors, at a gym or with little to no equipment. There are sections for at-a-glance; tips for success; what to/ not to eat; goal setting; understanding inflammation; using supplements, fiber and water. What I liked the most about this book were tasty food choices, embedded in the chapters, also concluding with an entire chapter at the end. This book lives up to the title and will give you what you need to jump start your lifestyle change.

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