Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Spotlight: Total Knockout Fitness

I'm always looking for ways get healthier. I admit that I eat things that are not so good for me now and then, but I believe in balance and moderation and it works pretty good for me. I try to get some exercise in each day even if it's simply a short walk. I find that I like a bit of variety.

Recently I was given the opportunity to read a book called, Total Knockout Fitness by Martin McKenzie and Stefanie Kirchner, which also comes with a DVD. I've been trying out the DVD and I've enjoyed it a lot. It's a complete program that is a blend of cardio, boxing, and cross-training exercises. The DVD is 64 minutes long, but is broken down into sections according to users' fitness levels. There are beginner, intermediate, and advanced level workouts which also feature warm-up and cool down sections. I liked that the DVD was set up in bite-sized pieces like that. It made the workout not seem so daunting. I'm still at the beginner level, but I look forward to progressing to the other levels when my body is ready.

The book is very good at describing the workouts and it helps readers to plan their workout strategies. There are color photographs which depict many of the exercises and it goes along well with the DVD.

Total Knockout Fitness has been created by personal trainer Martin McKenzie and holistic health therapist Stefanie Kirchner. They've brought their know-how together in this great program that works the entire body very well.

The book is broken down into the following sections:

Round 1 - Equipment
Round 2 - Knowing Your Opponent
Round 3 - Tipping the Scales in Your Favour
Round 4 - Total Knockout Fitness Exercises
Round 5 - Warm-Ups
Round 6 - Form and Footwork
Round 7 - Punch Precision
Round 8 - Total-Body Training
Round 9 - Flexibility
Round 10 - Cardio
Round 11 - Weight Loss
Round 12 - Toning and Shaping
Round 13 - Strength and Power
Round 14 - Going the Extra Round

It's a challenging workout, but it's also been fun for me. It has just enough variety to keep me interested, especially since I'm not a die-hard workout person. Who knows? This workout program may just be what I need to get me into working out a lot more frequently. I have really been enjoying it.

If you would like to purchase the book, you can do so here


Disclaimer: This book and DVD were sent to me free of charge in exchange for a review. All opinions are mine. Also, please consult your physician before attempting this program or any other. I am not a healthcare professional and I am not dispensing health advice. I am speaking of my own experience with this product only.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Marathon Reading and Weekends

Well, here we are...it's Friday and the weekend begins! It's been a busy week for me, but it's all good. I'm working towards my dreams. Even though I can't see any results yet I know that they'll be showing themselves soon  :-)

This is kind of a catch up post and a happy weekend post in one. The catching up part is to share that I FINALLY finished the book that I've been reading. It seems like forever that I've been trying to finish it and last night I did. Yay! I was reading The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling and I mentioned it in earlier posts here and here.  As you can see from those posts, they were both Fridays. I guess that Fridays are my book contemplation days. You can also see that those posts were a month and two months ago! LOL. I guess you could say that this book has been my summer beach read that I took to the beach and everywhere else trying to finish it. As I mentioned in one of the posts, I'm not a particularly slow reader, but I have a tendency to get distracted by other things and then I come back and read some more. I guess you could call me a bite-size reader. I don't know. Lol. Anyway, I get there in the end.

Now, as promised I'll share a few thoughts on the book. I enjoyed it. As I said, in a previous post, I'm not much of a crime fiction reader but I enjoyed the book. The book is set in London and follows the investigation of the suicide of a supermodel, who falls to her death from a balcony in the swanky Mayfair area. Her brother doubts that it was suicide, so he hires private detective Cormoran Strike to investigate. Strike travels around within the model's privileged circle of friends and associates to get to the truth about her death. It's an interesting whodunit that takes readers into the world of celebrity culture.

I liked the book, but for me it seemed to drag a bit about three quarters of the way through. Still I found it entertaining and it was well worth the read. If I had to rate it out of five stars I'd give it a three and a half.


I'm hoping to get some rest this weekend and just enjoy being  :-)  That'll probably include watching a few movies on TV, maybe having some pancakes for breakfast, and working on my book. Also, I'm going to decide on what to read next. The list is long. I have a stack right next to the bed, so I think that I'll just kick the pile and see what falls on the floor nearest my foot. I'm pretty random sometimes...what can I say!  ;-) 

Happy Weekend to Everyone!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Food Feature: Nibnibs

I love a good snack and I find that usually I lean more towards savoury snacks rather than sweet ones. Don't get me wrong...I do love sweets too, but having something savoury especially that's portable is a big plus for me.

Recently I've had the opportunity to try out a delicious range of savoury snacks called Nibnibs.  They are delicious snacks produced in their bakery in North Yorkshire using the finest ingredients. I've been able to try the Exceptional Cheddar & Spicy Chilli Straws, Exceptional Cheddar & Cheeky Onion Straws, Roasted Salt & Pepper Jumbo Peanuts, and the Exceptional Cheddar Cheese Straws. They were all so tasty and very enjoyable to munch on. The original Exceptional Cheddar Cheese Straws had a lovely, satisfying flavor and the other varieties with the chilli and onion flavors were delicious also. The variations offered good variety to the snacks without overpowering the original cheddar flavor. All of the flavors of cheese straws had a delightful crunch. Also, I love peanuts and these were delectable. The seasoning was perfectly done and didn't get in the way of the peanuts themselves at all.

Nibnibs come in convenient tubular packaging which makes the containers just the right size to carry in your bag if you want to snack on the go. The Nibnibs come sealed in a foil pouch within the container and each container has a resealable lid.

As I said at the beginning, I love a good savoury snack and Nibnibs are now a firm favorite with me. If you'd like to try them for yourself, why not enter the giveaway below for your chance to win some?

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*Disclaimer: I was sent this product to try in exchange for a review. Opinions are my own.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Art Spotlight: Paragon Fine Art Gallery

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fine Art Gallery. All opinions are 100% mine.
I'm an art lover and I always have been it seems. I love visiting the museums and galleries in London and Bath whenever I can because I love seeing the amazing creativity of the various artists. I'm always intrigued when I find new places to appreciate art. Recently I've found out about a wonderful Art Gallery located in the San Francisco Bay area called Paragon Fine Art. They are a full service