Friday, January 29, 2016

One Year To A Happier, Healthier You

Book Review  ::  #BCI Link Party #22


52 small changes one year to a happier, healthier you


Book Review
Book:  52 Small Changes / One Year To A Happier, Healthier You
Author: Brett Blumenthal


The first time I heard of this book was through a summit called "The Athlete Within" by Renee Ramsdell of the Corporate Triathlete.  The "The Athlete Within", is an excellent 21 day program where each day for 21 days Renee emails you an inspiring podcast related to health and fitness.  So encouraging that by the end of the 21 days I walked away feeling I could do anything.  You can read my interview with Renee here The Athlete Within. 


As you have probably guessed, Brett Blumenthal was a panelist in the summit and I found the simple wisdom of the book intriguing.  

About The Author
Brett Blumenthal is the bestselling author of A Whole New You: Six Steps to Ignite Change for Your Best Life (December 2012), 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You (January 2012) and Get Real and STOP Dieting! (December 2010).  Her next book  - 52 Small Changes for the Mind - was released December 2015.

The Book
52 Small Changes One Year To A Happier, Healthier You addresses Diet and Nutrition, fitness and prevention, mental well-being and green living. Brett's approach is holistic and balanced.  Meaning it does not just focus on losing weight or diet, it encompasses things like being positive, giving back, getting enough rest and participating in your life

The book is one of the simplest books I have ever read though.   There is no flub.  The tone is kind, clear and direct.  Within minutes of opening the book, I knew what was required of me and how to accomplish it. 

A year from now you will wish you have started today:


How It Works 
Each week Brett examines a new component to her holistic recipe to health and happiness. She explorers expected topics such as sleep, hydration, clean eating and exercise.  Additionally, she also visits topics such as the benefits of laughter, cultivating a positive outlook and living on purpose. 

The Change you need to make is outlined. 

Roadmap for Success shows you how to achieve the said change with suggested do's, don'ts and warnings. 

At the end of each week, you will find the weekly Changes Checklist, Which provides a listing of all of the preceding week's changes so you can be sure you are integrating them into your lifestyle. 

My Thoughts
This book is perfect for the person who wants to overhaul their life one step at a time and for those who are looking for lasting change. I highly recommend the book and I believe I will be starting my 52 weeks shortly.  Are you with me?

52 Small Changes One Year To A Happier, Healthier You is available in your local library and where all books are sold.  As a bonus I stumbled across a playlist, that you can view here, of Brett sharing her favorite tips for the first 10 weeks of the program.

You can find out more about Brett Blumenthal and her books here.

Could you commit to a 52 week program?




38 comments :

  1. This sounds amazing--and life changing. Thank you for telling us about this :-)

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    1. Your welcome Deborah. Thanks for popping by.

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  2. I like the idea of small changes. It makes change seem really achievable. I will have to add this to my collection.

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    1. Hey Kristin, 52 Small Changes would be a worthy addition. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. This sounds great. Lasting change usually comes in small steps. I also love the quote, "A year from now you will wish you had started today." It is so true!

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    1. You are right! Lasting change comes in small increments over time. Thanks for visiting MW. love you blog.

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  4. Neat idea. As a psychology professor, I am well aware of the fact that small changes can work together to make a big difference over time. I love this idea of focusing on positive ways to build into ones life each week. At the end of the year, I could see the over-all impact as being very great--I love this! Thank you for the opportunity to share and connect in the link-up too!

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    1. Thanks Jed for sharing your psychology expertise. It is confirmation that if I stick with the program I should successful.

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  5. Adding it to my list! U am always looking for great books to add to my life! Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Thanks Olivia. This is a great book to add to your list.

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  6. I think that making small changes with a book like that is the best way to do it. The thought that it would take that long (though it probably does) to implement, is kind of depressing though. The truth hurts! We don't get out of shape in one week and we can't get back into shape that fast either!

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    1. Lol, the time frame does seem a bit long with all the quick fix promises out there. Thanks for popping in.

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  7. Sounds like a good book! 52 changes! It's nice it's spread out and not all at once. Seems much more manageable!

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    1. Yeah the concept is great! How is the swing going? Have you tested it out yet? Also we are currently having a giveaway for the Fitbit alta on the blog if you are interested Caroline. Thanks for popping by.

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  8. I like the idea of this. I just may check it out.

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    1. Hey Keish, I'm working my way through the book right now and enjoying it. Take care.

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  9. Small changes can add up to be a big deal in the end! I like this idea.

    Jay of www.relaxedthairapy.com

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    1. Yeah, the concept is great Jay W. Thanks for popping in.

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  10. This is a great idea!! I'm going to try this out.

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    1. It's great. I'm starting week three and I'm enjoying that the program is not so extreme. My life does not feel disrupted thus far. Just tweaked. Keep me post it you decide to do it.

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  11. Small changes certainly are easier than big changes. One day at a time, one moment at a time, one moment at a time. That is how success happens.

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  12. I am certainly a small changes type of person. I'm working on my healthy this year and I hope it finally sticks.

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    1. Mimi, finding a health routine you can folding into your lifestyle can be tough. Here's to it sticking for both of us!!

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  13. I'm really focusing on my mental well being this year. Far too much stress in my life!

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    1. Patranila, this same author just released 52 Small Changes for Your Mind for the very purpose of reducing stress in your life. Possibly a good option for you.

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  14. This sounds pretty cool for a 52 week challenge. I think that creates more of a lifestyle than even a 21 day challenge.

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    1. Exactly Jonna, it may take longer but it will stick with me longer as well. Thanks for popping by.

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  15. This book sounds so refreshing and attainable. I like that you can make the changes over time.

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  16. Big changes come from little decisions! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. This is great. I am so terrible at sticking to long programs. 12 weeks is the longest I've done.

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  18. I love that this book focuses on achieving success through small changes. It makes it much easier to manage.

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  19. Thank you for sharing. I am going to check it out!

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  20. small...but CONSISTENT... forward steps. This is what is going to separate all the professional New Year's goalmakers who 'quit their jobs' by February 15th and then do it all over again next December 31st, and those who commit.

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    1. Too funny, "professional goalmakers"! Thanks for stopping by.

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  21. I can deal with small changes little by little. A huge change at once is kind of hard for me to deal with. Looks like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Breaking things up into weekly challenges sounds like a great idea for people starting out or struggling.

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    1. It is a great option Cassandra. Thanks for popping in.

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