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Change Your Mind—Change Your Body—Change Your Life
Imagine, just 12 weeks from now, having the lean, healthy body you've always wanted and not having to turn your life upside down to get it. Imagine having the energy to be at your peak from dawn to dusk, having the confidence to do all the things you've been putting off, having the certainty to make the right decision at the right time, and knowing that you really do have the power to ...
Change Your Mind—Change Your Body—Change Your Life
Imagine, just 12 weeks from now, having the lean, healthy body you've always wanted and not having to turn your life upside down to get it. Imagine having the energy to be at your peak from dawn to dusk, having the confidence to do all the things you've been putting off, having the certainty to make the right decision at the right time, and knowing that you really do have the power to change—not just your body but anything in this world you set your mind to.
If this sounds unlikely, or maybe even impossible, it's time you were introduced to Bill Phillips and his Body-for-LIFE Program—it's time you join those who have experienced breakthroughs with the help of his expert advice. These people include:
The principles of the Body-for-LIFE Program are surprisingly simple but remarkably powerful. Allow yourself to experience the force of the information on this audio—allow yourself to take your mind, your body, your life to a higher point than you may have ever dreamed you could. All in as little as 12 weeks.
The founder and executive editor of "Muscle Media"--one of the nation's fastest growing strength training magazines--presents a 12-week motivational program to achieve mental and physical fitness for a lifetime.
1) What gave you the impetus to write the book?
It seems to me we're living in a time of "extreme capitalism," where the marketplace rules as never before. We're living in a time when almost everything (news, politics, advertising, the computer revolution) is a form of entertainment. And we're obviously living in a time when the culture generally, thanks to technology and the aging of the baby boomers and the end of the Cold War and feminism and a hundred other reasons, is in a state of thrilling, terrifying flux and newness. All those seemed rich, ripe terrains on which to stake out a big, realistic, funny, social novel. I hadn't seen contemporary business or a certain kind of modern marriage drawn very knowingly or interestingly in fiction, and I thought I might be able to do an entertaining job of it.
2) Set in the not so distant future, Turn of the Century has many futuristic inventions and events — such as computer games that incorporate biofeedback, minty-flavored Prozac for kids, civil war in Mexico. What new developments from the book do you think we'll actually see?
Of the three "inventions" you mention, one—the mint-flavored Prozac for children—-actually exists. I am thrilled that reviewers and reporters (you're not the first) assume some of the actual things in the book are fictional, and vice-versa. I think practically everything in the book could come to pass, and may. In fact, some of my inventions in earlier drafts did come to pass before I was finished, and I edited them out.
3) As a writer for The New Yorker and Time magazine, editor in chief of New York magazine, and co-creatorof Spy magazine, you've been writing and editing for years, but this is your first novel. How does writing fiction compare to nonfiction?
After 20 years of adhering scrupulously to facts, fiction-writing was discombobulating at first—I felt giddy, like gravity had changed, or as if I were committing adultery. In the end, I find writing fiction (and a 659-page book, as opposed to a 1000 or 10,000 word magazine piece) both vastly more difficult and more fun than writing non-fiction. But without those years of writing and editing week after week, I wouldn't have had the confidence in my craft to attempt a novel—nor, I don't think, the experiences worth transmuting into fiction.
4) What research did you do to be able to so realistically depict the business lives of your characters who work in television, the computer industry (both software executives and hackers), Wall Street ...?
I have some professional experience in television and online, but only some, so as I was beginning the book I spent weeks doing research in Seattle and Los Angeles and on Wall Street, hanging around with friends in the software and TV and financial businesses as they did they jobs, and asking lots and lots of stupid questions.
5) Where did you grow up? Your young children could live to see the turn of the next century — How do you think their experience and their adult lives will differ from yours?
I grew up in Omaha. And the distinct possibility that my daughters will live in the 22nd century is a fact I regularly astonish myself with. I can't pretend to have any idea what that world will be like. Well, I can pretend—in fact, at one point, this novel had an epilogue set on New Year's Eve 2099, with two of the three children in the book reminiscing about their lives and the 21st century. I do have a hunch that a hundred and two hundred years from now, the current epoch—1960-2010, say—will look pivotal.
6) Real people mingle with fictional characters in your novel. Does anyone in the book have a real-life counterpart (if you can tell us) and are you concerned about whether people will see themselves, rightly or wrongly, as the models for your characters?
In general, I am not one for doctrines, but I did begin this book with a doctrine about reality and invention—that is, I endeavored either to concoct wholly fictional people (and places and companies and TV shows and movies and inventions), or to use real people (and places and companies and TV shows and movies and inventions) as themselves. This is not a roman a clef, thinly veiled or otherwise. That said, I will confess that my good friend Jim Cramer, the financial writer and stock trader, bears a certain strong genetic resemblance to the character Ben Gould.
7) Turn of the Century highlights the cultural differences between New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles. Do you think these and other American places will come to resemble each other more in the faster-paced, more technologically-driven future, or will they maintain their distinct characters?
I think they will maintain their distinct characters, even as they become, in places, more alike. I think it's places like Omaha and Minneapolis and Houston and Atlanta that are more quickly becoming more alike—as well as more like NewYork, Seattle, and Los Angeles. And I think Washington (D.C., not State) is as close to irrelevant to the national life as it has been in this century.
copyright Kurt Andersen 1999
Posted April 22, 2003
I completed the 12 week challenge and I have to say that the results are amazing!!! I took my before photos and compare them to my after photos and the results are astonishing. I have muscle definition and have lost body fat in places that I thought only liposuction would have worked. I also have two small children and if it has worked for me, it can work for anyone. If you are serious about changing your overall shape, gain strength and overall physical appeal, this is the program for you. I get complimented every day about my results from people who haven't seen me in 6 months to passerbys. I also feel much younger and stronger and can fit into clothes from high school. This really works. I kid you not.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 17, 2001
My husband and I both read this book and IT WORKS. My husband went from a beer gut to a sixpack. I dropped 2 sizes! I have told all my friends and family about this book. I have even told people at the gym. I loved this book and if you are serious about getting in shape you will too! My husband was an out of shape but athlatic and I was just overweight never been in shape in my life. So you can do it too!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 13, 2001
I am a physician but before this book I was just as clueless as the guy next door as to the real principles of nutrition and exercise. Like other people who have written reviews here I have also tried other 'fads' but for the first time I can finally say I have found something that works and definitely shows results fast. I have only been into the program as of now for two weeks and already, my wife who is my most honest critic and friend has even started to notice changes. Two people at work even gave me unsolicited compliments. Just buy it!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 5, 2000
This is a fair audio book. I think as someone seeking to maximize myself more this book has more generalities than I expected. Not earth shattering stuff but better suited for a beginner.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.