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Joan Lunden explains, "Not that long ago I was unfit, unhealthy, and not at all happy about it. Now I feel as alive and energetic as I ever have. Each of us can make a choice to ...
Joan Lunden explains, "Not that long ago I was unfit, unhealthy, and not at all happy about it. Now I feel as alive and energetic as I ever have. Each of us can make a choice to turn our lives around."
Lunden talks about the difference between wanting one's life to change and actually taking action to make it happen. Readers will learn how to ride the waves of change instead of becoming overwhelmed by them. They will find out how to become witnesses to their own lives, able to take honest looks at themselves. They'll learn how their attitudes and outlooks have tremendous effects on how their bodies function and on how they react to the world around them.
From the Hardcover edition.
Picking up where she left off in her bestselling Joan Lunden's Healthy Cooking, Joan Lunden, the cohost of Good Morning America since 1980, provides inspiration and helpful information for all women who want to achieve a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle. First serial to Good Housekeeping. 90 photos, 85 in color. 256 pp. National media publicity. Author tour. Print ads. 50-city TV satellite tour. 300,000 print. (Diet/Health/Fitness)
If you were to summarize your life philosophy, what would it be?
Several phrases and concepts have had a large effect on me in recent years. One of my best friends, Scot Evans, told me just before New Year's 1996 that his goal was to "always take the higher road." I couldn't get over the impact his statement had on me. As the new year began, every time a tough situation cropped up, those four simple words, "take the higher road", entered my mind and each time I followed that formula. For me, taking the higher road means that you have to be the bigger person and make the first move. It eliminates the temptation to make foolish choices out of pure stubbornness, and it encourages me to keep asking myself questions about the motives behind my reactions and behavior.
And, after challenging myself last summer by climbing the Grand Tetons in Jackson, Wyoming, I proved to myself that self-limits were just that, self-limits. When it was over, I was so proud of myself: proud that I had broken out of self-doubt and continued against the odds, proud that I could share this experience with friends, proud that I had gone beyond my own threshold. No more self-limits -- that would be my new philosophy.
How do you keep from letting daily worries, large and small, make you frustrated or upset?
I have come to the realization that if you can let go of things like anger and frustration, instead of losing control, you actually gain it. We're all afraid of releasing negative thoughts -- as if they were some kind of precious jewels we have to hang on to -- but letting go is the key to liberation. If you understand the basic principle of what "letting go" means, it will become a very powerful tool for growth and happiness.
While it's important to deal with your anger, it's just as important to remember that anger is a human feeling, and all feelings, positive or negative, are normal. The issue really becomes a problem when we find ourselves taking it out on innocent people in a totally unrelated experience.
Letting go, despite the cliché, is not the process of allowing a harmful or unpleasant feeling, emotion, or thought simply to leave your mind. It is your ability to believe that you can change your negative perceptions. Simply put, you are letting go of the power these negative thoughts have on your life.
What are some of the things you like to do to relax?
I use several relaxation and visualization exercises to help me relax. One of the easiest techniques was taught to me by fitness trainer, Barbara Brandt. I like to use it with my kids, and I'll bet if you think back, your mom and dad probably did this with you when you were a child. Barbara would have me sit on the floor and close my eyes. Then she would very gently draw letters on my back. I was to concentrate on nothing but feeling each line on my skin, and guessing which letter was being drawn. It sounds very simple, but it takes concentration and is an easy introduction to how visualization can help you relax.
What are you thankful for?
I am thankful that I found a healthy way of life, which ensures that I nurture my mind, body, and spirit. My new strength feed my positive outlook. I feel I can now pass on to my daughters this value of being confident and yet sensitive and caring to others.
From the Hardcover edition.
|1||Living Healthier, Living Happier||23|
|2||Don't Wait for Good Things to Happen||59|
|3||Becoming a Witness to Your Own Life||79|
|5||Relaxation and De-Stressing Techniques||129|
|6||How Meditation Makes Your Life Better||147|
|7||Dealing with Change||153|
|8||Understanding the Cycles of Your Life||165|
|9||Honor Your Body||203|
|10||Change Yourself and Your Fortune Will Change||239|
|Spas and Health Resorts||241|
Posted May 13, 2002
Everyone is familiar with blonde, perky Joan Lunden whose smiling face has been beaming from our tv screens for years. She is the quintessential all-American girl-next-door. Now apparently she is on a quest to live long and prosper. Her journey has included climbing mountains, horseback riding, speaking to gurus and learning the power of positive thinking. Granted, the rest of us probably won't meet Deepak Chopra and the other authors she mentions; we won't be jamming with Michael Bolton (let alone become his buddy); we may not get the opportunity to climb mountains or fly military vehicles (especially if our job description doesn't cover it); and we won't be rubbing shoulders with all the other celebrities who have given her good advice over the years. Aside from that she gives the whole healthy eating, exercise and getting-enough-rest routine a shallow going over. Lunden looks great, especially for her age as she frequently points out, and since she has a professional staff to make her look even better for photo shoots, the whole thing looks pretty simple. I read the book in a single weekend and was left with the feeling that something was missing. She kept saying, 'I'll go over that in more depth in a later chapter...' and the later chapters were really not in-depth. She uses lots of cliche's and does't really give any new advice that your health teacher and parents didn't already give you. Which probably explains why I got the book on a bargain rack. I recommend checking it out at the local library rather than investing in a copy to keep.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.