It’s Giveaway Time Again!

As many of you know, I’ve been clearing out and giving away some of the “tools” I’ve used to get in shape over the last five years. Today I’m offering the chance to win one of two of my favorite books on women’s health and strength training.

While I used the Weight Watchers Points system to lose weight, I combined what I learned there with solid, science-backed information on weight loss and nutrition from other sources, such as “Body for Life for Women” by Pamela Peeke, M.D. and Joan Pagano’s “Strength Training for Women.”

Because I’m heading out the door soon to go on a (flat) hike and do some bird watching, I cut and pasted portions of the books’ reviews from so you get an idea what each book is about and decide which one you’d like to throw your name in the hat for (you can choose both!).

Body for Life for Women
“[Peeke’s] firm belief is, most women already know what they’re supposed to do: eat a balanced diet, ditch junk food, exercise, think positively. Peeke strives to show her “girlfriends” how to accomplish these tasks, customizing plans for young and old. Clients’ stories lend credence to Peeke’s 12-week weight reduction plan; so do the wowsie before-and-after pictures.

“Gender-specific scientific evidence supports Peeke’s premise that women’s bodies require different care than men’s. But she doesn’t stop there. Peeke digs deeper for her audience, defining four hormonal milestones of a woman’s life (menarche to beyond menopause) and customizing a physical and mental transformation plan to suit each.

“Easing off on strict calorie and weight guidelines, she focuses instead on serious fat reduction, muscle improvement, and practical suggestions for self-care. But for Peeke, weight reduction pales to bolstering a woman’s self-worth through nurturing healthier habits.” (Review by Liane Thomas)

Strength Training for Women
From Publishers Weekly: “A personal trainer in NYC’s Upper East Side, Pagano has dedicated the past 16 years of her life to passing her knowledge and passion for fitness on to other women in the hopes of helping them improve their lives and prevent common diseases like osteoporosis.

“Like a good personal trainer should, she begins with a three-part fitness test and questionnaire to assess whether the reader should consult a doctor before beginning her program. For true beginners, she provides an anatomy chart that depicts the major muscle groups and the exercises that are best suited to them. She dispels fitness myths like ‘lifting weights will bulk you up’ and ‘you can spot reduce,’ and talks about the risk factors, exercise guidelines and restrictions of osteoporosis.

“Best of all for novices, many of Pagnano’s beginner exercises require no special equipment, relying instead on everyday fixtures like chairs, walls and kitchen countertops. (More advanced exercises use free weights, stretch bands and stability balls.)

“The color photos, diagrams and clear explanations make the exercises easy to follow, and Pagano provides full training programs for improving posture and strengthening the lower, upper and core muscles of the body. This book may be one of the best substitutes for pricey gym memberships and personal trainers.”

If you’ve read and used one or both of these books, I’d love to read your review, too.

If you haven’t and would like to win one of them, throw your name in the hat! The only catch is if you win, you agree to give the book away when you’re done, or if you can’t part with it, you’ll donate a healthy food item to your local food shelf. That’s it! So leave a comment or send an email to and let me know which book you’d like to win. I’ll draw the winners on Sunday evening (June 6).

20 thoughts on “It’s Giveaway Time Again!

  1. Hi, Lynn. I got both those books out of the library after you mentioned them on one of your posts a while back. I would love to win either of them because I think they both have wonderful exercises and wonderful information. So if I could be in the running for either book, that would be great. I hope that is allowed.

  2. Lynn,
    I am so happy I discovered your Blog. I am a regular follower now…..thank you for posting frequently and giving us all HOPE!
    Thanks for offering the giveaway. I would love to be considered for:

    “Strength Training for Women”


  3. I'll pass on the books and let someone else that needs them more have the chance at them, but I wanted to leave a comment anyway: Body for Life is a GREAT program!!! I highly recommend it!!

  4. Lynn, I'm so thankful to have found your blog! My book club regularly shares books on all subjects, so if I were to win “Body for Life for Women” it would certainly find new homes over time.

    Thank you for your consistency and the wonderful motivation you provide here!

  5. Hi Lynn,
    I'm am avid blog “lurker” and though I don't often comment, I love reading about your journey. I would like the opportunity to win the Body for Life book.

    Hopefully you found some beautiful birds on your hike!

    Linda Barker

  6. I too am a newcomer to your delightful Blog. I have decided to once again begin my journey for hopefully the last time to a healthy weight and lifestyle.

    I would like to be considered for “Body for Life”” and promise to pass along over time.

    Have a good hike.

  7. WOW! This book looks great. I have been following a blog called moves and meals and she is on the Body For Life Challenege. I would love to read this book!

  8. I would love to have the Strength Training for Women. I love the idea of exercises using things around the house. Wonderful idea of recycling by passing on to someone else too!

  9. Hi! Love your blog. I've been on WW for two years now and am down 70 pounds. I've been great with the cardio but want to give strength training a try. I'd love to check out the book! Happy to pass it along when I'm done.

    Thanks for all of your great info!

  10. I recently discovered your blog and and inspired by your story and lifestyle.

    If I can enter your drawing I'd be really interested in Strength Training for Women

  11. I would love to win the Body for Life so throw me in there :-). The science behind WW and healthy living is facinating to me… and with leading now it helps me in the meeting room.

    ~ Huggs!!! Sondra

  12. I would LOVE the Strength Training for Women book… I almost bought it once.

    After having my fitness assessment, I decided that a mix of cardio and strength training is definitely going to be a good mix for me, instead of just cardio for weight loss.

  13. Lynn, thanks so much for offering your books. I love that you're showing that getting rid of the baggage of extra “stuff” around the house is important, too. Please put my name in the hat for both books.

  14. I would love to win the Strength Training for Women! I also love your idea of passing things on; I need to do some organizing this summer and see what I can pass on! I also like your blogroll; I have found many blogs I read off of it; thank you!

  15. I'd love my name in the pot for the strength training book. It looks really useful and I tend to do more cardio than anything else.


  16. I would love both books have tryed like every one to loose weight, you are such an inspiration please consider me for this drawing, with 5 kids think this may be the answering I have been seeking not having surgery to loose the weight was such an eye operner thanks

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