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Favorite Books/Workout Videos

Here is a list of favorite workout videos and favorite books that people on the list recommend and why they recommend them.


Leslie Sansone's Walk away the Pounds - 3 video set. 1 mile, 2 mile and 3 mile videos included in the set as well as a set of weighted balls. Very easy workout but you certainly feel as though you've accomplished something when they are through. Leslie is very easy to watch over and over again, she isn't annoying by any means.
Will be great in the cold winter months when walking outside is impossible!
Ashley Barr

STEP REEBOK VIDEOS with GIN MILLER (There are several of them)
They are fun, I can do them in my own home & I see results when I use them. I bought my own step in 1995 & have been using them ever since. they are my favorite.

Taebo for sure!
Excellent work out. Works ever muscle and Bill Blanks is totally inspiring
and positive.
Gina D.

I do 3 Kathy Smith tapes, I really like them because you can do these tapes whether your a beginner or advanced.
Heres the names
1. Weight loss Workout
2. Step Aerobics
3. Power Step Aerobics , or you can go to
Laura =)

Jane Fonda Step Aerobics.
It's my favorite, it is 45 min of low impact aerobics, and it is fun.
Melanie Rose

My favorite exercise video is Yoga for the Abs, It really works you abs, and you don't have to do sit ups and for me anything is better than doing a sit ups.
Have a Great Day!

To Shelly and anyone interested in the video tapes I had to write. I ordered my set of Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds video from QVC last week and received it yesterday P.M. So this A.M. I tried them out, actually just the
1 mile tape with the weight balls. I really liked it. You just pop it in the VCR, and it starts out sort of like marching in place (you do not use your treadmill, I thought you did at first) and then she adds a little bit of leg
kicking and arm movements in the program. It took 18 minutes and by the time we were through the exercise it was equal to 1 mile. I was sweating when I finished that is something I had not been doing when walking 1 mile on the treadmill. After I finished the video I then got on my treadmill. I believe it is something I will stick with.
I hope that this has answered some of your questions, if you have any more, please let me know or maybe someone else who has the tapes can answer them.
I had intended to send an e-mail asking what anyone thought about using them, and how long they had used them, so maybe this e-mail will help me also.


I would have to say my favorite videos are the new
taebo 2 tapes. I have the first taebo also and I love
that one too. I find that Billy's upbeat attitude
makes me feel like I can accomplish anything and gives
me the motivation I need to get the workout done since
I never was one for working out. Now I love to
workout... it gives me more energy and makes me feel
so much better about myself.

Taebo is definitely the best workout I have found!


I love love love the Tae Bo tapes. I lost mine (I think I lent them to a friend) and I was very sad. But at the Bally's that I joined, they have a Kickboxing class that I love.


i like tae boe tapes because i like the intensity.
they really get me sweating but i am a fitness freak
anyway and like to be challenged and keep pushing
myself hard during my exercise routine. i use tae boe
when the weather is bad in alaska and i do not feel
like going to the gym in a snowstorm or when i am
really pressed for time.



1. Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner
I love this book simply because I love the main character. She is a heroine who is struggling with her weight and with her self image. She is a very realistic character who is a reporter who's life gets turned upside down when she gets pregnant with her ex-boyfriend's child. The story is all about her journey towards a new life with a new love, a child and the beginning of learning to love herself.

2. She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
A very unconventional book with an overweight heroine with a less than normal life. The writing is the real genius in this book, Wally Lamb keeps you interested from one paragraph to the next.

3. The Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg
A wonderful book about a menopausal woman who runs away from her husband, her house, her life. Fabulous book that should be read by every woman, despite their age.

4. Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg
This book is written from the point of view of a woman who is losing her best friend to breast cancer. Very touching book that reminds you of what is important in life - friendship, family and love. You will want to call your best friend as soon as you finish this book.

Ashley Barr

Hi katy, my favorite book The Stand by Stephen is a great book if you want a good scare!! As for self help favorite is Men are from Mars and Women are from helped out my relationship a lot when it was not going so well...very informative and hits the nail on the head so to speak...BJ

My Favorite Books

The Magic of Recluse - LE Modesitt Jr.
The Wheel of Time Series - Robert Jordan

I like these because they are great fanatasy books - they allow me to expand my imagination and not think about the real world.

Left Behind - Can't remember the author
This Present Darkness - Frank Perretti

These books remind me of my mortality and that God is always battling for me. They also remind me how precious I am to Him and why faith is so important.

Anything by Shel Silverstein - his books remind me that it is okay to have fun and be a kid once in a while.
Nicole Kragt:)

Hey Katy,
Okay..lemme see what I can think of off of the top of
my head b/c I am a mad lover of books.

The Sweet Potato Queens Book of Love by Jill Conner:
You will laugh your butt off when you read this book.
I love it because it makes me laugh.

God Save the Sweet Potato Queens by Jill Conner:
See Above

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee:
I love Southern Fiction and this one is a classic.

Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith:
See Above

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou:
I love this book b/c of Angelou's writing style, wit,
and humor.

The Once and Future King by (I can't remember who
wrote it)
I love stuff about King Arthur

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
See the above comment about Southern Lit

ALL of the Harry Potter Books

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Little Women by Lousia May Alcott

Okay..I think that's it for me. I'm currently working
on Reinventing Yourself with the Dutchess of York and
I'll let you know what I think of it when I'm done.
I'm also working on The Fellowship of the Ring by
Tolkein. I'll let you know when I get that one done
too, if you'd like :)

Have a great day!
Wendy K

ok my favorite cookbook is the moosewood low fat
cookbook and the weight watchers versatile (sp)
vegetarian cookbook. i like the cookbooks because they
have very tasty vegetarian dishes in it that are low
in fat and fit right into our points system. some
receipes in the moosewood low fat cookbook can also be
modified to fill up a crowd of people. the moosewood
low fat cookbook also has some ethnic dishes in it
that are wonderful i tried the vegetarian fresh rolls
once and posted them to the list here during the
healthy recipe challenge. i tried several recipes and
like them. they are different from the usual grind.

A couple books that I have found to be a great encouragement are 'Thin For Life' and 'Eating Thin For Life' by Anne Fletcher. They are filled with stories and tricks from people who have lost weight and kept it off. I find them so valuable because of there sense of "you can do it" and the message that you have to find what works for you, you're not a failure if the plan is not what you need to succeed.


I love Maeve Binchy books, and Light A Penny Candle is my favourite.


My favorite book of all time (so far!) is called
"Your Money or Your Life" by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez. They were featured on Oprah several years ago, he is now deceased. The book is about transforming your relationship with money. It is the reason I am able to stay at home if I want to and not work. Hubby still has to work of course, but we aren't in debt up to you know where and have learned how to be happy with "ENOUGH".
If you almost follow WW, you'll almost lose weight.
This I do for me.