Saturday, January 22, 2011

Alpine Weight Loss Secrets (Review + Giveaway)

Alpine Weight Loss Secrets: The Natural Way to Look 5, 10, Even 20 Years Younger (Volume 1)
As most of you know.. I have struggled with my weight loss. While last year I hit the 20 pounds lost mark... this year I have even further to go. Which is kind of daunting to me and since I truly cannot afford to go to a gym, I really don't have time to go to a gym, and I'm essentially a baby.. I'm looking for creative ways to lose weight.

So I signed up to review a copy of Stefan Aschan's Alpine Weight Loss Secrets. And after reading it I realize that I really do have to change my diet. He explains all the different types of foods really well and he breaks them down into different groups than what you would normally see.

I'm going to be honest though. I know that I am not capable of eating the way that is outlined in the book. I really struggle with fruits and vegetables and I'm certain that there is something actually wrong with me because just thought of eating a green bean makes me gag. Truly.

But what I CAN take from this book are the workout ideas. I've mostly only walked to lose my weight and I realized that walking outside with my iPod is vastly different from walking inside on a treadmill. I hate it. I hate walking on the treadmill which has been dubbed a fuckmill in this house. I hate it. I also hate the cold so walking outside in -30 degree weather is not going to happen either.

"A walk is a moment to celebrate time for yourself when you're able to disconnect from all your obligations, worries, and pressures."

What makes the exercise portion do-able is that you are supposed to aim doing the Alpine Aerobic Solution 1-2 times a week. The other thing is that it's different every day. There are all kinds of exercises that you can do in your neighborhood without looking like a person who is slightly mentally unstable and possibly wielding a weapon. (I'm talking to you, person who says to do a 30 second sprint and do 15 squats for 5 full minutes. Nobody thinks that's normal.)

I started doing some of the exercises, specifically the "Throwing the Pumpkin-Shoulder" one and I thought I was going to die. I thought my arms were going to fall right off. Clearly these exercises are made to do something so we'll see how it goes.

BUT I know I have a bunch of readers who have a goal of some weight loss themselves this year. And I have a PDF copy of the book for myself and I want to give away a hard copy version of the book. Want it? Here's how to get it:

1. Must be a follower to this blog via GFC.
2. Leave a comment with your email address telling me what your main stumbling block is with weight loss.

That's it. Easy peasy. I will draw a name randomly from my bowl on TUESDAY, January 25th. Maybe I'll even announce it via vlog. ;)


Zoƫ said...

I think I just need to exercise more and make sure I don't snack at night. I've been working to eat more fruits and veggies, and I just found out that I have basically no iron in my blood so I'm taking iron and also seeing a dietician and hopefully once I get higher iron levels and am not exhausted all the time the weight loss will be easier as I was exercising a lot until I started dealing with constant fatigue and my motivation was basically eliminated.

Anyway this sounds like an interesting read and I hope you manage to find ways to work around your tastes in food, maybe a dietician would be a good idea to help with meal ideas?


I'm a follower of course :)

Unknown said...

stumbling block" This blasted broken leg, and my inability to commit to a weight loss program.

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I would LOVE to win this. I keep telling myself I'm going to "start my diet tomorrow" and it is not happening. And I tell you what. My fat ass is not getting photographed in August if I don't lose some weight!

Oilfield Trash said...

Ah heck sign me up. I could always use a way to help me lose some weight.

Actuary Mom said...

My biggest challenge is not snacking... I try not to buy snack food, but I consistently end of with some, and then eat it. :)

Sara said...

I'd really like to win this book since I'm struggling with losing weight too. College does that to you...and grad school. My stumbling block right now is the frigid cold! I am actually going to buy myself a Wii so I can workout inside!

The Mrs. said...

two things:
1. i'm lazy.
2. i love love love food.
3. fat genes.

i'm a yo-yo. i can (and have) gained over 5lbs in one week. shame, but it's true. i've been from a size 5-16 in the last 6 years. that's rough on the ole body. but anyways, this book--i want it.


Anonymous said...

Losing weight is totally hard, BUT doable WITHOUT a gym. A treadmill is great! Change up the incline (if you can). Have a dance party! haha- on occasion I totally just dance around my apt. Drink soda? even diet? Cut it out. Just because diet has zero calories, doesn't mean it's healthy. There are studies that show aspartame and other sweeteners actually make you gain weight.

I'm currently reading Skinny Bitch. It's pretty much telling ya straight up about stuff and it's somewhat interesting (although I find I already know everything that's in it so I've been skimming it more than reading it). Let me know if you want me to send it to you.

(oh and don't count this as an entry. I'm working with a wellness coach and doing a research study for my weightloss right now. Just wanted to comment!)

AmberLaShell said...

you can sign me up.

My stumbling block is honestly my head. I like to rebel against any and all dieting. I just hate change. I am always looking for new and different things to read about it though.

Canadianbloggergirl said...

My problem with weight loss is I have come to the conclusion I have no metabolism! Oh and I hate exercising alone.

I am already one of your lamb whores via GFC and here is my email address

canadianbloggergirl (at) gmail (dot) come


Jennifer Kay said...

Ooooohhhhh, put my name in the bowl! I struggle with weight simply because I like to sprinkle bacon and potato chips on my ice cream and then drizzle chicken fat over the whole thing...every night.

Danielle said...

Of course I want my name in this bowl. Don't exclude me just because I was too prude to join your last giveaway ;) PLEASE! haha! I think my main issue with losing weight is working out - 1. I hate it 2. I can think of a million things that I need to do during the time it would take me to work out therefore, I will happily trump working out with laundry, cleaning a bathroom, cooking, homework, I mean lord I'll take a shit before I wanna workout. Ugh! I would love a copy of this book! :) My mom said so would she hahahahah! xoxo

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

My main stumbling block to weight loss is food. I love food. Not veggies but other food.

I haven't eaten a green bean since I moved out of my parent's house. I don't even eat them when we visit. Mom only serves canned green beans which are the nastiest of the nasty green beans there is.

Stacia said...

Losing weight is hard stuff, and sometimes it's hard to stay motivated. Sucks when the weather is cold and treadmills...suck too. Boring is what they are. Making changes in your diet would be a great start, and when the weather breaks, it'll be time to head outside. I'm debating on my gym membership. Cancelling would save me $400 a year. And I don't really go when I can run outside. And I'm officially on a budget. Priorities....

justme5686 said...

1. Follower by Google Friend Connect
2. EDugosh(at)gmail(dot)com - sorry, I really don't need any more spam than I already get.

My biggest stumbling block is that I'm a damn good cook, so is boyfriend, so is my mom and so is his mom. That's a whole fucking lot of good food and some days it's just impossible to say, "sorry, i'd like to fit my fat ass into smaller jeans".

Love the giveaways you've been having lately!

Dana said...

I weighed myself today and I'm the fattest I've ever been. I struggle with the exercise part. I can control my diet better than working out. I did start today though. One day at a time! I follow you already.