A Change Worth Noting

Awhile back, I did some book reviews here. I am now doing book reviews on my book shelf blog Monique’s Bookshelf. Check it out. I review the treasures that I find. Maybe you have books to suggest? Don’t be shy, let me know. Sharing authors and their works is one of the joys of a literary life.

I hope to see you there.



Book Review: Weight Loss Boss by Dave Kirchhoff

Written from a man’s perspective, Weight Loss Boss is Dave Kirchhoff’s story of weight loss and maintenance as well as his career with Weight Watchers as their CEO and lifetime member. He describes his struggles with food and exercise and the battle he had losing his weight. I think it interesting that Weight Watchers hired him when he was overweight. I have to admit, I like a man who is in touch with his emotional side and is self- aware. Kirchhoff writes about his reasons for eating as well as telling the story of how he has been a lifetime “sneaker” of food.

Since I am in the battle myself, I thought I could use the encouragement from the book. I have to say, it is encouraging. Once you get past the resume that he expounds upon, the book is informative and easy to follow. He lists nerdy facts and research that you know an organization like Weight Watchers is privy to, (WW doesn’t spout all the technical stuff at you, preferring to keep the approach user friendly and simple)so I may not be one for statistics and research, it was heartening to know that the program is backed by science.

I wanted to experience a man’s perspective on WW, and I think he did a good job representing his gender.  While none of the WW information was news to me, I’ve learned most of it from the online program and by the forums, I still derived information from the book. For me, it’s the exercise that is posing the biggest challenge, and he shows you how much he programs into his busy schedule, something for me to strive towards.

I would say get the book if you are in WW or are interested in WW.  If you are looking for diet tips, not so much as there aren’t a lot of chapters devoted to tips. There are other ways of getting that information. Since men are the minority in WW, it is nice to see a quality publication be available that may bring more men to the fold. His blog http:/ManMeetsScale.com  is great to follow, very informative. It is important to note that the profits of this book are going to charity.

If you read it, come back and give your opinion…I’d love to hear what you think.


A Change

You may be looking at this post in your email and are wondering who this Monique chick is. I’m the person behind Losing A Person and Finding Myself. I’ve changed the name to my name and the blog is still about weight-loss, yes, but also about writing, art,  cooking, and books as you’ve seen over the past few months. And since I am a writer, I have to build my platform around my brand, and that’s me. So, pleased to meet you and thanks for following me!

Kristen Lamb’s Blog and Books

This is the blog for writers that I’ve been following for awhile now and I have learned a lot from Kristen. I also have her books “Are You There Blog, It’s Me, Writer” and “We Are Not Alone; The Writers Guide To Social Media”.  http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/author/warriorwriters/ Her take on social media is nothing short of brilliant and is written for the specific needs writers have. Both books are available from Amazon and are resonably priced.

Mission Chicken

This dish has a wonderful sauce. It’s from the book Crockery Cookery by Mable Hoffman.  This is the first of several recipes from this book. The points value is 11 per leg of chicken, (thigh and drumstick together).

4 chicken legs

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp lemon pepper

1 6-8 ox can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

1/4 tsp hot sauce

3 tbl cornstarch

3 tbl water

1 cup seedless grapes, halved

1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted


Place chicken in slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon, cloves, salt, lemon pepper, orange juice concentrate, hot pepper sauce, and combine well. Pour mixture over chicken. cover and cook on low for 5 hours or till chicken is tender.


Mix cornstarch and water, add to sauce in cooker. Turn on high to thicken if necessary. Add grapes and serve with slivered almonds.


Review – “The Kindness of Strangers” Mike McIntyre

Just finished The Kindness of Strangers by Mike McIntyre and it was a great read. Books that take me out of my comfort zone are great to read from time to time. This is one of those books. It’s the story of a journalist who embarks on a journey across the country without any money. He walks over 4000 miles and I have to say that I just couldn’t stop reading…I wanted to know if anything bad happened to him, as I would imagine it would if you hitchhiked your way across country. The people I know, myself included would not be in his book as we wouldn’t have stopped to pick him up or invite him into our homes for the night. But people did from coast to coast.

It’s a book you can enjoy as it is ultimately positive and uplifting. You can live the adventure vicariously through Mike, and he leaves you feeling better for having joined him on his journey.




Julia Cameron – The Prosperous Heart ; A Review

For the first time in my life, I can understand and internalize money and how to deal with it. More importantly, To feel like you have enough, and that you are living in abundance. To put money in a creative and spiritual plane is what is resonating with me.

Structured like The Artists Way, this is a twelve week course in understanding your relationship with money, how to get a handle on it and how to live with a prosperous heart. I did what she says not to do, which was read the book all the way through, (she advocates taking it one chapter at a time and not reading the chapters ahead.)but I’m now going back and reading and working each chapter as she would like me to. I just had to read it all, the book just resonated in me so strongly.

I am writing each morning, counting my expenditures, walking, praying for short periods. Not difficult things to do, but highly effective. I feel differently about money already because I am more aware of it. I am also more aware of the things that make me feel prosperous, and I see that that is a decision as well as a journey.

Money is a spiritual thing…hard for some people to accept, but it made perfect sense to me. All of Cameron’s work is spiritually based, and as a creative person I can say it’s another way I can relate to what she is saying.

Prosperity is not for  the wealthy alone. You can feel very prosperous with very little money and I can vouch for that. The book helps you to recognize this.

As a rule, I don’t pay publishers prices for my books, but I did for this one and I can say it was money very well spent. Get it and do what she says, you won’t be sorry.


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