Unstoppable: From Underdog to Undefeated: How I Became a Champion

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I must say that the title of this book was chosen properly!. Anthony Robles is unstoppable in character, determination, and spirit. I kept thinking that this book has to be made into a movie because the descriptions of wrestling matches and maneuvers were a little hard to visualize. However, the most significant element to his story is that at times I had to remind myself that he has one leg. The book doesn't harp on his disability to the point of exhaustion. What it accomplishes is to display Anthony as a regular guy with an extraordinary wrestling and athletic ability that just so happens to have one leg.I enjoyed the fact that he was able to meet and bond with some Marine amputees. That must have been quite a wonderful event to see so many like himself excelling and living there lives.One issue in the story that was so baffling to me was how so many saw his disability as an unfair advantage to the other athletes because they weren't used to matches with someone missing a limb. Also, the fact that his one leg made his upper body freakishly stronger than most, was another factor that people pinpointed. How absurd are these statements. The man is living his entire life at a distinct disadvantage and has learned to overcome this problem. I think it is quite fitting that he is a motivational speaker; he is a hero to all with or without disabilities. What makes this story so great is that he seems to be emotionally grounded even with all the fanfare and his well-deserved celebrity. His mom is definitely the pulse behind this incredible man's journey, and the book described perfectly how family is so important in shaping one's life. I recommend this book for all book lovers, not just sports-minded individuals. When you are having a bad day or facing a difficult obstacle, just think of Mr. Robles, if he can do it, you can do it.
The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss: Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin


I must say that this is the best weight loss book I have read!!!!!!!!!!! The fact that the first issue addressed is emotional eating makes this book a great resource. Many programs can help you lose weight. But, if you suffer from emotional eating, all your hard earned efforts can be wasted. Also, the descriptions on how to tame cravings and binges are extremely worthwhile.The most helpful part of this book is where it asks you to go over all the tips described; choose the ones you are most likely to do; work on one or two of them for a few weeks, and start the process again. My next step is to try the great recipes offered.This book was a short, but great read. I would highly recommend it to those struggling with weight or those who just want to eat healthier.
The Bathroom Key

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“The Bathroom Key” was an awesome read. Firstly, I actually thought that urinary incontinence was just inevitable and the only tool available to help was Kegel exercises. However, this book gave a thorough navigation about the pelvic floor and muscles that support it. The most intriguing revelation for me was how important the transverse abdominus muscle is in supporting the bladder, as well as assisting in coughing, sneezing, climbing stairs, and balance. In addition, it was interesting to realize that the flat stomach we all aspire to achieve is accomplished through the toning of this muscle. One of the most significant exercises I learned is the pelvic brace that involves the contraction of the transverse abdominus and the pelvic floor muscles. I actually utilize the pelvic brace daily when climbing stairs and walking, and especially when sneezing or coughing. Also, the significance of incorporating Pilates to support the pelvic floor and promote overall wellness only strengthened my interest in this great tool.This book is excellent in its explanation of the different types of urinary incontinence, urge and stress. It was significant to realize that my frequent bathroom trips have nothing to do with the great amount of water that I drink, but that I have to re-train my bladder to hold the urine and to recognize that a urge to go doesn't necessarily mean that I have to void immediately, especially since the bladder is always filling up and never really empty!!!! The exercise program provided is easy to understand, and I like how it is allows for a gradual progression of strength and endurance for the pelvic floor. Importantly, the sections on urinary infections, organ prolapse, and pelvic pain were absolutely essential, and again except for the urinary infections, I didn't know that there was much anyone could do to avoid these abnormalities.This book is an excellent resource and is a must-read for the prevention and cure of urinary/pelvic issues.