Book Review – What you Can When You Can #wycwyc

Book Review – What You Can When You Can – Healthy Living on Your Terms by Carla Birnberg and Roni Noone #wycwyc

5/5 Stars

I am amazed every day by the women I know. And with thousands of social media and blogging buddies, my circle has expanded greatly.

Carla Birnberg and I met originally on Twitter, while I was still teaching at Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos and she was still writing as MizFit, who blogged and wrote about fitness and weight loss after losing and maintaining the loss of 35 pounds while starting a family and a business (MizFit: How to Build Muscle and Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind).

We stayed connected ever since, and I have even written guest posts for her blog. I have always appreciated her snarky, yet positive attitude towards life. And over the past year, as I have gotten busier, I have come to appreciate her “what you can, when you can” approach to fitness, health, and just about everything.

She calls it #wycwyc (pronounced wick-wick). And the #wycwyc tag is already very active on social media. A community of women doing what they can when they can, and feeling better for it. A Google search produced over 6000 results, and you can buy #wycwyc merchandise at the online store.

Carla and her friend Roni Noone, also a mom and blogger with a fabulous weight loss story, have finally written a clear and concise guide to life, health, and happiness for all of us busy women, What You Can When You Can – Healthy Living On Your Own Terms.

They sent me a free pre-publication draft to read and review. I couldn’t wait to read it!

As a MindMAP Coach, I steer very clear of any coaching or self-help materials that use radical change, threats, and judgements to motivate people. All that does is cause us to feel overwhelmed and panic, which sends us into fight, flight, or freeze mode, none of which allow us to learn and truly transform.

Even as a Pilates teacher and trainer, I meet my clients where they are on any given day, not where they “should” be. Instead of giving them more stuff to read and do, I try to simplify things.

And that is exactly what Carla and Roni do in this book!

What You Can When You Can: Healthy Living on Your Terms promotes small, easy, flexible shifts that will help you add activity, healthy food, and fun to your days without crazy stress. With chapter headings like, “Accept Perfect is Never Coming,” “Stop Musturbating,” and “Even If You Can, Don’t!” What you Can When You Can gives us ways to approach life without judgement and guilt.

It is an easy, quick read (I read it in an evening) that is packed full of useful tidbits. Follow even a small fraction of their advice and I can guarantee you will be feeling better. Each chapter ends with a #wycwyc activity to help build a community of support.

Pre-order What You Can When You Can: Healthy Living on Your Terms today! It will be available on April 28, 2015.

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