Thursday, January 21, 2010


It's time for  more winners.  I have been remiss in drawing for a couple of books and I am sorry about that.  I am trying to do better lately.  So without further ado . . .

Lee P
Scorpio M

Points of Power by Yolanda Adams (I will be reviewing this book next week)
Janet Ruth Janet won this on another blog
Jevon Oakman Bolden (Jevon contact me with your address when you see this)

I'm sending the author my interview questions today and hope to post the interview one day next week.  Conflicts With Interest goes on sale on January 30.

Thanks to all who have entered my giveaways - I have more coming soon.

Review & Giveaway: Denise's Daily Dozen by Denise Austin (Hachette Books)

Denise's Daily Dozen: The Easy, Every Day Program to Lose up to 12 Pounds in 2 Weeks by Denise Austin
Publisher: Center Street
Release Date: January 5, 2010
336 pages

About the Book:

From Denise Austin comes the perfect health book for anyone who wants to live better but just can't seem to find the time. Much more than just another exercise book, Denise's Daily Dozen covers a whole range of health and diet related concepts yet manages it all in a no-stress, time-conscious program of 12's. At it's core, this book contains the minimum daily requirements to keep the reader flexible, strong and trim. Organized simply into seven chapters, which equal the seven days of the week, it covers a full week in daily allotments. Each day will have it's own focus from Monday being "fat burning day" to Sunday's "recharge and rejuvenate."

Denise has created a total body program, including a 7-day balanced meal plan that includes healthy recipes, and a workout that encompasses 12 exercises done in 12 minutes each day. Everyone can take just 12 minutes, at whatever time of the day works for them, and turn it over to these simple and fun exercises. Cardio, toning, yoga and breathing exercises...they're all here but in a way the maximizes effect while minimizing time.

Beyond a dozen exercises for each day of the week this book will include many other of Denise's dozens for each day.

My Review:

I found this to be a very interesting exercise/diet/lose-weight book.  I have loved Denise Austin since I did my first workout video with her in 1998, so I was excited to try out this book.  I have always thought she had sound advice and good workouts and have continued to buy her workout videos to this day.  Not to mention that the woman looks amazing.

Denise's Daily Dozen is full of exercises, meal plans, general tips and lots of inspiration.  I found the exercises well-described and the exercise plans fun and interesting.  I am still trying the program out but I very much enjoyed reading the book.  Getting Denise's insights and success stories from other people were other highlights of the book to me.  I look forward to continue following the exercise plan as it works well for the time and equipment I have available at this time.  I am still on recovery and found the exercise plan great for now and when I am fully recovered.

The meal plans, recipes and eating part of the book appear to be very sound thinking - this is no crazy diet to try.  Denise seems well-grounded in real life and the food sounds good without being too fussy.

Overall I see this as a great start the new year (or any time) diet/exercise/lifestyle plan.  Nothing crazy here - just fun exercises and great advice.

About the Author:

A native of San Pedro, California, Denise started gymnastics at the age of 12 and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Arizona, graduating in 1979 with an exercise physiology degree. She began her career teaching aerobic exercise classes in the Los Angeles area and went on to cohost the The Jack LaLanne Show, in 1981. (Denise considers Jack LaLanne one of her role models, and she is delighted to still speak regularly with the 94-year-old fitness legend.)

During more than 25 years promoting health and fitness, Denise has created 82 workout videos or DVDs. Her enormous number of sales led to her 2003 induction into the Video Hall of Fame.
Denise has been married for 25 years to Jeff Austin, a sports attorney and brother of tennis champ Tracy Austin. They share a home with their two teenage daughters, Kelly and Katie.


I have 5 copies of Denise's Daily Dozen to give away to readers from the US/Canada.  No P.O. Boxes.   Please enter by leaving a comment.  Additional entries for following (rss,email,blogger,twitter), tweeting (+1 daily), or posting on your blog.  Also if you tell me whether you have used Denise Austin's workout videos or not and share one of your favorites if you have I will give you 5 additional entries.  Just let me know what you do and I will count up the entries.  Giveaway ends 2/4/2010.