Living Outside the Stacks

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Witness to Fitness: Pumped Up! Powered Up! All Things are Possible! by Donna Richardson Joyner {Book Tour}

Witness to Fitness by Donna Richardson Joyner Book Review {Living Outside the Stacks}BOOK DESCRIPTION (FROM THE BACK OF THE BOOK)

A 28~day program to help you lose weight while you nourish both your body and your soul.

In Witness to Fitness, Donna Richardson Joyner brings together faith, food, and fitness in a way no one else has done before. She inspires the reader to follow her on a journey, strengthening mind, spirit, and body. Her program will help you get the results you are destined for and create lasting change in your life.

Joyner’s plan is to inspire you to lose weight and feel and look great. The exercises can be followed by anyone at any fitness level. Each day in Witness to Fitness, you are given:

  • Daily meal plans with delicious, easy~to~make recipes
  • Awesome daily workouts with photographs that clearly demonstrate the exercises
  • Uplifting affirmations to keep you encouraged every step of the way

In addition, you get:

  • A scripture to inspire you daily
  • A success story to motivate you
  •  A song of the day that keeps you energized and moving

Donna’s energy is contagious! Her philosophy is that you can have victory in your health by practicing faith, perseverance, and courage to achieve your goals. Witness to Fitness provides a unique wellness program that focuses on changing your mind~set, living in the spirit, and loving your body. Donna encourages us to strengthen our body and soul to liver our best life ever. Her joyful spirit and inspirational program will transform your health and your life.


Donna Richardson Joyner is a renowned fitness and lifestyle expert who has traveled to 50 states, 50 countries, and 7 continents motivating and empowering people to walk in the newness of good health. The only member to have served under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama on the President’s Council for Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, she has appeared in and sold millions of fitness videos, including Buns of Steel and the number one inspirational fitness video program Body Gospel. She is a former fitness expert for the NBC Weekend Today Show and ESPN Fitness Pros, and the producer and host of Donna Richardson: Mind, Body & Spirit. An active philanthropist, she serves as an advisory board member of the Robert Wood Johnson foundation, the LPGA Foundation, and as a consultant for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Donna is the founder of Grow Green Get Fit. She has been inducted into the Fitness Hall of Fame and has been named one of the “25 most inspiring women in America” by Essence magazine.

You can connect with Donna Richardson Joyner by visiting her website.


I was all kinds of excited to review this book when the offer first came through. As many of my long time readers know, I’ve been struggling with my weight for years, so I’m willing to try just about anything. And I’ll be the first to admit that I thought using a book to exercise and lose weight would not be that effective but I was wrong. Within the first two weeks, I lost a little over 2 lbs from following the exercise chart*, reading the inspirational messages and bopping along to the daily song. Unfortunately, I was unable to stay on the program because I was sidelined with a week long battle with The Plague (aka the flu). Now that I’ve regained my health, I will be going back onto the program.

I think what made this program work for me is that it’s a day~by~day process. I enjoyed reading the stories of how others worked their way to a healthy weight and lifestyle. Knowing that there were people that Donna encountered who overcame bigger weight struggles than I have is inspiring. I also liked having scriptures to back up the idea that we are mandated by God to live our healthiest lives and cherish the vessel that he has given us.

The biggest drawback for me was the diet plan. I have a large family, so following the meal plan was impossible. I simply don’t have the time or the finances to cook separate meals for myself and my family and some of the meals don’t work for teens. I would love it if someday a fitness/diet expert would consider that when making these specialized menus.

Overall, I think this is a good fitness program to follow if you like the idea of combining fitness with spirituality.

To find out more about Donna Richardson Joyner’s book tour, visit TLC Book Tours.


What song gets you moving?

Disclaimer: This book was provided to me courtesy of TLC Book Tours  and HarperOne free of charge in exchange for a review. This did not influence my opinion.


Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. Have you ever watched TLC’s “My Strange Addiction”? I quit watching after I saw a lady gobble down some of  her husband’s ashes. Kid you not. Anyway, when the show returns on 13 February, they’ll be profiling a woman who eats her cat’s hair. Her favorite way to enjoy the delicacy? Quick and easy, she licks it directly off the cat. Eww eww ewwwwww and that’s not just because cats freak me out either. That show just makes me look at people in a whole new light. And for the record, my weirdest eating habit is that I like to eat Kit Kat bars in a very methodical fashion:

  • Eat the top layer of chocolate and wafer
  • Eat all four sides of chocolate
  • Eat each layer of chocolate and wafer

If you just bite into your Kit Kat please don’t share that with me. That’s just wrong.

2. Vladimir Putin has hired Boys II Men to help boost the birth rate in Russia. I think this is the first time a government has ever shipped inmood music“.  It seems Vlad thinks the group’s soulful sounds and romantic ballads will help get people in the mood by Valentine’s Day so there’ll be a population boom in 9 months. The group is slated to perform in Moscow on 6 February. At his state of the nation address on 21 December, Putin stated that in order for Russia to become stronger “there must be more of us and we must be better in morality, in our competences, our work, and our creativity.” Who says Vlad’s not a romantic?

3. Taylor Swift’s feelings are hurt because people keep making fun of her love life. Or lack there of. Taylor, if you don’t want people to know, quit writing songs about it. In fact, why not take a little time to be alone and figure out who you are and what you want out of life. Have some other life experiences besides dating and breaking up. Enroll in a personal enrichment class: learn to cook, paint some pictures, etc. Just do something besides date.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?


A Quote About Shoes {This or That Thursday}

Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

I know I’ve mentioned that I’m doing the 365 Project: 2013 Edition but did I mention that I’m also doing the 52 Week Project: 2013 Edition? I know, I’m a glutton for punishment. I didn’t even come close to finishing last year but this year will be different. This year I’m celebrating my 40th year of life by documenting life.

Anyway, last week’s theme was “Quote”. So I shared my favorite quote with a pair of my favorite shoes (A gift from my mother. I know, right?) This photo wasn’t my original intent but I’m more than thrilled with the final outcome. And it sums up how I feel about shoes perfectly.

I’m linking up with Deb for This or That Thursday. I just read that Deb will no longer be hosting This or That Thursday as she starts to focus more on her scrapbooking business. I’m so excited for her and if you haven’t checked out her scrapping, you really should. I will continue to share my favorite photo from the previous week’s 365 Project or 52 Week Project right here every Thursday. I hope you’ll continue to join me.

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