An inspiring no-gimmicks approach to lasting weight loss.


Choose FITness Not FATness Today!

An “over fifty grandpa” in his debut health/fitness book shares the diet/workout plan by which he achieved and maintains a 100-pound weight loss.

Though he tried many diets over the years, Wharton committed to serious weight loss after his grandkids remarked that “PePas” was one of those people “bigger than they need to be” and a stranger suggested bypass surgery. Drawing on his skills as a strategic planner, he tackled how to permanently lose 100 pounds within one year. His resulting plan was to eat and exercise in moderation, using a one-day-at-a-time approach informed by his previous commitment to alcoholism recovery. His diet, as laid out here, is focused not on counting calories but on cutting out sugary “crap” that often masquerades as healthy food. He recommends abstaining from foods on his “Red” list (generally sugary “white foods,” including white breads and corn products), largely eating “Green” foods (most vegetables, lean meats), and showing caution with “Yellow” foods (“high-fat” foods and “acceptable sweets,” including cheeses, bacon, dark chocolate, and even wine for those who partake). Lists and sample recipes and menus are provided. In a less prescriptive section on exercise, Wharton also recommends 30 minutes of exercise daily in a manner that makes you break a sweat. “If you combine your Red List abstinence with this simple exercise commitment and keep very gradually turning up the heat, your metabolism will be smoking hot (and so will you) before you know it!” he says, offering his own story as proof. Wharton’s self-tested plan is both sound and motivating. He provides an array of solid advice (e.g., check with a doctor before starting any program) as well as relatable, wry commentary about the allure of “crap” foods. His suggestion to “Picture all of the processed and white stuff as a Super Big Gulp of Elmer’s Glue” is a fabulous image to help resist Red food consumption.

An inspiring no-gimmicks approach to lasting weight loss.

Pub Date: N/A

ISBN: 978-1-4575-4086-8

Page Count: 197

Publisher: Dog Ear

Review Posted Online: Nov. 3, 2015

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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