A challenging yet inspiring regimen to get and stay healthy in midlife and beyond.

Naked in 30 Days


A 50-something fitness expert details her kick-start diet and exercise plan especially designed for aging women in this debut guide.

Even Roemer, an award-winning bodybuilder and personal trainer who created and then sold her own chain of health clubs, wasn’t immune from the effects of aging. “My body had changed irrevocably after 30, and especially after 50,” she notes, with a hysterectomy in her early 50s contributing to being “bloated for the first time in my life.” In this guide, Roemer, 54, outlines an action plan to help others regain vibrancy, drawing on “what has worked for me” to “still stay in shape and take pride in who I am naked—in body, mind and spirit.” She spreads out 1,400 calories over six meals daily within a high-protein, low-carb, and vegetable-focused diet with little to no wheat or gluten and very little added sugar. Her exercise regimen consists of three days of one-hour cardio sessions, three days of targeted weight training (upper body, legs/glutes, and chest, back, and shoulders) with ab/core exercises accompanying all workouts, and one rest day per week. Roemer also sprinkles “Mind/Spirit” tips within her day-by-day chapters, advising readers to grieve, relax, volunteer, and meditate. She often references her own life challenges, including the death of her 19-year-old son in a car accident. The author recommends consulting with a doctor, offers an introduction from her own physician (part of her consulting team for this book), and provides a form to chart one’s progress and a brief reading list. Texas-based Roemer currently works out at Sparta Fitness (its co-owners are credited as consultants), and the term “spartan” certainly applies to this volume. The author’s meal plans are disciplined (only salmon and a small side salad, for example, is one suggestion for dinner) and her weightlifting exercises, which would have benefitted by accompanying illustrations, quite comprehensive. Roemer remains living proof of the strong, beautiful results to be achieved, with a photo of the proudly naked, 5-foot-9-inch, 155-pound author (who dropped nearly 20 pounds on this plan) featured in this manual. 

A challenging yet inspiring regimen to get and stay healthy in midlife and beyond.

Pub Date: March 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-62601-253-0

Page Count: 250

Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books, LLC

Review Posted Online: June 15, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2016

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This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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