Happy_Birthday_Cookie_medToday means that I am two weeks closer to the end of this semester. To say that I am excited about this would be an understatement. I can't wait to have more time to devote to writing for this blog, finishing the ebook, training more clients, and reading more books that I enjoy. But on another note yesterday was my 20th birthday! Woo hoo I am finally not a teenager anymore. Actually I can't really believe how old I am. Time truly does fly. My little brother will be graduating from highschool this may and I am registering for classes of my junior year of college. It is all really surreal. I feel as if just yesterday I was graduating high school and escaping a tornado.

Every year on my birthday I have this urge to evaluate the past year of my life and take account of how much progress I made toward goals, how many memories did I make with those I love, and what impact I had on the lives of others. Looking back this year I really feel that I need to try and get out of my normal routine more. Shake things up. Makes plans with friends more and spend more time with family regardless of what is going on with school or work. It is really mind blowing how fast time just flies by when you aren't paying attention.

Anyway for those who care I spent the day eating with family. I had lunch at my mom's where I consumed large amounts of tilapia, new potatoes, corn, and rice. Followed by several pieces of cookie cake! I bought some new training attire as well as a 20kg kettlebell to help make my clients lives more difficult. All in total it was a really good birthday, low key and spent with those I care about most.

Okay enough about me it is time to get on to the good stuff. This week's list is a good one. It has a two books on it which I highly recommend you read they are well worth their cost.

1. Man 2.0 Engineering the Alpha: A Real World Guide to an Unreal Life: Build More Muscle. Burn More Fat. Have More Sex. by John Romaniello and Adam Bornstein

engineering-the-alpha-190x300This is the long awaited debut of the book written by the incredible duo Bornstein and Romaniello. In this book this duo decides to tackle improving the male physique as the first step towards changing your lifestyle and taking control of your destiny. I love the way this book attacks health. It is not just about diet and exercise, but rather an overall change in behavior and cognitive processes.

In addition this book places a heavy emphasis on optimizing hormone levels in the male adult through nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle choices. While the book is written for a male audience I encourage women to buy the book for your boyfriend, fiance, or husband.

2. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

outliersI was excited that I finally got around to reading this book. It had been recommended to me by several people. For those who have heard someone talk about the "10,000 hour" rule this is the book it originates from, but that is just a small part of what the book covers.

My personal biggest take away from the book was Malcolm Gladwell's presentation of what it really takes to be successful. Most of us believe that if we work hard enough and long enough we will be blessed with success, but what you learn from this book is that that is just one small part of the equation.

Success really comes from a drive to prepare one's self for future opportunity in order to ensure that when you are presented with your shot at success you are ready to seize it.

3. The Lean and Lovely Recipe by Neghar Fonooni

negharNeghar Fonooni is about as lean and lovely as they come. She is incredibly smart, creative, and best of all she encourages women around the world to lift heavy objects.

In this post Ms. Fonooni (soon to be Mrs.) gives a testimony about her interaction with a female desiring a strong and athletic body. She uses this interaction to discuss what a female needs to do to be what Neghar terms lean and lovely.

Hope everyone enjoys!

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