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Jane Austen, A to Z: The Jane Austen Diet

The Jane Austen Diet

For the last few days, I have been listening to the audiobook of The Jane Austen Diet by Brian Kozlowski. Time is short and my list of things to read for this A to Z Challenge is long.

I think that the last time I listened to an audiobook, it was actually called books on tape. My friend and I were listening to an Anne Rice book while on a road trip to New Orleans. Good times.

It’s been nice to be able to some gardening and listen to the reasons why people in Jane Austen’s novels weren’t usually too fat or too skinny. They didn’t worry about carbs or gluten.

We forget what it was like to be active and not always snacking or drinking excessive coffee or alcohol. According to Kozlowski, our sedentary lifestyle and always having snacks has led to many of us being overweight.

Also, sugar is easier to attain. In Jane Austen’s time, sugar was usually kept under lock and key rather than sitting in a container on the kitchen counter.

Our eating schedule is also different than those who lived and ate during the Regency period. They tried to eat a decent breakfast a bit later in the morning. Lunch was usually for the upper class. Dinner was sometimes held as early as 3 p.m.

Early morning coffee may not be the best thing since it could interfere with cortisol production. Cortisol is a hormone that regulates stuff like our metabolism. So if we can wait until 9:30 then we won’t be messing around with cortisol.

The author points out that none of the female Jane Austen characters are alcoholics. In fact, the women think that drinking is extremely distasteful. I guess being teetotalers kept them skinny. You can drink and not necessarily get fat. However, alcohol and drink mixes contain sugar and calories. It’s something you forget when you are on your second or third margarita.

Kozlowski notices many interesting things about the eating and exercise habits of the characters. If it weren’t so interesting, I think I wouldn’t want to listen to the audiobook at all.

I would totally recommend reading this book or listening to the audiobook. If you are a Jane Austen, then you will probably enjoy all of the insights into health and exercise.


The Jane Austen Diet on Amazon

Four Wellness Lessons We Can Learn from Jane Austen

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Power Yoga


Wow! It is day 27 of the 30 Day Yoga Challenge. I can’t believe that the challenge is almost over. I feel as if I have succeeded, although I know the challenge or my journey with yoga isn’t over.

It has definitely been an eye-opening experience. I suspected that my body and my concentration was out of shape. I didn’t know if I would improve in the yoga practice or not. After two weeks, I felt like I had improved in mind and body.

Who knew that yoga could make such a difference? Yogis. Yogis know. Or is it Yogis knew?

Keeping Resolutions: NaBloPoMo

Are you still keeping the resolutions you made at the beginning of the month? Why or why not?


Believe it or not, my dedication to my New Year’s resolutions are intact and so is my pride.
My main goals were to lose weight and start doing yoga again. I’m not on any fancy diet. I’ve just cut out junk food and pop. I also added more salads and vegetables.
I miss French fries but I don’t regret exchanging them for healthier food. I think sweet potato fries could be added to the diet soon.
So far, I don’t feel cranky. There were a few days without coffee but that problem has been solved. Everyone at home is thankful for the reappearance of coffee into the diet.

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 23 already?


I’m focusing. I’m focusing. Ok. That’s not entirely true. It’s that time of day when I need to turn off the social media, get off of the phone and quit blogging for 10-20 minutes. It’s yoga time!!

(FYI: I’m totally distracted by the Rock on the Range lineup. Slash is going to be there. Sooo if you don’t see me for awhile after May, just know that I’ve stolen away in his guitar case.)


Back to the business at hand. Yoga. I need to clear my mind of all things Slash so that I can have a clear mind for the rest of the day. I can’t promise that I won’t think about all things Slash later. Hopefully, I can refocus and think of a plan to do the right yoga pose for packing myself into his guitar case.

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 18


Do or do not, there is no try. Yoda is my motivation for doing yoga today. There were even a few YouTube video which bases the yoga on the wisdom of Yoga.
Try not to pay attention to the unfinished ceiling in the second video you must. She does have some valid points about fighting depression. We have to keep fighting the winter blues. I find yoga to be especially helpful in warding off the blues.
I also am going to do the third video for the yoga workout today.
May the force be with you!

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30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 17

I was so close to missing my yoga workout today. It would have been disappointing to miss after so many days. Luckily, I made it home in time to try out Lesley Fightmaster’s yoga class. She has a soothing voice and is also very encouraging. I definitely recommend trying out one of her classes.

Back in the day, I could do a backbend. Back in the day was sooo long ago, although it seems like it was just yesterday. It is yet another pose that I’m aiming to accomplish.


30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 17

Purvottanasana ~ "If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?" Dogen Zenji ~ ~
Purvottanasana ~ “If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?” Dogen Zenji ~ ~

* found at http://www.pinterest.com/pin/154389093452143888/

Oh Jillian Michaels, I just don’t know about this yoga video. It seems a little bit aggressive for yoga. If I don’t get this yoga pose right, are you going to come through the screen and yell at me?

Seriously, I couldn’t watch this whole video. It didn’t seem like what yoga is supposed to be, as far as meditation.

I switched to this one. It seemed less scary and a little more like yoga, if yoga was a bubbly cheerleader. Still, it was fine.

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 15

For Day 15, I did a 15 minute video. It may have been a coincidence. Whatever the case, it all worked out. I worked it out by working out.  Can you believe that I’m halfway through this challenge?  This is the longest stretch of time that I’ve worked out on purpose in many years. It’s about time that I quit being lazy about getting in shape.




I am the warrior. Now I have the song by Scandal stuck in my head. It should be a good day then.





30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 12


Day 12 of the 30 Day Yoga Challenge presented itself with some challenges. I tried to take a nap but I was too busy blogging and trying to find a good yoga video.

Finally, I found one that was the right length and level. 12 days ago I couldn’t do too many of these poses. I can honestly say that I could do plank, downward facing dog and cobra. Let’s not forget about Shavasana.  I can totally do Shavasana.

My balance needs some work. I really want to master tree pose someday.

Tomorrow, maybe I will try yoga in bed. Stay tuned!



30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 7

Dragon Pose http://oh-my-gackt.tumblr.com/post/6320741792
Dragon Pose

This morning I did not want to get out of bed. My muscles and joints were saying “No more exercise. We ache.” My mind was saying, “Maybe just meditate. But get out of bed you lazy girl.”
I did find a nice video with meditation and stretches from Yogi Nora. I really enjoy her videos. She is very encouraging. Yogi Nora said that it’s not a competition to see who is the fastest. She just wants everyone to try their best. So that’s what I did today. It’s nice that she gives options for those of us who are not as flexible or have bad knees.
I think I could do the dragon pose by the end of the year.
FYI: I think I have lost a couple pounds. Just sayin’. It’s a combination of Yoga, drinking more water and not eating junk food. There is still a long road ahead to getting in shape but I’m on the way.