Skinny, Livin The Dream

Journey to a Second Chance in Life

Non-Fiction - Health - Fitness
93 Pages
Reviewed on 01/23/2014
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Author Biography

Hector and Mary are a married couple, whose struggle with obesity and illness guided them to nutritional research, leading them to great health, slim vibrant energized bodies, and a renewed outlook on life.
Hector and Mary have been struggling with their weight most all of their lives trying fad diets and weird exercises to shed the pounds.
In the last decade, Mary has been ill with digestive problems to a debilitating degree resulting in several trips to hospital emergency rooms. Taking a doctor’s advice and researching foods nutritional contents and effects on the body, they found a path to new health, energy, and youth. This gave them newfound zest for life and wellbeing.
They used this research to gain control of their bodies and retrain their minds, which opened up an entire new world of foods and necessary awareness of the additives found in the foods we consume.
Mary Najar enjoys being a wife, a mother of three, a stepmother of two, a grandmother of eight. She is a very curious, sometimes crazy person with a pen and paper in hand to record all of the fun. She directed her own path through this journey called life making several mistakes and celebrating many successes. Each event would add to her repertoire, a new lesson of what to do and what not to do in life. The fire from the burns of the lessons would often leave a scar on her heart’s memory yet she always had a song in her voice. While not religious, she celebrates a very strong Christian faith. Mary grew up on a small rural farm in south Oklahoma City, learning secrets of survival. She used this knowledge throughout her life in various situations, but not always successful in her choice of resolutions, learning what not to do once again. When Mary was in junior high, she had a poem published in the school anthology. This sparked an interest into keeping a daily journal. During Mary’s adult life, she overlooked her own nutrition, and in her fortys she started developing digestive illnesses and high blood pressure. Mary’s interest in nutrition peaked as she researched nutrition and natural healing foods as she cared for loved ones during illness watching her own health deteriorate. Hector, Mary’s husband, also feared for her health and researched nutrition and healthy recipes. They decided that it was time to them to make a reluctant admission to out of control eating behavior and make a life change. After a 3am emergency room call, he took her hand and led them both towards a slim, healthy, vibrant, young life. Another journey, another lesson, and another journal entry.


    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite

Skinny, Livin’ The Dream: Journey to a Second Chance in Life, written by M.E. Najar, is an inspirational and encouraging read for anyone who is hoping to improve their health and may need a little extra push or encouragement. Mary and Hector began a life-changing journey a few years ago and that has completely transformed their entire lives. Mary has written this book to share their story and to help others try to commit to this lifestyle change. Struggling with her weight and various dieting techniques since she was in the ninth grade, Mary never really thought about and looked at what she was putting into her body. This changed with health issues and being told that she was really hurting her body by her diet; this has not only made a world of difference for her but for Hector as well. Hector shares his own thoughts here and offers the story from his perspective, which is just as encouraging as Mary’s story. Also included is this couple’s typical grocery list, a sample menu, recipes, and steps to follow in order to make this lifestyle change in your own life.

My favorite quote in M.E. Najar’s Skinny, Livin’ The Dream: Journey to a Second Chance in Life is found on page 58: “Take it one moment at a time. Each moment making a better choice is a victory. Soon, that moment will become a week, then a month, and before you realize it, it has been a year with mostly successes and few regrets.” This is such an important part of making a lifestyle change as it can be overwhelming, intimidating, and easy to be discouraged if you get off track. Mary encourages the reader to just focus on the moment and making a good choice in that moment. I have really enjoyed this book and will go back to it frequently, not only to pull out recipes to try, but also just to reread sections to help encourage me to be wiser in the choices I make; and to also remember that I am not alone in coping with health issues. I find this book to be such an encouragement and an excellent resource. I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone who would like to begin a lifestyle change or who needs that extra encouragement to stay on track, or for those who must make changes due to health struggles.