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Getting My Bounce Back: How I Got Fit, Healthier, and Happier (And You Can, Too) Paperback – February 13, 2018
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"You do need an exercise habit to keep yourself fit & happy and Carolee gives you the info you need to get fit, healthier & happier in her book. As we age, exercise is not optional. Learning how to carve out time to meet our fitness needs or to push ourselves physically and mentally is one of the greatest challenges to aging well."
- Lindsey Lu, Aging for the Rest of Us
“Exercise and fitness support our life. It makes us strong – physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It keeps our heart pumping. It promises that we will be able to keep at our life’s work longer than if we did not move and that we will someday take our children’s children’s children swimming in the ocean when we are 98. It is a joyful experience and we get to do it. How lucky are we to be able to support our life like this? As Carolee would say: ‘You got this.’ – Sarajean Rudman, from the foreword
“Carolee Walker’s Getting My Bounce Back is an engaging and inspiring read. Getting fit and training to compete in endurance events is no walk in the park, even for the hardiest among us. There are few books out there that genuinely describe the ups and downs of reinventing yourself at midlife while simultaneously teaching us how we can all do it. In this memoir, Carolee’s authentic voice shines through as she describes her personal journey of self-discovery and personal mastery. Carolee’s journey is instructive, funny, relatable, and most of all, inspiring.” – Chris Friesen., Ph.D., sport & performance neuropsychologist and author of the High Achievement Handbook series
“Getting my bounce back are the words every runner needs to hear. Often we are shown images and words that portray an easy connection between starting a fitness journey and reaching the moment where everything is easy (although as an elite runner, I know that it never truly becomes easy, you just get tougher). Most books and publications just show the end result, as if we magically appear at the peak of fitness and ideal look, but Carolee allows us to peek into her inner mind, showing us that there is a journey behind those photos, and a point where a health journey switches over from the ‘lose weight mentality’ to realizing the joy and light exercise brings us in more valuable and meaningful ways. For anyone who has ever wondered why everyone else made it seem so easy, this book is for you.” – Tina Muir, elite runner and host of the Running for Real podcast
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I know I need to read further to find out her answers, but I don't have motivation to wade through all of her exercise routines and trainers to get to that point.
Music Playlists: HEAVY on hip hop and people I have never heard of. But that’s a taste thing.
Easy recipes: Ok... but what is the nutritional info?
Tips from her trainer: These are tips specific to her.
How to Fit exercise in: Get up at 4:30 to go work out, go to work then go after work to work out again, get home by 8, eat some fuel (because that’s all food should be) and sacrifice any type of life with your spouse during the week because you need to be in bed by 9.
Tips on exercising when you've got issues: Shin splints? don't run. Back problem? Swim.
She calls the PROFESSIONALS who help her by disgusting nicknames (Adorable, Buff, Perfectly Nice, Really Smart) like it's an 8th grader's slam book. Adorable and Buff are men. Could you even imagine if the writer was 50-something man and he was calling WOMEN trainers by these names? THEN she calls people in her family by their first and last name like people should care that her sister-in-law's last name is Smitherbee (or whatever). Her humble bragging drives me crazy: Some music mogul is her friend, she hosts a major political guy's dinner party at her home, meeting with the executive chef of the White House but being embarrassed because she's so unfit, needing to fit into a dress to go to some gala and to the Tony's. Oh and her cousin’s husband used to visit HER at Vassar before marrying her cousin... WHAT?!
At one point she has to take a drug test and laments how she’s so tiny she can’t fill the cup up to the line but big people (HER WORDS) have no problem. She and her daughter, at her first 10k comment on how much more stylish they are than the other runners (because that matters apparently). And she actually blames a rape victim for being raped because she got drunk and was in a friend’s bed and his roommate raped her. She called her an idiot. And that was when I decided I couldn’t take one more word. I was only half way done.
So no... I don’t think ANYONE should buy this book.