November 19, 2013

Skinnygirl Solutions by Bethenny Frankel

Narrated by Joy Osmanski
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio (2013)
Length: 10 hours, 47 minutes  (Unabridged)
I received a review copy from the publisher via Audiobook Jukebox. 

Description: From New York Times best-selling author and reality television star Bethenny Frankel, the modern woman’s guide to looking fabulous while balancing health, home, and career. With Bethenny’s favorite tips for managing every aspect of her nonstop life, including the launch of her new daytime talk show, Skinnygirl Solutions gives all women the skills to make smart, everyday choices that will lead to a fabulous Skinnygirl life.

My Review: I have to confess that I've never seen Bethenny's reality shows, and I haven't yet had a chance to catch her new daytime talk show on the air. But I have watched Bethenny make several appearances on Ellen's talk show and have tried several of her Skinnygirl products, so I was interested in listening to this audiobook and hearing what she had to say. 

Bethenny shared practical tips for improving many different areas of your life and gave examples from her own day-to-day life with plenty of details on how she manages to fit it all in. Each chapter was packed full of useful information. You know when you're browsing Pinterest and you come across a new idea for simplifying your life, and you ask yourself "Why did I never think of that before?!" Well, this book made me ask that question several times. I found several new ideas to try among all the tips on cooking, cleaning, organizing, travelling, entertaining,  using a smartphone for time management, and more. 

I really enjoyed the section which discussed diet and exercise, and I liked Bethenny's philosophy of eating with common sense--no foods are off limits and no-calorie counting allowed. Think of your diet as a bank account--just keep it in balance and check yourself so you don't go overboard. Then you can enjoy everything in moderation. As someone who can become a bit obsessive with numbers if I start counting calories or weighing myself too often, this is something I needed to hear! I appreciated her honesty about healing her unhealthy relationship with food and exercise, and loved the advice to never use food as a reward or exercise as a punishment. Now I'm interested in reading Naturally Thin for more of her advice on common sense healthy living. 

The narrator, Joy Osmanski, had a pleasant voice and let Bethenny's personality shine through. While I was listening, I felt like I was having a conversation with a trusted girlfriend. The introduction was actually read by Bethenny, which added an extra personal touch. 

I recommend Skinnygirl Solutions to fans of Bethenny and anyone who wants to get a jump start on their New Year's Resolutions! 

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