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To Be Perfectly Honest

I had never heard of Phil Callaway prior to this book review. To be perfectly honest, I could not resist the pun, I thought he looked a lot like Larry David and was not sure what I was in for when I signed up for the book. Am I ever so glad that I did, because this was hilarious.

Callaway’s premise for the book (which is more like a journal or diary) was what he calls a “truth dare”. The challenge was to “…tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth for an entire year.” Think about that for a moment; to tell the truth and be completely honest with everyone. How would you do for one day? Imagine taking the challenge for an entire year. I feel I am a person that always tells the truth, but to be perfectly honest (sorry could not resist the temptation again) this would be a challenge.

With that being said, if you have ever wanted to read something that is a filled with laughs generated from everyday life, then this would be a fun read. It is not a long book and reads quickly and easily. You do not have to take any challenges while reading this book, but you might be inspired to increase truth and honesty in your personal life.

Click to Read Chapter One of the book for a preview. I think you’ll enjoy it, too. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

All Pro Dad

Are you the type of dad that understands and loves sports? If you are this dad and want a guide to being a good dad, then Mark Merrill’s All Pro Dad is the book for you.

Merrill takes concepts of fatherhood and principles of “just being a good dad” that each man with children need to be aware of, and communicates them in a method that reads like a playbook for any professional sports team. All Pro Dad has a huge sports theme and has lots of quotes from “professional” dads like Tony Dungy, Jeb Bush, JB Brown, and Truett Cathy. It is an easy read that takes something very hard and makes it manageable with a few tips and a lot of prayer.

Merrill’s foundation is built upon two principles he calls Fatherhood Fundamentals. These are: love and leadership. His thoughts are that men that want to be the best dads that they can be will focus on these two fundamentals. This is done through his list of 7M’s. You’ll have to read the book to learn more about what these are.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book.

  • “We weren’t designed to love inanimate objects. Objects are not capable of receiving or giving love; only people are.”
  • “…love is all about–investing with no expectation of return.”
  • “Your leadership of your family will grow in direct proportion to the love that you show your family.”
  • “Patience is choosing to control your emotions rather than letting your emotions control you.”
  • “We want to believe the myth that all we need is quality time with our kids. But, our kids need quantity time.”

Would I recommend this book? Sure, it’s an easy read that gives great advice. Any dad would benefit from it. This is a book review for I was not paid for this review.

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Health Update

It has been a few weeks since I began this new health journey. I am not going to lie and say has been the hardest thing I have ever done. But, this definitively has not been the easiest thing and that is for sure.

When I did this in 2007, I updated my blog daily with what I ate and how many calories it was for everything total. I have decided against that approach this time around. This time I thought I would give updates along the way.

I began this journey on March 15 at none-of-your-business pounds (sorry couldn’t resist) and am down by 17 pounds. It has been a ride to say the least. In 2007, I did it all without any exercise. I am going to try it again this time around.

I wanted to share a few low calorie life savers. These are a few things that help save me when I get those cravings. Let’s take a look at a few.

Life Saver #1: English Muffin w/Strawberries and Honey Drizzle


  • 1 plain English muffin
  • 2 strawberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon of honey for drizzle



Split English muffin and place in toaster. While muffin is toasting, wash and slice two strawberries (one for each half of the muffin). When muffin pops in the toaster, remove and place one sliced strawberry on each half. Drizzle each half of muffin with a little bit of honey and eat while hot.

This is a approximately 150-160 calories depending on the size of your strawberries and drizzle. Trust me, this is an amazing snack and filling. I like to eat it with a nice, strong cup of coffee. If you want a sweeter bite, you can substitute the honey for some of that cream cheese fruit dip. It is 35 calories for a tablespoon, so it isn’t too terrible on the calories.



Life Saver #2: Popcorn

If you find the right kind of microwave popcorn (I like Act II, 94% Fat Free), you can get a full bag of popcorn for under 200 calories. Pair that yummy, salty, buttery snack with an ice cold diet cream soda and you’ve got a great late night snack.

Life Saver #3: Fresh Fruit or Vegetables

Lots of fruits and vegetables come in servings of less than 100 calories; some are virtually calorie-free.

  • Celery (virtually 0 calories)
  • Carrots (you can do 10 baby carrots for 35 calories)
  • Strawberries (less than 100 calories per cup)
  • Raspberries (less than 100 calories per cup)

So, help me stay motivated and accountable. I need it. The hardest thing is changing the way of thinking. In the next post, I plan on sharing some tips on dining out and a few of my restaurant favorites.

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