#WYCWYC + a giveaway!

Hi friends! How’s your day going? The weather here is absolutely dreamy -I think this is magnified by the fact that it was super humid this weekend in VA- so Liv and I have been enjoying some time outside.   

Today, I’m excited to share a new book with you that I’ve been loving, and it just so happened to be co-authored by bloggerfriends whom I’ve known for years and deeply admire: What You Can, When You Can by Carla Binberg and Roni Noone.

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They sent me a copy last week, and I was able to read it from front to back during our weekend travels.

Here’s what WYCWYC (pronounced “wick-wick”) is all about:

We all know we should eat better, exercise more, get better quality rest, and so on. Tell us something we don’t know, right? After all, every statistic we have about Americans and our health proves that no matter how good our intentions are, we are failing to change the habits that undermine our well-being. But how do we achieve our healthy living goals when they’re so daunting? Who has the time, the willpower, the resources to do all that nutritious eating, muscle building, restful sleeping, and work-life balancing?
Carla Birnberg and Roni Noone have the answer to that—the answer is you. You have the power to make healthier living easy and exciting, just by adopting one simple mantra: “What you can when you can.” It’s all you need.

What You Can When You Can (#wycwyc) is a book, a movement, a mindset, and a lifestyle—one that harnesses the power of small steps to let you achieve your health and fitness goals on YOUR terms. The #wycwyc (pronounced “wickwick”) philosophy applies to anything and everything that contributes to a healthy, happy life: nutrition, exercise, physical and mental rejuvenation, and so much more.

Here’s why I LOVE it:

I feel like many diet and fitness books encourage a “total life overhaul,” which at first can be daunting and overwhelming, especially if you’re just starting a health and fitness journey,. I also think it’s the quickest way to burn out: try to do too much, too quickly, and it’s often a recipe for failure. (And then feeling badly about yourself and the cycle all starts over again.) It’s something I write thoroughly about in my own book, but when I was first getting started in health and fitness, I fell into the “all or nothing” trap, which hurt me far more than it helped. The beauty of WYCWYC: it’s broken into small, attainable steps you can make in your health routine and life, which will lead to huge progress over time. I love the idea of bite-sized goals that you can accomplish and stick with for the long term.

In the theme of WYCWYC, this book is also extremely compact and skimmable; you pick it up and read bits and pieces as they apply to your life, or as you need them. 

Here are the categories that WYCWYC focuses on, along with a sample tips from that section.

It’s all about the mindset: Aim for persistence, not for perfection. 

Rethink and take charge!: Stop MUSTurbating (<— love this so much) and making yourself badly for things you “should,” “ought” or “have”’ to do. 

Daily considerations: Activate your wait times. Think of all of the times throughout the day you spend waiting, and instead, do something productive or that enables you to de-stress. 

Food for thought: Think of what you can ADD instead of take away, i.e. more steps throughout the day, more time laughing with friends, fruit instead of dessert, more vegetables to your meals.

Tricks of the trade: Prioritize sleep. As someone who has a deep love for sleeping, I really appreciated this section. 😉

Since reading it, and learning more about the movement, I’ve found so many instances of WYCWYC in my own life. Last week, I really wanted to get in some cardio, but the Pilot was working and gym childcare closed in 30 minutes. I turned on a Zumba DVD and had a little dance party with Liv. During this weekend’s wedding festivities, I was starving between the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, so I drove down the street to CVS and grabbed a Larabar to hold me over until dinner. We didn’t have gym access, so I got in an online workout during out hotel stay and we took a long walk around property. It really is about doing what you can with the means you have, whether it’s time, location, finances, availability, etc. 

And now, a giveaway! Two lucky readers will each receive a copy of What You Can, When You Can.

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I’ll choose the winners this Thursday night (midnight EST) and announce in Friday Faves.



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  1. I love this mindset! Sometimes I’m a big culprit of “MUSTerbating”. I must get up early to run, I must lift heavier weights, I must not eat so much sugar. Love this idea 🙂

  2. Jessica says:

    This is a fantastic idea! I love the the entire mindset and trying not to feel guilty for falling off the wagon!

  3. I used to be much better about this, I would pick small goals, drink x amount of water today, run a quick mile while kids are in practice, even If I only had 20 minutes between drop offs. I have lost my wycwyc mind set, and would love some help getting it back

  4. I love the idea of this Book. I find myself too wrapped up in stuff and all the should do..not what is best for me!

  5. what a great idea. I really need to get myself off the mindset that I need to eat a certain way and to just make good choices and mind my portions instead.

  6. sarah r says:

    i need to reevaluate my mindset about eating…

  7. i love this idea, and have been trying to get more steps whenever i can (even looping extra aisles in Target!) 🙂

  8. It is hard to not get into an “all or nothing” mindset. This looks like a really good book that would be good to gift to my clients! I may have to check it out even if I don’t win 🙂

  9. Jervishia says:

    Aiming for persistence is definitely hard for me. Persistence ad consistency. I’m horrible with it all. What’s sad is that I know that these two aspect will be needed to get where I want to be.

  10. Annie B says:

    I make “walking dates” with friends instead of sitting in a coffee shop or at a restaurant to catch up. It saves $$, gets us outside, and is a great way to sneak in some extra activity!

  11. Right now not feeling guilty, knowing that you are allowed to make mistakes, and that your responsibility is to forgive yourself and repair the wrong, doing your best to not fall in the same error again!
    Love the idea of this book!

  12. I’ve tried to just incorporate activity as much as possible. I used to think it didn’t “count” as exercise unless you entered with that intent – like, going to the gym, going for a run for set miles or time, etc. But I’ve realized that walking the dog, playing frisbee golf with my fiance, etc – all of that counts and is leading to better health in the long run.

  13. I jump around the House and dance to my favourite song !! It really gets me moving and shaking , and my mindset is completely changed , and Im ready to tackle the bigger things in life !

    Its the little things that get me onto the big things 🙂

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