Loose Ends and Follow-ups

Breezing through on a sunny day to follow up on some previous posts. Just click on the section heading to read the original post.

SASS Yourself Slim Review

The publisher has asked that I revisit a couple of points I made in my review, specifically the exclusion of red meat and the lack of a cupcake provision. I wrote:

The exclusion of red meat completely. The statistics cited were based on studies in which people ate red meat every single day. Personally, I don’t think leaner cuts of red meat periodically are a problem, but then again, I’m not a nutritionist.


Unlike with potatoes, there is no cupcake provision.

Personally, I don’t think I was incorrect in either of those statements, but I’m more than happy to provide some clarification of my viewpoint.

1) Red meat is allowed as a splurge. I thought I also read a recommendation to avoid it completely during the 30-day phase of the plan, which is what I was reviewing and why I wrote that statement, but I don’t have the book with me and can’t cite the page number. (Other reviewers, help? If I’m not mistaken, it was back in the Q&A section.) Of course, I could be hallucinating. It happens. I do stand behind my opinion that lean cuts of red meat, in moderation, aren’t an evil addition to an eating plan.

2) Cupcakes! They are allowed as a splurge and there’s a section on splurges in the book, but that wasn’t the point of my comment. As regular readers know, I love cupcakes, and my intended-to-be-witty-but-apparently-not comment was a lament that the plan didn’t allow cupcakes 2-3 times a week as with the potato provision. (I’m still searching for that plan!) I assumed people would draw the parallel, but maybe not. I’m not nearly as witty as I think I am.

I’ll wind up this section with a reminder that my review of SASS Yourself Slim was generally positive, and I do think it provides good information.

Healthy Recipes to Try

We can knock one off my list: Roasted Strawberries! They’re super easy to make, and I loved the intense strawberriness on first bite (a little berry explosion in my mouth). What I didn’t love was the balsamic finish to it. I was afraid of this as I don’t generally care for balsamic vinegar, but since it was only a few drops, I went ahead and tried it. I’ll omit that next time, and there will definitely be a next time. I see this as a good way to use end-of-season berries that aren’t quite so sweet.

Moving into the #10 spot on my list of recipes to try is this one:

Sweet Banana Flatbread! One part mashed banana, two parts whole wheat flour, and a little healthy fat for cooking them. I’ll be trying different versions of these as the possibilities seem endless. Peanut flour, coconut flour, quinoa flour, coconut oil, cinnamon….

Keeping Workouts Fresh

Back in March I wrote about some new exercises I was introducing, and I thought it high-time I let you know what I think about them.

::drumroll! I’m pleased to report a 75% success rate! I really like the Horizontal Jumping Jacks and the Plank Toe Touchdowns, and I’m enjoying trying old lifts in a new-to-me way with a unilateral approach, especially the chest press with dumbbells. I can feel the movement all the way down to my calves, which is kind of the point!

What I didn’t enjoy so much was the Dumbbell Skier Swing. I don’t know if I’m doing it wrong or maybe not pushing the weight hard enough, but it just doesn’t do anything for me. It’s possible I’ll live without this exercise in the rotation.

Favorite Quotes

I have a new one to add to the list:

i am here to live out loud

You may want to get some ear plugs, or maybe try to drown out my noise by making some of your own!

Come back tomorrow for a product review and giveaway!

12 thoughts on “Loose Ends and Follow-ups

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  2. WTF – they asked you to revise *your* review? Your review was quite good (and much better than mine in its thoroughness). Regarding red meat – it is not recommended. From page 92 “…for numerous reasons,I do not recommend it, and I have not included beef or pork in the SASS Yourself Slim meals.” Meat really isn’t a splurge, in my opinion. I just consider a good protein source.

    • LOL I thought it was unusual, but I truly didn’t mind clarifying. It gave me another chance to talk about cupcakes! :)

      Thank you for finding the reference for the red meat issue! I was really afraid I was remembering something from another book.

  3. I haven’t tried that roasted strawberries recipe yet, but I had the same concern about the balsamic vinegar. Are you going to substitute anything for it next time you make this?

    • I’m going to taste the next batch without vinegar at all. If I think it needs something else, I might try adding another type vinegar. Apple? Champagne?

  4. In my humble opinion, the key to eating red meat is to have it once in a while, in moderation, and to make sure that it’s good-quality, lean, grass-fed from local, organic farms. Thankfully, our local food co-op sells it!! But then again, the key to eating anything is just about the same…

  5. I’m also trying my best to loose weight because I want to live healthy. I love your post.

  6. Not to beat a dead cow, but there are many diet plans where red meat (grass fed, organic) is encouraged, such as the Paleo Diet and others. There are schools of thought that we are biologically meat eaters. That being said, I probably eat meat twice a month, grass fed beef costing on the level of fine jewelry. The thing about nutritional theory is that it depends on whose theory it is, and that’s why I’m learning to keep an open mind.

  7. Um yeah. The fact you were asked to revise your review basically leaves a bad enough taste in my mouth that even if I WAS going to buy it, I’m not anymore. I rely on you to give your honest opinion and that’s what you gave. We all knew you were joking about the ‘cupcake provision’ and the fact they didn’t ‘get it’ is irritating. Now I want a Capote cupcake from Muddys.

    Put me down for a banana flatbread…YUMMY!

    • Thanks for the support, but it really was more a case of them asking me to clarify the splurge part of the book.

      Let me know if you try those flatbreads!

  8. Hmmmm, read the SASS book and thought both you and Lori did an excellent job with your reviews, but think I’ll stick with my 17DD. Obviously I wasn’t looking for a new plan, but curiosity always gets the best of me and those five ingredients in the Fast Forward portion are five I could certainly live with for 5 days. But the plan has some quirks and everybody just has to find what gives them the jumpstart they need as long as it’s healthy and sustainable!

  9. I thought your review was GREAT! And yes, us readers knew what the cupcake thing was all about! The author is very sensitive! 😉 Not everyone can love that book!!!

    Loving that you are trying new gym things & I am too! :-) Always learning!

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