Before I hop on amazon.com to order the book, I figured I'd give you the scoop on Cathy Altar's humorously written Up For Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over.
It's the true story of how she found her way out of a personal rut by following advice from women's magazines. It starts out sad: Divorced and depressed at 37, Cathy tried eating, drinking, and smoking her way to happiness. It wasn't working, and she needed to find a balance. Rather than heading to a shrink, she tried advice, quizzes (yes, she did "Make Men M-E-L-T"), and recipes from mags.
She even followed Allure's Total Makeover, started rewarding herself with weekly manis (instead of food), and was especially moved by one of the dieter's mantras: "Nothing tastes as great as thin." Says Altar: "[The mantra was] a little cannibalistic, but the sentiment was well placed. I tore out the page and decided to apply the reward strategy to my own battle with junk food,". And it worked for her.Read More »from How Magazines Can Save Your Life