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.
Though I've never made a conscious effort to live my life according to mag advice, the Total Makeover girls have given me some killer tips over the past few years, and the column's experts-especially Stephen Gullo (who wrote Thin Tastes Better and The Thin Commandments.More from Allure:
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