My Healthy Collection

The biggest passions in my life are health and fitness. I love learning about how the body functions. I love experimenting with nature’s delicious foods. I love discovering new ways to challenge my body and improve my fitness level. It’s really amazing how many different strategies there are to be healthy. As a personal trainer, I feel that it is my job to be a walking billboard for health. I treat my body as a temple by feeding it right and exercising it every day. I also feel that it is my responsibility to learn all the different roads and pathways there are to being fit and healthy. The fact is, what works for one person might not work for someone else. I have a wide spectrum of clients and each one of them requires a different recipe for success. Therefore, a lot of my time is spent reading and researching about the body, food, and exercise. I want to share with you my health and fitness collection that fuels my passion and help me lead my clients to success. Here they are (click the links for more information on the books):

Category: DIET!!!

fr-3Food Rules” by Michael Pollan

idof-3 “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan

od-3 “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan

cooked-cover “Cooked” by Michael Pollan

3009-2T “Forks Over Knives” edited by Gene Stone (Based on the documentary)

image “Beyond Metabolism: Understanding Your Diet Dilemma” by Scott Abel

t-food-issues-and-you-bundle “Food Issues and You” by Scott Abel

dietary_prodshot “Dietary Principles” MP3 by Scott Abel

Category: FITNESS!!!

51loufwG1OL._SX225_ “Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance” by McArdle, Katch, and Katch

1592237630 “Human Body” by John Farndon

book-acsm-guidelines “ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription

9780736092265_p0_v2_s260x420 “Strength Training Anatomy” by Frederic Delavier

approach_ebook_cover “The Abel Approach” by Scott Abel

atp “Training Principles” MP3 by Scott Abel

If you’re looking to improve your own health and fitness, I hope you’ll look into purchasing some of the items from my collection. They may have price tags, but the information inside is priceless to me.


Is that a Book? …or a Game? Movie?

The world of technology and electronics has really come a long way. We went from walking and riding horses to driving cars and flying planes! We went from using swords and daggers to using handguns, guided missiles, and even high powered lasers! We’ve gone from having to hand write letters to using typewriters to using high tech computers! With all of the increase in knowledge and giant leaps forward in technology…what will become of our beloved book?


There has already been a huge increase in switching the focus from hand held books to digital e-books. The sale of digital media has sky-rocketed! The convenience of e-readers allows the owner to have thousands of books in a single device. While the beauty of the book as an object (such as it’s binding, provenance, and craftsmanship) will suffer, people greatly value the chance to always have their beloved books with them at all times.


The ever-increasing digital realm made me wonder about the future of books. Not in the negative sense, but more in a positive way. What new doors will this open? I particularly thought about children’s books. Already on the market, there are pop up books, books with windows and hidden pockets, interactive sounds and buttons, and tons more different creative additions to spark a young child’s learning mind. But think about all the amazing things that could be done as e-books! Moving pictures?! Interactive story characters?! Pronunciation help?! You could basically combine the text of a book, with the moving illustrations of a movie, with the interactive challenges of a game! That would be the ultimate fun learning experience for a growing child. I am very excited and intrigued to see what the future holds for books and technology.


When leafing through old books, you can find so many interesting things. Whether it’s a handwritten note jotted down in the margin, a little piece of paper stuck in between two pages, or even just the name of the previous owner written in the front…it’s all a part of that book’s history. That’s the great thing about finding a book with a bookplate!


A bookplate is a small print or decorative label pasted into a book, usually on the inside front cover, to show ownership. They typically bear a name, motto, crest, or any motif that relates to the owner of the book. Sometimes an owner will even spend a lot of money and request something special from a famous artist or designer. The name of the owner usually follows an inscription such as “from the library of…”, or in Latin, “ex libris….” They can give great insight into what the owner valued or was interested in. Bookplates are important aspect of the provenance of books.

Just for fun, I created my own bookplate! A very large part of my life revolves around nutrition and health. I love learning about different healthy foods, such as vegetables and fruits, and how they benefit the body. A lot of my books are on the subject of nutrition, Veganism, health, exercise physiology, and subjects of that sort. Therefore, I wanted my bookplate to reflect those interests! Click here—>bookplate Hope you like 🙂

It’s Noah’s Ark…AND you can eat it!!!

I had so much fun making my Edible Book! I chose to make a scene from “Come Aboard Noah’s Ark.” Here are some pictures of the whole process! image

Here we go!

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Sky: Whipped Cream & Lots of Blue food coloring

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Rainbow: Strawberries, Oranges, Pineapple, Green Grapes, Blueberries & Purple Grapes

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Noah’s Ark: Graham Cracker & Animal Crackers

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Clouds: Mini Marshmallows

Dove in the Sky: A piece of Dove Milk Chocolate

It was soooo yummy!


Childhood Hobby – All Grown Up

I remember back when I was a kid, I had an awesome rock collection. Actually, a lot of my childhood memories involve rummaging through parking lots with my family or getting a new addition to my stash. My grandmother used to take me for a walk every day after school, just to see if we could find any nifty rocks to add to my collection. One of my favorite memories is when my mom brought me back a beautiful pink Quartz from one of her business trips in Utah. I had bags and bags full of stones: multicolored, shiny, gravel, jagged, smooth, speckled…you name it. So what! They’re just rocks, right? Well yes, they’re just rocks. My collection wasn’t of any value when it comes to money. But to me, my collection is full of good times, great memories, and made my childhood like a giant scavenger hunt! Collecting is an art!


I’m sure you’re wondering why I just told you all of that. Well, just because you grow up and mature, that doesn’t mean you have to stop collecting! Collecting adds an extra bit of fun to life, always keeping an eye out for a new find. My eyes have recently been opened to a new form of collecting: Book collecting! This hobby is truly an art form. A big pile of random books doesn’t count as a good collection. A good collection must clearly reflect a unifying theme. In other words, the books must all have something in common. Maybe you want to collect books written by Dante Alighieri, or books published in the 17th century, or maybe you just really love books bound in leather! It doesn’t matter! You decide. Once you pick your theme, you just start! From then on, you’ll find that your eyes are always peeled for that hidden treasure on your grandpa’s bookshelf or hidden in the discount bins at the library. The great thing about book collecting is that, just like rocks, the books don’t have to be expensive in order to be valuable. As long as they mean something to you, then they are valuable. I hope I have inspired you to explore this new world of literary provenance! Happy hunting!

Beautiful Books: A Total Transformation

Being in the “Book Beautiful” Honors class has really given me a new perspective on what a book really is. Before I took this class, I only thought of a book as the story that it holds, a way for the author to share thoughts with his reader. I never really thought about the book itself. I’ve learned that the book, the physical object in itself, is a piece of art; a beautiful masterpiece with a story all on its own. Handcrafted by a skilled artist, hours upon hours of dedication are poured into each piece.  My past blog posts have went into detail about different aspects of the physical book: binding, type, illustration, etc. But what about taking a book and turning it into something completely different? I had never even heard of this idea of repurposed books before, but after a little researching, I found some incredible pieces of art!

If you’re an avid reader, a book collector, or just a crazy person with huge stacks of books lying around, chances are you’re going to eventually run into a clutter problem. What do you do with the old books you don’t want anymore? Sell them? Not for much… Read them again? Already did, 5 times… Give them away? They’re not really in great shape for gift giving… I know! Repurpose them! Turn yesterday’s literary relic into tomorrow’s creative décor! Thanks to Dishfunctional Designs, I found some great ideas that I wanted to share with you!

lamp < Lamp made of books!

lolitabook < Book Clutch!

il_570xN.358626374_3t4n < Book Sculptures!

tumblr_ljfjt5KmVf1qivu09o1_400 < Book Bracelets!

4500963085_db001b0530_o <Book Carvings! > Modern-Painters-1873White-view1

You can find some more great ideas at

I hope this has inspired you to look at the “book” a little bit differently. I know I have! Now I need to go find some old books… Crafts time!

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Book Description: Les Heures Claires, Paris, 1964. Reliure décorative. Book Condition: Très bon. Salvador DALI (illustrator). Ed. numérotée. – PRESENTATION : 12 volumes (6 for the book + 6 for the suites) in-4 in leaves in illustrated slipcases. – ILLUSTRATED : with 100 full page woodcuts by Dali. – INCLUDING : deluxe copy with an extra suite of the 100 woodcuts and the color decompositions of 6 plates (about 350 woodcuts) and a suite of 100 etchings (all the etchings plate signed). – DEDICATION : Nice dedication of DALI on the title page. – LIMITED : only 150 copies including a suite of etching + a suite of the woodcuts and 6 color decompsoitions. – PAPER : BFK Rives. – SIZE : 10 x 13″. – REFERENCES : Field p. 189-200 / Michlerand Lopsinger 1039 to 1138. – HISTORY : it took over 3 years to engraved the 3500 woodplates needed for the creation of the woodcuts. – CONDITION : Excellent. – ASK FOR EXTRA PICTURES. Dédicacé par l’illustrateur. Bookseller Inventory # 000592