52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You {review & giveaway}

52 SMall Changes, One Year To A Happier, Healthier You

I’ve been in a major slump. I mean major. In all aspects of my life, it’s been a hard year, and I am ready to close the books on 2011 for good.

With all the curveballs thrown my way this year, I lost site of me: my health, my fitness, my well-being. This is definitely not how I wanted to end this year! I wanted to go out with a bang, and finally be at my long-sought-after-but-totally-elusive goal weight.

And it’s not just me. So many people are ending this year in a slump, not where they envisioned they’d be 12 months ago. Kicking ourselves while we’re down will get us nowhere. In a few short days, we will have a brand new, shiny year. A fresh start, new beginning, clean slate.

Last week a book fell into my lap (okay not literally – it’s not raining books in Texas or anything!) and after I cracked it open and started reading the intro, it felt like I had been slapped upside the head with a sign.

52 Small Changes, One Year To A Happier, Healthier You by Brett Blumenthal

This book is my key. I just know it. I’ve read the intro, skimmed the chapters, and I’m gearing up to take control of my life in 2012 – one small change at a time.

I want this book to be your key, too! I want you to join me in becoming a happier and healthier you, one small step at a time over the next 52 weeks. We can do it! Do you think you’re up to the challenge? Are you a little leary of committing to 52 weeks of changes? I know how you feel, but listen up – the changes are small and Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, & Timely (as outlined by Mel in yesterday’s wonderful post).

Aside from the 9 page introduction, you only have to read ONE chapter a week! I’ll shine a little light as to what’s in store: Week 1: Drink Up (as in water!); Week 2: Get Your Zzzs; Week 3: Keep Off the Couch; Week 4: Keep a Food Journal. See? It’s not scary at all! It might even be things you’re already doing (or have done). And if so, each chapter offers extra credit – a way to take that small change to a higher level. Each week you’ll have a new change and you’ll continue with the prior weeks changes. So by the end of the year, you’ve made (and kept up with) 52 Small Changes, and you are happier and healthier!


I am so inspired by 52 Small Changes that I’m going to live it every single week over on the ‘hood – the Sisterhood’s Social Community – and I want you to join me! That’s right. Each week I’ll have a post about the assigned small change and we’ll be able to do it together. Doesn’t that sounds great?

Join my Group for 52 Small Changes NOW!


We have 2 copies of 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You to give away!

To enter:

  1. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me one small change you’d like to make this year. That’s it!
Giveaway ends Friday, January 6th at midnight PT. Two winners will be chosen and contacted via email, so please be sure you leave a valid email address or have one linked to your comment. If winner(s) does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner(s) will be chosen.

If you didn’t check out Mel’s post from yesterday, Resolutions vs. Goals, please check it out now! I think we need to arm ourselves with great ideas on ways to achieve our goals in the New Year!


If you want to buy a copy of 52 Small Changes for only $8.88 (bargain!!), you can click the link below where you’ll be whisked away to Amazon and we’ll make a few cents per purchase! We always appreciate when you shop through the Sisterhood!

Disclosure: I received a copy of 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You to review. I was not compensated for my review and all opinions and ideas are my own. Two copies were also provided for giveaway. Open to US residents only. No purchase necessary. Links to Amazon are affiliate links.

  • http://frugaltrophywife.com Brooke F

    the current small change i’m making right now is the switch to fair trade coffee.  not necessarily a healthy change (more an ethical one) but i’m finding that more often FTC is also organic.

  • http://faithfamilylovejoy.wordpress.com Laura P

    One small change I want to make is waking up at the same time each day.  Now just to decide upon 5:30 or 6:30. (considering I seem to wake each day currently at 5:30 and force myself back to sleep, 5:30 is seeming like the correct option)

  • http://smallstepslargeleaps.blogspot.com/ Amy T

    This is similar to what I’m doing (new blog and all!). Only I’m focusing on 12 major goals (1 per month), and will have weekly achievements (small steps towards the larger goal). Couldn’t be more perfect!

  • Michelle

    The only thing I want to do next year is lose the baby weight (baby is 4 and I am still carrying around 35 of the 80 pounds I gained with him). I guess breaking it down to a small goal would be to move every day — we bought some dance games for kinect so I want to try and do it as often as possible!

  • http://www.onecrazymomandherlife.blogspot.com Kristin__OneCrazyMamaof4

    The biggest, small change I want to make for my family in 2012 is family night every Friday….

  • Andy Drouin

    What a great idea!  I’m just joining the ‘Hood today and I love the idea of 52 little challenges.  My challenge to me this year is to get up off the couch and/or away from the computer and get moving!

  • http://eatrunsail.blogspot.com/ Elle

    The one change that I would like to make this year is to be more consistent.  I am starting to train for my first half marathon to be run on May 13th and I need to focus on my training and my nutrition for that.

    Would love to read this book and join in your group, too.  Thanks!

  • Missy B

    I’m switching to cucumber water and an apple in the a.m. instead of my Diet Dr. Pepper. Will it be easy? No, but I already began it. No sense in waiting til the New Year! I started on Monday.

  • LaLibertada

    I would like to make the change toward seeing shades of gray, rather than black or white. I’d like to see “cheating” on my eating plan as a small setback, rather than a reason to throw up my hands and chow down.

  • Heidi

    Over the past year, I have developed a diet coke a day habit. And I want to start weaning myself off this and drink more water.

  • Denise Bratton

    I would like to incorporate more veggies into my diet.

  • Megan Landry

    Some changes I’d like to make are adding some strength training/pilates to the running I do.

  • Megan S

    making a workout and possible eating plan for the week and trying not to tweak it unless necessary!

  • jill r

    one small change that I need to make, really isn’t that small to me – its HUGE.. I need to get rid of all diet soda from my diet.  I am going to start small and cut out a little bit each week and I am hoping by spring to be completely off it!!

  • upinthecosmos

    I want to take up running for 2012 so I’ve signed up for 10 5ks and a 7k and will be doing Brad Gansberg’s Run 5k in 100 days program…. I’m so not a runner…. LOL!  I will definitely sign on to do this cause I need to make many more changes:-)

  • http://twitter.com/girlgetsaway Beth G

    I need to start waking up a little earlier and getting to the gym before starting work. Working full time from home is a big change!

  • debkhershberger

    I want to get more hours of sleep per night!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • http://www.thedailymel.com/ Mel (@TheDailyMel)

    Woo Hoo!  Love this concept so much.  I just picked up the Kindle version for $5.99 and even saved myself a few bucks. :)

  • Kirsten

    Id like to find my mojo with running again.

  • Mel

    Just borrowed this for free on my kindle today. I cant wait to join this challenge.

  • http://ThisMomsDelight.com Tami @ ThisMomsDelight.com

    Most of all, I want to become more active, fitting in fitness at least 5 days each week.

  • Priscilla

    I want to start exercising regularly again and reach my weight goal.  I have slacked off for far too long.

    • http://ThisMomsDelight.com Tami @ ThisMomsDelight.com

      Same here, Priscilla.  

  • Almasdays

    I totally want to be an “exerciser” this year!!  I got compression sleeves and a new bike and tons of videos!  No EXCUSES!

  • Liz

    Hello all…my change for 2012 is that I’m following Ali Edwards lead…she a favorite scrapbook instructor of mine and selecting a word for the year ….the change is that I’m gonna really follow this word for the whole year.  I’ve selected words before and they last about a week.  I have put a lot a thought into my word….and it’s one that I really need even though I don’t always like it.  My word is MOVE ….can’t believe I just told cyberspace that!! 

    • http://ThisMomsDelight.com Tami @ ThisMomsDelight.com

      MOVE is a great word!!

  • Anonymous

    I want to be more consistent with strength training to get leaner & stronger in 2012.

  • stick2itmama

    One small change for this year is that I would like to incorporate yoga into my routine. My commitment is at least 1x/week.

  • Ctydings

    one small change would be to plan out weekly menus for dinner….would be so helpful & keep us from eating out so much.

  • Kerina Krommenhoek

    My small change is to rid my cupboards of all the Cup O’Noodles, Pop, and unhealthy foods that I go to when I’m being lazy!

  • Afslade

    Alison S

    I want to drink more water and less diet soda in 2012!

  • Anonymous

    I really want to kick the soda habit for good! I’ve been saying this for YEARS but I really need to stop! Not only are the empty calories bad for my body but the caffeine can worsen my fibro & IC flares!

  • Anonymous

    One not so small thing I want to change is to make sure my loved ones knows that I love them everyday!!!  Especially when right before Christmas I almost lost my baby brother to a heart attack at 36yrs old. and a week before that I almost lost my husband to liver failure!!!  This year has ended rough and I am praying and trusting that next year will be better!!!

  • http://www.run-in-their-shoes.blogspot.com/ Chris

    The Great Slump of 2011 was widespread!  One small change for me will include improving time management skills.  Proper planning goes such a long way toward reducing anxiety and opening up the time we need to take care of ourselves!

  • Karen

    I’d like to go back to avoiding refined sugars and flours as much as possible. I’ve done it for a month before and felt amazing.

  • Julia Broadbooks

    Thanks for the book recommendation. Over the last decade I’ve let the demands of my life overshadow some of the  more healthy habits I’d developed. It seems so overwhelming to change, but I  can manage one habit a week.

    juliabroadbooks AT gmail DOT com

  • Pir8stiles

    I am going to try to eat an apple before a meal… I read about this on the real simple website to curb appetite.

  • http://anotherstepandanother.blogspot.com/ Mary P. (FiddlersBride)

    One small change I would like to make is a true commitment to 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. I am horrible at this  even though I know I would really benefit from it.

  • Anonymous

    I’d definitely like to get more organized.  In all aspects of my life.  But, I’ll start out with just organizing my kitchen!

  • http://twitter.com/katbite Kathleen L. Shelfer

    This looks like a fantastic challenge! One small, but incredibly important, change that I would like to make in my life is to actually STICK to a goal!  I am worth it!  I can do this right? Right!  With a little bit of help from you and hopefully many others I will achieve this and care more about goal setting and keeping to it!  Here’s to 2012! :)

  • http://twitter.com/MojoMamaBlog Mojo Mama – Kayla

    I’m hoping to better work on controlling my temper and reactions to things.  Not every stupid driver out there needs to be yelled at from inside my van!

  • http://twitter.com/RunningRachel Rachel Steffen

    I would love to read this book with you girls.  A current small change I am making is trying to be aware of my feelings when I eat:  am I hungry or am I eating because of emotions?  Trying to eat more intuitively is a BIG challenge for me.

  • Chatrhon

    I plan on finding an area in the community I can volunteer at – looking forward to it!

  • Katherine I Parker

    One change I’d like to make for 2012 is to dine out less frequently. I deserve to take the time to prepare healthy meals for myself at reasonable prices… I just don’t always remember that!

  • http://twitter.com/NewVeronica2011 NewVeronica2011

    One change I want to make this year is to completely avoid diet drinks.  I stopped buying them for the house, but if we eat out, I tend to still order a diet coke.  No more!

  • Rosa_rodriquez

    For the first time in my life I started a journal and sticking to it!  The first entry is to take care of me!

  • http://twitter.com/BettyMeetsJane Amber

    I would love to win! :) One small change I would like to make this year is to stay consistent. This last year I started getting fit and dumping some of my old ways, but some of my bad habits kept coming back.

  • Mackenzie Hunter

    I’d like to eat 6 servings of veggies and fruits each day… I have been lacking in that department

  • http://www.runaroundaroo.com/ Heidi Nicole

    More veggies… for both The Husband and myself. Not to worried about myself, I like veggies. The Husband on the other hand only like potatoes and ketchup…

  • Cari George

    My small change would to actually accomplish drinking 8 glasses of water a day. I’ve never done this successfully, but its something I really need to do.