Barbara por Atras

I lack self-discipline, I’m a complete hedonist, I become intensely passionate about the things I love, and I’m impulsive. This spells trouble not just for my eating habits but it makes many aspects of my life challenging. Carlos, who is the complete opposite, has reformed me to some extent, and being a mother has forced me to change my ways, but it’s a daily fight.

Recently when I decided to get serious about my health, I reached out to mi amiga, Barbara to ask for guidance. She gave me a lot of encouragement and was also kind enough to send me a copy of her book, “…Barbara por Atras: A Latin Woman’s Guide to Fitness.”

I’ve read a lot of books about health but this one connected in a way that other books couldn’t. With mentions of Celia Cruz, nalgas, and piropos as well as healthful ways to prepare arroz con frijoles, tostones con mojo, and flan – I feel like finally someone “gets” me! This book is the jump start I needed. I’m taking steps in the right direction – poco a poco, I’ll make it. Gracias, Barbara.

Disclosure: The book was provided to me at no cost. I did not receive any compensation for talking about the book. All opinions are my own.

Posted on May 18, 2011, in Corazón, food/drink, health, Latinidad, positive thinking, self esteem, women. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Ooo that sounds interesting. Although I follow her on Twitter, I was somehow still unaware that she had this book out. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. :)

    • Tracy López

      My pleasure! It is really a well-rounded book – everything you need to get going on the right path, (pero con Latin sabor, of course!)

  2. Sounds great! Zumba has been my way to lose it (besides eating better)…we have a great teacher from Colombia….I have so much fun shaking it like Shakira, I don’t even know I’m losing weight!

    • Tracy López

      Love Zumba, too! I need to get back to those classes, but what I learned I took home with me and I just dance by myself. Trying to do it daily!

  3. What is this “working out” business you speak of?

    I’m so lazy…

    • Tracy López

      Believe me, I am too. Trying to force myself not to be. It isn’t easy, but in the end, I’ve never felt it wasn’t worth it. I’ve always said – I hate the idea of exercise, but once I’m actually doing it, it feels pretty good.

  4. We can do this. You and me both :)

  5. That’s awesome, I love the idea and I love her motivating personality. She is a great coach and her facebook posts make me smile and think. I heard through the grapevine that Carlos is going to try blogging (like you) and lifting weights (as it interests him). I think since he’s putting such a great effort into your blogging idea, you should try lifting weights with him! It could be a totally sexy, fun, cool weigh to spend time con tu marido, no?

    • Tracy López

      Barbara is very motivational, isn’t she?

      As for Carlos lifting weights – that was my idea! lol… I bought him the weights and I used to lift weights a long time ago – so yes, definitely a bonding thing too. I want Michelle Obama biceps! jajaja…

  6. are you gonna blog about your progress??? we’ve been trying to switch to healthier eating habits around here pero siempre terminamos con la junk food!!!!

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