5 Minutes for Books–Two Books to Help You Take Care of Yourself

by Jennifer Donovan

If we are going to take care of our families, we need to be sure we are taking care of ourselves. These two books can help insure that you are feeling your best. You can enter to win a copy of either of these books at the bottom of the post.

In Lean Mommy, Lisa Druxman encourages and instructs the new mom about ways to get fit after pregnancy and stay fit. I related so well to the introduction, in which the author said that she had her best lesson in personal health while she was pregnant. Like Ms. Druxman, I paid close attention to my nutrition and activity to best feed the baby and manage my weight gain as well. It should be no less important for us to focus on our health while we are raising them after pregnancy.

The author presents 10 Common Post-Pregnancy Challenges–what your new body faces and what you can do about it. Conquering negative body image and having the proper motivation is another helpful section. The majority of the book is devoted to the Lean Mommy plan (Stroller Strides), which are exercises that you can do with your baby using only a few simple props. Each exercise is described, giving technique tips when the user might encounter difficulties, and there is a picture of each as well. You can also find out more about the Stroller Strides program on their website.

Two chapters on nutrition round out this comprehensive guide for new moms. Super foods and foods to avoid are included in handy charts, and there is no diet plan given that every person must follow.

This is a common-sense guide that would be helpful to any new mom, whether she’s having her first child or her fourth.

Hormones, Health and Happiness

This book was a surprisingly easy read. I was expecting boring statistics and long medical terms (even if the information rang true), but Steven Hotze has written a very easy-to-understand book about the problems that plague so many women. There is no doubt that women must deal with hormones. It starts in puberty, continues with every monthly cycle, goes totally wack-o during pregnancy and for years afterwards, and then menopause comes along. Hormones affect us. What Steven Hotze has found is a link to hormonal imbalances to other conditions such as allergies, yeast, fatigue, weight gain, and so much more. By properly evaluating your hormone levels (which is not as simple as the blood test that many doctors do), and then supplementing with bioidentical hormones, these symptoms alleviate or disappear. In other chapters, vitamins and a proper diet are addressed when needed to treat certain conditions as well. Hormones, Health and Happiness makes sense, and empowers each woman to continue seeking help until her symptoms are gone, as opposed to many doctors who will dismiss your concern about these problems that most women are just supposed to deal with. Chapter One begins:

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?

Are you weary of doctors who won’t listen to you, don’t understand you, and offer only prescription drugs as the solution to your health problems?

Are you frustrated with being told that your blood tests are normal and there is nothing wrong with you?

There is an appendix in the book that helps you self-identify certain conditions, but there is also a link on his website. If you find yourself in any of these areas, this would definitely be an eye-opening read for you.

We have three copies of each of these books that can ship to either the U.S. or Canada. Please leave a comment and tell which book that you would like (if you are interested in both of them, please list your first choice). Check next week’s column for more giveaways and recommendations and to see if you have won. Scroll down to the next post for last week’s winners.



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Kelly August 20, 2007 at 12:09 am

I would love the book about hormones. It is something I am always struggling with.

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2 melody is slurping life August 20, 2007 at 12:14 am

Please include me for Hormones, Health and Happiness. Thanks.

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3 Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry August 20, 2007 at 12:36 am

I so need the Hormone book! Thanks for a very relevant giveaway!

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4 Jill H. August 20, 2007 at 12:36 am

Hormones Health anf Happiness for me please…just the quote sounds so familiar!

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5 Elaine August 20, 2007 at 12:56 am

I would love to check out the Hormone book as well. Since the birth of my 3rd child 4.5 years ago I just can’t seem to get back into my ‘groove’ and am searching for an end to my headaches, fatigue and emotional rollercoaster ride! Thanks for highlighting this book, and I love your site, great job!

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6 Joanne August 20, 2007 at 2:08 am

Count me in for Lean Mommy please. My son is 1 and I’m trying to slim down and lose weight I gained after my son started eating solids and nursing less.

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7 bree August 20, 2007 at 2:50 am

Hormones, Health and Happiness sounds perfect for me. Thanks for the contest!

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8 Bev August 20, 2007 at 3:37 am

I would like to win Hormones, Health and Happiness!

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9 Christina August 20, 2007 at 3:46 am

I could REALLY use the book about hormones…..this is all sooo new to me !!!

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10 Michelle August 20, 2007 at 5:27 am

I would be interested in the book Hormones, Health and Happiness.

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11 oh amanda August 20, 2007 at 8:15 am

I’ve seen the stroller Strides classes at my local park. I’d love to have that book!

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12 Tracy August 20, 2007 at 8:30 am

I would love the book on hormones.

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13 Mikki August 20, 2007 at 8:57 am

I would LOVE a chance to read the Hormone and Happiness book. For about a year now I’ve been going to doctors only to hear “well, we’re not sure what the problem is.”

Thanks again for these great giveaways!

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14 Cory August 20, 2007 at 9:01 am

Sounds like Hormones, Health and Happiness is exactly what I need. I am entering the menopause cycle of life and would find information like that extremely valuable right about now. Thank you for all you do here.

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15 Melinda August 20, 2007 at 9:09 am

I think I would like the hormone book please. Thank you.

Melinda

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16 Ashley August 20, 2007 at 9:13 am

since i’m due to give birth in two days, both of these would work for me. If i had to choose, i guess lean mommy.

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17 mama k August 20, 2007 at 9:17 am

I’d love both! But Lean Mommy would be my first choice. :)

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18 Debi August 20, 2007 at 9:29 am

Please count me for the hormones book. Thanks!

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19 Briggie August 20, 2007 at 9:36 am

I’d like the hormone book – sounds right up my alley right now…

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20 Laura August 20, 2007 at 9:37 am

I’m interested in both, but the Lean Mommy would be my first choice.

After seven children, I have some pounds to lose and have begung trying to lose them. My youngest is 10 months and although I didn’t gain but 10 pounds during that pregnancy.

I have lost 10 pounds so far and I hope to get back to my ideal weight of 140. I have a long ways to go.

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21 Kasie August 20, 2007 at 9:41 am

Please include me for the Hormones, Health and Happiness book. After 2 Kiddos, my hormones have never been the same!
:)Smiles!

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22 Karen August 20, 2007 at 10:18 am

I would love Hormones, Health, and Happiness…this sounds JUST like my last Dr appt! Thanks:-)

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23 Jill (CDPJ) August 20, 2007 at 10:21 am

I would love a copy of Lean Mommy! Thanks!

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24 jenna August 20, 2007 at 10:31 am

Hormones – hands down.

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25 Heather (Heather's reality show) August 20, 2007 at 10:34 am

I would like the lean mommy book. thanks.

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26 Jana (sidetrack'd) August 20, 2007 at 10:45 am

The Lean Mommy book sounds great. Please count me in. Thanks!

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27 Stacey August 20, 2007 at 10:48 am

I would love the hormone book! I so believe in bioidentical hormones!

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28 Tiffany August 20, 2007 at 10:51 am

Lean Mommy…thanks.

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29 Jodi August 20, 2007 at 11:23 am

I could so use this book! Sign me up!

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30 Jodi August 20, 2007 at 11:25 am

oops forgot which book, the Hormones, Health and Happiness

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31 Tiffany M August 20, 2007 at 11:30 am

Hormones would be my first choice.The other one looks interesting too

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32 corinne August 20, 2007 at 11:33 am

Count me in for the hormone book! Thanks for the review.

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33 Michele August 20, 2007 at 11:35 am

Please enter me for lean mommy.

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34 gloria needs Hormones, Health and Happiness August 20, 2007 at 11:44 am

Hormones, Health and Happiness this would be a great book for me because i am always feeling blue and never happy if i am happy it only last a short while. Please pick me to be the winner (hey it never hurts to ask):O)have a great day.

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35 tanyetta August 20, 2007 at 11:47 am

The: Hormones, Health and Happiness Book Please! Thank you :)

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36 Sara August 20, 2007 at 11:48 am

Goodness they both sound so great it’s hard to pick a first choice but since I have to I’ll go with the Lean Mommy (that which I am not!).

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37 Dawn August 20, 2007 at 11:48 am

Please include me in the drawing for Hormones, Health and Happiness as it sounds awesome!!

sun4bella@msn.com

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38 JessicaB August 20, 2007 at 12:11 pm

Hormones, Health, and Happiness Please

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39 tammy b August 20, 2007 at 12:11 pm

i NEED the hormone book!

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40 Sarah August 20, 2007 at 12:21 pm

ooh, both books sound so helpful that I can’t pick which one I want. So, I guess if I win, you’ll have to pick one for me!

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41 Richelle F August 20, 2007 at 12:29 pm

Either one looks great. Lean Mommy would be my first choice.

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42 lisa August 20, 2007 at 12:40 pm

I could really use the Lean Mommy book—I just had my second son last week and need to shed those pounds! thanks

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43 Noralee August 20, 2007 at 12:43 pm

I would like the book Lean Mommy to give to my daughter. Thanks for the offer!

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44 Jenny August 20, 2007 at 1:13 pm

I would love to have Lean Mommy. It would be a great read while getting back in shape after the baby.

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45 Jill August 20, 2007 at 1:16 pm

I would love Lean Mommy please!

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46 Shera August 20, 2007 at 1:17 pm

I could really use these books! The post-baby hormones and weight issues are surprisingly different after twins.

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47 Jessica August 20, 2007 at 1:25 pm

I would love either one, the Lean one for me though, but the hormone one would be just what a friend of mine has been looking for.

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48 Amy August 20, 2007 at 1:34 pm

I would be interested in both but the Hormones, Health and Happiness would be my first choice.

~Amy

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49 Cole's Mama August 20, 2007 at 1:39 pm

I’d love Lean Mommy!

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50 Naomi August 20, 2007 at 1:53 pm

I would love to win Lean Mommy… I need help!

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51 Sarah August 20, 2007 at 1:59 pm

My hormones are driving me insane! I need that book. :)

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52 Kim August 20, 2007 at 2:26 pm

Enter me please.. the hormones book..

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53 Myrna August 20, 2007 at 2:46 pm

As I am in menopause, I think Hormones, Health and Happiness would be a great read! My second choice would be Lean Mommy!

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54 Caryn August 20, 2007 at 2:46 pm

I just had a baby 8 weeks ago and am having the worst time getting the weight off! I’d love to read Lean Mommyl

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55 Ginny August 20, 2007 at 3:14 pm

I’d love to win Hormones, Health and Happiness

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56 BeachMama August 20, 2007 at 3:17 pm

I could so use both of these books as I am due to give birth any day. I will say that Lean Mommy would be my first choice and Hormones, Health and Happiness would be my second.

Thanks!

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57 Tessa August 20, 2007 at 3:31 pm

I would love Hormones Health and Happiness. Maybe give a little insight to myself.

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58 Debbie in NNY August 20, 2007 at 4:01 pm

Please add me to the drawing for the Hormones, Health and Happiness book.
Thanks!

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59 Kilikina August 20, 2007 at 4:02 pm

If I win I’d like the lean mommy book…

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60 Kristine August 20, 2007 at 4:07 pm

I’d love to get ahold of the Hormones, Health and Happiness book!

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61 Jennifer M. August 20, 2007 at 4:53 pm

I’d choose Hormones, Health and Happiness. It’s something I deal with often.

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62 Laura August 20, 2007 at 7:06 pm

Lean Mommy….so wanting to be that right now at 7 weeks Post Partum!

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63 Sarah August 20, 2007 at 7:21 pm

Please enter me into the Hormones, Health and Happiness drawing. Thanks!

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64 EPM August 20, 2007 at 7:57 pm

Please count me in on the Hormones, Health and Happiness book!

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65 Stephanie August 20, 2007 at 8:20 pm

Hormones, Health, & Happiness!!

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66 Carrie August 20, 2007 at 8:38 pm

I would like the Hormones book. I am 32 and feel my hormones changing. I never ever experienced PMS symptoms until recently. I am still nursing my 4th child though which probably helps my hormones, but I would be really interested in what that book has to say!

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67 Beth August 20, 2007 at 9:29 pm

Oh my- I need that hormone book!!

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68 Taowyn August 20, 2007 at 10:19 pm

Both are good books but I think the Lean Mommy would be my cup of tea.

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69 Monkey Giggles August 20, 2007 at 10:20 pm

I could really use this….just ask my hubby!!!

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70 Jeanine Baechtold August 20, 2007 at 11:01 pm

Gosh they BOTH sound wonderful, although I think the hormone book is my first choice.

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71 Amanda August 20, 2007 at 11:22 pm

lean mommy please

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72 Montserrat August 21, 2007 at 1:55 am

The Lean Mommy book sounds like the information is wonderful and a big “DOH!” We do need to take just as much care of our bodies after having a baby as we did while we were pregnant.

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73 Ashley Rutherford August 21, 2007 at 2:11 am

I like both, but the Hormones, Health and Happiness would be my first choice.

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74 Sandy August 21, 2007 at 4:45 am

Please enter me in the Hormones book……..I need it. It’s 4:45am and I up wide awake and can’t sleep, pretty much due to those crazy hormones!!!!

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75 Tami August 21, 2007 at 7:34 am

Hormones, Health and Happiness
Thanks!!

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76 Dale Ann Cubbage August 21, 2007 at 9:05 am

I really need the Hormones, Health & Happiness book. I am currently suffering from serious hormone issues. I have been taking prozac for the last 4 years, and tried paxil for two months. Both made me so sleepy I could not function. I have quit taking these meds as of about 3 weeks ago, and I’m in the middle of “aftermath” of taking these kinds of chemicals into your body. I know the Lord has freedom for me, and I hope this book will help me do my part in getting FREE!

Thanks for your consideration. You guys do a wonderful job with your site.

Dale Ann Cubbage

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77 Emily August 21, 2007 at 10:17 am

I would love to win a copy of these
Em

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78 Brittany August 21, 2007 at 10:49 am

I’m very interested in that Lean Mommy book!!!

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79 Sarah August 21, 2007 at 12:08 pm

Hormones, Health and Happiness: this is a book of a “must-read” for all women. I think it is more of a struggle than we let on. I would like to have this book.

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80 Linda K August 21, 2007 at 3:52 pm

Ever since one doctor used hormones to treat me when I was in my 20′s, things have gone downhill. I am going to look on Steven Hotze website to see if there is info for me.
I keep telling doctors that the chronic fatigue, weird cycles and some of the depression are related to hormones, but they don’t listen.
Now, at 51, I get to look ateven MORE hormone related issues with no hope of getting doctors to listen.

Linda K

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81 Mama Zen August 21, 2007 at 6:04 pm

I’ve been told that I need the book about hormones!

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82 Pam August 21, 2007 at 6:18 pm

I could really use the book on hormones. I thought my menopause had passed, but now I’m getting the hot flashes again.

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83 TheAngelForever August 21, 2007 at 6:34 pm

Both books look really amazing for women. If I had to pick one I think Lean Mommy is probably best as I just had my second son three months ago.

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84 Donna August 21, 2007 at 7:28 pm

Ugh! How do I choose when they both look great? I guess I’d pick Lean Mommy, although I’d really be happy with either.

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85 Callista August 21, 2007 at 11:47 pm

I would love the hormones one! I have PPD so this would be an interesting read.

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86 Karla Meachem (Empowering Christian Women) August 21, 2007 at 11:57 pm

Hormones, Health & Happiness

;)

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87 Jenn August 22, 2007 at 12:09 am

I sooooooo need the hormone book right about now!

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88 Fruitbearer August 22, 2007 at 1:08 am

Please enter me in your giveaway for the Hormones, Health, and Happiness book. Thanks!

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89 Jill August 22, 2007 at 3:42 pm

Would love the hormone book. It would be useful I’m sure.

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90 Chelsey Grange August 22, 2007 at 8:43 pm

I would love both books but because I have to choose, I would pick the hormone book. Both would be very useful.

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91 Doreen August 23, 2007 at 3:27 pm

Lean Mommy please!! :)

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92 Amy August 24, 2007 at 7:51 pm

Please enter me for Lean Mommy!!! Heaven know I need help there!! :) Thanks!!

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93 Christelle August 25, 2007 at 11:33 am

Hormones, Health and Happiness

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94 Jennifer August 25, 2007 at 4:35 pm

Lean Mommy please !

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95 Angela August 28, 2007 at 3:59 pm

give me lean mom please!

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96 Bonnie September 2, 2007 at 1:00 am

Hormones, Health & Happiness, please. I have PCOS so I would love this book.

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