52 Small Changes Giveaway

It’s the start of a new year! There are tons of possibilities for the next 364 days – it’s almost overwhelming. I am a huge proponent of making REALISTIC changes. This is part of the reason I do mini-goals on Monday or write down messages on my white board.

So, when I was recently sent the new book 52 Small Changes – One Year to a Happier Healthier You by Brett Blumenthal, I figured it was right up my alley.IMG 3765 thumb 52 Small Changes Giveaway

The book suggests one healthy change a week with some suggestions and ideas for how to incorporate it. IMG 3773 thumb 52 Small Changes Giveaway

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I really appreciate that it’s not just all about the usual health messages – like eat green and exercise. This book includes suggestions for stress relief and organization too.IMG 3767 thumb 52 Small Changes Giveaway

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Added bonus: This chapter sounds like they’re suggesting an Intuitive Eating concept. IMG 3774 thumb 52 Small Changes Giveaway

If you want to make 52 small changes leave a comment below to win your own copy!

But, some things never change. Like how I had eggs for breakfast…IMG 4270 800x600 thumb 52 Small Changes Giveaway

And how Ben’s mom is trying to kill me with Cinnamon Rolls…IMG 4275 800x600 thumb 52 Small Changes Giveaway

And how my cat spits up more than a newborn…

Vegas is staying with my mom and dad while we’re out of town. This is the text I received when I texted to check on him…IMG 4174 thumb 52 Small Changes Giveaway

To Enter to win the 52 Small Changes Book: Leave a comment with 1 small change you would suggest to a friend who wants to get healthier.

Contest ends 1/2/2012 at 6pm PST. Open to US residents only.


  1. Belinda M. says

    This book looks PERFECT! I’m so not goal setting person. I usually write them and find them months later. Setting weekly goals sounds more achievable.

  2. says

    I’d love to try that book… I always get overwhelmed with resolutions and I don’t do them (plus I feel that if you’re going to change, do it NOW instead of waiting for a new week/month/year/etc)

  3. Taylor says

    That book sounds awesome! A healthy suggestion would be to drink water every day, as much as half your weight in ounces:)

  4. says

    That book sounds great. For those who think they hate exercise, go for a walk each day. Forcing yourself to do it makes you feel better and you won’t regret it…it’ll grow from there.

  5. Em says

    That book sounds great! One suggestion I would have for a friend is to start with small steps. There’s no way you can tackle every “healthy living issue” at one time!

    Happy new year! :)

  6. tiffany says

    if i was able to make half of those changes, i’d feel like a great success! i would suggest getting enough sleep; it helps!

  7. Casey says

    That book looks so good! I have been talking about how I need a new book to read a lot lately and that looks perfect!

  8. Tori says

    I would love that book, it sounds great. One small change I would suggest is try to eat at least one fruit or veggie at every meal, even if it’s a random apple or something on the side, to start eating cleaner.

  9. says

    I can’t win the book as I’m one of your neighbours to the great white north but it sounds like a great idea. I’m adding to my wish list.

  10. says

    i’m super intrigued by this book. I sometimes feel overwhelmed with all the changes that need to be made to get to where i want to be, but having help in breaking them down into smaller goals will be helpful.

  11. says

    Oh that book sounds great! I will say when I saw the list of fish to avoid, I felt a lot of satisfaction, because I avoid all fish. We get our omega-3 in the form of eggs and vitamins.

    When I leave my cat behind, I leave it at home with a lot of water and food, and a clean litter box. My cat only eats dry food, so this isnt’ too hard. Then I have someone check in on him every couple of days and give him some fresh water and love. He is not happy when we come home. The funniest thing is if I come home without V, he meows at me to tell me I forgot something. Or maybe he is asking if he is ever coming home. ;)

  12. says

    The small change that I would make to a friend who wants to get healthier is to commit to eating one cup of fresh vegetables a day. For those on the S.A.D. (standard American diet), this can make a world of difference. It did for me!

  13. says

    What a great book for the new year!! I’d love to learn more!! One tip I would give a friend is GET ACTIVE! It’s amazing how much just a little exercise can make a big difference in one’s attitude, stress level, metabolism, well-being…etc.

  14. Christina L. says

    Id love to read this! Small changes are what makes a big impact, I would reccomend setting weekly mini goals for for what most would consider minor accomplishments, it does so much for you to be successful in any capacity!

  15. Brooke S says

    That book sounds really neat. I would tell a friend that is trying to get healthy to take it one day at a time and they do not have to be perfect.

  16. says

    Happy New Year! I would suggest not to let one small slip up ruin a whole day. Just because you eat a pack of cookies for breakfast doesn’t mean it’s a reason to eat bad for the rest of the day.

  17. adria biasi says

    The very first thing I would suggest to a friend is to start drinking more water, its amazing how much better you can feel chugging a water bottle instead of a fizzy pop. Once you realize the difference its amazing and i feel like they would feel better and want to start taking more steps to lead a healthier lifestyle.

  18. Nubia says

    The tip would be to plan your day one meal at a time. Make sure the meal you’re eating is something that will help you reach your goal (whether to lose weight, eat cleaner, etc.). Don’t worry so much about the ENTIRE whole day, just take it one meal at a time.

  19. Elizabeth says

    Replace on non water beverage (soda, coffee, sweet tea, beer, whatever) with water everyday. This book sounds fab!

  20. Alison says

    This book looks like a great read. The concept of making one change a week is very creative. I would recommend to my friend to always eat a protein-filled breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day!

  21. Grecia says

    I would suggest trying a mix of different exercise to see which they like more and are more likely to stick with.

  22. Tammy says

    I’d tell my friend a scale measures weight, not worth….and recommend she stay in & eat lunch w/me in lieu of going out.

  23. says

    At least 10 minutes of moving a day, whether it is Pilates, yoga, a run, something! never underestimate 10 minutes! That’s like the amount of time it takes me to decide which trashy show to watch at night so everyone has 10 minutes!

  24. Mary Beth says

    This book seems awesome!! I just started setting monthly goals…they seem more manageable than goals for the whole year.

  25. Maren says

    haha yea, they say cats are independent, but they get pissy when we leave them! One small change I would suggest would be to eat a salad everyday!

  26. Kim says

    I would LOVE a copy of that book. I get overwhelmed when trying to set goals and make changes. That book looks helpful! My suggestion is to find a supportive friend and check in with them regularly. A friend of mine did that – and chose ME to help her lose 40 pounds. I don’t feel I did much, but she says I did… (She’s so inspirational to me!) I hope kitty feels better soon. I know how it is and hate leaving mine. :-(

  27. Caitlin says

    Sounds simple but I’d tell a friend to get 4-5 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each day, a serving being about the size of a baseball! The book looks awesome!

  28. Paige says

    The book sounds great! I would tell a friend to work on being in the moment and not stressing about the past or future. I worked on this a lot last year and I was not as stressed out as much as I the past. I appreciate every moment for what it is and try to find the good in everything!

  29. Richa says

    My advice would be to cut out junk and processed food and include protein rich and natural products in her diet.

  30. Caitlin says

    One small change I would suggest is to drink more water. It may sound simple, but water is so nourishing to the body and many of us do not get enough of our daily H2O!!!

  31. says

    I would suggest to any of my friends to do a little bit of something active everyday. No matter how busy you are, squeeze in at least 10-15 minutes of an activity that you love everyday, and gradually build up from there. It becomes addictive! It takes at least 21 days to make a habit; so give it at least 21 days! Becoming an active person in 2011 was the best thing I have ever done for myself!

  32. says

    This book sounds right up my alley. I’m all about small, manageable changes in my life. One small change: drink tea. I have black or green tea in the morning and herbal in the evening, and the whole ritual is somehow calming.

  33. Lindsay says

    I’d tell a friend to do everything in moderation….that goes for eating, excercise, healthiness, and splurging. Don’t go too far on either end of the spectrum!

  34. Megan says

    I would encourage them to take things slow – baby steps. Drink more water. Eat more fruits and veggies. Walk more every day. Soon it will add up!

  35. Robin says

    I’d say to get at least a half hour of activity in every day, and if you don’t feel like it then at least give it a ten minute try before giving up. I’ve never regretted a workout after the fact!

  36. Melissa K says

    Be realistic! Don’t set out to conquer the world or you set yourself up for failure. Water, water, water-drink more than you probably are!

  37. says

    I just got done reading “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin, and she focused on making small changes each month. I really like that approach, so I’d encourage a friend to try to incorporate one new change each week or two, and keep adding on healthy changes as the weeks go by!

  38. Trish says

    Drink water!!
    So basic, but even if I feel like I’m having an “off-plan” day, I can always reel it in by chugging some agua.

  39. says

    I love the idea of this book! I’d like to continue working on the practice of gratitude and thankfulness in my life. I believe it’s healthy and good to engage in this practice, and I just barely scratched the surface last year.

  40. says

    I love the idea of one small change a week…I’ve been toying with the idea of a weekly challenge on my blog, but that would involved me thinking of 52 ideas on my own…a book would be so much easier :)

    I’d tell a friend to quit thinking and just do it…whether that be cutting out sodas, increasing fruits/veggies, or exercising.

  41. says

    One small change I’d like to work on this year is drinking enough water. Training for my first half I know I’ll need to up to fluid intake. Love the idea of this book! Thanks for sharing.

  42. says

    Oh this book sounds awesome — just what I need to jump start my 2012 fitness goals. I’d tell my friend to switch to water — no more soda!

  43. Sarah says

    I would suggest to start reading food labels and what they mean. I would also suggest that they start slowly with small changes that can be incorporated every day!

  44. Jordan says

    I think the two biggest issues people have are just getting started and sticking with it. People just need reminders that your body can perform amazing things but your mind has to guide it. Don’t give up and just keep trucking. Make exercise and healthy eating a routine and it will become easier.

  45. says

    One small change that anyone can make is to drink more water…it makes a world of difference and you don’t have to limit yourself to what foods can be eaten For someone wanting to make bigger changes I would suggest setting small, attainable goals to start out with then adding more once some momentum has been built.

  46. Amy says

    I never enter giveaways but this book looks to good to pass up – see I’m changing already! My advice would be to find one physical activity they enjoy and do it more.

  47. says

    i know it’s an easy one and so many ppl have probably suggested it, but i would suggest walking just a bit more every day – even if it means skipping the elevator or a close parking spot. and drinking more water.

  48. Renee G says

    One suggestion I would make is to make sure to always have breakfast — preferably fresh fruit.

  49. Laura says

    I would suggest going for a walk to get their steps in and gradually increasing until they were comfortable going to the gym.
    Thank you for the opportunity!

  50. TiffanyS says

    That book looks really fitting for trying to adopt some healthy changes in a more reasonable time frame.
    I would suggest to a friend to simply start with moving more. Two 10-15 minute walking breaks at work will do wonders for stress relief. Then, you figure if this makes you feel good then maybe making other small changes will too!

  51. Nicole says

    I would suggest taking it one day at a time and not beating yourself up if you take a small detour along the way.

  52. Michelle D says

    I would say enjoy everything in moderation! One cookie never killed anyone :) Life is too short to be restrictive with food- it is meant to be enjoyed!

  53. says

    Hi Monica,

    I’ve never commented before but I’ve been following your blog for a while. I love the idea of 52 small changes because all the changes I’ve ever made in my life have all started with a tiny little step. Happy New Year,
    Girl Eat

  54. Lorin says

    I would suggest to not overcomepensate eating with exercise. Some people think they burn so much more than they really do and just eat back the same (and sometimes more) number of calories than they burned. I have problems with nightime/boredom eating..so I’m trying to work on that. sorta :)

  55. JessicaE says

    I would love to win this book. :) My suggestion would be to give out more compliments.

    P.S. Vegas is just preparing you for your future baby. They cry and spit up too ;) <3

  56. Catherine says

    I love the idea of 52 small changes. Such a simple and easy way to be a little healthier. A change that I would suggest someone make is to get up and move every day, even if it’s just for 20 minutes. Something as easy as a walk around the neighborhood can make a difference.

  57. says

    Sounds like a book I need to get–winning it would be the best, though! I think the one change I’d suggest to a friend is start tracking what you eat; just knowing what is going in your mouth is often enough to help you get started eating better.

  58. says

    I’d suggest doing walking meetings instead of sit-down ones for friends with a desk job. getting outside and away from the computer does wonders!

  59. Vanessa says

    I would definitely suggest at least 15 minutes of meditation before starting the
    day to collect our thoughts and visualize how we
    want our day to go.

  60. Alexis says

    i also have a kitty-lemic cat. every once in a while she just vomits for no reason all over the place. lovely to come home to…

  61. Angie says

    Adopt a pet – cat, dog, fish, frog… whatever floats your boat. I find having a pet in the house can be so refreshing and healing!

  62. Katherine says

    I’d say give up elevators and escaltors and always take the stairs unless you have luggage, lots of groceries, or a broken leg.

  63. Deb says

    Although giving up Diet Coke is high on my list and replacing it with H2O…I have watched the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” once again and want to make the change to a more plant based diet. If you haven’t seen the movie, go to NetFlix…is it wonderfully done.

  64. Caroline says

    Sounds like a great book! I’d tell a friend to commit to just 10 minutes of exercise per day…make it an appointment on your calendar. Half the battle is just getting out there and getting started. You’ll often find you want to keep going after those 10 minutes!

  65. Kayla says

    I would tell my friend, if they were trying to be healthier with working out, is to make a commitment to yourself to work out, and then treat yourself every time you make it to the gym. You could do this my putting $1 in a jar every time you make it, or $2 each week you make your goal.

  66. Ashley says

    I would suggest for them to simply move their body – take the stairs not the elevator, park farther away from the store, dance while cooking :), etc.

    Great giveaway! :)

  67. Carissa says

    I would suggest to them to stop snacking after suppertime! That seems to me to be one of my worst habits, but easiest to follow when I actually “lay down the law” for myself!

  68. Kristine Smales says

    I would suggest eating breakfast. Everyone I know doesn’t eat breakfast and sure enough after being at work for about an hour, they grab a donut or a big muffin. It’s best to start the day off right.

  69. Michele Williams says

    I would say “Hey, lets make a date to work out together at least x times a week, then we can get healthy together and still have fun”

  70. Julie says

    I would say to always take time for yourself to workout. People used to make me feel bad for making that a priority but now i don care because i know its important for me!

  71. Erin says

    I would say move more! Take baby steps – park farther away, take the steps instead of the elevator, get up and move at work, etc. Eventually those little steps become a more active person. :)

  72. courtney says

    This older guy has a blog all about making small changes for healthy living and you can print out a little card of each change he writes about to stick somewhere as a reminder for yourself. It sounds like something you’d love! It’s called http://www.wordofwisdomliving.com/ It’s kinda science-y at times, not a girly, fun blog by any means, but very interesting nonetheless.

  73. Lisa says

    This book looks fantastic! I love the idea of making small changes over the year…much greater chance for success. Fingers crossed that I win! :)

  74. Liz says

    I would suggest to really make an effort to drink enough water. It really helps with bloat and just makes you feel refreshed.

  75. Allison says

    Eliminate sugar! Ok, that would be a huge change for most people, but it is a change that would make a serious difference in the health of most people.

  76. Jennifer says

    I would suggest working out in some form at least 3 times a week. That is what helped me the most. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  77. emily b says

    i would suggest scheduling a time to exercise in their planner/blackberry/whatever, so that they are less likely to skip a workout sesh.

  78. Amelia says

    For a friend who wanted to get into a workout routine I would recommend trying to do something active every day. It doesn’t have to be a structured workout – but making small decisions like taking the stairs instead of an elevator or parking in a spot a distance from a store to get in more walking can really make a difference and help them feel successful each day. This seems like a great book!

  79. Taylor says

    One small change I would suggest is just to get outside and do something active everyday! Whether it’s a walk around the block or a full workout… it’s better than sitting on the couch!

  80. Jessica J. says

    I would say, “Turn the TV off”. There are so many better things to do with and for yourself than sit on the couch with the TV on.

  81. says

    My suggestion would be to add in healthy habits, instead of taking things away. For example, instead of trying to cut out the less healthy foods in my diet, I’m trying to add more fruits/veggies so that the less healthy things will disappear.

  82. Denise says

    If I knew the person real well I would suggest incoorporating more religion into their life: prayer, meditaition, attending church,reading the Bible.

    Or if I didnt know them well I would suggest they eat more whole natural foods and less preservatives!

  83. Ashleigh says

    I would suggest to quit belittling their failed attempts at goals. You put forth the effort to try, that’s more than a lot of people do!

  84. Tonya says

    Use the old Nike slogan. Just Do It! Whether it be Drink water, exercise each day, or eat fruit/veggies each day!

  85. says

    One suggestion: cut down on eating out and cook at home more often! Cooking for yourself, you know what’s going into your food and what’s going into your mouth :D

  86. amanda says

    My suggestion would be to use food as medicine/fuel. It will only temporarily make you feel better if you use it for other things.

  87. Molly says

    I would suggest to a friend that they should eat more veggies. Even if it’s only one extra serving per day, that can help to start other healthier habits.

  88. says

    I would love that book! My biggest suggestion to a friend is to start small – don’t try to make 100 changes towards your goal in one day. I’ve tried it before and it doesn’t last very long. Happy new year Monica!

  89. says

    one small change i would suggest is swapping water for a diet soda, reg soda, etc. basically try to ween yourself off of liquid calories and drink water instead!

  90. says

    Drink more water! It’s a change I need to follow myself. 2012 is a year where I REALLY need to make water my default beverage, not diet coke, coffee, or alcohol. Those are slightly less healthy.

    Great book idea. I want one!

  91. says

    I would suggest to a friend to try to make a new healthy habit part of his/her routine for one week. Just one week can cause the habit to stick and you can start to see changes – even if they’re small….any progress in terms of change is an accomplishment.
    Happy New Year

  92. says

    Don’t eat after 7 (or a reasonable cut off pre-bed) and if you are going to have a treat, enjoy it. Constant denial can lead to binges and then shame. Might as well enjoy a reasonable treat reasonably frequently. :)

  93. Lin says

    My suggestion would be to get a pedometer and try to increase the daily steps they were taking. Small changes add up to big results.

  94. Raak says

    My suggestion for a friend is to walk outside for at least 20 minutes a day…it is refreshing and rejuvenating, a great way to get in some exercise and of course a great way to get some fresh air– especially if you are stuck at a desk job all day!

  95. says

    52 Small Changes sounds like a book I would love to read! I would recommend a friend to just START a workout! That is the hardest part. Then if they feel like stopping after 5 minutes they can… but they would probably continue realizing it did feel great!

  96. Megan says

    That sounds like a cool book! One thing I would recommend to a person who wants to get healthier is to meal plan and do a weekly grocery shopping trip to be prepared to cook more of their own meals/pack lunch for work/school

  97. says

    I would suggest setting mini goals and then having rewards (non food related) …..goals like 5k and then running doesn’t seem like working out but training for your goal! Also don’t change everything at once.

  98. Laura says

    Get more sleep by going to bed just half an hour earlier. It will make such a difference in the energy you have the next day, and anything you think you’re missing out on will be there the next day!

  99. Shannon says

    Simple way to cut down the cut down the calories of a cinnamon roll….just east the very middle and leave the rest….really I think it breaks down to about 10 cal per middle :)

  100. says

    I would suggest to eat as natural as possible–less processed, more raw or unaltered. It always seems to taste better to me, anyway!

    For example: Larabars>>>>>all other protein bars. Just saying. haha

    Happy New Year!

  101. Carolyn B. says

    I would suggest my friend complete the 5k101 program. It changed my life and signed up for my first half marathon in 2012. Woo! Also…my cat cries and throws up a lot, too. There’s nothing like stepping on cat barf in your bare feet first thing in the morning :)

  102. says

    I would suggest finding a friend to work out with. That makes it so much easier for me. I want to be like you and SR and like running alone, but I don’t yet, that’s one of my goals for 2012.

  103. Tina says

    The small suggestion would be to add at least one fruit and/or vegetable to every meal. That way you know you’re at least having something healthy.

  104. says

    I have learned over the last year that I had always tried to set overly ambitious goals and that is probably where I failed before, so setting smaller goals is such an important concept.

    The number one thing I would suggest oooh, so hard so I am going to make it 2.

    1. MOVE your body
    2. Drink more water!!

  105. Cari says

    this looks like a great book! one change i would suggest is to make meals more of an experience– something that involves time, care, love, and attention. to be healthy, i think it’s important to take time to really appreciate each moment :)

  106. Jonathan Thomas says

    This is definitely a book i need to read! As an overachiever and perfectionist, i would want to change the way i look at things in life and start to enjoy it more.

  107. Isabel says

    Yum! Those cinnamon rolls look amaaaazing! This book looks like something I would totally read! Happy New Year!

  108. Jennifer p says

    I reeallllly want to win. The biggest thing I would suggest is drink water and MOVE. Anything you can find that you love that gets thebody in motion.

  109. Chelsea C says

    I would love the book!! One change I would suggest is preparing a lot of your meals on Sunday or the night before your work week begins. That way, you are already planning on eating healthy and you have them right there to grab and go!

  110. Melissa S says

    I would totally love this book. My suggestion would be to eat lean protein for breakfast to stave off hunger later in the day!

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