I joined Peloton I guess about two years ago? Three? Time is confusing ever since COVID. Anyway, I joined because my best friend was super into it and she wanted me to share in the experience, so I joined up for her birthday. Weird, perhaps, but she knew my motives were good. One of the first instructors I did a class with was Emma Lovewell. Based on good experiences I opted to do her Crush Your Core program, a semi-brutal core workout series that I hoped would result in me finally being able to do a sit-up unassisted. That didn’t happen, but I really came to admire Ms. Emma and her relaxed style (and her obvious addiction to Janet Jackson). When I started following Emma on Instagram I learned about her gardening, and I decided I want to be her when I grow up. Reading her book gave me a chance to get to know her better.
Overall Experience: Reading this book is like having one of those confessional lunches with a new friend, except it’s all one way – Emma sharing her life. The good and the bad are all in there. I was sad the chapters were so short, and I was sad when the book ended.
Big Take-Away: There are a lot of great messages in this book that could easily help you lift your chin up on a tough day. These include:
• Mark your goals in pencil. They’re things you can strive for, but life is life so adjustments may be necessary.
• Any day can be <one of> your best days. You don’t have to reserve “the best day of my life” for a big occasion.
• Breathing is good. Being in the moment is good. Whether you are exercising, gardening, reading, or doing nothing, be there with it.
• Don’t create a lumpy rug of held back emotions. Work them out and don’t give yourself something to trip over later.
Where to Buy: You can purchase the book on Amazon (not an affiliate link). It is also available on Audible.
Who Should Read It: I would say the might may have more meaning for someone who has done some Peloton classes with Emma, just because you see a continuity between how she presents herself in her classes, online, and in the book. However, I think the book would be a great gift for someone having a rough time for whatever reason. You know the spoiler – it’s a happy ending. How Emma got there is inspirational though.
Give it a read or a listen and let me know what you think.