Regardless of where you are in your fitness journey, whether you are a newbie or an expert, you are bound to have some mishaps along the way. Some more embarrassing than others and some you might just want to keep completely to yourself.
I just finished reading If I Die, Please Bring Cheesecake To My Funeral by Donloree Hoffman. In the book Donloree candidly shares her misadventures in fitness. And let me tell you it is a laugh out loud quick read with stories that you can identify with and ones that will leave you grateful that they did not happen to you! Whether you are into fitness or not, this book will entertain you the entire way through and leave you wanting more anecdotes from Donloree.
As if reading that book wasn’t enough fun, I was lucky enough to be able to ask Donloree a few questions!
What inspired you to write the book?
So many people fear going to the gym, trying new things, and worry about being the odd one out. I think I have experienced nearly every gym fiasco you could come up with and then some! Besides showing people you can live through ridiculous gym adventures, I wanted people to find themselves in my stories and laugh. We all need to laugh more in life.
The stories in your book are very easy to relate to as everyone has their own share of embarrassing stories, however most of us keep them to ourselves. What made you decide to share them with the world?
My friends and family started to ask me for my ‘fitness stories’ whenever we got together. It seemed my latest ridiculous adventure became the entertainment for the night. I realized people liked hearing about my misadventures and crazy antics.
What is your favorite story from the book?
I love the skiing adventure. I seriously thought I was going to die that day. All I wanted to do was have a happy winter sporting experience with my very athletic husband. It was anything but a happy day for us in couple land. I think some people will never recover from the screaming and sobbing that they witnessed.
The day after was glorious relief as I waved to my husband from the chalet while sipping my third latte of the day.
Have you experienced any recent misadventures in fitness that you can share with us?
My latest fitness misadventures in the gym have been with the men and their ridiculous, unwelcomed coaching. I am not sure why they feel the need to tap me on the shoulder, make me take out my earphones, and then wreck my lifting tempo with their unhelpful comments.
I try to be nice, but sometimes you have to just lay it on the line and tell them a thing or two with a huffy blog post.
What is next for you? Any other books on the horizon?
In 2010, I competed in a Figure Competition and it was a misadventure with a capital M! There was so much I did not know and I spent more hours googling the weirdest things you can imagine while trying to figure out the ins and outs of natural bodybuilding.
It is titled, Bikini or Bust! Adventures of a Fat Girl Turned Figure Competitor.
I was given a free copy of Donloree’s book If I Die, Please Bring Cheesecake to My Funeral for review purposes but all opinions are my own!