Embrace the Couch Potato in You with Can’t-Put-Down Books and Gotta-See Movies

Had enough sub-zero weather?

Fourteen days of single-digit Fahrenheit can make the best of us google Kevorkian remedies. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Conquering the winter blues need only require a good book, great movie and a little couch-potato embracing.

There are a few up-front rules:

No Feeling Guilty.

It’s winter. Three or four hours on the couch with a good book or in front of the TV in your jammies never made Moses’ top ten list. So embrace it. No one is outside anyway. (Southerners disregard.) In fact, everyone is using the same profanities regarding the weather as you are—which did make the list by the way.

Work Out Once a Day.

Work out even if it is for 15 minutes. (I know. You didn’t want to hear this.) Try but don’t beat yourself up if you can’t. Summer is just around the corner, and you’ll be back at it in no time. (Make sure you pack tomorrow’s work-out bag the night before. See https://athletchic.com/2015/02/01/women-who-never-miss-a-winter-workout-whats-their-secret/. It’s for you guys, too!)

Go to the Grocery Store.

Make one big grocery stop. Buy grapes, carrots, chips, celery, all the low-cal munchies you can find and no-cal pop or soda you can buy. You aren’t going to count calories for these last few weeks of winter because, well because it’s March, and we’re fed up with this weather. So stock up and have those chips but stagger them with fruits and vegetables. (If you haven’t tried baked kale, do it now. Even kids love it!)

You’re ready! All you need now is a good book or movie.  Athletchic polled our readers, friends and neighbors and this is what they came up with:

Can’t-Put-Down Books                                                                                   

           11/22/63 By Stephen King              (Renee Mazzone)                                                                          IMG_2798
            A Chance in the World by Steve Pemberton (Lynne Ricart)
           Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt (Virginia Sackett)
           Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (Mike Frick)
           Bag of Bones by Stephen King (Lindsey Clark)
           Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, the 
                      Man Who  Led the  Band of 
                       Brothers by Larry Alexander (Jeff Zahner)
           Bitter Sweet by LaVyrle Spencer (Jen Weber Welka)
           Defending Jacob by William Landay (Cyndie Zahner)
           Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (Heather Cass)
           Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Marie Callahan, Holly Potts & Geri Henderson)
           Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo & Lynn Vincent (Nancy Murray Hogan)
           In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel                      Philbrick (Tom Toale)
           Into the Light by Dr, John Lerma (Cyndie Zahner)
           Into Thin Air: Death on Everest by Jon Krakauer (Laurie Thompson)
           Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (Cyndie Zahner)
          The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (Amy Scolio Chardeen)
           The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Sheila Dwyer Groves)
           The Cat from Hue by John Laurence (Kevin Conway)
           The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (Jessie Zahner)
           The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark (Carolyn Travers LaFata)
           The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown  (Linda Young)
           The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red by Ridley Pearson (Mary

                       Ann Bujalski Frick)
           The Jury Master by Robert Dugoni (Penny Hanes)
           The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (Carol Crandall)

           The Pact by Jodi Picoult (Carolyn Travers)
           The Stand by Stephen King (Sharon Desser)
           The Unholy Murder of Ash Wednesday: The Stained Life and Rude Times of
                        Mob Wannabe “Bolo” Dovishaw by Dominick DiPaolo and Jeff

                           Pinski (Judy Emling)
           When Can I go Home by Joseph Sivak, MD (Carolyn Travers LaFata)

Gotta-See Movies

           Anger Management (Barb Gingenbach)                           IMG_2794
           Dirty Dancing (Holly Potts)
           Dreamer (Cyndie Zahner)
           Ever After (Nancy Murray Hogan)
           Forrest Gump (Carol Crandall)
           Fried Green Tomatoes (Amy Scolio Chardeen)
           Legends of the Fall (Sherry Loringer)
           Love Actually (Sharon Desser)
           Maleficent  (Marie Callahan)
           Mambo Italiano  (Geri Henderson)
           Mary Poppins (Carolyn Travers LaFata)
           On Golden Pond (Penny Hanes)
           Paris, Texas  (Kevin Conway)
           Pretty in Pink (Heather Cass)
           Rebecca (Lynn Ricart)
           Steel Magnolias (Mary Ann Bujalski Frick)
           The Breakfast Club (Mary Bartko)
           The Greatest Game Ever Played  (Karen Bukowski)
           The Holiday (Renee Mazzone)
           The Sound of Music (Judy Emling & Laurie Thompson)
           The Wizard of Oz  (Liz Kidd)
           Tombstone (Jeff Zahner)
           White Christmas (Jan Vieyra & Linda Young)
           Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (original) (Virginia Sackett)
           Young Frankenstein (Darlene Hess)

Enjoy! Let us know which of these books and movies you loved for next year’s list!

_________________________________________________________________________ Cyndie Zahner is a free lance writer. Follow her on Twitter at @tweetyz or on Instagram as athletchicz.

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