Get Ready to Laugh Out Loud!!!

Good morning and Happy Hump Day! Struggling to get through the week and get to the upcoming three-day weekend? Maybe you need to laugh a little (or a lot) today. I know how you can make that happen!

I recently had the opportunity to read the book If I Die, Please Bring Cheesecake to My Funeral {affiliate link} by Donloree Hoffman. I didn’t know anything about the book or the author, but thought, sure why not. I LOVE the title. I actually started reading the book at work during my lunch break. After about five minutes, I had to put it down. I was laughing so loud I was afraid I would interrupt my co-workers. So I waited until I got home. Once home, I crawled into bed and read the whole book from cover to cover. Laughed out loud so hard that tears were streaming down my face. I even had to redo my makeup before we went to dinner. Yes, the book is that funny.

The book’s tagline is “A real woman’s misadventures in fitness.” Donloree is not afraid to try anything, but like myself, she is slightly klutzy. The book is written as short stories. She talks about blaming Angelina Jolie, her first time working out with a personal trainer, her ski vacation, and more. One of my favorite stories is her triathlon experience. Just want until you read WHY she competed in one. She talks about her first time in a step class and even offers a Clumsiness Assessment Test. Not surprisingly I got a 6 out of 6 and she recommends avoiding the step class. I also never knew bowling could be such a dangerous sport. Intrigued? You should be. Donloree is HYSTERICAL. She is not afraid to try anything, even if the results are not outstanding.

I had the chance to interview Donloree (that’s her in the picture below)! Here we go with my questions and her answers!

How did you come up with the title for your book?

In March of 2012, I went to a fitness camp put on by my bodybuilding coach. Three days of one-on-one training with professional athletes was on tap and I was excited beyond belief and scared out of my mind. In my blog post about traveling across the border to get my Canadian arse kicked, I quipped, ‘If I die, please bring cheesecake to my funeral!’

After I posted it, I realized I wasn’t being funny. If I did die, I wanted people to eat fabulous food at my funeral.

At one point, I weighed over 215 pounds and was headed towards a health disaster if I didn’t get my weight under control and build cardiovascular strength.

On the journey from a size 20 to size 6, I have passed over a lot of cheesecake and treats.

Once I’m dead, calories won’t matter anymore.

Eat up!

How did you get started on your journey to being healthy?  What advice do you have for people wanting to do the same?

At the age of 19, I went to the doctor and was humiliated to find I was in Obese Class 1 and pre-diabetic. Even this news wasn’t enough to make me change my ways. ­­I felt like my health was too far-gone; what was the point in changing?

That same summer I wanted to work at a camp with junior high kids, except there was one problem. I couldn’t run across a football field without nearly collapsing and turning purple. The realization that I couldn’t play with the kids and be part of their lives in the way I wanted at camp was eye-opening.

I realized my body was getting in the way of the life I wanted to live.

Looking down the road I was currently traveling, I only saw destinations like wheelchairs, oxygen masks, and sickness. These were places I did not want to go, not in the least.

I found a pair of runners at a garage sale that were my size, paid the $5 as listed on the orange sticker, and started on a new path.

A few words of advice.

One thing at a time.
Start with one thing and get really good at it before you add another thing. If you try to change everything at once, you won’t be able to maintain all the changes.

Create a community.
If none of your friends or family are on the same path as you, go make new friends. Sign up for running clinics, get a membership at your local gym, or find fitness meet-ups in your area. Social media is also a great support system for people on a fitness journey.

Your only comparison is yourself.
There is only one you in the whole world. No one has the same set of genes, circumstances, or experiences. Your best benchmark is yourself. Are you better today than yesterday? Are you learning and growing? Are you refusing to quit, no matter how hard it is? If you answer yes to these questions, you are right where you need to be.

What is your favorite workout and why?
I love weight training! Tell me to deadlift a few hundred pounds and I am a happy woman. Tell me to go for a long run, and well, I am less than pleasant.

Weight training is just as much about the mind as the body. Things seem impossible, but suddenly you are doing the impossible and the limitations you once thought existed vanish into oblivion. Setting tangible goals, conquering them, and setting new, more audacious goals is something that never gets old.

Want to connect with Donloree? Find her on her website or through Twitter!

Web –
Twitter – @donloree

Have you read If I Die, Please Bring Cheesecake to My Funeral!? What is your favorite part? What other fun books would you recommend?

Happy Reading!

5 Responses to “Get Ready to Laugh Out Loud!!!”

  1. I just ordered it and will download it as soon as my Kindle gets charged up! Thanks for sharing!