Shannon Hammer is the author of The Positive Portions Food & Fitness Journal. Having been overweight all her life, in 2003 Shannon adopted a holistic approach to health and weight loss that included keeping a daily food diary. As a result, she lost over 100 pounds and has kept it off for over seven years. She wrote The Positive Portions Food & Fitness Journal after realizing a need in the market for a book that combines the proven effectiveness of a food diary with the daily encouragement of a motivational book. Shannon currently lives in Redondo Beach, California, with her husband Mark. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, writing fiction, and—now that’s she willing to wear a bathing suit at a public level—going to the beach.