Saturday, May 14, 2011

The One-Day Way... a book review


How many of us can relate to the yo-yo diets of losing weight only to regain back all (plus 5 lbs)?  Then add menopause to the mix which kindly adds even more unwanted extra .... um.... cushion.  I know I dream of regaining a healthy weight not only to look better but, more importantly, to become healthier.  If you are like me, I am tired of failing in my own eyes and letting myself and my family down.

This is some of the "baggage" I carry with me when trying to lose weight.  Chantel Hobbs has written One-Day Way to help people like me overcome our emotional baggage and our weight.

Written in a conversational style, you feel like she is sitting next to you advising and encouraging you on!  Who doesn't desire a personal trainer?  As she shares her own feelings of inadequacy and being overweight, you realize that you are not alone.  She has lost and maintained a 200 lb weight loss!  Throughout the book, she doesn't bash your previous failures, just sets you on the road to achieve your goals.  Here is how she simply explains it:

"You never need to worry about long-term meal plans and fancy workout strategies.  The simplicity of the One-Day Way program grows out of the idea that what you did yesterday doesn't really matter.  It plays no part in your actions and choices for today.  With each new day you have new choices to make and more chances to make the right choices.  Every day you take advantage of a new opportunity to live well and be your best."

I agree that you cannot change the past, but you can learn from it and make every effort not to repeat it.  True, you can only be 'in control' of your decisions and choices for today, so make the best of them!

This book reminded me of God's promises from Lamentations 3.22-23, "22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."

Click HERE to read Chapter 1.

I am planning on re-reading this book - with pencil and highlighter in hand - to mine all the gems out of it I  possibly can.  From dealing with your past and taking it one day at a time (both setbacks and CELEBRATIONS) with daily/short term goals, to making your food work for you, I know there is so much more for me to glean from this book!

Star rating: 4 out of 5

I received this book free from the Blogging for Books program, a part of the WaterBrook Press, for my honest review.


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