Thursday, January 7, 2010

Review "One Day Way" by Chantel Hobbs

It's January and what could be more appropriate than to review a weight loss/ fitness/ diet book?

This book seemed appropriate for me since one of my major goals this year is to lose weight and get fit (more about that next week).  So I interestedly read The One Day Way by Chantel Hobbs.

Overall, I wouldn't say she has anything earth shattering to add to the fitness/ diet discussion.  Her advice is your basic "eat less, move more," which is the best way to go about changing your life style and fitness level.

Even though Chantel didn't offer me a magic pill or formula to lose my extra 25 pounds, she did say a few things I found motivating.
  • You can't enjoy rich food if you are indulging every day.  My personal experience supports this idea.  Did you notice how in early December all the Christmas cookies and candy tasted wonderful but the same goodies don't taste nearly as good at the end of December?  Your mouth and body became bored with all the indulgences.
  • Take a before photo wearing your best clothes, make-up on and hair done.  Who wants to look at yourself in work-out gear, no make-up and a greasy ponytail all year?!  That's not motivating at all!  I really like the idea of a picture that I won't be embarrassed to show to others.
  • Stop thinking "Bad Habits" and start thinking "Counterproductive Habits."  Isn't it funny how changing the term can change your emotions?  I have a "bad habit" of snacking after my kids go to bed.  This thinking creates guilt and a hopeless feeling.  BUT when I think that my snacking is counterproductive to my goal of getting fit I feel more in control of my choice and less guilt over that cup of hot chocolate I drank the other night.
  • Take small steps to reach your goal.  Let's face it, I'm not going to lose 25 pounds and run a 5k overnight!  But I can make 1 small change each week that will gradually reduce my weight and increase my fitness level.  For example, my change this week is to get up one hour earlier and go for a walk or use my Wii Fit.  It's not a huge change but I'm already noticing the difference in my energy and motivation levels.
Those are just a couple of small ideas I took away from The One Day Way.  Nothing "life changing" but they were enough to make me feel motivated and positive about changing my eating and exercise habits.  Isn't that what a good fitness/ diet book should do?

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This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.


Carrie said...

I'm also after the 25 lb. weight loss goal! Just taking it one day at a time....eating and doing the right things some day and not others. But definitely want to get there and that's a goal of mine over the course of this year!

Amy said...

Those points are so true! I am CRAVING healthy food right now! Sounds like you've got some good goals and a plan that you can carry on even after the race!

Keep it up! I'm thinking you won't regret it! :)

Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

I too had the goal of getting fit this year. So far I have done nothing to accomplish that goal, but I won't let that stop me. I will not be defeated!

I love that you set a goal of doing a 5K - that will definitely help with motivation! I also like the idea of breaking the goal down into bite-size pieces (no pun intended). Doing something each week to move toward the goal sounds very doable!

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