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Bill Phillips is the founder and editor in chief of Muscle Media® magazine and the creator of EAS (Experimental and Applied Sciences). Michael D'Orso is the coauthor of Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement and Winning With Integrity: How to Get What You Want Without Selling Your Soul.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (December 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060515597
  • ASIN: B0013L6DGA
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times best-selling author, magazine publisher, documentary filmmaker, entrepreneur, inventor, self-made multimillionaire, and motivator, Bill Phillips has thus far proved unstoppable. Described recently by Outside magazine as "the most successful fitness author of all time," over the years, Phillips has served as "personal trainer" to a who's-who list of Hollywood icons, but what he's most proud of is his work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® and more recently, his work as an adviser to the United States Department of Health and Human Services on programs to resolve childhood obesity.

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Format: Spiral-bound
The recently published (November 2002) Success Journal is designed to help participants of the Body For Life Program complete their 12 week transformation. This thing costs $18.17 at Amazon.com.... If you want to buy this Amazon is the place to buy this!
The success journal is set up to help you (1) establish goals (2) follow the eating & fitness routines (3) provide inspiration during the 12 week challenge and (4) hopefully transform your life after completing a 12 week program.  
Having finished a 12 week program in 2001 and, having failed to finish 3 prior programs, I can say that this journal should help people start and complete a program. The journal would probably be of little value to those that haven't read the book but, if you are planning to buy the book and follow the plan you should pick up a copy of this Journal.
As part of the Journal you are forced to record your planned vs. actual results for fitness, food and daily goals each and EVERY day. This thing truly forces the program upon you, which is a good thing for many who feel they might lack the discipline to complete such a program.  The book truly enables people to measure their results on a daily basis and track their progress throughout the entire program.  
Body for Life, like any other fitness/health plan, will only allow you to get results based on your effort. If you gorge yourself with food or don't exercise like he says, don't expect to get the kind of results that people in his book have gotten.
Body For Life, while it is somewhat a promotional vehicle for EAS Myoplex, is a very sound book on nutrition and exercise. Most importantly, Mr. Phillips tries to get people to look within themselves and try to find out what they want out of a fitness program and goals in life.
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My fiance did one challenge of BFL while I was away at basic training, and since I've gotten back we've started on challenge number 2. He lost 40 pounds of fat in the first challenge and gained quite a bit of muscle mass (drool!). This journal helps you keep track of what you're doing exercise-wise each day, which in turn helps you keep to the program and meet your goals.
My only complaint about the whole BFL program is the constant pressure by the journal and book to recruit your friends in to it. It has a "daily goal" of encouraging your friends to do BFL, or encouraging them while they're on it. I guess it's a marketing ploy to get more people to buy the books and journals. I do recommend the program to my friends, but I don't fill out that part of the journal every day. There are also some other parts of the journal that are tedious. I concentrate on filling out the parts dealing with exercise and food/water - and leave the other parts blank.
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I'm currently in the process of my second Body For Life challenge, and I really wish that this journal had been available for me the first time. I'll be honest - I am disorganized. I'm not talking mildly disorganized, I'm talking a complete mess. With the last challenge, my meal and workout progress was written on whatever scrap of paper I could find, and I eventually stopped writing it down altogether...bad idea!! Charting your progress is one of THE most important parts of the program...it ranks up there with eating and weight training. This book provides adequate space to keep up with your daily progress, as well as a few added bonuses that you can't get by downloading the pages....#1, it offers inspirational stories and photos of past winners every day. Nothing motivates me more than seeing someone who has been successful. The 2nd thing it offers is space to write down WHY you want to be successful on the program and what you'll do to help others after you succeed. These things put you in the winner's mindset, and help you tackle the emotional issues behind poor health habits. I'd definitely recommend this book to people entering their first challenge and who want every edge they can get, and also to the repeat challengers who just can't seem to stay organized without help. However, if organization and motivation is not an issue for you, then save your money and download the progress sheets from the Body For Life website.
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By A Customer on January 28, 2003
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Whether you are a novice at the Body for Life challenge or an experience veteran, this Success Journal is an important part of making the Challenge experience a positive one. It requires you to really get involved in the challenge, tracking your progress on two fronts: physical (the training and nutrition) and mental (your focus and on helping others).
By actively filling out all the sections of the journal, you keep the changes you're experiencing in the forefront. It's easy to just focus on the workouts, but the mental and nutrition parts of this program are equally if not more important.
I've completed two official challenges and 3 unofficial ones, and though I've gotten great results so far, I feel using this Success Journal will enable me to surpass my previous Success and finally achieve my goals.
I cannot recommend this Journal highly enough. I really like the amount of detail, the success stories included throughout the book, and Bill's comments for each day. It's highly motivating, inspiring, and a terrific addition to a Body For Life challenge.
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