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Nice lady, OK book.
on February 7, 2010
The book is divided in to 3 parts. First - Kim's story. Second - her 10 step plan. Third - Recipes.
The first part is not very long, only about 40 pages or so, and while I did appreciate her honesty in telling some of the most embarrassing moments of her formerly morbidly obese life, there wasn't really much substance to the story. She describes her big "aha" moment as basically waking up one morning, praying and feeling inspired to try again. That is all nice and fine, but not particularly helpful. I still appreciated Kim's story, but it didn't give me the inspiration I was looking for.
The second part is the bulk of the book. This is where she outlines the 10 steps, which I am listing here in my own words, just to keep it more clear.
1. Chose the right diet
2. Set your goals
3. Plan your meals
4. Clean up your environment
5. Gather support
7. Lighten up your food at home and away
8. Handling temptations
There is really nothing wrong with "the plan", other than it's a list that has been artificially constructed to fit the handy-dandy 10-step catch phrase that has been proven to sell. Steps 3 and 7 are pretty much the same thing and could have been combined in to one. Step 1 is really sort of irrelevant to her own story - Kim has been a member of Weight Watchers on and off since the age of 9, so she didn't have to chose the diet, she simply went back to what she already knew. But without step 1 and by combining 3 and 7, the program would be only 8 steps long, whereas 10 steps just sounds so much better, doesn't it? There's really nothing wrong with part 2 of the book, it's just a lot of repeated information we've heard a hundred times with an ever-so-subtle endorsement of Weight Watchers.
The third part - recipes. I guess there's nothing really wrong with this part either. Except that is, if you are looking for a way to cook fresh and delicious food, you won't find it here. Canned ingredients and fat-free this and sugar-free that substitutes galore, most of the recipes are not for someone who is looking to eat healthier - just for someone who is looking to reduce the calories, which aren't really the same things.
My favorite part of the book was the chapter on temptations, there were a few valuable insights about trying to avoid the war instead of trying to win the battle with temptations. Again, this wasn't new information, but it was interesting to see her stand on this difficult topic.
Overall - I gave the book 3 stars, probably could have given 3.5 if that option was available. It wasn't useless and was mildly entertaining and slightly inspiring. But if I had known what the book would be like, I would have waited and got it from the library.