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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451692668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451692662
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Gabby has huge feet. If this book will get her to stop asking me to exercise with her, I'm all for it." (Chelsea Handler, author of Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea)

“I read My Foot is Too Big for the Glass Slipperin one sitting and loved every second of it. It’s blunt, honest, hilarious, andinspiring. Everyone who is married—or thinking about getting married—shouldread this.” (Courteney Cox)

“Cheers for Gabrielle Reece, an athlete, woman, wife, and mother who dares to live big, risk big, fall flat on her face and, with the brilliant Karen Karbo, write with humor and grace about it. We love her, and this book, even more for her shortcomings than for her triumphs. Reece is truly a heroine for our times.” (Pamela Redmond Satran, New York Times bestselling author of How Not To Act Old)

"An exuberant, right-on, and humorous hand-holder to confronting the crises, celebrating the victories, and—after a separation—achieving the middle ground in her marriage to world-famous big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton." (Elle)

“A really good read.” (Fitness magazine)

“A no-nonsense approach to marriage, and what it really means to be true to oneself. [Reece] opens up about her past marital struggles and even offers some sage advice on how not to sweat the small stuff….Highly recommended.” (

The most beautiful thing about Reece is how real she is; she's in touch with her emotions and is brutally honest about the rocky road that she traveled to get to being happy in her marriage. (Metro Family)

About the Author

Gabrielle Reece is a former women’s beach volleyball star, television host, fashion model, fitness expert, and author of Big Girl in the Middle. She was named one of the “20 Most Influential Women in Sports,” by Women’s Sports and Fitness, and one of the top five most beautiful women in the world by Elle magazine. Gabby recently appeared as a trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. She is married to professional surfer Laird Hamilton. They have three daughters.

Karen Karbo’s first novel, Trespassers Welcome Here, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Village Voice Top Ten Book of the Year. Her 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, was a New York Times Notable Book, a People magazine critics’ choice, and a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, The New York Times, and She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Customer Reviews

This book was very easy to read.
Gabrielle Reece gives a very honest perspective on making a relationship and family work.
Elise Eckerd-dickerson
Gabby just tells it like it "really" is!!
Linda Demmer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 65 people found the following review helpful By jwindy on April 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I am a 40 yr old full time single father of 2 boys and I work a full time job. I'm also a huge beach volleyball fan and have followed Gabby since I was in high school. This book is incredible. Straightforward and in your face and non apologetic. I loved it. To the biggest point of the book '"having it all" I believe Gabby was saying exactly how I feel. I know I can't have it all and I dont want it all. What I want is "all of it" and by that I mean to accept my situation and to live it to it's fullest potential. The tenth commandment is Thou shall not covet. Wanting it all is coveting at its finest. I believe it was Jewel who once sang that "it's not having what you want but wanting what you have". Whatever your situation is then just own it. If you don't like it then change it. No one else will for you. thank you Gabby for a great book. I will be buying more copies to give as gifts to a few women I know who are still upset that they don't have it all. Maybe your words can finally set them straight. Lol.

Specifically I want the woman I love to read the book. She's a very independent and emotionally scarred woman who doesn't trust love. I would move the world for her or just hold her hand when she needs that. I just wish that she could see it.

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Susan Lewis on April 17, 2013
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This book came along for me at a great time. I read the entire thing yesterday and highlighted something on almost every page. Gabrielle Reece writes about embracing your own identity fully and bringing that to the roles of wife and mom. I wasn't expecting the chapters about nutrition and exercise, but I appreciated them and found them to be really inspiring and practical. The "submission" thing that has been all over the Internet is more about bringing your whole being into the job you're doing than about subordinating yourself to your husband. I love the idea of forgetting "happily ever after" and instead thinking of the rest of your life as "game on." This is not one of those "celebrity memoirs" that's so clogged down with BS you end up feeling even more separated from your own head and more conflicted about your life than you were before. This book is encouragement to just examine where you are right now and step up your game to handle it with your full and concentrated ability. I think you're just left with the idea that if you jettison the idea of perfect, your own gritty reality can still be pretty awesome.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Rigby on June 5, 2013
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I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because the overall views on marriage and motherhood are spot on in my opinion and I love that they are put out there with no holding back. I also liked the practical and nonjudgmental advice on physical activity and nutrition. Even though Gabby Reece is probably eating a ridiculously healthy diet, she doesn't push that on anyone and just gives sound advice for living more healthy without trying to give up anything and get in a solid 30 minutes of exercise more for the mental ability to be a stay at home mom than anything else. That resonates with me on so many levels.

Her open and honest assessment of her own marriage and the roles and dynamics of a marriage with and without children are truly right on the money in my opinion and it lends to a sense of inspiration and empowerment. It's the vibe of "you made your bed, now make it the most amazing bed you possibly can, and lay in it".

My only gripe is GR's narrative tends to take on a braggy or boastful tone when she recounts her personal volleyball and modeling careers. I don't think it's meant to come across that way, but it did to me. I thought before I read the book that I admired her for being an athlete, and it turns out I don't admire her at all for that so I don't want to hear about it. I almost stopped reading after the first couple chapters and I'm so glad I continued because the rest of the book really hit home with me and left me immediately texting friends who I wanted to lend it to. I also looked up her personal website for the first time and found more great admissions and insights from her blog posts.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is in a marriage, especially with kids, and doubly so if you are the stay at home Mommy role.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mary Eastham on April 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Marriages, especially marriages of ten years or more, are like fingerprints, oh so uniquely
different for the two people in it. I praise Gabby Reece for telling the truth about her own
marriage, the blending of two very big personalities. She doesn't sugarcoat things and
that's good. It you want a happily ever after,perfect union, well, quite honestly, don't get married!
Marriages today are works-in-progress, they're the everyday negotiations of a team of two plus
kids, plus whatever else you both bring into the equation. You need to wake up everyday saying,
'I'm still gonna negotiate this complicated, every-changing dynamic with you.'

Let's drop any judgement and cheer Gabby on.

I love the nutrition and exercise sections, too. Love is a challenge, made all that more complicated
when it's between a big-wave surfer and an Olympian...

Mary Kennedy Eastham, M.A. MFA, Author, Squinting Over Water & The Shadow of A Dog I Can't Forget
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