"Interesting, intimate and informative!" ~Dr. Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D
WOW! A picture book for grown-ups! A colorful, fun, and inspiring book that shows us IT CAN BE DONE! --Bonnie D. Graham, TV host
Is She Naturally Thin, or Disciplined? brings real women of all shapes and sizes into a wonderfully produced book with stats and photos. --Monique Rowe, blogger
From the Author
A couple years into marriage, I experienced such hunger pangs during pregnancy that I ate on the hour, round the clock. After all, this was the proverbial time of life that one could simply eat and not be judged--a great excuse to enjoy food! Well, by the time my second child was born, I was the heaviest I'd ever been, but hey, I was a mom, right?
Nonetheless, I vowed to watch what I ate--that is, until the next hunger pang came along, and I didn't exactly feel like giving up the bagels and pasta! I thought about joining a gym, but already had an exercise bike at home, so why spend the money? So I got on it. But somehow, because I was "exercising," I also allowed myself to eat more. So when the nice lady next door came over with some holiday treats, I had three pieces. Uh-oh... The next day, I hesitantly stepped on the scale. I knew then that I had a problem, a serious problem that wasn't getting better, but in fact was getting worse. Not only was I obsessed with losing weight and dieting, but I was failing, and gaining weight. This scared me!
I wanted to lose weight, but was constantly hungry. To put it bluntly, my body wasn't budging. My mother would say, "You have two young children, give yourself a break. That's how mommies look!" But I wasn't sure that was the case entirely, as I would see other moms back to their skinny selves. I would wonder to myself if they were naturally thin, or if they were actually disciplined about their diet and exercise routines. Casually, I asked a few women how they did it. They'd tell me different things such as, "Just walk" or "Yeah, I just breast-fed, and I snapped right back!" Or it might be, "Well, I've always been thin, and I only gained 20 pounds when I was pregnant" or "If I want to lose a little weight, I just watch my carb intake for a few days and weight just falls off." I even went so far as to jokingly ask my super skinny, ribs-sticking-out, seven-year-old, gymnastics-loving daughter what her secrets were. She took my query quite seriously, and made a list that is displayed prominently on our refrigerator. It says, "How to Get Skinny, by Lara":
1. Don't eat a lot of junk food.
2. Walk up and down the stairs lots of times.
3. Do exercise bike every day.
4. Run or walk or jog places.
5. Do grown-up gymnastiks.
Very wise--diet and exercise! Of course! Why didn't I think of that?! No matter what answers I got and from whom, I knew in my heart that there was more to it than that. I was indeed missing some important pieces to the puzzle.
All those skinny women out there... it couldn't all be just genetics. I thought to myself, "Well, why not go ahead and just ask these women for their insider secrets, and not just a little piece of advice they could pass off while waiting for the kids after school." I would ask a LOT of women a LOT of questions. I would find out the real deal. I desperately wanted to be thin again! I even had a cartoon drawn of myself at my ideal weight (see the cover of this book!). Having someone sketch you thin is a lot easier than diet and exercise--LOL! But I wondered how exactly to lose weight, and keep it off, for good.
So, in typical investigative fashion, I went about gathering the myriad profiles contained in this book in order to uncover, and ultimately divulge, the secrets of the sexy and slim. I wanted to know precisely what people ate, how much, when, were they always thin, and if not, what they did about it. Did they drink a lot of water, use supplementation? What were their fitness routines, and did they include weight training? What attitudes and philosophies did they embody? And anything and everything else I could think of, I would ask them. I wanted to find out if their skinniness was a force of nature, luck of the draw, or a matter of discipline at work!
I set out to uncover some answers and to offer inspiration to those in need of a strategy. Inside this book, you will find many insider secrets to shedding those unwanted pounds once and for all, so that you can be healthy, feel fabulous, and get back into your favorite jeans again!
Candidly sharing their personal stories, these 101 contributors range from women who were born with the coveted thin gene to those who struggled to learn exactly what it takes to maintain their slim figures. So come with me on my journey to discover what it truly takes to look and feel great, no matter what your age, size or body type!
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More About the Author
Through it all, Sally's very own her battle-of-the-bulge had her looking at skinny women everywhere, and wondering how exactly they maintained their trim and healthy frames. So she decided to ask them. A lot of them. 101 of them. Her successful weight-loss journey led to a passion for wanting to share the benefit of her experience with others, and that is what led her to pen, "Is She Naturally Thin? Or Disciplined? Insider Secrets of the Sexy and Slim! Living in NYC, Sally continues to write, compose and perform, but mostly stays local so she can always be home to cuddle her kids. For more info, please visit www.sallyshields.com.
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