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Is She Naturally Thin or Disciplined? Insider Secrets of the Sexy and Slim [Kindle Edition]

Sally Shields
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Book Description

Do you struggle with your weight? Are you the mom who perhaps gained some after kids and is having a hard time taking it off? Or perchance, one who looks at the super-slim and wonders to herself if those women are naturally thin, or very controlled about their diet and exercise routines?

Sally Shields set out to uncover some answers as 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 jeans again!

Each candidly sharing their personal story, 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, Is She Naturally Thin, or Disciplined? shows us that it is possible to look and feel great, no matter what your age, size or body-type!

Editorial Reviews


"Not another rah-rah book about dieting"~Christa Allan, author
"Interesting, intimate and informative!" ~Dr. Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D

"Anyone who has ever wondered about how to get thin will get their answers! An inspiring tome for anyone looking to lose unwanted pounds and maintain a lifetime of healthy habits, this book will not disappoint!"

"If you are interested in living a lifestyle that promotes and supports being slim, then this is the only book you need! A fast read, this book is one you will study in-depth and refer to over and over for years. ~Jackie Black, PhD

"This book is a one-size-fits-all! Any obstacle you may have, you'll find a woman who overcame it. This book is chock-full of great tips to get you toned, trim, and disciplined."~Kelly Bouchard, success coach

"Is She Naturally Thin or Disciplined? Insider Secrets of the Sexy and Slim! lays out a solid plan for fighting fat and tipping the scale in your favor."~John Basedow, TV personality and fitness DVD creator

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

Ever since college, I have struggled with my weight. I was obsessed with new fad diets such as calorie restriction, low-fat, low-carb, cabbage soup, Acai berry, the Zone, South Beach, and the Grapefruit, Lemonade, and Special K diets! I have fallen off the wagon and eaten pizza (many slices at one sitting) and ice cream. Whole tubs of it. Entire packages of pasta. And my personal weakness, Thai food. Lots of it. 

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!

Product Details

  • File Size: 8618 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1933918713
  • Publisher: Blooming Twig Books (November 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MHO9CA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,813 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time January 6, 2012
By melimom
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded this book onto my kindle because it was free. I am really glad I didn't pay for it...there was nothing groundbreaking in it at all and it was actually quite boring.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine Advice from Real Women July 18, 2011
By Sharon
In a word - GENUINE. Being thin is easy when you're 20, but these gals in their 40s, 50s and even 60s look fantastic! I loved the pictures and the stories of women who struggled to stay thin. Rather that touting one magic bullet, it shows there are at least 101 ways to be a skinny cat! There are some common themes, but each story is unique.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Women Tuning Into and Tuning Up their Bodies July 2, 2011
By barron
Over 100 women ages 21-69, from different professions and with varied interests each shares a photo and her own regimen for obtaining and/or maintaining a wholesome, healthier and energetic lifestyle. For these women, tuning into and tuning up their bodies are all about making positive changes, healthier choices and establishing a routine and regimen for the "individual woman." Whether you're naturally thin, disciplined, and/or want to shed some pounds, there's insight and inspiration for women of all ages in Author Sally Shield's upcoming book, Naturally Thin or Discipline? Insider Secrets of the Super Slim! I especially enjoyed the pictures and brevity of information; it kept me turning pages to the end!

--Mrs. Dorothy Barron, author, Slinging Stones...; Founder of Parents Taking Charge in Education
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Collection July 6, 2011
By Charlie
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Where was this book when I was in my 20's! This book is easy and fun to read. In addition, it's full of exciting and interesting information about fitness, food, weight loss and overall health - particularly for us women. The content of this book is based on real experiences and real women, leading everyday lives. Sally Shields format has given me insight and a "can-do" attitude. One of the best things about "Is She Naturally Thin or Disciplined?" is anyone can incorporate these ideas into their own routine. It's a sensible way to reach a new goal: thin, fit and healthy! I wish all of my friends had this as a guide; it's a great motivator!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you do one thing this summer: BUY THIS BOOK July 1, 2011
"Sally Shields has done it again. Much like with her fantastic book The DAUGHTER IN-LAW RULES, Shields has pulled together real-life advice from women with varied ages, backgrounds, body types and challenges. There isn't a woman out there who won't find the 120 personal stories riveting, useful and insightful. Every woman wants to love her body and Shields' book will give you the inspiration and motivation to love yours. A must read."

--Kristin Bender, reporter, Oakland Tribune and contributor to Bay Area Parent, womensenews, E--The Environmental Magazine, Shape, Natural Awakenings and
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! July 5, 2011
This book is an inspiration to all women, whether you are just beginning to get in shape and start eating healthy, or have already been doing so for years. It inspires you to get started and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It's encouraging to see that women from many different age groups and walks of life all have found ways to easily incorporate healthy eating and exercise in their busy routines. It shows the reader that not only is this possible, but it's also enjoyable! Lori Bumgarner, author of Advance Your Image: Putting your best foot forward never goes out of style. 2nd Edition
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Book That Packs a BIG Punch! July 1, 2011
If you are really interested in living a lifestyle that promotes and supports being slim, then Sally Shields's latest book is the only book you need to read on the subject! Is She Naturally Thin or Disciplined? Insider Secrets of the Sexy and Slim! is a fast read, and a book you will study in-depth and refer to over and over for years. For me, the pictures of real women and their stories--right out of their mouths--make Shields's book a compelling and powerful companion for women who are serious about getting and staying slim without becoming obsessive or unhealthy in the process.
~Jackie Black, PhD
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A high quality publication, colorful, and so very well put together! I'm so excited to have a copy in my possession! Discover how busy women with career and family demands can work fitness into their full days. Learn how they eat, their challenges to getting there, and how they stay motivated to keep fit. Readers will surely identify with one or more profiles. You will be encouraged especially if you have trouble finding time for exercise and /or find it difficult to stay motivated. If these women can do it, so can you! Your best possible fit self is waiting for you to read this book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 20 days ago by Pj
1.0 out of 5 stars Meh...
Not great. That is all.
Published 24 days ago by Amanda Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars No inner secrets, same old information you already know
No secrets in this book. Same old eat well all the time, exercise regularly or 'everything in moderation' statements.
Published 5 months ago by simone ortolani
2.0 out of 5 stars Narrow--And Repeitive--Ethnic View of the World
I'm disappointed that this book had no women of color. The book's Caucasian contributors all said the same thing. Read more
Published 9 months ago by delivereddiva
1.0 out of 5 stars Thought it was going to be inspirational
I purchased this book as a "thinspiration" however all I got is the same story over and over again. No real substance to the book at all.
Published on October 1, 2012 by Menaleigh
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative reading
I enjoyed this book. It was well written and entertaining as well as informative. The author put in a lot of time and effort gathering stories from many women of all ages about... Read more
Published on September 21, 2012 by LoveToRead
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and repetitive
While I appreciate the premise, I cannot help but feel that most of the content was manufactured by the author, rather than transcribed. Read more
Published on March 31, 2012 by Skap
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick but helpful read
I blitzed through this on a two hour train ride. It's nothing particularly profound, but I did find that most of the 101 contributors had at least one useful thing to say. Read more
Published on August 3, 2011 by E. Karasik
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
I find this book to be very helpful and exciting. It gives you hope for your self if you want it.
Published on July 19, 2011 by jonyjo
If, like me, you've ever noticed a woman with a nice figure, and wondered, "How does she do it?' then Sally Shield's newest book is for you. Is She Naturally Thin or Disciplined? Read more
Published on July 17, 2011 by Debbi Kickham
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More About the Author

Sally Shields is a musician and composer, and now, a dedicated fitness enthusiast. After having kids, she could no longer travel the world or stay out late hanging out at jazz clubs while simultaneously getting up at the break-of dawn and being mom all day--so she turned to writing. Her first book, The Daughter-in-Law Rules: 101 Surefire Ways to Make Friends with Your Mother-in-Law was inspired by tricky nuances that arose with her very own mother-in-law. The book ended up featured in many media outlets, and as a result became a #1 bestseller. Then, in an effort to assist other self-published authors on a tight budget, she penned Publicity Secrets Revealed: What Every PR Firm Doesn't Want You to Know. Her third book, The Collaborator Rules: 101 Surefire Ways to Stay Friends with Your Co-Author was born out of a subsequent and less-than-stellar collaborative experience, and serves to educate those who are ruminating about the joys of creative-partnerships. She is now happily co-editor of The Speaker Anthology series, which was designed to provide speakers with a book of their very own to sell at their events around the globe.

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

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