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Bob Greene Gets It
on January 14, 2011
Bob Greene has never had a weight issue. Why his interest in weight control and overall fitness? It may have started with his bed-ridden great-grandmother...bedridden due to obesity. She claimed it was because she had a bad knee...all Greene knew was that she was missing out of life. From an early age, he lectured his parents about the importance of eating healthy food. Whatever the reason for his dedication to helping others, the reader benefits from his passion.
I bought this book because I have struggled with weight all my life. It was the "Get Motivated" that got me--I know that when I am motivated, the weight (almost) effortlessly comes off. I was very pleased with my purchase and am now losing weight!
Greene claims that he's never seen anyone stick to healthy eating and exercise without having their emotional life in order. He writes: "In most cases, the biggest barriers to losing weight and keeping it off are related to the way you think, how you feel, and how you manage your life."
The key is to stay motivated, he believes, not the exact diet/exercise program. In order to succeed, we must take a hard look at ourselves--what motivates us, our fears and the voice in our heads.
Greene gets some help with the book--from Ann Kearney-Cooke, PhD, an expert in body image and weight control and with Janis Jibrin, MS, RD, a dietitian specializing in weight loss and eating disorders. The three of them take an integrated approach to weight loss, with an emphasis on change the attitude and the way you live=creating new habits and a new identity.
The book discusses the many obstacles to weight loss, including an aversion to pain/discomfort and how a new attitude towards them changes everything. For example, if discomfort from feeling hungry or exercise makes you want to stop and seek comfort with food or inactivity, the recommendation is to view discomfort as a doable challenge.
Later chapters get specific:
* Overcoming overeating
* Becoming a healthy eater
* Ending exercise aversion
* Improving your body image
* learning how to maintain weight loss
* Pursuing happiness
Greene emphasizes that we can approach weight loss in two ways: either we can feel sorry for ourselves or see the challenges ahead as an opportunity for a better life--to really live the life you want.
Bob Greene is compassionate and empathetic about anyone with a weight problem. He has solid advice about dealing with any emotional and psychological issues before tackling weight loss. If you find yourself--like Greene's great-grandmother--declining to live life to the fullest because of weight loss issues, this book is for you. Like the title says--live the life you want!
My two cents...as an interior designer and author on the subject, for added motivation and to feel better about yourself while reading this book, take a little extra time and fix up your home/workspace, too. I have had countless clients who, after having their homes made to look and feel better (getting it organized, rid of clutter, making it a reflection of their true selves...) suddenly thinking that they are worth it to lose weight...and do! Surround yourself with beauty and you will feel better about yourself, more confident and more motivated to change!
Author, Harmonious Environment Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet