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Wake Up! You're Probably Never Going to Look Like That ... How to be Happier, Healthier and Imperfectly Fit Paperback – April 1, 2010

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About the Author

Ms. Pearl holds a rare triple certification which includes credentials as an American Council on Exercise (ACE(r)) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), an ACE(r) certified Group Fitness Instructor (GFI), and the advanced certification of an ACE(r) Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant (LWMC). In addition, she is a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM(r)) Alliance of Health and Fitness Professionals and a professional member of the IDEA(r) Health and Fitness Association. Pearl also owns an online exercise service which offers exercise videos that are customized to a client's health and fitness level. The motto of her business is, "You don't have to be perfect to be fit." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557272904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557272907
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,253,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Emily on March 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
I absolutely adore Michelle Pearl and her youtube videos. I got the n**k version (not sure if it will be blocked so that's why i blocked out the competetors name) because it was free on a lender program.

The diet is basically low sugar, whole foods, low-carb dinners with her husband. She does explain a phenominon I've never heard of but experienced myself in my journey: you're constantly hungry and constantly cold. I believe with a little more work and cutting out the cheesy clip arts and reworking the "diet fairy tale" section it could go from ok to good.

All the information is available on her blog and videos. The book only gives a smidgen more details. It's more her story of losing 200 lbs and the tips she learned along the way. All in all a good read bit not something I'd buy for my bookshelf
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Emory Daniels VINE VOICE on April 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
Faced with the task (challenge) of losing 30 pounds, I turned to my trustworthy Google to look for a good approach to take. After several discoveries of "quick weight loss" spams I finally found some comfort in Michelle Pearl's book, Wake Up! You're Never Going to Look Like That: How to be Happier, Healthier and Imperfectly Fit.

Two discoveries were especially comforting. First that quick weight loss promises are a scam because the only sure way to shed pounds and keep them off is slow and steady. Another comforting discovery is that there is no one-size fits-all approach to weight loss but that success is best achieved by tailoring workouts and eating habits to your body, lifestyle and environment. Now that makes sense to me!

Pearl stresses that the person who makes lifestyle changes slowly over time and understands that weight loss won't be easy will drop pounds and keep them off. The important thing, Pearl adds, is to have realistic expectations and in the end be happy with what you achieve and with the new imperfect you.

The author, who herself lost 100 pounds and kept it off, is a certified group fitness instructor who operates an online subscription exercise service at [...]. Besides telling her own story in Wake Up, Pearl tells the stories of seven Imperfectly Fit Superstars who each reveal how they lost weight. Each had a different method, one or parts of which might work for me.

An important discussion in Wake Up that I found especially revealing was how important nutrition and healthy foods are to any weight loss effort. I just can't get into counting calories (which I don't understand anyhow) or reading package labels to figure out the significance of this percentage or that percentage of vitamin A, C, D or something.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carla on September 12, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I happened across Michelle Pearl's weight management guide after a week of chocolate chip muffins for morning tea. You could say her easy-to-read book was just the timely motivation I needed.

Reading Pearl's `Wake Up! You're Probably Never Going to Look Like That' is like having a non-judgmental conversation with a friend. Pearl writes from personal experience, and for anybody who has travelled the weight struggle path, her voice is credible and believable.

There is no guilt stick waving here; instead this book offers a message of self-care and acceptance. What is to be aimed for is weight loss for health and well-being, achieved through a combination of five factors:

* An understanding of the underlying physiological factors influencing weight
* The emotional aspects
* The influence of environmental factors, including avoiding temptation and the importance of support from friends and family
* Healthy, lower-cal, lower-fat eating and
* Exercise

A former journalist and writer, Pearl supports her thesis with jargon-free scientific evidence, diagrams, pictures, short chapters and sub-headings. It is easy to dip into this book at relevant sections, as well as to read and absorb it quickly. Although a lot of the information she provides is not necessarily new, to have it in such an accessible form is an advantage. And, although many of her tips are probably common sense, they serve as good reminders when you're considering less-healthy alternatives to snack on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bless Their Hearts Mom VINE VOICE on May 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
WOW- talk about a anti-be perfect book! This book is like sitting down and dishing with your girlfriend you haven't seen in 3 years! Michelle is honest and blunt. She freely admits genetics are going to keep ALOT of us from EVER looking like a Playboy/Victoria's Secrets model! The key to her is understanding this and then determining WHERE you can get to where you are healthy AND happy. So you don't get below say a size 10, if you are fit, ACCEPT it and deal with it! She debunks all the get slim-quick diets and exercise plans in honest, behind the scenes, advice. Her book contains the kernel of truth that ALL girls need to learn at an early age, so they will not make themselves ill/die trying to achieve something they can never be!

Michelle lays out a VERY simple diet and exercise plan that ANYONE can follow, including healthier choices at fast food restaurants (cause sometimes you HAVE to eat out!). Her success stories are honest and share one theme- the choice to MOVE more and change their lives. I can understand Michelle's loathing of the Biggest Loser show as being unrealistic based on her OWN experience (hello, HOW many people go thru that big of a weight loss TWICE?) With some of Jillian Michael's latest comments REALLY makes you wonder about what is being said to the contestants OFF-camera! Michelle would be the trainer I would want in my corner helping me!
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