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150 Pounds Gone Forever: How I Lost Half My Size and You Can Too Paperback – April 11, 2012
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"I think this book is the perfect guide for someone wanting to start losing weight, but not sure where to start. Her tips are easty to follow and the book is an enjoyable read." -110 Pounds and Counting Blog, reviewed May 2012 (110 Pounds and Counting Blog 2012-05-07)
"As many "diet" books I have read this by far is the best!" -I Am Succeeding Blog, May 2012 (I Am Succeeding Blog 2012-05-19)
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I previewed her book on Kindle before buying it and was in awe of our shared feelings (full disclosure: I need to lose about 50 pounds but even that amount has been an obstacle to me for many years, so I can fully imagine how impossible it must feel to lose 150 pounds ): the terror of going to the doctor, the humiliation and misery of shopping for clothes, the sadness of watching life go by. She tells her story with great honesty and it's clear that, even though she's now on the "other side," the skinny side, she feels great compassion for those of us who haven't yet gotten our acts together.
I highly recommend this book. Diane includes great questions throughout each chapter to get you thinking and probing down into your own weight loss issues and obstacles that may be keeping you (me) from weight loss success.
The 3 major components of her plan, which she calls the Fit to the Finish plan, are fat percent, portion size, and exercise.
I found, for me, the fat percent part didn't quite make sense. It's certainly not worth taking a star from this review. Although she says she did not want to count calories or count fat grams in order to lose weight (which, btw, was the reason I bought this Kindle book; I was intrigued by someone who had lost so much weight without having to count either of those things!), she then explains that when she finally got serious about weight loss, she decided to keep her daily fat consumption to a 30 percent range, using the food item's nutrition information label and a formula (calories from fat divided by calories per serving = total % of fat). Aarrggh!Read more ›
I've followed Diane's blog about her weight loss, Fit to the Finish, over the years, since I, too, have lost weight and written about it in How We Did It. I appreciate her approach to weight loss. She's not a bully or a cheerleader. Instead, she is a knowledgeable and inspiring guide. Her approach is one of quiet confidence: "I did it, and so can you." Hers is the perfect approach to weight loss, as it builds an inner desire to succeed, rather than relying on external motivators that will eventually fail.
In her book, Diane tells stories of her years as an obese young wife and mother, the agonies of day-to-day interactions with others as well as the self-condemning inner dialog that kept her running to food for comfort, trapping herself in her burgeoning body. It takes a brave person to reveal so many embarrassing moments (not to mention before photos!). Diane, I just want to say... I think you're beautiful in that church directory photo. I don't see the person you do!
Along with her personal story, Diane includes useful information about nutrition, exercise and weight loss strategies, like how to grocery shop, read labels, and estimate caloric needs. She includes sections on the importance of planning and forethought when on a mission to lose weight. She even includes her favorite family recipes. I had been looking for an easy gazpacho recipe, and here it is!Read more ›
Unlike any other "diet" books I have read...this is the first one I have marked up and have made notations in the margins reminding me I am not alone in the things I have dine with regards to eating and hiding it. More importantly she shares how she has overcome...been successful, not only in losing the weight BUT keeping it off. She breaks things down and asks you to answer some hard questions about your self, developing a plan of attack to help you be successful in your weight loss efforts.
Diane does not leave out the key component of exercise and even gives you a strength training exercise "How-to's".
Diane also includes recipes that I am eager to try.
In the back she has included tools to help you along your way int he appendix section.
I really cannot say enough good about this book! I loved it and it will be read many more times along my journey.
Diane is very quick to reveal her experience as a "closet" eater and then gently turns to the mirror to the reader, probing you to look deep inside your soul to find out your connection to food.
Three steps to her plan - that's it! There are templates to help you plan your success, healthy recipes with ingredients that do not require a special trip to a health food store, and concrete ways to help you master your own success, including exercises that you can do at home without going to a gym.
Make plans now to respect yourself in a new light by starting your new road to improved health! You will want to own both this book and your own destiny!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed reading her story but kind of wish she had focused more on that than on her program. Her program wouldn't really work for me. Read morePublished 12 months ago by JD
Reading this book is like talking to your favorite next door neighbor. Diane talks to you. Not from a place above you. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Judy
Really helpful & honest. Lots of cool ways to look at and discover what it is that is holding you back from weight loss success. She's very honest. Read morePublished 17 months ago by VoiceBliss
nothing new under the sun. eat veggies and exercise yer arse off.Published 23 months ago by kimberlee hamilton
This boils down to eat better and exercise and I felt that I had heard all of the author's whining stories before. Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by lawrence j. kuhner
Carbonell does something most don't: She takes personal responsibility for her weight gain and encourages others to do the same. Read morePublished on May 16, 2014 by TMB