- File Size: 1329 KB
- Print Length: 419 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 6, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 6, 2012
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0076793G2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,510 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Shauna Reid grew up in Australia. She enjoys travel, pub quizzes, and watching men's tennis. She lives in Scotland.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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She writes in a humorous way, and I'm sure people a lot younger than I will appreciate her self-deprecating remarks. I'll admit that although I was mildly amused by some of the remarks and the incidents, it wasn't laughing-out-loud funny for me. I tend to take a serious attitude towards weight and weight loss.
She also struggles with work issues, has some interesting travel experiences, and meets the love of her life while she is still making her way to her goal weight. You'll fall in love with Gareth, a lover who cheers her on but isn't shocked when she tells him that she used to weigh 351 pounds.
I found myself liking Shauna and I looked forward to getting back to the book each evening. It's a pleasurable book to read if you enjoy a good weight-loss success story with all the ups and downs that usually go with a diet and exercise program.
Her story is witty and insightful and so so honest. I related in so many ways having gone through a similar journey. I read some parts to my boyfriend who was also amazed to see so much of me in this book, which was helpful because there were often times I just couldn't find the words to express what I was feeling, Shauna was able to express it all in a real and often humorous way.
Her story is about her and HER journey. It doesn't tell you what to do or how to do it. In fact, she doesn't presume to give advice or know the secret answers to weight loss. She just shares with everyone the ups and downs, the triggers and the successes. It was helpful for me to know I was not alone because often this is something that we suffer alone, unable to share with even those closest in our lives.
Her story is inspiring, it's realistic (no matter what country you live in), and it's hopeful. It brought real tears to my eyes as well as real laughter, not just at her stories and anecdotes but I was finally able to laugh at myself. I've lost 63 pounds this past year and I have 22 more to go...I've been on a plateau for months, this was the book I needed to find the inspiration to just be human again.
Top international reviews
The book covers over 4 years of real-life 'diary entries' from Shauna Reid, an Australian in her early 20s who, in 2001, weighed 25 stone. The book follows her gradual weight loss over the next 4 years until she loses half her body weight and finally makes peace with herself. Needless to say, it is an inspirational story for anybody trying to lose weight. But what really makes the book stand out is Shauna's writing style. She is clearly a fine writer, and I whizzed through the pages thoroughly caught up in her feelings and emotions. As well as being a weight loss memoir, the book also covers topics such as bereavement, falling in love, travel and career progression. It was amazing to read how Shauna's confidence rose and fell at different stages and how she learnt to deal with insecure thoughts.
Overall, the book has a very positive message in terms of weight loss and health. I loved the attitude that Shauna developed towards her body and fitness. We all need to show more appreciation for how wonderful our bodies are and stop being so critical of them! This book is compassionate and wise and funny - I highly recommend it.
Shauna is a real person who is feeling many of the emotions that I have felt over time in my own battles with weight. I identified with so much of Shauna's writing and while it is often sad, ultimately it's positive and inspiring. It's also very well written, witty, funny and very easy to read. The pages just fly by.
Shauna's blog (on which the book is based) is still going strong, just do a search for Dietgirl and you'll find it. When the book is over, you'll want to keep reading Shauna's inspiring and funny writing.
Its the first diet book I have read and I wish I read it during my weightloss journey. I went through similar struggles and it was great to read that I was not the only one.
Shauna comes across as really sweet and honest. You will find yourself cheering her on through the good times and the bad.
A fabulous read and a book I didn't want to end.
Shauna, if you ever read this, you have a gift. Write more books!!!! You are awesome!!!
It's inspired me to write my first ever Amazon review!