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I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down Hardcover – January 10, 2012
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About the Author
Jennifer Hudson is an international pop star and award-winning actress. She first came to prominence on the third season of American Idol. She won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Effie White in the 2006 film adaptation of Dreamgirls. She is the current spokesperson for Weight Watchers, having lost over eighty pounds on their program. She grew up in Chicago and is engaged to WWE wrestler David Otunga. The couple has a two-year-old son.
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Here is my original review:
The first part of the book is JH's rise to fame, in which everything works out the way it's supposed to and she never suffers any doubt or lack of confidence. Then she decides to lose weight so she can be a better mother, and does that, too. Hudson describes herself as basically confident and self-satisfied in every way from birth onward, glossing over any negatives. Even the horrible family tragedy she experienced is never even mentioned (except with something like, "In spite of challenges and tragedies, I kept to my goals." I'm paraphrasing, but you get the idea.) Several of her family members contributed their essays about losing weight on WW, and those weren't sanitized as much, especially the sister who lost and regained forty pounds and is unrepentant about her disinterest in getting back on program. Those essays were more authentic. As to motivation, the book was mildly motivating, but I thought Weight Loss Boss was more helpful and real. Also more fun to read.
I've really been drawn to Jennifer Hudson since she lost her mother, brother & nephew... I thought that she would "get it." My mom died 5 years ago, & afterward, I ate. And ate and ate and ate. 65 pounds later, I was really overweight & had no idea how to redirect my emotions & grief away from food. I joined WeightWatchers last year, & when I saw Jennifer Hudson's book on display, I bought it on impulse. I thought she would at least MENTION the loss of her family & how it affected her weight loss goals. Nope, not a word. How do you leave something that huge & life-changing & shattering out of your story? I thought her approach completely disregarded the emotional aspect of overeating & weight loss. And for some of us (::waves hand::), it's ALL about the emotional aspect.
And as for the comments of previous reviews, I completely agree that the writing isn't good. It's disjointed & reads like a WeightWatchers commercial.... a badly done WW commercial.
I think her success story is amazing. But this book? It's terrible.