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If I Can Lose It... a middle aged tech-fanatic's extraordinary journey & guidebook for losing weight Paperback – February 9, 2011
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The lifestyle part is the most important. All the gimmick diets fail you once you lose your weight goal, because you can't live on the gimmick diets forever. Most of them aren't even very good for you.
These notes are an important preface to discussing Mr. Ellis book, because he takes you down a lifestyle journey that is unusual in the world of weight loss guides. At lot of weight loss guides are written by fitness trainers who have rarely actually had to lose weight, or medical/research professionals who think they know how but are sitting around with a 30 BMI while they are telling you how to get to 22 BMI. Even if their advice works, there is a bit of disconnect from the reality of what you will experience. When the reality differs from the plan, the dieter can become discouraged and give up.
Jon Ellis didn't give up. A large portion of this book describes his daily journey in losing his first 25 pounds. He discusses what he did, when he lost weight, and when he picked some back up. I think this diary of his experience is important for anyone who has struggled with diets to read. You are going to recognize stumbling blocks that have caused you to question if you were on a real weight loss path, or if what you are doing is still working. Finding the validation in Jon's words that you WILL get past these mysterious little periods of "non-productivity" may be the greatest service Jon provides here.Read more ›
The real pleasure of this book is the style, which is positive and often funny without being arrogant or condescending. I like to read a writer who is consistently effective at the sentence level. Ellis has a natural fluidity of phrasing that resembles day to day speech but is actually more carefully crafted. Diet and weight loss are not easy topics for me to read about, and the fact that I was able to stay with his book without getting annoyed or disgusted, as I do with most self-help books, is tremendously to his credit.
I bought this book at another site and read it on my Kindle. Most of the graphics and images look good on the Kindle.
There's so much honesty in the narration of this journey that, ultimately, it can't help but be endearing. By the end, you're rooting for Jonathon, to keep going, to persevere, to not be set back. At times you wonder how he's ever going to get there, with so much second-guessing, but his determination is clearly unshakeable.
Having said that, when it came to the second-guessing and the questions raised, I found myself wanting much more. As a man going through my own weight-loss journey as I write this, I know that for most people who struggle to make it through, the struggle is essentially an emotional journey. If it were not tied to deep-seated emotions, it wouldn't be such a struggle. At times, the author notices something peculiar about his own behavior, or his reactions, but doesn't seem to often delve for answers. I almost feel like NOW would be the perfect time for him to write this book, after he's had time to sit with the material and really ask himself some important questions. Why was weight a problem to begin with? What was the emotional gain? And ultimately, what changed about himself that created this transformation? The answers are brushed against, or alluded to, but I got the sense as a reader that it's not the whole story. He's not telling us everything he knows, perhaps because he doesn't know that he knows it yet.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I must say that initially I was a little leery about reading on the topic of weight lose since I am on the other side of the spectrum, but life changes quickly and I wanted to... Read morePublished on June 5, 2011 by Ey Wade
More than a self-help book, this is the story of how one desk-jockey techie took control of his weight problem. Read morePublished on March 8, 2011 by barbara silkstone
I bought this book for my husband, a like-minded techie who has battled his weight for years. For him, it wasn't so much about the weight loss, it was about the "game" of losing... Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by T-bird