Today I'm laying it out there.
I highly value honesty. In fact, I think one of the worst ways to insult someone is to lie to them... it's the ultimate in disrespect in my book.
Over the years, in my zeal to be "honest", I've often lacked the tact needed to say it in a way that didn't rub people the wrong way. Or at least, as little as possible.
So... here I go, determined to give an honest book review for someone I adore! Someone I admire and respect and to whom I am grateful for all the encouragement he gave me, especially when I was just starting out with my blog.
Okay, enough stalling.
The book is
For those of you new to blogging, Sean is the writer of the Daily Diary of a Winning Loser.
It's the daily record of his journey from 505 pounds to his goal weight of 230 pounds! I highly recommend starting at Day 1 and reading some each day. I promise you will be inspired and learn not only about Sean, but about yourself as you read some of his epiphanies along the way. I know I did.
So... why buy the book when
you can just read a free blog??
Because the book is different. It just is. It's impact on me was strong and deep. I cried, I laughed, and I was deeply touched.
It would be the difference between nibbling daily on bits of good food versus sitting down and feasting on a fabulous banquet!!
There have been many terrific and articulate reviews of Seans book, summarizing what's in it. So I'm not doing that. :-)
Here's what *I* prize most about Sean's book and why I urge you to get it: His take on the MENTAL DYNAMICS of this journey.
Sean says the same thing I've been saying for almost 3 years:
It's not about the food!
But boy howdy, he explains it so much better!
He give you ideas, concepts and mental tools that are useable. Not a bunch of psycho-babble or "nice ideas". But hard core, workable strategies that - if you choose to use them - will equip you with weapons you can use to win that battle between your ears!
Okay... so what's the deal in the beginning of this review about "being honest"?? Because I... ahem... disagree with one little part in the book: The old maxim that says "all things in moderation".
It works for some but not for everyone.
Those for which it works are usually convinced it is THE WAY.
I know it is ONE way.
Some of us can't eat a "moderate" amount of certain substances (in my case sugar and wheat) without going berserk with ridiculously intense cravings. It's not just psychological or habitual, it's physiological.
So yeah... that's my caveat. I can't endorse that one philosophy in the book, of " just eat less and move more, and eat all things in moderation". Current science has shown that there is more to the equation than "calories in/calories out". Knowledge has progressed beyond that. For some of us, other factors are very real: age, metabolism, genetics, insulin/leptin resistance, the addictive additives in modern wheat, and others.
I'm not upset at all, just giving my perspective. This is Sean's story, and so he is sharing what HE did and what worked for HIM. And I'm sure there are many for which it will work! I am just not one of them, that's all.
But here's the deal:
NONE OF THAT IS AN EXCUSE.
None of that has to stop us from our OWN transformation.
None of that is more important than getting our heads on straight!!
And Seans book will help you do just that! Really. He shares his hard won insights and epiphanies learned along the road to his own transformation.
So see? I can honestly and wholeheartedly recommend Seans book to ANYONE, regardless of the nutritional approach you are using.
Thank you Sean, for being such an inspiration. I am honestly sooo happy for you.
Sean's book (in print copy or ebook):
Enjoy the Journey,