At this point in my journey, I need models for success. The author is very candid about her pain and negative thoughts, which I do appreciate, but I was waiting for a happy ending which never came. She never got there. -+- (Especially depressing is the pat hopeful ending which, ironically enough, she mentions as having tacked on insincerely to her Shape magazine articles more than once.) -+- I preferred A.J. Rochester's very encouraging Lazy Girl's Guide, and Lisa Delaney's Secrets of a Former Fat Girl. Both showed the shifts in behavior and belief that allowed them to find their good weight.
This book has helped me so much on my own quest to get healthy. It is full of common sense advice about ways to set yourself up for success and to accept the bumps along the way. The author concentrates on nutrition, exercise and emotional health. Some of her story is included, and even though my eating has never been as disordered as hers was, I find her message of "I did it and so can you" to be always encouraging.
Non-Aussies are going to have to make the effort to translate some food names and traditions to your local versions (if you don't know what pluto pups, hot chips and jelly snakes are, just google 'em!), but the basic advice holds true.
My current favorite nugget: there is no "on track" or "off track" with a fitness/weight-loss journey. There is no track; there is only life and how you deal with it. The "track" is a mythical ideal of goodness and perfection that your diet-battered self does not need to be messing with. Amen.
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