An honest and brave account of what it feels like, day in and day out, often year in and year out, to try to lose a significant amount of weight, The Weight-Loss Diaries is:
With insight, humor, and courage, Rubin explores diet and food issues, as well as her self-sabotaging habits during dieting, in ways that everyone struggling with weight loss will find both instructive and inspiring.
©2004 Courtney Rubin; (P)2005 AMI
I loved this book. It gives humor and sanity to those of us who are constant dieters who also love to binge. This is not a diet book. It made me laugh at myself. If your a little depressed over your new diet you will enjoy this book.
It was a good story telling audio. I could certainly connect with the author, however, if you are searching for answers or advices or some sort of map through the dieting maze this isn't for you. If you do buy it the last 15 minutes are the most worthwhile which caps her lessons learnt.
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.
I loved this book. Ms. Rubin shares her personal story regarding her assignment with Shape magazine. She is a journalist that struggled with extra pounds for many years. Her years at Shape chronicled her successes and challenges at losing weight, exercise, struggling with regain, and the myriad of emotions and mental health issues that every overweight person struggles with. Ms. Rubin is very intelligent and writes well. I was engrossed. (I listened on my iPod while walking in the neighborhood.) I don't think she came off as whiny or blaming at all. Although, I am perplexed at every person that feels "deprived" and pouts when they can't eat what they want. The real deprivation is not living the life you want. Anyway, I think she figured that one out. I loved this one. I have listened to many personal weight loss books (A.J. Rochester, Valerie Frankel, Tales From The Scale, etc.) and this was by far the best and most enjoyable. I wish Ms. Rubin much happiness and peace with her body.
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