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2.0 out of 5 starsThe REAL world is not that simple
Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2019
I can honestly say I wanted to like this book, I like Tim McGraw but, not this book. There are things, I suppose, that you could take away from it, i.e. start out small with a walk, make the recipes, admire the photos, etc., but I find it difficult to relate. I don't have his millions to set up a trailer with equipment or a large group a people to motivate, work out with, cook my meals, yada yada. His whole band is involved. They all motivate each other. He doesn't have to get up in the early morning to dress for a 8+ hr work day. He doesn't have to clean, cook, do laundry, etc. It's all great but, I'm sorry, it isn't the REAL world. It only made me more angry that he feels this book is helpful to us small folk. Get real!!!
4.0 out of 5 stars“One small choice to move your body daily
Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2019
can spark a cascade of changes that will turn around the health of your body and mind” (pg viii introduction “Grit & Grace). Reading this statement and knowing it was true, from my own experience this past year, is what made me buy this book; I was not sorry!
“It’s never too late to start...even small efforts count big. A journey can start with a few degrees of change...that few degree change will lead you to a whole new place.” (pg. viii introduction “Grit & Grace”) This has certainly been my truth as I have walked my way free from 100+ lbs. over the last year.
Tim writes in a folksy, down home way that is reminiscent of his music. That does NOT mean the content isn’t scientific, because it is. It includes all facets of what is currently tho’t of as mainstream exercise and health protocols. If you like to use equipment, there are exercises for you, if nature is your thing, there’s a plan for you and if a more eastern approach works for you, or an integrative plan is the key, this is your book! Tim provides 3 levels of participation so really, everyone can start, progress and keep on keeping.
There are LOTS of really great pics for TM fans. In fact, for some, they could be reason alone to purchase the book❤️ I found nuggets of encouragement for my ongoing journey: a discussion on how to use micro goals and rewards and his discussion of how music and exercise have the same stress relieving effect. I tho’t I was crazy making that parallel in my life - apparently not! BTW, I’ve been a N. Y. Mets fan forever and there’s a great picture in the section that talks about buzz phrases/motivators where Tim has written his famous Dad’s “ya gotta believe” on a mirror. Great stuff!
“Grit & Grace” includes a few recipes for meals, snacks and smoothies at the the end of the book along with a topical index. All in all, a worthy addition to my growing collection of health ‘n fitness books and a great holiday gift idea🎁
5.0 out of 5 starsVery Inspirational, well written
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2019
Let me start off by saying that I hope Tim reads these reviews, because I definitely feel like a success story. Also, I don't buy some of the negative reviews about how everything in the book is tailored for rich folks who can afford giant trailers of workout gear. The author makes it clear he wants you to take what he has learned and apply it to your own circumstances. Some people have also said that Tim likes himself and how he looks, that he's narcissistic, to which I would say yeah, I would too if I could get in that great of shape. That said, I've read/tried lots of workout/nutrition books, and this is the first one that I've really stuck with, and the reason is I totally relate to the author's life experiences, i.e. hitting middle age (late middle age for myself) and just not liking what I see in the mirror, feeling depressed, and knowing I can do better. I'm also retiring in one year and want to be in shape to do all the things I've talked about doing in retirement, especially being there for my family. Even more, after I started this program I did, like he says in the book, begin to feel better, not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well, and am definitely relating in a much more positive way to my family, especially my 13 year old daughter. I too saw my physical heyday about 20 years back as I was a competitive triathlete and cyclist, and how I suddenly found myself in my 50s out of shape and depressed about it. I was never a heavy drinker, but found myself having just one beer or glass of wine or a Manhattan but every night while I was cooking dinner (I love to cook). I wouldn't at all consider myself a heavy drinker, but I stopped drinking anyway and that was a huge part of getting back into shape, and I've been meticulous about meal planning, something the whole family is appreciating. So I started on his six week plan (going into my 5th week) of walking every day. During the week I'm up at 5, rain or shine, walk 3 miles, then come home and do some pre-planned calisthenics--pushups, pullups, situps, squats, shadow boxing--which I increase incrementally each week. I'm saving the movement stuff for my 2nd six weeks. On the weekends I walk/hike between 20-25 miles (total Saturday and Sunday) and skip the calisthenics. Tim quotes Roger Yuan, the movement guy and fight trainer to a lot of stars, as saying “If you do something for 21 days in a row, it basically becomes a habit,” says Yuan. “It gets you into a thinking process and into a physical practice process, and without knowing it, you start to jones for it. You crave it, if it’s not there.” This is so true, at least for me, I'm actually pumped to wake up at 5am, and I'm usually out of bed before the alarm goes off, and still in the office at 7:30am. I'm kind of surprised, as I ran for a long number of years, but now, at 58 years old, I'm really into walking. It's way less stressful on my aging joints, and it's working for me. I've also completely upgraded my diet taking cues from his book (I eat Kale salads for lunch, changing the toppings and using different, low cal dressings (I have to have a good dressing, but I keep it to a tablespoon or two, and also have small snacks of fruit, cashews or almonds, or KIND bars during the day). I've lost a ton of weight, feel better physically and emotionally, I'm much more disciplined, and am simply in a way better place. I was telling my wife the other day that I've actually been sleeping through the entire night (something I quite literally haven't been able to do in years), and she commented that I'm not snoring anymore either, which she attributes to my quitting alcohol. Truth be told, I'm not a country fan, so I didn't get this book out of some fanboy reason. Rather, I read an interview with Tim in Men's Health, liked what I heard, and pre-ordered the book. This book has really put me on a new, positive path, and I really appreciate that he wrote it. Hope he sees this, it's definitely changed my life for the better, and he's welcome to include me in a success stories follow up. Thanks Tim.
This is someone sharing a part of their personal life with you and trying to motivate you. It does a great job. Samuel Timothy McGraw I know your dad would’ve been so proud of you. You haven’t walked or chosen the easy path in life that’s for sure . You found the person that God meant for you to be with and she put you and the girls first. herself last. It’s hard to believe how big your babies are . A place in the sun changed my life . Thank you. I grabbed this book for a birthday present for my husband .
Fantastic book. It gives a highly detailed personal insight into Tim’s motivation and journey. I think even fans that know his story well will find out things they didn’t know. His routine is detailed for those wanting to more and getting recipes is like a huge bonus. On it’s merit as a book - 5 star. I would add it’s a beautifully produced book as well.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Most Inspiring Book I’ve read on being your Best!
Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2019
I have read numerous self help, motivating books over the years for weight loss and being physically fit. Tim’s way of telling his story just made me feel so proud of him and his band/team in how they chose work outs instead of booze and drugs. I just feel so encouraged to change my life for the better even at 68 years old. I had a hard time putting the book down to the very end.
This book offered me the chance to reflect on why and how I got my life back on track and subsequently became a coach in fitness and mental health. It also offers an insight into the life and mindset of the great man himself and is as life affirming as it is practical. It offers simple yet effective advice (that is tried & tested by Tim himself) on how to improve your mind, body and life in general. When clients ask me what they can do in order to support the work we do together, I simply say read this book!!
5.0 out of 5 starsTRUMAV....You have the power to succeed...just need a little help from Tim McGraw!!!
Reviewed in Canada on December 15, 2019
This is Awesome book!!! It has helped me to conquer things I would have normally given an excuse for not doing!!! It is so well written and Tim’s perspectives are 100% Bang on!!! My perspective of this book isn’t just about conquering exercise. I use to drink Wine every night!! It would be 2-3 glasses during the week and of course quite a few on Weekends. With Tim’s book I was able to use these techniques to stop drinking all the time. It has only been 8 weeks to date but when I’ve tried in the past...I would stop during the week BUT drink even more on the weekends!! I have also used his wisdom to conquer losing weight. So, so far I haven’t had a drink in 8 weeks and have lost 22.6 lbs. My next goal is to start running. If you are him’ng & huh’ng on purchasing this book....just do it!! You won’t be sorry!!!!
Loved the Book. Tim proves that anyone can make a major shift in their wellbeing with some effort, intention and support. Would have liked to hear some more stories about his family and the road/stage, however book was still great.