Sunday, November 22, 2015

Auntie's Full Shelf Challenge 18

BookThe Weight Loss Mindset. (Kindle Edition)

Author: Sarah Patterson

Info: Copyright 2013.  TCK Publishing

Where acquired: Free Kindle Download.

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What it's about:  Patterson asserts that there are 10 common thoughts those who are overweight struggle with.  She discusses how those thoughts keep people overweight, or at least makes the struggle for health harder than it should be.

Favorite Quotes

"The truth is, nature and nurture may nudge you towards an unhealthy weight, but being overweight doesn’t have to be your fate. There are examples all around you that counter the beliefs you’ve accepted without scrutiny."  Location 114

"Dave Ramsey is famous for saying, “If you’ll live like nobody else now, you can live like nobody else later.” Meaning, live within your means now and you’ll have what you need and want later. It’s the same thing with food. It’s as if there’s a food budget you can work with. If you eat everything now, you will not have the health you need to be able to enjoy food later."  Location 153

"Give some thought to your attitudes about food. In reality, it is fuel. It is not an emotional crutch, a prize, a validation of your worth . It is to be enjoyed, but not gamed."  Location 234

"Not to be gross, but is food just something that you’re going to stuff into one hole and eliminate through another? Your perspective on food is a huge factor in whether you will be able to release the excess weight that you are carrying."  Location 367

"If you cannot support your health and your body by proper eating and exercise, all these other things that you think you’re so busy doing, will cease to be a problem for you because you’re going to end up sick or dead." Location 371-376

"Are you going to look at life as if it’s never going to go your way, that it’s a constant battle, that it’s hard? Or are you going to look at it as a joyful experience that’s full of opportunities? Can you see that you are fully equipped to face any challenge that comes your way? To enjoy the wonderful life you have every moment you’re here?" Location 422

What I Liked:
  • Many of the mindsets she dealt with were right on point for me. 
  • The writing style was conversational.
  • The author deals with why these thoughts derail ones efforts to gain health.  She doesn't simply say, "These thoughts are bad.  Stop thinking that."
  • This is not a "think yourself thin" book of psychobabble.  The author doesn't leave out the need for diet and exercise changes; she simply says that to do these things but still think negatively will stall one's efforts.
What I didn’t like: 
  • At 51 pages, the book was too short.  It contained some good starters, but it needed more practical solutions to change the damaging thoughts she describes.  Yes, she does deal with the what and why, but the book is lacking in the "how" department.
  • There was nothing of the author in the book.  She doesn't describe how she (or anyone else for that matter) defeated these thoughts, lost the weight, and kept it off.  Is it merely theory with her, or is she a fellow struggler?
  • This electronic edition had no real page numbers.
  • There were typographical and grammatical errors that any decent editor should have caught and corrected.
To sum up:  This book gave me incentive to tackle some of these damaging mindsets.  Since the author doesn't really offer any, I will have to seek out solutions to changing the thought pattern.  I would recommend this book to anyone who struggles with weight issues.

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