Monday, August 11, 2008

Non-Fiction: Wake Up to Your Weight Loss by Alyson Mead

Though I’m not, at this point in my life, especially interested in dieting, this line on the back of Wake Up to Your Weight Loss: Using the Art of Personal Narrative to Achieve Your Best Body by Alyson Mead caught my eye:
“What if the Buddha dieted?”
How could that not pique someone’s interest? A whiff of blasphemy and a hint of fun leads potential readers to think endless quantities of both might be found between these covers. And the fact is… well…. not so much. At the same time, Wake Up to Your Weight Loss is anything but stodgy. It begs us to find and reinforce the things inside us that are good, while letting go of much that is bad, including extra pounds.
When we want to say that someone or something is serious or dignified, we say it has gravitas, meaning substance …. So when did weight become synonymous with fast, lazy and dissolute?
I suspect that, like all self-help books, how much you manage to pull out of Mead’s latest book will depend entirely on you. However, her message of empowered self-acceptance and self-love that can lead to physical change is a positive one. Change your mind, she seems to say. And, in order to change you body, change your heart.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anne Lane said...

Can be easier to say 'change your mindset and you'll lose weight' than to do it. But it must be the best way.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 4:53:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Lynda Lippin said...

I still don't understand ho wthis is different from all the other dieting as internal change self help books out there. Can you explain?

Lynda Lippin

Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 10:10:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Linda L. Richards said...

Seriously? It seems to me that “What if the Buddha dieted?” sort of sums that up.

Monday, August 18, 2008 at 5:35:00 PM PDT  

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