A Good Read Review: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Shaping the New You

  • Paperback: 385pages
  • Publisher: CSS Publishing (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1-935096-65-73
  • Price:  $14.99

Pound by pound, month by month, year by year I grew into obesity.  Medical issues became my wake up call.  Weight Watchers, Lean Line, Jenny Craig, diet doctors, bariatric doctors, lap bands. I tried them all and more.  Short term each worked; long term each failed.   Why?

Today I  realize there is no magic wand that passes over me.  My healthy living depends on me and my choices not genetics I cannot control.   Unbalanced diets, high calories, and bad carbs are my enemies.  Water, exercise, and good nutrition are my friends. Solid support helps.  Who would believe that  soap General Hospital helps me keep going?   You see GH first introduced me to Richard Simmons.

Curious as to Simmons’s weight loss secrets, I could not resist reading and rereading his Foreword to Chicken Soup for the Soul:  Shaping the New You.  I hate lectures and lecturers–too preachy and phony for me.  However, I can identify with Richard Simmons.  He savored New Orleans.  He relished Disneyland.  He confessed to professional dieting.  Me too!  Me too!  Me too!

Chicken Soup for the Soul:  Shaping the New You’s 101 encouraging stories about dieting, fitness, and finding out what works  mean no one has to go it alone.  Its chapters include Getting Started, Exerciser Can Be Fun, Too Err Is Human, Regaining Control, The Gym, Liking Myself, Having a Partner, Telling Myself the Truth, Foods That Make a difference, and Off the Beaten Path are all real stories not fiction.

This book begins with truth and sustains itself with truth.  It educates as it entertains.  Fitness is more than joining a health club.  It  is a lifestyle choice 24/7.  Shaping the New You’s first story, Simmons’s own tale “Through the Doors of Slimmons,” explains his commitment to motivation and weight loss.  Sabotage yourself no more.  Let what follows  it to the last one, Linda Rivers’s “Three Easy Steps” inspire instead.

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