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09 February 2011

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Recently I went to my doctor, and he noticed I lost a lot of weight (which I needed to do), and he asked me how I did it. I told him through exercise and watching what I ate. I then asked him if I if he thought I could write a book about it. He laughed and said no. Doctors - they don't know anything.

Yay, Venta! I don't think you needed to lose any weight but congrats on doing so, if that's what you wanted to do!

Doctors--let's put it this way, they don't know as much as they think they do!

You could totally write a book about this, Venta, except if you'd have to make up an addition 250 pages of crap to surround your "exercise and eat right" theory, you'd have to run some weekend seminars, and of course you'd have to get the Oprah Seal of Approval.

I will skip this book for sure. "Eat what your body wants when you're hungry, stop when you've had enough"? I just ate a half a box of Girl Scout cookies and could easily knock off the rest. My restraint is NOT eating the rest of the box.

Ruthiella--
What're you DOING to me? Now I'm hungry for girl scout cookies. Thin mints, mmmmmm....

Hey, good on you for stopping while there were cookies left. I know I wouldn't be able to. So much for "stopping when I've had enough."

I read this book last year and I was also unimpressed with much of it. Roth is well known in the intuitive eating/eating disorder world and I've never been able to understand why. She seems to think that because she had such a traumatic childhood every woman who overeats has some emotional damage, and I don't agree. I recommend reading one of the last pages of the book, where she gives 7 or so guidelines to eating. (Don't eat standing up over the sink. Don't eat while reading or watching TV. Don't eat straight out of the fridge...) Not that I DO any of them consistently. Probably 75% of my food is eaten at my desk at work, while reading, or while watching TV. My defense is to not buy the cookies in the first place.

Don't eat while reading? Well, that is just crazy! That is one of my favorite pastimes.

Ironically, what I cannot do while reading, is the stair master at the gym. I need to be reasonably still to read.

Marmota,
Well, I'm glad it wasn't only me. The seven rules you quote were okay, but weren't anything I haven't heard a million times before. I just thought the book was short on anything useful.

Ruthiella,
I agree, I love to eat while reading (although it is a bad habit). I was almost cured of it when I spilled a bowl of cereal over my library copy of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" and had to buy it....but, not quite.

Have you tried books on tape while stairmastering it? Color me impressed that you have the gumption to get on a stair master!

I had this book on hold while at its most popular and then took it off of my list. Somehow the Oprah endorsement made it less enticing. Having struggled through the same kind of yo-yo dieting without much success I do believe the answer is the simple one Venta gave and from your description, CR, this one sound more like selling retreats rather than helping dieters.

My order of Girl Scout cookies comes next week. I'm looking forward to those Thin Mints. Thank goodness I'm not the Cookie Mom any more and don't have to restrain myself from hundreds and hundreds of boxes!

I would only admit this in a safe environment such as this blog, but I tried to read Dr. Phil's The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom. I bet it was just like this book - trying to find the emotional reasons why we eat blah blah blah. It was awful. I'm better off not reading self help books.

I love reading while on the stationary bicycle at the gym. It's one way I can guarantee getting an hour of reading into each day.

Donna,
Yeah, hearing something's an Oprah pick often dulls my appetite for it too (pun intended), although then I still sometimes get the book because I feel like I should know what everyone else is reading.

If everyone doesn't stop talking about girl scout cookies I'm going to have to go out and find a girl scout soon to buy some Thin Mints off of.

Venta,
So glad to be a safe environment! Once I worked with a really sensible and fun guy who loved Dr. Phil, which I never understood. I never found a whole lot of practical use in his books either. Sorry it didn't work for you, but good on you, reading on the stationary bike! Congrats to you just for getting on a stationary bike! My butt hasn't touched a bike, stationary or otherwise, for years, and I can't say I really miss it.

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