Thoughtful Thursday–The One-Day Way by Chantel Hobbs Review

By Ruth on June 2, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Summary from goodreads:
Lose All the Weight You Want, One Meal, One Pound, One Day At a Time!
 
I’ve got great news for you: You are about to feel better and look better beginning today! Today is truly a new opportunity for you to reach your weight loss goals. No, you won’t fit into your “skinny jeans” today, but I’m going to show you how each day will get you closer to that goal.

Yesterday’s mistakes are gone so let them go. You can’t control tomorrow, so stop worrying about it. Today is your opportunity to lose weight, get strong, and look great. It won’t happen overnight, but you can build a new life by changing your actions immediately and I’m here to show you how to make the changes that will create the new lifestyle you dream of: body, mind, and spirit. Best of all, you will start celebrating right away!

Come on, my friend. Let’s get started! By opening this book, I’ll show you how to unlock every tool you need to lose weight and get fit —and stay that way for the rest of your life. Success can be yours, what are you waiting for? 

The One-Day Way: Today Is All the Time You Need to Lose All the Weight You WantThe One-Day Way: Today Is All the Time You Need to Lose All the Weight You Want by Chantel Hobbs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I initially chose this book because I have been working to regain my healthy lifestyle and lose the 10 or so pounds that just keep hanging on.  I have read my share of “diet” books over the years, and I have lost 50 pounds and kept it off for years now.  I figured this book would be like all the others.

Well, I was wrong.  I was concerned at first because the Christian element seemed to be neglected.  But I was thankfully proven wrong.  She emphasized the spiritual element very clearly at all the right places–even ended with a solid salvation message.

I think what sets this book apart is that Chantel continues to emphasize doing it one day at a time.  What happened yesterday–whether you messed up or did well–is truly irrelevant to today.  Today you need to make the decision to change your life.  Setting long-term goals often sets you up to fail–especially when you do not see the results you want.  Sometimes we spend too much time celebrating our successes and neglecting the present as well.  When you take things one day at a time, however, all that really matters is today.  And if you mess up, you know that tomorrow you have a fresh new start.

I like the fact that she has some simple meal plans, and I really love the strength training exercises in her book–30 of them, I think.  They are simple and attainable.  I appreciate the fact that she says you need to continue challenging yourself on a daily basis.  I agree with much of what she says in the area of fitness and health.

There are some points of disagreement from my perspective, but they are small.  I do not agree with fasting for me.  I know it is good, but I am generally not able to do it.  I could see doing one meal, but not a whole day.  I also do not agree with cardio 5 times a week no matter what.  I do 3-4, and it has worked for me.  I also do not agree with keeping track of your progress for the day and tearing it up.  I am a goal-oriented person, and I like to see from whence I have come.

In conclusion, the thing that really struck me in the book is that the principles she uses for health/dieting cross over into other areas as well.  Any time we make changes in our lives, it is hard.  I think that when you make a commitment that today you are going to or not going to do thus and such–and you only make the commitment for that day–the goal finally seems doable.  I have been putting her principles into practice as I have been working on other habits in my life, and it works!

I chose to give this book a 5-star rating because I think it is the best diet book I have ever read.  She is not promoting a program; she is promoting a lifestyle.  And I cannot agree with her more on that point!

“I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.

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