Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The One-Day Way by Chantel Hobbs

Chantel lost 200 pounds and has made a living from it. She is a personal trainer, has written two books, been on TV, and has a web site and a video series. She is one more voice in a huge market (pun intended).
Is Chantel’s book different enough from others that one should read it? Yes and no. The encouraging aspect of the book is Chantel’s insistence that each day be lived on its own. The reader is encouraged to succeed on that day. One is not to worry about yesterday or try to anticipate tomorrow. Think about one success for the day, such as, “Today I will not eat potato chips.” Celebrate your success that day and make another success goal the next day. Don’t think about long term plans. Enjoy the celebration of one successful day.
The disappointing part of the book is that it is the same old “diet and exercise” routine. Chantel has developed her own food and exercise plan but it is like so many others that I found nothing unique with that part of the book.
Chantel does say that faith is very much an element of her program. Her emphasis is faith, food, and fitness.
As with any “diet” book, it comes down to the bottom line: you must be at the point where you are willing to make a commitment. If you are not ready to change your life, even for one day, don’t bother with the book. If, however, you are ready to make a commitment for just one day this book will be an encouragement. After you have had the thrill of the success of one day, you will know you are on your way to a reconstructed life.
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrookMultnomah Publishing Group.

To see more information about this book: http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780307458780

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