Monday, January 4, 2010

The One-Day Way Blog Tour

Summary: The One-Day Way produces lasting results by taking you back to basics. No more complicated weight-loss strategies. No more expensive diet plans that achieve only temporary results. Instead, you will lose weight and get fit with Chantel Hobbs’s simple, high-energy meal plans and her at-home program for cardio exercise and strength training. She will teach you how to change the way you think, which leads to new actions. Before you know it you will be strong, fit, and healthy. All it takes is doing things differently for twenty-four hours—and then repeating it.

The One-Day Way gives you everything you need to lose weight and get fit in body, mind, and spirit:

  • Break free from past dieting defeats
  • Learn a realistic, life-changing way to measure success
  • Change the way you think so you can change your life
  • Translate your dreams into goals, and your goals into lasting achievements
  • Get strong with thirty-one simple exercises, no fancy equipment required
  • Take advantage of ten ways to eat better while you lose weight

By focusing on food, faith, and fitness, Chantel shows you not only how to lose weight, but how to build the new life you were designed to live. You don’t have to wait any longer. The One-Day Way gives you all the tools for success, starting right now.

Author Bio: The author of Never Say Diet and The Never Say Diet Personal Fitness Trainer, Chantel Hobbs is a motivational speaker, life coach, personal trainer, marathon runner, wife, and mother of four whose story has been featured on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, the 700 Club, and the covers of People and First magazines. She appears weekly on two fitness-themed radio programs and promotes her One-Day Way Learning System on television. Visit Chantel at ChantelHobbs.com for fitness updates and coaching tips.

My Thoughts: I'm going to be real here. I received an email asking if I would like to read this book and I had to think about it before I said yes. I am significantly overweight. I lost fifty pounds a few years ago and have gained sixty back. The thought of trying yet another diet, only to gain more than before, is just plain depressing. The title of this one intrigued me though- One Day Way. I don't want back on the yo-yo diet train but I do want to lose weight and regain my health. So I said yes.

I received the book at Christmas time, stuck it on my dresser, and promptly forgot about it until this past weekend. New year's, in fact. That was the day it occurred to me that the blog tour was this week. Er...yeah, reading the book before reviewing it is usually a good idea. So I began reading it that day. And that day, I began making better choices.

This paragraph, taken from the book, sums up the author's philosophy well; "The One-Day Way celebrates only the successes of today, so ditch the long range dieting mind set, and forget about the hour long walk a week ago. Instead, shift your focus to the success you can achieve in one day- today. By measuring your success in a much smaller time frame, you'll see results continuously. And with the encouragement and motivation you'll gain from making daily progress, you'll soon find that you're feeling and looking better than you dreamed possible."

This is a great perspective on life, not just weight loss. She doesn't forget about planning for tomorrow, that's in the book as well, but our focus is on today. Her philosophy actually reminded me quite a bit of my husband's sermon yesterday. We can't allow our defeats or our successes of the past to keep us from being faithful today. The author's viewpoint that big dreams need bite size goals is one that resonated with me. Changing our life does indeed involve small, attainable goals. I needed this reminder.

The weight loss advice is nothing new- take in less calories than you burn. Exercise. Simple stuff but easier said than done. Sometimes we need someone to take us by the hand and show us how. Sometimes it's not about food addiction (which, unfortunately, she does imply in this book). Sometimes it's not about food having control over your life. For some, it is. For me, it's more about not taking the time or money to eat right. I don't turn to food for comfort (coffee maybe!). I don't binge. I do eat poorly. I don't exercise. I don't take the time to care for me. The author compares this to a bank account. If you consistently withdraw without ever investing, you will eventually become overdrawn. I'm pretty overdrawn here and the analogy was one that made me stop and think that taking time to make better choices for me is a worthy investment.

The book contains helps in changing the way you think about faith, food, and fitness. A 2 week example meal plan is included, as well as suggested exercises. For me, the book was a good motivator and encourager. I am not using her meal plans and exercises but it did cause me to download a free calorie counter on my iTouch and order a Walk Away the Pounds DVD. I have been logging meals and calories and keeping the one day at a time philosophy in mind. The author lost 200 lbs by changing her mind set and making small goals for each day. This is challenging but doable. No more yo yo diets, I'm taking it one day at a time.

*Disclosure: This book was provided at no cost for review purposes.*

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3 comments:

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

Sounds like a good book with some very helpful advice. Thanks for sharing.

Our Westmoreland School said...

I'd love to know how this is going in a few weeks. I'm in the same boat and if this proves consistant, I may have to get a copy for myself.

Thank you for sharing.

Lori said...

I'll try to remember to update. So far, I have not been as consistent as I'd like with the 1500 calories, due to family visits, etc. BUT the mentality of one day at a time has been good and has helped me make the best choices in the situation I am in at the time. I've just begun the exercising. Hopefully this sticks!

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