Books

Slim for Life Review

It occurred to me as I was thinking about what to write for this post that I posted several posts about the points for Jillian Michael’s book Slim for Life, but I never gave my opinion on what I thought of the book.

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I am a huge Jillian fan, so I’m sure it will come as no surprise that I love this book.  I am an avid reader and own a Nook.  Originally, I started reading this on my nook; however, I found that I really wanted to write in it and flip back and forth between pages.  Therefore, I ended up purchasing a hard copy of this book.  Also, books with inserts or special blurbs on pages format funny on the nook.  That is really my only complaint about the book, and it is not really a complaint.  So, for those e-readers out there, go for the print on this one.  It will also be much easier to total your points.

The book is arranged by category (food, fitness, motivation, etc.).  Within each category is a piece of advice that will help you achieve your fitness goals in each category.  Each advice morsel is given a point value.  3 points is the advice you should really follow, 2 moderately follow, and 1 point is optional.  At the end of the chapter you add your points and you can determine if you are implementing enough strategies to achieve your goals.  I like this because you can pick and choose what you do/think you can easily accomplish.  It make it less overwhelming.

Additionally, the advice in this book is simple and easy to follow.  Each piece of advice is only five sentences long.  Quick, easy to understand, and move on.  That’s the way I like it.  I don’t know that I could follow all of the fitness advice if left to my own devices.  I mean, I get that I should work front of the body one day and back of the body another, but what exercises should I do on each day?  I use her DVDs most of the time, so this concept is introduced to me naturally.  This is why I like programs (body revolution, T25, Insanity) because I just know what to do next and don’t have to figure it out.  I would be horrible at developing a workout program on my own, even with the advice in this book.  For people more fitness savvy than I, this would probably be beneficial to you.

Overall this is a solid book that is practical, easy to follow, and fun to read (you can hear Jillian talking to you as you are reading it).  I have not referenced it as often as I should, but I haven’t been doing much of anything fitness wise until recently.  I probably need to take it off of the shelf again.  Imagine that…

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