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The first hour was good, then it was downhill. I mean there are recipes, lists of ingredients and how to cook it in the book. I fast forwarded that part, after all, I did not buy a cookbook. The story was well told for what it was, basically somebody's diary. You may think that Bridget Jones was a diary too.... it was but things happened in her life, this one is strictly a diet diary. I suppose it can give somebody inspiration, but be warned it is strictly AJ's story of how she got fat, and how she gets thinner. Not the worst I heard for diary stories.....
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I have just finished listening to this book; it chronicles her battle of the bulge/path to physical and mental health with the support of a personal trainer (Crusher), psychiatrist (Dr. Nutcase), nutritionist in the Alfafa Zone. Written with humor and pathos, I was pleasantly surprised that the story she conveyed was interesting and varied. Though she starts out focusing on her physical health, she ends up focusing on a personal transformation to self-acceptance and love. She touches on a broad range of life-experiences that shaped how she developed an unhealthy relationship with food: adopted into a family where she was a square peg in a round-hole, being sexually abused as a child, raped at the age of 18...that resulted in self-loathing expressed as bulimia, anorexia, obesity...Though these are tragedies, she somehow finds a way to express herself in a way that is laugh-out-loud funny. As I listened to this book, I laughed, I cried, I cheered her successes. She talks about how her efforts to improve her health and her life affected her relationships with family, friends, men, professional goals -- and details the specific challenges she faced with friends who tried to sabotage her diet, her own self-sabotage, Christmas holidays with her adoptive father and her birth father, people who were unkind, people who were kind. This is an engaging story and I heartily recommend it to all.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
Confessions describes the journey of the author A J Rochester from fat to thin. Along the way she deals with her abused childhood, anorexia, bulemia and laxative abuse along with constant feelings of not being good enough. With the aid of Crusher (personal trainer) and Nutcase (pyschiatrist) she transforms herself and faces her personal demons. You would think that this story would be depressing but even in her darkest moments AJ manages to find humour in her situation and by the end you will be willing her along to loose those last pounds.
An inspiration for those, like me, that have all but given up on losing weight. When you hear what AJ has to go through, your problems seem pale in comparison and I for one have decided to give weight loss another go.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
I played this on my journey to and from work. I laughed so much, I arrived in a great mood.
Ajay writes and reads with such humour and honesty. This book is refreshing.
Even if you don't follow her methods the 'whole hog', there are many pointers to use in every day life which would aid leading a healthier lifestyle and weight loss.
I recommend this book very highly.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful