Books to Inspire.

I love reading.  What better excuse to read than doing research on weight loss and changing my attitude for the better!

At least once a month, I am going to read something that inspires me to change my attitude, my diet, and ultimately shrinking my waistline.  I am not a big fan of self-help books so my books selection will be broader.  It may be a novel about someone like me, trying to better themselves without losing themselves.  It may be a memoir…inspiration through other’s experiences.  I may even force myself to read a diet book or self-help book (although I would not place any bets for this option in the near future).

My Rating System:

5 cupcakes: A fantastic read that will stay with me for a long time.  If this book was a cake, I would have gained 5 pounds!

4 cupcakes: Definitely worth the extra calories.  A great book and worth a recommendation.

3 cupcakes:  I liked it, but I am not sure it was worth the extra workout time.

2 cupcakes: I was a bit disappointed.  Definitely a bit of guilt and eater’s remorse.

1 cupcake: Gag! I could not even finish the cupcake… and I love cupcakes! This book was not my cup of tea (or cupcake)… maybe it was too low fat!


The Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

4 cupcakes

Following the trend of Blogs with books or books with blogs, that Julie and Julia created this book is a memoir that asks the question can one become happier with a systematic assessment of oneself and focusing on self improvement for a year.  In Rubin’s case, she wanted to be happier.  With a nice bit of research incorporated, Rubin creates a year long plan where she focuses on her commandments and goals in an effort to become a happier person.

I liked her systematic approach and did take some ideas from the book in an effort to devise my plan for losing weight.  In general, I am a happy person, but losing weight would make me happier! She included blog posts throughout the book where her bloggers offered advice and personal experiences.  The focus of the book was her personal account of her experiences, but it also seemed to encourage me (as the reader) to look at myself and determine what I could change if I wanted to be happier.  I also found myself wondering how I would have answered her question if asked.

I think it was an interesting plan and she did a nice job portraying herself as a typical person who makes mistakes and has typical problems.


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