Item description for The Weight-loss Diaries: A Tale of Binges, Guilt, Fat Days, New-Me Shopping Sprees, Exercise, More Binges, and...How I Learned to Deal with My Lifelong Weight-Loss Struggle by Beth Richmond Courtney Rubin...
From Shape Magazine's popular columnist comes a look at the daily ups and downs of dieting.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.6" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Nov 25, 2005
Publisher American Media International
ISBN 1932378812 ISBN13 9781932378818
Reviews - What do customers think about The Weight-loss Diaries: A Tale of Binges, Guilt, Fat Days, New-Me Shopping Sprees, Exercise, More Binges, and...How I Learned to Deal with My Lifelong Weight-Loss Struggle?
Good treadmill book Jul 29, 2008
I read this book while on the treadmill on my morning gym visits.I really enjoyed it and often felt that it was my own words I was reading. I didn't feel it was a sap story or one I've read before but it was of a woman's journey for better health with its ups and downs and ups and downs. I applaud Courtney Rubin for sharing her life in this book.
Should have read the reviews Dec 31, 2007
I could barely finish this book. It started out great, but after a while it really got on my nerves. Having spent the last year loosing 70 pounds, I feel Courtney just does not GET IT. You can't diet, you have to change your lifestyle and she never does this. The last half of the book, detailing her binges was extremely painful, especially since she never recovers from it.
If you are loosing weight, this book will do nothing to encourage you, only depress you. Just awful
She's Every Woman Aug 26, 2007
I bought this book when it first came out and have re-read it so many times it finally fell apart!! Although i do agree with some of the other reviewers comments -- Courtney does whine sometimes, and does tend to shift some of the blame for her behavior -- DONT WE ALL?? I am not overweight but i do understand the struggle to lose 20 lbs and keep it off. it's a never ending battle and it DOES consume your thoughts and behaviors. Courtney handled the issues most of us have dealt with using an ascerbic wit, humor and a slightly self-deprecating attitude that the majority of women have. It IS hard to accept compliments when you are still "fat in your mind" and i totally understand how demoralizing it was for her to regain after steadily losing. I think her total honesty and sharing of painful history had to be cathartic to Courtney and extremely helpful to struggling dieters everywhere. I hope she will keep writing books; she's currently living in England which was a lifelong dream for her. As many others have said this is not a "how to" nor does it have a sunny ending. But it IS honest and forthright and a really entertaining read.
It's a story of her life...not a 'how to' book! Jun 1, 2007
Good Lord. I just read the most recent reviews of this book and was astounded by those who called Rubin 'whiny.' I think they miss the point. Losing weight, for most people- is not easy. In fact for many of us, it's the hardest thing we've ever had to do, and if we were to accurately document the process as Rubin did- it would naturally reflect that pain. It's not a perfect 1-2-3 book on how easy weight loss can be! If that's what you're hoping for- this book may not be for you.
However, if what you're looking for is to know that you're not alone, that your pain and fear through this process is not unusual, that you're not the only one who sits in front of the tv stuffing chips down your throat (to be followed by ice cream) with tears streaming down your face...well then give this book a whirl. Because it will inspire you to know that others have healed from this pain...and you will.
frustrating May 31, 2007
The effect of this book on me was much like Rubin's attempts to control her weight--frustrating. The irony is that she's very intelligent and self-aware, yet is utterly unable to change her own behavior. I do commend her courageousness in documenting it.
There's only one mention of BED in the book (binge eating disorder). I wish she had explored this more. Also, I wish she had realized that therapy was something she needed at least as much as a nutrition program.
For me, the book is having the effect of a powerful negative example. I'm hoping to use Rubin as the model of everything I don't want to be. I hope it helps.
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