I don’t have 100 pounds to lose. I never have. But I know I’ve gained and lost that much (or more) over the course of the last 20 years. At this point, it’s not the number that’s important to me, it’s the taking it off and KEEPING it off, no matter the amount, that’s paramount. It’s like I know all of the things that work, but I just.can’t.keep.it.going.
I had been a follower of Jessica’s blog for a long time and then eventually became friends with her on Facebook (because she’s cool like that). I always enjoyed her writing style and she always made me laugh…or cry…or think really hard about something. I her conversational style of writing and that her love for Jesus isn’t just something that popped up now and again, but that it was all over her writing and that He part of who she had come to be. So when I heard that she had lost 100 pounds at one point in time AND kept it off after 4 pregnancies, I was astounded, and then I REALLY wanted to know how she had done it! She later announced that she had written an ebook on her journey, so when she called for bloggers to read and review her book, I
almost trampled small children jumped at the chance to do it!
To be honest, I’ve been a dieter for a LONG time. I know everything there ever was or is to know about diets. I just can’t seem to get them to stick and work FOR GOOD! So there really wasn’t anything in 100 Pound Loser that I didn’t already know. But what I did find was encouragement. A whole lot of “I’ve been there…I know what you’re going through.” Tons of “It’s not going to be easy, but you can do it.” And most importantly, a great reminder that I’m more than a number on a scale and that I’m beautiful just the way I am.
Her writing style is light and fresh and she will have you nodding your head (uh-huh) and laughing along with her fun illustrations. This is not at all a weight loss book and she doesn’t promote it as such. It’s more of an encouragement to say, “Hey…I know you might have some weight to lose, and I did it, and here’s how I did, but go find what works for you!” I love that she uses Scripture to edify me as the reader and to say that God really does care about this aspect of my life and that He’s there to help me!!!
You might wonder why this is on a food allergy blog. But honestly, sometimes when you cut out a food group (or two…or four), it can be easy to focus so much on the few foods that you can eat that disordered or stress eating can rear its ugly head. This is another reason why I felt like I could review her book in this arena.
If you are just starting a weight loss journey and you need to know where to start and hear from someone who has been there, this book is for you. If you are someone who is in the middle of your journey and you’re discouraged at your progress (or lack thereof), this is for you, too. Jessica will pull up along-side you with a cup of coffee and just help you feel like you can do one more day of making good choices… exercising…not stealing the leftover gluten free mac and cheese off of your kids’ plates…whatever it is that you find hard to make yourself do!
I know you’re DYING to know where you can find this book! There are several places! You can purchase this ebook on Amazon, or if you purchase through this link, I get a little kick back, too. You can read more from Jessica about her weight loss and keeping it off, even after having FOUR kids, at www.100poundloser.net.
I was given a copy of 100 Pound Loser to read for my review. I was not paid for my time or opinion and she didn’t even try to bribe me with coffee…though it might have worked. I will receive a small compensation for purchases made through my affiliate link.