2 words that describe the book―Weight-Loss Memoir
3 setting where the book took place or characters I met
- Setting: Chicago, Modern Day
- Jen Lancaster has created a cottage industry of sorts writing her special brand of memoir-lite, which are filled with her trademark snark and wit. This time around, she chronicles her efforts to lose weight.
- Fletch is Jen’s long-suffering husband, who must endure her attempts at dieting and the mood swings that accompany it. Plus he isn’t allowed to eat anything that he wants to eat without suffering severe consequences.
4 things I liked or disliked about the book
- I liked how Jen Lancaster is down-to-earth and totally relatable in her efforts to lose weight. I cannot stand when people write about trying to lose weight and don’t acknowledge the misery and struggle that accompanie it. Jen has real reactions to her attempts to lose weight … including frequent starts and stops, failures, and constant temptations by food that isn’t so good for you.
- I liked how Jen talks honestly and openly about the three weight loss programs she tried. Her first attempt to “do it herself” was a dismal failure. (As it always is for me too.) She next tries Jenny Craig, and although she sees some results, she dislikes how the program relies heavily on using prepackaged food. She is also open about the difficulties she has with her various counselors. She finally tries Weight Watchers (a program she disliked in the past) and finds that it works for her. (From personal experience, Weight Watchers is the only program that has ever worked for me too. The thing is I don’t necessarily stick with it.)
- I disliked how Jen finds that regular exercise is a key part of a successful weight loss program. As someone who loathes exercise and continually starts and stops exercising, I hated hearing this. Deep down, I know there is no way around it. If you really want to lose weight and feel good, you have to exercise. Jen’s experiences with a personal trainer were inspiring, and her eventual drive to exercise even when no one was forcing her to communicated to me that, at some point, you probably do end up feeling better if you exercise. I’ve just never gotten far enough in the whole exercising thing to experience that myself.
- I liked how Jen is funny, utterly relatable and honest about her weight loss journey. This is a fun book to read whether or not you care about losing weight or not. I’ve read two other Jen Lancaster books, and I thought this was her most focused. If you are on a weight loss journey yourself, Jen would be an ideal companion to have along the way–one who will make you laugh, inspire you, and remind you that you’re not the only one who struggles with your love of food and making time to go to the gym.
5 stars or less for my rating:
I’m giving the book 4 stars. I’m a big fan of Jen Lancaster, and I thought this book was one of her better ones. It is even my guess that you might even lose some calories from laughing as you read! If you’re looking for light, funny memoir written by a gal you could imagine being one of your best friends (or you), Jen Lancaster is your woman.
The Whys and Wheres: I really enjoy Jen Lancaster, and I’m slowly working my way through all her books. I got my copy from Paperback Swap and will be sending it to Rebecca at Lost In Books, who is going to send me copies of the Jen Lancaster books she has that I haven’t read yet. Ahhh…the joys of swapping with fellow book bloggers!
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