Book Review: 100 Pound Loser

I had the privilege of reviewing Jessica Heights' new book, 100 Pound Loser.

This personal memoir describes tricks of the trade Jessica discovered as she lost 100 pounds and kept...it...off.

Having struggled with my weight most of my life, I could relate to her story.

I had always been a chunky kid.

I found the steps she took to achieve her weight loss resonate with my own journey. Jessica describes the importance of achieving your goals (with weight and life, for that matter):

In order to reach a big goal, start with smaller goals.

The key to success and avoiding discouragement is to make your target possible to hit!

She discusses food and how there's a tendency to have a relationship with it:

Food in itself isn't bad...But when we try to have a relationship with it, use it as a comforter, stress release, etc., we find ourselves in trouble.

This week I celebrate 4 years of having lost 30+ pounds and keeping it off! Jessica briefly discusses trigger foods and I loved what she said about cravings,

Rather than feeling frustrated and potentially racking up more calories than I would have originally, I just eat what I was craving in the first place.

I couldn't agree with her more! A little bit of chocolate or a milkshake won't sabotage my weight. But overeating other foods to compensate for not eating what I wanted certainly might.

It was challenging to relearn what a reward was when I lost weight. My first instinct was to think I could eat something "bad" for doing well. Learning to reward myself with non-food rewards like clothes was a key factor of getting to the heart of changing my relationship with food.

I'd like to encourage you to redefine your concept of "treat"...I came to view a "treat" for myself as an inexpensive little gift. 

Even when I have a gain on the scale, I try and not let it discourage me for long. I remember how far I have come and the progress I've made. I loved Jessica's thoughts on this concept:

It's more important to live life and enjoy our families than to obsess over weight.

I can't express how much having Anthony's support helped me lose weight and keep it off. Like Jessica, my husband was a key factor in my weight loss story.

If this is an area you need encouragment in, buy Jessica's book

I was given a review copy of 100 Pound Loser by Jessica Heights. However, all opinions are my own. This post contains my affiliate links.