Saturday, 26 April 2014

Review: What's Your Excuse...

The basic premise of the books is... it's like you're having a conversation with one of those people who doesn't take any of your shit. 

You say "I can't go to the gym, I'm too tired" and Joanne says Countless studies have found that regular exercise reduces feelings of fatigue. 

You say "I can't eat healthily because I have to prepare meals my kids will eat" and Joanne says Just because they say they don't like it the first time doesn't mean they won't like it a second time if it is served differently.

Reading these books is like someone holding up a big mirror to your whining, excuse-making, sorry self. Joanne has an answer for every excuse, so you're left with... er... ok. I'll join the gym and buy some apples. And then... the books sit there and taunt you... 

There's nothing in these books that's ground breaking - but that's the beauty of them. They tell you everything you already knew, in language you can understand. They're like that voice in your head that's usually drowned out by your expert excuse-maker voice (I don't know about you, but that's often the loudest voice in my head)

And yeah, after reading these books I got up off my behind and joined the gym.

Disclaimer: I was provided with these books free of charge in exchange for a review - but I was not obliged to write a favourable review. All words and opinions are my own.

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  1. Good luck with visiting the gym - it really does help you feel more energised :)

  2. Motivating books are always worth reading. I'm glad the message got through to you. Visiting from UBC.

  3. Good luck! I suffer with much the same problem. With my daily routine the only chance I really have to exercise is late in the evening. Hopefully now the days are getting longer I'll give myself enough of a kick to actually do something about it. It's always those first one or two times that are the most difficult though, isn't it? #weekendbloghop

  4. Good review, I got a sense for the book and there's an answer for every excuse. Sounds interesting.

  5. What a motivating post- loved it!

  6. I do need to do more exercise! My excuse is always I don't have time. But I know if I tried hard enough I could make time! I don't think I would go as far as the gym, but definitely at home exercises!

    I think I also need to read the eat healthily book. Need a good kick up the backside!!!


    x x x

  7. Love the idea of these, it is like having that personal trainer there telling you to get up and go!! Thanks for linking up with #ReadWithMe I have tweeted and pinned this post x

  8. Sound like two very good books to have. Love the jellybean background! x

  9. Sounds like a paperback version of a hard sell to me? Maybe I'm the only one.. #triedtested

  10. They sound like great books!
    Good luck with the gym x

  11. This sounds like something I need to read!! I do make excuses, I have to admit. Are they available on Kindle?


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