Posted by: Admin | September 23, 2010

“Get off your arse and lose weight”

Just after project50 “went live” my youngest sister and her husband very kindly lent us the use of their holiday home. I’m one of those nosy people who like to look at other people’s book shelves and make snap judgements about the people based on their reading tastes. (In the nicest possible way, of course!).  These made me smile – how to get rich/slim and win at poker vied with Jilly Cooper and Jackie Collins and it wasn’t difficult to work out who had bought what.

A little light reading…

Holidays are prime time for reading self-improvement tomes, so I picked up “Get off your arse and lose weight” by  self-styled “Life Bitch!” Steve Miller.

According to the blurb on the back of the book, Miller is “an expert in the power of positive thinking.”

“No more excuses! The Life Bitch is here, and he hasn’t got time for whingers. So shut up, get off your arse and get losing that weight!”

I’m not so sure that the above is actually an example of “positive thinking”, but it is straight talking. This book could win a prize for stating the bleeding obvious, but you know what? It needs to be said. Beyond the screaming hype, (Just f****ing do it!) there’s common sense and a flat refusal to pander to political correctness.

Fat, Miller asserts, is disgusting, ergo fat people are repulsive. Allow yourself to use the repulsion you feel towards your own body as a motivator for change. Eat less, move more, take responsibility for yourself and you too can beat the fight against the flab.

As I read the book I found myself wincing at Miller’s uncompromising language, which rather proves his point: we spend too much time tip-toeing around difficult issues. The Life Bitch is right on at least one score: those of us who need to lose a few pounds need to stop passing the buck and accept that if we want to lose weight, we just need to get on with it. This book provides “a kick up your big, fat arse.”

If you don’t like it, don’t open it. You have been warned!

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