Thursday, December 22, 2011
Faithful, Fit and Fabulous--or Get Your Rear in Gear While Making it Nearly Painless
Connie E. Sokol says it all with the book title: Faithful Fit & Fabulous--get Back to Basics and Transform Your Life in Just 8 Weeks! Naturally, I'm skeptical when I read a cover like this. After all, self-help books are a dime a dozen, right? I usually read them, feel inspired for about twenty seconds, then get on with my disorganized life.
Then I opened the book.
If you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, you'll appreciate how the author sprinkles in pertinent quotes and scriptures throughout the book that, like a dash of pumpkin pie spice, really adds to the flavor of the book. If you aren't, you can substitute the spiritual section for what works for you. This book is a wonderful tool if you are organizationally challenged.
Basically, there is a chapter in the beginning that you use as your goal for the first week. Then you build on that by choosing something from the other chapters to work on in subsequent weeks. I love how Ms. Sokol takes off the pressure by encouraging and giving us tools to truly help change our lives, and I believe her methods will make for lasting change. Along with setting accomplishable goals, we are given advice on what to do when life happens to our goals (As it always does!), and we have to adjust in order to reach them. The author teaches us that being flexible is key to reaching our goals, which is something that I appreciate very much.
I loved most of the advice and suggestions, and found the recommendation easy to tweak for me and my family, where needed. I felt very uplifted and encouraged by Faithful Fit & Fabulous, and highly recommend it to anyone (especially women) who are having a difficult time finding balance in their lives.
I rarely gush over a book, but this one is truly gold. It spoke to me and the point where I am in my life. I tend to get overwhelmed very easily, and this book helped me feel like I could breathe and figure out and accomplish my goals at the same time. I'm so grateful I had the chance to review it, and plan on following the program myself beginning next week. If you are looking for a simple, no frills plan to help you get where you want to be in your life, this is it!
Buy Faithful Fit & Fabulous at Amazon in paper or for Kindle. (The Kindle version is a steal at $3.99, and if you don't have a Kindle, you can download the app for free and read it on your PC! The paper version is reasonably priced as well.)
The author's website is: 8basics.com. If you go to her FAQs, you will find a downloadable packet for those who have purchased the book. If you read it on an e-reader, this will be invaluable for following the program.
Thank you, Connie Sokol, for this wonderful tool!
*I have not been paid or compensated for this review. I received a copy of the book for review purposes only, and no, you can't have my copy. This baby is mine. Forever. Well, at least until I die. After all, I can't take it with me.*