23 March 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Shape Up with the Slow Fat Triathlete by Jane Williams

A friend of mine suggested this book to me after learning I’d been on a fitness journey for the past 9 months. I’ve lost a lot of weight, I’ve gotten in a shape that is a little less “round” and I still have a long ways to go. I was looking forward to reading this book to learn how to get into shape and become an imperfect athlete as a larger woman. There are oddball challenges that I’ve met along the way that smaller people just don’t have. I was looking forward to learning about how to deal with some of these.

I will say that the book is very motivational and I love the author’s attitude of “be yourself and the rest of them can fly a kite.” Reading her book made me want to get off my tail and drag my butt out for a walk or to the gym. It made me want to learn how to run and succeed at this crazy path I have laid out for myself. She excels at this.

I think, however, it’s missing some of the practical advise I was looking for. I was expecting more tips and ideas and less motivation. Granted, I need both of those things, but from the title and description, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting.

Having said that, this is definitely worth a read. If you are not in the best shape of your life and don’t look all that hot in spandex, this is a great book to help get your tail in gear. Recommended.

Jayne Williams brings irreverent wit and a passion for movement to people who want a roadmap to real-life, functional fitness. Shape Up with the Slow Fat Triathlete is the antidote to fitness books that promise killer abs and deliver disappointment. A mediocre athlete with a lifelong weight problem, Williams struggles with her own fitness demons, including self-consciousness, injuries, and yo-yo dieting. Now, she puts fun back into working out with realistic advice, zany anecdotes, and essential observations. With stories from other “imperfect athletes,” Williams’s fifty audacious tips help aspiring athletes of all flavors to kick butt on the trail, in the pool, or at the gym.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book count for 2012: 6

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