My Most Influential Books

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I love to read personal inspirational stories from people that have gone through weight loss or other struggles before.  I find solace in knowing that someone has dealt with their struggles and come out the other side.  Some of these are specifically weight loss stories, as well as inspirational stories about habit change.

Eat Clean and Follow Your Dreams by Kelsey Byers

  • I first saw Kelsey Byers’ pictures all over Pinterest when I would search phrases about fitness or weight loss.  Kelsey had an amazing 50 pound weight loss transformation that led me to follow her all over social media.  I bought and used several of her workout programs that I still love.  I wanted to know more about how she made lifestyle changes to lose the weight, so I bought this book of hers.  It is a quick and easy read specifically about her weight gain and weight loss journey.  Her principles of weight loss and fitness are simple and sustainable.  I recommend this book especially if you are at the beginning of weight loss journey or are needing to ditch the quick fixes.

It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell

  • Andie Mitchell shares her life story of childhood trauma, how this contributed to her escalating weight, and how initially losing all the weight didn’t solve all of her problems.  This is a fantastic book (I listened to the audiobook-she has a great voice too), and I cannot recommend it enough.  If you struggled with your weight or food issues, particularly since childhood, you NEED to read this.

5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

  • This book is not specifically about weight loss, but about habit change.  Before reading this book I was thinking a lot about motivation.  I feel that people are always looking for motivation to make the changes in their life, but what if you don’t have it? This book made it clear to me that we don’t need to keep seeking motivation.  It can give me a boost if I find motivation in something, but I don’t need to wait for it.  If I want to lose weight or go workout or change something about your life stop thinking about it and go do it.  My own thoughts are my barrier, and this book sheds a light on how to overcome that.

She’s Losing It! by Lisa Traugott

  • This book is a weight loss story, as well as highlights bodybuilding.  I was particularly drawn to this book because Lisa tells about juggling her roles as a mother, wife and homeschooling with training to enter a bodybuilding competition.  I don’t have an interest in competing, but I definitely connect with her struggle to balance all of these things.  If you have a lot on your plate and are working to lose weight this book models how it can be done!

T is for Transformation by Shaun T

  • Shaun T has an incredible story of overcoming childhood abuse, gaining and losing 50 pounds, as well as other struggles to later become a celebrity trainer.  His story is inspirational to say the least.  I assume that everyone would find something in his story to relate to since he went through so much.  I first saw Shaun T on commercials for his many fitness videos years ago, but this past year is the first time that I actually experienced his workouts through Beachbody on Demand.  In his workout videos as well as this book he focuses on the mental aspect of lifestyle change, and this is what is most beneficial from reading this book!

I hope you will check out some of these and find them as helpful as I did.  Please comment and share your own influential books!

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7 thoughts on “My Most Influential Books”

  1. This is the first time I saw this list of books. I guess I am not really into fitness, but I am into reading. Anyway, I am going to check this out. Maybe my 2018 will become healthier and fit!

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  2. Sounds like some excellent books and since I read this it has made me reflect on how when I am reading motivational and inspirational stories on weight loss it makes it easier for me to stay motivated on my own weight loss journey.

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