Chantel Hobbs weighed over 300 pounds. She began her struggle with weight, dieting, failing and self-loathing at eleven years old. Then one day she chucked dieting. She stopped making excuses and began her journey to thin. In the One-Day Way, Chantel shares her success story, the successes of some of her friends, and the necessary strategies anyone can use to become healthy and fit.
This book impressed me more than I can say. As you read on, understand that I am committing myself to The One-Day Way. I have already begun. Won’t you join me?
Chantel presents The One-Day Way in four parts. In the first part, she teaches us to level the way we measure success. In order to take charge of our bodies, we need to first take charge of our minds. No more excuses.
Because changing your life is difficult and thinking differently about your life is a challenge, you will be tempted to give up. You’ll start thinking that nothing has really changed, and you’ll wonder why you’re trying to kid yourself. It will be much easier just to go back to your old habits. That is why you need to understand how your thinking always controls your actions. Both negative and positive thoughts have the ability to dictate your actions at any given moment. What gives you the upper hand is that you have a choice: will you make sure that positive thoughts control your mind, or will you give in to negative thoughts? The ability to choose your thoughts and actions gives you tremendous power. You can decide which thoughts will rule your actions, and those decision will dictate whether you succeed or repeat a past failure.
In part two, Chantal explains how to lay your own personal foundation for success. First you decide what it is you want to build on the foundation. Knowing what you plan to build, provides you with a blue print you build your success upon — one meal at a time, one day at a time. Chantel puts forth a better way to look at our failures — we will have them, but failing to met a goal, and quitting are two different things. Shake the failure off, reassess and move on. Chantel also discusses acknowledging and celebrating our successes, without allowing them to set us up for later failures.
In part three, Chantel leads us to the realization of inner resources many of us may never have known to tap. Even as she motivates us to build our dream, she doesn’t pull her punches. The weight will not come off as easily as it went on, but with persistence it will come off — and you will begin to feel better about who you are. This is the section where most life change gurus try to sell you all of their specialized workout equipment. Not Chantel. She does tell us what equipment we need, but she doesn’t name brands, websites or points of purchase.
In part four, Chantel outlines the necessary steps to maintaining our weight — but she is no longer talking about struggle, because by the time we reach level four, living healthy will have become a habit. Chantel asks us to sign a covenant with ourselves to commit to the change. She also asks us to bring our own personal faith into the mix. Trying our success to our faith provides us with a sure source of strength most of us overlook.
I would like to offer my thanks to the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for providing me with a free copy of this book for my review. I fully plan to allow what I have gained from reading this book to influence the rest of my life.