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Life Doesn't Begin 5 Pounds from Now

Life Doesn't Begin 5 Pounds from Now

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Did you know the language you speak is as important as the food you eat?

Whether you're a size 2, 12, or 22, it's considered normal to hate your body. Society practically encourages it. But this discontent is really just a way of masking deeper issues such as insecurity, low self-esteem, or a longing for love and acceptance. By focusing on what others tell you are your shortcomings, you miss countless opportunities to feel connected, sexy, and powerful.

Life Doesn't Begin 5 Pounds from Now brings good news: By changing your thoughts, language, and actions, you can truly begin to love and appreciate your body today. In this book, acclaimed author and motivational speaker Jessica Weiner provides real solutions to real problems and helps women everywhere begin to decode the Language of Fat while discovering how to feel good in the here and now. With quizzes, tips, and tools, Life Doesn't Begin 5 Pounds from Now offers a step-by-step guide for creating a more fulfilling and positive life. You'll feel better about your relationships, your job, your family, your friends, and yes, even your body!
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  • Gallery Books | 
  • 208 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416935384 | 
  • January 2007
List Price $14.99
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Reading Group Guide

Questions and Topics for Discussion about Life Doesn't Begin 5 Pounds from Now

1. How do you speak about your body around your family? How do you think it makes them feel? What kind of advice does the author give to you regarding talking and dealing with family members about weight/body issues?
2. The author talks about different ways to incorporate the people in your life and to make them an active part of your life plan. Have you ever gone on a diet with a family member? What was the experience like?
3. Think back to a time in your life when you had a major life accomplishment that was weight related. How can you use this accomplishment to attain further goals?
4. Review the "ten typical responses" box on pp. 32 -- 33 in Chapter 2. How do you usually respond to the question, "Do I look fat in this?" Practice the transitions on pp.34 -- 35. What are ways in which you can put these transitions into action?
5. What has the author said about today's media? How has it affected the overall culture of self-esteem?
6. How do you think women can navigate through all of the conflicting messages that they get from the media? Should they go on a "media diet"? What other tools or techniques can they use be a part of pop culture but not brainwashed by pop culture?
7. What is your initial reaction to the word fat? What are ways in which you can improve on your notions of the word, and how can you help people understand what k see more

About the Author

Jessica Weiner
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Jessica Weiner

Jessica Weiner is the author of A Very Hungry Girl. She's also a self-described Actionist, reaching audiences nationwide through her groundbreaking and empowering work as a speaker and a performer.

Jessica is copresident of No. 11 Media, a production company aimed at creating meaningful media with realistic images. She has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, MTV, The View, Good Morning America, and countless other media outlets.

Please visit www.jessicaweiner.com.

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