Hey friends! I'm a big reader and love to curl up in bed at night with a good book. I keep two running lists on my phone: a list of books I want to read, and a list of books I have read, loved, and recommend to people who ask. If you have similar lists these four books below need to be on it. I especially enjoyed them because while none of them are specifically written about weight loss, each book can easily be read with weight loss in mind. In case you want to order any of these books from Amazon (holla for convenience shopping!) you can click on any of the book cover photos and easily put them in your shopping cart.
You Are a Badass
by Jen Sincero
Inside all of us is greatness, and this book is going to help you find it! Sincero drops truth bombs left and right. “If you want to live a life you’ve never had before, you have to do things you have never done before.” BOOM. “Procrastination is one of the most common forms of self-sabotage because it’s really easy.” Gosh, there are so many quotable quotes in this one, you just have to read the whole thing, take it in and get inspired to live a bigger life.
Better Than Before
by Gretchen Rubin
If you have ever heard me talk about moderators vs abstainers or how I am an Upholder – I am referencing this book. This book is about more than just setting and achieving goals – it dives deep into your personal tendencies that help you to understand how you personally form habits. It was fascinating to see myself in the Upholder tendency as Gretchen discussed responding readily to outer and inner expectations. If you want to take the quiz without reading the book and find out which tenancy you identify with you can take it online here.
The Power of Habit
by Charles Duhigg
If you really want to make permanent changes in your life you need to focus on your habits and changing them to align with your goals. Duhigg outlines The Habit Loop which consists of three elements: a cue, a routine, and a reward. Understanding these components can help in understanding how to change bad habits or form good ones. I've said it before, and I will say it again, if you want to be successful with weight loss long-term you have to create new sustainable habits.
The Compound Effect
by Darren Hardy
My favorite quote in the book is: “If I were to put a ten-inch-wide, thirty-foot-long plank on the ground and say, “If you walk the length of the plank, I'll give you twenty dollars,” would you do it? Of course, it's an easy twenty bucks. But what if I took that same plank and made a roof-top “bridge” between two 100-story buildings? That same twenty dollars for walking the thirty-foot plank no longer looks desirable or even possible, does it? You'd look at me and say, “Not on your life.” However, if your child was on the opposite building and that building was on fire, would you walk the length of the plank to save him? Without question and immediately – you'd do it, twenty dollars or not. Why is it that the first time I asked you to cross that sky-high plank, you said no way, yet, the second time you wouldn't hesitate? The risk and dangers are still the same. What changed? Your WHY changed – your reason for wanting to do it. You see, when the reason is big enough, you will be willing to perform almost any how.” How inspiring is that? Makes you want to get a really solid reason WHY to back up any changes you are making in your life, right?
Did I Miss Any?
Any other awesome self-help books I am missing? Any of these changed your life?