The One-Day Way: Today Is All the Time You Need to Lose All the Weight You Want [NOOK Book]

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Lose All the Weight You Want, One Meal, One Pound, One Day At a Time!
 
I've got great news for you: You are about to feel better and look better beginning today! Today is truly a new opportunity for you to reach your weight loss goals. No, you won't fit into your "skinny jeans" today, but I'm going to show you how each day will get you closer to that goal.
 
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Overview

Lose All the Weight You Want, One Meal, One Pound, One Day At a Time!
 
I've got great news for you: You are about to feel better and look better beginning today! Today is truly a new opportunity for you to reach your weight loss goals. No, you won't fit into your "skinny jeans" today, but I'm going to show you how each day will get you closer to that goal.
 
Yesterday's mistakes are gone so let them go. You can't control tomorrow, so stop worrying about it. Today is your opportunity to lose weight, get strong, and look great. It won't happen overnight, but you can build a new life by changing your actions immediately and I'm here to show you how to make the changes that will create the new lifestyle you dream of: body, mind, and spirit. Best of all, you will start celebrating right away!
 
Come on, my friend. Let's get started! By opening this book, I'll show you how to unlock every tool you need to lose weight and get fit —and stay that way for the rest of your life. Success can be yours, what are you waiting for?
 
-Chantel


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Editorial Reviews

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"Empowering, motivating, and inspiring, The One-Day Way artfully weaves the story of Chantel Hobbs's weight struggles and triumphs with practical strategies. Chantel shows readers how to change their thoughts and habits to move toward long-term, sustainable weight loss. The key messages–taking each day as it comes and turning negative, sabotaging thoughts into positive ones–are powerful."
–Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN, author of Nutrition at Your Fingertips and coauthor of Feed Your Family Right!

"The One-Day Way shows you how to take your wishes and break them down into achievable goals. Years of bad habits, packing on the pounds, and pursuing an unhealthy lifestyle create huge mountains to climb. The One-Day Way makes it possible for you to live life to its fullest throughout your journey to the top!"
–Joseph J. Tedesco, DPT, ATC, CSCS, Elite Physical Therapy, Charlotte, North Carolina

"Chantel Hobbs explores the integral relationship of fitness, food, and faith in a wonderful and provocative way. She shows readers how to incorporate exercise and good nutrition into their everyday lives. I am recommending The One-Day Way to all my patients, friends, and family members who have struggled with their weight and who have made the decision to change their lives."
–Barry Ross, MD, board-certified gastroenterologist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307458797
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 577,445
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

The author of Never Say Diet and The Never Say Diet Personal Fitness Trainer, Chantel Hobbs is a motivational speaker, life coach, personal trainer, marathon runner, wife, and mother of four whose story has been featured on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, the 700 Club, and the covers of People and First magazines. She appears weekly on two fitness-themed radio programs and promotes her One-Day Way Learning System on television. Visit Chantel at ChantelHobbs.com for fitness updates and coaching tips.


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C h a p t e r 1 Old Habits Are Hard to Break Let's Make Better Habits ThatAre Hard to Break Too… Since we all are creatures of habit, is the person who habitually fails doomed to keep on failing? Even if she wants to change her life, is change impossible?

If you think the answer is yes, I have two more questions for you: Deep down, do you believe you'll always struggle with your weight? Is being overweight your destiny?

It's time to look inside. Have you formed a habit of thinking that contentment and happiness are feelings other people have but you will never experience? Or that success is something only others can achieve? If you've made a habit of thinking this way, then you know that old habits are hard to break—mostly because you've tried for years. But while breaking a habit may be hard, it's not impossible.

I know from experience that counterproductive habits keep us from achieving what we want in life. Like many overweight people, I struggled to improve my life. I'd get on a program and even lose some weight. But as I'd begin to see my body changing, I'd suddenly experience a series of slip-ups. I'm talking a few weekends of wrongdoing, such as indulging in Vegas-style buffet eating while ditching my workouts.

I felt defeated when it came to losing weight. It seemed I couldn't break free from my addiction to food. For as long as I could remember, every time I attempted to overcome the habits that kept me overweight and unhappy, it would end in discouragement and failure. Then I would commit once again to making the necessary changes. I would start getting results, but then I'd let down my guard, pick up a fork, and throw my sneakers in the closet. Not only would I regain the weight I had lost, but I'd also pile on a new load of self-hatred.

Back then, winning never felt possible. In my heart I knew it was just a matter of time before I'd destroy all the progress I'd made. And when that day would inevitably arrive, it felt as if my hard work had been erased. All I would have to show for my efforts were a few more cracks in my already-broken heart. Beyond the pain I felt utterly exhausted thinking about how to regain enough strength to go back to Start.

It's not surprising that I would go months, sometimes years, before trying again to pursue the life I desired. DESPERATE FOR CHANGE

As I've said, nearly nine years ago my life took a major turn, and I finally won.

Truthfully, it required more determination and work than I'd ever devoted to anything else. However, I had reached a point where I could no longer keep living the same way. I was desperate to change, and once I reached that point, I made the commitments necessary to stick with it. After I lost two hundred pounds and became a personal trainer, I knew I had found my new life. And I had to share my experience with the world. I want to convince you that just as I was able to turn my life around after twenty-nine years of constant defeat, so can you.

I can tell you how it happened for me, and I can teach you a nutrition and exercise program that will enable you to lose weight, get healthy, grow strong, and improve your heart health. In fact, we'll do all those things in later chapters. But there is one thing I can't do for you. I can't give you a fearless attitude. And you'll need one if you're going to make permanent changes. You must find it within yourself. If your desire to change is not intense enough to push you past the point of no return, and if you don't have a fearless attitude, you will give up. I'm not being a pessimist; I'm simply speaking from experience.

You and I are the same. I get you, because I am you! I know what it feels like to cross your fingers year after year, hoping and praying that somehow you will finally accomplish this one thing you've set out to do—to lose weight. I understand what it's like to get to the end of your rope once again, so desperate to live a better life that you have trouble breathing some nights as you think about your failures.

While I know your pain, I know freedom as well. I learned things over the past several years that freed me from my prison of self-defeat and self-hate. And in this book I'm going to share them with you. But I can do only so much. You have to be willing to work. I'm not talking about just how to work out but about honest work that will take you to the depths of your soul.

In my work as a personal trainer and life coach, I've known too many people who know what they need to do to get strong and lose weight, yet they can't manage to do it when it gets too challenging. I can talk about good carbs and bad carbs until the cows come home, and it won't do a thing. I can show you new core exercises to make you stronger, but that won't make change happen either. And here's why: to end habitual failure, you have to replace it with habitual success. This means you have to experience it, then repeat the experience again and again. Successes, even small ones, can overshadow your lingering thoughts of inevitable defeat.

So our first goal will be to learn habitual success in a way that doesn't trap you in an overly restrictive program or diet system. You need the freedom to fit the program to your life, goals, and temperament. And since we're concentrating on only one day, you need to be freed from the idea that you measure your success against a pyramid of past triumphs or failures. Most people who are trying to lose weight live in dread of the day they will drop the ball and fail to meet their goals. With the One-Day Way, the only day that counts is today. Keep your past defeats in the past, where they belong.
 KEEPING PAST FAILURES AT A SAFE DISTANCE

I was trying to help a woman change her life when I became inspired to create the One-Day Way system. I remember our conversation as if it were yesterday. We sat on a white wicker couch overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. I had counseled and coached this woman, who battled not only a weight problem but also longtime drug addiction. I was so proud of her—she had been living clean, sober, and healthy for 144 days!

But as we sat looking at the ocean, she couldn't see the beauty. All she saw was her pain. She confessed that she had "fallen off the wagon." She was drowning in her failures as she spoke. During our long conversation that afternoon, this tormented soul poured out her heart.

Only days before, she had truly believed she was on the road to freedom, finally. It had been several months since she had stopped letting food and drugs control her life. As she recounted her downward spiral, the details were overshadowed by a question she was desperate to ask: How could I have blown 144 days of staying clean, my longest stretch ever, just to end up back in the prison of my addictions? And truthfully, I was angry and disappointed as well. How could she have screwed up again in such a big way? Confessing her failure to me magnified her pain, because it meant admitting that she had been concealing her condition, compounding her defeat by hiding it.

After she finished her tragic confession, she asked, "Chantel, am I meant to be like this forever? Can I be fixed, or will I always stay this way?"

For once I had nothing to say. This is not how I roll. I love to hear myself talk, especially when I think I can motivate someone. Yet I found myself thinking,  Stay this way and do what? Live the rest of your life as an addict? This was basically what she was implying. Quickly, Chantel, say something valuable. At least say something to soothe her sadness. But I had nothing.

For a moment I wondered if she might be right. Perhaps she was going to stay this way. Perhaps she was beyond hope. No. No one is beyond hope. I know firsthand the indescribable feeling of losing weight, reclaiming my life, and breaking free from the addictions that used to keep me trapped! I also know I have nothing that this woman doesn't have. So why did she fail again?

It hit me. She had based her confidence on past accomplishments. Her 144 days of living clean and sober were not her current reality, so dwelling on them wasn't doing her any good. Her life needed to be reconstructed, and I wanted to be the person who would help her create a blueprint for a new life. But first she needed to make her life an active construction site rather than a daily existence of looking backward. Counting up how many days she had fought off her addictions before failing again had done nothing but push her back into despair.

I spoke up and told her, "You can get started on the course of freedom, but it takes something else to stay the course." I knew the truth of the matter because of my own past struggle with addiction and defeat before finally achieving a lasting success.

We live in this world of wanting it our way, now! To our detriment, this has pushed us way off course. We think if we can't achieve tremendous levels of success overnight, then we may as well give up. Rather than giving up, however, we need to change the way we measure success. It has nothing to do with what we accomplished yesterday, even if we accomplished something big for 144 straight days. Instead of focusing on some grand achievement in the past or a distant result in the future, we need to see success as making an irrevocable commitment to live differently. And having made that commitment, we can enjoy success in small quantities while we continue moving forward.

My friend's sense of defeat was compounded by the frustration of breaking her record of 144 days of sobriety. She needed to let go of her past, even her recent past. From now on, I told her, she would have to demolish the way she had been measuring her life—both defeats and victories. She had to stop counting days. It would be great if she could repeat and then exceed her 144 days of sobriety. But having done it once, and even repeating it in the future, would not help her do what she had to do today to change her life. She needed to stop worrying about the future, and she needed to let go of the defeat of giving in to her addiction. She needed to realize that what really matters is today.

Someday, somehow, we all are going to fail. The question is whether we will choose to succeed this day, because tomorrow is irrelevant. And our success from yesterday won't change the outcome of what happens today. There is no magical number of successful days that will guarantee a lifetime of success. But if we remove the pressure of trying to make it for a certain length of time and focus instead on living out our commitment for one day, we can reconstruct our lives.

If you want to break an addiction to food, drugs, television, work, a destructive relationship—whatever is keeping you in prison—you will achieve success only by doing it today. This is the basis of the One-Day Way system. You measure success one good decision at a time, one pound at a time, one day at a time as you meet one bite-size goal at a time. A NEW WAY TO MEASURE SUCCESS

Success has nothing to do with someone else's expectations or your getting into the same size jeans as your best friend wears. The truth is this: success is personal. No one else can dictate how you have to measure your own success. For the woman who has been eating Oreo cookies and potato chips every afternoon for as long as she can remember, going one day without either is a huge deal! That day is a success. Whether or not anyone else struggles with cookies and chips doesn't matter. You'll be amazed how far your small steps, taken consistently, will get you.

The reconstruction of your life starts today. And it will continue in the same way, day by day. One day at a time. Most everything about our lives is broken down into days: our calendars, our work schedules, how long the fish we bought at the grocery store will last before it spoils.

You will build your new life starting with a day. And every day after that you will continue building. At the beginning we'll work together to do a little demolition. We need to clear away the old ways of thinking that have brought you to the point of feeling like a failure. Next we'll create a blueprint, a vision for what you want to look like on the exterior and the interior. From there, we will reconstruct your life on three main levels: faith, food, and fitness. You'll learn how to use each one for the best results. And once you have a handle on the One-Day Way system, we'll discuss maintenance and planning for disasters.

The process of taking something that exists and making it better is awesome.

Let's get started by building your new mind-set.

 




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  • Posted May 21, 2011

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    Practical and informative

    "Don't get stuck in guilt or regret or blame. Choose to be extraordinary, and learn how to see each day's trials and disappointments as serendipity instead of setbacks." pg. 84

    Weight loss is a struggle for many of us. In this book, Chantel Hobbs lays out some practical suggestions to help us on our way. It isn't about dieting. It isn't about blame. It is about change and the process of building what you want. Nothing worth doing is easy, but the suggestions and principles in this book encourage the reader that they are not alone and that they can do it. The three essential building materials of this book are faith, food, and fitness. The faith section deals with believing that you can make things happen. The food section has some wonderful meal plans. The fitness section is filled with exercises laid out in easy to follow instructions and photographs. The three building blocks will help you reach, and maintain, your goal of a healthy life.

    I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to continuing with the principles. I found the exercises challenging, but easy to follow; and the meal plans were realistic. I also liked her "Ten Commandments" - boy, do they make sense! If you have had a hard time losing weight or even believing that you can, this book will be worth your time and energy. Thank you to the Blogging for Books program for my copy of the book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2011

    A new way of thinking

    I just finished reading "The One Day Way" book by Chantel Hobbs. I like her way of approaching the dreaded diet... take it one day at a time. Don't dwell on the mistakes or setbacks from the day before, today is a new day, so make the best of it.

    She talks about her 10 commandments for weight loss and Get fit for life, while I would have a hard time with the first one for weight loss, as I struggle to just get in 1200 calories per day, the rest I would have no problem with. She even breaks down how many calories each of your meals should be for the day, and shares a menu plan for a week to get you started.

    So if you are looking for a new way to look at dieting, give this book a read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    Back to basics for a better you

    How many of us can relate to the yo-yo diets of losing weight only to regain back all (plus 5 lbs)? Then add menopause to the mix which kindly adds even more unwanted extra .... um.... cushion. I know I dream of regaining a healthy weight not only to look better but, more importantly, to become healthier. If you are like me, I am tired of failing in my own eyes and letting myself and my family down.

    This is some of the "baggage" I carry with me when trying to lose weight. Chantel Hobbs has written One-Day Way to help people like me overcome our emotional baggage and our weight.

    Written in a conversational style, you feel like she is sitting next to you advising and encouraging you on! Who doesn't desire a personal trainer? As she shares her own feelings of inadequacy and being overweight, you realize that you are not alone. She has lost and maintained a 200 lb weight loss! Throughout the book, she doesn't bash your previous failures, just sets you on the road to achieve your goals. Here is how she simply explains it:

    "You never need to worry about long-term meal plans and fancy workout strategies. The simplicity of the One-Day Way program grows out of the idea that what you did yesterday doesn't really matter. It plays no part in your actions and choices for today. With each new day you have new choices to make and more chances to make the right choices. Every day you take advantage of a new opportunity to live well and be your best."

    I kept reminding myself of God's promises from Lamentations 3.22-23, "22 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.


    Click HERE to read Chapter 1.?

    I am planning on re-reading this book - with pencil and highlighter in hand - to mine all the gems out of it I can. From dealing with your past and taking it one day at a time (both setbacks and CELEBRATIONS) with daily/short term goals, to making your food work for you, I know there is so much more for me to glean from this book!

    Star rating: 4 out of 5

    I received this book free for my review from Blogging for Books, a program with Waterbrook Press.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    Brand new start!

    The words "You can't control tomorrow, so stop worrying about it" resonated with me in a way no other words had. I've never been a true dieter. One time in my life, I actually worked on getting healthy and changing my ways, and it stuck for about 6 months, then I strained my back, had to quit working out for a month, and lost my steam. When I couldn't work out, I quit eating right. I gained more weight. And lost hope all in one fell swoop.


    That one line, that one thought by Chantel Hobbs has given me a ray of hope, however slight and slim it is, its enough to hold on to, enough to start making those changes I need, one day at a time, no, not even on day, but one hour at a time. Until I can make it to one day at a time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2010

    The One Day Way

    Chantel Hobbs really lays out an easy plan to diet and weight loss that can truly be essential to all parts of our lives. DO IT ONE DAY AT A TIME. Goals don't seem so enormous and beyond reach if we just look at whats in view today. Chantel lost over a hundred pounds which of course is an inspiration in itself. I do encourage you to get this book . I promise you will find it helpful and encouraging. Plus there are some great exercises in this book. I had an extra copy to give away so I gave it to a dear friend of mine who like me also struggles with being overweight.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    TRAINING AREA #4

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    True life tranformation

    Chantel Hobb's book was a mixture of inspiration, motivation, and how to. With stories I could relate to and practical advice, as well as DELICIOUS recipes I am hooked.

    I've only had the book a couple of months now but I have lost, in those two months, FOUR SIZES!! I was wearing a size 24W and I simply felt awful about myself. I weighed close to 230 pounds; I couldn't walk 100 feet from my front door to the car without getting winded or, on hot days, lightheaded. I now weigh 180, which is what I went into my last pregnancy at back in early 2004. My husband and I took the canoe out on July 4th and paddled 24 miles. We've never been able to do that!
    The weight came on gradually over 11 years and I thought I would take me at least three or four years to get it all off. The One-Day Way has shown me that I can do it much faster but that it will not happen overnight, either. What I've learned is that moderate weight loss is much better than rapid weight loss. Rapid weight loss is usually the result of a 'crash diet,' so called because you eliminate certain foods or ingest shakes or supplements and eventually, you WILL 'crash and burn.' Rapid diets are not healthy, they're not sustainable, and they certainly aren't long term changes.

    Chantel tells us right on the back of the book that yesterday's mistakes and choices are past! We cannot change them now nor do anything today to successfully change yesterday's results. We have to live one day at a time and make choices each day, each moment, yet at the same time have a plan in place and remember what's coming later.

    I used to go to McDonald's a couple times a week and tell myself that eating two double cheeseburgers was just fine and wasn't hurting me because I wasn't having fries and a soda with it. Now I think about healthier options. I usually get a four-piece McNuggets, a side salad with balsamic vinaigrette and a sweet tea. I am fuller and satisfied with my healthy choice, the food tastes better because I sit there with a good book or my laptop and eat it slowly instead of inhaling driving down the road toward home because I want the food gone before I get there, that way I don't have to explain why I stopped at McDonald's. Going out to eat is becoming a pleasure again. I am making healthy choices in my home cooking and I am becoming much more active.
    All these changes are the result of what I've learned from The One-Day Way.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

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    Another weight loss book that wont work

    Like others who want to lose weight, I have tried many many books and none of them have helped me to lose weight. So naturally, I wasn't expecting a lot out of another book. And unfortunately, as much as I wish I could find a solution in a book, I am certain this book will not inspire many to lose the weight, just like all the other books.

    Pretty much, this book is the same idea. Exercise. Eat healthy. Only difference is you are supposed to only do it one day at a time. Don't look to the future. Don't set a month goal. Just go one day at a time.

    Well, as far as I'm concerned, that is no big revelation. Looking only at one day at a time isn't going to motivate me. It isn't going to give me the energy. It isn't going to make me stop eating healthy and it certainly isn't going to make me want to exercise!

    I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for this review but I did really give my honest opinion.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

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    Another Weightloss Book That Won't Work - Requires Exercise & Diet change

    5 HIGHEST - 1 LOWEST STARS: 2 Stars

    READ IT OR SKIP IT? SKIP IT

    WHO MIGHT LIKE/HATE THIS BOOK?

    Skip this book unless you are truly desperate and ready to lose weight. For everyone who had never had the time, energy, or willpower to force themselves to lose weight, this book will just be another that you add to the pile of unhelpful books and diets that you've tried in the past - and that always fail.


    BOOK REVIEW:

    I have been thought my share of weight problems, going up and down, and have been through my share of books and trying to eat healthy, so of course, I was very skeptical of another book making weight loss promises.

    Immediately, the book started off just like all other weight loss books - making promises and claiming to be the one solution that all the other books weren't. Any what is the miracle solution to weight loss? Take it one day at a time. And the proof that this works - the author had a break and reached a point where she could no longer go on living like she was living. She became desperate for a change and this is why it worked.

    Problem is, most of us are NOT desperate for a change. We COULD go on living as we are. We are unhappy, but we aren't ready or don't have enough willpower to change. We are too tired, too busy, too unhappy. Unfortunately, just like all other weight loss books, this book makes promises that people will not be able to apply to their lives successfully. People will not want to/be able to continue on the exercise plan and meal plan this book outlines. The solution to our weight loss problems will not be solved by only looking at ONE DAY at a time. At least not mine and I'm sure not for 95% of you either!

    Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson for this review. I am giving my honest review, as positive reviews are not required.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

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    Help to Succeed in Life Changes

    Truly this is a book full of common sense strategies for making changes in your life. The biggest key however is your own personal willingness to change. There is no motivation that can be purchased in book form or personal trainer or exercise equipment in this world unless you are personally ready to make the change. This book is good at helping you keep your focus on the day to day task of changing because that ultimately is how to do it. One step at a time, one day at a time, never looking back because you can't change the past. Never looking forward because God doesn't promise tomorrow. (That doesn't negate future goals and planning) But victory in change comes daily!

    If you are ready to make a change in your life and would like encouragement from someone who has personally succeeded then this is the book for you. Check it out.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    Encouraging!

    It's time to take it one day at a time! The One Day Way by Chantel Hobbs teaches you how. By focusing on food, faith, and fitness, TODAY.... you can learn how to achieve your weight loss goals and live a healthier life.... tomorrow.

    This IS a diet book. But in this diet book, you learn how to take it a day at a time. There are many books out there, believe me, I've tried a lot of them. But what I like most about this one, is the fact that Chantel Hobbs breaks down the bigger goal. You don't have to be overwhelmed or feel guilty when you 'mess up'. There is nothing you can do to change the past, but you have a choice of what you will do today. It's a simple concept, but a great one. After telling my husband about this book... he uses Chantel's 'One Day Way' in other areas of life as well. His new catch phrase is "I can do it... Just One More Day".

    This is a simple book to read. Chantel Hobbs brings her personal experiences into it, which makes it easy to relate to her. She knows where we've been, because she's been there too. She teaches us not to be interested in perfection... but in progress. I like that. It seems like a goal I can keep and will certainly try.

    Included in the book are simple exercises and a healthy eating plan. The One Day Way is very encouraging and I think you will enjoy it.

    *I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for my honest review.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    I recommend this motivational book!

    I think the author gave an uplifting, and informational way on how to lose weight by discussing different ways to deal with your self-sabotaging thinking. She even has what she terms, "The Ten Commandments of the One-Day Way To Eat For Weight LOss". They're helpful ways to control hunger and what calories you should consume for weight loss. I found this book useful, yet I tend to like a book more that gets right down to the "How To's". Chantel does know about weight loss personally though, so I would recommend her book.
    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

    One Day At A Time

    I chose to read this book as one who does not necessarily need to diet, looking instead at the book as a whole on it's intended audience and effectiveness in approach and reading style as I have friends I would be able to recommend the book to should it pass my test.



    Chantel Hobbs approaches the idea of dieting one day at at time, breaking down the often insurmountable task into little pieces. By setting oneself up for daily success, focusing only on the day at hand, not weeks ahead or behind, the dieter can begin to break down old habits and form new, healthier habits to replace them. Spinning in her ten commandments of dieting, Hobbs puts a spiritual spin on the idea of losing weight. She approaches the topic in a serious yet easy to read and non-judgmental way that invites readers to consider this approach and give it a try.



    Like most diet books, this book does of course push the ideas of exercise, healthy eating and lifestyle change. It is not a quick fix plan nor is it a guarantee... it is up to the inidividual to make the plan successful for them. After having read the book, I am comfortable in passing it on to friends who are looking for ways to help with their weight struggle. I appreicate the spiritual aspect to this book and feel it an appropriate, well written approach to helping those who wish to change their weight by doing so one day at a time and trusting in God to help.


    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated for writing this review.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

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    A Great Book

    Chantel's story will really inspire you. If you are trying to loose weight and become the best, healthy person you can be this book is for you. Now do I find it easy to implement everything in this book into my life right now. Nope, way to much stress and change going on right now. But I am keeping the book by me to keep reminding myself that I do need to stop and think before I make choices for myself. I am in the process of moving from a house to an apartment right now and will be keeping this book front and center to keep peeking at it, and trying to implement what Chantel tells us in small doses. For the regular average person who just can not stop and drop everything right now to just do what Chantel did, I think this is the best approach. To slowly assimilate the thoughts and ideas presented here, to make the changes life altering habitual changes is my goal after reading this book. I really do love the concept of letting go of the past, and concentrating on Today make the most out of today, do your best to make the right choices. Then you build on from there.

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    Back to the basics for a healthier you

    How many of us can relate to the yo-yo diets of losing weight only to regain back all (plus 5 lbs)? Then add menopause to the mix which kindly adds even more unwanted extra .... um.... cushion. I know I dream of regaining a healthy weight not only to look better but, more importantly, to become healthier. If you are like me, I am tired of failing in my own eyes and letting myself and my family down.

    This is some of the "baggage" I carry with me when trying to lose weight. Chantel Hobbs has written One-Day Way to help people like me overcome our emotional baggage and our weight.

    Written in a conversational style, you feel like she is sitting next to you advising and encouraging you on! Who doesn't desire a personal trainer? As she shares her own feelings of inadequacy and being overweight, you realize that you are not alone. She has lost and maintained a 200 lb weight loss! Throughout the book, she doesn't bash your previous failures, just sets you on the road to achieve your goals. Here is how she simply explains it:

    "You never need to worry about long-term meal plans and fancy workout strategies. The simplicity of the One-Day Way program grows out of the idea that what you did yesterday doesn't really matter. It plays no part in your actions and choices for today. With each new day you have new choices to make and more chances to make the right choices. Every day you take advantage of a new opportunity to live well and be your best."

    I kept reminding myself of God's promises from Lamentations 3.22-23, "22 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.


    Click HERE to read Chapter 1.?

    I am planning on re-reading this book - with pencil and highlighter in hand - to mine all the gems out of it I can. From dealing with your past and taking it one day at a time (both setbacks and CELEBRATIONS) with daily/short term goals, to making your food work for you, I know there is so much more for me to glean from this book!

    Star rating: 4 out of 5

    I received this book from Blogging for Books through Waterbrook Press for my review.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    Recommended...

    The One-Day Way by Chantel Hobbs is full of information...just not exactly what I was looking for in the first few chapters. I guess when I read a "self help" book, I want to dive right in to the "nitty gritty" and get the problem fixed! Hobbs starts out her book by giving us some background on herself, and her 200 pound overweight issue she dealt with many years ago. She then goes on to outline what she will be covering in the chapters to follow; the eating plan and the exercise regimen. There are several points she makes that I like, for instance, the premise behind the book is to take one day at a time. Don't dwell on your past failures, or successes for that matter, and don't look to the future. Just live in the moment, and make celebrations for those achievements. Celebrate that today, you didn't eat any chips/cookies/etc. Celebrate today, that you finally exercised. Don't get caught up in the so many day streak you are on, just concentrate on today. I recommend this book and give it 3 stars. I mean really, who couldn't benefit from reading another book on healthy living? You can always gleam something new you might use or pass on to someone else! I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group and was not required to post a positive review.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

    Great Book - very encouraging!

    I have recently read The One Day Way by Chantel Hobbs. While this offers ideas to help with weight loss, the main idea of the book is to take it one day at a time. She constantly tells her readers that even if you mess up one day, to always remember that you can start new tomorrow. Do not stress on what you did yesterday, only concentrate on today while having faith that you can do it.

    Chantel gives her ten commandments to eat for weight loss in The One Day Way and explains each one in detail. The rest of the book contains meal plans, ways to eat cleaner and strength training workouts. She does a great job encouraging you to stay focused on one day at a time and keeping your faith. I would recommend this book to anyone that is looking to change their health and needs encouragement along the way.

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

    Highly Recommended! Very Inspiring!

    I found "The One Day Way" written by Chantel Hobbs very refreshing to read and I highly recommend it. She talks about how important it is to break your goals into small pieces concentrating only on one day at a time. We all have goals but sometimes we are so involved in the bigger picture or the future we forget about today. Her thoughts were right on and great to see in writing. I loved this quote from the book "to achieve your goal for tomorrow or next week or next year, you first have to succeed today." How honest and true and can relate to any aspect of our daily lives.

    Please note that Waterbrook Press has provided me a complimentary copy of this book for my review; however, the opinions are my own. I have not been required to publish a positive review.

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

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    Great and encouraging book!!!

    I think that maintaining or getting to a healthy weight is something that most, if not every, person thinks about. Which is why when Waterbrook Multnomah (http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/) offered for me to read and review the following book, I jumped right on it!!!

    The One-Day Way is a very encouraging read that, as the cover states, helps you change your mind set to think "Today Is All the Time You Need to Lose All the Weight You Want." I was highly encouraged by Chantel Hobbs' attitude about focusing on today, moving on from the past, and not worrying about the future. As the foreword (pg. vii) states, "You can start your transformation today, because today is the day."

    The author encourages us to move past what we think about "dieting" and our past failures and instead just focus on what we can do today. "You can overcome old habits, old ways of thinking, and past failures by doing one essential thing: focus on today and today only" (pg. 3).

    I definitely enjoyed reading this book and it encouraged me to keep working on living healthy and getting to a healthy weight. One thing that I really liked about the book is that the author shares some meal plans, strength exercises (With pictures and thorough instructions), and ideas for breaking a sweat everyday!

    I would not classify this as a "religious" book. However, the author does mention God at several points and also presents an invitation at the end of the book. I say this to say that this book would be a great way to reach out to a woman you may know that wouldn't read a book that comes right out with the gospel, but would probably read a book about losing weight and being healthy!

    Thank you again to Waterbrook Multnomah (http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/) for sending me this book to read and review through the Blogging for Books program!

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

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    The Best Diet Book I Have Ever Read!

    With the new year, many of us are making resolutions. A good deal of these resolutions concern living a healthier life in 2010. If you are seeking to do this, The One-Day Way by Chantel Hobbs can help!

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Chantel's method is inspiring. We do not need to focus on months and months of eating a certain way or hours of workouts. Instead, we should focus on living a full, healthy life today. Of all the healthy living books I have read, this is by far the best. The One-Day Way is neither complicated or strenuous. This is a lifestyle that one should choose to adopt for the rest of her days. I have started living the One-Day Way. Have you?

    This book was provided for my review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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