Shape Up with the Slow Fat Triathlete: 50 Ways to Kick Butt on the Field, in the Pool, or at the Gym--No Matter What Your Size and Shape

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Jayne Williams brings irreverent wit and a passion for movement to people who want a roadmap to real-life, functional fitness. Shape Up with the Slow Fat Triathlete is the antidote to fitness books that promise killer abs and deliver disappointment.

A mediocre athlete with a lifelong weight problem, Williams struggles with her own fitness demons, including self-consciousness, injuries, and yo-yo dieting. Now, she puts fun back into working out with realistic advice, zany ...

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Overview

Jayne Williams brings irreverent wit and a passion for movement to people who want a roadmap to real-life, functional fitness. Shape Up with the Slow Fat Triathlete is the antidote to fitness books that promise killer abs and deliver disappointment.

A mediocre athlete with a lifelong weight problem, Williams struggles with her own fitness demons, including self-consciousness, injuries, and yo-yo dieting. Now, she puts fun back into working out with realistic advice, zany anecdotes, and essential observations. With stories from other “imperfect athletes,” Williams’s fifty audacious tips help aspiring athletes of all flavors to kick butt on the trail, in the pool, or at the gym.

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Editorial Reviews

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Library Journal, 10/24/08
“Williams supplies tips for letting go of the worst obstacle of all—self-consciousness. At last something for real people; highly recommended.”

Washington Post, 1/3/09
“Williams's fitness books stand out for their humor.”

Curve magazine, May 2009
“If there is a messiah of fitness, she might be it….Williams writes in a funny, engaging style that encourages everyone to come along for the ride.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569243916
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 12/8/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 997,067
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jayne Williams lives with her husband in Northern California, writing for fun and paychecks. She has eaten raw reindeer in Siberia and completed 20-plus triathlons and one slow marathon.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Real Fitness for the Rest of Us 1

Section I Nine Modest Proposals

1 Abandon Self-Consciousness 9

2 See Fitness as What You Do, Not How You Look 14

3 Be Slow 19

4 Be Proud 25

5 Embrace the Awesome Power of Fun 29

6 Start Small 37

7 Dream Big 41

8 Don't Hate 47

9 Find Your Inner Jock 52

Section II Ten Ways of Being an Athlete

10 Dare to Wear Lycra 59

11 Outfit Yourself Judiciously 65

12 Develop a Mighty Core 70

13 Move Like an Animal 76

14 Swim at Any Opportunity 79

15 Embrace Your Bodily Fluids 83

16 Be Inconsistent 86

17 Go Outside 92

18 Take Two Steps Back, One Step Forward 97

19 Tap Into Some Aggro 102

Section III Eight Ways to Care for Your Body

20 Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate (But Not Too Much) 109

21 Fuel Yourself, Sugar 114

22 Avoid Chafing at All Costs 117

23 Eat Some Chocolate 121

24 Take a Nap 124

25 Eschew Diets 128

26 Find a Doctor Who Listens 132

27 Mind the Ibuprofen 138

Section IV Nine Tips for Dealing with the World You Live In

28 Be Selfish 143

29 Work Less (at Your Job) 147

30 Go Alone 153

31 Go with Friends 157

32 Be Noncompetitive 162

33 Don't Make the Donut the Reward 167

34 Be an Activewear Activist 171

35 Rebel Against Numbers 175

36 Regard Alarmist Health News with Skepticism 178

Section V Seven Advanced Workouts for Your Mind

37 Study Your Body: Nuts and Bolts 185

38 Revel in the Joys of Data 189

39 Separate Movement from Weight Loss 196

40 See Movement as a Privilege 200

41 Train Your Brain to Be a Positive Energy Generator 203

42 Be Your Own Superhero 208

43 Get Help When You Need It 211

Section VI Seven Practices to Inspire Your Spirit

44 Be aPit Bull 219

45 Get High (into the Mountains) 223

46 Care Passionately About Your Absurd Endeavors 231

47 Find the Flow 235

48 Endure 241

49 Know When to Quit 244

50 Develop the Full-Body Scan 248

Afterword: Find Your Own Path 253

Acknowledgments 257

Index 259

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    Real-life Inspiration

    After checking this book out of the library twice and reading it about 4 times, I realized I should probably just buy it. At different times the words are applicable to different parts of one's life, and at any time it is inspiring and helpful. Williams speaks truth, and in a way that makes it easy to listen, not only with the ears, but with one's mind. A truly inspirational book, but not in some airy-fairy way; in a practical, real-life way that actually helps!

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