Slow but Sure: How I lost 170 pounds with the help of God, Family Circle, and Richard Simmons

Slow but Sure: How I lost 170 pounds with the help of God, Family Circle, and Richard Simmons

by Sandra Dalka-Prysby
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Slow but Sure: How I lost 170 pounds with the help of God, Family Circle, and Richard Simmons by Sandra Dalka-Prysby

Slow But Sure is the inspirational account of an ordinary woman who took charge of her life and achieved extraordinary success.

In 1993 Sandra Dalka-Prysby, of Beverly Hills, Michigan, was a forty-eight-year-old wife and mother to three teenagers. Standing 5 feet 7 inches tall, she weighed 325 pounds and smoked up to three packs of cigarettes a day.

But Sandy loved life. She wanted to be there when her children became adults, participating fully in her family's joys and triumphs. So she vowed to take charge of her eating habits, give up cigarettes, and lose 150 pounds. And within four years—with the help of God, to whom she often prayed for strength; her family, who gave ongoing love and support; the editors of Family Circle magazine, who provided her with a nutritionist while chronicling her weight-loss for their millions of readers; and diet and exercise guru Richard Simmons, who stepped in when Sandy had reached a discouraging plateau—she exceeded her goal. Giving up the cigarettes turned out to be the easy part, but by 1997 Sandy had at last succeeded in losing 170 pounds. And she has kept the weight off ever since.

A self-proclaimed PD (Professional Dieter), Sandy is an unimpeachable witness to the struggles that many women (and men) will recognize from their own lives. Slow But Sure chronicles her journey to good health, during which she learned the value of sound nutrition and regular exercise. Recreating her journal entries, she bares all—the small triumphs and treacherous detours, the fears, the embarrassments, and the joy. With total honesty she speaks to all people who, like herself, have despaired of ever losing weight, and assures them that they, too, can succeed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307819116
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/02/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Sandra Dalka-Prysby, a freelance writer, lives in Beverly Hills, Michigan, with her husband and three children. She has been profiled in Family Circle on several occasions, has appeared twice on The Maury Povich Show, and three times on QVC with Richard Simmons. She is the author of Slow But Sure.

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Slow but Sure; How I Lost 170 Pounds With the Help of God, Family, Family Circle Magazine, and Richard Simmons 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and immediately related to Sandra's experiences. I think this book is very easy reading and easily applicable to most women's lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book in one day! Very inspiring!!  I highly recommend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Congratulations to Sandra whose 'Slow But Sure' provides a sane and realistic guide to confronting a weight problem. In my efforts to deal with my weight, I have purchased and read a myriad of diet and weight books, many of which are now used merely as door-stops. Most of them provided unrealistic and unhealthy programs, and none of them included honest descriptions of what it's like to be obese and the problems one faces while trying to reduce, nor did they include tips on how to cope or suggestions for how to personalize your plan. Sandra's book did. Without being boring or long-winded, 'Slow But Sure' supplies the reader with sound, accurate information for a healthy eating plan as well as exercising - which many books skip or gloss over as exercising is seen to be unpalatable and unappealing. It is, however, one of the keys to a successful weight reduction plan. Her descriptions of her trials and difficulties, both with the dieting and with day-to-day living itself, were very encouraging as they confirmed that this book is indeed written by a lady who has gone through it and is writing from experience and knowledge. This was very comforting and reassuring to me as I've also experienced some of the things mentioned. This is exactly who we need to provide us with usable information on how to lose weight. I feel that only a person who has lived it can understand the challenges, problems, difficulties and discrimination an obese person faces daily. Sandra provides intelligent and reliable tools and advice in a upbeat, humorous and honest way. The many photos are also much appreciated - they were inspirational and encouraging as, from photo to photo, Sandra shrank. I was privileged to be able to speak with Sandra and can confirm that she is intelligent, caring, empatheitc and knowledgeable and is truly one of the nicest people I've ever spoken to. As Kirkus Reviews states, this book is 'a motivational read, full of good advice, yet funny too.'. My own copy of 'Slow But Sure' is now tattered and dog-eared from many re-readings. To all of you future purchasers of the book - I assure you that this book is well worth your money and is in fact cheap at twice the price. Get your copy and start reading without delay
Guest More than 1 year ago
I intend to re-read this book as soon as I get the chance. I found Sandra to be a wonderful inspiration to those of us who struggle constantly with weight. I felt sad when she slipped, and really cheered for her when she was doing well. I think anybody who has a problem with overeating will find this book very helpful, and will find some real answers between these covers. I have tried so many times to lose weight and have for whatever reason ended up right where I started. I think I will try some of Sandra's tips, and I will keep reminding myself that slow an easy wins the race!