To be honest, when I began losing 159 pounds in fourteen months, I was not thinking of writing a book, inspiring people, or creating a weight-loss program other people would want to try. I just wanted to be thin again! I didn’t want to eat salads or celery, and I certainly did not want to do sit-ups or undergo a weight-loss surgery, so I knew I would have to chart my own course. The good news was that I knew what I wanted to do, and for the first time in my life, I was really ready to completely change my lifestyle not only to lose the weight but also to maintain my new figure in the future.
I didn’t even tell many people what I was doing at first. I just went about my business putting my new habits into place, and sure enough, the weight came off! Of course, the more weight I lost, the more people began to take an interest in what I was doing to lose it and the more questions they asked about my story. They weren’t quiet about my story either. Some people found it so inspiring that they got on the phone and the Internet and started retelling my weight-loss story to friends and family all over the world! And once the news was out the country list kept growing. Following my weight loss, I also shared my story and before and after photos on social media and the response was overwhelming. Suddenly, the next thing I knew, my story had spread to twenty-eight countries.
This helped me realize that I had both an interesting personal story and a weight-loss program to share as well, but what really encouraged me to write No Salads Required! was realizing that I had also learned some beautiful things about asking God for help with meeting my weight-loss goals, surrounding myself with supportive people, making weight loss a priority, and using some wonderful weight-loss and nutrition products that helped me reach my goals sooner than I would have otherwise.
With this in mind, I set out to write a book that included all of the things I had learned and to write it with humor and tenderness, because I really do understand how difficult it can be to be overweight. I wanted to write a book that would really speak to people’s hearts while providing specific details about the things I did (and did not do) to lose weight successfully and maintain my new figure.
I also did something really different just because it was fun! I put at least one poem in every chapter, the introduction, the reader’s discussion guide, and the conclusion. I have never heard of a weight-loss book with poetry in it, but I hope this book will start a new trend. My theory is that the more entertaining a weight-loss book is, the more likely people will read it and the more likely that book will help them lose weight.
May God bless you as you read No Salads Required! and start your own weight-loss adventure!