Before I started changing my diet I made it my mission to get to know myself a little better. I feel like I’d basically been on autopilot for my entire life. Let’s just say I’ve done a lot of reading lately. These last 4 years have been really hard but also very fulfilling. I feel like as a woman in her 40s it’s a chance to have a do over and focus on what’s really important. It’s also easier for me to pencil in time for myself first over others and easier to say no. I finally get that I have to be good in order to do good for others.
I took the Enneagram Test and learned I’m a 6 which is a loyalist. The loyalist is committed, security-oriented type: They are engaging, responsible, anxious, and suspicious. (All true facts about me.) I read the Road Back to You: An Ennegram Journey to Self Discovery.
I took the Meyers Briggs test and learned I’m an INTJ.
I read the book The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin (I’m a rebel.)
When I started walking daily I decided to start listening to books on tape. So here’s a list of books I’ve either read or that I’ve listened to (on audible).
SELF HELP BOOKS
Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist (This was one of my favorites. It could have to do with her roots in the midwest and she’s close to the same age as me.)
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (This one provided the biggest revelation and asked a question that blew my mind because it was so helpful for me.)
Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven (Super quick read and a reminder I really need to start making my bed more (: !)
The Law of Attraction by Jerry Hicks & Esther Hicks (We’re delving into a little deeper here with this one but it’s worth the read!)
Here’s the thing you don’t have to read all these books. I’m just wired to like a lot of information. They all pretty much have the same message and it’s to just do what you need to do already. Unfortunately I don’t think our brains are wired to get that simple message. I think it’s something we need to learn, something we need to practice and something we need to hear over and over again. I also don’t think I would have been as successful as I have been if I hadn’t read all these books. Remember I didn’t want to go on a diet. I wanted to change how I was living and eating. I wanted to make a permanent change and not just a quick fix.
Taking the time to read/listen to all these books have helped me tremendously. Knowing more about myself and why I chose to do what I do has helped me make better decisions. It’s help me get back on track if I have a “cheat day”. The books have also taught me to treat myself kindly and to stop seeking perfection.
Once I was ready to start eating better I started investing in some books on food.
BOOKS ON FOOD & THE BODY
Body Love by Kelly LeVeque I’ll be honest this is sorta a dry read at times. At least for me it is. Kelly really loves what she does and goes all in when explaining the the ins and outs of why your body reacts to certain foods, The big takeaway for me was about adding in and eating more healthy fats. It jump started me back to losing weight when I hit a plateau.
The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung Another dry read but again super helpful! I honestly feel like I was clueless about what I should be eating so again this was super helpful.
I’ve only bought a handful of cookbooks but I use them every week. We try to eat vegetarian minimally once a week so I’ve really been enjoying the vegetarian cookbooks. We also like to try a new recipe once a week.
The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes (This is one of my favorites and the illustrations are gorgeous)
Cook Smart and Watch Your Weight :Weight Watchers Freestyle Cookbook (If you have unlimited Kindle you can read this for free!)
Currently I subscribe to these 3 magazines. If I’m being honest after this year I will probably just stick with the Cooking Light magazine. The other 2 are good but I don’t need 3 cooking magazines long term and the CL one is my favorite of the 3.
So this is my up to date list of reading materials. I promise to update it as I add to it. I will also link this to my weight loss tab on the top of the blog.
If you have any questions please just ask. Also if you’ve read any books you’ve found helpful please feel free to share!!
Please also let me know if there is anything you’d like to see a post about regarding my recent weight loss. Thank you!!