Top critical review
WELL WRITTEN BUT ULTIMATELY MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR'S JOURNEY THAN YOURS
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2019
The idea for this book was born when the author voluntarily gave up alcohol for the month of January and realized what a difference that one change made in her life. She went on to try a different change each month:
January - alcohol
February - push-ups and planks
March - meditation
April - cardio
May - less meat
June - drink more water
July - walk more
August - tech diet
September - reduce sugar intake
October - stretching
November - sleep
December - laugh
The task for you is simple: Change one small thing each month instead of tackling everything at once and then failing spectacularly. “Trying to cut gluten, dairy, meat, coffee, and alcohol all at once, for example, usually means you’ll end up bingeing one night on an extra-large meat lover’s pizza with a few glasses of white wine and a pint of coffee ice cream for dessert. But if you were to eliminate, let’s say, only dairy, and you did it slowly over a sustained period of time while you focused on finding satisfying cheese, milk, and ice cream alternatives, you’d likely be successful.” So change one thing at a time. Then sustain it while you move on to your next challenge.
“[S]elf-care isn’t a matter of having time; it’s a matter of readjusting what you do with that time. Self-care is also something that everyone—from the busiest CEO to the hardest working TV personality with two jobs to the person who works from home—can make time for. … [E]ach month contains a different challenge, a new beginning, and a fresh chance for you to gain control over your health and happiness.”
It is worth noting, though, that this book is more about the author than it is about you. I think you can probably gain all of the benefit from her idea by reading this review and then sitting down and making your own list of what YOU need to tackle. For example, I don’t drink alcohol, I already drink plenty of water, I’m a vegetarian, and I couldn’t do a plank to save my life (and that’s not likely to change). Right there, a third of her book is useless to me. On the other hand, I could definitely stand to floss more. Sit less. Avoid chocolate. Maintain my hypoglycemic diet better. You get the idea. I’m sure you have your own list.
BOTTOM LINE: As you decide which book(s) to embrace in the new year (and the new decade!), you can safely leave this one off your list - although you might want to give some serious thought to her idea of making one change per month.