When you hear “let’s get it on!” (if you’re of a certain age, anyway) you probably hear the sultry Marvin Gaye song playing in your head. Apparently I’m of a certain age, because that’s exactly what I hear.
As I sit at my desk, stewing in my uncertainty, it takes on a different meaning.
The clock is ticking down to the release of my book (available this week on both amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com, in print and as an ebook), Eat Like It Matters: How I Lost 120 Pounds and Found My Inner Badass (And How You Can Too!), and I am filled with both excitement and trepidation. Of course I’m excited because I’ve been working on this book for several years now and I feel ready to send it out into the world. At the same time I am uncertain as to how it will be received. Understand, writing this book was not like writing a textbook or a fictional story; this book is a personal narrative (emphasis on personal) that chronicles my weight loss, but it also reveals how I challenged everything I did, every relationship I had, and everything I thought I knew about myself after years of feeling like a complete and utter failure.
In many ways, this book is my diary laid bare for the world to see.
In addition to my nervousness about sharing my deepest struggles, I now have to convince people to buy it! I have to sell my story and myself to television producers, radio talk shows, newspaper and magazine editors, and any other media influencers whose ear I can bend.
This is so far outside my wheelhouse it’s not even funny.
I have spent a lifetime trying to deflect attention away from myself. I am uncomfortable with this on every level.
And yet I know this story must be told. I believe that – in a world filled with crazy fad diets, celebrity trainers and more weight loss advice than we seem to know what to do with – my perspective is important.
No, my perspective is imperative.
Because even though there are literally hundreds of weight loss books on the market – thousands, if you count all those ever written – almost none were written by people who actually lost weight. I’m not exaggerating. Really, almost none.
There is a huge difference between taking advice from well-intentioned, well-credentialed experts who understand weight loss on an academic level, and someone who has lived it.
That’s where I come in.
And so, it’s time to set my fears aside and start humming that Marvin Gaye song. C’mon baby, let’s get it on!
Have a happy, healthy week!
PS: Don’t miss the Eat Like It Matters “sneak peek” recipe for Strawberry Salsa below. So easy and delicious! I also put together a Pinterest board of some great summer recipes!
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