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I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down [Jennifer I joined WeightWatchers last year, & when I saw Jennifer Hudson's book on. I Got This book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers . A personal and inspirational memoir from Grammy and Oscar winner Jennif. WARNING! The Book Creator software has significant limitations. Book creation may be disabled while a replacement is adapted and installed. An alternative.
Take one look at Jennifer Hudson these days and it's pretty clear that she's fit, fabulous and ready to share her weight loss journey with the world. In her new book "I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down," the singer and Academy Award-winning actress tells the inspirational story of how she lost a whopping 80 pounds through Weight Watchers and how she manages to keep the weight off today. Hudson talked with The Huffington Post about her new slim look, her determination to ditch "the diet mentality" and whether or not there are more children in her future. It can get overwhelming at times.
Our bodies do not stand still for time. When you understand yourself and connect to how you can become body smart, you realize pretty quickly that the perfect, the ideal is not the goal.
Instead, the goal is feeling good in your body. I think so! In almost every interview she gives, Kate Hudson is asked the same questions: What do you eat?
How do you stay so fit? What workout do you do? The key to living well, and healthy, is to plug into what your body needs, understanding that one size does not fit all, all the time, and being truly honest with yourself about your goals and desires. Like everyone else, Kate is constantly on the move, with a life full of work, family, responsibilities and relationships. In Pretty Happy, Kate shows how she honors her relationship with herself through exercise, making the right choices about what she eats, and constantly going back to the drawing board and starting fresh, instead of holding herself to unrealistic standards of perfection and giving up when she falls short.
It defines you. I personally have journeyed wit I picked this up from the library and read it the same day. I personally have journeyed with Weight Watchers for a year and lost 60 pounds.
It's an incredible program and if I ever wrote a book about my weight loss journey, I can guarantee that half of it would be an advertisement for WW.
Suffice to say that I personally found the book relevant and insightful. But it is not, strictly speaking, an autobiography.
If you're expecting that, you will be disappointed and probably give the book 2 stars. However, if you want to read about a weight loss journey, Jennifer Hudson will not leave you wanting. View 1 comment. Jul 31, Tiffany rated it really liked it. Anyone who is a Jennifer Hudson fan, a Weight Watchers member, or just a person who has struggled to overcome obstacles in their life will love this book!
I Got This is an autobiography that serves as an inspiring and motivational tool. JHud recounts her early career aspirations, rise to fame and the importance OTHERS put on her weight, weight gain and weight loss along the way.
She goes into great detail of how she made the decision to become healthy and why Weight Watchers has worked for her. She even includes information on how 5 of her family members have consequently been inspired by her to start the program on their own.
As of the printing of the book- her family members had lost over lbs! I loved this book because Jennifer is so open, honest, encouraging and joyful about her career and weight loss journey and the unique ability she has to improve the lives of others through her actions and fame. It's obvious that her greatest joy is educating people about weight loss through Weight Watchers. As a member of WW and a fan of the author - it was a pleasure to read this book. View all 5 comments.
Jan 11, Meghan rated it liked it. Jennifer Hudson is sweet, beautiful, and an extremely talented singer. But she is not a writer. There was no juicy "scoop", or any interesting tidbits revealed in this book that you haven't already heard.
In my opinion, the book is quite bland. I found myself skipping over a lot of it in hopes of getting to the "good stuff. Apr 27, Morgan rated it did not like it. Words cannot describe how bad this book is. But, that's the point of a review, so I'll give it a go. As most other reviwers have noted, the second half of this book is written like a Weight Watchers commercial. The actual ads for Weight Watchers at the back, and the Weight Watchers recipes don't exactly do much to detract from the feeling that this is one long paid promotion in the form of a book.
The first half of this book is what interested me, and the material it contains makes me even sadder Words cannot describe how bad this book is. The first half of this book is what interested me, and the material it contains makes me even sadder about the way that the second half turned out.
Jennifer Hudson begins by telling the story of her life - with a lot edited out. Her main focus is her career and her body and the way that the two have interacted over the years. There are some recollections about her early years, such as the way she was forced to fit into the same clothes as the other girls in one of her early girl groups, that I could really identify with.
Feeling out-of-place because of your body is something that a lot of teenagers and teenage girls have been through, so it's a great way to draw your readers in and get them to identify with you. She also talks about getting passed over for jobs because of her body size - and how she was constantly asked in Hollywood 'what's it like to be the fat girl? She talks about being comfortable with her body at any size, and the diet and exercise regime she used before WW as being a way to change her body so that it was more acceptable in the industry.
Move to the second half of the book and this attitude completely changes. Gone is the 'love your body at every size' message. Jennifer Hudson also totally changes her motivations behind dieting - it's suddenly about getting healthy, not just looking a certain way.
I can understand that being healthier could be a motivation for signing up for Weight Watchers - no harm in that. However, it's the contrast with the focus of her weight loss motivations in the first half of the book that really surprises me.
It's no longer about fitting her image to what the industry wants, but about 'health' and 'making a change for life'. This is the point where you realise that Jennifer Hudson has been completely sucked in by the commercial diet world. Her explanation of Weight Watchers is almost taken word-for-word from the material that they produce themselves, and her evangelism seems to leave no-one untouched.
She even brags about trying to push Barbara Streisand down the Weight Watchers path. As a book that is probably likely to be picked up by people who have struggled with their weight, and who want to read about someone else's struggles in the hopes of finding success, this should probably come with a warning.
Jennifer Hudson does not care if you are happy being overweight. She will quote obesity statistics with absolutely no context at you. She will write about how she disapproves of anyone considering stomach stapling or other bariatric surgery to help with weight loss.
Unless you're on the magical and righteous path of Weight Watchers, Jennifer Hudson thinks you are to blame for your problems. If you wanted something uplifting to talk about beng happy with your body - don't read this book. If you want someone to tell you that it's all your fault and you are unhealthy and probably lazy too, why not just rent a Gillian Michaels DVD?
Mar 12, Molly rated it really liked it Shelves: The first part of the book explores Hudson's rise to fame including American Idol and Dreamgirls and the second half explores her experience with Weight Watchers and gives advice for those considering weight loss. I found her story very interesting and I feel I have a greater appreciation for her hard work and success. I enjoyed learning more about her roots and how American Idol works. I appreciated her openness and honesty about some things, but I also found myself disappointed that she did not The first part of the book explores Hudson's rise to fame including American Idol and Dreamgirls and the second half explores her experience with Weight Watchers and gives advice for those considering weight loss.
I appreciated her openness and honesty about some things, but I also found myself disappointed that she did not discuss other things. Namely, the tragic murders of her mother and brother. She never even mentions it much less her emotions and coping. I just find it odd that she chose to leave out what I would think was a major event in her life.
Despite this, I very much enjoyed reading her story in her own words. I actually finished this book the day I achieved lifetime membership to Weight Watchers after a two year weight loss journey. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is just starting WW as it is great inspiration.
I also feel Hudson really captured a lot of what the WW experience is like, especially the emotions. She is right when she says you must want to do it in order to be successful. It was kind of a nice way to end my journey, though it will never truly be over as maintenance is forever ongoing.
However, like Jennifer, I got this! Jan 18, April rated it it was ok Shelves: The first part of the book really focuses on her career and drive.
I never watched American Idol but she does discuss her experience on the show. I have seen her, of course, in Dreamgirls and Sex and the City and was curious about how her weight influenced her career. From her writing, Hudson does seem to be down to Earth and very connected with her family. Family is mentioned again and gain thought the work. Yet, strangely, beyond two sentences she does not discuss her family tragedy nor how this impacted her emotional or psychological state.
The rest of the book is very hard to take — it is mostly an ad for Weight Watchers. Between reading this book and all her television ads for Weight Watchers, it is just too much.
I am very glad that Weight Watchers helped her and seems to have helped many members of her family to the point where the end of the book has Hudson's family members writing about their own weight failures and successes but that is not what I am looking in a biography. Jan 15, Elizabeth rated it liked it Shelves: I pre-ordered this on site in eager anticipation of its release.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I really admire Jennifer Hudson considering all that she's dealt with in her life; I find her to be very inspiring. I also appreciate that she has a healthy body image, during her larger or smaller times. I bought this book in hopes that it would be an in-depth autobiography discussing the tragedy from a few years ago and insider information about her experiences with her films and American Idol.
I w I pre-ordered this on site in eager anticipation of its release. I was disappointed in that she mentioned her relatives' death in two sentences, didn't delve into her reactions or how it changed her life, and spent the other half of the book promoting Weight Watchers.
Comes out to around 3 stars. Feb 21, Thelibraryismyfavoriteplace rated it it was ok. Someone stated that she should have used a ghost write and I believe she did.
They probably had a tape recorder and transcribed what she said. I was very disappointed because all her whatevers come true. Whatever J HUD.
The book was lackluster. A big disappointment. Glad I didn't download the book and got it from the library. Great use of my library card. Mar 02, Jenna Boggs rated it it was ok. This book was an alright read, but it's more of an ode to Weight Watchers than an autobiography.
While she does make some mention of American Idol and her start in the movies she doesn't really get into her life. Was expecting way more than what I got. Thankfully I got this from the library and didn't have to spend any money because I truly would have been disappointed! Aug 11, Donna Woods rated it liked it. I've had this book for a year but didn't feel ready to read it. After reading it I know I wasn't ready until now.
As a person who has for a lifetime struggled with weight, I appreciated her being candid. It's hard to put yourself out there like she did. I've often heard how singers, actors and models were discriminated against because of their appearance. She elaborated in a way that made me know it really does exist. I see it everyday in most areas of life. The book was down-to-earth, not trying to be book of the year.
It could reach and encourage anyone. She's a spokesperson for Weight Watchers so for some it may seem like an ongoing advertisement. She chose not to talk about the murders of her mom, brother and nephew. Obviously she didn't feel this was the appropriate place for that conversation. It was in the news quite a lot and the trial hadn't concluded at the time of the book's writing, so there could even have been legal ramifications.
I'm sorry she didn't support Julia in her quest to lose weight through bariatric surgery. If she'd taken time to research this method of weight loss she would've found that Julia wasn't trying to take the easy way out.
Eating and exercising after one of these procedures is hard work. There are various causes of obesity. I know several people who've had bariatric surgery and been successful. With each of them it was a last resort but gave them a jump start on their healthier lifestyle.
Everyone has to find the weight loss method that works for them. Because Jennifer likes to do everything the natural way doesn't mean it's the way for everyone. Julia speaks of how she is different from Jennifer which says to me although Julia lost weight on WW, she wouldn't be able to sustain it. Knowledge and respecting other's choices is imperative.
I was encouraged by Jennifer's journey but know it is not the one for me. Julia has to decide whether she'll do what works for her or allow Jennifer to dictate how she should lose weight. Mar 28, Luke A. Bunker rated it liked it Shelves: I love Jennifer Hudson - her voice, her confidence, her personality - almost everything I know or think I know about her.
And for the most part, I liked this book. Some readers have commented that a large part of the book was just a Weight Watchers ad, but one has to understand that this has been a big part of her life now for the last several years and that this has been a huge and positive change in her life. It is understandable that she would devote a large part of a memoir to this.
One thing I love Jennifer Hudson - her voice, her confidence, her personality - almost everything I know or think I know about her. One thing I found interesting is how little she spoke of her family's tragedy.
She spoke of them in abstract, and I get the impression she was trying to make this more of a positive book, and maybe she is not yet ready to share those thoughts or might still be processing them which is totally understandable.
I did feel that "Jenny Kate" as she describes herself in various instances throughout the book wrote more passionately about her weight loss than the other aspects of her life, which were covered in the first half of her book.
I felt that she spoke of many of those other aspects of her life except for her family, who she obviously loves and cares for and considers a major influence in her life rather weakly.
I felt that I was being told, not shown, what she was feeling. As a matter of opinion, it felt more like a rundown or timeline than what these events truly meant to her. All of that being said, Jennifer Hudson has an interesting story and is an inspiration to many and could be be to even more if they choose to read her story and find themselves in her message and experience. I am proud of Jennifer and her accomplishments and can't wait to see what her future brings!
May 28, Lynne Spreen rated it really liked it. Recently, I gave this book a poor review due to what I believed to be sloppy ghostwriting. However, I was wrong.
I am sorry for my mistake, and am giving the book the rating I believe it deserves. Here is my original review: The first part of the book is JH's rise to fame, in which everything works out the way it's supposed to and she never suffers any doubt or lack of confidence.
Then she decides to lose weight so she can be a better mother, and does that, too. Hudson describes herself as basically confident and self-satisfied in every way from birth onward, glossing over any negatives. Even the horrible family tragedy she experienced is never mentioned except with something like, "In spite of challenges and tragedies, I kept to my goals.
Several of her family members contributed their essays about losing weight on WW, and those weren't sanitized as much, especially the sister who lost and regained forty pounds and is unrepentant about not getting back on program. Those essays were more authentic. As to motivation, the book was mildly motivating, but I thought Weight Loss Boss was more helpful and real.
Also more fun to read. View all 10 comments. Feb 08, Koren rated it liked it Shelves: I guess I shouldn't have been disappointed but I was.
The title says 'how I changed my ways and lost what weighed me down' and that is exactly what this is about. I thought this would be more about her life and it is at the beginning but about half way through it gets to be a commericial for Weight Watchers.
She does talk quite a bit about her journey to fame but very little about her personal life. I was surprised no mention was made about her mother and brother being murdered.
May 04, Heidi rated it did not like it. I was not impressed with this book because I wanted more reality. She never had problems with her body image so I was looking for something she did not have.
She mentioned her tragedy, which I understood to be her mother's death, but she did not talk about it. I guess she felt that the subject of this book needed to be targeted. It pretty much was poor writing and I was extremely disappointed in the lack of substance.
She was sweet and was honest about how she approached WW at first and discusse I was not impressed with this book because I wanted more reality. She was sweet and was honest about how she approached WW at first and discussed some challenges and that was good, I guess. I was surprised at all the haters that mocked her wonderful accomplishment, at first. Then when I thought about it, I was feeling a little like them.
And that made me think about what is keeping me from success. I don't know, but she certainly didn't inspire me. I am on weight watchers, but I am not working the program. I think that if I succeed, I will write a book and it will be gritty and honest about being fat in America, about being wrong in a crazy world.
Mar 06, bazra bat rated it did not like it. Nothing intriguing. Just a story about JH, and her family. Besides she has explained her emotions, how she feel about smthng is very extravagantly described.
Kind of annoying. Nothing catchy, nothing inspirational.
Maybe this book will be interested for her family circus, but not the outside world. Very poor written, felt like reading a blog of 11th grader. It seems that she had written this book for guilt, because she explained a lot of her decisions, steps and felt like she trying to excuse fo Nothing intriguing.
It seems that she had written this book for guilt, because she explained a lot of her decisions, steps and felt like she trying to excuse for what she did, and wants to everybody look at her in a good way, please her For me she is just trying to act like a good person.
Presumably the worst memoir, worst book ever Can you say "Arrogant" with a capital A. Well after reading this that is what I am left feeling about Jennifer Hudson.
I honestly didn't have an opinion of her personally before reading this. Obviously the girl can sing! I didn't like the way it was written, half the book talking about how wonderful she is, and the other half an advertisement for Weight Watchers.
I didn't believe for one second when she said she didn't mind being kicked off of Idol, yeah right?! I also didn't think it was proper Can you say "Arrogant" with a capital A. I also didn't think it was proper for her to diss her sister for dropping out of Weight Watchers. After reading this crap about how wonderful she is, I won't be looking for anything by or about her again. I don't even want to hear her sing. I feel sorry for her but not enough to exspose myself to her!