- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Sphere (2 Jan. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751553980
- ISBN-13: 978-0751553987
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Run Fat Bitch Run (Grit Doctor) Paperback – 2 Jan 2014
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Ruth blogs regularly at http://gritdoctor.wordpress.com/ and you can also find her on Twitter (@gritdoctor) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/thegritdoctor).
If you're stuck in an exercise rut, this book will give you a rather rude kick up the backside . . . it certainly shamed us into lacing up our Nikes! (Closer)
Amusingly vicious . . . Excellent advice all round. (Emma Thompson)
Ruth is an inspiring running-buddy . . . By the time I unpack my summer wardrobe, I'm sure my inner Grit Doctor will be my best friend (Flic Everett Daily Express)
A witty, no-nonsense read, it had us dusting off our trainers within seconds. Trust us when we say you'll be up and running in no time at all. (Grazia)
Refreshingly free of new-age jargon and psychoanalysis. It's about determination and the pursuit of the 'happy effect.' (Herald Sun (Australia))
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So much of this book jarred with me. She encourages you to hate your body, to stand in front of the mirror (naked) and chant 'I'm a fat bitch'...why? Probably everyone who bought this book (for £10.99, mental) bought it because they are already unhappy with themselves - why make it worse? She then attempts to lighten the tone with 'oh, come on, it's just a laugh - I laugh at myself when I'm chanting this, it makes me megalolz, it's so funny ROFLcopter' but it's not funny, and it's not helpful.
She even admits herself that she was never fat, that she was slightly overweight due to a few lunches that she ate while training to be a barrister ( you may as well get this fact into your brain now, she talks about it enough), so really, she has never struggled with a long-term weight problem. And a lot of her methods are backed up by her family - I don't know about you, but I reckon my family would back me up if I wrote a book too. It probably wouldn't make for very accurate case studies but it would probs shift some books (£10.99 a copy, bonkers).
Oh, I am trying so hard not to be annoyed by this book because I really do think the tough love approach would work well. But if you are looking for someone to identify with you and to understand how tricky weight loss can be, then this book is not for you. Spend your £10.99 on something lovely, like flowers.
Ruth is unrealistic. She admits she was really into sport at school and never fat, and her mother played squash and netball after her kids were born and was active into her 40s. How can she relate to somebody like me who was always last to be picked for school sports? Her husband could run 4 miles after just 6 weeks - the furthest I have ever run in my entire life without stopping is half a mile and that was after 4 months training for a charity race. She talks about finding attractive circuits with little or no concrete that are fairly flat and start and end at the front door. I live in the country and I can't do that. (Her mother apparently lives in the Virginia Water park?)
All of these points are excuses but probably my main problem is that I don't respond to the stick, I just hibernate. Like Ruth I have an inner Grit Doctor. She gets me up at 3am to take my mother to the bathroom but she'll never get me to run at 6am on an empty stomach in the dark.
I feel qualified to comment, because last year, after abhorring running for as long as I can remember, I trained and ran a 5k. I now run regularly, though very slowly, and I'm no athlete! I managed to do it using the programme in 'Running Made Easy', where you build up very gradually from running a minute. The time demands are nowhere near as much as in this book, and I fitted it around work and children. Running Made Easy is a well-written book, and has got a much better tone. (And no, I'm not related to the authors, but it achieved the impossible and got me running.) I also like the John Bingham books, like No Need for Speed, which are funny and have lots of things that overweight forty-somethings like me can relate to.
I wrote this just to get people to think what motivates them. If you like being shouted at, this will suit you. If that sort of thing just turns you into a sulky teenager and makes you want to give up, then try the others I've recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So motivational and straight to the point. All you get is black and white with this book which is what I need. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
The author is asked to consider how responsible she is being to the eating disorder community and to those with body image issues not to mention the teenage community of young... Read morePublished 1 month ago by L BARRINGTON
Brilliant!!!! Very funny and yet inspiring. I would totally recommend this book to anyone who needs a bit of motivation to get running!!!!Published 2 months ago by moomoo
An absolute gem of a book to find when ur needing that push to get fit.. Honest, anecdotal, witty finished the book in 4 hours laughing throughout and started my run/walk the same... Read morePublished 4 months ago by MissNyh
Looking for running teaming then this is your book. Funny too. Bit like a diary but have really enjoyed the bookPublished 4 months ago by Lindsay
I bought this on a recommendation. I don;t think the book is worth it. The test is diluted and a bit of a convoluted story about the authors running story... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sarahanne40