- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Hubble&Hattie and Imprint of Veloce Publishing; 1 edition (15 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845844068
- ISBN-13: 978-1845844066
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,792,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dieting With My Dog - one busy life, two full figures and unconditional love Paperback – Illustrated, 15 Sep 2011
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The veterinarian rubbed Kelly's sides for emphasis. She needs to lose weight. If not... Peggy Frezon recognized the list of serious ailments that followed. It was the same one her own doctor had given her. Dieting With My Dog is the honest and heartfelt story of how one overweight woman and her chubby spaniel struggled to get fit and healthy together. Theirs was a comfortable routine. While Frezon's children were flying the nest, her loyal rescue pup snuggled close. Sneaking M&Ms from her secret stash, she would slip Kelly extra doggy cookies too. Why not? Food is love. But then, Kelly became the motivating factor that led Frezon to face down the physical and emotional reasons for her overeating, and for overfeeding her dog. She learned that embracing change is healthy, and everything is easier with unconditional love. Join Frezon and Kelly on their journey to weight loss with a wag. Dieting With My Dog celebrates our close bonds with our pets in times of both need and triumph. This book is for anyone who has ever loved a pet through thick and thin. This paperback book has 112 pages and measures: 22 x 17.2 x 0.8cm
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Dieting With My Dog is the enchanting and enjoyable story of busy family life in the Frezon household (Mike and Peggy, grown-up children Kate and Andy and Kelly the loveable dog) in America.
Peggy's easy, friendly writing style feels like sitting down for a chat with an old friend as she reveals the ups and downs of embarking on a quest for a healthier lifestyle. She describes her path to weight loss in a far more realistic and truthful way than many other similar books I've read. You do genuinely feel "If she can do it, I can do it".
The input of Kelly the dog, who like Peggy was carrying too many pounds for good health, also adds a nice angle for fellow dog lovers. Kelly turned into a bit of a furry fitness coach for Peggy and slowly but surely the weight came off and stayed off for BOTH of them.
I think many women will identify VERY strongly with Peggy's situation and emotions in this book (I know I did) and will feel motivated and inspired to give themselves and their pets a more healthy lifestyle even if they don't need to lose as much as the 40lbs that Peggy eventually lost. It's also a fun book to read for the real-life anecdotes that it contains.
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This is not an overly book and it actually reads more like a friend talking to another friend. There are no long and boring involved stories, but rather some cute stories (and some less cute but very touching stories)about a woman who is trying to get her weight (and her life) on track with the help of her adored pet.
I can't say how much I enjoyed reading this book. It made me smile and it made me want to go out and get a dog (which my cat would definitely NOT enjoy).
As I mentioned the pictures are great and I really fell in love with the picture of the house right next to a tranquil lake. I have actually taken that one out of the book and posted next to my desk.
This is a heartwarming story for those of us who struggle with weight, but it is also a heartwarming story for all of us who love our pets.
Peggy Frezon and her dog Kelly are two of the human and canine faces behind the statistics. And they decided to do something about it.
Dieting with My Dog is not just another diet book, nor is it just another dog book. This heartwarming story of one overweight woman and her equally overweight dog chronicles the struggles both of them faced as they tried to drop the pounds and get fit. Together.
Frezon received a wake up call when her physician told her that she was at risk for a heart attack, diabetes, arthritis, stroke and other frightening diseases if she didn't make some significant lifestyle changes. But it was not until she took her spaniel mix Kelly for her regular check up and heard almost the exact same words from Kelly's vet that she began to implement real changes toward a healthier life for both of them.
As with many dieters, food had long been more than just fuel for Frezon. She had come to rely on food to provide stress relief, comfort, and even love. Family celebrations centered around rich, heavy foods. And like the humans in the household, Kelly also got too much food, and too little exercise.
Frezon was determined to change all that. In a warm, conversational style, the author is honest about the challenges of implementing a total lifestyle makeover for both herself and her dog. By giving us a glimpse into her family, she makes her struggle immensely personal for the reader. Faced with empty nest syndrome, the temptation was always there to reach to food for comfort. The couch always beckoned when it was time to go for a walk. But Peggy persisted. She replaced fatty foods with healthier choices. She learned about portion control. This became especially important for Kelly. Dogs don't make their own food choices, they rely on what their humans put in their bowl - and most humans are shocked at how little it takes for a dog to gain too much weight too fast.
Anyone who has ever struggled with weight, and anyone who has ever had an overweight pet, will be able to relate to this book. Beautifully illustrated with photos of Kelly and the author's human family, reading this book feels like sitting down with a good friend who wants to help you change your life for the better. Peggy's and Kelly's journey will provide inspiration, along with a realistic and workable program, for humans and canines who want to get on the road to better health together.