Don't make the mistake of thinking this is going to be a book just including recipes and exercises that makes you feel guilty about a night in front of the TV with a bag of crisps.
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.
This is such a great read -- I can't wait until it comes out in the U.S.! Peggy is likable from the start, and anyone who has struggled to lose weight or recover from any type of loss (even if it's just your daughter going off to college!) will be able to relate. I love books like this that are written in a conversational tone, so you feel like you're hearing it from your best friend over coffee. She inspired me to get outside for a walk, too! Definitely recommended.