I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down Hardcover – Jan 10 2012
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About the Author
Jennifer Hudson is an international pop star and award-winning actress. She first came to prominence on the third season of American Idol. She won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Effie White in the 2006 film adaptation of Dreamgirls. She is the current spokesperson for Weight Watchers, having lost over eighty pounds on their program. She grew up in Chicago and is engaged to WWE wrestler David Otunga. The couple has a two-year-old son.
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*Full disclosure, I had gastric bypass 10 years ago and lost a lot of weight, I am a JH fan, and I worked hard to lose my weight. It is not the easy or lazy way out and I'm always looking for good motivation to keep it off, it's a life-long struggle no matter what path you choose and JH's dismissal or disregard for others choices is unfortunate.
The book has no direction. The main problem is that it doesn't have a genuine focus. Its a very badly edited book with absoutely no coherence. Also if Jennifer Hudson actually wrote this which I highly doubt it is a very poor representation of her character. Any connection I felt as a reader with her was fleeting and as a writer she neither captures nor entertains the audience. Also the proof reading of this was poor and there were many mistakes which annoyed me throughout the book.
So as an autobiography it is a very poor representation of Jennifer Hudson and doesnt not give any real insight into a potentially very interesting person. As a weightloss inspiring book it lacks what every dieter wants hard information on what she did to lose the weight. All she gives is vague indications about what she might eat for breakfast some mornings. I am guessing all the relevant information that every dieter really wants has already been reproduced in magazines and for this reason do not buy this book. Jennifer Hudson seems like a lovely individual and I was greatly anticipating a personal record of her weightwatcher journey but this book is very weak and not worth buying. If you are inspired by jennifer hudson's weightloss i would stick to googling images.
One of the ways this book may help others, I think, is when she talks about how the people around her had to get used to the change -- her fiance, her manager, etc. Even her fans have had to adjust, and she's endured some hurtful comments along the way. Staying focused on her reason for losing weight -- to be healthy for her son -- she has been able to stay strong. So many people lose weight but don't keep it off, and I think she offers some valuable insights as to why.
The odd part of this book is that she does not address her family tragedy. I can understand that she wouldn't want to dwell on it, but it felt like a strange omission. Many people fighting weight issues have trouble during times of trauma and stress, and it can't have been easy for her to focus on her program after enduring such a loss. Still, I think JHud has shown great courage and strength in her life, and she knows exactly what she does and doesn't want -- so I'm sure she thought long and hard and decided to keep that part of her life private, and I respect that.
I don't agree with the reviewer who said she didn't write this book. It definitely had her tone, and there were some editorial imperfections that would normally bother me, but in this case gives the book a level of authenticity. I also disagree that she didn't explain her weight loss program. There were detailed explanations of how Weight Watchers works. If you want more info, join online or go to a meeting.
In what little of Ms. Hudson's writing there is here she comes off as arrogant, entitled, and resentful. She comes off as defensive and petty when discussing her detractors and she often comes of as trying to shame her family and the reader into loosing weight the way she did.
The writing lacks emotional depth. There's a little bit of sassiness which comes through but the rest is dry and vapid with occasional attempts to fill the emptiness with the colying namedropping of celebrity acquaintances.
Large portions of her life are completely omitted as has been discussed in other reviews.
I think weight watchers is great and was looking for motivation to set new goals for myself. I didn't find that here.
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