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The Drunk Diet: How I Lost 40 Pounds... Wasted
by Lüc Carl (Goodreads Author), Luc Carl
by Lüc Carl (Goodreads Author), Luc Carl
Mar 17, 12
Read from December 30, 2011 to March 17, 2012
I'm an avid reader of Lüc Carl's blog and had read the book teaser, Tales from the Drunk Diet, so I'm quite familiar with the writer's style and amazing sense of humor. Even so, I was totally surprised by this book, it's even better than I thought it would be. I guess Lüc never ceases to amaze me, and all his readers. The title may make some people shy away from the book, but it's part of the author's delightful persona. Due to health issues, I can't really drink alcohol, and that didn't prevent me from loving this book from cover to cover (yes, even the cover is awesome!). This is not a story of a drunk guy who is always wasted and happens to, even so, lose weight and do some exercise. It's infinitely more than that. Lüc shares all his struggles with us: his frustrations, achievements, grief, pain, victories, sweat. Everything is there for all to see. He's very candid when he shares his life with us and he does that in a very humorous and, also, charming way. I've always avoided diet books and the sorts, as I hate people telling me what I should or should not do. Also, they are full of technicalities that don't really appeal to me and make me believe that only a super human would be able to achieve their goals. Well, this book is nothing like that. The author shares his life with us, what worked for him, what didn't work, and we can apply that to our own life the way we find fit. It's not just for men either, any person can enjoy and be inspired by it. He tells us the story of his life, simple as that, from his birth town in Nebraska to his battle to succeed in the Big Apple. I have a very soft spot for New York City, and Lüc shares this love with me, better saying, with all of us. I was there with him, in my mind, working at those bars, waking on those streets and running on that bridge. And all that combined with Rock 'N' Roll and long hair, a taste of the 80's and 70's that I miss so much, all that was a recipe for a book I'd surely fall in love with. Speaking of recipes, Lüc shares quite a few with us, they're awesome and very easy to prepare. The book is hilarious (I was already laughing hard just by reading his "Medical Disclaimer"). People say that we only start to change what we think is wrong in our life when we start to laugh at our own misery. Lüc does that very well and makes us laugh with him, as we can relate to so many of his feelings (if not all of them). He falls in love with his body, and struggle to make it better looking and healthier. That leads him to falling in love with running and dieting. His love is contagious, we fall in love too. After reading his book, I gave up drinking soda and I'm eating salads almost every day (and I always hated them). Lüc makes it all have a different and better meaning. I'd also say that his enthusiasm (by the way, the word enthusiasm comes from the Greek and means "being full of god", very meaningful....) is very contagious, making us all want to change our lives and become better persons for our own sake. Love for oneself, for music, for drinking, dieting, reading, as he says (lesson taken from his parents), "all good things in life - including love - are worth fighting for". He's totally right. So if you want to change something you're not happy with in your life, or just change from your usual estate of inertia, this is the book for you. And who doesn't want to be better? Life is a struggle, and Lüc teaches us that we can fight, even if it's not easy. He doesn't fool us by saying it's going to be easy... Things won't change from one day to the other... we need to take baby steps.. But we'll reach the top of the hill if we really want to. He did. Thanks for sharing it all with us, Lüc Carl. I highly recommend this book, a real life changer. Now, every time that I have a project and think of starting it tomorrow or next week, I remember Lüc and can almost hear him telling me not to be a p***y and start doing it NOW.
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