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Confessions of a Reformed Dieter

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  194 ratings  ·  23 reviews
When AJ Rochester is singled out as the ideal candidate for a television show on obesity, she is at first appalled and then resolved. Enough is enough. She vows to lose weight—not because she yearns to become a pretzel, but so she can keep up with her little boy and turn her life around at last. But after years of trying and failing, AJ knows she needs a miracle to drop ei ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Random House Australia
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Grace Walker
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Informative with tips and ways to help become healthier. Shows struggles and the ups and downs and AJ’s resilience/determination. Humerous and in the same vain as Anh Do’s the happiest refuge. She is willing to joke about her situation. However multiple times she speaks about never going back to her old ways but yet she has. This made feel her old habits crept back in and question why? But a great effort for her to loose 40kg and she has the skills and knowledge to do it again.
Feb 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I'm reluctant to be too disparaging of this book, because I know how much it apparently helped the recommender, but I found this author nigh unbearable, especially at first. Her humour is crass, she veers wildly between being extremely self-deprecating and irritatingly smug, and her writing is so annoying that if it hadn't been a recommendation, I probably would've thrown it across the room into a dark corner after the first chapter and quite happily forgotten about it. It made me crazy, for at ...more
Zoe Obstkuchen
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
AJ Rochester was tired of being the larger than life version of herself so when she was approached to slim for a TV programme she accepted the challenge and transformed herself (and her life) in less than a year.
Before this I had no idea who AJ Rochester was but about a third of the way through I made the mistake of looking her up on the internet and was dismayed to see that 17 or so years after the events in this book she hasn't remained at her goal. At the time she was losing her 30+ kg I was
Anne Holmes
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I found this very interesting and everything in it seems to make sense, so how sad to read when I looked up the author that she has put all that weight back on. Guess she never really got over her emotional issues.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is laugh out loud, funny and SO inspiring! I’d recommend this to anyone trying to lose weight, or if you just want to read something funny. It’s brutally honest and sad in parts but A.J writes with humour.
Rachael Wellings
Jun 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
some bits were funny and relatable but it was over the top for me.
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

This is the weight-loss diary of A.J. Rochester, and is the first book before Lazy Girl's Guide to Losing Weight and Getting Fit which I previously reviewed. I didn't realise that both of them were available as audiobooks, and so I listened to them out of sequence.

I'm sort of glad I did listen to them out of sequence. Not this this book was no go
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book made me a little depressed. Mainly because the author has gone back to her current ways and gained a significant amount of weight back. I'm not fat shaming in any way, shape, or form. I had no idea who this woman was, so after listening to the first few chapters I googled her and discovered she obviously wasn't sticking to her then new found healthy lifestyle . I don't blame her. I, myself, have gained about 40-50 pounds in the past couple of years alone (hence why I turned to this boo ...more
Zelda of Unapologetic Reviews
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: dieters
Recommended to Zelda by: spotted in the book store
I recommend this book for everyone who would like to lose weight. It's very inspiring. I have read this book several times as an inspiration in my weight-loss journey. I didn't have as much to lose as she did, but having Hashimoto's, my task was harder.

A.J. talks about her life very honestly, and very humorously. However, there are places where I felt a tear sliding down my cheek. This book made me understand more deeply that a lot of times people aren't obese just because they like food. There
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
I. Love. AJ Rochester. Seriously, she's amazing. To have come so far both physically and emotionally... it's just astounding. This book chronicles the story of her 40kg weight loss and her emotional journey from abuse as a child.

Best of all, she's funny and inspiring, and it's not that sort of mildly amusing 'get out there and do something, dammit!' type of funny-inspiring that I hate. The funny and the inspiring mostly keep to themselves rather than mixing together and becoming incredibly chees
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
AJ Rochester offers a hilarious and tragic and realistic view of what it's like to go from being extremely obese to a healthy weight. She focuses on being healthy but isn't unrealistic enough to pretend that she doesn't want to be skinny and hot. She's brave and honest about her former eating disorders and the abuse she suffered as a child, and she's dedicated to taking care of herself better for the sake of her young son. Since writing this book, she's written another diet book, a children's bo ...more
Andrea Herrmann
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I listen to the audio book (read by the author) for free through Overdrive. It is a funny, honest and candid book about what it's like to lose a significant amount of weight. I think it is a very helpful book for anyone starting or getting stuck in a weight loss journey. It will make you laugh, and definitely make you think. This book is a reminder to anyone about the importance of loving yourself and taking care of yourself. ...more
James Johnson
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know what to expect fro this book but the author did a great job of telling her story. At first, I wasn't jazzed because she was propagating a lot of nutrition and diet myths. But then I realized that this was not a how-to book but rather a very open and honest glimpse of one woman's struggles. She was funny and entertaining and a great writer! ...more
Jessica Lafaurie
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's a great book if you are looking for some inspiration to change your health and get on track with fitness and eating. It is not a diet "how to" book, but more of a story/diary of a woman who became very overweight as a result of a number of difficulties in her past, but tackles her weight loss in a healthy but very relate-able way. I found her to be very funny and fun to listen to. ...more
Mar 01, 2013 added it
Shelves: gave-up
Read a fair bit. Is okay and quite funny, but got a bit bored with all the food and diet talk. Can't really grizzle, it was obviously going to be about that! Print is quite small and quite a long book - wasn't personally interested enough to read on, bur someone struggling with obesity and wanting to diet might be. ...more
Brenda Abell
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully written book on going thru the changes to a healthy lifestyle from a real-life perspective. Inspirational to someone going through the process as well Listening to the audiobook was additionally entertaining with Ajay's Australian accent :) ...more
Aug 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for inspiration
Seriously overweight author decided to lose weight for her young son's sake. Started with simple steps, ended up competing in a marathon! ...more
ʚϊɞ Gemma
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book probably because I love food so I could relate to it. It is written by the presenter of biggest loser of which I'm a fan. Would read this book again ...more
Sarah Jones
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Realy good read, mental note... do some exercise stop eating cr*p.
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diary, humour
Loved it! So brave!!!
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book-was a big eye opener and has changed the way I view myself greatly, for the better if course!
Highly reccommend :)
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
It was ok and very true; but got bored with the lists of foods and all a bit too diary like (but I guess the clue is in the title)
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was an incredibly inspiring & humorous book!! I'd highly recommend it! ...more
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