Every once in a while I get the opportunity to review a book that I really want to read. That was the case with the new book from Sue Ingbretson, Get Back Into Whack.
I’ve been following Sue and reading her blog for years. She’s one of my blogging idols – those people you look up to and aspire to be like. Every blogger has at least one – that other blogger who inspired you to blog and to share your journey. Sue is definitely that one for me.
It’s funny how we act and react to the people we look up to. It’s easy to forget that they are just people. I’ve had the opportunity over the years to interact with Sue a few times, but I still always felt like she was this unattainable person. Someone I could only really know from afar.
That changed this past summer when she posted something on a blogger group we are both in asking for info on how to reach out to people for endorsements of the new book she was working on. I reached out to her and just let her know that I’d love to read her new book.
Her reply floored me. She not only wanted me to read her book, she wanted me to endorse it. I, in no way, see myself as someone that anyone would ask to endorse their book. But, I was really excited to get the chance to read her book well in advance of publication.
Even better than all of that, this conversation opened a door that turned into a friendship resulting in several phone calls with Sue, and even the opportunity to work with her a bit and experience tapping with her. When we chatting I was really stressed out with all the change in my life (selling my house, moving, etc) and she went out of her way to help me through that.
What I learned from all of this is that it never hurts to reach out. That person you may think is beyond your reach, may well be thinking the same of you. You may think you have nothing to offer to someone, but in reality we all have much we can give to each other. I’m so happy to be able to say that Sue is not just a fellow blogger but a friend.
And, I’m also really happy to get to share her new book with you. Get Back Into Whack could be considered a sequel to her first book, FibroWHYalgia. FibroWHYalgia shares Sue’s personal journey with chronic illness as she explores the root causes of fibromyalgia and using non-traditional methods finds a path to better health.
Get Back Into Whack takes things a bit further as Sue explores the mind-body connection, but what she really focuses on is building healthy habits that can lead to healing. As I said in my endorsement, even though I’ve followed most of the principles in her book since 2012, it was still full of excellent reminders.
For someone who is new to the idea of the mind-body connection and how the lifestyle choices we make affect our health, this book is ideal. In addition to being an author, Sue is a health coach. She works with people to help them break unhealthy cycles, and make healthier choices -whether it’s a weight loss goal, or a improving symptoms of your chronic illness.
Probably one of my favorite aspects of the book was her discussion (and subsequent reminders) of why it’s so much easier to make unhealthy choices. Or, why it’s easier to make no choice at all and just stay stuck. Making changes is difficult. But, understanding, why we are so resistant to change is really the first step in finally making positive changes that can help in so many ways.
This book hit home for me as I’ve struggled the last couple of years to keep up my healthy habits. When I made major changes back in 2012 I went full-bore hardcore and I stuck with it for a good while. However, after a couple of years I started slipping here and there. What’s a little sugar? Oh, there’s a gluten-free substitute for that? A little processed food won’t hurt me. And so I slid, not completely back to my unhealthy ways but I slid nonethless.
I look back now and I KNOW I was healthier and felt better when I ate clean. But, why is it so hard for me to return to what I know makes me feel better? Sue covered that in her book, too.
Sue, by no means, is the type to say that there is only one way to health. Or, that prescription medications don’t serve a purpose. What Sue does is help us understand that our health is more than just one thing. That lifestyle and choices do affect our health. And, Get Back Into Whack, is all about how we can move past our stumbling blocks and make better choices and feel better as a result.
Want to know what other books I recommend? Check out my Amazon reading list.
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