Book Review: Balance Your Life, Balance The Scale #BalanceBook

Many of you who also read Wayne's blog know that he had a health scare a few months ago and has had to radically alter how he thinks about food and about his diet... this has made our whole family more aware of what we are doing about our health... so when I had the opportunity to review a recently released book, Balance Your Life, Balance the Scale: Ditch Dieting, Amp Up Your Energy, Feel Amazing, and Release the Weight by Jennifer Tuma-Young through Collective Bias, I took it as a sign that it was time to be more balanced, rather than just acting it...

From the Publisher:

The majority of women are busy—our lives are a delicate balancing act. We're mothers. We're wives. We're bosses and colleagues. Most of us don't have fancy trainers, chefs, personal assistants, or any staff. There's little time to pay attention to our own needs, let alone our weight. Many of us feel overburdened and underappreciated. What we really need is a real-world plan that frees up time, lifts us up, and makes life easier.
As an inspired weight-loss expert and recovered yo-yo dieter, Jennifer Tuma-Young has used her B.A.L.A.N.C.E. program to help thousands of women create balance, release weight, witness true results, and find joy. Now, in Balance Your Life, Balance the Scale, Jennifer gives you concrete tools to change the life imbalances that are often the real culprits of weight struggles.

Jennifer not only helps others but knows firsthand the challenges women face every day. Many years ago, she lost more than one hundred pounds. By joining the Curves community, changing her food mind-set, and learning how to love life (flaws and all), she radically transformed her body, her health, and her well-being. Jennifer, a working mother of two, is on a quest to help women everywhere find balance and meaning while releasing the weight!
Jennifer Tuma-Young understands women. She gets the yo-yo diets, the madness of "starting" on Monday. She wants you to get off the "Dieting Wheel of Frustration" and kick the negative self-talk to the curb! Above all, she wants you to embrace balance and self-care.

The essential ingredient in her winning plan is nurturing yourself. Regardless of your shape or size, if you are beating yourself up to stay thin or using food for reasons other than its intended purpose—which is to truly nourish your body—then Jennifer can help.

My Review:

What I love about this book is that it doesn't make excuses or let you make excuses for yourself... it starts with making over your mind and your attitude towards yourself and food before it even starts to help you make over your body!  It breaks down why and how we need food - to sustain life, and beyond that how we can be better for ourselves rather than a slave to a diet, a scale or an external image of ourselves.

This book doesn't tell you that there is one right way to do things, it leads you on a journey - giving you knowledge, inspiration and sharing stories of other women who have B.A.L.A.N.C.E.  in their lives...  everyone's balance is different but this is what I found...

B – Brain Dump and be open to new possibilities 
A – Assess and figure out where you are right now
L – Let go of the negative and make room for the new...
A – Add In those people and things that will help you succeed
N – Navigate and appreciate your journey
C – Confront your obstacles
E – Engage and enjoy the experience and your new world
I like that this book addresses more than just diet and exercise - it addresses the root of the issue - that to be better we have to want it and take control of our lives... each journey is different but there are great supports and encouragements in this book that can help teach, inspire and help you build balance into your life.
About the Author (from her website,
I am a writer, a speaker, a student, a teacher, a creative, a believer, a foodie, a wife, a mother, an inspiration junkie. I believe nothing is impossible - nothing , nada, zip, zilch.

Like everybody else, I have faced challenges in my life.
I had a huge wake-up call with my health, experienced major financial issues, and have struggled with self-esteem.

Learn more about Balancing Your Life on Jennifer's website, Facebook, and Twitter
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review.  All opinions are my own.