Secrets of an Over 50 Former Fat Man - Scott Deuty
This book is pretty straightforward. It details one man's account of how he improved his health and quality of life through diet and exercise.
The overall message is positive and one of compromise -- find a system that works for you. Despite the title, there are lots of good pieces of information for anyone looking to make some changes.
I had a little bit of trouble following along, but I'm not used to reading Fitness How To Guides. However, no matter who you are, there is something to take away from this book: determination and positivity is key towards achieving your goals.
Some Bio Information
I'm just a normal guy that looked in the mirror and didn't like my size so I did something about it. Along the way I documented my progress. I then wrote about the journey. Note that I'm trying to compete in a sea of books that are written by medical personnel, trainers, and supplement backed "entertainers". I did enjoy my journey and was rarely hungry. I also invoked a lifestyle changed instead of a temporary diet and regain cycle.
1. What inspired you to write this book?
My success in weight loss inspired me to write this book. I lost the weight and have kept it off over two years. It took several tries over three decades to finally achieve my goals. I wanted to share my success with others so they could improve their happiness like I did.
2. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
For a “how to” book, I record the data and images in outline form. Powerpoint is good for this. Then I fill in the outline. Finally, I tie it all together with words. This method made me a successful Applications Engineer when writing application notes for new electronics products.
For fiction, I just tell the story as it flows from my brain. I then go back and check the logical flow. This is also a good time to edit it down for redundancy as well as flow and appeal. Walk away from the work and come back when your mind is fresh to review it.
3. What is your least favorite part of the writing process?
The excitement of capturing my creativity is the best part. I like sharing my story. I also like meeting other writers as they share your pain as well as the secrets to publishing. Even though it’s a competition of sorts, most writers aren’t your direct competition and they are willing to help you. The ecology is one of promoting each other’s work. Great people!
4. What advice would you give to someone just starting out down the road to improved health and fitness?
First and foremost you most convince yourself you want to change for the better. Then create your goals and stick to them. Don’t “cheat”. Stay on schedule. It gets easier. You will have to convince yourself less and less as the change becomes a more permanent part of your daily life.
5. What would you like readers to take away from your book?
If I can do it, anyone can. I had a heart attack and am partially paralyzed. I found a routine that worked for me. There is a routine for everyone. You just have to find it. Also note that people will notice your changes and your happiness will greatly improve.
6. How would you describe your writing style?
My writing style is somewhat of a narrative as I began as a technical writer. This was hard to get away from when I wrote my novel. However, I was able to adapt. That’s the key. Be flexible and able to adapt to change.
7. What’s your ultimate goal in all of this?
I want people to realize that they can have the body they always wanted regardless of their age and limitation. I workout 3-4 times a week. I am human and procrastinate like the rest of us do. However, I know that feeling I get from working out which is very euphoric and rewarding. Anyone is capable of experiencing that feeling. My goal is to provide them the initiative to pursue it.