Synopses & Reviews
As an endurance athlete with a lifelong weight problem, Jayne Williams struggles daily with the complex and powerful lures of food. Truly dedicated to working out, to having "the wind in my hair as I hurtle my bicycle around the backroads," Williams is nonetheless far from immune to the dark pull of exercise as penance for culinary sins committed, or about to be committed. The Imperfect Athlete's Guide to Getting Fit dissects this always chronic, sometimes comic, often desperate conflict between the discipline of the triathlete and the hedonism of the fat girl. In a world where most of us have more resources for healthy living than you can shake a stick at, but we just keep getting fatter and fatter, the author's exploration is supremely timely, about as universal as they come, excruciatingly honest, and a rollicking good read.
Library Journal, 10/24/08
“Williams supplies tips for letting go of the worst obstacle of all—self-consciousness. At last something for real people; highly recommended.”
Washington Post, 1/3/09
“Williams's fitness books stand out for their humor.”
Curve magazine, May 2009
“If there is a messiah of fitness, she might be it….Williams writes in a funny, engaging style that encourages everyone to come along for the ride.”
Jayne Williams brings irreverent wit and a passion for movement to people who want a roadmap to real-life, functional fitness. Shape Up with the Slow Fat Triathlete
is the antidote to fitness books that promise killer abs and deliver disappointment.
A mediocre athlete with a lifelong weight problem, Williams struggles with her own fitness demons, including self-consciousness, injuries, and yo-yo dieting. Now, she puts fun back into working out with realistic advice, zany anecdotes, and essential observations. With stories from other imperfect athletes,” Williamss fifty audacious tips help aspiring athletes of all flavors to kick butt on the trail, in the pool, or at the gym.
From the author of Slow Fat Triathlete: a funny, practical guide for the out of shape, the spandex-averse, and anyone unprepared to startor stick toa fitness program.
About the Author
Jayne Williams lives with her husband in Northern California, writing for fun and paychecks. She has eaten raw reindeer in Siberia and completed 20-plus triathlons and one slow marathon.