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Have you failed at every new fitness fad? Does it take a winch to haul you off the sofa and away from the TV? Have you exhausted all other exercise options and yourself in the process? Then it's time you faced up to the unavoidable truth: the only option is to lace up and hit the ground...running. Straight talking, funny and brutally honest, RUN, FAT BITCH, RUN will give yHave you failed at every new fitness fad? Does it take a winch to haul you off the sofa and away from the TV? Have you exhausted all other exercise options and yourself in the process? Then it's time you faced up to the unavoidable truth: the only option is to lace up and hit the ground...running. Straight talking, funny and brutally honest, RUN, FAT BITCH, RUN will give you a kick in the behind and get you out of the door, pounding the pavements and shedding pounds in no time. Hate running? You're half way there already ...everyone knows it's a thin line between love and hate....

Title : Run Fat Bitch Run
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ISBN : 9781847445421
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Run Fat Bitch Run Reviews

  • Kssmitch
    2019-02-06 21:02

    Ok. So this is what I felt. My problem, personally, is the shock when I realise the person in the mirror doesn't reflect how I look in my head. So self-help weight loss books aimed at making me feel better about myself as a person, or about addressing emotional eating aren't really suited to me. What I need, ultimately, is a kick up the backside. A lot of self-help and weight loss books in general tend to repeat the same things. Think positive. Imagine yourself as thin. Imagine your improved life. Learn to love yourself. Blah blah blah. Well, if those things don't work for you, then this book probably will. Think of it as a mental bootcamp for people who take the whole "love yourself and the rest will happen" mentality, and use it as an excuse to tuck into a nice cake as a reward for all that self-love. So what's the premise of this book? Well, the idea, is if you're like me, then you're fat. You're a lard ass. Stop dressing it up as love/hate, and be the only person who's going to be genuinely honest with yourself. It's about using that inner bitchy voice to motivate you. in terms of the layout and style... its really not straight forward. There's lots of memos, back and forth, from people the author refers to, including the grit doctor. There's "journal" type entries about the author's own motivational problems or back story. I can see how that interrupts the flow, but I liked it. The idea is stop faffing, stop making stupid excuses for not doing exercise. Stop saying things like "when my diet starts working" or "I need to buy the latest kit". This is from a woman who isn't a sports therapist, or nutritionist, or any of those things. She's just a believer in getting up and fixing it, and that there's no point in buying loads of expensive kit until you're into a regular routine. Everyone has to start somewhere, and few people start running from day one with all the kit ready and sorted. I love the no-nonsense approach of this book. I mean it really is no-nonsense. There are short snippets as well, which will stick in your head, just short and simple. Things like:No stuffing your face as a reward for yesterday's exertions. You do not deserve it. andRest days are not "reward" days. It talks about food, and drink, and that sort of nutritional diet. The response is simple: Eat less crap. There's no carb-free, eat according to your blood group, magical diets. It's not "why are French women thin" diets, or anything like that. It's simple, basic advice, that despite every weightloss diet programme that comes out and every A list celebrity tries, it's the simple method that's been around since time began, and actually works. Nor does it make any claims about running being fun. It's bloody hard work! that's why people sweat when they run, and get puffed out, and so on. Getting fit isn't ever going to be easy, or come easy, you just have to do it. What you do have to do it for though, is looking amazing, feeling incredible, and feeling just a bit smug at the end of a decent run. I know people talk about the routine of run for 2 mins, walk for 1, then build up, but I did that, and this is what I've learned: the book method is better. The idea of running (slowly) until you're tired and you have to take it to a walk is better. It's about being in tune with your body. And from experience, I think I run longer than when I'm waiting for that 2 minute to finish, if I'm waiting for a beep to tell me to walk, I start to think about it, and it makes the whole thing much more boring. Running until I'm tired feels better. I try and challenge myself to run a little further each time than I managed the previous run. There are no right or wrong ways to start running, I don't think, but this method works for me. So who would I recommend this to? I guess anyone who like me, doesn't need things to be dressed up for them, and actually needs to be given motivation and a kick up the backside; anyone who is prepared to give up making excuses; and anyone who fancies the idea of developing their own inner bootcamp running bitch.

  • Catherine Howard
    2019-01-21 21:45

    RUN FAT BITCH RUN is not enough material to make a whole book stretched out and set in a selection of different fonts and layouts to make a whole book. A good starter for someone who wants to begin running, but as someone who has struggled with her weight for about a decade now, I found some of the things in it infuriating. Field has obviously never been seriously overweight—and she admits that, right off the bat—but she also doesn't seem to acknowledge that while, yes, some people are overweight because they're lazy or gluttonous, some people are overweight for deep-rooted psychological reasons that no amount of running is going to undo or heal. There is no difference between a food addict and an alcoholic (other than the fact that an alcoholic can at least aim to avoid alcohol completely; a food addict has to still eat food, of course), but would you write a book that advises alcoholics to "just stop with the excuses and say no"? Hardly. This book is funny and its advice useful, but only if you've put on an extra few pounds because you don't have time to exercise or you've let yourself go a bit. It's not recommended reading for anyone with an actual weight problem.

  • Sharon James
    2019-02-10 02:39

    This book is all about degrading, hating and putting yourself down so you will feel motivated to do something. I might have found it helpful years ago when I had no self esteem but nowadays I like myself too much to call myself names. There are much kinder ways to motivate yourself - try them before resorting to self loathing!

  • Myorangecrush
    2019-02-01 22:02

    I've got mixed feelings on this book. I like her idea about just getting off your backside and doing it, but in the same respect, her actual methods are very different from the methods my personal trainer taught me.Her logic of walk, then run a little till you can't run any more is nice. However, I was taught to run for two minutes, walk for a minute, run for two minutes, etc etc.Then there's the total lack of editing. Certain sections are just repeated over and over. The book could have been half the size, including the fact it has inch long gaps around all of the text.The changes between fonts makes it tricky to read as well.Personally, the book taught me nothing I didn't already know. At times I think the advice is ill advised. It's poorly edited and relying on the 'shock title' to get people to buy it. I did, I was fooled. I don't recommend anyone else is.

  • Megan Taylor
    2019-02-12 20:40

    I found this book not only funny but motivational, inspirational and I loved it. Three months ago I couldn't even walk up the stairs of my house (town house) without being out of breath. Today I achieved 6.28miles in 1hr 19mins. If I can do it anyone can - no excuses! Can wait for Ruth's new book. Perhaps one day I will meet her so I can say THANK YOU :)

  • Mona
    2019-02-20 03:07

    I am a runner and I have lost a significant amount of weight through running, so this book should have been very much like preaching to the converted. However, from the very start it became apparent that “Run Fat Bitch Run” is all show but no substance. Just like the title already suggest, the language is used to get your heckles up, which in return is supposed to motivate you: Negative affirmations? Thinspiration? Running in the dark? Ignoring pain? Don’t bother with stretching – you probably don’t know how to do it and you’ll look like an idiot. As other people have mentioned before, Ruth Field jumps back-and-forth and repeats herself. She is also contradicting herself: you don’t need to diet, but you must not eat sweets or pastries . Anyone who still advises “no pain no gain” or recommends buying a juicer is seriously outdated. The only part that appeared in any way genuine was about her struggles to get back into running after pregnancy and birth and post-natal depression. If this gets you motivated, all the better. But once you start running, pick up a properly researched running book for solid technique, plans and advice. Unlike the books suggests, running is not for everyone and there is no one fits all solution.

  • Michelle ( Tea&Titles)
    2019-02-15 00:54

    I didn't read a considerable portion of this book because it was about working your way to marathon running and I am not anywhere near that stage yet. I did however find this book somewhat motivational and I am keen to give running a try.

  • Gemma Quilliam
    2019-02-04 21:49

    Maybe more like a 2.5

  • Toni
    2019-02-04 21:08

    I picked this book up more out of interest than because I actually needed it, which is fortunate because if I had actually used it as a guide to starting to run, I would probably have had agonising shin splints (at best) within 2 weeks. As a motivational tool, I can see this book working for some people (in fact, it clearly does or she wouldn't have written several more in the same vein). However, calling myself a 'fat bitch' (even tongue in cheek) isn't really my thing. In a world where it's easy to feel guilty about pretty much every area of life, I prefer to exercise and eat well because I feel that I deserve to treat myself well, not because I have guilted myself into it. My mindset won't work for everybody, of course. I do think Field makes a few useful points. The fact that anything worth doing in life is difficult and sometimes unpleasant (and that the two aren't necessarily the same thing) is important and often forgotten. I also like her 'no frills, no nonsense' approach - much time that could be spent running is often wasted by faffing. However, some of what Field defines as faffing is actually pretty important. Running for up to an hour, six times a week, in whatever trainers you happen to own, is a less good plan than buying some proper running shoes early on. Many people will get away with it but some won't. Telling her readers that, unless they're in agony, they haven't got a proper injury, and should therefore continue to run, is frankly dangerous. And her suggested 10km training plan is a bit dodgy too. Field should have stuck to giving motivational advice that I'm sure will work for a certain subset of people. I wish she had stayed away from giving any technical advice about running - she is clearly not qualified to give it.

  • Ellie M
    2019-02-07 19:49

    The short review is : I didn't like this book. I'm a beginner runner, I've not run since school, I wasn't keen or great at most PE in school, but I want to be healthier and I was ok-ish at running so it seems a way forward. So I went to the library looking for possible reads, which might motivated me. Ok so the title grabbed me when I saw it in the library and the general premise seemed ok and worth a read but in reality I didn't find anything particularly motivational or inspiring. I didn't read it word for word as it seems the type of book that you can dip in and out of. But the bits I did read just seemed very shouty, very much about telling yourself you are rubbish and can do better. Well I don't need a book to do that - I'm perfectly capable of shouting at myself to try better next time.There are training plans included but I've seen enough on the web and in magazines to not find these particularly inspiring. I am enjoying Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running which is an inspiring, reflective read on the author's road to marathon running.

  • Sanna
    2019-02-16 23:43

    I've got a lot of mixed feelings about this book. It's funny and easy to read, and the basic message of "be honest, be realistic, keep it simple, suck it up, just do it, it may not always be fun but it WILL be worth it" is absolutely spot-on. The method, however, is something I'm very worried about. Negative affirmations (here, basically telling yourself repeatedly that you're a fat ugly bitch who doesn't deserve cake) are a huge no-no in my books, I'm definitely one of those people who believe in positive reinforecement. Realistic and punishing are two different things. (The author does make it clear from the very beginning that this book is not for those without a certain sense of humour, those with self-esteem issues, or those with any kind of tendency toward eating-disordered behaviour, so points for that.) Also, I think that for beginners it's best to go from walking to walk-jog intervals to walk-run intervals before attempting to even jog for longer times, but that's just my personal opinion.

  • Anne
    2019-02-12 23:47

    Ok I didn't like some of the self talk, after reading many motivational books about how we should be positive with our self talk and love ourselves I was really unsure with how I felt when encouraged to stand in front of a mirror and call myself a fat bitch. Hard truths are throughout the book, and by the end I get why we have to be hard on ourselves if we need to be. After all saying that everything is ok when it is clearly not isn't going to get us anywhere, so saying that you are fit and healthy and all is ok when you are overweight is just hiding the cold hard truth. I like the bits by the grit doctor and the connection to real live issues, like how to go for a run when you have 100 different things to do. I also like the message that you seem to get throughout that you are important and you deserve to be healthy, you just need to take that first step. If you want to be told off and have a kick up the backside then this is a very good book to read.

  • Mila
    2019-02-14 23:08

    I was really iffy about this book - still am, a bit. I get that there are people who get motivated by being hard on themselves and calling themselves names but it definitely doesn't work for me - I guess I'm too "fragile" mentally, as Field put it in her book. So while I won't be calling myself a fat bitch, I definitely enjoyed her no-nonsense approach to running and life. I might not be running yet but Field's words "learn to enjoy the hard work" definitely helped me with getting on with my work.

  • Amanda Rogers
    2019-02-15 23:02

    Really enjoyed this book. I had already started to run when this book came out but I found it very motivating. She talks sense anyone can learn how to run. The book is written a bit in your face but you have to take it for what it is - a book to get you out there running. I think it could be time for a re-read however as my Grit Doctor has gone very quiet lately!

  • Kathryn
    2019-02-02 01:41

    Love the lamguage and style of this book, however, the training regime for beginners may be a little too ambitious if you're very overweight and/or if you have never run before.

  • Alison Beswick
    2019-01-26 00:51

    Well it sure got me off the couch, seriously ... love it!

  • Leanne Haste
    2019-02-12 04:05

    A very inspirational read. Right,now where are my trainers!!

  • Mitzi
    2019-02-04 00:00

    Well, I happened upon this in the library fitness section and the shocking title grabbed my attention. I really didn’t identify with the negative affirmations in this book. Insane stuff like telling people to look in the mirror naked and hurl insults at themselves - no thanks. The food advice was very basic and also confusing. Also,the author isn’t even a trainer, nutritionist or expert on running other than being a runner herself and she’s never been more than a few pounds overweight. There is no science here, just one woman’s opinion. I’ll return this for something well researched that I can take seriously.

  • Andrée
    2019-02-03 22:04

    She's got a point in that running is very good exercise but so's walking .......(see this weeks edition of New Scientist). I like that she didn't mince her words as I'm sick of all the euphemisms e.g. chubby, big boned, curvy, plus size etc. I'm also sick of getting squashed by fat bitches/bastards on the bus/plane/train and at the cinema/theatre/restaurant.I'm fat - what else can I realistically call those rolls around my belly, hips and thighs? This book won't work for everyone but what book ever does?

  • Barbara Lenehan
    2019-02-01 21:03

    Not great to be honest!

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    2019-02-19 02:56


  • Suzanne
    2019-02-07 03:48

    There were some things I liked about this book, and some things I felt were problematic and unnecessary.I suppose the title gives away the fact that this book is written by someone who has never been seriously overweight, and has never been seriously called a "fat bitch." Inside there is a chunk of the book that advises you to beat yourself up emotionally, call yourself ugly names and this is going to motivate you. If that works for you, fabulous, personally I bypassed all that because my quest for health involves practising liking/loving myself, which then translates into taking care of my body with better food and more exercise.One other thing which I seriously disliked was Field's advice to ignore pain. Because her book is not an in-depth, expert book, and therefore doesn't touch on things like the mechanics of running, simply telling people to ignore pain is irresponsible at best. People who are starting to run need to pay attention to pain in case they are injuring themselves - something that is very easy to do if you are moving from the couch to begin running.I did like some of the ideas in the book, the myth-busting section springs to mind. I like the advice to start exercising before you even look at your diet, and having done this myself (before I read the book) I have to say it's very good advice. I also like the mantra "running is your diet."It's not a bad book for someone who wants to start running, but I'd read it alongside some of the more in-depth beginners books if you really want to run.

  • Hannah
    2019-02-02 22:50

    I loved Ruth's no nonsense attitude. The idea that no, of course you won't like every moment of your run, but you do it anyway. The, doing something is better than nothing. The, just get off the couch. It is a sassy, silly, bitch slap of a book. It made running seem like something you could do with attitude and swagger.As for the controversial bits: some of the "techniques", like self-shaming-in-the-mirror and celebrity-picture-as-thinspiration, needed a lot more explanation to seem anything other than completely stupid. The disclaimer, "but you must have a sense of humour about it!" is not really enough to make it clear how to distinguish laughing at how fat you are and using it as a catalyst, from hating yourself from being fat. Then again, I haven't and probably won't try them, so what do I know?A little lacking in meaty content, and certain parts were overly expanded (do I really need to know about her writing progress? seriously?) but the attitude is what struck me and will stick with me.

  • Shelley Little
    2019-01-27 02:53

    Despite all the negative comments and criticisms, this book delivers in one very important way - IT WILL HELP YOU RUN. Pure and simple. I've always wanted to run (I have dogs who need running, I have some marathon running friends) but I could never crack it. I read this, applied it to my life, used a little common sense and now I'm running almost half my 1hr circuit (it's been about a month since I started). I have NEVER been able to run much more than a block. It is an amazing feeling to have achieved this. Admittedly it's still early days but the book provides a lot of guidance for the long term AND for picking up running after being pregnant (I'm approaching that age in my life). THIS BOOK IS FUCKING GOLDEN!

  • Anthony Keutzer
    2019-01-27 22:39

    In all honest I believe Ruth Fields book does not contain enough material to write an entire book out of. All the information that is provided is already common sense and can be easily found with a few quick internet searches. My suggestion is to save your time and have a quick browse through Google, you'll find the same advice right away.Another aspect which I too found frustrating with this book is how it's all common knowledge, Ruth calls her inner bitch a doctor yet there are no strong evidence or research being evident within the book. On multiple occasions Ruth herself even acknowledges this fact.A child of thirteen could be more helpful than this book could ever be

  • Sarah
    2019-02-21 00:57

    I found this book inspirational and conflicting at the same time. On the surface I accept, and welcome the idea that it is as simple as 'just start running' in order to lose weight and get fit. I enjoyed the no nonsense approach to exercise and found this motivating. However I am not sure how safe it is to promote a book that does not support stretching off and cooling down after exercise, or that initially states you don't need to diet but yet gives a healthy eating section at the end. I think people can enjoy this book if you do just want a kick up the big backside when you know you need to get your body moving more.

  • Karen Morley-Chesworth
    2019-01-24 01:53

    If you want the truth about running, the whole truth with no spin or fluff this is the book for you. The advice and guidance is honest and inspiring, and pulls no punches. It doesn't promise it will be easy to go from couch potato to a fit and healthy peach of a body. However it gives anyone thinking of slipping on a pair of running shoes a helping hand with simple, steady steps to success.Walking until you can run is a great piece of advice - as is just starting to move rather than simply reading about it.A great start for all novice runners - and you don't have to be fat to find this book a useful guide.

  • Madara Aldina
    2019-02-10 21:57

    If there is a book, that can get ME running, it's a very good book. If I will keep doing it and this book still will be able to help me I will come back and give 5 stars :) Great motivational read for people (main target audience is women) with good sense of humor, covers everything starting from getting you out of that couch, establishing routine, overcoming motivational problems, planning meals, running after having a baby and even getting ready for marathon. Also covers such details as what to do if you need to pee during marathon.

  • Dr Poesy
    2019-02-05 02:06

    It got me running! Not for the very overweight or sensitive. Assumes a level of fitness that doesn't consider walking 5 k s big deal. If you get out of puff walking to your front gate you'll hate this (unless you have a huge front garden). Which is a pity because some of us just need someone to tell us to stop making excuses and get up off the couch. Perhaps a prequel - Walk Fat Bitch Walk, might be good. The title btw is supposed to be the author's inner voice. She does point out that you are at liberty to train your own inner voice not to call you a bitch unless you need it to.

  • Fiona
    2019-02-10 20:00

    Excellent book - clever, funny and motivating! The Gritdoctor character is brilliant and although brutal it is exactly what fatties and couch slouches need to hear.the important thing is to keep your sense of humour reading though this. also the other important thing to do is - put down the book and take Ruth's advice. Put on a pair of trainers and run!This book has been a great inspiration to me - it lacks just one thing - something to stop me hitting the snooze button at 7am on Monday morning!!If you want to lose weight cheaply - buy this book.