For over a year John Ordover documented his struggle to lose weight, in the process creating a battlefield journal of the physical and emotional challenges he faced and how he worked past them. Here Ordover collects his weekly weight reports and adds wry observations on what he was doing and feeling, ways he coped with both setbacks and success, and a sharp push-back against society’s unkind treatment of those with a weight problem.
In his own illuminating and irreverent style, Ordover lays out how determination, distraction and a sense of humor helped him cope with dieting’s unavoidable irritations and walk past constant temptation to recover his health.
To get there, he had to see past what “everyone knows” about losing weight—but is dead wrong, figure out what worked for him, and cut through the biggest myth of all: that weight loss requires hours at the gym or miles on the track.
Charming and compelling, insightful and entertaining, Ordover’s story of losing weight and keeping it off is very much his own, yet offers guidance and support to anyone facing the same life-or-death challenge.
“Lie There and Lose Weight arrived this morning; I read most of it then and there. It’s charming, intelligent, personal and you might pick up a few pointers in the read. I like best of all that it’s Ordover’s story, no one else’s, and no lectures! In a world of endless weight-loss books it’s nice to find one that speaks a personal truth and perhaps there may be some truth in it for me… and you too.” — CCH Pounder
“Insightful, endearing and surprisingly funny….” — The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
“A slender volume that will definitely make your volume slender.” — New York Times best-selling author Peter David.
“No one hates to lose more than John Ordover. So you can imagine my surprise when he lost 100 pounds without breaking a sweat…. Amazing!” –New York Times best-selling author David Mack
“Losing weight is hard for everyone, but few can write about it with as much warmth, humor and honesty as John Ordover does in this remarkable book. He takes us along as he loses more than a hundred pounds, relating every step of his journey with refreshing candor and insight. His experience should serve as an inspiration to anyone looking to lose weight and keep it off.”– David K. Randall, New York Times bestselling author of Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep
“With elegant grace and a touch of humor, John Ordover takes us through his fight to lose 100 pounds. The portrait of his struggle and celebration of his success will motivate of anyone looking to shed pounds. Let this book be your guide on how you, too, can Lie There and Lose Weight. — Thomas A. McKean, author of Soon Will Come the Light: A View From Inside the Autism Puzzle
“Lie There and Lose Weight…reads like a thrilling suspense story that plays out one pound at a time, as John Ordover takes us through his struggle not only to lose weight but to save his life. An inspiring, must have book for everyone who finds losing weight to be a real pain in the a**.” — New York Times bestselling author Diane Carey
“What I admire most about Lie There and Lose Weight is that it doesn’t contain the phrase ‘made easy.’ John Ordover acknowledges that losing weight — and keeping it off — is incredibly difficult and very hard work. Bravo.”—-Keith R.A. DeCandido, best-selling author of Star Trek: The Klingon Art of War
“The best weight loss book I have ever read. So much of what John Ordover writes I have experienced, felt and dealt with. That my son has autism means taking care of myself is mandatory, so I can be around to take care of him. Fifteen months ago I was in the best shape of my life. Now I'm dealing with major physical issues, gained 25 pounds, and am wanting my old body and clothes back. I was feeling the futility of it all and was buoyed ... by learning I could lose weight without running a 5K 3 times a week.” — Becky Large, Champion Autism Network.”
“This book has already helped me lose 50 pounds!” — Warren Lapine, Wilder Publications.