On a Desperate Journey

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Trafford Publishing, 2007 - 208 pages

On a Desperate Journey compiles data from 160 women and girls about their struggles with weight, food and body image. It chronicles their stories throughout the tapestry of wisdom provided by Mia Sutherland, who has worked with women in the fitness industry for over 20 years. The book peels away the layers of the complex issue of dieting and guides women through the steps necessary to get off the diet treadmill. It speaks frankly about the misguided information presented through the media and through the diet industry and how it is used to manipulate women into believing the next quick fix. This is not another diet book, it is a how to book and a how come book. By the end of this book, women will be motivated and inspired to establish permanent life-style changes in order to improve the quality of their life and to avoid teaching their daughters the same disastrous habits that they have learned and practiced. There are no contracts, no gimmicks, no DVD's, no weight loss prayers, no pre-packaged food and no meal replacements. This book will give women everything they need to know and understand to start living life free of dieting.

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About the author (2007)

Mia began her health and fitness career at the young age of 15, teaching gymnastics and aerobics. She fell in love with the fitness industry and decided to make it her career path. She moved from town to town accumulating experience and education until she finally settled in the beautiful Comox Valley. She has been a Fitness Leader for 20 years. She has been an internationally recognized personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise for 12 years, a Medical Exercise Specialist and a Post Rehab Technician for 10 years, a Sports Conditioning Specialist for 11 years and a Trainer of Fitness Leaders for BCRPA for eight years. She has developed, implemented and taught several successful programs, seminars and courses for both the British Columbia Parks and Recreation Association as well as several associations such as The Nursing Association, WCB, District 71, and The Teachers Association. In 1997, Mia along with her husband, successfully launched Fitness Excellence, a health and wellness facility developed for the general population with the intention of making exercise fun. Their goal was to create an environment that people would love to be a part of so they would be motivated to include exercise in their life for life. It is here that her curiosity with the subject of dysfunctional eating began and where this book was born. Mia continues to reside in the Comox Valley, along her husband of 19 years and their 14 year old son. To contact Mia about seminars or public speaking, go to www.miasbook.com .

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