Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Weight Release: A Liberating Journe

Monday, March 8, 2010

Book Review - Weight Release: A Liberating Journe

About The Book
For most people, “losing weight” is about loss—giving up foods and behaviors that have provided comfort and served other valuable purposes. It’s also about judgment—I’m fat, I’m unattractive, I’m undisciplined—which is a major roadblock to healing and releasing weight. But when people learn to be compassionate toward the part of them that holds the shame, blame, or guilt, they begin to release the weight of unresolved issues—and actual weight release is the result.

That’s the idea behind a new book by former soap opera star FREEMAN MICHAELS MA called Weight Release: A Liberating Journey (Morgan James, 2010, $16.95). 

In it, Michaels, now a successful motivational coach and workshop leader in Southern California, shares with readers the process he developed that helped him shed more than 70 pounds.
Called Service to Self™, the process involves a series of mini‐lessons or action steps—each outlined in a short chapter with one or more journal exercises, like a weekly self‐care session. Over the course of the book, these practices gradually train you to look at negative thought patterns, tweak your behaviors and attitudes, and finally adopt a new vision for yourself, what Michaels calls “positive projected potential.”

Weight release, says Michaels, happens naturally as you pursue internal fulfillment, rather than an external image of yourself.

Learn how to:
• Stop thinking of weight in terms of loss
• Look at the roles food and weight play in your life
• Use resistance and self‐judgment as your greatest teachers
• Flip negative attitudes into positive, supportive ones
• Turn small behavior changes into healthy habits that stick
• Examine how different saboteurs influence your decisions
• Create a vision that supports permanent weight release

Weight Release helps you develop a self‐care practice that can change your life dramatically—with small but intentional steps that cultivate a new relationship with your body and a deeper purpose for your life.

What is Weight Release

About the Author 

Michaels is well‐known as the actor who played Drake Belson on The Young and the Restless in the mid‐1990s, when he was 175 pounds, smoked cigarettes, and was living an unhealthy Hollywood lifestyle—obsessed with staying ultra‐thin for the camera.

After making the decision to retire from acting in 2000, Michaels became a real estate developer. For the next seven years, he managed a stressful multi‐million dollar business, watched his weight balloon to 275 pounds, and finally landed in the hospital with chest pains brought on by stress. His business collapsed.

That’s when Michaels changed his path. A life‐long student of personal‐growth principles, Michaels decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology from University of Santa Monica—and set out to learn everything he could about human potential and happiness. Over the next few years, all the lessons from his past, work he had done, and knowledge he had acquired fell into place. This led him to develop a personal fulfillment program, called Service to Self™, which helped him lose more than 70 pounds, and became the foundation for his book and coaching practice. This is the only book or program on the market today that uses principles of Spiritual Psychology to address weight. Michaels strongly believes that his process is the best program available for achieving lasting weight release.

Today he leads workshops and webinars for people who struggle with weight. In his Life Coaching practice, he also uses the Service to Self™ principles and process to help clients who are seeking help with challenges related to career, leadership, parenting, and relationships. Michaels lives and works in Southern California.

You can find out more about him at

My Take on the Book
The Weight Release program presents an interesting approach to changing your behavior and your attitude toward food. The book is motivational and helps the reader to build and gain confidence in themselves so that they can start living the life that they have always wanted without relying on food to achieve it.

I noticed that the book truly makes you look closely at yourself and examine what behaviors you have within your life that are potentially controlling your ability to lose weight. The book does a good job at helping you find ways to shed the habits that you have held for many years through a positive, upbeat approach.

I liked the fact that the author's approach to the book was based in his personal reality. If you read Freeman's story it is inspiring and he truly has turned his life around based on the ideas presented in this book and his words are such that would motivate anyone to follow his example.

If you are looking for an inspiring book that will give you some definite ways to change your life!

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1 comment:

Hal Hefner said...

Very interesting. Daddy sympathy weight weight is something I have struggled with and found a great product called Isagenix, where I lost 15lbs in 9 days and felt great, let pressing the restart button. That was just enough to get me rolling back into shape. I think it's important we as Dad's don't get fat and lazy...Great review, great site.