Book Review: Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza


Rating:  4.5/5 Bookworms

Short and Sweet Summary: When Janey’s business partner, Beau, tells her that she’s out of a job until she loses thirty pounds, she’s willing to try anything and everything to lose it quickly.

Genre: Humor

My Review:

“I have friends who look at my Instagram and then say things to me like, ‘You have the most perfect life.’ I’m the first one to tell you that the way someone’s life looks on Insta is bullshit. Real life doesn’t come with filters.”

I was so excited when I saw that Book Sparks was doing a Pop-Up Blog Tour for FITNESS JUNKIE because I had been absolutely dying to read it! All of my friends had nothing but rave reviews for it and I couldn’t wait to dive in. I love that this book confronts all of the ridiculous health and fitness fads in a satirical way and you’ll find yourself laughing and nodding along to all of the craziness. This book is a conversation starter that will hopefully lead to change.

“I can’t have my CEO eating, especially in the front row of a runway. It’s all over Instagram. Everyone is talking about it. I don’t even want to read you the comments, but somebody compared you to the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.”

When Janey’s business partner, Beau, tells her that she’s out of a job until she loses thirty pounds, she’s willing to try anything and everything to lose it quickly. As most women would do she immediately reaches out to her girlfriends for help and soon she’s introduced to the newest hip ways of losing weight. Over the course of the book we see the clay diet, the white diet, Free the Nipple yoga, and $23 juices to name just a few crazy fads. While most of the diets are exaggerated we definitely get the point that a lot of these are simply ridiculous and oftentimes harmful to your body. While fad diets might work short term they definitely won’t work long term. While eating clay for breakfast, lunch, and dinner might help you lose 15 pounds in a weeks it is simply not sustainable.

    CJ hugged her. “I’m so sorry,” she said solemnly.

    “My god, CJ. It’s a double chin and a bit of a tummy, not a death sentence,” Janey said.

In today’s society there is such thing as being fat-shamed and ridiculed simply because of a number on the scale. As someone that has been overweight most of my life, it still blows my mind that people think they have a right to judge me because of the size of my jeans. I have to say that I’m one of the lucky ones though because truly I wasn’t given that much of a hard time because of my weight and if someone said something I truly didn’t care, ya girl loves rice and beans what can I say? I have friends and family that let what the scale says dictate their mood and I think seeing that growing up made me not want to be that way. Much like Janey’s take on things, if my pants don’t fit I just get a bigger size or a smaller size, either way. You are only given one body in this life and it does you no good to hate it.

“You know…I think it’s a lie that all women want to be skinny. I think we just want to be told it’s okay to look the way we look.”

When I read that quote I was like yaaaaas. I had never thought of it that way but it’s so true! It made me wonder just how many women would truly be comfortable in their own skin if society just accepted them as they are. Beautiful women come in all shapes and sizes and although we’ve seen a movement to start accepting that there’s still a long way to go. FITNESS JUNKIE ultimately teaches us to love ourselves and if you want to lose weight there are healthy ways of doing it, and part of that is cutting toxic people out of your life.

She was too thin, much too thin, emaciated really. But why hadn’t she noticed that before? When had this, a woman whose bones she could see through her skin, become the norm, the bar for beauty?

I truly want to gift this book to everyone I know because on top of being hilarious it sends a great message: love yourself. I love that this book exists because it means that we, as a society–as women, are taking a step in the right direction. So please do yourself a favor and pick up this book, maybe even pick up a copy for your best friend or mom, and have a conversation. Talk about your insecurities, your wants, and desires. Explain how some words, even if coming from a good place, can hurt and tear down your confidence. Let’s be the generation that puts an end to shaming people for who they are and starts embracing people for their differences.

“I know we are often comparing ourselves to other women who may be younger and more fit than we are. The problem is that every year as we get older we have a larger group to compare ourselves to. Stop comparing. Acknowledge other people’s greatness and you will be more powerful and centered. Others will notice and embrace your confidence. There’s nothing sexier than someone who is content with herself and trying every single day to be better and improve on her own terms.”

Goodreads Synopsis:

From the bestselling authors of The Knockoff, an outrageously funny novel about one woman’s attempt–through clay diets, naked yoga, green juice, and cultish workout classes–to win back her career, save her best friend, and lose thirty pounds.

When Janey Sweet, CEO of a couture wedding dress company, is photographed in the front row of a fashion show eating a bruffin–the delicious lovechild of a brioche and a muffin–her best friend and business partner, Beau, gives her an ultimatum: Lose thirty pounds or lose your job. Sure, Janey has gained some weight since her divorce, and no, her beautifully cut trousers don’t fit like they used to, so Janey throws herself headlong into the world of the fitness revolution, signing up for a shockingly expensive workout pass, baring it all for Free the Nipple yoga, sweating through boot camp classes run by Sri Lankan militants and spinning to the screams of a Lycra-clad instructor with rage issues. At a juice shop she meets Jacob, a cute young guy who takes her dumpster-diving outside Whole Foods on their first date. At a shaman’s tea ceremony she meets Hugh, a silver fox who holds her hand through an ayahuasca hallucination And at a secret exercise studio Janey meets Sara Strong, the wildly popular workout guru whose special dance routine has starlets and wealthy women flocking to her for results that seem too good to be true. As Janey eschews delicious carbs, pays thousands of dollars to charlatans, and is harassed by her very own fitness bracelet, she can’t help but wonder: Did she really need to lose weight in the first place?

A hilarious send-up of the health and wellness industry, Fitness Junkie is a glorious romp through the absurd landscape of our weight-obsessed culture.


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Get to know Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza:Lucy-and-Jo

LUCY SYKES has worked in the fashion world as a stylist, fashion editor, and fashion director. For six years Lucy was the fashion director at Marie Clairemagazine, and was most recently fashion director for Rent the Runway. Her own children’s clothing line, Lucy Sykes New York, was sold in more than a hundred department stores worldwide, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, and Nordstrom. Together with her twin sister Plum, Lucy moved from London to New York City in 1997, where she now lives with her husband and two children.

JO PIAZZA is an award-winning journalist and editor. She has written for The Wall Street JournalElleGlamourThe New York TimesNew York magazine, Marie Claire and Redbook. She is the author of Celebrity, Inc.: How Famous People Make MoneyLove Rehab: A Novel in 12 StepsIf Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters on a Mission, and How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents About Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and giant dog.

Connect with Lucy Sykes:

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Connect with Jo Piazza:

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