Hi all – what a momentous year this has been so far! And one of the biggest moments of my writing career is coming up on QVC.
I don’t know if you’re aware of my ‘Try It For The First Time club?’ For new readers of my weekly blogs here on QVCuk.com, it’s where you do something different, at least once a month, that you’ve never done before. Over the last year I’ve done indoor sky-diving, been a 1950’s announcer in ‘Happy Days the Musical’ and sat four feet away from a beautiful hummingbird on a balcony in LA.
Well I had a big one this week – I signed 3000 books! I’m proudly going to be bringing you my semi-autobiographical weight loss book, the brand new version with added content just for QVC.
‘Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet’, is the updated version of my original semi-autobiographical weight loss book and it’s going on air for its first full airing soon. I can’t believe how many have already been allocated via waitlist! It’s item 704285. There have only been 3000 produced though and it’s going fast. It’s a collectors’ special hardback edition that’s been signed.
Transformation During the first Back to You series, many people found the 2002 book on Amazon and began using it and reporting how it was changing their bodies. Lots of lovely members on the Facebook group ‘Back to You QVC’ were losing weight and transforming their relationship around food and posting their updates. For me it was gripping – Debbie S. and Chloe H my other cover girl have both followed the Freedom Eating plan! Plus so many more, a selection of which are featured on my TTFLS page on my website and below.
Signed My lovely mum and sister came with me to the warehouse and we got a bit of a production line going. Me and my pixie helpers started at 9am, and finished just before 3pm, in a warehouse just outside Ipswich. I signed all 3000 in one day, and they’re all now being prepared for delivery to QVC in stages.
Monday 26th 9pm The first official full airing of TTHFLS is during the series-finale of my Back to You, well-being show. Every week we focus on a well-being theme in my month-long occasional series, and I’m very proud to be bringing you this book – the end result of more than fourteen years of writing, learning and losing weight. The book is currently available on a waiting list ( over 500 have been ordered so-far), pre-order now to make sure you don’y miss out!
Original The 2002 version was first written after following the Freedom Eating principles 14 years ago and I haven’t binged since. And if you want to compare notes, OMG just have a look at the ‘binge management’ section towards the back – see what I used to go through – are you the same? Plus so many other common mistakes people make on their dieting journeys. And we’ve all done them.
The most common reaction I get is ‘it was like reading about myself… so good to see I’m not the only one’.
What is Freedom Eating? It’s based on the secrets of slim people and how your body knows what to do, we just override our key signals. This system helps you identify how to get back to your own natural relationship with food as fuel – not as reward, or solace or revenge. And helps you reclaim your own natural birthright to be slim. It’s just common sense, but it’s my take on an old theme, and it’s my own journey that makes this one different. It’s based on a version of the ‘The Seven Secrets of Slim People’ which is similar to the book ‘Diets Don’t Work’. Since 2000 many other health and well-being books have come out with other versions of this same common sense and I’m not sure why my one resonates with so many people, but it does. A lot of people have found that this is the one that’s made all the difference.
Freedom. It’s so liberating. Whenever I do the full Freedom Eating, I find it so easy, not hard at all, and it’s like food becomes LESS important in my life every day instead of ruling my every thought and living from meal to meal. Others agree – eg on the ‘Back To You Facebook group. It’s never ceased to amaze me what I learned about how slim people do it and loved putting it in writing all those years ago.
New Version But more than a decade later there is a lot of new info that needed to go in. So I issued an updated version in September last year, including crucial new material, as well as a slightly abridged version of the original. Version 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet was born! I put it online with its purple cover and it started to inspire people so much that QVC asked me to do a version just for us!
How is it new? The new aqua one is a limited collector’s edition with a bonus chapter inside, not seen elsewhere yet, about my own personal story, in the years I was away from QVC. Plus further links to more exclusive material over on my website! It’s in hardback, as it’s designed to be a reference book, to read over and over again.
Groundbreaking The principles are so ground-breaking for some lifelong dieters that they say stuff like this –
“After trying so many diets over a few decades now finally found an eating regime that works. Till the fat lady slim book by Debbie Flint has made me look at eating in a whole new light. No longer have good and bad things to eat just what my body tells me I need. …changing my eating habits forever. Please, please if you are struggling at the time of reading this, give it a go.” Starlight, QVC review
“As a once constant slimmer until Debbie’s Book which has been a great help and a good read plus the best bit ….. working well. Simpler than following very high-powered or sloppy food diets, have recommend to friends. Have old version but have also ordered hard back for myself too.” Wahwoo, QVC Review
“This book has been such a help. It has changed the way I view my eating pattern and has helped me create a much better diet for myself. My eating habits were so poor before hand but now I have a new attitude to food which has helped me so much.” Ace1, QVC review
Lard These and many more similar testimonials echo how I felt back in the day when I first read about Freedom Eating and began bringing pats of lard into the studio on a tray representing how many pounds I was losing – ultimately two and a half stone. The pic on the book shows a couple of pics from back then – anyone remember those days on QVC?
Chuffed Can’t tell you how delighted it’s making me, to know that so many people are breaking out of ‘food prison’ ‘cos of my writing. The steamy novels went down a storm and that was lovely, but this is a different type of chuffed entirely! Knowing so many people are using it to make their diets easier makes me so proud.
Be prepared to dip into it continually as you gradually adjust whilst your body gets used to listening to its signals and eating like a slim person does.
With over 170 pages of testimonials old and new, it still includes the full, slightly abridged original TTFLS book from 2002 remember – that’s in part three. But parts one and two are crucial to understand why this system works and how it’s NOT a diet plan.
What it’s not. If you’re not prepared to let go of old beliefs this book is not for you. Or if you follow a rigid structure easily, maybe you’re one of the lucky people who go on a diet and stick to it no problem, lose the weight and don’t see what all the fuss is about, then this system is probably not for you.
- It does NOT tell you what to eat and what not to eat, it’s not a meal-plan
- It is NOT a short-term system, it’s a long-term approach which will make everything different from now on, and if you can do full Freedom Eating your body takes back its natural power which has been over-ridden by bad habits around food.
- It is NOT some weird kooky system, it’s just how slim people eat their whole lives.
What it is This book is for anyone who CAN’T DIET. Who has the BEST intentions and really means to stick to the next brand new shiny diet plan or slimming club regime BUT deep down – below all the best laid plans that this time it will be different – knows they won’t. Or likes a plan but drops off it after a while, this can help you too.
Part One explains the basics about Freedom Eating – and changing your whole mindset about dieting. It helps break free from that horrible place we’ve all been to, if we’ve experienced ‘food prison.’ For instance, within the first chapter I’ve put my ‘Super Six’ principles, so you can look at the free sample – go here on my website, debbieflint.com, where people can see the link to the free sample so you can see what it’s all about if you’re in any doubt about whether to buy it. I’d hate for anyone to take a copy if it’s not for them, as someone else may miss out. So do go look if you’re not sure. If you do decide to get it though, be quick since, as I’ve said, this QVC version is limited!
Part Two has some crucial information which cannot be ignored if you want to get it right – an important chapter that explains why the latest knowledge about certain foods really helps. It makes it easier for me, when I watch all the video links and read all the articles to choose correctly, as it helps me make those decisions more easily. And advice about what to do first on your way to full Freedom Eating. Full freedom eating is where nothing is banned. If being told you can’t have something means you can’t stop thinking about it, this book is for you. The reason is, if you’re like me, the opposite is also true and knowing you ‘can’ means you eat it less. The psychology is fascinating. And this book features a long list of misapprehensions that need to be unlearned, and helps you unlearn them.
The ‘When’ Diet For some who like structure though, like my sister Linda, pictured above helping me at the signing, it’s a different story. She uses it for maintenance and to help stay on traditional diets. She’s an ex-slimming club leader and saw how Freedom eating helped transform my behaviour around food. She and I then co-created The ‘When’ Diet section – designed to help put a stop to those ‘start again tomorrow’ moments and make normal dieting a bit more closely aligned with how your body is supposed to act around food.
If you DO want to use it alongside traditional diets, that works too, it’s what the ‘When’ Diet section is for.
- This book will hold your hand
- This book will provide answers when you feel desperately low about your weight
- This new mindset will offer freedom like many have never known, from the constant curse of dieting.
Stories from others I can’t tell you what a thrill it has been to hear from so many people, like all the Freedom Eating converts from my lovely Facebook group, ‘Till the Fat Lady Slims’ and those who have kindly put their reviews on item 704285. The main thing is that it’s helping so many now – and of course there are far more stories on my website here – click here to see the TTFLS page .
Anyway, at time of writing, my shoulder is just a little bit hot right now, after all that signing. Only a few had a slightly more squirly signature, and they’ve got the word ‘enjoy’ on. Some have a few extra kisses. And one special one was the final one I signed which has an extra little message in the front as it was number 3000 out of 3000!
Julia warned me about shoulder ache after her signing of 5000 of her books, so I’m off to find the arnica.
Back to You If you’re a Back to You fan, even though the last show is Jan 26th don’t worry! The support system continues with over 2600 members on our Back to You QVC facebook group, and via my regular Back to You blog on my website. And who knows, maybe there’ll be another series later in the year – the 4th!
Join me on the final airing of Back to You for this series, on Monday 26th at 9pm on air, and the webchat on the Facebook group just before that, featuring my TTFLS chat plus the Camouflage sisters, 8-9pm.
I will put a link on my blog on my website if you miss it, so don’t worry – it’ll be on debbieflint.com, on the Back to You page weekly blog, where you’ll also see the Q&A transcripts from the the webchats.
Have a great week and maybe make 2015 the year you do things completely differently than ever before – starting with considering this book – ‘Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet’ – as the game-changer.
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