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Oct 17, Tanja rated it liked it. If given the option, I would give this 3. On the whole an enjoyable read, if enjoyable is the word to use when reading someone's memoir of grief, injury, and struggles with binge eating disorder. I identified with so much of Seles's inner turmoil, though her emotional eating triggers were far different from mine.
Like other books about binge eating disorder, she puts a lot of detail into the struggle and wraps up her recovery quickly.
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Worth the read if though for anyone with eating disor If given the option, I would give this 3. Worth the read if though for anyone with eating disorders, especially BED, which so many people do not believe exists. Getting a Grip helps shed light on the disordered thinking of someone for whom food has become a drug to self sooth and a weapon to self destruct. As for other reviewers saying this will not hold the interest of someone who does not follow tennis, I disagree.
The tennis history is her backstory, the life she lived while she struggled with her demons. I followed the book easily enough without getting distracted by the tennis-intensive sections. Apr 20, Joni rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction , food. This book gave an interesting insight into the life of Monica Seles and the world of professional tennis, which I don't watch and had no idea how it worked. I read the book as someone who also struggles with overeating, and I wanted to learn about how she overcame.
In that sense, really all one needs to read is the last 8 chapters out of 48 - they're very short. The rest of it is her personal memoir, which is interesting but not at all relatable to a normal person with an everyday life. The ba This book gave an interesting insight into the life of Monica Seles and the world of professional tennis, which I don't watch and had no idea how it worked. The basic takeaway: Slow down, chill, let go of what you can't control and focus on what you can, quit trying so hard and just enjoy life in your body, let go of comparisons, remember life is more than food.
There, now you don't have to read it if what you're looking for is information on the eating aspect. I must say, though, that I have great respect for the woman, her journey, and her boldness in sharing the hard truth about her experience. I'm glad I read it even if it wasn't what I was expecting. Jan 15, Eileen Rose rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , inspirational , auto-biography , tennis , motivational.
It's worth its weight in gold! I'd never heard of Monica Seles, but her story is amazing! This is not just a book on tennis and world travel, but Self Mastery: Not from the outside in: All of the diets,fitness trainers and gaurds she hired to keep her away from the fridge at night, but healing from the inside out: discovering her true identity, forgiveness, and self worth, from deep within, where it really counts. Mar 29, Kristi rated it liked it. That is no small feat. I liked this book, but I think she failed to open herself up as much as she good.
It was a very clinical look at her life which was very amazing!!! After being stabbed, but a crazed Steffi Graff fan, her coach, best friend, and father is diagnosed with cancer. Her ability to fight through all that and come back into the top ten in tennis is inspirational. I am so glad that she has finally found peace, joy, and happ I had forgotten that Monica Seles won 9 Grand Slam Titles. I am so glad that she has finally found peace, joy, and happiness outside of tennis. The crazed fan never spent time in jail and she never went back to Germany to play in a tournament even when the WTA moved the championships there.
Good for her!!!! I do recommend this book!!! I have always been interested in Monica Seles and her tennis career. She was a great tennis player. She was stabbed in a German tennis match at the height of her career. The man did not ever serve one day in jail and the German government acted like it was no big deal. Can you imagine? Just getting your mind wrapped around that!! How do you get rid of that anger? She certainly has had her trials in life to get back to "who she was" I liked reading about the different tennis matches and how she t I have always been interested in Monica Seles and her tennis career.
She certainly has had her trials in life to get back to "who she was" I liked reading about the different tennis matches and how she trained. The life of an elite athlete is not easy. There is a lot about her diet failures which really was more about how she dealt with tragedy --which as a woman I guess everyone has a story! It is not easy trying to keep the scale where you would like it to be!! Overall, a good book. Mar 13, Michelle Gasser rated it really liked it. I learned so much about Monica that I never knew reading this book.
She had quite a journey throughout her career. I appreciate her willingness to open up about her struggles and be so real about it all. I can relate to so much of what she said. Also, I'm a bit puzzled as to how she actually was able to let go of the binging. The i I learned so much about Monica that I never knew reading this book. The impression I got was that one day she just decided to stop doing it. I'm glad she has found peace in her life and I hope her books helps a lot of people. Mar 16, Katherine Lavelle rated it it was amazing.
Fortunately, while the book does deal with Seles' struggles with eating and exercise in part because of the PTSD she suffered after being stabbed at a tennis match , the book is mostly a story about her. And it is a funny, touching, and interesting read. I've been watching tennis since I was a kid, and this book does a wonderful job taking the reader onto the tour, discussing the struggles she felt.
This is a really interesting story, and if you like a well written autobiography, I would highly recommend this book! Jan 16, Gato Negro rated it liked it. It contains information pertaining to Monica's life as a child, intense training regimens, relationship with her family, significant matches, struggle with her weight and mental health after having been stabbed, and her naivete regarding all things American when she first came to the United States.
It is an enjoyable read though if you are looking for scandal or juicy tidbits about the world of tennis, it is not laden with any of those sordid details unlike Agassi's book. Dec 01, Laura rated it it was amazing. I really liked this book. I didn't know much about Monica Seles prior to reading this but it was so interesting to get a glimpse into her life and the life of a professional athlete.
Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self By Monica Seles
Their lives appear to be so glamorous, but in reality they are extremely hard-working and under a lot of pressure. She did a good job of telling her story and making her point towards the end as to how she got her life back. She is an inspiring person and I have a deeper respect for her and other athletes after read I really liked this book.
She is an inspiring person and I have a deeper respect for her and other athletes after reading this book. May 05, Mary rated it liked it Recommends it for: female tennis fans or athletes with weight struggles. More about Monica's ongoing struggle with her weight and her recent weight loss without dieting than I had realized it was going to be.
Still was fun to read about her tennis matches and comeback after that crazy fan stabbed her in Germany. I would have liked to have been able to read more about her personal life though. For example, she mentions guys that she dated along the way but she does not tell much about them other than how they treated her weight gains and eating habits.
She does look g More about Monica's ongoing struggle with her weight and her recent weight loss without dieting than I had realized it was going to be. She does look great now though and she seems much more at peace with her life these days as well. Recommended to Mike by: found in bargain bin at bookstore. Shelves: sports-autobiography , tennis-stars-past-and-present. A very good read on one of the stars of the tennis world in the Generation X era Monica Seles.
She tells her story of how she found tennis in her native Yugoslavia and how she moved to the States going to school at a famous tennis academy in Florida and her subsequent rise and fall in Pro Tennis. She did not let the partying life get to her but she did have her struggles with weight over the years I read a lot of tennis books and normally I would caveat any recommendation with "if you're a tennis fan".
Not this one. Yes this covers a lot of tennis ground but not so much as to be off putting to a casual observer. The book is quite compelling in its look her prolonged depression following her stabbing and the death of her father. A good read whether or not you're a Seles fan or even a tennis fan. Sep 09, Alison rated it liked it Shelves: memoir , read-in , non-fiction. Monica Seles was my favorite tennis player back in her hey day and I was excited to be able to read her perspective on the stabbing and her career I was more interested in the parts she talked about tennis and the rigors of the WTA tour, behind-the-scenes stuff, etc.
But, she also talked a lot about her struggles with her weight and death of her father and, while it was interesting, she seemed to repeat herself a lot. Jun 12, Ranu added it. I read the book, Getting a grip long time ago. This year i. The Miracle of mindedness translated by Mobi Ho 2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand 3. I used food as a drug to help me forget about the bad things in life. Instead of fueling me, food was hindering me from reaching my goals.
The thought of returning to the grind of the tour and fighting my way into the top ten again was just too much. The energy of a standing ovation rained down on me from every angle. Goose bumps spread down my arms. I was overwhelmed. I missed that. Oklahoma had made me realize I still wanted to be a tennis player. I hit the gym with a vengeance and kicked the calorie counting into high gear. Another short-term solution to a long-term problem. I was setting myself up for failure yet again. Instead of using her as inspiration for stepping up my fitness and whipping myself into shape, it was easier and more comforting to blame her ultimate lottery-winning genetics.
As a professional athlete, I should have been the one in shape. To be a threat on the professional tour, you are forced to be selfish and to put yourself before all others. But drastic times called for drastic measures. But behind most top players there is a small army of coaches, trainers, hitting partners, therapists, and nutritionists enabling that athlete to reach her peak performance. You can always learn something new in tennis; it is a game that is impossible to master. Besides, it was only four weeks. I could get through it. Airplanes are a quiet bubble of peace for me, an isolated sanctuary at thirty-five-thousand feet.
Using my army of ground strokes, I took the first set 6—2. Then I got scared. Nerves and anxiety disarmed my game and—poof—my focus was gone.
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Sacrifice off the court was what it took to get me here, and sacrifice on the court was what it was going to take to win. I was now competing for a medal, period. But as long as that verdict stands, my promise to myself remains unaltered. There are five things I look for in a coach. Great work ethic and impressive stamina. Steady hitting ability. Willingness to make me a part of his life.
And the most important thing I learned was that what you put into your mouth is more critical to weight loss than how much exercise you do.
Time slipped away faster than I ever could have imagined, and I wanted to try again. But something groundbreaking was beginning to happen.
Left to my own devices and free from the judging of my food babysitters, I felt calmer than I had in years. It was liberating. I spent most of my thirtieth birthday challenging myself to do something new: I was going to just relax. I threw myself into a hammock to read and nap. I was just going to be. I knew I needed to lose weight, but this was a whole new perspective. Nobody on the outside could fix what was going on inside of me. I was the only one who could and would do it.
For two weeks I laughed and cried as I put my life in order in the pages of those albums. And somewhere, between the first album and the twentieth, I finally started to grieve for my dad. I was feeling strong or hopeless. I had the power to control what I put into my mouth and over the thoughts I chose to obsess upon.
And then in an instant it was all taken away. But I was still fat and I became an expert in hiding my body under layers of clothing. I tried every diet, every workout regimen, and consulted every top fitness expert, but nothing changed and I was convinced I was destined to be an unhappy person in a body that I stopped looking for answers on the outside and started listening to the quiet voice inside of me. Misery loves company. I devoted every afternoon to playing in that parking lot. I loved tennis with every bit of my heart.
I adored being part of a team. Having a big brother look out for you is the best security blanket in the world. Academy with a single purpose: to become the best they could be. At that moment I realized I was going to have to make my own luck. There was no other way. It was a crash course in tennis as a life instead of tennis as a game. I forged my own path, but they gave me unbelievable backup. I was convinced that I had to take it to the bank to cash it, 9.
Hitting My Stride Bursting into the top ten rankings is a baptism by fire into the business side of tennis. I was sixteen and I just wanted to play tennis. Now, playing as the number one, I had something to lose in every single match. I was wrong: it felt even better the second time. I had developed a raging case of entitlement and I was becoming more spoiled by the second.
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