The End of Try Try Again

Overcome Your Weight Loss and Exercise Struggles for Good

Non-Fiction - Health - Fitness
96 Pages
Reviewed on 12/17/2022
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Author Biography

Kristen is the founder of Design for Fitness, LLC and has been working in fitness and nutrition for over 30 years. She is the creator of the popular Design for Fitness Health and Fitness Blog, and the Psychology Today Health and Human Nature Blog.

Kristen re-examines the tools we have been using to lead healthier lives by taking a fresh look at some of the challenges we face. She studies the obstacles posed by our environment, such as fast food, body images promoted by the fitness industry, commercialism in gyms, and pressure from those selling the latest diet or fitness fad. She takes into account the realities of our busy lives and current lifestyles. She keeps close tabs on research in body/brain chemistry and human behavior as they affect diet and fitness.

Kristen holds an M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Temple University. She is a Certified Precision Nutrition Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, and Certified Titleist Golf Fitness Specialist, and is trained in Lifestyle Management and Weight Control, and Health Coaching. Kristen has been on national podcasts, live radio, and You Tube interviews. She is a public speaker, workshop leader, and author of numerous articles through her blogs.

Kristen and her husband live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, where she takes advantage of the great outdoors to exercise and appreciate nature. She can be reached at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

The End of Try Try Again: Overcome Your Weight Loss and Exercise Struggles for Good by Kristen Carter, MS is designed for those who are fed up with yo-yo dieting and are looking for a sustainable, long-term solution. Carter approaches the usual hang-ups from different angles, one of which focuses on mindset and incremental change harmonious with how our brain and body function. Broken down into four distinct and interconnected parts plus an appendix with additional resources, Carter brings your thoughts, your body, and your solution to the table in a straightforward and easy-to-digest format.

The first thing I thought when I picked up Kristen Carter's The End of Try Try Again was that it might provide a new nugget or two of helpful advice, but would otherwise be relegated to the stack of other diet books that may or may not be covered in dust in the back of my closet. Carter genuinely surprised me. This isn't a diet; it is a lifestyle adjustment that happens in a way that feels organic and more like a natural progression toward overcoming the struggle instead of band-aiding it. Habit changing might seem obvious but through Carter's accessible guidance on simply rethinking its advent and how those intentional small changes are practical enough to make success achievable, the landscape looks far less overwhelming and desolate. I can see this book applying to many facets of life beyond nutrition and exercise and believe other readers will feel the same.

Melanie Kennedy

The End of Try Try Again: Overcome Your Weight Loss and Exercise Struggles for Good is a wonderfully informative and eye-opening book by Kristen Carter, MS. Kristen breaks down the science and common mistakes we make in our efforts to lose weight and set exercise goals. It all boils down to our habits, both good and bad. Kristen shows us the dangers of inaction in overcoming these. She completely overhauls the mainstream media’s view of fad diets and exercises until you drop. For Kristen, it’s about small changes in habits that will make giant impacts on your life, health, and lifestyle in the future. One small habit change for man, one giant leap toward a healthy and fulfilling life.

Kristen Carter, MS, has written an amazing guide that opened my eyes to my potential. I’ve struggled with weight loss throughout my life and have tried almost every fad diet there is. I may have lost the weight, but I gained it back just as quickly. That’s why Kristen’s title The End of Try Try Again really grabbed my attention. Not only does she focus on weight loss, but also on exercise – which goes hand in hand with losing weight and keeping it off. Her solution is simple but potentially life-changing, as altering your mindset and habits can greatly impact your health and quality of life. Kristen’s advice is not limited to just weight loss and exercise; it can be applied to any part of your life that needs transformation. Kristen has truly developed an inspirational formula that will change your life for the better.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

The End of Try, Try Again: Overcome Your Weight Loss and Exercise Struggles for Good by Kristen Carter, MS, is a motivational guide. Carter gives her readers reasons to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, using both traditional and unconventional approaches to weight loss. The author outlines the basic health benefits and lists the ten body groups and how they are affected by weight loss. She encourages the reader to focus inward and apply the weight reduction techniques in a long-term, personal way. Pertinent questions and comparative visuals underline the key benefits of losing weight and offer the reader a different perspective.

Kristen Carter adopts a new approach to losing weight, asking her readers to focus on intrinsic motivation as well as extrinsic rewards. Negative self-talk, repetitive behavior, and poor attitudes are discussed. Carter has spent thirty years in fitness and nutrition and recognizes and understands weight gain and loss patterns. This book is inspirational and informative, listing statistics that will prompt readers to move forward with their weight loss efforts and enjoy the maximum health benefits to follow. The methods outlined should be applied over an extended period, as the improvements will only have a lasting impact if readers challenge themselves to make a positive and permanent lifestyle change. The End of Try, Try Again would be a great book to place in the motivational section of any library or bookstore. Whether a person needs to lose ten pounds or more, this could provide them with positive encouragement to take the first steps and keep walking the path that will lead to reduced weight and a healthier lifestyle.

Edith Wairimu

The End of Try Try Again: Overcome Your Weight Loss and Exercise Struggles for Good by Kristen Carter, MS deals with the psychological obstacles that deter people from following through on their exercise and weight loss goals. It empowers readers with practical techniques and knowledge to make their health goals a reality. Despite many people trying to live healthier lifestyles, statistics show that many of them give up before achieving their intended target. The work delves into why this is the case and offers actionable steps to prevent similar patterns. It explains how we humans form habits and why they can be difficult to break. It shows how small, consistent changes can be made and how these incremental shifts in behavior and mindset can help us break well-established habits and gradually lead us to better health.

The End of Try Try Again is a straightforward read with useful insights for beginning and sustaining a healthy lifestyle. I loved that it gets straight to the point and addresses the fundamental reason why many people abandon their goals. I appreciated that the work does not offer yet another diet plan but instead offers realistic ways for improving health and provides a list of accessible healthy foods that help prevent lifestyle diseases and other illnesses. The process it proposes is gradual and requires small, doable changes and hence it is more achievable. Kristen Carter, MS provides an easy read with practical solutions for anyone who wants to improve their health or break negative habits. Readers will love its attainable techniques and informative content. Highly recommended.

Sarah Stuart

The End of Try Try Again: Overcome Your Weight Loss and Exercise Struggles for Good is divided into four parts, plus useful appendices: Your Thoughts, Your Body, Your Solution, and Your Choices. The intent is to encourage readers to switch their behaviors whilst at the same time choosing an acceptable lifestyle that will balance desires with health. There can be only one outcome: life or death. Kristen Carter, MS uses diagrams and examples to explain vital, complex points. The End of Try Try Again truly delivers on its promise to show you how to overcome your weight loss and exercise struggles for good; what are you waiting for?

Readers must resist the temptation to skip to the chapter about solutions you can live with. It may look like the dream of seeing yourself slender, fit, and energetic has become a nightmare. However, by reading the book chronologically at least once, readers will realize they can make this dream come true. Change starts in the brain; hardly a surprise when you think about it, but the brain has been programmed incorrectly by habit. Those habits must change, even if this happens slowly. Do you tell your doctor the whole truth? Probably not, but it’s essential to be honest with yourself. I’m starting my list of changes right now, and so could you with a copy of The End of Try Try Again by Kristen Carter; a ten-star lifesaver.