The Year of No Nonsense

How to Get Over Yourself and On with Your Life


By Meredith Atwood

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In the vein of How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t, a practical guide to acknowledging and getting rid of the nonsense and bs in your life

Exhausted and overworked lawyer, triathlete, wife, and mom Meredith Atwood decided one morning that she’d had it. She didn’t take her kids to school. She didn’t go to work. She didn’t go to the gym. When she pulled herself out of bed hours later than she should have, she found a note from her husband next to two empty bottles of wine and a stack of unpaid bills: You need to get your sh*t together.

And that’s what Meredith began to do, starting with identifying the nonsense in her life that was holding her back: saying “yes” too much, keeping frenemies around, and more. In The Year of No Nonsense, Atwood shares what she learned, tackling struggles with work, family, and body image, and also willpower and time management. Ultimately, she’s the tough-as-nails coach /slash/ best friend who shares a practical plan for identifying and getting rid of your own nonsense in order to move forward and live an authentic, healthy life. From recognizing lies you believe about yourself and your abilities, to making a “nonsense” list and developing a “no nonsense blueprint,” this book walks you through reclaiming yourself with grit and determination, step by step.

With targeted, practical chapters to help you stop feeling stuck and get on with your life, The Year of No Nonsense is equal parts girlfriend and been-there-done-that. The best part? Like any friend, she helps you get to the other side.


  • "This book is funny, honest, poignant and a helpful example in breaking out of your own comfort zone. If you're feeling stuck, it's ideal inspiration for making healthy changes."
    Tony Hawk, Professional Skateboarder and founder of Birdhouse Skateboards
  • "Peace, happiness and freedom come from knowing what to care about -- and, most importantly, what to let go of. This important book is a testament to the idea that when we see and let go of the Nonsense in our lives we allow ourselves to step into true freedom. Meredith gives us a roadmap for peace in a Nonsense-filled world."
    Annie Grace, author of This Naked Mind
  • "In The Year of No Nonsense, Meredith Atwood not only brings the reader along her raw and personal journey of healing, but also lights the way for the reader to come along and change his or her life as well."
    Dr. Shefali Tsabary, author of The Conscious Parent and The Awakened Family
  • "Meredith has not only the passion to make a difference, but the ability to match."
    Gary John Bishop, author of the New York Times bestseller Unf*ck Yourself
  • "A raw and refreshing straight shot of truth that will guide you to find where you are settling as a passenger and propel you into the pilot seat of your life."
    Randy Spelling, author of Unlimiting You
  • "Meredith Atwood is a woman after my own heart. Her new book cuts to the chase and shows us how to cut out the bullshit in life -- starting with ourselves."
    Lauren Zander, celebrity life coach, Co-founder and Chairwoman of Handel Group, creator of Inner.U, and author of Maybe It's You (2017)
  • "In The Year of No Nonsense, Meredith Atwood gets real, raw and honest and shares hard-won insights and advice guaranteed to help everyone begin dealing with -- and doing away with -- the Nonsense in their own lives."
    Joyce Shulman, CEO Macaroni Kid and 99 Walks
  • "Meredith Atwood does a fantastic job of calling us out by her own example so we can begin to identify the easy steps to get to the root of our own excuses -- these excuses that are holding us back from achieving the health and well-being we all deserve."
    Dr. Will Cole, leading functional medicine expert, IFMCP, DC and author of The Inflammation Spectrum
  • "The Year of No Nonsense is going to help a lot of people achieve greater success in sports and life by being a little more real with themselves, not only because it's chockfull of good advice but also because Meredith Atwood walks the talk, being ruthlessly, hilariously, and movingly real with herself throughout the book."
    Matt Fitzgerald, author of Life is a Marathon
  • "If you're sick of the nonsense -- and who the heck isn't -- then this book is for you. Author, podcaster, mother, Ironman, iron slayer and all-around inspiration Meredith Atwood offers a roadmap for the rest of us on how to (believe it or not) do less, stress less and live better. Tough, frank, courageous and fun, The Year of No Nonsense will change your life. It's already changed mine."
    Bridget Quinn, author of Broad Strokes, 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order)
  • "Meredith has an amazing ability to deal with the truth, no matter how it hurts. Her matter of fact style and candor hits you directly in the gut and will help you open up to yourself. It is the pain and shame she is able to share in No Nonsense that will help you heal your life's wounds. "
    Mike Reilly, voice of IRONMAN and author of Finding My Voice
  • "Atwood is both deeply human and utterly inspiring; reading her book is like spending quality time with your fun, supportive best friend who tells it like it is (but doesn't make you feel bad in the process). She blazes her own path and welcomes us all on her exhilarating journey of self-discovery. With tough love, good humor and unvarnished honesty, Atwood will help you finally take control of your life."
    Erin Carlson, author of I'll Have What She's Having and Queen Meryl
  • "Every chapter took me by surprise and on a journey that I recommend everyone travel -- we all need The Year of No Nonsense."
    Kris Gethin, author of Man of Iron and former editor-in-chief,
  • "A kick in the butt and a challenge to face the kind of life you really want to live, The Year of No Nonsense helped me begin to see the kind of nonsense I give space to in my own life -- and helped me devise a map for picking my way out of it, one piece of nonsense at a time."
    Kim Dinan, author of The Yellow Envelope
  • "Meredith writes the gospel for how to get out of your own way. This book is a game-changer for anyone who is ready to face her own, personal Truth."
    Kyrsten Sinema, United States Senator for Arizona
  • "There are books that crack the frozen ice of our own willful denial. This one utterly shatters it. You cannot read Meredith Atwood's unvarnished account of confronting her 'nonsense' without having to give your own BS a square look in the face. I found relief, humor, insight, and not a little bit of uneasiness in these pages. And for this, I'm am so very grateful and so very changed."
    Sasha Heinz,PhD, MAPP, DevelopmentalPsychologist, Positive Psychology Maven, Life Coach, Human
  • "Meredith's frank, no-nonsense, honest style is refreshing. She lays a path that can be applied day-to-day in relationships at work, at home and when facing big goals or projects! It's clear she is living her message and I love that. Meredith, thank you for offering your journey so transparently to help me and others identify our nonsense and makes choices to life more fully!"
    Susan Clarke, author of The Beauty of Conflict and The Beauty of Conflict for Couples
  • "Four-time Ironman triathlete Atwood (Triathlon for the Every Woman) calls out habits of lying, people pleasing, self-shame, and perfectionism, among others, as unproductive "nonsense" in this lively testament. She offers tips on how to recognize and eliminate different kinds of self-destructive behavior (nodding to Buddhism with a section on recognizing suffering); advice for rooting out the deep, subconscious reasons one allows nonsense in; and a road map for eliminating nonsense on an ongoing basis. Along the way, she includes self-reflection prompts to help readers build their blueprint for living a no nonsense life. Atwood's brisk, humorous, and often profane writing style suits the subject matter well. A combination of hard-nosed coach and wise-cracking friend, she extols the benefits of "grit" and "hustle" at one moment before describing herself as a "Trash Panda Dumpster Diver" who will eat nearly anything being thrown out. The book's numerous parenthetical asides and metaphors -- the "Truth Onion," the "Yard Sale Life," the "One Nonsense Thing" -- sometimes slow the pacing, but the short chapters and checkpoints help cement key concepts. Readers who appreciate their self-help with a wink and a healthy dose of pragmatism will appreciate this blunt and instructive work."
    Publishers Weekly
  • "The Year of No Nonsense is part tough love, part a swift kick in the ass, and all amazingly useful. Meredith Atwood is the kind person you want as your BFF -- snarky, insightful, genuinely kind. With this book, there's little you can't tackle in life."
    David Leite, author of Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression
  • "A must-read for anyone who feels tired of living a life with not enough time and way too much drama. This book shines a poignant, down-to-earth and humorous light on your journey to change your life."
    Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed and All We Ever Wanted

On Sale
Dec 17, 2019
Page Count
288 pages

Meredith Atwood

About the Author

Meredith Atwood is a recovering attorney, wife, mother of two, four-time IRONMAN triathlete who had never run a mile in her life until she tackled the sport of triathlon. In 2010 she started writing and created her Swim Bike Mom blog. Over 2.5 million words later, she has built a cult following of women (and men) who desired a change in their lives–but not at the expense of their health, family or sanity.

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