Makin lost an enormous amount of weight slowly, carefully, and without fanfare. She now tells her deeply personal story, describing her traditional Catholic middle-class upbringing that was intensified when her family landed in an austere Canadian monastery. Separated from her parents and siblings in an environment commanding submission, Makin rebelled by stealing food. After they returned to “regular life,” her weight fluctuated under stress. Teen pregnancy and marriage found her in the habit of trying to make things better via gourmet meals. Her divorce and subsequent downward spiral in finances and health increased feelings of crushing bewilderment. Curiously, a computer provided the unforeseen turning point that brought connection and hope, and, oddly enough, pushed Makin out the door. She started eating right and losing weight while working as a house cleaner. By the time she appeared on Oprah in 2007, she had turned a corner no one expected she would reach. To say that this title is uplifting would be an understatement. Makin offers no plan or formula, just an irresistible story of great personal achievement. --Colleen Mondor
From the Author
I hope my story can help any number of people suffering from what they now perceive as overwhelming odds, tremendously high hurdles. I am nothing more or less than anyone you'd see walking down the street anywhere in the world. But I did discover something along this crazy, zig-zagging path of life that turned all I was sure I knew
, all that was set in stone, from an existence of surrender and complete resignation, to one of self-belief and wondrous hope for a better future. That key is there for anyone searching for a different tack upon which to set their sails...
Good Lord... If I can find my way out into the sunlight, anyone can!
I hope you enjoy my story... It's from my heart to yours.