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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1st edition (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594867763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594867767
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,251,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Once a bodybuilder (now a motivational speaker), Blech had ballooned to 468 pounds by the time she checked herself into a Durham, N.C. weight loss clinic. In this painfully honest memoir, Blech recounts her shameful spiral into obesity, her life as a social outcast and the difficult road back to a healthy weight. Though funny and consistently entertaining, Blech pulls no punches regarding life with "The Body," from clothing and ordering food in front of people to sex and fire department-assisted elevator extraction. Descriptions of eating binges border on the pornographic ("I'm in that sultry, full, near comotose state, surrounded by the smell of grease, salt, fish, meat..."), arguably more so than descriptions of phone sex. After a dose of reality, Blech enrolls at age 39 in the Durham-based Rice Clinic. What follows isn't a ringing endorsement but rather a frank account of the discipline she-and, she argues, anyone who wants to overcome obesity-had to cultivate to reach her goal. The obese and their loved ones will gain practical advice, as well as a large measure of insight, from this intense, bravura memoir.
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"A must-read for anyone who lets her emotions influence her eating." - Health Magazine

"Readers will find themselves rooting almost immediately for someone honest enough to unflinchingly reveal the most embarrassing aspects of weighing 400-plus pounds." - Kirkus Reviews

"The obese and their loved ones will grain practical advice, as well as a large measure of insight, from this intense, bravura memoir." - Publishers Weekly Web Exclusive Starred Review

"The usual suspects abound: lack of self-esteem, loss of a parent, the other parent not so nurturing, stemming the loss with food, hiding within the fat--we've heard it before, but not perhaps with the wit, immediacy and honesty that Blech brings to her story...Look past the sparkly pink cover and discover Susan Blech's unsparing, heroic and big-hearted story." - Shelf Awareness


More About the Author

Caroline Bock is a novelist, screenwriter and poet. Her second young adult novel, BEFORE MY EYES,(St. Martin's Press, February 2014), is now available everywhere books/ebooks are. BEFORE MY EYES is being called:"GRIPPING" by Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews and an "Unflinching thriller...thought-provoking" from Bookpages. For more information and to reach Caroline Bock go to: www.carolinebock.com.

Her debut young adult novel, LIE, (St. Martin's Press, August 2011), has received starred reviews from Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, the latter calling it, "Unusual and important."

Bock is a graduate with honors from Syracuse University where she studied creative writing with Raymond Carver, and she is a 2011 MFA in Fiction graduate from The City College of New York. Prior to focusing on her writing career, she led the marketing and public relations departments at Bravo and IFC cable networks as well as IFC Films. She recently moved to Maryland from New York with her husband, two children and 22 pound cat, Shelton. Go to www.carolinebock.com for more.

Customer Reviews

I am grateful Susan was willing to share her story.
K. Green
I really felt compelled to share how much I feel I knew Susan through reading this book.
food crazy
The book is a very easy read with stories that are about as real as they come.
Donna Schinik

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Lippin VINE VOICE on May 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
On the face of it I was not too thrilled about reading this Confessions of a Carb Queen memoir, figuring "What else could I possibly learn?" It turns out that I could learn a lot, both about Susan Blech's astonishingly surgery-free and high carb/low fat 250 pound weight loss and about how she gained over 300 pounds in the first place. I learned about emotional eating, about lying and hiding your eating, about losing sense of yourself, about waking up and not even believing that it is your body that you live in. And I learned about taking responsibility and ultimately control over emotions, over spirit, over body, and over food.

When I first opened the book and began reading about Blech's attempts at Fat Sex in the shower with her ex-boyfriend Bobby I was morbidly fascinated. "We can't. I can barely stand up. My legs hurt. My calves and ankles are blown into one mass. I call them 'cankles.' I can't see my toes.... My stomach folds onto my lap, almost to my knees. I don't translate sexy. It's another language. Feminine is far away. Human comes across only because I'm breathing."

And then the binge that her anger over the misery of ending this relationship! The Binge to stop her thinking about The Body. First the 24 hour McDonald's for "a fish sandwich with extra extra tartar sauce and extra extra cheese...a burger too, with extra cheese and french fries." Supersized, of course, with Diet soda. "I almost order 18 cookies, but it's so late. So I order nine. I think to myself, See, I can cut back.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Brotman on December 27, 2007
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I tore into this book on Christmas Eve, read it cover-to-cover, and was done in time for the traditional Christmas dinner of Chinese take-out! This is the most comforting, inspirational book I've read in a while. If you struggle with your weight and have a book shelf like mine, I doubt you'll find anything glaringly new as far as diet and exercise, but you'll cheer with and for Susan Blech as she courageously changes her world in order to save her life. If you ever lay in bed and reach a near-panic state wondering what would happen if you were caught in a fire, and you didn't have time to get dressed, and you needed clothes, and none of your neighbors were even close to your size....then this is the book for you! This book has renewed my hope that by continuing to search for what's really behind my food obsession, I can, one day, be successful. Just knowing you're not alone makes it a little bit easier to put your feet on the floor and trudge through for another day. Thanks, Susan, for making my ridiculous thoughts and feelings, seem almost normal!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bet on February 25, 2008
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Wow, I was just blown away by the bravery of Ms. Blech! This book was as addictive as the donut on the cover! I'm not a fan of self-help books - in fact, I hate them, so this story was just so fun and surprising to read. It made laugh and cry - and shocked the hell out of me! Ms. Blech lays it all out like no one has before. She takes you into her mind and through her struggle in a way I know will always stay with me. And, oddly enough, this book made me very hungry.....
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Meet Susan Blech, a former 468-pound woman who backed on the pounds despite being healthy and fit as a kid and then a bodybuilding in young adulthood. But, as she says in her book, LIFE happened and the rest was history. Thankfully, at the age of 38, Susan took back her life and lost 250 pounds. But it wasn't before some rather humiliating circumstances in her life woke her up to this grave problem that she had been trying to deal with since the weight came pouring on. Anyone who has ever been obese will relate to these stories because they hit home. Susan moved to Durham, North Carolina to lose the weight...how did that go? This little square book reads like a riveting suspense novel and will entertain, educate, and motivate you to start doing some confessing of your own.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. McGregor on January 22, 2008
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This book is not a diet book. Susan doesn't tell you, 'do what I did, and you, too, will lose weight'. Instead it is a story of a woman, who because of pain and loss, entombed herself in layers of fat. How she fought her way out of that tomb and became a whole person is the lesson of the book. Now that she is whole again, and can better deal with pain and loss.
A must read for any woman, and even some men.
I read it in one sitting and was very moved.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Carole Glauser on January 1, 2008
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Thank God Susan has the courage to be so blunt and honest in this compelling memoir about finding her way back to her life and body after being completely detached and lost. I could relate to so very very much that she wrote: I drove myself from St. Louis to Durham to stay the month of June at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center and then returned for two weeks in August and two more weeks in November. When I weighed in on June 1st, I weighed 351 at 5'3"; near the end of the month on the 28th which was my 42nd birthday I had lost 20 pounds. And currently, I just hit a milestone as I weighed myself on Christmas morning and hit the 80 pounds lost mark. I aspire to be (and have no reason to doubt that it will happen) the success story and inspiration that Susan is and surely will be for millions of others that will encounter her triumphant tale!
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