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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: GuidepostsBooks (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824947886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824947880
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,337,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Julie Hadden is a 36-year-old stay-at-home mom. She and Mike, her husband of ten years, live in Jacksonville, Florida, with their two sons. Visit her online at juliehadden.com

Customer Reviews

It was a very easy read.
leah72
I had just watched season 4 reruns of the Biggest Loser on reality tv, so a lot of the scenes described in this book were familiar to me.
Stacy L. Daniels
The book is sprinkled with Bible verses, but to me that only showed how deeply Julie Hadden "walks the talk" of her faith.
K. A. Stevenson

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By PT Cruiser TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Julie Hadden thought her chances of appearing as a contestant on "The Biggest Loser" were pretty slim, but not only did she make the cut for Season 4, she ended up being slim herself and keeping the weight off long after the show was over. But even after she made the initial selection and appeared on the first show, she wasn't picked for either the Red or Blue team and thought that all the questionnaires, interviews, and appearances before judges was going to be for nothing. Then after an hour of waiting for the bus to take her and the rest of the "losers" out of the desert where they had finished the first race, who should come screaming out of the dust on her motorcycle but Jillian Michaels herself, ready to form the first "Black Team". They were going to be on the show after all!

If you've ever wondered how the contestants lose so much weight each week on the show, Julie tells of the grueling exercise routines they endure on a daily basis. It's not just the "Last Chance Workout" before weigh-ins where they go all out to burn calories and build new muscle, but 6 long hours of that same excruciating workout everyday. She refers to Jillian's workouts as "beatings." Jillian's motto, "Don't quit unless you faint, puke or die!" takes on an all too real meaning for the contestants in the following weeks. They all found out that they were capable of far more than the ever realized, but the process wasn't much fun at the time. Julie tells about what it took for her to keep going and not give up, even when she was only losing a couple pounds per week. In the end she was to lose almost half of her original body weight! I found it amazing that after all the "beatings" and seemingly impossible workouts, that Jillian Michaels was her hero.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Emily Decobert on December 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
So many Americans are what is called morbidly obese, they weigh so much that they are in danger of several illness and death due to weight. Julie Hadden was one of those people. She had the perfect life, a wonderful husband, a son, and the chance to stay at home to raise him. She had family, friends, and a strong spiritual life. She was blond; who could ask for more? But, she was also severely overweight and it was ruining her life. She didn't have the energy to play with her son, was embarrassed to go out in public, and even ashamed to be intimate with the husband who adored her. She needed a change.
That's exactly what she got. When she was picked to compete on The Biggest Loser, she was thrown into a radical program that overhauled her whole life. In the book, Fat Chance, she tells us about her struggle, her pain, and her triumph.
The book is divided into three parts, her life before the program, the grueling days on The Biggest Loser, and the struggle to keep the weight off once she was on her own again. Julie is a very charismatic writer and her personality shines through her words. I never watched The Biggest Loser and I knew nothing of her before the book, but by the second chapter I was convinced she was a warm, friendly person. Her writing is simple and welcoming, as casual as a talk with a good friend.
A wonderfully refreshing part of the book is Julie's faith. People don't often openly speak of their religion, but Fat Chance is not only a story of weigh loss, it is a personal testimony of her faith. While she had always been a `born-again' Christian, she didn't have a strong personal relationship with God. However, when she faced the toughest challenge of her life, the breakdown and rebuilding of her whole body, she found strength in the Lord.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By drebbles TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It was a dream come true. Julie Hadden was picked from hundreds of thousands of candidates to become a contestant on the fourth season of the reality TV show "The Biggest Loser". Hadden had struggled with weight and self-esteem issues for years and for her this was the chance to turn her life around. Nothing about Julie's life before, during, and even after has been easy but her experience on "The Biggest Loser" not only changed her life but changed her relationship with her family, friends, and God.

"Fat Chance" is Julie Hadden's inspiring tale about her experiences with being overweight and losing that weight on television in front of millions of people as well as her life both before and after her appearance on "The Biggest Loser". Hadden has a nice story-telling style - she has a nice sense of humor, is direct, and very honest about herself - both her good points and bad. Hadden talks about what it was like to be overweight at an early age and how self-conscious she was about it. She doesn't blame anyone but herself and is honest about how her eating habits were not only hurting herself but her husband and child. Her glimpses of her life both past and present are interesting, especially how "The Biggest Loser" made her famous, but the most interesting part is when she talks about being on the show. She doesn't really offer any juicy backstage gossip, but instead talks about how hard she and the others worked on the show, not only to lose weight and get in shape but to gain their self-esteem. While she is clearly a Jillian Michaels' fan, she doesn't sugarcoat how tough a taskmaster Michaels is (Michaels wrote the forward to the book).
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More About the Author

Julie Hadden (b. 1972) is one of the most successful and memorable contestants from the hit NBC reality show "The Biggest Loser." For years she struggled with issues of worth related to her weight. When she was selected from a group of 250,000 applicants to be cast on one of the most popular television shows of our time, she found the strength to make the changes necessary in her life to "lose the weight and gain her worth."

As a result of her life-changing experience Julie is committed to paying it forward. She has become a sought after motivational speaker, encouraging others that change is possible and the power to achieve the life of their dreams lies within each one of us.

Julie's first book "Fat Chance, Losing the Weight, Gaining My Worth" is currently available in hardcover, paperback and kindle versions.

She is currently a writer and contributor to the national women's magazine WHOAWomen.

Learn more about Julie by visiting her at www.JulieHadden.com