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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451592329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451592320
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kara Richardson Whitely takes action steps for health and a better world.
Her empowering story of going up mountains and down the scale has been featured
in numerous blogs, radio programs, newspapers such as the Tampa Tribune, as well as Self and Redbook magazines.

She is now planning a celebrity Kilimanjaro hike for charity in 2011 for a television series.

Kara has been a journalist for the past decade. She has written for numerous newspapers including the Courier News,Ventura County Star, the Ann Arbor News, the Star-Ledger as well as Self, Every Day With Rachael Ray, and Runner's
World magazines.

Kara, who comes with the perspective of the two-thirds of Americans who are overweight or obese,is a national American Heart Association lifestyle change ambassador, sharing her story to inspire others to make positive lifestyle changes. She is a motivational speaker and has addressed audiences at events
including the World Obesity Congress and Women's Health &
Fitness Expo.

She is the founder of two websites: www.fatwomanonthemountain.com and
www.savetheworldworkout.com.

She lives in Summit, New Jersey with her husband and two-year-old daughter,Anna.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John L. Herr on September 22, 2010
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As a Diabetic (type 2) who was obese and lost a third of my body weight I can really relate to Kara's awesome story of incredible determination. Once I started reading the book I couldn't put it down and had to get up at 4:30 AM to finish it because I just couldn't stop thinking about it. This is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. If you struggle in any way with nutrition or weight problems, as I have, this is a must read (that includes just about everyone doesn't it). As a Diabetic my A1C number is 6 and I have done it without drugs, but with exercise and diet. Now after reading Kara's book I am more inspired to continue to keep my weight at it's current level and maintain my nutrition by proper eating. Much of Dis ease is mental as well as physical. This book should be a reference for those who have other mountains to climb. J. Herr, ND, BCND, CNHP
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The title attracted me-- What? Fat people don't climb mountains, and shouldn't!
Fat people are discriminated against, and discriminate against themselves.
That's why I picked up this book--I wanted to know, What made her do it, Why she did it, and of course, How.

It's not a How-to book on losing weight, it's a kick-in-the-pants for anyone to get out of their rut and LIVE because you deserve to. So many of us stop living to the fullest because we condemn ourselves for being too fat, too old, too "anything" (fill in your own).
The author does not proselytize, as in 'you must go to the gym, you must watch what you eat." She merely describes what she did to get the stamina for the climb.

After reading this I made it a point to get more daily exercise and, more importantly, to stop making excuses for why I can't do something. Life's too short not to wear the little black dress, not to climb a legendary mountain, not to talk to an interesting stranger, not to treat yourself well. Once you change your thinking and stop pondering upon how big you are , how old you are, how out of shape you are, you can start right at that point and get out and live.

Great job, Mama Kubwa, for putting yourself out there!

(I really appreciated reading this memoir; my only disappointment was it would have benefited with input by an astute editor.)
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Really enjoyed "Fat Woman on the Mountain". Couldn't put the book down.
An honest and inspirational book, Kara wrote as if she were my best friend, describing her struggles, goals and achievements. Her passion - and compassion - for Africa and the Global Alliance for Children Orphaned by HIV/AIDS was very motivational. Likewise her message that it is never too late to get fit. I enjoyed being with Kara every step of the way on Kilimanjaro - to the top of Africa.
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Kara's journey is compelling and inspiring. I've never struggled with weight loss, but Kara has written with such clarity that anyone can connect with her story. She's motivated me to set my sights on bigger goals!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dillon/Horton on October 11, 2010
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Fat Woman on the Mountain -- How I lost half of myself and found happiness is a truly inspirational book. Put it on your must-read list. Richardson takes you along on her extraordinary climb up Mount Kilimanjaro and shares with her readers every aspect of her grueling preparations for the climb and the exhausting journey up the 19,343-foot mountain. The book is a page turner as Richardson takes you "on a journey up mountains and down the scale." This book will make you think of all the things you can do if you put in the hard work and dedication needed.While the mountain climb is the obvious triumph, the true story is of Richardson's personal journey and the challenges she has met and conquered along the way. Those stories, as much as the Kilimanjaro climb, are truly inspirational.
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