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Finally Thin!: How I Lost More Than 200 Pounds and Kept Them Off--and How You Can, Too Hardcover – December 30, 2008

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“Kim’s inspiration, encouragement, well-thought-out ideas, and leadership by example, helped me lose 86½ pounds in one year and throw out my blood pressure, diabetes, and anxiety medications. I haven’t felt better in three decades. I’m a trial attorney and the verdict is in on Kim: I love, like, and respect this lady and will forever owe her a huge debt of gratitude.”~Jack Golden, age 63, lost 86½ pounds

“Kim is a coach, a teacher, a counselor, and a friend to thousands of people struggling with their weight. She was the motivation and encouragement I needed as I worked hard to change my life. Thanks, Kim!”~ Jason Coles, age 35, lost 106 pounds

“Kim has been the best thing that happened to me as far as guidance, inspiration, and help with my weight-loss journey. I reached my goal of losing 100 pounds with Kim’s help … I have now kept the weight off for more than two years."~ Donna Toth, age 63, lost 100 pounds

About the Author

KIM BENSEN lives in Shelton, Connecticut, with her husband and four children.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767929500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767929509
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi. I'm Kim. I live in southern Connecticut with my husband, Mark, and our four children, ranging in ages from twenty-four to nine. Although not always obese, I have battled a food addiction and its challenges since childhood.

In high school I fluctuated up and down 10-15 pounds in a yo-yo cycle that would haunt me for years. In college the spread of pounds grew to 30, then 40. I lost weight for my wedding in 1984, but soon gained it all back and more. Shortly after we were married my eating got out of control and for the first time in my life I was over 200 pounds. For the next 10 years I struggled up and down in the 200 pound range; for 10 years after that in the 300 pound range. I tried every low carb, high protein, low sugar, shake-supplemented, pill popping, bar munching, body piercing weight loss program in existence. Guess what? They ALL worked! But after a while I would feel deprived or discouraged and fall off the wagon, gaining back all that I had lost ... and then some.

Normal, every day activities became increasingly difficult. My cholesterol was astronomically high. Eventually even my walking was limited. When I sat down my stomach came to the end of my knees. I had no lap for my children and, if I continued along the same path, my children would have no mother at all. I was eating myself to death. Then, on October 1, 2001, I cried out to God in a desperate, broken prayer which would change my heart ... and my life. Three days later, with renewed determination and hope, I walked through the doors of Weight Watchers® (again) and weighed in at 347 pounds. I "knew" I would eventually quit and gain the weight back, but I was hoping to be able to breathe a little easier and - possibly - fit into plus size clothing stores again (which I had outgrown) before that happened. The idea that I might actually become thin never even entered my mind.

For two years I dragged my energetic young boys to meetings. For two years I planned meals, counted POINTS™, drank water, weighed, measured and kept track of my points on a "tracking bracelet" I had made. For two years I focused on changing recipes and behaviors from the inside out. For two years I watched the scales inch downward, and my once hopeless spirit began to soar. The more I put into it, the more fun it became! I was actually ENJOYING my new way of eating!

Week after week I stuck with it. There were challenges and plateaus. There was hope and victory. My journey was long, but it didn't matter any more. I loved what I was doing! I could live with this! For the first time in years I was under 300 lbs ... then 200 lbs ... then, on October 7, 2003, I reached my goal.

In the end I lost 212 pounds, lowered my cholesterol more than 200 points, lost an inch and a half in each wrist, and went down from a size 6x to a size 6. The weight loss has made countless practical differences in my life: I can walk through a restaurant without having to lay out a strategic map to see what tables I'll fit between; I can fit in any chair, buckle up in a car and get toys out from under the middle of my boys' beds. I can fit socks inside my shoes and can wear over-the-counter jewelry without extenders. I even joined Curves to help me with toning and maintenance.

My weight loss has not only changed my health and my looks, it's changed my profession. In 2005 I became a leader for Weight Watchers® and began cooking for my members - using them as guinea pigs for my new recipes. Today I write a weekly weight loss column called Here's The Skinny and I'm the Diet Editor for Better TV and Parents TV. In Finally Thin (December 30, 2008, Random House) I share my story and the tips and tools and recipes I used to finally get the weight off for good.

Three and a half years ago friends encouraged me to take to market one of my favorite products - a 110 calorie, high fiber, low-fat bagel -- in six yummy flavors. Today we ship Kim's Light Bagels to all 50 states and are in major grocery store shelves across New England, New York and New Jersey. Our goal? To get out of the shipping business and be in the supermarkets of EVERYONE who wants a tasty, portion controlled, New York style, kettle boiled bagel!

There's a lot about my story that isn't easy to share, but my goal is to encourage others. You need to feel the depths of my bondage to food, so that you can see how great the possibilities are of overcoming yours.

No matter where you are today, reaching YOUR weight loss goal is possible. No weight is too much. No time is too long. The only way you'll NEVER lose weight is if you stop trying.

Come on ... it's YOUR turn now! Learn more about Premium Membership at www.kimbensen.com/membership

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I first heard of Kim Bensen on the Weight Watchers community message boards. She's marketed her own low calorie bagels and I was searching for her website for this information. I found much more than bagels. I've never met her in person, but I found that Kim is helpful and kind to those who email her. I found out about this book on her website and couldn't wait to read it...got it the first day it was avail and couldn't lay it down until I was finished.

Her book is brutally honest and I applaud her for speaking so frankly about her struggles with dieting and obesity. It's the kind of book that will inspire you to keeping going, or inspire you to get started on a life changing plan for eating if you're struggling or have given up.

At some points in the book I was in tears, and at others, laughing. Her story is heartbreaking but ends in a final triumph. Her favorite line seems to be "now it's your turn". She tries to inspire others to achieve the seemingly impossible. She lost 212 lbs, kept it off and is now a very successful Weight Watchers leader.

A VERY good book for anyone, but especially those of us who need to lose weight. I HIGHLY recommend it. Also, she includes recipes. A bonus to the book!
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I love this book! I've known Kim for a year or so and am inspired by her story. For those readers who do not live in Southern CT, let me assure you that both of the pictures on the cover of the book are real. There has been no "Photoshoping". Kim is as beautiful as she is on the cover, maybe even more so. (And she was as heavy as she is on the cover also).
The book is divided into three sections. Section one describes Kim's battle with her weight and some embarassing incidents that she very bravely shares with her readers. The second section describes 10 steps that are needed to "diet" sucessfully. She does not promote any one diet, but instead reviews all the popular diets and encourages the reader to choose the one they are suited for. The third section is made up of 70 recipes Kim has used and recommends.
I recommed this book and a visit to Kim's website: [...]
There you will find all sorts of tools to help make dieting easier, a "guilt free" shopping list and much more.
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The book is divided in to 3 parts. First - Kim's story. Second - her 10 step plan. Third - Recipes.

The first part is not very long, only about 40 pages or so, and while I did appreciate her honesty in telling some of the most embarrassing moments of her formerly morbidly obese life, there wasn't really much substance to the story. She describes her big "aha" moment as basically waking up one morning, praying and feeling inspired to try again. That is all nice and fine, but not particularly helpful. I still appreciated Kim's story, but it didn't give me the inspiration I was looking for.

The second part is the bulk of the book. This is where she outlines the 10 steps, which I am listing here in my own words, just to keep it more clear.

1. Chose the right diet
2. Set your goals
3. Plan your meals
4. Clean up your environment
5. Gather support
6. Exercise
7. Lighten up your food at home and away
8. Handling temptations
9. Motivation
10. Maintenance

There is really nothing wrong with "the plan", other than it's a list that has been artificially constructed to fit the handy-dandy 10-step catch phrase that has been proven to sell. Steps 3 and 7 are pretty much the same thing and could have been combined in to one. Step 1 is really sort of irrelevant to her own story - Kim has been a member of Weight Watchers on and off since the age of 9, so she didn't have to chose the diet, she simply went back to what she already knew. But without step 1 and by combining 3 and 7, the program would be only 8 steps long, whereas 10 steps just sounds so much better, doesn't it?
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Finally Thin is a fabulous book. Kim Bensen is brutally honest about how difficult it is to be morbidly obese and what it took for her to turn her life and relationship with food around. The book discusses the pros and cons of every diet out there. It also discusses what it takes to maintain a weight loss which is what most of us don't know how to do. It has wonderful, realistic recipes for busy families in the back too!
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I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and dealt with the subject of weight loss honestly and openly. Ms. Bensen lost over 200 pounds and has kept it off for years, so she is uniquely qualified to write this type of book. She makes no secret of the fact that she lost her weight with Weight Watchers and now works for them, but the book explores (briefly) all of the well known diet plans without prejudice.

The first part of the book is devoted to Kim's story and I had tears in my eyes by the time I got to the part where she reached her goal weight. The second section of the book explores the 10 steps essential to losing and maintaining weight loss. The chapter devoted to step 9 - keep yourself motivated all the way - is the highlight of the book in my opinion.

The third and final section of the book is recipes. I have to say that most of the recipes did not appeal to me because the majority included fat-free cheese or sugar substitutes, but since I did not buy the book for the recipes, they did not effect my rating.

All in all, this is one of the best and most realistic books out there for anyone who has struggled with overcoming obesity.
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