- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1450565565
- ISBN-13: 978-1450565561
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Diary of a Fat Girl: How I Lost 140 Pounds, Overcame Binge Eating Disorder, and Learned to Love Myself After Weight Loss Surgery Paperback – August 3, 2015
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About the Author
Lisa remembers, at six years old, hiding in her grandmother's kitchen and eating six meatballs in under a minute. She was truly hungry, but she didn't want anyone to see her eat, so she binged in secret. Placed on restrictive diets beginning in kindergarten, she was continually sneak eating and binge eating as a child, partially out of rebellion against her narcissistic mother, mostly because she was ravenous all the time. After years of yo-yo dieting, binge eating and purging as a teen, and reaching nearly four hundred pounds, she sought out her first weight loss surgery at age twenty-three. She soon discovered that weight loss surgery isn't the easy way out. Her book, Diary of a Fat Girl, documents her first year after gastric bypass, her third in a series of weight loss surgeries that didn't work. She wrote every day as she unraveled the pain of her past and told, in painful detail, what it's like to recover from a severe eating disorder. Brutally telling the details of her weight-loss surgeries and struggles as the daughter of a narcissistic mother, Diary of a Fat Girl follows Lisa on her difficult journey to recovery. Discover how she lost most of the weight, gained it back, lost it again, but gained a more holistic understanding and acceptance of her body that goes beyond diets, dress sizes, or gym hours.
Dedicated to helping people live healthier, happier lives, Prof Lisa Sargese is a certified hypno-counselor and trained qigong therapist. Lisa speaks and vlogs on a number of personal development topics, including goal-reaching, recovery, the mind-body connection, spirituality, and healing. In 2009, she received the Mirror Mirror Award for her work in body positivity and eating disorder recovery. In 2012 she was honored with the Tikkun Olam Award for her interfaith work. She teaches religion and psychology in her home state of New Jersey
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Top Customer Reviews
Can I just say, .. Valadation!
This is a page turner trip through one person's recovery from a lifetime of being HUNGRY - both physically and emotionally. Strength and tennacity resonate from her experiences which culminate in self discovery.
This look at obesity, body image (dysmorphia), and eating disorders deleves into the core issues/reasons for thier development, and as the reader, I identify and I cheer the author on, as this work shows that ultimately we do know our own bodies best.
Touched on here is something one wonders anyway, but with which the medical industry doesn't subscribe, is an independent way of looking at what is healthy eating for us as individuals, verses the insistance of bariatric doctors and that community - This discussion is long overdue. It works for the author, and isn't that what counts!
Speaking of the author, Lisa Sarges has a great sense of humor which is a must-mention if you ask me.
Sharing how she became morbidly obese is a serious subject with tragic twists and turns, so the cleverly peppered bits of humor are spot on entertaining.
It almost feels as if we’re invading her privacy by reading her diary. But we’re not – Lisa has put her whole being out for public consumption and bravely presents herself to the world. Even in her weakness Lisa demonstrates strength throughout.
I especially like her story of the clanging monkeys. You know those little wind up monkeys that clang cymbals? Lisa envisions one representing each of our problems in life. People with a lot of problems have a lot of clanging monkeys. Lisa claims a whole room of them, where the sound is deafening.
But she shows us how to face those monkeys down, how to stare those monkeys down, and had to shut those monkeys down. She tells us that no single thing in life started each of those monkeys clanging, and no one thing – like a silver bullet – is going to stop them from clanging. This is a lesson we need to take from Lisa, there is no magic bullet, only hard work, determination, and unending desire to accomplish your goals.
I find Lisa's style of writing to be very accessible and easy to read. The book is hard to put down! You want to keep reading to see what Lisa is going through next. While reading it, I kept waking up in the night to read more. Since reading it, I can't read any blogs that go on and on and on. Lisa gets right to the point and has a wonderful way of expressing her deepest thoughts and feelings. I can't wait for Part 2!