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About the Author

Kara Richardson Whitely moves mountains. She has hiked Mount Kilimanjaro three times while weighing as much as 300 pounds to raise money for Global Alliance for Africa. Her most recent trek up Africa’s highest peak was filmed for a documentary and the subject of her latest memoir Gorge. Kara, who is also a motivational public speaker, plus-size fitness advocate and professional content developer, has written for Self, Everyday with Rachael Ray and Runner’s World magazines. She was recently featured on Oprah’s Lifeclass, an Outside magazine 127 Defining Moments finalist and has been written about in Redbook and American Hiker magazine. She is also the author of Fat Woman on the Mountain and an American Hiking Society ambassador. Kara lives in Summit, N.J. with her husband, Chris, and two daughters.
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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: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I rated this book so highly because of the writing style, entertainment factor and, oh who am I kidding g.....I was so affected by the way she got into my head, the way she exposed the underbelly of food issues. No one has ever said the things she did and it felt freeing to hear some one else talk the way I think and feel. Thank you Kara.....I look forward to more of your adventures.
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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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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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I enjoyed Kara's successes and journey, but I felt she glossed over important aspects of her life, so it seemed just a little bit superficial. I would have liked to learn more of the development of her relationship with her husband and other people in her life. I didn't feel like I really got to know her that well. Her weight loss journey was inspiring, but also somewhat unclear. It's definitely not a how-to manual (nor was it meant to be).
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The part I was most interested in was the hike up the mountain. While some background is helps to identify the characters and set the scene...there was way too much "non-mountain climbing" in this book about mountain climbing. I admire the author and applaud her for her successes, but the repetitive background story got tiresome.
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I loved it. So readable, so honest, so affirming. Whitely lets us all know that we can accomplish what we set our minds to doing but that those goals do require work. Bravo! I'm now reading her most recent book: Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 pounds and am enjoying it almost as much.
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I love this book! From trying to struggle into plus size clothes in animal size tent, to having to find hiking clothes in her size, I understand and sympathize with every challenge the author goes through. A must-read for every "non typical" hiker out there.
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