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Finished Being Fat: An Accidental Adventure in Losing Weight and Learning How to Finish Paperback – January 8, 2013
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This book was a pleasure to read because it was well-written. The author's style was conversational, not forced or stiff. In addition, the book was well organized. I liked how chapters were organized predominantly around insights and yet the book seemed to move relatively chronologically. In other words, it was easy for me to catch the gems while maintaining the story's forward motion and cohesiveness.
And the best part of the book for me was the motivation I gained from Ms. Schow's example. As I read the book, I had flashes of insight as to how I could make changes in my own life. By the end of the book I was charged and ready for positive efforts and outcomes in my own life, including a less cluttered and more organized house. Having lost nearly 80 pounds (before reading the book), but with about 10 more pounds to go, I have a renewed sense of dedication to my weight loss goals. In addition, with the inspiration gained from this book, I now believe that great things are possible and have just completed my second of 10 weeks' training toward running a 10K. This book was just what I needed.
My original intent in reading this book was to gain insight into how someone managed to lose the weight they wanted/needed to lose. I did learn some things about that, but I learned as much about some of my own tendencies as the author learned about hers. I like starting things, too, but I'm not very good about finishing. I also have a lot of negative self-talk. They say awareness is half the battle. I hope so, because I am now aware of this about myself. Thanks to Betsy sharing her experiences, I think I am now going to be better about finishing and better about appreciating what I do manage to do. I don't have to be perfect. I just need to do the best I can and accept whatever that might be. I think I have had a life-changing experience by reading this book. At least I hope I have.