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Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir Paperback – April 29, 2008
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"In this touching, funny, and sincere story, Jennette Fulda, who was once 372 pounds, recounts her lifelong struggle with her weight- first accepting it, then losing half of it." -- Shape Magazine, August 2008
Blogger Fulda explains how she lost 186 pounds. In January 2005, she weighed twice that. A year earlier, after having her gallbladder removed at the age of 23, she'd realized her weight was threatening her life and vowed to get into shape. "Only I didn't," she writes. "I stayed fat for at least another year. Wake up call received. Snooze button pushed." Fulda did eventually take control, changing her eating habits and taking up exercise: first walking, then jogging, then a combination of jogging, pilates and weight training. She started a blog, "Half of Me," to chronicle her progress. As of February 2007, she had lost half her body weight; in the final chapter, she writes that she's within 15 pounds of her goal weight (160 pounds) but warns, "I may have lost the weight, but it could still find me again." Fulda provides a fair amount of weight-loss information only the diet-and-fitness-obsessed could really love, but the book is redeemed by the engaging account of her personal history interwoven throughout. In a conversational and honest voice, she describes tackling the age-old paradox of trying to accept herself while also trying to change. This dialectical process caused her to run afoul of online "fat acceptance" communities, which work to decrease the marginalization of the overweight and the obese. "If I really accepted myself as I was, it meant I'd recognized who I was to the best of my ability, flaws and all," writes Fulda. "It didn't mean I was necessarily satisfied with all the materials that made the house of me." A winsome, charming memoir of personal discovery. -- Kirkus Reviews, Feb. 15, 2008
Following Indianapolis-based blogger Jennette Fulda's journey to lose almost two-thirds of herself is so inspiring you'll fill your cart with nothing but turkey cutlets and cruciferous vegetables for weeks. At age 24, she weighed 372 pounds. "The truth is," she writes, "I was a big, fat cliche." Despite some emotionally heavy moments, Fulda's biting humor and no-holds-barred honestly keep you turning the pages. -- Women's Health, July 2008
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(I suppose the only slight knock I would have against this book is the fact that Jennette was in her twenties when she tackled her weight challenge. For someone older reading this book, it might be easy to say "But she was young." Regardless of age though, Jennette's description of her walk through obesity and her journey out of it is raw and inspiring. And it just might be the type of encouragement ANYONE who is struggling with weight or identity issues needs in order to feel less alone and eager for a life change.)
So I really clicked with this book and more importantly her journey, not so much the weight loss part as the personal parts, the feelings and emotions she goes through, the observations made about herself and others as they thread through the book. I have just started a gluten free diet and am mathcing that up with a South Beach style except I totally agree with our author.... if you want it , eat it, just not every day or every couple of days. I have battled my weight all my life, yoyo dieting, excercising and not excersing. I especailly went for the all protein diet, also tried the veggie soup diet, the 'not eating until I am sick to my stomach diet'. From age 8 forward to having 5 grandchildren. I think I have finally grown up enough to understand it is about the choices I make every day on what to put in my mouth or visa versa. I have lost 15 pounds in a month , not bad for a granny. But finding this book was like finding a friend. First I read it cover to cover and now I have passages marked to read when I am having a tough day or reach the all horrid platau. The author has a natural gift for writing, she is so funny, and so candid, I found her book totally refreshing instead of another glossed over clinical trial that forgets about the real people losing the weight. This will be my companion book for many years or as long as it takes to stop having many of the feelins the authoress had. This is a review of the kindle version. I do not know if the kindle version is different than the book.
Almost everyone who is over weight/obese has those horror stories of clothes shopping, struggles of starting and quitting diets (sometimes within days), late night junk food raids, feeling invisible even at such a large size...reading the authors own stories were amusing, sad and eye opening all at the same time.