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Pick A Struggle Cupcake - Seasons Paperback – September 20, 2015
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I was blown away by how amazingly accurate Alana's words were and so real and raw. Being able to articulate such difficult feelings in such an inspiring way, WOW. I lead support groups with Weight Watchers and have shared Alana's writings with my members on many occasions. We have also had the privilege of meeting Alana when she came to a few of our meetings to speak as a guest. She truly touches people in a powerful way! --Julie Muyres Hemmer
The raw and emotional tales of Alana's struggles are sure to resonate with you. She talks about the things people don't want to talk about, shares her emotional struggles and provides the inspiration one needs to keep moving forward. You will find you are not alone in your struggles, Alana shows you a side of her she kept secret for many years. --Shari Yantes, Motivational Speaker & Personal Success Coach
It takes a strong and determined person not to walk way and that's what you are Alana Marie. Your journey is helping so many people to stay strong. Thank you for all your life stories it making me stay stronger every day!! --Linda Howe Orawsky
About the Author
In 1994 I made a huge career change. I quit my job and decided to open a bar. Not just any bar, but a gay/lesbian show bar. I immersed my entire being in the nightclub scene and found myself living a life of excess. I drank too much, ate too much, partied too much, and spent much more money than I had. After 17 years of abuse, my body almost self-destructed. At one point, I found myself weighing in at 528 pounds, an alcoholic, broke and alone. I remember the night when a friend drove me home after pounding down a fifth of liquor at my club. It was a freezing cold January night. I stepped out of the car and slipped and fell in the driveway. I shattered my wrist in three places that night. Unable to lift my 400 pound bulk up off the ground, even with the help of my friend, I sat there in the freezing snow until after about an hour, I eventually crawled into my house and fell asleep on the floor. I woke up the next morning and sat there on my little corner of “rock bottom” feeling very sorry for myself. I was repulsed and ashamed of what I had become. On January 15, 2012, I had an epiphany. I was forced to face the reality of my mortality and I was mortified. In, 2012, I quit drinking completely which was truly difficult, in that I still owned a bar. I lost a total of 252 pounds and went back to college after 25 years. I am also a loud and proud lesbian. I have lived life to the highest of highs and hit the lowest of lows. I am still searching for my middle ground. , I have completely turned my life around. I am not who I was three years ago. I like to write and create. My passion is to communicate, educate and motivate. Recently, I lost my best friend and my greatest supporter, my mother. She was never one to whine or engage in self-pity. Despite all of the hardships she herself endured, she managed to raise 4 very strong, independent and successful children. When we were overwhelmed with stress, love and life she would sit us down and calmly say “Pick a struggle cupcake….and resolve it”. I did…I have….and now I would love to share some of my experiences, struggles, failures and triumphs with you. . There is always an answer, an escape or a solution. We just have to find it! Together, we shall! Now, let’s get started! Pick a struggle cupcake…..pick a struggle.
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