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Queen of Crop: A Year in My Life After Weight Loss Surgery Paperback – May 2, 2015
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About the Author
Zoe Belle grew up the youngest of five children in a blended San Francisco area family consisting of a very petite mother, two very petite sisters, two brothers, and an overweight father. Her mother was beautiful but not much of a homemaker (read: did not cook). The combination of bad genes from her father and the lack of good nutrition led to a lifetime of obesity until her weight loss surgery in her late 50s. Growing up with three beautiful, petite women, and having three best friends who were very small, Zoe became a master of “cropping” herself, or most of her body, out of photos. Although heavy all her life, Zoe managed to maintain high self-esteem and strong self-confidence along with an outgoing personality. She had a successful career, first in banking, then in sales during the 1990s dot-com boom in Silicon Valley, then as the owner of two small businesses, first in California and then Hawaii. The last business took a huge toll on her health: because she was always a success in business and a failure at weight loss, she spent more time working than taking care of herself. When she retired at age 57, she had hit her highest weight of 223 lbs (101 kilos). Her weight was taking a toll on her health, her happiness, and her marriage. With the support of her husband, she made a life-changing decision to have bariatric surgery – a decision that changed both of their lives in ways they had never imagined. The short story: she started at 223 lbs (101 kilos), had the surgery in October 2011 at 204 lbs (92 kilos), and by September 2012 reached her goal weight of 139 lbs (63 kilos). She has maintained her weight at goal since then. The full story is the subject of her book, Queen of Crop. Zoe and her husband now reside in Amsterdam – in their opinion the most interesting and welcoming city in the world. They walk or bike everywhere and do not own a car. They entertain often, travel some, and are making every moment of every day special.
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Overall, I found a lot of anti-feminism here. A lot of fat shaming. It was almost like a one-time heavy smoker who quits and suddenly becomes completely obnoxious towards others who smoke. I'm sure you can relate.
I think ultimately the author was cheating herself because she didn't really follow the rules and didn't really follow the protein guidelines that any serious VSGer would. I think she sets a very bad example, and I think the daily sweet and wine things are also questionable. She could make healthier choices that would give her better energy.
Also, when Belle's husband was discussed, she always just called him "my husband" and not his name. That was odd. I wish she'd used his name, because then I could think "______ is a real jerk!" Instead of that her husband was a jerk. If he'd have complained to me, I'd have walked out and lost his 151 pounds! Who would want to stay marred to an ass like that? Someone with low self-esteem most likely!
I loved all the before and after photos; they show such a progression in the author’s weight loss. That being said, I’m glad Zoe Belle doesn’t feel the need to be the “Queen of Crop” anymore.
The best part of this warm and charming book is that it shows many of us that life after weight loss surgery can be a fulfilling and enriching grand adventure. After years of being hampered by physical limitations, the joy of regaining the ability to live life fully is one of the best rewards.
Also, I really wish the she had demanded some follow up care. I felt bad about the lack of information she had leaving the hospital.
I also think she should encourage readers to get this information and not necessarily do what she did. Finally, if you can, read this book when you are considering, it IS a dose of reality.