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“This revolutionary guide is perfect for every big girl who wants to incorporate more movement into her life. Hanne Blank is my ideal coach: hilariously entertaining, utterly motivating, and ready to defend fat women’s right to exercise wherever and however they so choose. With Hanne at your side, you’ll be able to hit the ground running, improve your health, and exorcise the Ghost of Skinny Jeans Past.”
—Linda Bacon, PhD, associate nutritionist at the University of California, Davis, 
and author of Health at Every Size

About the Author

HANNE BLANK is a lifelong fat girl and movement coach who has a devoted (but not monogamous) relationship with her elliptical machine. A writer and historian, she is the author of six books including Big Big Love: A Sex and Relationships Guide for People of Size (and Those Who Love Them) and has taught at Brandeis and Tufts universities. She divides her time between north central Massachusetts and Atlanta, Georgia.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1 edition (December 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607742861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607742869
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really, really wanted to be able to rate this book five stars. In the end, I couldn't quite do that.

The book is very well written; it's lively, witty, and fun to read. It's also well-structured and very accessible. Blank's bluntness about the plight of plus size people (and anyone else who doesn't fit the mold of young, slim, and athletic) and how it can affect their body practice psychologically is refreshing, to say the least. She put many of my emotions that I previously couldn't find expression for into words, clear cut and simple. I found this aspect of the book to be inspiring and encouraging...simply knowing that you're not alone in your fear and doubts is so important to getting through any complicated emotions. I particularly like her statement that you do NOT exist to decorate the world for others, which is something that holds many of us (women in particular) back from living freely, fully, and in the moment. I also liked the inclusion of a resource guide, although I didn't find it quite as helpful as I had hoped.

With all that said, I was really hoping for more practical guidance. She does include some, but it seemed to me the bulk of the book centered around encouraging you to get out there and just do it, rather than telling you HOW to do it. Most of the practical advice she does give centers around the gym. Since I don't use gyms (partially for emotional/psychological reasons addressed in the book, but also in large part because of an array of more practical concerns), I didn't get much out of it on that end of things. I was really hoping for more outside-of-the-box suggestions and practical guidance.
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So good for anyone who wants to get over whatever is keeping them from moving their body - if you're fat, if you're scared of locker rooms, if you have a mobility impairment, if you think you're too old, if you're afraid of looking ridiculous, whatever. Blank has you covered.
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I've been telling folks that the theses of this book are "there is no wrong way to have a body" and "I can move however the heck, wherever the heck, whenever the heck, and whyever the heck I want to, and haters can get out of the way" (I might not have used "heck" when talking to folks.

This book gave me a whole new language and perspective to think and act on incorporating movement and fitness into my life. It reminded me that I can and should have a "body practice" just because it makes me feel awesome, and that changing my size doesn't have to have anything to do with it!
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Parts of this book made me weep for joy that someone actually gets it, as far as getting one's body moving healthfully while fat, with no goal other than the awesome joy of movement. I want to read it again but gave my copy away. I think I'll buy another.
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This along with her other book, Big Big Love, are must reads for any larger woman or anyone who is in a relationship with a larger woman. Most of us tend to hate ourselves for being fat because society tells us we're pigs who can't control our eating or that we're lazy. Anyone, like me, who has struggled her entire life to fit in and be thin knows the damage that mentality causes. Books like these may not change the world, but they help you to start picking away at the stigma, the pain, the damages caused by people's belief that fat is ugly and disgusting. We need to feel better about ourselves, gain confidence, and start loving our bodies, as difficult as I know that may be. I'm certainly not there yet and I may never completely be happy with myself, but books like this one go a long way in helping me on that journey.
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I fear going to the gym. Not because I don't like it - I do. I need to move my body in intentional ways in order to know I'm in it, to ground me and help me actually feel the body I'm living in. But I avoid exercise and the gym because of fear of not being truly body loving. Or fear that people are cheering on my weight-loss intention when really I have no intention of loosing weight (hello, health at every size!). So I stumble into this book and get both a loving pat on the head and a kick in the rear end. Thank you for validating my needs without invalidating my fears, Hanne!
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I very much enjoyed the encouragement this book gave to do what I need to do to get healthy and not let preconceived notions, either on my part or the part of others to stand in the way. The only drawback was about halfway through the book I noticed I was having a hard time relating to some of the experiences of the author and therefore, the advice that was being given was not of great use to me. I am very overweight, but I found myself not having experienced the same criticisms or emotional obstacles related to exercising around others and/or the gym scene. I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with self-image and taking that first step toward healthier life choices. It is a quick read and I was able to apply what I needed to in order to continue moving forward with confidence.
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