Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Such A Pretty Fat:: Fun Read for Anyone Who Needs a Laugh... and a Good Push

Book Review For You

Everybody needs to laugh at themselves now and then, and lap band people are no exception. Such a Pretty Fat is funny. Jen Lancaster is a riot, even if sometimes you are wincing with shock at what comes out of her mouth (pen?) She can be mean. And get ready, because she can talk a little blue. But if you've been struggling and feel alone in your struggle to lose weight, this book will put a smile on your face.

"To whom the fat rolls…I'm tired of books where a self-loathing heroine is teased to the point where she starves herself skinny in hopes of a fabulous new life. And I hate the message that women can't possibly be happy until we all fit into our skinny jeans. I don't find these stories uplifting; they make me want to hug these women and take them out for fizzy champagne drinks and cheesecake and explain to them that until they figure out their insides, their outsides don't matter. Unfortunately, being overweight isn't simply a societal issue that can be fixed with a dose healthy of positive self-esteem. It’s a health matter, and here on the eve of my fortieth year, I've learned I have to make changes so I don't, you know, die. Because what good if finally being able to afford a pedicure if I lose a foot to adult onset diabetes?"

Another warning, Lancaster is a conservative. If that's not your cup of tea (and its not mine), you might not like the book as much. But hey, I'm a live and let live gal, and Lancaster says things in this book that are amazingly on target about weight. And since that's what I'm concentrating on, I found this book to be a nice relief from the "serious" talks I've had with others about my weight. Just because we are working on our weight, it doesn't mean we have to be miserable. Here are a couple of other fun reads to try out while you work your way down the scale.

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