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Live Large!: Affirmations for Living the Life You Want in the Body You Already Have [Paperback]

Cheri K. Erdman
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Oct. 31 2003
Live Large! is organized in a one-page-at-a-time format so that the reader can take her time to absorb and practice each message fully. Every page presents a "Big Idea" for building size esteem, which is then explored in paragraph form. Next comes a positive affirmation that readers can repeat to replace negative, critical thoughts. Finally, the page ends with a "Size-Wise Action" designed to help the reader channel new energy into rewarding activities and acheivements. There are 140 of these inspiring meditations, such as, "I am grateful for every day I live peacefully in my body," and "I am willing to live the life I want and deserve."

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"offers encouragement to break the cycle of guilt, counter cultural messages, increase self-esteem, and move ahead to life changes."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What I Needed! Dec 5 2003
Format:Paperback
This book is amazing. It's all about taking your life back. Society has told fat people that we are bad, guilty, lack self control, shameful...and that if we were to just try harder then we could lose the weight and be accepted. What a load of &^&*()%$#&. Most people I know who have a few extra pounds have left no stone unturned in the quest for a thin body and societal acceptance. Self hatred and denial of myself, my size has robbed me of my life because I only thought I deserved to live if I were thin and EVERYTHING, all my hopes, plans, dreams, goals....were universally on hold. Every time I would "get thin" I would try to cram in all those things I was missing as a fat person.
This book is about getting back to business, despite your size. It debunks all the myths and stereotypes about fat people, that we are all lazy, unmotivated and hate ourselves. It teaches us self love despite the challenges of living in a society that clearly hates fat people.
Everyone is entitled to a life and a chance to live it. This book does not tell you what to eat or how to eat, or even that you should go out and eat a dozen doughnuts. It tells you that if you start loving yourself at your size and stop trying to change yourself it is amazing how your life will automatically change for the better! Stop putting your life, dreams on hold. Start loving yourself starting today...even if you're fat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What I Needed! Dec 5 2003
By melissa goldstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is amazing. It's all about taking your life back. Society has told fat people that we are bad, guilty, lack self control, shameful...and that if we were to just try harder then we could lose the weight and be accepted. What a load of &^&*()%$#&. Most people I know who have a few extra pounds have left no stone unturned in the quest for a thin body and societal acceptance. Self hatred and denial of myself, my size has robbed me of my life because I only thought I deserved to live if I were thin and EVERYTHING, all my hopes, plans, dreams, goals....were universally on hold. Every time I would "get thin" I would try to cram in all those things I was missing as a fat person.
This book is about getting back to business, despite your size. It debunks all the myths and stereotypes about fat people, that we are all lazy, unmotivated and hate ourselves. It teaches us self love despite the challenges of living in a society that clearly hates fat people.
Everyone is entitled to a life and a chance to live it. This book does not tell you what to eat or how to eat, or even that you should go out and eat a dozen doughnuts. It tells you that if you start loving yourself at your size and stop trying to change yourself it is amazing how your life will automatically change for the better! Stop putting your life, dreams on hold. Start loving yourself starting today...even if you're fat.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorite Books Dec 10 2007
By M. E. Wood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Affirmations for living the life you want in the body you already have."

Although this book was first written almost ten years ago it is still relevant to today's lush woman. In the introduction, Cheri K. Erdman, EdD says, Live Large! brings a positive voice into your life and helps that voice to become your own. This is so true.

The 148 pages of affirmations are divided into four parts: initiation, inspiration, determination and live large. Each page has a title like the 'Mirror Lies' or 'Live For Today'. Erdman provides a brief commentary on the topic followed by a one line affirmation like: I see myself as acceptable, lovable and beautiful. This is then followed by 'Size-wise action' which further describes how you can put intention behind the affirmation. This can be a simple visualization or journaling activity.

I loved this little book. Erdman's voice is not condescending and her concepts are legitimate and easy to understand. You can journal along with each prompt or just use it for bedside or bathroom reading. Each page is filled with valuable insight into our bodies, psyche and the world around us. She doesn't just tell you how it is but how you can choose to make a difference.

There is a small section of resources at the back, some outdated. This really has no affect on the rest of the content which is positive, inspiring and easy to relate to your own life. This is a definite must for your plus size library. I highly recommend this mini book. Reviewed by M. E. Wood.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every woman of size should read this book March 9 2005
By Micki Chevalier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Live the life you want now, not at some imaginary time when you might lose weight. Since diets don't work, that time will never come. You are fine the way you are, and this book will help you to follow your dreams regardless of your body size.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for those love or want to live large Oct. 5 2011
By Amelia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A great read, very inspiring. In a time where being fat is seen as an insult, a failure and those should feel ashamed, pay a fortune, sweat, hate food and starve, it is refreshing to read something that encourages you to be you. You as you are right now, not who you would be if you lost 5-20kilos. This book is good for those who need that extra help to regain the self esteem that has been rob from them in this perfectionist world, of false images, clothes that are made to only to fit a certain size and all the diet pills, shakes, clubs and exercise equipment ads, that tell you, that you are fat so change it now.

So read this book and remember how to love yourself again.

Amelia Cole (author of Dear Daddy [...])
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