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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (April 29 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580052339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580052337
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Weight loss is tough for anyone and the author of this book knows it. However, she finds the inner strength to do it and here is her tale. It's funny, poingnat and a really great read. I think I might have learned more here than I ever did from a magazine article about weight loss. I would suggest anyone read it, whether struggling with weight or not. Another suggestion: Fatass No More! How I Lost Weight and Still Ate Cheeseburgers and Fries.
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Loved her honesty and humor
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa0bfc384) out of 5 stars 238 reviews
48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0e2b99c) out of 5 stars Dog Ears Throughout! Aug. 8 2010
By Nicholas R. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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I can always tell how much I like a book by how fast I read it, and how much I abuse it. I received this book, and within 24hours I was turning the last page. Hours would slip by as I was reading Jeannette's witty, charming and honest portrayal of the weight loss journey. Other reviewers have pointed out that is wasn't 'inspirational' to them, or they couldn't relate - or she didn't give enough advice for them - but for me none of that was an issue.

I am a 29yo man who has had (and continues to have) a battle with weight similar to Jeanette's. It was so nice and refreshing to have someone say all of the things in my brain without me having to say them. She had me in stitches when she said she couldn't just throw all of her junk food out, and needed to start a 'bundt cake relocation program'. I also liked how a topic she came back to a few times was that as a heavier woman she always felt that skinny people were judging her, and when she lost the weight she felt that heavier people were judging her - dealing with our fear of other's judgement. Another topic that I could really relate to was when she talked about the 'FA' (Fat acceptance) clubs throwing her out cause she wanted to lose weight to be healthy.

No matter what Jeanette is writing about, she does it with a dry wit that can't help but make you laugh. If you are looking for a how to book, or a quick fix - this ultimately isn't for you - but if you are looking to comiserate about the internal struggle with weight loss, then pull up a bowl of sugar free Jell-o and crack the spine.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0980f3c) out of 5 stars One of the best books I've ever read Nov. 16 2010
By James F. Rendek - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the best books I have ever read. Every paragraph is loaded with humor and insight well beyond the typical diet book/memoir. I frequently wondered how the author could possibly organize her thought so well and express them so clearly. Technically this is not a how to book but you will learn more here than you will in most diet books and be well entertained. I lost over 200 pounds and eventually gained back half and I am now reapplying myself. I have been there so I can truly appreciate her work and her prose. My best advice is to read Atkins and read this book while you're on you're "weigh".

-Jim Rendek
115 of 139 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa11dca14) out of 5 stars Her rear is tiny, her life is big April 21 2008
By Soroma - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a sucker for a good before and after tale. Lucky for me, this memoir is so much more. Fulda chronicles her amazing 186+ weight loss, more than half of her starting weight. But she does more than just show us her weight loss; she describes her relationship with her body and with her daily habits with such wit and humor that I laughed out loud dozens of times. The pace is quick, and the content is interesting (no daily diet plans or lists of gym workouts here).

I also like Fulda's attitude. She doesn't pretend to be a weight loss guru, and she never disrespects herself and her body. Everyone knows how to lose weight...it's her dedication that makes her tale amazing. Also, I enjoy her focus on becoming athletic rather than getting thin (especially refreshing in today's "Get Skinny!" social climate.) She is a very positive person, even when dealing with ugly plus-size clothes, negative blog comments, or the inevitable plateaus.

This is a great, inspirational read, and Fulda is a delightful writer. Reading it made my wait at the DMV actually enjoyable; I only wish the book could have lasted longer!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa11cab54) out of 5 stars Review of book Aug. 11 2008
By Love to Learn - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book and the writer is so entertaining, it's like you're sitting down talking with her. For anyone that has a significant amount to lose, this book is inspiring.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0afd354) out of 5 stars truely inspirational story Sept. 5 2011
By Carolyn Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who is obese (first time I've ever admitted THAT one), this book was a wonderful read. It was interesting to be able to relate to so many of her habits - things that I thought only I did. It was inspiring because if she could do it - maybe I can too. A great book.