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Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2011
Amy Parham, a former fat girl who became a fit girl after losing more than 100 pounds, learned what it takes to stay fit inside and out. In 10 Lessons from a Former Fat Girl, she offers nuggets of insight for changing not only the fat-girl body but also the fat-girl mentality. Focusing on the mental ,emotional, and spiritual aspects of our relationship with food and exercise, Amy shows how readers can make this a healthy partnership that brings permanent change. Amy speaks from experience as she
- identifies with the reader struggling with a food addiction
- describes emotional pitfalls that serve as triggers for overeating
- explores the mental and emotional benefits of regular exercise
- illustrates how and why fitness must be a lifelong pursuit
- demonstrates how to transform our minds as well as our bodies
The result is a practical, proven plan that will help any reader reprogram the fat-girl mentality into fit-girl reality.
judygMDAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5August 9, 2011judygMDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5excellent info, very informative, author knows the subject, well written
JenniferBCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: Female2 Stars Out Of 5Not That GreatJuly 16, 2011JenniferBCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleMeets Expectations: 2I enjoy a good, motivational weight loss book as much as the next person does, and sometimes they do inspire me to do better in my own fitness walk. I'm afraid that 10 Lessons from a Former Fat Girl was neither truly enjoyable nor inspiring for me. Perhaps it would have struck a deeper chord with me if I had followed author Amy Parham's journey of weight loss through her participating in the reality television show The Biggest Loser. Instead I was left to read Parham's words as a stand-alone take on her thoughts on weight loss.
Like most inspirationally-based weight loss motivation books, Parham focuses only a bit on the practical nuts and bolts of weight loss - exercise and nutrition - and instead focuses the bulk of her writing on her own experiences, memories, family background, and journey of personal growth as she moves from being overweight to slender. This is good because most of us don't really need to hear how to lose weight (haven't we heard it a million times?) instead we need to see it walked out before us, to see it with flesh on as it were.
While Parham does succeed in doing this by sharing from her own life experiences, I'm afraid I didn't find her writing truly engaging. Worse yet, she has created a dichotomy between fat girl and fit girl that is at best an oversimplification, and at worse, could be a source of condemnation for many women. Parham's writing is no doubt a simplification at best, but she often compares and contrasts the fat girl and fit girl mind set so strongly that it almost seems that unless you are a fit girl, nothing in your life is really going to go right and that you can't have it together emotionally (in terms of forgiveness etc.) unless you are a fit girl. I don't agree.
Sadly, some of Parham's summarizations of biblical events were often inaccurate as well - as in her explanation of why Moses and the Israelites wandered in the desert for forty years. And while I do want to lose weight, my reasons seem to be different in some areas than those that Parham offers. Honestly, thinking of myself wearing a bikini after I lose weight is NOT a motivator for me. I have never worn a bikini in public even at my smallest (125 lbs.), nor would I want to do so now or in the future. So imagining myself wearing skinny girl clothing and swimwear just doesn't do it for me.
There is one gem in the midst of this all though - the closing chapter where Parham shares how she dealt with transitioning from being an overweight woman to a slim one was very well done. She addresses the difficulties of shopping for clothing - the dangers on both sides - the necessity of changing one's mental image, and of the mental battle to adapt to her new appearance. This is really honest, and the best chapter by far.
Again, if I had gone into this book with more of a personal connection to Parham I may have connected with her thoughts more deeply. As it is, this one was a miss for me.