A Weight-loss Memoir

Book - 2008
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After undergoing gall bladder surgery at age twenty-three, Jennette Fulda decided it was time to lose some weight. Actually, more like half her weight. At the time, Jennette weighed 372 pounds.Jennette was not born fat. But, by fifth grade, her response to a school questionnaire asking 'what would you change about your appearance' was 'I would be thinner.' Sound familiar? Half-Assed is the captivating and incredibly honest story of Jennette's journey to get in shape, lose weight, and change her life. From the beginning-dusting off her never-used treadmill and steering clear of the donut shop-to the end with her goal weight in sight, Jennette wows readers with her determined persistence to shed pounds and the ability to maintain her ever-present sense of self.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Seal Press, [2008], ©2008
ISBN: 9781580052337
Branch Call Number: 921 Fulda
Description: 247 pages ; 21 cm

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Feb 19, 2012

I really enjoyed Fulda's no non-sense and humouristic approach to weight and consequent weight-loss. She's not moralistic, judgemental nor proselytizing. She's sincere and authentic about her motivations, her hurdles and her ambitions. She's also realistic about her future. She is smart about not giving away her secret and in recognizing that everyone needs to find her own secret: it may seem a cop-out but such a transformation must come from within. Her real key to success was her blog that kept her forging on. For others, it will be another key.
I wouldn't say that this book is inspiring, but it is definitely refreshing.

Cdnbookworm Apr 20, 2011

I saw this memoir in the new books that came in and it looked intriguing. Fulda lost more than half her body weight, and while I don't need to lose that much, I definitely need to lose weight. In this memoir she concentrates more on the mental aspects of her journey, the thoughts that went through her head, the inner arguments that she engaged in, and how she changed as a person on the inside, not just the outside.
She has a great sense of humour and yet remains sensitive to many of the issues that come up around weight loss and how society reacts to those who are overweight.
As she says, there is no secret, no diet is perfect, and we all wander from our course occasionally, but the key is to keep at it. To not let one slide develop into an avalanche.
I found her writing engaging and interesting and her story intrigued me enough to take a look at her website, which I also found interesting.
This is no ra-ra book for Jenny Craig or South Beach or Atkins, but an honest account of the journey to a happier life.

Mar 12, 2011

Ms. Fulda is honest, witty, and revealing about the challenges and opinions surrounding 'fat' people in our society. I wasn't sure this book was for me, but I found that I couldn't put it down once I started reading. It was an easy, entertaining read, with an encouraging final message. Ms. Fulda proved that although weight loss is a slow, individual process, involving changes on every level, it is possible. The self-respect and confidence 'gained' are more measurable and lasting that that which is lost!

Nov 30, 2010

This is an amazing book about self determination and how one woman decides to be healthy and works hard to accomplish it.
Being healthy is more than just about being thin and the author goes into depth about her feelings and works hard on loving herself.
Great read for anyone interested in adopting a healthy lifestyle and at times laugh out loud funny:)


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