Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Book Review: Half Assed

So I've been meaning to do this book review for awhile, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

So here we go :-)

Title: Half Assed: A Weight Loss Memoir
Author: Jennette Fulda
taken from amazon.com
Recap: Well, in case you couldn't tell from the title, or cover, this Jennette's memoir of how she lost half her body weight (186 pounds) From the product description at Amazon.com

"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."

My Review: One thing that struck me throughout the book was the honesty that Jennette brought forward. She didn't make excuses for herself, or how she got to be 372 pounds, and didn't make it out like it was super easy to lose the weight. You felt her pain, her embaressement, and most importantly, her ambition throughout the book. After finishing the first 2 chapters I could pick out ten things that I felt like I 100% related to Jennette on. She discusses her family issues, and how they related to her weight gain (and loss), but never blames them. In fact, she doesn't blame anything inparticular, which I found refreshing.

I found the book overall funny, upfront, and inspirational (and I mean, reading about someone who lost all that weight, it would be hard for it not to be inspirational). It helped me put my weight loss into perspective a lot too, because she never gives up. She slips up, she makes mistakes, she has bad moments, but she always jumps back on, and never lets it deter her success overall, which is the important thing to remember.

But probably the best part of the book was the humor she brought to everything. She never hate talks herself in the book, and remarks on everything with a uplifting point a view. Even at the end when she accomplishes her feat and comes within 15 pounds of her goal weight, she doesn't act cocky or overly confident. She accomplished something phenomenal, but doesn't make it out like she's this wonder woman. She attributes it to her hard work, and determination, which I find inspiring. Because honestly, If I lost 186 pounds, I don't know I could help but be a little cocky :-)

I definetly reccomend the book, it very much inspired me, and made me want to better myself, and keep going with my journey!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this. I might have to go and get it from my library now.