I gravitate towards books that tell the real story about weight loss success (and failures), not the hoity-toity ones where someone magically decides to walk a little more, eat a little less and WHAMO! the pounds fall off. Weight loss can be very comical at times… thinking of ways to thrash the elliptical machine, calling all workouts off because of “poor weather,” and “if no one SEES me eat this slice of cheesecake, the calories don’t count… right? RIGHT?”
I’m just about to finish another fantastically hilarious book called, “Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist’s Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big (Or Why Pie is Not the Answer)” by the marvelous Jen Lancaster. This satire of a novel delves right into the hilarious pitiful and excruciating journey of learning to put the fork down, getting to the gym, and not losing your sanity along the way. Jen writes it from her own journey of losing weight for a book deal (fantastic idea), detailing what women- and men- go through to become a healthier, thinner individual. I tell you what, Jen’s got confidence to BOOT! Even as a middle-aged woman in the mid 200-pound range (she never gives the full number details), she dresses herself to the nines- matching Crocs and all, glamorizes herself in full makeup for workouts with her trainer, and would rather answer to a 6th glass of red wine than her counselor at Jenny Craig. Jen dares to say EVERYTHING that could possibly cross your mind as you trade in white bread for cardio, and the hassle of “dressing on the side.” She’s not afraid to tell you exactly what she’s thinking! Jen portrays herself, as the stay-at-home novelist, married to a very hilarious and quick-witted husband, Fletcher.
I love that she doesn’t waste time sugar-coating the struggle that is weight loss/maintainence. I find myself laughing out loud through every chapter because I can relate with nearly everything she says and thinks!
If you’re into true-life stories of weight loss and the hystarical burden that goes with it, mentally and verbally, please leave me your recommendations, as well! I can’t get enough of these books. In the meantime, I’m going to start two of her other novels, called, “Bitter is the New Black,” and “My Fair Lazy.” Happy Fall, everyone!