Wednesday, January 2, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Finished Being Fat by Betsy Schow


ABOUT THE BOOK

Not everyone can win the race, but everyone can finish it. In her quest to wish away an extra 75 pounds, Betsy changed her life for good. Using her Philosophy of Finishing, she snowballed her efforts from weight loss into a bucket list of seemingly impossible dreams. This inspiring account of one woman’s journey will help you find the strength to conquer your most daunting goals and unfinished projects.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Betsy Schow accidentally changed her life while trying to wish away her fat. After losing seventy-five pounds in a year, this stay-at-home mother of two and “former fat person” is now a “finisher.” She lives in northern Utah with her husband and attempts to keep her two small children in line while writing, training for the next marathon, and finishing up a BA in Behavioral Science and English. To find out more on Finished Being Fat and author Betsy Schow, visit: http://www.betsyschow.com/.

REVIEW

There are some books that when I read them I feel like it's me talking. This book falls into that category. Like Betsy, I definitely fall into the 'overweight' category.  I've hated even the thought of exercising my entire adult life. I've tried more than once to start a exercising regime only to give it up when life got busy or something else interfered with it.  So I could relate when Betsy talks about her similar experiences.  And her thoughts on that little voice in one's head constantly talking down about herself, whew, I can relate to that too.  And her thoughts about starting and not finishing so many things in her life, it sounds like she is talking about my life.  I appreciated her willingness to be so open about her struggles and weaknesses, I found it reassuring to know that I'm not the only one who struggles with those things.

I also liked how she pointed out that one's mental and emotional attitudes have a huge impact on one's physical condition.  When she stopped listening to 'the little voice' and started reminding herself that she could finish what she started and that she mustn't quit just because things got hard, she really started making progress, not only in terms of her physical health, but her feelings about herself and the world around her.  I found it really encouraging to read about the small steps she took to climb out of the fort of failures she'd trapped herself in.  Little things like running the full five miles instead of stopping at three-and-a-half despite her body's serious protests and her desire to quit.  That's what endurance really is I think, carrying on despite an almost desperate desire to quit.

If this sounds like you and you want an inspirational story about climbing out of one's own limiting thoughts and feelings, I highly recommend this book.
  

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