Hey! I apparently wrote a review of Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir when I read it months and months ago…. I just wrote it on my iphone and forgot about it! So I am posting it now, just a little bit delayed from my first time reading the book and way delayed from the first publishing of the book. That’s okay though, because books never go bad!
Even if I’m not like someone in very many ways, I still generally find out we have similar thoughts or experiences. A lot of the time it’s because of weight issues we’ve dealt with during our life. It’s the fat bond. I love reading weight loss stories because it reminds me i’m not alone, even though in real life I mostly have been.
Half-Assed is a weight loss memoir from Jennette Fulda, who blogs at Pasta Queen where the tagline is “You’ll laugh your ass off. (I did.)” I’ve met Jennette at a few conferences and she truly is a lovely and funny person. Her book is the condensed and put-in-order-for-book-form version of her weight loss that she chronicled on her blog. She started at 372 pounds and eventually succeeded in losing half of her body weight.
My favorite parts:
I really connected with Jennette’s comments on the fat acceptance movement. Like her, I was pretty much rejected from being part of it, because despite liking my body I wanted to lose weight. Sure my main reasons might have been because I wasn’t healthy and I couldn’t get health insurance, but that didn’t matter. I found her thoughts on that subject interesting and really nice to know I wasn’t alone in that.
“You are who you are no matter what the size.” I loved this quote because it’s soo true!
“I was still the same person, I was just starting to share myself with the world.” Another favorite quote and part of the story for me.
And of course there were tons of funny moments that I loved but this is a book review and I can’t list them all. ;)
It’s nothing ground breaking if you’ve read weight loss blogs for any length of time. Her stories and realizations are the same one we have all made. Her story is not special except that it’s in book form and follows the story from beginning to end in a very concise way whereas blogs ramble and flow.
However, it is quite an entertaining read. Jeanette is a legitimately funny writer, unlike some bloggers who think they are funny but just fall short. Her stories made me laugh out loud several times while reading, which is quite a nice thing to have happen when you are reading a book about a topic that could have turned into one big sob story.
Also, we share the philosophy that you will succeed if you think you are worth the effort/care about yourself. I loved that theme in her book and the fact that taking care of herself was something that helped her achieve her weight loss goals. It really is important to care about yourself rather than doing things based off of hate or dislike.
So overall I liked the book. It was funny and touching and a wonderful memoir that anyone who has struggled with weight could connect to on some level.
Have you read Half-Assed? What did you think?