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NOT2fat4fun 06-14-2010 12:41 PM

Hi All -
I was thinking it would be good to have a post of any book that you have read that you felt was inspiring/helpful. Also, any blogs that you may subscribe to.
I am an avid reader and am always interested in what people are into. Obviously it would be best to keep it focused on what inspires and motivates you in regards to this journey...
I recently read Angry Fat Girls: 5 girls 500 Pounds and a Year of Losing it... Again by Frances Kuffel. It was certainly rough reading but there were a few good lines. I didn't find it very motivational or interesting. Has anyone read her other book Passing for Thin?

lins 06-14-2010 03:56 PM

I just finished "At peace with food" (can't remember the author) it was on a suggested reading list on my paper from Medi a few weeks ago (maybe week 7?) It was really good. My favorite part was "every diet works when your on it....it's the maintance where the real challange begins". That is totally how I am feeling right now. I know I can loose the weight while on Medi but I am scared about maintance.

I am currently reading Mindless eatting. Which isn't really a diet book, but really about the pshycology around eatting. How food is arranged in a store, at your house, at a restraunt, and how to avoid overeatting due to food placement. It also talks about non-food triggers, and how our environment affects how we eat. ECT... I am really enjoying it. I got it from my libarary.

NOT2fat4fun 06-14-2010 04:11 PM

Thanks - I sure know about the hard road of maintain land....

suzanna1 06-14-2010 05:30 PM

I read and reread "Thin Tastes Better" and "The Thin Commandments" by Stephen Gullo.

Thin Tastes Better came out in the 1990s and The Thin Commandments came out in the past couple of years. They are very similar books.

Some of his strategies include replacing high calorie foods with low calorie, filling alternatives; know your food history, if everytime you have open a box of cookies, you eat the entire box; 1 cookie doesn't just have x calories, it is really the amount of calories in the entire box; and my favorite strategy of not taking the first bite.

Fit2010 06-14-2010 06:54 PM

I'm reading Julie Hadden's "Fat Chance" - she was in Season 4 of the Biggest Loser and she talks about understanding her worth. It is based on understanding how God views her, and also how she gained Jillian's respect because she stuck to it (the program) despite being the smallest (shortest with the least amount to lose). Here's a quote of what she says Jillian said to her: "Until you quit saying, 'Why me?' and instead start saying, 'Why NOT me,' I want you gone." She went back to her hotel room, picked up her Bible and knew God was speaking to her through Psalm 139:17-18 "How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand." And wow (!) look at my avatar...I'm standing in Palo Duro Canyon, completely covered in sand...and that's just one spot in one state in all the universe. Yet He has SO many thoughts, He cares for us so personally and so deeply...I could not count them all!

lins 06-15-2010 05:11 AM

My list of book is growing.....

eptexy 06-15-2010 05:15 AM

This is a fantastic idea! Thanks for the ideas!

I realized I'm reading a book that wasn't even recommended but I thought it was. lol Here are the Medi recommended ones:

Mindless Eating - Brian Wansick
Body Intelligence - Edward Abramson
It's Not about Food - Carol Emory
At Peace with Food - LeeAnn Simons

Ortal 06-15-2010 01:44 PM

I have read ronis blog for years (One Mom's Journey from Fat to Skinny to Healthy. The "After" story continues. . . — Roni's Weigh) as well as hungry girl.

I tried reading mindless eating and found it very dry.

I read skinny ******... anyone else here ? Its a controversial vegan manifesto disguised as a diet book, but I did learn a lot about aspertame.

suzanna1 06-15-2010 03:27 PM

I checked out Skinny B**ch from the library this past weekend. I found it so angrily written and mean! I don't like my books to insult me and call me names... I do that enough to myself sadly!

Fit2010 06-15-2010 03:35 PM

Susanna and Ortal - OK, I'm not going to get the Skinny B book...Like Susanna I'm already dealing with my own bad self talk enough as it is! Nasty! I grew alot today emotionally, see June thread.

While getting a pedicure today (sigh!!) I was reading my Fat Chance book and a lady I started a conversation with said another good Christian diet book is "Search for Significance"...I don't know who wrote it. She said it's about all the ways we try to fill/nurture ourselves with any addiction and need for approval, and how we tend to put ourselves last because we're so busy DOING for others.

SonoRoo 06-15-2010 06:49 PM

Not only that it heavily advocates vegetarianism which would be severly difficult following MWL.

Ortal 06-16-2010 07:39 AM


Originally Posted by SonoRoo (Post 13596449)
Not only that it heavily advocates vegetarianism which would be severly difficult following MWL.

not just vegetarianism but vegan-ism as well. the book is also hypocritical, telling you to eliminate processed foods yet spelling out all these meat alternatives that are extremely processed. and yes, the tone is mean.

cristiansmom 06-16-2010 02:22 PM

I got that Skinny B**ch also and hated it!! I found it very condescending!!!

Haven't read anything good but am making notes!!

lins 06-16-2010 02:24 PM

I totally disliked Skinny B*****, I agree it just made me mad because their options were hateful. Although they titled it well....LOL

However I loved Mindless Eatting. It was a bit dry because it's all about case studies and food labs, but it really opened my eyes to the way I eat sometimes. I learned so much!

I am currently reading It's not about food, which so far is also really good. It talkes about the emotional side of eatting. It has you do some meditation and thinking about your past, and I have already learned something about my eatting that I never realized.

SDC2 06-16-2010 07:52 PM

When I started working at Medi the doctor had me read "The No-Beach, No-Zone, No-Nonsense Weight-Loss Plan: A Pocket Guide to What Works" which is an informative book based on actual studies. I learned alot by reading it.

The studies are based on the National Weight Control Registry, National Weight Control Registry. There is an interesting article about maintenance based on statistics from the registry at Long-term weight loss maintenance -- Wing and Phelan 82 (1): 222S -- American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Fit2010 06-16-2010 11:08 PM

Hi Susie - I clicked on and read the research article you posted....good to know info! You are now 1 year (at least) into your first 2 years of maintenance; according to the article you are so much more likely to be successful for the long haul after maintaining your weight loss for 2 years. You are working hard at it and making it a priority, even working for MWL and bringing your family in too.....it's gotta all be good!! :clap::clap::clap:

Ortal 06-17-2010 05:15 AM

Im reading (and by reading i mean listening to on my ipod...) Dreamcatcher by Stephen king .... totally off topic but a good read nonetheless :up:

Mom on a mission 06-17-2010 07:23 AM

Per some recommendations here, I downloaded "Fat Chance" by Julie Hadden onto my iPhone. What a great read so far. She is very witty, honest and spiritual! It's great to hear from a REAL person about their struggles with insecurity and self worth and how that helped to create the fat person she became. I cannot believe how many of her same fears I share. Sometimes you just need to see it on paper to realize it's true about you as well.

I'm not a particularly religious person, but gravitate toward spirituality and the deeper meaning to everything we are. There are many bible qoutes in the book, which would normally turn me off on principle. However, I'm truly embracing them since she tempters them with an interpretation I can relate to. Rather than preachy, they seem inspirational. There have been several "a-ha" moments for me so far in my short journey, this is book is sure to be added to that list.

Fit2010 06-17-2010 09:31 AM

Mom on a Mission - I'm glad you're enjoying Fat Chance! I'm slower in my free time reading since I'm in grad school and have loads of assignments, etc. But I do like her style, insight, and information about Jillian Michaels too! I hope it really helps you grow "large" inside rather than out! May your heart be filled and then you won't want to fill the emptiness with other things...look how close you are to goal, girlfriend! Congratulations to you! :kicking: I know you started just days after I did...you've been so faithful and it's paying off! Cannot wait to see photos!

Mom on a mission 06-18-2010 06:32 AM

Thanks for the kind words Debbie! I am a stay at home mom with all 4 of my daughters in school (just got out for summer vaca). I am able to focus a bit easier than a working/schooling gal like yourself. I've been very lucky to have my hubby on plan with me as well. You're very inspirational and always have insightful comments to share even though I suspect you're going through much personal turmoil in your own life. :hugs:

I'm a "average" reader. I go on reading kicks! I have my iPhone with me at all times, I've nicknamed it my 5th child. Since I downloaded the book on it, I am able to read anywhere I have some down time.

SonoRoo 06-18-2010 09:12 AM

Sorry if this is a repost, I just found it today:

My Medi-Weightloss Recipes & Tips

SonoRoo 06-18-2010 09:25 AM

Oh Ortal, the s*weasels were the most disgusting thing ever in Dreamcatcher. :sick: Made me paranoid to go to the loo for a few days. :eek:

Fit2010 06-18-2010 11:01 AM

I did take a few minutes for myself this AM and went out to garage sales...I don't really NEED anything but I like to visit with folks and see what's out there. Today I paid $2 for a entire set of cassette tapes called the SMART Technique that help retrain you about eating....has anyone heard of these?

Ortal 06-18-2010 11:17 AM


Originally Posted by SonoRoo (Post 13605596)
Oh Ortal, the s*weasels were the most disgusting thing ever in Dreamcatcher. :sick: Made me paranoid to go to the loo for a few days. :eek:

you read it? everyone here just saw the movie .... im right at the part where Beaver is sitting on the toilet while that thing is trapped underneath. Does the book pick up? I feel like its kind of dragging... but Im hooked for sure.

SonoRoo 06-18-2010 07:45 PM

Yep, I've read every SK book he's ever written. He's always hit or miss. The book and the movie are on par. Sometimes I feel he gets to the end of books and just sort of runs out of ideas. It does pick up the further along you get. I like SK's short stories (with the exception of the horrendous story called The Red Pony). Best book ever though was his book (sort of a biography) called On Writing. Very interesting look at him and gives you a much better insight into how and why he writes and who he is. I liked him much better and had more respect for him through his honesty in On Writing. Continue reading. :)

Ortal 06-21-2010 05:16 AM

I also love his short stories... who knew Stand by Me and the Shawshank redemption were actually Stephen King books. I read both before I saw the movie. Yes the book has picked up and Im excited to keep going with it.

My goal is to eventually read 'the stand', because I loved the movie as a kid and Im sure the book is 100 times better, and to read the langoliers, which made me afraid to go into my basement for months because I just KNEW they were down there :)

SonoRoo 06-21-2010 09:43 AM

The Stand is very good, but remember, most of his lengthier novels start out SLOOOOOW. :)

Right now I am reading Living Low Carb. Excellent resource with the science and history behind low carb eating with a review of the most popular low carb and somewhat low carb diets as well as related exercise programs.

Fit2010 06-21-2010 01:01 PM

Shelley - Tell us what you learn from "Living Low Carb"---we want this to be our final WOE so I'm all about learning what works....and doesn't require 1 tsp of exotic spice, 4 leaves of exotic this, 2 oz of hard to find that for daily recipes! :) I know with my insulin resistance the key is going to be low glycemic carbs.

NOT2fat4fun 06-24-2010 06:18 PM

Just read Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth - almost didn't get it because I thought it would be mostly about spirituality - its really about not 'bolting' on yourself - really good read. Highly recommend if you have turn to food for the wrong reason...

lins 06-25-2010 06:29 PM

I read the Women, Food, and God book also and although I did get some things from it, I thought it was a little geared toward women who have some past issues, and I really don't. I was raised in a very happy supportive home. My mom gave me a few small issues but nothing major, so I didn't always think that this book applied to me.

I am reading "It's not about Food" and it is teaching me so much about myself. For example today I made the connection that I eat when I feel out of control. I get overwhelmed easily which is something that I have always known about myself, but I never really put that together with my eatting. I feel overwhelmed by whatever (my kids/parenting, my messy house, my finances......) and I eat to calm that feeling. I am now working toward other ways to get past that feeling. Like making a list of things to do at home so that it doesn't seem sooooo overwheming, or talking to a friend about my kids/parening...... I think just being aware of this is really going to help me.

Lots of other things have come up from reading this book. I didn't start gaining weight until I was married and really not until I started having kids. I think I stopped taking care of myself and started taking care of my kids, and I am now feeling more in control of my life, which is impowering. For example when I am eatting with heavy people now, I feel a since of pride that I am not overeatting and they are. It's like I am saying to myself "see you are making good choices that are making you healthy". Right now I feel like I will be just fine once I hit goal because I feel so much more empowerment from my healthier eatting then I ever did with my overeatting.

Sorry this was a bit long.....I really could do on and on about all the things I am learning about myself.

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