When I first started my diet in 2008, I not only read weight-loss blogs for inspiration and advice, but I also read quite a few weight-loss books (several, coincidentally, were written by bloggers but I didn't know them as bloggers before I read their books). I got a lot out of the books. Even though most of the authors were quite a bit younger than me when they began their weight-loss journey, I still could identify with them, their struggles, and eventually their triumphs. And while I didn't choose weight-loss surgery as my path to losing weight, I was interested in Jen Larsen's book when I first heard about it, so when I got an offer for a free copy to review, I gladly accepted.
Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head was not an easy book for me to read. I got such a depressing vibe from the author throughout the entire book up until the epilogue. Jen Larsen seemed so unhappy, not only before the surgery, but after it as well. And I felt sad for her, that she was having such a difficult time. I didn't get a lot of inspiration from reading her story, although I will admit to having massive dieter's envy when she wrote about being able to eat whatever she wanted as she continued to lose weight, post-surgery, but that's my unhealthy dieting issues popping up. I think if anything, her story is a cautionary tale of how fixing one thing in your life does not necessarily make everything else wonderful - I know that for those of us who have been overweight for a long time, it's often thought that all the struggles we go through would somehow disappear, if only we were thin, and of course, that's not the case.
I have two copies of this book available for giveaway - just leave me a
comment saying you'd like to win, and I'll have random.org draw the
winners and announce them this Friday. Open to U.S. and Canada
residents only; please make sure you leave an email address in the
comments if your name isn't linked to a blog. Good luck!
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FTC: I received a PDF of this
book for free; opinions expressed are all my own. The publisher will be
fulfilling the giveaway prizes.