Half-Assed: A Weight Loss Memoir
by Jennette Fulda

Seal Press, a member of the Perseus Boks Group, 2008. ISBN 1580052339.
Reviewed by Jennifer Melville
Posted on 08/18/2008

Nonfiction: Memoir

Jeanette Fulda was overweight most of her life. By the age of 24 she weighed 372 pounds. She knew she was in bad shape, but was in for a real wake-up call when she went in for gall-bladder surgery and the surgeon informed her that she was at a higher risk of dying from the surgery due to her morbid obesity. She made up her mind right then and there—although it took a year to get the ball rolling—that she would lose the weight without weight loss surgery.

Half-Assed: A Weight Loss Memoir tracks Jeanette's 200-pound journey from Fat Girl to a healthy 170-pound woman. Her secret? She made exercise and healthy eating a lifestyle. As the pounds drop, she emerges form her shell of shyness into an active human being who is not afraid to express herself or enjoy life. She learns to enjoy the capabilities of her newly athletic body, loves shopping for clothes for the first time in her life, and begins to feel as if she fits into society. "I was becoming thin now. I was blending in," Fulda writes. "I was living up to the expectation that I become a slender, socially acceptable female."

Fulda's memoir is light-hearted, funny, and truly inspiring. I found her discussion of how people are perceived differently at different weights interesting and her determination to lose the pounds impressive. For anyone who is trying to lose those last few pounds, this book will not only make you laugh, it'll make you want to jump back on that treadmill. After all, 20 lbs? That's nothing. Try 200.

Jennette Fulda lost over 200 pounds through diet and exercise alone and writes the popular blog Half of Me about her weight loss journey. She lives in Indianapolis. Visit her website.

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