Plus Size Mama begins like any good story, with the author being up-front about what her weight loss goals are and admitting that she isn't thin or healthy at the outset. With keen insight and humor, Miranda Gargasz shares anectdotes about what stood in the way of attaining her goals, including polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), the medical profession, the sometimes cruel attitudes of others, finances, and her own attitude about herself. Through shared research and discoveries, Gargasz offers concrete solutions for climbing the hurdles that block our success.
Readers will come away from this book with a greater understanding of themselves. They will have resources and examples of things they can do to get going in the right direction. And for anyone who reads this book but doesn't struggle with weight loss, this book will shatter stereotypes and misconceptions about overweight people. Doctors will be encouraged to dig deeper. Friends and family members will know better what they can do to support and help their loved one. This is more than just a weight loss book. It's a call to action. A must read for everyone.
|Publisher:||River Willow Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.39(d)|
Table of ContentsTable of Contents
Chapter 1 Where It Began For Me
Chapter 1.5 A Word of Warning
Chapter 2 The Road to a Diagnosis
Chapter 3 Food Addiction
Chapter 4 What It Means/Feels Like to Be Overweight
Chapter 5 An Endocrinologist and the End of the Line
Chapter 6 The "We" in Weight Loss
Chapter 7 Dispelling the Fairy Tale Ending of Weight Loss
Chapter 8 The Physical Reality of Weight Loss
Chapter 9 The Mental Reality of Weight Loss
Chapter 10 The Economic Reality of Weight Loss
Chapter 11 Negative Self-Talk: Beauty is a State of Mind
Chapter 12 Onward and Downward: Divorce is Not an Option
Chapter 13 The Takeaway
A Note From the Author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is full of honest wisdom that comes from a practical, empowering standpoint. Losing weight isn't easy, but add medical struggles to the mix and it's a whole new battle. Miranda speaks from her experiences and is humorous and relatable throughout. She uses what she's learned to encourage readers to take control of their own weight loss journeys and believe in themselves. This is the best thing I've ever read in terms of weight loss and I can confidently say that I stepped away from this book wiser and more ready to face whatever comes to me.
I pre-ordered this book and have been looking forward to posting my review. Before even opening this book, I love the book’s title and what it shows about the author’s honesty and sense of humor. Secondly, I love Miranda Gargasz’s comfortable, straight-forward writing style and the elements of humor in Plus Size Mama. She’s faced incredible challenges over the years, due to her weight, but her determination has brought definite results. In this book, readers will get an intimate look at the struggles that overweight people face daily. Knowing that she is not alone in this struggle, she has written this book to help others by sharing her experience and discoveries. She provides helpful resources, examples, encouragement and suggestions and shows how important a good self-image is, no matter where you are on the weight loss journey. She also brings to light a little-known syndrome (PCOS) which effects many who don’t even realize it. There is so much valuable information in this book. If you are struggling with weight loss, this book is guaranteed to change your life. Even if you don’t have extra weight to lose, this book can change how you view overweight people. And maybe you’ll be able to help someone you love. I highly recommend Plus Size Mama.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Free copy or not, I am buying more copies of this book for friends and family! What Miranda has to say is SOOO important to anyone trying to lose a significant amount of weight. 1 - Being overweight is not always because you shove fried chicken and potato chips in your mouth. Yes people, there are actual medical conditions that will cause you to be overweight and not be able to do much about it. Miranda is overcoming such medical conditions and in spite of even her doctors not being supportive in the beginning, she fought to get the help she needed WITHOUT surgical intervention. 2 - Losing weight is hard physically, emotionally and financially. Yeah, two of the three of these no one talks about. Miranda does. Losing weight brings on emotional issues. People change when you lose a lot of weight. Friends try to sabotage your journey to a healthier you. Not everyone is happy about you being a healthier version of you. Miranda walks you through this. You need a true support system in place to help you through. Financial? Start losing 20, 30, 40 pounds and nothing you own fits anymore. From your bras and underwear all the way up to your good coat. Miranda so helps you with a lot of that!! I wish I'd have known half of this before I threw out almost everything I owned. This book is so important and helpful in your weight loss journey. You are not alone.