Monday, January 7, 2013

Review of "Finished Being Fat: by Betsy Schow (BlogTour/Giveaway)

Finished Being Fat: An Accidental Adventure in Losing Weight and Learning How to FinishFinished Being Fat: An Accidental Adventure in Losing Weight and Learning How to Finish by Betsy Schow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre:  Inspirational/Self Help/Memoir

Book Description: Not everyone can win the race, but everyone can finish it. In her quest to wish away an extra 75 pounds, Betsy changed her life for good. Using her Philosophy of Finishing, she snowballed her efforts from weight loss into a bucket list of seemingly impossible dreams. This inspiring account of one woman’s journey will help you find the strength to conquer your most daunting goals and unfinished projects.

My thoughts:  I wondered if this book is one that I really wanted to read. I have struggled with my weight for a while now. At one point I was within 6 pounds of my weight goal and quit, thus putting it all back on and more. Did I really want to read about someone else's success? Did I want to feel guilty again?

I made a promise to review the book, so I began to read. To my amazement I loved Betsy's writing style and seeing where her mindset was and where she is now. This book is not one that you read and you feel guilty, instead you feel positive and see where changes need to be made in your own life.

In so many ways I see myself in her "fat" self. I have had similar life experiences to hers. I was a musician, but walked away in college. I have an associates degree, never finishing a masters, I have been embarrassed to tell others that I was a stay at home mom. (I just went back to work part time after staying home with my kids for almost 17 years. In some ways I'm embarrassed to let anyone know that I am a lunch lady. I do this so I can be home when my kids are home.)  I was a depressed teen who hid it from everyone.

Her whole point is why do we do that to ourselves? Why do we think we have to live up to a perfect measure? I loved how her self talk changed as she gained knowledge about herself and how she views the world.

This is a wonderful book. I recommend it to anyone of any body type. It's not a book about loosing weight, it's a book about changing your outlook. By changing your outlook you can make positive changes in your life.

See the Trailer!


One lucky person can win a copy of this book from the publisher.  This will be a US only giveaway.  Make sure you review my giveaway policy before entering.  To enter, leave a comment with your email address.  You can share this giveaway for an extra entry.  Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.  The different options can be found at the bottom of the post.  Just click on the icon to share and them leave a direct link in the comment.  No need to leave more than one comment, just put them all in the same comment.  Good luck and best wishes!

Contest ends on January 25, 2013.

Check out all the tour stops (I copied and pasted the schedule from Cedar Fort's Tour Page)


Literary Timeout/
Dearest Dreams/

My Bookshelf/
Smashing Stories/

Scribbled Scraps/
I’m a Reader, Not a Writer/Mormon Mommy Writers/
Le Vanity Victorienne/
Fabulous Reads/

Caleb Warnock/

Debra’s Book Cafe/

Rachelle’s Writing Spot/
Keenly Kristin/

Crossroad Reviews/
Kaisy Daisy’s Corner/


    The book sound interesting.
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  2. Alyc'e entered. We tried to get her comment to post and it didn't.

  3. This looks like a great book. Sometimes it's easier to see what other people go through so we can use it as a template for ourselves.

  4. Thanks for the Giveaway!


  5. Thanks for the giveaway!


  6. I'd love a chance
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    Tweeted as well ~


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