As you may know, I am a FitApproach (“SweatPink”) ambassador. Sarah, a fellow ambassador recently reached out to us other ambassadors, to see if we were interested in starting up a book club. A bunch of us, including myself, obvs, were super interested and thus the SarahOhm.com’s Blogger Book Club was born.
Each month, we read a book of our own choosing based on each month’s theme. I love to read and have always considered myself a book worm (when I was a kid, my mom would drop me off in the bookstore, go shop and would come back hours later and would find me still where she left me, reading voraciously). But with work, life, school, I found myself not reading as much. So, I thought this would be a great way to start up again. These are themes for each month:
January – A Motivational Book
February – A Love Story
March – A Biography Of Someone You’ve Been Meaning To Learn More About
April – A Healthy Living Book
May – A Book About A Hobby Besides Blogging
June – A Biography About Someone You Admire
July – A Travel Novel
August – Something You’d Read At The Cottage
September – A Mindless Read
October – A Thriller
November – A Book You’d Bring On Vacation
December – An Inspirational Book
At the end of each month there will be a link up where we can all share our posts and see what everyone else read. As you can see, this month’s theme was to read a motivational book which is rather fitting seeing as it’s the beginning of a new year and you know the adage, “new year, new me.”
I mean, hello, it’s a memoir of a woman who was extremely overweight, had a crappy relationship with food, and then lost a ton of weight. I immediately identified with it. But there was more to it – you learn about Andie’s difficult childhood and hardships she faced with her family – losing her dad at a young age, her mom working to the bone to provide for her and her brother, teasing from schoolmates. And you see how food became her crutch, her source of comfort. And after tipping the scales at 286 pounds, Andie sets forth on trying to lose weight once and for all (she poorly yo-yo dieted throughout). And after losing all the weight and becoming a svelte 130 pounds, her relationship with food is just as messed up as it was before. And it was through working with a therapist she re-learned how to eat normally (as normally one can from going through 2 variations of eating disorders).
Like I said earlier, I really identified with this book, with Andie. I still use food as a crutch and it’s hard to break that habit – though I have gotten better. At my lowest weight, I thought all the drama, all the issues would go away, and they didn’t. And I turned to food and slowly but surely that weight has crept back on. I am now working to lose that weight and have been working with a therapist to work on my own issues and to use other means as a support, instead of turning to food. Reading what Andie went through normalized a lot of feelings and experiences and made me realize I am not alone in this battle. Andie has her own blog where she details her life, continuing experiences, and recipes (Andie loves to cook, especially bake – in the book there is a cake recipe I want to try!) I am definitely going to check it out myself. This book was definitely motivational and has kicked me in the butt to keep trekking on my weight loss journey and to not give up hope just yet.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to others! And definitely join the book club! The more, the merrier!
As you may know, I am a FitApproach (“SweatPink”) ambassador. Sarah, a fellow ambassador recently reached out to us other ambassadors, to see if we were interested in starting up a book club. A bunch of us, including myself, obvs, were super interested and thus the SarahOhm.com’s Blogger Book Club was born. Each month, we read […]Read More