wendy shanker

People take your cue on how to behave around you. If you act ashamed of yourself, they will be ashamed of you. If you act proud - even if it’s just an act - people will kowtow. Get over it. Dress well. Own it. Fake it long enough and you just may start believing it yourself. As for those who freak about the f-word [fat] or the f-body, just try to shine some love on those poor fools. Then go ahead and take up space.
—  Wendy Shanker, author of The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life
I'm smitten...

I finished reading Are You My Guru? How Medication, Meditation and Madonna Saved My Life, by Wendy Shanker.

She hooked me with The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life (I have to go by the Gables Trolley Garage, as I left it on a trolley and would like to finish reading it), and now I truly would like to kick myself for not hoofing it to Temple Israel to hear her speak.

That said, if she comes back and gives a reading at Books and Books: I’m camping out.

She’s funny, fierce, fab-u-lous. And I would gladly plant a kiss on her…in my daydream, anyhow.

The gym was really great! I rode my bike there and back(1 mile total), I need a new seat, the one on it currently hurts my ass!

I went on the eliptical for about 50 minutes all types of intensities, the machine told me I burned around 467 calories. Then I stretched, and rode home. I’ve been cleaning the house and blasting The Smiths/Dave Matthews since. 

Today has been really great! I think I’m done sitting around watching TV all day now that school has started. I never get to be lazy, but it was nice while it lasted. 

I really love my media class. We get to write scripts and commercials! Woo!

By the way, I’ve been reading this book (Picture below)

You should get it! And read it! It’s really changing my perspective on a lot of things about weight loss. It’s making me realize I worry way too much. 

Anyway! Time to read some more. Happy Tuesday!

Title: The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life

Author: Wendy Shanker

Genre: Non fiction, Humour, Autobiography, Self help, Health

Pages: 266 pages

Read on: November 15 - December 18, 2013

What I think: Question first. Can I really write a review of a book that I technically never finished? I shouldn’t, right? But I need to have some closure before I can move on to another book, so I won’t be reviewing this book, so much as I am going to share what I feel when I read this book.

I decided to stop reading this book on page 167. I know, I know, I was so close to actually finishing the book. But a thought hit me, should I really just finish reading the book just for the heck of it? When I actually am so not interested anymore? I decided that there was no use of me for finishing a book if all those words was just going to be a pile of rubbish in my head.

Don’t get me wrong. This was not a bad book. It was actually a quite nice read, but I just don’t think this book was for me. First of all, I have never read nor have I ever like a self help book (except for Chicken Soup for the Animal’s Soul, oh my guilty pleasure). Second of all, I will never be caught alive reading a book about health or anything like that. I knew it from the very beginning that this was not my book and I would never will finish this book, but I want to have faith in myself so I gave it a shot. Too bad, I was, once again, right. This book was not for me and I could never bring myself to finish it or to like it. But, I will never discourage anyone who wants to pick this book and read it. I really wont.

Favourite quotes: I don’t expect to meet the man of my dream today, but if I do, then I guess if he’s really the man of my dreams he won’t reject me when he sees the pudge around my knees.

Rating: 2/5

It’s easy to hate women and hate women’s bodies when we don’t do very much to fight back. We have to step into the skin we’re in. Your body isn’t perfect? Well, neither is mine. Neither is anyone’s. It’s time to redefine “perfect” or drop the expectation. It’s time to feed ourselves with compassion instead of grief. Compassion instead of starvation. Compassion instead of food.
—  Wendy Shanker