Saturday, January 21, 2012

(7)150 Pounds by Kate Rockland

150 Pounds

Publication Date: January 17, 2012
Pages: 336

So, here we are 2012.  A New Year usually means "RESOLUTIONS" (I capped it to indicate how scary that word is to me).  I am no different than millions of other women who have deciding that losing weight is their New Years Resolution.  As a local television ad says, 2012 is the LAST year losing weight is going to be my New Years Resolution.  I have been working out daily and logging my food religiously.  (and have only lost four pounds on the 20th day of the month. *sigh*)

Anyway, when I read the synopsis for 150 Pounds, I knew that it was a must read for me.  150 Pounds is the story of two bloggers.  There is Shoshona, author of the Fat and Fabulous blog.  Weighing in at over 200 pounds, Shoshona's blog is meant to help women be comfortable in their skin at any size.  She firmly believes that dieting is evil and that women should eat what they want, in moderation.   Then there is Alexis, author of the Skinny Chick blog.  She weighs in at a slim 105 pounds.  She has maintains her weight with a strict regiment of diet and exercise, looking down on anyone who is the slightest bit overweight, especially her  counterpart, Shoshona.  They live in two separate worlds.  Shoshona is the life of the party surrounded by family and friends, while Alexis lives a fairly solitude kind of life where her only friends are her gay BFF, Billy and her personal trainer at the gym.

The two of them meet head to head at a filming of Oprah.  There is no other way to say it than Alexis is a bitch to Shoshona.  She deals verbal low-blows that would knock even the strongest of women to their knees.  But Shoshona hangs on.  They both go home and life happens.  Alexis gets pregnant and Shoshona inherits an Apple Orchard.  And soon their worlds are turned upside down as Alexis gains weight, as pregnant women will do,  and Shoshona loses weight with all of the hard-work required with an Apple Orchard.  Will the two of them finally gain an understanding of what it is like to walk in the other person's shoes and become friends or will their bitter feud continue?

150 Pounds is an absolute must read for any woman who has struggled with body image. The cover may  look fluffy and this book may be a Chick Lit novel, but the message is an important one that many of us tend to forget.  It may sound a bit cliche, but it is so very true, it doesn't matter how much weight you gain or lose, all that matters is who you are on the inside.


Shonda said...

I've wanted to read this book since hearing about it last year. Definitely sounds like it will be a great read to curl up on the couch with.

blackheartbetty said...

I need a read like this. I have read some heavy hitters lately. It won't make me depressed, will it?

Charlotte's Web of Books said...

No not at all!

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