A few months ago Carla invited me to write a guest post for her. Right around the same time I was in the process of finishing my book, AFTER (the before & after).
I wasn’t sure how I was going to end it, because as we all know, this is pretty much a never-ending journey.
What I ended up writing for Carla turned out to be the perfect ending for the book. Funny how things work out.
Being as gracious and supportive as she is, Carla agreed to let me give away a copy of my book here on her blog. Here’s a “third-person” description of AFTER (the before & after):
After having been obese for most of her adult life and thinking she’d magically lose weight “some day,” Karen Anderson finally got it together and lost 55 pounds in 2005. She became a weight-loss “success story” with her picture on the cover of a weekly women’s magazine and appeared in a national commercial for a popular weight loss web site. She was on top of the world.
But like the vast majority of people who lose a significant amount of weight, she then proceeded to regain half the weight she’d lost. That’s when she started writing with the intention figuring out just what the heck was wrong. Why couldn’t she just lose weight and keep it off?
She decided to stop trying to change her body and changed her mind instead. She stopped signing up for other people’s goals and dreams and finally realized what it she really wanted. And most importantly, she stopped hating her body. The result? Well, like many “before and after” stories, the results were NOT typical.
Part memoir and part “day in the life” reflections, AFTER (the before & after) is the result of Anderson’s belief that having a healthy body (mind and spirit) shouldn’t be a life-long struggle. It is NOT just another book about how to lose weight. It’s about the power of self-acceptance, and it’s about realizing that it takes as long as it needs to take. And that’s okay.
Anderson is a freelance writer. She lives in New London, CT, with her husband Tim. Her blog, “Before & After: A Real Life Story” chronicles the lessons she continues to learn.
To learn more and to read excerpts from the AFTER (the before & after), please visit here.
You may be entered to win a copy by answering this question in the comments below:
Do you have an unusual “before and after” story? Are your results not typical?
Karen will announce the winner on her blog 4.18.11