By Brittany Gibbons
Publisher: Dey Street Books
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
What is This Book About?Told through a series of larger-than-life snapshots, a hilarious memoir in essays about love, sex, marriage, motherhood, bikinis, and loving your body, no matter what size you are from the acclaimed blogger and body image advocate.
Brittany Gibbons has been a plus size her whole life. But instead of hiding herself in the shadows of thinner women, Brittany became a wildly popular blogger and national spokesmodel--known for stripping on stage at TedX and standing in Times Square in a bikini on national television, and making skinny people everywhere uncomfortable.
Talking honestly about size and body image on her popular blog, brittanyherself.com, she has ignited a national conversation. Now in her first book, she shares hilarious and painfully true stories about her life as a weird overweight girl growing up in rural Ohio, struggling with dating and relationships, giving the middle finger to dieting, finding love with a man smaller than her, accidentally having three kids, and figuring out the secret to loving her curves and becoming a nationally recognized body image advocate. And there's sex, lots of it!
Fat Girl Walking isn't a diet book. It isn't one of those former fat people memoirs about how someone battled, and won, in the fight against fat. Brittany doesn't lose all the weight and reveal the happy, skinny girl that's been hiding inside her. Instead, she reminds us that being chubby doesn't mean you'll end up alone, unhappy, or the subject of a cable medical show. What's important is learning to love your shape. With her infectious humor and soul-baring honesty, Fat Girl Walking reveals a life full of the same heartbreak, joy, oddity, awkwardness, and wonder as anyone else's. Just with better snacks.
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Excerpt From Chapter 13:NOW WHAT?
My fitness and body aspirations at thirty are different from my aspirations at twenty. At twenty, I just assumed I’d work out until I was so tiny, people became concerned for my health and I’d roll my eyes at them from my Victoria’s Secret bras and Abercrombie jeans. Now I just want to maintain my current weight so I don’t need to buy new clothes. When you look at weight loss, it’s often clothing driven. Weddings, vacations, and high school reunions, all things you are supposed to be thin for. But what if you have a gorgeous wedding dress in your current size, loads of flattering bathing suits, and a killer pair of jeans? Starving myself has suddenly become a moot point. I have options; I’m no longer a fashion pariah. So where does that leave my weight? Well, unless I’m sitting atop you, what I weigh is really none of your business.
I like to put good food in my mouth, and while I am aware of the calories I ingest, instead of cutting them I make them count. I have a full-on love affair with food, appreciating the different cultures and processes within it. In fact, I take entire vacations around eating. It’s how I remember where I’ve been; I’ve either eaten, thrown up, or started my period without the proper supplies there.
Beignets with my best friend in New Orleans. Too much rum on the beaches of Playa del Carmen on our second honeymoon. Orlando, Florida, the city of emergency men’s tube sock maxi-pads. You see, these flabby parts aren’t problem areas; they’re parts of a scrapbook.
Wow, just wow!! This book is a complete and utter surprise. I must have been living under a rock or just not put two and two together because I did not attribute things back to Brittany until I picked up Fat Girl Walking. After reading this book, I am new subscriber to both her website and CurvyGirlGuide. As a mother to a daughter, of course body image is something at the forefront of my mind. As a woman myself, I constantly battle with my own and I do not want my daughter to feel the same. Thanks to reading Brittany's inspirational, hilarious and moving account, it reaffirms that I AM NOT ALONE. Logically, of course, I know this but, she brings it home.
Covering topics that affect all women, this books will strike a chord with all women--whether you're a curvy one or not; married, in a relationship or living the single life; just graduating and starting life or enjoying life's reward after years upon years of hard work and anyone in between. You can sit down and devour this book in a single sitting, or like me, find yourself indulging in it like a fine piece a chocolate--a single lovely piece at a time until you have polished the whole box off. ;-) Make no mistake, this book is seriously the perfect gift to give to all women in your life and it would make for a great book club pick, too!