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Finished Being Fat: An Accidental Adventure in Losing Weight and Learning How to Finish

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Not everyone can win the race, but everyone can finish it. In her quest to wish away an extra 75 pounds, Betsy changed her life for good. Using her Philosophy of Finishing, she snowballed her efforts from weight loss into a bucket list of seemingly imposs
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Cedar Fort Books
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I wondered if this book is one that I really wanted to read. I have struggled with my weight for a while now. At one point I was within 6 pounds of my weight goal and quit, thus putting it all back on and more. Did I really want to read about someone else's success? Did I want to feel guilty again?

I made a promise to review the book, so I began to read. To my amazement I loved Betsy's writing style and seeing where her mindset was and where she is now. This book is not one that you read and you
Ruth Hill
Jan 02, 2013 Ruth Hill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
Where on earth should I start with this amazing book? Well, let's just say that I myself am a former fat (obese) girl. I was never one to do fad diets, but I have read my share of "diet" books. Several years ago, I lost the weight. Yes, I am holding onto about 10-15 pounds, but I know that I look so much better than I used to. And most importantly, I could empathize so much with Betsy!

First of all, she is a musician and a writer. Go figure--met too! At my highest weight, I was 215. I am not a "s
Jan 07, 2013 Shanda rated it it was amazing
I don’t know Betsy but after reading her book I can tell we would get along famously. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect when I picked up Finished Being Fat. As I read I realized that this was a motivating story about one woman’s journey to finish what she started and not a “diet” book.

I love Betsy’s casual, honest voice. I laughed several times and read many paragraphs to my husband. I related to so much that Betsy wrote, from initial fear of joining a class at the gym and discovering incredibl
Jan 15, 2013 Debra rated it really liked it
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Dec 22, 2013 Cate rated it it was amazing
OK - I'm not a fan of memoirs - I often find them whiny and self serving and generally irritating and boring. This one, however, is very different! Don't let the title fool you; this is not a diet book or a weight loss manual; it is a story about a woman who figured out why she was fat and that there was more to it than just eating too much and not moving enough. The story is touching and hilarious by turns. I liked the pacing and the anecdotes and the complete, unvarnished honesty. I totally la ...more
Jan 14, 2013 Sheila rated it really liked it
I, like Author Betsy Schow, have always been battling against extra weight. I have gained and lost, and gained and lost, many pounds through the years. Betsy states at the beginning of the book that Finished Being Fat is not a diet book. This book gets to the heart of your mind, and they way you think of your weight/dieting and following through with the whole process.

Betsy's journey to conquer this foe, once and for all, is very inspiring. There are many key things that readers can gain from B
Jan 16, 2013 Shauna rated it it was amazing
This book is not about dieting...
Although it is helping me re-think my eating plan.

This book is not about exercising...
Although Betsy uses her exercise adventure to relate her story.

This book is about setting goals and then seeing them through to the FINISH!

I laughed out loud and for a long while over the part in the book where Betsy tells where she has a hate/more hate relationship with the scales.

On morning she steps on the scales, sees the number, and then steps off again.
THEN thinking that t
B.J. Keeton
Aug 15, 2014 B.J. Keeton rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book. But I couldn't. The author has a terribly obnoxious writing style, and it's mostly due to her personality. She's whiny and acts pitiful, and it gets old really quickly. I expected it to end as she moved through her weight loss, but no. To the very last page, she's complaining about something.

What I don't understand is how anyone can write a weight loss book about running and constantly talk about how miserable she was the one time. She talks about how much she hates
Jo Schneider
Jun 03, 2014 Jo Schneider rated it really liked it
I'm not usually one to go in for non-fiction, but I've seen Betsy Schow a few times at writing conferences, and thought I'd give it a whirl.

I'm happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised by the witty writing and the life lessons presented-via humor and humiliation that we all understand-in this book.

This is not a book about dieting, it is the journey of Betsy Schow through the loss of 75 pounds, the voice in her head that tells her that she sucks (we all know that one too) and all of those
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Feb 04, 2013 Aimee (Getting Your Read On) rated it really liked it
I knew I was going to enjoy reading this book even before I read it. I've been reading the reviews and listening to the chatter and there is so many good things being said about this book. Yes, this is a book about a gal who loses weight but it is so much more than that. Finished Being Fat is a book about reaching that all time low, picking yourself up and working it out.

I was amused. I was inspired. I was educated.

We can all relate to feeling less than adequate about something, somewhere. We
Holly Hargraves
Jan 27, 2013 Holly Hargraves rated it it was amazing
I started this book this morning and literally did not put it down until I finished it! The author of this book took me on a journey of complete entertainment while telling her true story. Not only is her story something I feel ANYONE can relate to whether you've ever had a weight issue or not, I feel it was so much bigger than that. The whole experience of life is exactly what you choose it to be. From an early age, most of us make many decisions about ourselves that shape who we are and how ot ...more
Aug 20, 2014 Gayle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
My kids gave me questioning looks when they saw me reading this book, but as the author mentions, this is not a dieting book and it's not a marathon-training book. Instead, it's her motivational story of her journey to overcome some obstacles and learn how to finish what she starts. I absolutely loved it. I loved the humor and the down-to-earth way the author wrote about her experiences. And it is very inspiring -- I hope to start making some changes in my life as well!
Sep 03, 2013 Catharine rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I found this book really motivating. It wasn't a diet book, per se, but a book about finishing what you start, taking responsibility for your own actions and the consequences of those actions, pursuing goals, and not quitting. I enjoyed reading about the things that Betsy learned in her journey of losing 75 lbs. and keeping it off. One morning when she cried to her husband about being fat, he said something to the effect of, "If you're so unhappy, then do something about it." That seems mean or ...more
Nov 01, 2015 Vivian rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this memoir about losing weight and finding mental techniques to overcome resistance to healthy eating and exercise. Schow is self-deprecating and funny, and is very relatable to us couch potatoes who would like to dip more than a toe into healthy activity. I found quite a few pithy quotes in her story that I'm sure will help me moving forward. Recommended for those looking for inspiration to lead a more active life.
Kenneth Nielsen
Apr 29, 2014 Kenneth Nielsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very inspiring

Loved this book!! It really inspired me! Betsey really hit the nail on the headon for me in every way! I however can not run. Have very bad knees plus I have RA, but I can do other things and will!
Nov 03, 2014 carrie rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this. It's not a diet book, or even a how to lose weight book. It's a book for all of us who are not natural self starters and beat ourselves up about it. Betsy is hilarious.
Jan 21, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. It was a quick read but the realistic viewpoint was so refreshing. I felt like I could have written some of the same things. It was refreshing to hear that it wasn't easy to lose weight and that she got discouraged. I may have even teared up when she finished the marathon (0= Great read.
Jun 09, 2015 Carleen rated it it was amazing
"Not everyone can win the race, but everyone can finish it." -Betsy Schow
Linda Davis
Jul 04, 2014 Linda Davis rated it really liked it
A fun book especially for those of us have who have struggled with weight loss
Jan 26, 2013 Rachelle rated it really liked it
Betsy's narration is laugh-out-loud fun while pulling those emotional heart-strings at the same time. She has a knack for getting real with life and shares some great tips for everyone, no matter your size.
This book is inspirational and I found the memoir style light and easy to read. I feel motivated to finish more of the important things in my life and cultivate that strong sense of self needed in myself and my children.I love how Betsy shares how she was able to overcome her "Fat Goggles" and
Jan Strong
Mar 06, 2013 Jan Strong rated it really liked it
Betsey Schow writes in a fun and inviting way. Although I am probably twice her age, I applaud her for getting a grip on the finishing issues at her
age! I enjoyed her coming to the realization that she needed to finish what she started. I felt her enthusiasm for her fitness improvements and accomplishments. This book has motivated me to explore my excuses for not finishing what I start. Her honesty in her efforts certainly made all the difference in her success and I admire her for getting back
Candi Jayne
Aug 28, 2015 Candi Jayne rated it really liked it
Inspirational to just finish things - whatever they may be.
May 25, 2014 Ashley rated it it was amazing
My friend, Betsy, is truly an inspiration!
Jan 12, 2015 Andrea added it
The humor comes and goes throughout Betsy's journey. She is able to come to the realization that she has always been a quitter, and she comes up with a Philosophy of Finishing. I liked that her book is very down to earth, and her philosophy is something that everyone can incorporate in their lives. There are no pills or fad diets-it's all about making realistic goals and going at a pace that will work for you. I really liked how she was able to change her attitude and not focus on what others th ...more
Apr 21, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-books
A funny look at life. This is not a self help diet book or a marathon running guide- it is a humorous look at one girl's journey to finish something that she started. I liked this book and could relate with a lot of her issues and life experiences. I'm not a very good finisher in some things, but this book was definately easy to finish.
Elesa Hagberg
May 08, 2013 Elesa Hagberg rated it really liked it
This isn't a weight loss book. It is one woman's story of figuring herself out and learning how to become who she wants to be. An engaging, easy read.
Feb 13, 2013 barbie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health, memoir
I loved this book. It has really motivated me to get off my duff and be productive. I want to move and finish things! Betsy has truly inspired me!
Jan 28, 2013 Monica rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Betsy makes it so easy to relate to her experiences and provides an intimate view into lessons learned from being a finisher.
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Mar 09, 2013 Martha rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It is not a book about weight loss but learning to finish. I relate oh so well to Betsy.
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