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I Do It with the Lights On: And 10 More Discoveries on the Road to a Blissfully Shame-Free Life

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From the star of TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life comes an empowering memoir about letting go of your limitations and living the life you deserve. Right now.
Whitney Way Thore stands five feet two inches tall and weighs well over three hundred pounds, and she is totally, completely, and truly . . . happy. But she wasn’t always the vivacious, confident woman you see on TV.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Ballantine Books
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I have had issues with my weight and body image for close to ten years now. In fact, just the other day, I found myself staring at a BMI chart and thinking about how so many of our beauty standards are utterly subjective. Knowing how ridiculous these measurements are does nothing to ease the bad feelings in most cases, either; our ideas about body image are so ingrained in our society that many of us will swallow them without a thought.

Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley
I live in a cave. I've never seen "Fat Girl Dancing" on youtube. I've never heard of "My Big Fat Fabulous Life." As the media became obsessed with impossibly perfect people, my TV went out on the street for trash pickup. Why would anyone subject themselves to such negative role models--size 00--really?

When a curvy woman wearing a negligee and a smirk, says “I Do It With The Lights On,” who wouldn’t want to see what that’s all about? “A talented dancer, a soccer champion, a prom princess,” family
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of My Big Fat Fabulous Life and Whitney. The show is hilarious and this book really carries that over. Whitney is so wise. She is so inspiring. A great book that many, many women and men will be able to relate to. A beautiful ode to loving yourself just the way you are.
Melanie Page
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I have not watched My Big Fat Fabulous Life starring Whitney Way Thore. I heard about this book in the new FabUplus magazine.

Thore’s book begins with some context and then heads into her youth. At five years old, her mother is informed that Thore needs to watch what she eats. As evidence, Thore includes photos throughout the book, such as a slender girl in her bathing suit next to the caption, “Rocking my bathing suit during the summer before my first diet.” In elementary school, Thore participa
Kathleen Nightingale
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
At any given discussion I can change the rating of this book from a one star to four star. I settled on 3 stars only because Whitney is also critical on how the English language is used either appropriately or inappropriately. But then this book is about acceptance of one's body. It wasn't until I talked with my friend regarding thought processes that I realized that some people believe that they are always being judged from other. For me, this has never been a true statement as I always believe ...more
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm not one for reading non-fiction, and I've certainly never heard of the author or her videos/show, but when I read the blurb for this book, I felt that I had to read it! It chronicles the author's journey to accept herself as is and accept the things about herself that she really couldn't change. It was a very inspiring story and one that made me think about my own issues and challenged the beliefs I held. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with self image issues! ...more
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am enthusiastic about this book and I couldn't have been happier to read it before the official release date, which will be May 31.
I Do It with Lights On is Whitney's personal account of her life as a talented dancer, straight As student and young girl dealing with the pressure to be thin. From developing an eating disorder as a teenager to extreme weight gain in college to her ongoing struggle with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) Whitney tells it all.
Written with brutal sincerity this book
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography-memoir
I have never seen Whitney Thore on YouTube or on My Big Fat Fabulous Life, but I was intrigued on what this book was about. I really enjoyed reading about Whitney's life and struggle with her weight. Even more than that, I really liked the fact that she delves into what is wrong with fixating on weight loss or achieving that perfect weight. I loved that she was so open and candid throughout the book.
Side Note: I hope the body positive movement doesn't end anytime soon.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really wish this was around when I was first diagnosed with PCOS back when I was 19...
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked up I DO IT WITH THE LIGHTS ON by Whitney Way Thore because I was looking for a self-help book related to parenting stress and the title caught my eye. I saw that it was about living a shame-free life and it was a story about a big girl, something I could relate to but would never talk to someone about. I had never heard of her, her TLC show, or her YouTube videos. I just thought maybe it was something I should read and that I'd be grateful that I picked up. I was right.

When I turned 40,
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.75. Took off a bit for the use of "differently-abled". #angrydisabledwomanwhohatesthatword.

Important book! Highly recommend :)
Marie Dee
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Whitney ever since I heard she had PCOS. I loved her viral video and when I learned she had PCOS, and was getting her own show, I was elated. Being a woman who has it as well, it is WONDERFUL to see a public figure getting the word out, and promoting awareness of this horrible, incurable disease. I sympathized with her plight and her struggles. I feel everyone should be respected and not made to feel inferior due to an affliction or being "different" in any way. I have PCOS, I ...more
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ms. Thore has taken life and put it all out there. This book is an account of her life dealing with being her. The shame that outsiders and at times even people she loves place on her for living the life she is given. Saddly this is normal for many people that keep it hidden and in the dark. As I went to write this review it hit me that one of my takes from this book is Ms. Thore expected people to be more. Don't settle for what people hand out, don't settle for less because others think you sho ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Five stars really when considering that Whitney (and collaborators?) aptly achieved and expressed the message of body positivity with total rock star style, ease, and readability; four stars because of course this book isn't going to be shelved next to my Sylvia Plath volumes. I want to be Whitney's BFF. I am an unashamed fan of the reality TV series, and her memoir was a joy to read. Her effusive personality shines through, and her words are truly relatable for any person in ANY body. In the en ...more
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it
If you have pcos or have ever dealt with being bullied because of your weight this is a good book to read. Whitney is straight forward about her experiences and emotions regarding weight and I appreciate that. It was a nice read, sometimes wordy and there were more parts I wish she spoke more about.

Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THIS WOMAN! She's smart, she's funny and she made me think about how I've been talking to my own body. I adore her wit and I can't wait to see and hear more of her. ...more
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was definitely not the light and funny comedy memoir I was expecting, but I urge you to read it anyway. Even if you have no idea who Whitney Thorpe is (like me) or refuse to watch reality TV on TLC (like me), you will probably get something out of it.

The book basically covers two main concepts: the times that Whitney struggled with her weight, and how she's learned to accept to love herself. Her problems with her self perception of her weight began when kids teased her an elementary school.
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Falling in love with yourself, with your body and mind is a lifelong journey and will take time for me master but this book is above and beyond all of that, this book is about acceptance and being sensitive and to top it all its about being happy, truly happy and falling head over heels with life, not a goal but journey.
This book surely bursts some myths-
1. Fat people are lazy. Na na!!
2. Fat people aren't supposed to pose with baring some or whole of their body cause they are misleading the ge
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this girl. She is intelligent, funny, and engaging. I wish I could convince the world that body shamming is never okay, in any context. I am happy that Whitney is getting conversations going. I cringe knowing my daughter will face far too many critiques about her body both externally and internally, because women are still being unfairly judged on our appearances. I am doing my best to teach her body positivity because just as Whitney puts it, body positivity is for every body!

I gotta add
Jonna Higgins-Freese
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was wonderful. Favorite quote: "I would stop caring what people thought about my body and start living in it." "I want to appreciate my body by recognizing its strengths, capabilities, power, and potential. I want to befriend my body by absolving it of perceived flaws, embrac[ing] my own unique physical beauty. I want to use my body in any way that inspires me . . to wear whatever makes me look good and feel confident . . . to experience everything that life has to offer now, in this body, ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderful read. I personally never watched her show, I do not have PCOS and I am not overweight. I still thought it to be insightful, quirky and very entertaining. Fat-phobia is real. Growing up in the 90's my own mother would fat shame and caused me to feel as a child that the worst thing in life would be to get fat. It caused confusion because at school there were very strong, popular and smart fat kids. I had fat girlfriends in school and I heard the complaints that men only want to use them ...more
Cora Mincer
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: body-positivity
As soon as I saw that one of the categories was Body Positivity in the #PopSugarReadingChallenge2021, there was NO QUESTION. I've ADORED @whitneywaythore ever since her debut on TLC coincided with my hours and hours spent on the treadmill in my...what was it...third...fourth weight loss journey? Seeing her living her best life was one of the very first times I'd ever been exposed to the notion of loving the body you're in, no matter what it looks like and her #nobodyshamecampaign. I haven't had ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A short review. I had never heard of Whitney Way Thore before seeing this book on sale on Audible. I love memoirs, and people really seemed to enjoy this book, and Thore's narration, so I gave it a chance. I can see why people like it so much. For the last chapter alone, this book is worth it. But it's so much more than the last chapter. The book is a glimpse into the development of Thore's acceptance of herself, and it's charming, humorous and important. I enjoyed it very much. It also gave me ...more
Tamara Evans
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A honest book focusing on one woman’s journey from having an unhealthy relationship with food and having an eating disorder to finding love and acceptance within herself. Whitney is funny, entertaining and honest and reading this book, you emphasize with her during her struggles with her weight as cheer with her during her success. This was a great read and definitely a book to read if you want to know more about the struggle women endure in reference to weight. I also like that Whitney promotes ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed her perspective on things. I truly believe that fat-phobia is real. I have been overweight since high school and I definitely noticed the difference in how people treat me from when I was slender to now. I am working on a healthy me, but I do think that overweight people deserve to be treated with much more respect than they receive. As Whitney said "We may be fat human beings but we are still human". Side note though, I think she was a little dramatic. Despite all the horrific ...more
Selena  Lundy
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-and-read
As someone who has forever and probably always will struggle with my weight and my self worth of that weight, this book was truly relatable and enlightening. I've done everything she has: the fad diets, the starvation, the bingeing, the lying and crying and hating. It's nice to know you're not alone in any of it but rather welcomed at rectifying that mindset to live a healthy life.

And it only gets better as it comes from Whitney, someone funny and earnest and without a doubt a total badass. I lo
What an absolutely brilliant book this is!

I had never heard of the author before. I'd never heard of her youtube dance videos or her reality show. I picked this up because the title sounded funny and interesting, and the picture of her on the cover made her seem to me like a self-confident, fun, interesting person.

The book ended up being fascinating and eye-opening. She is brave, and her story is powerful. I hope everybody listens to her, because we all have a lot to learn about treating each
T. Rose
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whitney is a dear soul with much wit and wisdom... I love her!

It was only when I reached the end of this book that I truly understood the title. I follow Whitney on TLC - never missed a show. This book did what I hoped it would do. I wanted to learn more about Whitney, her family and friends and this book answered many of my questions. I am a grandmother. I am a huge Babs fan. She is my mentor. This book was a great read for me. I learned how her cat got his name in Korea. Such a good book. By t
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have watched several seasons of My Big Fat Fabulous Life and liked it. I learned a lot about Whitney from this book from her childhood to when the book was published in 2016. It was interesting to read about everything that she has gone through to get to the point of accepting herself and loving herself the way that she is. I think that she has an important message in this book, which is don't wait to reach your goal weight before you start living your life and realizing your dreams. This was ...more
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