Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Cedar Fort Books: "Finished Being Fat" by Betsy Schow Book Review

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 impossible dreams. This inspiring account of one woman’s journey will help you find the strength to conquer your most daunting goals and unfinished projects.

Finished Being Fat: An Accidental Adventure in Losing Weight and Learning How to FinishFinished Being Fat: An Accidental Adventure in Losing Weight and Learning How to Finish by Betsy Schow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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 "skinny minny," and I never will be.  I have spent my life fighting against the voice in my head that says I'm no good and would be better off dead.  That same voice says I can't do anything right.  I was never depressed, and God has allowed me to accomplish a lot.  I am not athletic, and I am a bookworm.  All these things are pretty similar to Betsy.  Oh, and I tend to be an extremist--all or nothing.  That has been tempered in later years.

This book is not a diet book.  This book deals with the issues surrounding the issue of obesity in one's life.  Honestly, obesity is not the root of the problem.  It is a symptom of a greater problem.  I never ran a marathon, but someone who knew me only post-weight loss was certain I had participated in sports and enjoyed it.  Go figure!  I understand sabotage and people not believing in you.  My ex-husband (to whom I was married at the time), used to put desserts in my face--from Olive Garden, no less!  I think Betsy would understand.  We both had to understand why we were losing weight.

I found myself getting emotional during this book several times.  This book touched me in so many ways.  May Betsy Schow never say that she is not an author--she is!  Even if some criticize her work, let it be known that she is an excellent writer and very inspirational.  I thank her for sharing her candid struggles with us.  I plan to get the rest of my weight off, and I will say that her book inspired me to that.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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Meet the Author:

Betsy Schow accidentally changed her life while trying to wish away her fat. After losing seventy-five pounds in a year, this stay-at-home mother of two and “former fat person” is now a “finisher.” She lives in northern Utah with her husband and attempts to keep her two small children in line while writing, training for the next marathon, and finishing up a BA in Behavioral Science and English. To find out more on Finished Being Fat and author Betsy Schow, visit:


  1. This sounds like the next book I want to read. Thanks

  2. This sounds like a book I need to read. I have a lot of weight to lose and am always giving up.


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