May 14, 2011

Carb Queen / Giveaway!

Last month, I won Jess' book giveaway on her blog. She had received the book from another blogger, and I am meant to pass it on. It's our community's traveling book, and it makes me so happy to have this kind of connection to people I've never met. A blog is wonderful, but a book is something to hold - and better yet, to pass on to someone else who might be able to appreciate it in his or her own way.

The book is Susan Blech's "Confessions of a Carb Queen: A Memoir." This is the book my mom read when she was out here visiting, and she went into it under the assumption that it would be a diet manual. Interestingly, though, I didn't find the weight loss to be the main focus of the book. She details her struggle with binge eating while talking about her childhood, her interactions with family and friends, and the mental/emotional struggle of going to a weight loss clinic to work through her addiction to food.

Something I really appreciated about this book was Susan's candor, especially when talking about the less-often-mentioned aspects of the day-to-day life of a super obese person. Specifically, she talked an awful lot about sex and dating, and I found it really comforting, in a way. It's such a relief to feel like I'm not the only one who's had these kind of experiences ... I could see myself in her descriptions of the things the men would say and do (like being okay with a physical relationship, but not okay being seen together in public) and the things she would say and do because, like me, she just wanted to feel loved, or at least less alone.
"You know the best kind of sex?" I say.
"What?" says Joy, wide-eyed.
"Any sex after you've lost weight."

p. 300
The book read like a conversation - I found myself crying, then I'd turn the page and be cracking up with laughter. And when I finished it, I was a little sad that I couldn't call her up and ask her for a hug. It was great, and I can't thank Jess enough for passing it on to me!

And now, I'd like to pass this along to one of you!

Here's how to enter!

1 - Post a comment here completing this sentence: "The most important thing I've learned about myself while on my journey is..."

2 - Follow me on Twitter! @oh_mg (and post a comment here letting me know!)

3 - Post the following on Twitter: "I'm entered to win @oh_mg's Carb Queen giveaway on asmallloss.com - you should be too!"


You have until midnight on Thursday, May 19, to enter; I will announce the winner in next Friday's Roses and thorns. Good luck!

29 comments:

Maia said...

The most important thing I've learned about myself while on my journey is that I'm actually pretty. I could never look in the mirror before and say that, and now I can. It's like a light switch got flipped. I used to think that I was hideous. Seriously like Quasimodo bad... But I can say without a doubt now, that I'm not. I'm actually quite pretty.

Huge accomplishment for me. I think that if I don't even lose another pound that I've accomplished what I set out to do on my journey when I discovered this.

Bonnie said...

"The most important thing I've learned about myself while on my journey is....that I AM BEAUTIFUL no matter what size I am...

Bonnie said...

oh I forgot.....I am following you on Twitter!!!!

Amy said...

The most important thing I've learned about myself while on my journey is...that I'm worth it, no matter how long it takes.

Amy said...

I follow you on Twitter..obviously!!

Amy said...

Tweeted, also make sure in your post you put a space between @oh_mg and the 's because it won't show up on the tweet and you won't be mentioned... I mis-spelled mine in my last giveaway and all the tweets were a lost cause! hahah!

http://twitter.com/#!/amywithsmile/status/69419909087625216

Laura said...

The most important thing I've learned about myself while on my journey is... I am stronger than I thought I was..

Courtney said...

The most important thing I've learned about myself while on this journey is that I am strong and I can do anything! :)

Rusti said...

The most important thing I've learned about myself while on this journey is that I am WORTH it!
~RustiAnn

Rusti said...

Created a twitter account just for this giveaway. Following you and tweeted!
Thanks Mary,
~RustiAnn

Krista said...

The most important thing I've learned about myself on this journey is that I am capable of accomplishing anything that I set my mind to.

Krista said...

And I already follow you on twitter :)

Ann said...

"The most important thing I've learned on my journey so far".... is that I am so much stronger than I think. I can say "no" to foods, I can push my body to do incredible things, and I can continue to move the scale. I'm finally starting to see what everyone has seen all along.

Ann said...

I already follow you on Twitter, lovely.

Ann said...

And I just Tweeted about this giveway.

Maria_NJ said...

The most important thing I've learned about myself on this journey is that what ever I do to loss the weight this time (repeat offender here) I will have to do that the rest of my life if I want to keep the weight off, no letting my guard down...

http://mywaistlossjourney.blogspot.com/

Maria_NJ said...

I'm following you on Twitter..

Maria_NJ said...

left a message on twitter....

Meghan said...

The most important thing I've learned about myself on this journey is that I am so much dang stronger that I EVER knew.

I'm following you on Twitter!

brenda said...

I've learned that even though I stumble, I have the ability to get back up and move forward.

Thanks for sharing so much. You have provided strength when I was lacking. Thank you.

Stacy said...

The most important thing I've learned is there are always others around to pick me up. I'm now learning to pick myself up.

And I follow you on Twitter! (@zutoui)

Amanda said...

The most important thing I've learned about myself while on my journey is that it's all in my head. I spent so many years focusing on the diet mechanics, and only when I addressed the mental side of this whole process did it start to sink in.

Amanda said...

Following you on Twitter (@verdouxkai)

Amanda said...

Tweeted the contest: http://twitter.com/#!/verdouxkai/status/70228603148828672

PS_Iloveyou said...

The most important thing I've learned about myself while on my journey is that I'm a work in progress always striving and succeeding to bloom in the most extraordinary way.

PS_Iloveyou said...

I already follow you on twitter, BUT I did post the twitter contest comment!

Corryn said...

The most important thing I've learned about myself while on my journey is... that I am SO much stronger than I ever imagined. I am currently learning that food is not my enemy, but my ally.

Corryn said...

I'm a new Twitter follower! :o)

Corryn said...

I tweeted! :o)