By the time Susan Blech was 38 years old, she weighed a staggering 468.1 pounds. She binged. She was "only a little chubby," or so she convinced herself.
Gripping, sometimes shocking, and ultimately inspiring, Confessions of a Carb Queen is the story of how Susan changed her life to save her life, ultimately losing 250 pounds without surgery.
Susan speaks candidly about eating binges, fat sex, and other topics no obese person has dared to address as she recounts her transformation from a vulnerable woman to one charged with willpower and courage. Her powerful story is a blend of memoir, advice, and delicious, health-conscious recipes that will inspire all who listen to it.
©2008 Susan Blech and Caroline Bock (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I think her tone/mood of the book really gives the reader, whether overweight or not, great inspiration.
The flow was nice regarding the history. She didn't jump back and forth confusing the reader.
When she realized that her online dating was almost "the same" as her over eating...just another addiction.
There are a lot of negative written reviews, but the star rating is higher than the ratings for the books these reviewers preferred to this book. This book was, indeed, rather outrageous in the sense that I wouldn't gift it to an Amish person or someone who wears their underwear up to their ribs, but it was not in any way, horrible. Sure, Susan has major problems in this book, how else would she get to be nearly 500 lbs? She has a messed up, cranky dad and an invalid and absent mother who was never able to set an example for her. She doesn't behave like normal people, she is addicted to food like other people are addicted to cocaine or heroine. Food ruins her life every day, gets in the way of her relationships with other people, and she is sad inside. She has problems with men, mostly because she has no respect for herself. There are millions of people out there with problems like this or even worse- they just don't spill their guts out about it and if they do, it is only about weight and how they lost it- not their life, too. Susan shares her crazy life, and frankly, it is a lot more interesting than the fact that she lost weight. The situations she gets herself into and the way she handles them are the whole point of this book. She is kind of a mess, and you will probably roll your eyes, but in the end- you realize you enjoyed yourself anyway.
I'm sure someone who is extremely overweight may benefit from this book, who think surgery is the only way out, but even then, the diet she uses is not realistic.
I wouldn't recommend this book. I felt it was a bit over the top with the food obsession. I also felt it was negative, her attitude and thoughts even after the weight loss. I feel there was no revelation, nothing that made me think about it when I was deciding on eating healthy.
The diet she did isn't realistic, it works for her, that's great. It's very hard to relate to this book, I feel that she didn't really learn how to be healthy, if that makes sense.
There was nothing that made me think, made me realize anything. Tired of the poor me, the "you'll want me when I'm thin!" ... or people seemingly always pushing her down. Really? I don't want to hear this.
The sex/must find a man sections, come on. It sounds like she's a loser, with being promiscuous, and obsession about finding a man. Self-pity, constant, "I want to eat" and fast food sections ... really, it was annoying to hear. Food, food, food. Dreaming of food. Does anyone dream of food?
Her voice is very aggressive sounding, sadly, I felt "fat aggression" when I heard her read. I really disliked the monotone reading, I dreaded listening to this, but wanted to finish it. I didn't feel great, inspired after hearing this. I really just felt depressed.
The sex scenes or sex talk or dating sequences. I honestly don't see the use of it, other than showing overweight people have low-self esteem. And yet again and again she "dates" the wrong guy, nice, desperate overweight woman, stereotype. The seeking a man, as if you can only find a good man if you lose weight. Online dating, again and again, failure after failure. Ugh. Too much, then she finds a small penis, and decides she can't have sex with him? What a hypocrite.
The class part, where she wrote an essay, the end of the book, it's just like over and over again about how big she was. We get it. You need your dad's approval. We get it. Family issues, we get it.
The awkward moment she sees her sisters baby. Then the end, when now she's thinner and seems to judge the other overweigh clinic people beginning their journey. Hypocrite.
I really regret listening to this book, it just makes me feel like it's one big stereotype of overweight people. I recently got Andie Mitchell's book, "It was me all along." That book made me think and her revelations really made me think and have an epiphany. She didn't do any crazy diet, but losing weight with healthy eating and exercise. Her voice reading the book was inspiring, positive and made me want to hear more.
This book, I wouldn't recommend for anyone to really read, I wish I could un-listen to it.
The way she hated herself was hard to listen to....
It was not the performance, it was the content
Disgust at her self loathing....
her courage and candor
Sue or the cook at the Clinic
You Cant Believe I ate the Whole Thing- and that was just the warm up
That I could relate with her and listen to what her thoughts were. That she was being open and honest. I really enjoyed the narrator and could visualize the things happening as she read.
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