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If you're ready to shed more than just the weight, listen to one woman's remarkable journey of self-discovery and healing. In Diary of a Fat Girl you gain an intimate view into how one woman overcame her past and began anew. Through Lisa Sargese's heart-wrenching (but often laugh-out-loud funny) memoir, you'll be inspired to discover your inner strength and drive to triumph in your own life challenges.

Diary of a Fat Girl is a must-listen for anybody who has struggled with body image, self-harm, self-hatred, abusive relationships, low self-esteem, binge eating disorder, bulimia, or a lack of self-love. You'll be inspired to see yourself in a whole new way by listening to this amazing book.

She knew what she needed to do...she just couldn't. Lisa felt that she should know better than to hate herself for being fat. As a professor of women's studies she knew she should love herself just as she is was - all 420 pounds of herself.

But the truth was, she couldn't manage to love herself, try as she might.

And even after two lap band weight loss surgeries, she still suffered from binge eating disorder. In Lisa's words, she could eat "two whole pizzas, three Entenmann's cakes, and a two-liter bottle of soda in a three hour binge" all to punish herself for existing.

Something had to change. Lisa's second lap band weight loss surgery had failed over a decade earlier. But she was too poor and too defeated to attempt a third.

But after more than 10 years of suffering daily binges, unbearable feelings, abusive relationships, and failing physical health, she knew she couldn't continue as she had been.

In 2006 she underwent gastric bypass surgery and began the long and difficult journey to health and happiness for the first time in her life.

©2016 Lisa Sargese (P)2017 Lisa Sargese

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Wish I would have read other reviews before purchasing

Horrible narration. Story is choppy. Author is very whiny. Not worth the money. Wish I hadn’t purchased

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This book was good, at first I was so annoyed at the story but then realized it was triggering emotions towards things I didn't even think about... some parts of the book - felt like it was saying my story... I'm glad I finished the book.. and with the writer the best of luck getting to her goal..

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very depressing

author seemed to be abused or mistreated by everyone. I could not finish. ..maybe it got.better toward the end but not my kind of story.

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Loved this book!

I have been on a personal struggle and listening to this really helped me open up my eyes and see what I have been doing and thinking is wrong!

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Yoo many extra details

I normally HAVE to finish a book, no matter how uninterested I am in the story. However, after listening to this more than half way through I gave up. There are too many irrelevant details and derailing side stories. I'm sure it may have ended well, and while there were very relatable moments, there was no steady flow of the story line. The recording was also in and out. Most of the time it sounded like a distant hard to hear recording. occasionally the clarity would be fantastic, but it would last only a moment. its not a bad story, and there are relatable parts, but there was just no flow and it was hard to keep up and be interested.

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Sound editing is distracting.

Sound quality and editing is very distracting. Small phrases and added sections are loud and in a different tone.

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  • 01-19-18

Interesting but recording quality wasnt all there

for anyone who's struggled with a weight problem and currently facing bariatric surgery this is a warts-&-all account of one person's journey.
it puts an interesting perspective, raises some thoughts. however the recording quality was a bit odd in places.

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  • 02-21-21

A reality check enveloped in a hug

A raw, heart-warming and ultimately , a reality check of my own inner struggles with binge eating disorder and morbid obesity. All delivered by someone with life experience post-surgery who holds hope for all who listen and read her story.

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  • 03-03-20

Loved the book, audio was annoying

This is an awesome journey for Lisa I was privileged to feel part of what she went through and could relate. However, the audio had bits all the way through were the voice changed almost like it was spoken over mistakes etc. apart from that great book great story.