Confessions of A Carb Queen

The Lies We Tell Others...The Lies We Tell Ourselves.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

New inspiration

Hi All!!!

Wow...thank you so much for your emails! They really make my day!! I am so glad that so many of you have been inspired by my book. Trust me, it wasn't easy to write some of the things that are in the book, but to read the hundreds of emails saying how my story has inspired each and every one of you...then it was ALL worth it!!

Inspiration..that's a great word! What inspires me?....your joke!!!, my want for a life filled with experiences and joy, positive people in my life that add to my life, the look in a child's eye when I tell them they will be "OK" because I will motivate them about diet and exercise, to see those same children come back to me a month later and tell me they lost 5 pounds!!!, my mother and father...neither of them had an easy life and yet they are the most positive people I have ever met!!...and lastly but certainly not family and friends they I find joy in every single day!!!

So tell me what inspires you???

I'll leave you with a quote that I love:

Decide what you want
Determine steps to get there
Belive in yourself
Motivate yourself
Ask for help
Think positive!!!

Get inspired today!!!!!

Keep me posted!

Warmly, Susan


At 6:51 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Susan, I am the one who posted a recent comment on your site saying I was up to page 82. I finished your book today. I loved it because it was so real and honest and very inspiring. I am not going to say that if you can do it, I can do it. But that is my hope. My highest weight was 281 the day before I delivered my daughter two years ago. Like you, I was thin and athletic in my twenties. I am 40 now and fat and tired and depressed. I don't recognize myself. I have gained 10 pounds in the past month and can't stop eating, mainly at night. I feel like I am out of control and can't help myself if I wanted to. Today I am yet starting another diet. Another day is a clean slate, but it seems I screw up every day and tell myself I can start again tomorrow. I hope I find a way, like you did, to rid myself of this curse once and for all. Again, thanks for a great and unique book! You are a very talented writer.

At 7:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Susan, I loved your book! I saw you in people magizine and i just knew that this was the book for me. I ordered it that night and read it so fast. I am currently on a diet an have lost 25 pounds. I have 75 more to go. It ia funny that in the beginning of your book you were in a bad relationship. Well I was with someone for four years and we just suddenly broke up, its been a month. But that is my inspiration. I was to be thin so that I can meet new people and be more confident! While i was reading your book I didnt touch any junk food or desserts like normal and lost 5 pounds this week!

At 1:46 AM, Blogger SourMango said...

Hi, it's a very nice blog. I haven't read the book because it's unavailable where I live but I guess we've got the same problem with carbs. Now I'm fighting with my addiction. You're a real motivator.

Sour Mango.

At 2:11 PM, Blogger HunnyBunny said...

What inspires me most? Is the look in my children's eyes when they say .. This is My Mom .. They are so proud of me and all that they have seen me survive and conquer :) Stories like you .. an every day woman struggling with an everyday problem wanting to help others who know what it feels like to walk in your shoes..

Everytime I want to fall of .. or eat because of emotions.. I think of you .. and suddenly .. I won't give in so easily anymore :)

At 8:01 AM, Blogger Lizzie said...

I just finished your book and am knocked out that you would be so brutally honest. I can only imagine how liberating that felt, as we tend to live so much in secret, something to hide or someone to be hidden. I am 298 pounds, professionally very successful with no personal life, and frankly the scale stopped meaning anything to me once i crossed 200. There was a time in my life when that alone would have been motivation for me to do something. But I realize now that I have felt hopeless. I didn't want to say "i quit" but my behavior surely said it. I have been eating one pound boxes of Russell Stover chocolates in two sittings, totally addicted to chocolate. I think this happened when I quick drinking a couple of years ago. I just lost the urge to drink. But didn't lose the sugar addiction.

Anyway, I have been in/out of talk therapy for years, and while I think it kept me from going crazy, it did nothing in helping me learn how to love myself and treat myself with at least half the love and caring that I show others. It sounds simple. Grow up and take care of yourself. Duh, it's that easy? If it was none of us would be here blogging. But I had intentionally distanced myself from fat-focused books, groups, anything - not realizing what a support that can be.

I read about your book somewhere and knew i had to read it. Some of your descriptions - I could actually sense them physically and relate to my own similar experiences as a child. I am the one "with the pretty face". I was not obese until my 30's, but grew up with a father who was overly concerned with my appearance - and thought I was fat when I was ten and had my nose stuck in a Nancy Drew book lying on the sofa one winter. He made me exercise, watched everything I ate and my mother did nothing. She was invisible. She was there, but was terrified of my father. Anyway, you get the idea. So when I was in my early 30's and probably 20 pounds overweight but not nearly obese, I went on the Optifast Oprah diet, and lost 50 pounds, then gained 100.

Somehow I know that gastric bypass would be soul-killing for me. But your book gave me hope that someone with such an engrained behaviour can change. It is very very hard, but it can happen.

I am still looking for my motivation - why isn't LIZ my motivation? Last week I called the Center for Balanced Living here in OHio, and they are geared toward eating disorders but not with one pat answer (e.g., only OA can work) - they have therapists that are Gestalt-focused which seems to be good for me. I am so out of touch with my body that the Gestalt approach really hits on that. But it's the first step i have taken to get help in years.

I wanted to write and say hello, and thank you for having the guts to out yourself in such an OUT THERE way - geez - if you aren't on the NY times list you will be - you are giving hope to others.
Wish me strength and I will keep you posted.


At 1:20 PM, Blogger Lynda Lippin said...

You inspire me Susan! I just published a review of the book on that I thought I'd share with you. Thanks for your story and thanks for your strength. Congratulations to you and to all of us who learn from your accomplishments.

Pilates & Reiki In Paradise Blog

At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just finishing up reading your book today... what a story! You are inspiring.


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