I read “Food and Loathing” a few years back, but decided to take it on the road trip this weekend to read it again. The last time I read it I was in therapy for disordered eating (B.E.D. mostly) and I was in a very bad place with it. I don’t know if it affected me as much the first time I read it, but I am still going over so many of the author’s accounts in my head.
The book is based on the author’s (Betsy Lerner) struggles with her weight, dieting and mental illness. The subtitle, “A life measured out in calories” really hits home for me. When she was a child she became convinced that she would be perfect if she lost 30 pounds – that belief stays with her through her teens, college and adult life. I have to admit that I completely understand (and often hold) that belief.
Uh, I hate to admit that I relate so much to someone who is later diagnosed with a mental illness, but I get it. I get her desperation to lose weight and her belief that a number on the scale or a size 6 jeans are all that’s standing between her and happiness.
The book is a very easy read. I would recommend it to anyone who has struggled (or still struggles) with disordered eating or skewed body image. Her perspective is one of an overweight girl/woman and the ups and downs of dieting and her self-esteem. It’s a real account. If you have these issues it’s nice to read that you’re not alone.
Marathon Training: This morning I did an easy 4 miles. They were slow, but cathartic I wanted to come home and do some Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, but my laptop won’t play the DVD. Boo.
Breakfast started with a small bowl of cereal as I was trying to get the DVD to work. Then, this masterpiece…My main meal with a ww bagel with PB&banana and cottage cheese with jam. I also had a handful of trail mix because I was still hungry.
I am off to be productive. See you in a bit! Have a good day