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ISBN: 1400117070
Author: Coleen Marlo,Nancy Makin
Language: English
Publisher: Tantor Audio; Unabridged CD edition (April 20, 2010)
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Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.7
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Nancy Makin weighed an astounding 703 pounds in May 2000. She was forty-five years old and suffered from diabetes and other obesity-related maladies. Thanks in equal parts to shame and logistics, she'd been homebound for a dozen years.

Nancy Makin weighed an astounding 703 pounds in May 2000. But all that changed A moving, funny, tongue-in-cheek, and deadly serious story about how one woman lost and found herself by going online. Nancy Makin weighed an astounding 703 pounds in May 2000. Thanks in equal parts to shame and logistics. Second, more than a fascinating story of human endurance, though, the book is a serious indictment of our social safety net: Nancy's case is one more proof that Social Security Administration moves claims at snail's pace and routinely, or by unstated policy, denies legitimate claims on their first few passes. The book is an even more serious indictment of our allegedly "best health-care system in the world. She was forty-five and suffered from obesity-related maladies. Due to shame and logistics. She was 45 years old and had diabetes and heart disease. There was no silver bullet, no magical, elusive ingredient - yet Nancy has lost more than 530 pounds. But all that changed after a gift from her sister: a computer. Nancy's tale is one of redemption, a story of reevaluating her worth and insisting she had value simply because she was human. It will show a growing America that life is sweet and always worth living.

703: How I Lost More Than a Quarter Ton and Gained a Life. She was forty-five years old and had diabetes and heart disease. Written by Nancy Makin. Narrated by Coleen Marlo. A technophobe, Nancy ignored it for months, until finally boredom and curiosity pushed her into cyberspace

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Makin, Nancy, Marlo, Coleen. Despite its title, this memoir tells the reader little about how Makin lost more than 500 pounds, much less how she gained it in the first place. I can understand not wanting to sensationalize her story, but the reader might be forgiven for expecting some answers to the how and the why and the what. Well, Makin takes these people to task in her book about how they will probably fall off the wagon because they are so worried about what they eat and how they exercise, whereas she knows the real secret is accepting oneself and being content. Despite its title, this memoir tells the reader little about how Makin lost more than 500 pounds, much less how she gained it in the first place

Nancy Makin weighed an astounding 703 pounds in May 2000. Due to shame and logistics, she was homebound for a dozen years. But all that changed when she received a computer. In cyberspace she found the friendliness, the connection, the acceptance and the nurturing she'd been missing for so long. I can understand not wanting to sensationalize her.

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I recommend to anyone. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 9 years ago. Inspiring story that is about much more than weight loss. In fact the weight loss was only a side effect of reaching out to others. Nancy's positive attitude and wit are uplifting. 703. This was an awesome book. This is one book I couldn't sit aside for a few days until the next reading. I had to finish reading the entire book well into the night, It certainly shed light on these.

Nancy Makin weighed an astounding 703 pounds in May 2000. She was forty-five years old and had diabetes and heart disease. Thanks in equal parts to shame and logistics, she'd been homebound for a dozen years.But all that changed after a gift from her sister: a computer. A technophobe, Nancy ignored it for months, until finally boredom and curiosity pushed her into cyberspace. And there, in a chat room, she found the friendliness, the support, and even the love she'd been missing for so long. Nobody flinched when Nancy spoke up; people treated her with the same respect accorded to everybody else. Thanks to these emotional connections, Nancy's life was transformed.She followed no diet plan; no pills, potions, or ab-crunching exercises played a part. There was no silver bullet, no magical, elusive ingredient-yet Nancy has lost more than 530 pounds. Nancy's tale is one of redemption, a story of reevaluating her worth and insisting she had value simply because she was human. It will show a growing America that life is sweet and always worth living.

Comments:

Perius
What's probably going to get lost in all the hype that always comes with the subject of weight in this country is just how well written, how well organized, and how engrossing this book is. I went to bed the other night at 10, thinking I would read the first chapter. Well, the first time I even thought to look at the clock, I was 150 pages in and it was 1am! The last book to do that to me was some vampire teen book who-shall-not-be-named-because-I'm-holding-on-to-my-dignity-till-the-end. I never thought a book of this description would be so hard to put down.

Nancy is funny, clear, direct, and always honest. She doesn't beg for sympathy or, for one second, pretend that she isn't responsible for her life. She lays it all out on the table and the result is surprisingly fascinating. This is neither a maudlin tale of woe that will have you rolling your eyes nor a bunch of cheerleading, "motivational" drivel encouraging you to walk off those pounds!

You will probably hear that it's inspirational and it is. I would like to point out that it is so because it's so honest and so clear. Nancy doesn't veer off into cheap sentimentality or melodrama, even though her life story is very emotional and dramatic. It didn't make me cry so much as help me understand and that's what sets it apart.

Nancy seems surprised by what she learned in her descent into darkness and her climb out of it. She offers that information to the world in this book with clear eyes and a fresh perspective. I was surprised myself. I hope you are too.
Pedar
I find the book fascinating and surprising on a number of levels.

First, it turned out to be a great read about the human spirit, what it can endure, and what adversities it can conquer. I couldn't put it down. I love the author's wit and humor: I laughed wholeheartedly at her reposts to the Hispanic man and the priest, and so will you. I felt her pain of dealing with her mother, being sent to a convent against her wishes, and facing all the indignities of discrimination against the obese. I empathized with her when she was denied Social Security disability status and coverage for her surgery. Even though this is her first book, Nancy Makin is already a mature writer with solid command of the language; I find her phrasing often surprisingly vivid, fresh, and even luscious.

Second, more than a fascinating story of human endurance, though, the book is a serious indictment of our social safety net: Nancy's case is one more proof that Social Security Administration moves claims at snail's pace and routinely, or by unstated policy, denies legitimate claims on their first few passes. The book is an even more serious indictment of our allegedly "best health-care system in the world." Along with Nancy, I was enraged by the insensitive and clearly incompetent treatment she received from a number of her doctors--especially, by the way one doctor reacted to her proposed draconian diet of 1,200 kcal/day. With her weight close to its peak, this diet must have easily represented an 85-90% cut in her daily caloric intake. Every medical doctor knows or should know that a much smaller, 50% cut in caloric intake in the Minnesota Human Starvation Study turned out to be close to unbearable for all subjects and led even to a suicide attempt by one of them. So how did Nancy's good doctor react to her proposed draconian diet? By going even more draconian and recommending further cuts in the proposed caloric intake! No wonder the obesity epidemic is gaining force!

Third, Nancy's massive weight gain followed by massive weight loss proves that her appetite control mechanism remained intact throughout her ordeal. If she had any genetic defects that led to the super-obesity, she would have not been able to return to her more or less ideal weight with no medical intervention, particularly without bariatric surgery, just through life style modification. As painful as her journey must have been, it offers a unique window into how our appetite control mechanism actually works and how it is influenced by our level of physical activity. Indeed, when you track her weight throughout the book, it is striking to see that Nancy gained weight while withdrawing herself from life and progressively becoming more sedentary. It is as striking to see that after she revived her interest in life, Nancy lost weight while progressively increasing her physical activity.

In conclusion, I highly recommend this book. And, by the way, I can't believe the two one-star reviews the book received so far. One is just mean, while the other one is unfair: if you are surprised that the book is a memoir when its jacket reads "A Memoir" right under the title, in plain view on Amazon's picture of the book, you shouldn't complain about it.
Mohn
There are many obese people in our country, as we continually see in media stories about "the obesity epidemic". But even Biggest Loser has never had a contestant who was 700+ pounds. Most people who become as extremely obese as that end up dying of complications of their obesity rather than losing the weight. By the time they're that big, they are incapable of doing almost everything, and feel extremely isolated, helpless and hopeless. Nancy Makin was at that place in her life too, but unlike most other people who have become that heavy, she found her way to recovery.

Low self-esteem is often at the core of turning to food to cope with feelings of unworthiness. Food addiction is just another form of trying to find something to soothe, comfort and pleasure yourself when there are no other alternatives in your life. Some people turn to alcohol or drugs, but food is much more readily available, and, to some extent, more socially acceptable. Nancy led a deprived childhood, as she compellingly describes in her back story. It's not hard to see how she developed feelings of unworthiness. But her turning point came through her online communication with others. Even though she was isolated in her apartment, she was able to get online and find others to chat with about politics. She realized she had something to contribute to online discussions, and made friends who enjoyed and respected what she had to say. She began to feel better about herself, and began to take steps to eat less and gradually lose weight.

This is not a diet book, or a weight loss "how-to" book. This is a story of one woman's descent into extreme obesity and her gradual recovery. And by recovery, I mean not only weight loss, but a change of attitude and spiritual growth. She writes with compassion towards others who suffer from obesity as she did. She regrets all the years she spent "beating herself up" for her alleged weakness and unworthiness. She says later, "there's no bigger waste of time than beating yourself up. It doesn't change anything that happened in the past. It doesn't help you not to make the same error in the future. It takes up all the time you should be using to make real changes."

She refuses to be a victim and doesn't place blame on others for her situation. She stresses over and over the importance of taking responsibility for oneself, and learning to value ourselves for the unique personalities and inner qualities each of us possess. She stresses that self-worth does not come from an acceptable number on the scale. People who lose weight without changing their inner selves will likely gain it right back again.

I was very impressed with her wisdom. She has a common sense way of writing, and does an excellent job of inspiring, encouraging, and giving hope to those who struggle with food addiction and obesity. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in not only losing weight, but also losing the kind of mindset that keeps them turning to food as a solution for things food cannot solve.

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