Such a Pretty Fat
Author of best selling books Bitter is the New Black and Bright Lights, Big Ass, fellow blogger Lancaster is hilarious as she chronicles her weight loss journey in Such a Pretty Fat, One Narcissist’s Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer.
For anyone who’s ever thought about going on a diet, are currently watching their calorie intake or are contemplating all the diet programs available (i.e. if you are a typical weight obsessed American, keep reading) then this truly funny memoir of Jen Lancaster is right up your alley.
From trying to blame her laziness on the noxious fumes coming from her broken furnace to stress eating (worrying about the nineteen cheesecakes she’d be compelled to eat if her husband gets laid off) Jen recounts various attempts throughout her adult life to lose weight.
Such a Pretty Fat is filled with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and put a smile on my face. But it’s not just full of snarky comments. Lancaster really needs to lose weight in order to be healthy and just wants to find what works for her (and that comes in the form of Barbie, her personal trainer).
Some of my favorite passages:
When recounting her ordeal of knocking over someone’s wineglass at a local restaurant with her over-sized butt, Jen’s friend Angie says:
“I’m sure it wasn’t that bad. Besides, I saw you a month ago, and your butt was fine. I’d noticed if it was seventeen feed wide.” Of course, Angie is a mom and routinely lies all day – for example, That fluffy bunny on the side of the road is covered in delicious raspberry jam! And he’s napping; shhh, don’t wake him! – so I’m not so quick to believe her.
I’m aware that I do well when I have a deadline, but anything with a due date is linked to compensation. Checks with my name on them certainly propel me toward achievement, and I’m sure I’d lose weight if I were being paid. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of employers out there needing people to “be less fat.” A pity, really.
OR when the author writes about visiting her local J*nny Cra*g weight loss center:
A trim brunette in her mid-thirties leaps out of her chair to greet me before I take the seat across from her desk. The receptionist leapt when I came in, too. And walking down the hall, I saw another counselor leap up from her desk when her client entered. Awful lot of leaping going on here. I’m sure that’s not going to be annoying at all.
Yep, even though Jen Lancaster has plenty crazy and funny stuff to say in Such a Pretty Fat, her message is clear – work out and watch what you eat and you too can lose the weight. I enjoyed Such a Pretty Fat and can’t wait to read Jen’s newest book, Pretty in Plaid: A Life, A Witch, and a Wardrobe, or the Wonder Years Before the Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass Phase, which is in bookstores now.