My Weight-loss Book

weight-loss book - It Took Me 10 Years To Lose 10 Pounds

  • I wrote a weight-loss book about how I got healthy 18 years ago
  • Losing weight is not about “looking good”
  • The 3 Steps in my weight-loss book gave me the greatest gift: freedom

I was completely preoccupied by trying to lose weight from the ages of 14 to 24. When I got healthy and enough time had passed to realize what had gone on, I felt a responsibility to share what I wish I’d known when I was trying to lose weight.

When I decided to write a book I was a little scared. I knew I’d put my life on hold until this project was done. But I was also excited.

Why I wrote a weight-loss book

I’m passionate about prevention. When you talk about what you’ve learned it makes an experience – even a horrible experience – worth it.

Your weight, your waist size, and the amount of weight gained since your mid-20s can have serious health implications— Harvard School of Public HealthKnowing you can help others avoid the treacherous path you took means the tough obstacles you’ve overcome serve a larger purpose.

Often people think about weight loss as frivolous and all about trying to look good. But I know losing weight is about having a healthy body and mind so you can feel good.

Being a healthy weight also reduces the risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and can lower the risk of many different cancers.

weight-loss book - It Took Me 10 Years To Lose 10 Pounds

Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. Going after this goal begins with having a healthy relationship with food and exercise.

This is the weight-loss book I needed

Writing my weight-loss book: It took me 10 years to lose 10 pounds was important to me because of all the years I spent trying to lose weight with the wrong information. I was desperate to have freedom from the worry and guilt I associated with eating.

I don’t have a lot of photos from that time in my life. But when I came across what is now my “Before” picture, it really upset me.

weight-loss book - Before

This photo reminded me of how hard I was trying to do the right thing and in hindsight, how hopeless it was because of all the self-defeating diet ideas I had dancing around in my head.

My experience may be extreme, but it forced me to get to the bottom of how to lose weight.

Sadly my experience is not unique.

Shocking Weight-loss Statistics

Did you know:

1 in 4

Teen girls are preoccupied by some degree of disordered eating,
spending between 20% and 100% of their waking time
thinking about food, weight and hunger

148 billion

The annual revenue of the global weight-loss industry
– expected to be $206.4 billion by 2019

67

Percentage of women aged 15 to 64 who withdraw from life-engaging activities,
like giving an opinion, going to school or going to the doctor,
because they feel badly about the way they look

Preoccupation with weight is an epidemic.

…Imagine if we added up all the hours, resources and unique potential of every person preoccupied with weight and put it toward something productive.

The goal of my weight-loss book is to:

Simplify reaching and maintaining a healthy weight
so you can focus on your REAL goals.

I love blogging and diving deep into topics. I’ve learned so much by fact-checking information about why you should NOT drink diet pop, why you SHOULD drink whole milk and the magical-ness (!) of fiber (working on that post right now… ) But I also wanted to find a comprehensive way to share The 3 Steps that helped me lose weight 18 years ago.

I like sitting down with a book that has a beginning, middle and end, knowing that when I’m done I’m equipped with the information I need to achieve my goal.

So I began to work on my weight-loss book, It Took Me 10 Years to Lose 10 pounds.

Weight-loss book: The making of!

Here’s a quick look at the book-making process.

First I wrote my weight-loss book in a word document. As I went along I made notes re: where to insert pictures, charts and diagrams.

After my weight-loss book was edited I began the artwork. I did collages:

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Do you remember Coles Notes? They're small books that summarize great works of literature. In grade 9 they were a lifesaver when I was learning to decode Shakespeare. Being able to capture the main points of new ideas is key. Each time I put up a blog post I include a collage or other artwork to reinforce messages that helped me get healthy 18 years ago. I usually make them on the kitchen table or floor surrounded by sleeping animals. I love animals! My book also includes a collage at the end of each of the 3 steps. #shakespeare #colesnotes #weightlossjourney #themakingof #book #art #indigobooks #lifesaver #collage #summary #blog #diet #learn #understanding #strategy #understand #dieting #weightloss #bulimia #bulimiarecovery #recovery #edrecovery #recoveroutloud #loseweight #gethealthy #eatingdisorder #ocd #mentalhealth #animals

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Illustrations:

And photos:
(You’ll find those jelly beans on page 38!)

While my cats were clearly no help (!) I loved having their company.

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The whole time I was writing my book I just wanted it to be done. Now my book is done and I just want my cat. Lost this little guy just a few days ago to cancer. The house feels empty without him. Animals teach you many things including that every day is precious. The hum drum of a regular afternoon is often the best. It's so easy to get fixated on the destination instead of the journey. Thank you for helping me write my book by sitting with me for hours on end Crazy Face. You rarely blinked (hence his name – life is too exciting to miss even a moment). But you did squint often. Cats close their eyes tight to tell you they love you. I miss you like crazy, CF. #work #workmate #friend #cat #love #book #lifelessons

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Each sketch took my patient partner, Alex, at least an hour to make book-ready.

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Hidden within every project is someone who works tirelessly behind the scenes. Here's my partner, Alex, doing updates on my weight-loss book. Too busy to even stop for a photo (!) Thank you for all the evenings and weekends you dedicated toward a project that affects 67% of women. Did you know that 67% of women aged 15 to 64 withdraw from life-engaging activities, like having an opinion, going to school or going to the doctor because they feel badly about the way they look? I was one of those people. Preoccupation with weight affects so many males as well. See link in bio to find out how I got healthy 18 years ago. #diet #loseweight #weightlossjourney #weightloss #edrecovery #struggle #support #love #opinions #prevention #project #behindthescene #dieting #change #changeyourlife #loveyourlife #eatingdisorder #getfit #gethealthy #justdoit #bulimia #bulimiarecovery #recovery #recoveroutloud #eat #book #stopdieting #doctor #healthy #howtoloseweight

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After the initial layout of the text and graphics, I printed each step to mark up.

Then Alex and I spent weeks adding, chopping and changing content.

Finally I got the first proof!

And then the second proof…

… And then the third.

At this point I wasn’t sure if the printer thought I’d lost the plot or if I was just detailed oriented 🙂 Anyways, they were incredibly supportive and I loooved working with them!

Then my first order of weight-loss books arrived.

It was the day I’d been dreaming about since the first time I sat down in front of my computer and saw the cursor blinking on a blank page.

So here we are!

I’m thrilled I finally have a comprehensive way to share The 3 Steps that helped me lose weight 18 years ago.

One Dollar from each sale of It Took Me 10 Years To Lose 10 Pounds goes to Partners In Health CanadaTo learn more about how this weight-loss book works and what makes it different, please check out the book page.

$1 from every book goes to Partner’s In Health.

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Summary

The 3 Steps in my weight-loss book: It took me 10 years to lose 10 pounds, gave me FREEDOM from being preoccupied with eating, exercise and weight.

I first heard this song on the radio, one morning when I was up unusually early:

Here’s a link to my weight-loss book page.

What gets you up in the morning? What do you want to change in the world? Please leave a comment about your REAL goals. I’d love to hear what you’re passionate about.

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By |2018-09-19T23:02:55+00:00August 30th, 2018|Connect|2 Comments

About the Author:

Hi! I'm Kelly. I lost weight when I stopped dieting. And I got my life back. Here's more about my turning point and why I'm passionate about sharing what I learned.

2 Comments

  1. Marianne September 3, 2018 at 10:08 am - Reply

    What a tremendous achievement, Well done!!!!!

    • Kelly Clark September 3, 2018 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      Thanks Marianne. Your feedback means a lot! xo

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