Making Light of Being Heavy was inspired by my daily life as a fat chick. Specifically, one summer day a friend and I were in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, with our kids just walking along the sidewalk when this young athletic guy driving a pedicab (a ride that is driven by a person on a bike) pulls along side us waiting for a light. I looked over at him and asked him with a smile, “Hey cutie, what’s the weight limit on that ride?” Now both my friend and I topped out at over 300 pounds each so you can just imagine what this 160-pound guy must be thinking! He looked at us as though he was trying to come up with a “safe” figure to not hurt our feelings and with a confident grin said “500 pounds.” I jokingly laughed with my friend and said that we wouldn’t be getting a ride on that anytime soon!
As we were walking away, my friend commented on how cool it would be to write a book about the funny side of being fat. Now, of course, this is all perception but I have always had a great sense of humor and I started recalling incidents in the past that I laughed about, specifically regarding my weight. When I started writing Making Light of Being Heavy and adding my perspective, I realized that this might actually help some women to have a different outlook on their struggles with weight as being fat is already hard enough with all the negativity that comes along with it. One of my friends read my rough draft and commented that it was a great self-esteem booster and how it also provided a lot of insight into the life of a fat chick that she was not expecting. It made me feel good to know that if I could just get this book out there, it might actually help some women. So then it began – my goal to get the book published.
This book may be a quick read, but with a little bit of humor and a lot of realty it sure does pack a punch!
Hey! Check out my YouTube video – Fat Chicks and Unfriendly Chairs
With a bunch of butt shots with measurements (yes I said measurements!) coming up to the slow rocking beat of stripper music, my video Fat Chicks and Unfriendly Chairs definitely has the market cornered on making light of being heavy 🙂 Making Light of Being Heavy is a comical book with opinions and observations from a fat chick’s point of view that puts an unexpected and funny spin on dealing with the fat gene!
Until next time, keep laughing!