WAISTED by Randy Susan Myers & Giveaway

GIVEAWAY CLOSED

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My weight has been an issue ever since I was a little girl. I was constantly told, “But you have such a pretty face” … to mean, “but the rest of you, not so!”  How many of you have  heard those words? Over a half century later, I still hear that phrase in my head every time I look in the mirror or try to squeeze into a pair of jeans. Heck, whenever I go to eat. Really, when it comes down to it, pretty much all the time.

Bestselling author, Randy Susan Meyers takes on the issues of women and weight in her novel, WAISTED (ATRIA). I ate it up … I’m sorry but I couldn’t resist! It’s not an easy read, because it tackles some really painful topics. But it’s definitely worth checking out – for all woman.

Alice and Daphne, both successful and accomplished working mothers, harbor the same secret: obsession with their weight overshadows concerns about their children, husbands, work—and everything else of importance in their lives. Scales terrify them.

Daphne, plump in a family of model-thin women, learned only slimness earns admiration at her mother’s knee. Alice, break-up skinny when she met her husband, risks losing her marriage if she keeps gaining weight.

The two women meet at Waisted. Located in a remote Vermont mansion, the program promises fast, dramatic weight loss, and Alice, Daphne, and five other women are desperate enough to leave behind their families for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The catch? They must agree to always be on camera; afterward, the world will see Waisted: The Documentary.

The women soon discover that the filmmakers have trapped them in a cruel experiment. With each pound lost, they edge deeper into obsession and instability…until they decide to take matters into their own hands.

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RANDY’S WORDS:

Randy and JillI was born in Brooklyn, New York, where I quickly moved from playing with dolls to incessantly reading, spending most of my time at the Kensington Branch Library. Early on I developed a penchant for books rooted in social issues, my early favorites being Karenand The Family Nobody Wanted. Shortly after, I moved onto Jubilee and The Diary of Anne Frank.

My dreams of justice simmered at the fantastically broadminded Camp Mikan, where I went from camper to counselor, culminating in a high point when (with the help of my strongly Brooklyn-accented singing voice), I landed the role of Adelaide in the staff production of Guys and Dolls.

Soon after my brief stage career, I was ready to change the world, starting with my protests at Tilden High and City College of New York . . .

Tilden High School. . .  until I left to pursue the dream in Berkeley, California, where I supported myself by selling candy, nuts, and ice cream in Bartons of San Francisco. Then, world weary at too tender an age, I returned to New York, married, and traded demonstrations for diapers.

While raising two daughters, I tended bar, co-authored a nonfiction book on parenting, ran a summer camp, and (in my all-time favorite job, other than writing) helped resurrect and run a community center.

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Once my girls left for college, I threw myself deeper into social service and education by working with batterers and victims of domestic violence. I’m certain my novels are imbued with all the above, as well as my journey from obsessing over bad boys to loving a good man.

HammockMany things can save your life—children who warm your heart, the love of a good man, a circle of wonderful friends, and a great sister. After a tumultuous start in life, I’m lucky enough to now have all these things. I live in Boston with my husband, where I live by these words:

“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”  Gustave Flaubert, French Novelist

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Randy has also recently published a collection of women writer’s essays, poems and short stories in the book, WOMEN UNDER SCRUTINY: An Anthology of Truths, essays, poems, stories & art (BrooklynGirlBooks.) Randy lends commentary and compiled the anthology.

“When I was a child, my mother hid everything sweet and delicious in the large soup pot she kept on top of the tallest cabinet in the kitchen. Thus, my sister and I, at the tender ages of perhaps five and eight, learned to be mountain climbers. Only recently did I consider that maybe Mom was hiding the cookies from herself as well as us.” RSM

Women Under Scrutiny is an honest, intimate examination of the relationships we have with our bodies, hair, and faces, how we’ve been treated by the world based on our appearance—and how we have treated others. The women who created the serious, humorous, and courageous work in this anthology—women ages seventeen to seventy-six—represent an array of cultures and religions from across the United States. They are an extraordinary group of women who all share one thing: the ability to tell the truth.

  • All proceeds go to Rosie’s Place in Boston.

https://www.amazon.com/Women-Under-Scrutiny-Anthology-Stories/dp/173209361X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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Thanks to GetRed PR we have one copy of WAISTED to giveaway. Just tell us if you’ve ever had any weight issues. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

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64 thoughts on “WAISTED by Randy Susan Myers & Giveaway

  1. Never had a weight issues (I was always too skinny as a kid and in high school). Then I moved out of my parents house and maintained my weight for a long time until thyroid issues and probably menopause in my 40’s and worse eating habits came into play.

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  2. I have always had weight problems. I can’t remember not worrying about my weight or what people think of me when I am in public. Looking forward to the book. Thanks!!

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  3. Always had weight issues all my life. Constantly had family members tell me when I would eat something -“you really don’t need that”. My childhood I was constantly on a diet while all the other kids were eating what they wanted. At age 40 I decided enough was enough and I really buckled down and lost 130lbs and was living life normally finally until several years later I developed health problems resulting from a serious case of scoliosis that went undetected because my sore back was just diagnosed as being severely overweight. Once I lost the weight it was quite obvious I had a serious problem. Then determined I had a >90 degree curve promptly 10 spinal reconstruction fushion surgeries over the next 10 years. Finally a revision surgery in 2005 which involved catastrophic complications leaving me ventilator dependent for 13mos and permantely damaged kidneys sent me on a downhill spiral. I eventually had a kidney transplant January 16,2013 that was successful. Now I have lost so much weight down to 140lbs from my largest of 325lbs and am having trouble with extremely low hemoglobin. My doctors are on me to eat more. Weight has sure big my biggest problem of all

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  4. In my younger days I was always thin. Too thin! Then came children! I’m putting the blame on them! I wouldn’t mind losing a few pounds now but guess I enjoy food and beer too much!

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    1. I thought I had weight issues in high school but now I look back and I would love to be that “fat”. Since I had kids I have been overweight. About 15 years ago I lost 135 pounds but now I have gained most back. Thank you for the chance.

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  5. This is a lovely review. Thanks for sharing that. I have issues with my thyroid so face fluctuating weight changes frequently. It has certainly been a journey.

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      1. Yes I believe that probably played a big role in the fluctuations for you. I hope you are doing better with that 🙂

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  6. My whole life. My mother had me on a diet constantly. She was embarrassed by me and made it obvious. I was chubby as a child, but I wasn’t really obese. I felt I was fat my whole life, whether I was or not. Due to health conditions, I am far too thin now and I know that, but in my head I am still fat. No one was allowed to use the word fat in my house when my kids were growing up. I refused to give them the stigma I have.

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  7. I can’t really say that I have, I’m not a perfect weight and I try to be mindful what I eat but I can’t complain either.

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  8. I’ve struggled with weight issues and have used food for emotional reasons. I had gastric bypass in 2005 and have no regrets, but it is only a tool! I can easily get off course and in fact following a trauma in 2013, I gained back at least 20 pounds or more. My asthma I developed after trauma, took away running in winter. Now I’m in a new program at Fit Body Boot Camp and have dropped 12 so far. No diet, just healthy awareness, planning and measurement of portions. Get up at 5:30 to workout. Years of therapy helped address issues leading to the eating behaviors, a must!

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  9. My friends called me “chicken legs” when I was in second grade, and I was painfully self-conscious when I was younger. Now I use gratitude lists to remember the qualities I like about me : )

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  10. I was always thin in school. When I turned 20 I started gaining weight. I was used to eating any and everything I wanted. I kept gaining more weight. I am currently on a weight loss program. I had lost 42 lbs but have gained 18 lbs. I am now back on my program. It’s going to be a life time struggle for me. The book sounds really good!

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  11. This sounds like a good book to read with my daughters who are at the age where they are self-conscious about their bodies. It’s hard for them to verbalize their feelings.

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  12. I didn’t have a weight problem until after the birth of my two children and the after affects of my knee injuries during my teens and twenties. The trauma of the injuries has contributed to my arthritis. I remember a doctor saying that I will develop arthritis in my adult life. Losing weight has been ongoing since my thirties. While losing weight has proven to be difficult, I have maintained a pretty much healthy diet. Once in a blue moon, I will engage in unhealthy eating especially desserts during the holidays.

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  13. Since having my children. All through my life until my mid 30’s I was a string bean. Then everything changed.

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  14. In my 30’s I gained weight after being put on a medication. When I got off of it, I lost 60 lbs but I had to get back on it.
    Then in 2004, I lost a lot of weight and gained back more.
    For the last 3 years, I have been watching what I eat and exercising. I lost so far 58 lbs.

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  15. I didn’t weigh a hundred pounds when I got out of high school, but now in my later years I could stand too lose a few lbs. The book sounds good.

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  16. I am considered obese at 250lbs and 5 foot 9. I dont feel obese. I wear a size 16 jeans. I may not be healthy healthy weight, but I dont gain weight and have been this weight for many years.

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  17. Always! I remember the very first Christmas we were married, hubby gave me a WW cookbook. Seriously? But we’ve been married almost 46 years now so I guess I didn’t take too much offense by the gift. LOL

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  18. I have weight issues right now. I tried to blame it on my thyroid which I am on medication for but it’s probably more due to my love of Diet Pepsi which they say is very bad for you. That and a lack of movement but it’s very hard to read a book and be on the go. And I love to read!

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  19. I blame my weight gain on medications, but I know in reality it’s my eating habits. For two or three years I have lost my “winter weight.”

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  20. Always have had weight issues. At 51, will probably always will. My doctor says I am overweight, yet ok. He lets me be me. I thank him for that.

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  21. I have never had a weight problem but I have had the mental and social need to take care of myself because I am low stature Latina and with pronounced hips, and in my country that is very beautiful but in others not.

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  22. I never had issues growing up – 98 pounds when graduated. However, every since I had my child at 21, I’ve struggled. I’m now twice that weight and struggle all the time. I eat healthy but do not work out like I should. 😦 I guess the motivation is just never enough.

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