Lisa Lewis – Being Fat Sucks!

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Being Fat Sucks! is about the author’s journey from life in the FAT lane to life in the FAST lane through a remarkable renovation of the body and the mind. Through honesty, humor, and common sense, Being Fat Sucks! is a no-nonsense book that helps the reader uncover the source of self-limiting beliefs that deprive them of personal satisfaction and contentment and creates unnecessary suffering.

Being Fat Sucks! is not a diet book. It is a shift in consciousness, revealing that the voices in our head create the body we live in on a daily basis. In this book, I share my struggles with my weight and how it impacted my life and happiness. It’s an enlightening book that also guides my readers to a solution that really works. Through my story and the thought-provoking content and reflection questions, I hope to encourage the reader to take responsibility for their weight.

Being fat is a choice, if you’re not doing anything about it. If you’re looking for a long-term solution, the only person who can help you is yourself.

My debut book is endorsed by well-known authors and experts, including John Gray, author of Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus. “Good health is the foundation to a good life, positive self image and mutually fulfilling relationships! This book gives us the simple truth and missing link to great health.”

Tell us something about yourself.

Originally from Kalamazoo Michigan, I now consider myself a Northern Californian, as during the last 34 years, I have enjoyed living outside San Francisco. I love to golf, hike, sing, listen to music, spend time with good friends, travel, explore fascinating topics with interesting people, sharing insight with others, and the continued journey of my own personal development! I spent many years running my own business with an emphasis in Accounting and Business Management until finding the true spirit of entrepreneurialism and venturing into multiple successful businesses.

In these new ventures, a constant, plaguing theme overshadowed my success: low self esteem with a direct connection to my weight! In the past, I had only written for fun and for my personal use, and the thought of writing a book was overwhelming to me. However, it only took my life-changing transformation of mind and body to realize that I needed to share what I had learned with other people, in the hopes that they, too, could reap their own rewards.

What inspired you to write this book?

After finally winning my challenge of overcoming my weight problems and discovering all that I had been missing being stuck in a fat body, I felt totally inspired to share my revelations with others! Before writing the book, many people asked me what changed for me this time. What enabled me to finally shed the pounds and the baggage that came along with the weight? I was delighted to learn that my message clicked with others! It was helpful for them to hear what happened to me, and it moved them closer to conquering their own challenges. That is why I knew I had to get this message out: If I can even help one person find the relief I have, it is all worth it!

Also, writing this book was personally fulfilling to validate all the hard work I had done. Now that it’s complete, it is my road map and I use it when I get off course. When I do and when I know I will in the future, this book will return me to the practical things I need to do to get back on the path of the life I want to be leading.

Being thin takes effort! So does being fat! It’s a matter of realizing that and start turning the effort to creating a life you can be happy in and proud of!

How did you choose the title?

The title was a tough one for me and it finally came down to the realization the day I finally crossed over the line of no return. It was the day that I took total responsibility for where I was and ultimately where I was going… the day I woke up and said to myself: “Being Fat Sucks!” It was quite an ah-hah! for me. They say that you can’t get anywhere if you don’t know where you are now; only then can you chart your course. The realization for me was my “You are here” sign post. Once I had that, I just had to map out my course, which was my plan for getting to where I wanted to be.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

The main obstacle I encountered is one we all deal with, everyday for some and once in a while for others – it’s about giving up! When I had to have another chapter done, I wanted to give up. When the cost of doing the book turned out to be 2 or 3 times the estimate, I wanted to give up. I realized that just as in my healthy lifestyle program, I had to stay focused on the end goal. It wasn’t just what I had to do today to get the book published, I had to learn to refocus my thoughts on the outcome.

This is a lesson that I re-teach myself often to get it to stick. Many years of giving in and giving up on myself are ingrained in my way of thinking and only I can change that.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

I did learn some important life lessons! First and foremost, anything you put your mind to can be accomplished… if you are willing to allow for changes to the schedule. A setback is not failure unless you choose to make it that!

I also learned that I am not so different, and I am surely not the only one who feels the way I do or acts the way I do. We so often feel so alone and different. I learned we are more alike than we are different.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

I honestly don’t think much about what I would have done differently or doing it all over again. I think about the next project and the lessons from this one… so the lesson would be, have more fun along the way and don’t take yourself so seriously!

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

Well, self help books are still my favorite genre. Obviously, the books I read in the past were to help me improve my self esteem and my well being… they worked! I still love to improve my thinking and my outlook on life. After having grown up in a self-imposed prison of limiting thoughts, I have a great deal of room for improvement to get to a place where I enjoy an ongoing state of peace and joy within.

Among my favorite authors are Eckhart Tolle, John Gray, Louise Hay, John Welwood, Mealodie Beattie, Napoleon Hill, Joe Vitale, Neale Donald Walsch and Richard Carlson, to name just a few. Right now, I am reading Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth,” and I am entranced by it!

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

The best advice I can give is to do some serious research and talk to a number of people before embarking on the actual project. Start writing it anyway, but do your research along the way.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

The perfect reader is someone who wants their thoughts and actions to support them as a human being, rather than working against themselves. The person who would benefit the most from my book seeks the freedom to be and to enjoy and even love themselves for the unique and wonderful person they are and who is ready to take the steps and put in the effort to change their life.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

My book is available on Amazon.com. It is also available at my website, www.WhyBeingFatSucks.com, where I also post ideas and current thoughts and encourage my visitors to do the same.