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The Unapologetic Fat Girl's Guide to Exercise and Other Incendiary Acts

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Publisher Comments:

This empowering exercise guide is big on attitude, giving plus-size women the motivation and information they need to move their bodies and improve their health.

Hanne Blank, proud fat girl and personal trainer, understands the physical and emotional roadblocks that overweight women face in the word of exercise. in this one-of-a-kind guide that combines exercise advice with a refusal to fat-bash, Hanne shows readers how to choose workout options from WiiFit to extreme sports, avoid common sports injuries, get proper nutrition, source plus-size work out gear, and more.

Review:

"Personal trainer Blank (Big Big Love) describes herself as a lifelong fat girl who has never weighed less than 200 pounds in her adult life. So this book is 'not about getting thin.' Rather, Blank believes that it is quite possible to improve health and stay healthy at any body size (she cites the HAES — 'Health at Every Size' — approach, first introduced by nutritionist Linda Bacon, to shore up her argument). In this empowering and informative book Blank contends that it's a fat woman's birthright to move and enjoy her body. Instead, society stigmatizes people of size (many gyms, the author points out, are actually built with the needs of those who are already fit in mind). She takes readers through the ups and downs of exercising, including such topics as literally how to get up off the floor, the right bra, and how to shop for a 'fat-friendly' gym. Blank addresses the pros and cons of various indoor and outdoor sports, solo exercise, team sports, and includes such 'stealth exercises' as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking the dog. Exercise, Blank writes, is about developing a healthy relationship with your body: 'Movement gives your body back to you.' Plus-size women hoping to focus on overall health and well-being will welcome Blank's personable, fun, and frank guide to staying fit and active." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

HANNE BLANK is a writer, speaker, certified personal trainer, and lifelong fat girl. She is the author of six books, including Big Big Love, and has taught and Brandeis and Tufts universities. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments  

Introduction: Excuse Me—I Think This Is Yours 

  

Incendiary Act #1: Refuse to Apologize for Having a Body    

Chapter 1 

Why Bother?

Whys and Wherefores   

A Note on the F-Word   

30 Things to Love About Exercise (None of Which Have Anything

to Do with Your Weight, Your Size, or What You Look Like)   

What Do You Think You’re Doing?   

Body Practice   

What Do You Want to Do with Yourself?   

25 Sample Goals for Your Body Practice   

What Do You Call It?   

Health At Every Size   

Getting the Right Feedback   

Incendiary Act #2: Pay Real Attention to Yourself   

What’s So Bad About Boredom?   

Give Yourself a Break   

Incendiary Act #3: Have Your Own Reasons to Do the Things You Do   

Getting Back on the Horse 

  

Chapter 2

Chub, Sweat, and Jeers

That Target on Your Back   

Incendiary Act #4: Don’t Make Yourself Responsible for 

Other People’s Bad Behavior   

Voices in Your Head   

Opinions Are Like Assholes   

When Compliments Aren’t   

Concern Trolling   

Incendiary Act #5: Don’t Do the Assholes’ Job for Them   

Get Out of My Way   

Teachable Moments   

Incendiary Act #6: Claim the Right to Be Unattractive 

(Just Like Anybody Else)   

Finding and Creating Fat-Friendly Space to Move   

Chapter 3 

What Am I Going To Do?

Stealth Exercise   

Outdoors Versus Indoors   

Solo Exercise   

Exercise Partnerships   

Group and Class Exercise   

At Home in Front of Your TV   

Incendiary Act #7: Flail Proudly   

Team and Competitive Sports   

Personal Trainers and Coaches   

Functional Fitness   

101 Things You Can Do with Your Body   

Chapter 4

Hit the Ground Running

The Unapologetic Fat-Girl Lowdown on Gyms   

Choosing a Gym: A Checklist   

The Locker-Room Thing   

Hitting the Showers   

Incendiary Act #8: Know That You’re Not Alone   

Play Pool   

Safety and Weight Limits   

Comfort and Ergonomics   

A Fitness-Equipment Shopping Note   

Dressing for It   

The Well-Shod Fathlete  

A Word About Bras   

Coping with the Belly Flop   

Chapter 5 

Action and Reaction

The Long Haul   

Play, Work, Meditation, and Vitamin Pills   

The 80 Percent Rule   

Building a Workout   

Two Sample Workouts   

Modifying Movements   

Incendiary Act #9: Play to Your Strengths   

Managing Your Expectations   

Incendiary Act #10: Dare to Not Compare   

Change Is Inevitable   

What’s Buzzin’ Cousin?   

Wanted Versus Unwanted Changes   

Incendiary Act #11: Focus On What Makes You Fierce   

Body Weight and Size Changes   

Chapter 6

Troubleshooting 

Stop Right There   

Common Sports Injuries and What to Do About Them   

Some Insider Secrets for Happier Body Practice from the Ancient 

and Exalted Sisterhood of Incendiary Fat-Girl Exercisers   

Getting What You Came for at the Doctor’s   

Strategic Advisors   

Nutrition and the Active Eater   

Getting Down (and Up Again)   

Incendiary Act #12: Know That You Are the Authority on You   

Institutionalized Body Hatred and the Unapologetic Fat Girl  

Epilogue: What Moves You  

Resource Guide   

About the Author   

Product Details

ISBN:
9781607742869
Author:
Blank, Hanne
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Subject:
Motivational
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Fitness
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20121231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
ONE COLOR
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.1 x 0.6 in 0.6 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Personal trainer Blank (Big Big Love) describes herself as a lifelong fat girl who has never weighed less than 200 pounds in her adult life. So this book is 'not about getting thin.' Rather, Blank believes that it is quite possible to improve health and stay healthy at any body size (she cites the HAES — 'Health at Every Size' — approach, first introduced by nutritionist Linda Bacon, to shore up her argument). In this empowering and informative book Blank contends that it's a fat woman's birthright to move and enjoy her body. Instead, society stigmatizes people of size (many gyms, the author points out, are actually built with the needs of those who are already fit in mind). She takes readers through the ups and downs of exercising, including such topics as literally how to get up off the floor, the right bra, and how to shop for a 'fat-friendly' gym. Blank addresses the pros and cons of various indoor and outdoor sports, solo exercise, team sports, and includes such 'stealth exercises' as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking the dog. Exercise, Blank writes, is about developing a healthy relationship with your body: 'Movement gives your body back to you.' Plus-size women hoping to focus on overall health and well-being will welcome Blank's personable, fun, and frank guide to staying fit and active." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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