These days everyone has a society-driven mindset and totally forget to laugh, especially at themselves. This may be cliche but I truly believe that laughter is the best medicine and I think everybody should laugh every day. Period. Over the years as a person blessed with the fat gene, I have been in many situations where if I could not find humor I probably would end up on the couch in the psychiatrist’s office. This book is about as politically incorrect as it gets for such a subject but it is also based on reality. This is a reality that many women have just like me, but do not think they can (or should) at times just laugh about it.
I’ve struggled with weight for many years but it really became an issue for me after I had my second daughter. Having two babies in 16 months really does a number on your body, and I found myself grabbing things on the go more often than not – it was just easier. I don’t eat much meat but never have. Let me be the first to tell you that just because you are close to being a vegetarian does no necessarily mean that you are healthy.
I was thrilled to not only have the opportunity to host this author on her virtual book tour, but to read her book. She brings such fun and light heartedness to being overweight you can see that it isn’t all bad. Granted, society seems to have a different view, which is funny in a way. I see more heavy people than thin people every time I am in a public setting and yet the “ideal” body is still considered 36-24-36…or something along those lines.
Kandy has come to terms with her weight, and after reading her book you just might too. We are who we are, heavy, thin, pretty, not so pretty, it doesn’t mean that you are better or worse than anyone else. It truly is what’s inside that counts.
So, even if you don’t struggle with weight issues I would recommend this book to you. It is nice to see the viewpoint of an overweight woman, some of the struggles she has endured due to her weight, and how she has decided to take this and use it in a positive way to get her through life with a smile on her face.
Kandy Siahaya was raised in a small town in Maine where she graduated from high school in 1984. She worked her way up from her first job as CSW to Manager of Kentucky Fried Chicken and ended up in Brunswick, Maine. When she decided to leave the fried chicken business at age 22, she packed up her little Chevy Chevette and moved to Fort Myers, Florida where she worked as a waitress and had a great time as a single girl in her 20’s. Reality hit when she was 25 years old and went back to Maine and received her Associates Degree at Beal College and promptly moved back to Florida and started a career in medical transcription. In 1995 at age 29, she met her future husband and moved to North Miami Beach, Florida, and continued with transcription starting her own business.