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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Powerful Hunger: Inspiration and Provocation. Giveaway

It's dogeared and not really that pretty, but it's the inside that counts

Dagny Kight sent me a copy of her book Powerful Hunger and to say I devoured it is not much of an overstatement. The first day I received it, I sat down by the lake until nightfall reading it. When the sun went down taking the heat and the light with it, I carried it into the house and didn't stop until I was done just about an hour later. Yeah, it's that's good. This is NOT a book about weight loss surgery. Its tools and fundamental ideas are applicable no matter which side of the cut you're on.

I found out earlier this week that both Dagny and her book are nominated for Best Author and Best Book in the Backstage WLS Awards. I thought that this would be a great time to kind of go over a point or two and give my thoughts about some things in the book.

Here's the disclaimer though: Dagny and her style of writing are neither cuddly nor soft. If you're looking for justification for you obesity or a "root cause" you won't find it here.You won't be showered with overly saccharine quotes. This book isn't therapy. It's self help. Maybe even a tiny bit inspirational. But don't you dare tell her I said that.


One point that Dagny touches on in her book is the idea that all things can be eaten in moderation. She gives this idea a resounding "Hell to the no!" Makes you think doesn't it?

She states "We use this word ourselves when we are not ready to break the connection to the foods that drive addictive behavior. We turn to the concept of "moderation" when we want to find a way to continue eating those foods, persisting in the belief that we are immune to the value that they hold over our lives"

And while you guys know that I am the Queen Regnant of Cupcakistan, I have to reluctantly agree. I think that a lot of us, after reaching a normal size want to think that we are normal. We want to eat like someone who has never had a weight problem. The person who has been 120 lbs all of their adult life can eat whatever they want. You have been 120 lbs for the past year. The truth is our outsides don't match our insides and losing weight doesn't not change these hardwired addictive pathways.
One prevailing argument is that while you can abstain from coke/meth/alcohol because you don't need them to live, you can't do the same with food. It is true. You don't need hyperpalatable, scientifically engineered food to live, though. Cupcakes are another story.....for me anyway. This leads me to another key point in her book.

Eating cleanly:

Keeping a very simple diet of mostly whole foods is one of the lanes on the pathway to long term success. She is a cheerleader for steel cut oats, whole eggs, cruciferous vegetables, and whole grains like amaranth. A few other non food items that star in her kitchen are essential to her lifestyle are the George Foreman grill, a wok, a steamer, and the good ole trusty slow cooker.

  I want to tell you more, but I don't want this to end up being a synopsis of her book. I'm just going to briefly list a few quotes that resonated with me.

"Attempting to decipher the past will not change it"
"What needs to be done now?!"
"In a society where thinness is currency, the weight loss surgery patient is viewed as having stolen something of great value"

I really like the last one. As a matter of fact I really enjoyed the book as a whole and it is no surprise that she was nominated.

Anyway, she has so generously offered up either an electronic version or hard copy of the book to one of you lucky readers.

In order to enter the contest:
1. Like the Powerful Hunger FB Fan Page and say "Hi"
2. Leave a comment on this blog post indicating which version you would like if you won.

Edited 4/2: Someone emailed me about privacy concerns on FACEBOOK. Liking either page is NOT mandatory. If you do, you will just get an extra entry. Just comment on this post and you are entered.

For extra entries

Like the Waning Woman FB fan page, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. Basically, you get one point for following me on any of my other social media outlets. Just let me know when you comment how many chances you get.

Follow Powerful Hunger on Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, etc. Same applies here. Just let me know.

I'm not your mama and I don't have time to follow up behind you, so let's just use the honor system. If you win the book and you haven't done what you said you did, I can't guarantee that you won't wake up one night with Dagny menacingly holding a kettlebell in the corner of your bedroom.
 I. Just. Cant.

Closes 4/8/2012

Edited 4/2: Someone emailed me about privacy concerns on FACEBOOK. Liking either page is NOT mandatory. If you do, you will just get an extra entry. Just comment on this post and you are entered.



  2. Liked, voted, and if I win I want a hard copy to pass along to a friend. ;)

  3. For some reason I CANNOT post a comment on your blog about dressing nice vs. gym...(3 blogs ago) so I will post it here:
    GIRL, you are speaking my language. In fact, I may have to do a whole blog post on this myself.
    When I was a larger woman, I always took a lot of pride in the way I looked. I had nice classy clothes (that cost an arm and leg plussizeupchargethankyouverymuch!) and I wore makeup, jewelry, etc. And now that I'm "normal" sized instead of "plus" I get to look forward to that even more and like to shine even more. I'm just NOT that woman that can roll out of bed, throw on some sweats with the word JUICY written all over my butt and look "cute". BUT yeah, the gym has to be in there SOMEWHERE. Right now I'm currently home between the gym and running errands so I can shower and look good. LOL!

  4. K, WW, here you go, the post you inspired. :)

  5. I feel a little odd commenting to a post about ME but I need to extend the deepest gratitude! The book continues to be an amazing experience for me. To know how it's connected with you, that you would write a post like this, I feel grateful and humbled for everything I put into writing it! Thank you, my friend.

  6. She is a great speaker at our meeting via skype and I would love a chance at winning the book.

    Looks like a lot of great info.

  7. I would like to enter please. I'm about 2 weeks pre-op VSG. Thank you!

  8. I would like to enter. Sounds like a great read and something I can use 4 weeks post-op VSG.

  9. She is such an inspiration to all of us, that's why I wanted to win this book. I really want to meet her in person or I just wanna be a part of her speech. Btw, liked your page and followed you on twitter. Who's gonna be the lucky winner? :)

  10. I've been looking for resources specific to where I am in my weight loss journey. Although your contest is closed, I am going to look for her book and read it!


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