Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head

Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head Jen Larsen
  • Title: Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head
  • Author: Jen Larsen
  • ISBN: 9781580054461
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Paperback
  • Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head Jen Larsen Stranger Here How Weight Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head The brutally honest surprisingly hilarious story of one woman s journey from one extreme of the weight spectrum to the other and of the unexpected emotional chaos it created Jen Larsen always though
    The brutally honest, surprisingly hilarious story of one woman s journey from one extreme of the weight spectrum to the other, and of the unexpected emotional chaos it created.Jen Larsen always thought that if she could only lose some weight, she would be unstoppable So when diet after diet failed, she decided to try bariatric sugery It worked better than she ever dreameThe brutally honest, surprisingly hilarious story of one woman s journey from one extreme of the weight spectrum to the other, and of the unexpected emotional chaos it created.Jen Larsen always thought that if she could only lose some weight, she would be unstoppable So when diet after diet failed, she decided to try bariatric sugery It worked better than she ever dreamed she lost 180 pounds As the weight fell away, though, Larsen realized that getting skinny was not the cure she thought it would be and that suddenly she wasn t sure who she was any.Insightful and unsparing in her self examination, Larsen depicts the devastating lows and exhilarating highs she experienced as a result of her weight loss the crushing pain and confusion of feeling like a stranger in her own body after losing the weight that has always defined her, and the incredible joy of finally beginning to look like the image of herself she s always carried inside her head.
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    About Jen Larsen


    1. Jen Larsen is the author of Future Perfect and Stranger Here How Weight Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed With My Head She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of San Francisco and currently lives in Vancouver, BC Find her at jenlarsen.


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    1. As a fellow weight loss surgery patient, reading this book was like listening to someone describe a visit to a city I know very well parts of it were exactly like my experience and had me nodding my head in agreement, and parts of it were a totally different view of the same exact thing that opened my eyes Jen s retelling of her experience is honest sometimes painfully so and written in such a way that I couldn t help but tear through it in one night It hit close to home for me, and made me thin [...]

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    2. totally unbiased rating.

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    3. This book was a complete waste of my time I kept expecting to learn something about either weight loss surgery or the psychology that goes with changing your body so quickly, but the author is completely shallow and unlikable Basically, a chain smoking, alcoholic, self centered, promiscuous woman who is very heavy buys into the idea that her life will completely change if she has weight loss surgery It does, in fact, change She becomes a chain smoking, alcoholic, self centered thin woman who is [...]

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    4. EDIT I read this book in a single day It reminds me of I m Not the New Me by Wendy McClure.Jen Larsen has written a memoir about what it was like to have weight loss surgery and lose a great deal of weight In her early 30s and living in San Francisco, she was aware of the Fat Acceptance and Health at Every Size movement and the back of the book lists some resources on those topics , but she seems to have felt kind of helpless to incorporate their ideas into her own life and I can understand the [...]

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    5. Jen Larsen used to weigh over 300lbs One day, she decided that weight loss surgery was the only way she was going to lose weight and start living her life, because obviously everything would be fixed by losing weight.Stranger Here tells the story of her weight loss journey and how she came to realise that being thin didn t fix everything Reading this was like sitting down with a friend over a bottle of wine and listening to them unload very easy to read but frustrating all the same, because you [...]

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    6. Before my review let me state that I do not read Ms Larsen s blog and I have no plans to start reading her blog I am critiquing her book and journey based purely on the information she shares in her book If there is actions she took that she did not mention, before you flame me and all flames will be ignored and I will just think you are an ass , remember I have no way of knowing about them if they were not in her book Also I seriously doubt that my opinion is going to affect Ms Larsen s feeling [...]

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    7. This book triggered the fuck out of me I m glad it exists and I m glad the author was so honest and open with her experience and feelings But reading it knocked me down several pegs on my attempts to feel like a decent human being who also happens to be fat The hyper focus on feeling observed and judged for appearance and weight, while viewed critically in the book, also managed to get into my head and cause some unfun drama I thought this book was going to be a little focused on the fat can be [...]

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    8. Jen Larsen writes well, but she doesn t really get into what the title of the book indicates she will There s a lot about her pre weight loss life and far less about the after As someone who lost a lot of weight myself but who didn t have bariatric surgery , I was interested in reading about the familiar shock of realizing that the world indeed sees you as intelligent, funnier and, of course, far attractive, just because you ve dropped some body weight I also felt quite sad for her because s [...]

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    9. Jen Larsen s book was a wonderful surprise I stumbled upon her work from a friend I met in Bali, and ordered her book pre release, sight unseen to most of Jen s story or body of work Once it was delivered to my kindle, I couldn t put it down Her writing is brilliant, captivating, touching, heart warming, brave, and funny I read dozens of books on my two month trip abroad, and Jen s was hands down my favorite She tells her story with such humor and honesty, and it s one that anyone who has ever t [...]

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    10. This book broke me In a good way I ve been struggling with weight body issues and self esteem for a while now, a lot of it tied to grieving Jen made me realize I need to get my shit together and stop wallowing and blaming all my problems on no one loves me because fat Also, she s just a damn good writer.

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    11. I hope that the result of books like this will be to elicit understanding and empathy of the struggle against fat that everyone who is fat goes through And yet even I had moments of wanting to scream at her Deal with the oral dependencies The eating disorder The smoking The drinking which makes me as much of the judgmental jerk as anyone who has ever driven women to such depths of shame and self hate Of course I have dealt with smoking and drinking and gotten fatter although I occasionally prid [...]

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    12. Jen has been one of my favorite writers and people for a long time, and I was lucky enough to get to read her previous unpublished book, so I have been waiting impatiently for this one She does not disappoint I loved this book so much that I feel like saying things like, I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me I did, I did, and it did TOTALLY better than Cats I have never had or contemplated weight loss surgery, and yet so much of this book rang exactly true If you have ever struggled with ad [...]

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    13. Jen Larsen is a very dear friend and I have been a fan of her writing for years With that said, this book touched my heart on so many levels Even with knowing a small amount of what she went through after her surgery, reading her in depth exploration of life after the procedure made me hopeful one minute and heartbroken the next I would recommend it to anyone considering or who has had WLS An absolutely gorgeous book by an equally gorgeous person.

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    14. While the book was a quick read, I was disappointed The book left me with a lot of questions Why didn t she follow through with the after care counseling Does she still drink alcohol as much as she related in the book What about osteoporosis I realize this is her life and her book, it just left me with questions That being said, the book gave me insight into the daily side effects of the surgery This helps me understand what several of my friends who have had the surgery cope with.

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    15. I liked this memoir about Jen Larsen and her experience with bariatric surgery I found her voice relatable and authentic, self aware enough not to gloss over her own faults, and brave in describing the negative aspects not only of being obese, but of the physical ramifications of the surgery that I feel like people don t talk about educate people about when they re looking into it as a treatment option Honestly, this book pulls no punches about the constant stomach issues post surgery and I beli [...]

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    16. The book was good enough to finish However, it fell short of my expectation I was expecting to hear how being skinny complicated Jen Larsen s life Instead, the book stated very common knowledge It is easier to be skinny than be fat in this world Well, yes Adjusting your digestive system does not fix what is wrong in the central nervous system Of course I guess Larsen didn t really under deliver She walks you through her misery as an obese person She illustrated her unhealthy relationship with f [...]

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    17. This story offered the opposite of what I was really looking for, but I still found quite a bit to identify with in it See, Larsen did everything wrong through the process of her weight loss surgery and yet still ended up exactly where she wanted to be, at least physically This isn t really the story you want to hear while slogging through two years of successful weight loss, emotional eating, weight gain, struggling to get back good habits and have weight loss I wanted to whack her in the head [...]

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    18. Jen Larsen is a gifted story teller Reading this book was like sitting with a friend, drinking wine and hearing her life story It was very easy to fall right into this book and be her cheerleader or coach on the sidelines No, Jen, don t eat those Kit Kats Yeah, Jen, ride that bike, you go girl I am not a candidate for weight loss surgery nor need it, but I wanted to read this book b c the basic premise, which was just love yourself no matter what size you are, really is something I need to work [...]

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    19. Did I read this through in one day Yes, I did Did I do it only because Jen is my friend No Did I do it because it was a damn good and at times alarmingly familiar book Yes.A Would read again WILL read again, I m sure.

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    20. Was on course for four starsen I got to the preachy, annoying end.

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    21. Gross and funny, sweet and insightful, nuanced and compelling Just like its author.

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    22. In Stranger Here How Weight Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head, Jen Larsen recounts, in painful detail, the steps leading to the weight loss surgery which saw her lose 180 pounds I ve used the passive tense, because Jen s body seemed hell bent on shedding her excess weight despite her non compliance with the post surgery diet and exercise guidelines That disconnect between mind and body is the underlying theme in the first part of the book As she finishes her novel, Jen kno [...]

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    23. Really, really good What resonates most with me is that it s not just about changing yourself physically, but about having the courage to become an artist Finding that balance between saying your current life isn t enough and getting so caught up in self scrutiny that you can t move forward I love the way the book STARTS with the type of transformation a lot of people dream about writing a novel and the letdown that comes when you ve done it and you realize you re still the same person So you kn [...]

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    24. This was a fascinating, very engaging story of one woman s journey through obesity and weight loss surgery She writes candidly about the mind scrambling aspects of losing weight rapidly, what it s like to live as an obese person, and the way the people around her were affected by the changes in her physical self This is the best type of memoir, in which the author draws the reader into what is unique about her experiences and takes a no holds barred approach to telling the factual and emotional [...]

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    25. This is a very honest at least it seems honest, guess I don t know that for sure since I wasn t actually there memoir about the author s battle with her weight and her journey through weight loss surgery But, I guess that is pretty obvious from the title I didn t feel like this was a huge eye opening, make me suddenly happy book But it was very readable and Larsen is very relatable So that is something

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    26. Weight is a complex issue, and Jen tackles it with humor and heart and honesty She and the book are both awesome.

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    27. Disclaimer I am a post op weight loss surgery patient, and I am pretty knowledgeable about the topic Left January 2015 300lbs Right October 2015 170lbs Roux en Y gastric bypassFirst and foremost, this novel is a memoir written by a woman that chose to undergo weight loss surgery in her early 30 s it is NOT the definitive guide to weight loss surgery In fact, the author had a rare form of weight loss surgery called the duodenal switch, and even in 2015, most bariatric surgeons in the US do not of [...]

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    28. This book messed with MY head First, let me say Ms Larsen is unflinching in her self assessments, and I am happy for her improved health as a result of the weight loss She tells her story well and I appreciate her vulnerability in laying it all out there Thank you for trying to help me understand, but I confess I m still baffled The book was interesting because it exposed the author s thinking, her habits, her willful self destruction But as a physician I had a rough time accepting my own powerl [...]

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    29. I gave this book five stars because it is very good and everyone should buy it so that Jen can make a million dollars and eat filet mignon at every meal and fill her bathtub with Perrier instead of tap water But in reality the book is kind of outside the rating system for me For the first time, I had the fairly surreal experience of reading a book in which I know actually, physically, in person, have met and hung out with about a third of the people in the book I mean, I ve watched the author do [...]

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    30. I grabbed this the second I heard about it on Facebook Having lost a large chunk of weight myself, I have been floundering in this new skin, and was surprised and happy to find someone who d written a book that might have the same thoughts I d been having.Jen Larsen is a very easy writer to read she sucks you in and it read like fiction for me really, in that I couldn t put the book down and felt the story like I do fictional characters This is most definitely a compliment, as I have a hard time [...]

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