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Have you struggled with obesity, poor self-image, weight-related health problems, or simply a feeling of inadequacy or meaninglessness? Are you tired of feeling left out of the active world around you? Have you ever contemplated weight-loss surgery? It's an option many consider, often after trying and failing over and over again with diet and exercise. But what about the side-effects? The pain? The financial burden? The emotional toll?  

Kelley Gunter found herself dealing with all of these issues and many more as she weighed the decision to undergo bariatric surgery. Finding very few personal accounts from those who had gone through the same struggles, she decided to write about her experience in an effort to help others facing the same decision.  

Gunter struggled with her weight from an early age. Always self-conscious of her body, she endured the taunts of her classmates, rejections from boys, and painful nicknames such as “Richter” and “Tree Trunk Legs.” 

As an adult, her demons followed her into her professional life, where co-workers and even supervisors perpetuated the hurtful body-shaming she had come to know so well. Her personal relationships suffered as her constant craving for love and acceptance caused her to make poor decisions in romantic partnerships.  

Gunter knew it was time for a change.  

Mustering all her strength, courage, and faith, she undertook the monumental task of preparing herself for weight-loss surgery. She attended workshops and meticulously researched various procedures until she found one that was right for her. She worked to obtain the necessary funding, taking out loans to make her goal a reality. She even endured unexpected life-threatening complications that left her not only bedridden, but saddled with additional debt and recovery time.  

Gunter leads the listener through her entire weight-loss journey in vivid detail. The listener will follow her as she copes with the early stages of recovery. Listeners will journey with her as she works her way back to wellness, cry with her as she wrestles with the barrage of emotions that come with rapid weight loss, and rejoice with her as she begins to realize her goal of physical and emotional wellness.  

Whether you have grappled with personal body image, yo-yo dieting, weight issues, or even morbid obesity, you will find personal inspiration through Gunter's compelling personal story of pain, struggle, and ultimate personal triumph. For those contemplating bariatric surgery, Gunter offers guidance, words of wisdom, and personal examples. For those seeking inspiration, she offers her personal story of spiritual faith, family, and friendships that served as a guiding force in her ongoing recovery and personal growth. For those seeking motivation, she offers the triumphant story of a desperate but determined woman who takes matters into her own hands and reclaims the life she deserves.  

©2017 Kelley Gunter (P)2018 Tantor

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I selected this book because I am about to go through weight loss surgery. I wanted more about that journey. It fell flat to me.

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OUTSTANDING!!

Thank you Kelly for sharing such an empowering story of your personal struggle with weight loss. Each chapter was more relatable than the chapter before. You have shown us a peak into your soul that resounds as you test becoming a true testimony. I will continue to pray for you an your journey as I know you will mine. we both know where 2 or 3 of us are gathered SO SHALL HE BE!!

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Great narration. Good book.

I love the narrator! Her voice is perfect for this book! It’s so soothing. Good book.

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Only for super devout Christians

A pretty good story, read well by Piper Goodeve. I was looking for a book to help me make the decision and be prepared for the changes that weight loss surgery would bring. Instead I found myself being preached to with constant references to God and bible verses everywhere really overshadowed this book and made it unenjoyable..

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Inspirational

This book so inspiring. I appreciate Kelley Gunter speaking her truth. If you have weight issue or need some encouragement or just want to understand someone struggles, then this is the book for you to read!

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Positive powerful and painful

Wonderful story of strength and self love. A must read for all of those pretty faces looking to become the butterfly they are inside.

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What an inspirational story!

❤️This was a awesome story from start to finish. I found myself tearing up with the author, because often times we all go through similar situations. This book is great for anyone contemplating weight loss surgery and losing weight in general. It really highlights the feelings and the perceptions of being overweight and gives inspiration by letting you know that YOU CAN DO IT TOO!

I can’t say enough great things about this book!!! Everyone should read it, It definitely will help others to be more considerate and think before they speak.❤️

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Beautiful & relatable

Even though I am not interested or considering weight loss surgery this book resonated with me on so many levels. Beautifully written! So touching and at times I felt like I could have been the author myself! Very inspiring and left me filled with hope & motivation. Thank you so much Kelley! Thank you for being so transparent and honest with your experiences emotionally & with relationships. God bless you angel 😊💕

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How brave to share such personal experiences.

Such an amazing story. Her story gave me hope an inspiration. It was nice to feel that I was not alone.

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It's me, but not me.

This story is well presented and written. Although everybody's story is individual, there are so many similarities. This is a good explanation for the person who has not struggled with being obese. She shares so much of what that life is like physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

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Way too much godbothering and preaching

I really wanted a book where someone talked about how they learned to change and deal with the emotions that come up after weight loss surgery. Instead the only change she talks about is how other people changed. Also this book is very all about God and angels which would be ok if that was what I was looking for but it says nothing about this in the description - if it had I wouldn't have bought it. I persevered for quite a bit to see if it improved but when it got to the part where she thinks actual angels visited her I tapped out.

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