150 Pounds Gone Forever

I was very pleased to be asked to write a review for the book, “150 Pounds Gone Forever: How I Lost Half My Size and You Can To” by Diane Carbonell. You may recognize the name, she’s a blogger! You can follow her journey at Fit to the Finish. I was excited to review the book for two reasons: 1) I like Diane a lot and her story is amazing and 2) I am so glad a “big loser” like me is publishing her story.

Her book is part memoir, with details and short stories of how she gained the weight and tipped the scales at over 300 pounds, and also a self-help guide for readers. She shares very personal stories and I could relate to her. I did the same things she did, experienced the same fat discrimination she experienced.

“The plan I offer isn’t full of silver bullets and false hope. It’s a practical and realistic plan grounded in common sense. [pg 2]”

She grew up in a strict military family. Her family ate healthy foods and she was an active kid. Yet she was starting to display the typical habits of a binge eater. She was hiding food (I did too) and her family made snide comments about how big her butt was getting. I don’t think a single person could read her story and not relate to Diane and her struggles. I appreciated her frankness in the book.

“…wishing {I was skinny} while eating Breyer’s mint chocolate chip ice cream sprinkled with crushed-up Oreos didn’t do a thing to make my dreams come true. [pg 9]”

So true. How many of us have said “I wish I could lose the weight!” while eating an entire pizza? I know I said it! I said it for years, in fact. “I’ll always be fat.” Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. Get Diane’s book and try her guide. You might be pleasantly surprised to see positive results.

Like me, she regrets not taking body measurements when she first started. I am really glad she mentioned it in the book for readers to do; she even provides a place to record your own measurements in the book.

She shares some “tips to get you started” like:

Share Selectively – don’t tell everyone you are trying to lose weight, choose a select few who will be supportive.

Clean Our Your Pantry – get rid of the junk! Start over!

Pledge to Exercise – Just making a pledge to move is all you need to get started.

Her first exercise was walking. She describes finding the time early in the morning. She “borrowed” 30 minutes from sleep and went for a walk. I think her ideas and weight loss plan are practical and doable.

“I chose to exercise every day for accountability. It was too easy to say, ‘Well I’m going to exercise three times this week.’ [pg 79]”

She discusses the importance of portion control and gives readers a guide on how to read food labels. This was one of the hardest parts for me when I first started. Learning what a portion size is startling and disappointing when you’re coming from a place of bingeing.

“I hadn’t always been lazy. But the more weight I carried, the less active I became. I hadn’t yet become housebound, but I was probably on my way. And while I was busy sitting my life away, I always had food to keep me company. [pg 67]”

Diane also talks about hunger–a big issue for me when I was trying to lose weight. I don’t think I had ever experienced “real” hunger. I was eating all the time.

” ‘I can’t remember the last time I felt true hunger.’…These days as an average-size person, I experience hunger at the appropriate times. [pg 122]”

So, so true! And so hard to master.

I was chatting with Diane recently and I wanted to share some of her insight. Here you go:

LISA: Have you had any struggles in your maintenance where you’ve gained any weight back? What did you do?

DIANE: Honestly, I have not struggled too much with weight maintenance. The main struggles I had were losing weight after the four pregnancies I had after I reached a healthy weight. Then I had to remind myself that it was not okay to carry around an extra 20 or 30 pounds and get myself in gear to lose down to a healthy weight.

LISA: What do you tell someone who says they hate exercising?

DIANE: I generally ask them how they know they hate it. I thought I hated it until I actually did it for several months in a row. Then I realized that I didn’t hate exercise, but rather loved how it made me feel. Did I always love going on a walk? No. But I never regretted it.

LISA: Have you had any issues with your children gaining weight? How do you encourage health, fitness and positive body images in them–especially your daughters?

DIANE: Fortunately my kids are all at a healthy weight. With my girls I always talk about how their character makes me proud of them rather than basing my approval on looks or school accomplishments. We also promote a healthy lifestyle at home by severely limiting television viewing, encouraging outdoor family activities, and setting a good example when it comes to food.

LISA: What was your proudest moment in your entire weight loss journey?

DIANE: Probably when I was picked to be “Miss Sea World” and help the trainer during the Shamu show. I had lost about 100 pounds and just knew that they never would have picked me if I weighed 300 pounds.

I think this book is the perfect guide for someone wanting to start losing weight, but not sure where to start. Her tips are easy to follow and the book is an enjoyable read.

You can purchase the book at Sunrise River Press, or calling 1-800-895-4585, and of course Amazon has it as well. But for one lucky reader, I will be giving away a copy of Diane’s book! I am so pleased to be able to support Diane. She did a great job with the book.


1. Leave a comment here telling me what’s holding you back from losing weight.

2. Post on Twitter: “I want to win a copy of “150 Pounds Gone Forever” on how to lose weight at http://www.110pounds.com. @lisaeirene” and leave a comment here saying you tweeted.

3. Leave a comment here telling me whether or not you read Fit to the Finish Blog.

I will pick one winner on Thursday, May 10th.

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

31 thoughts on “150 Pounds Gone Forever”

  1. I can totally relate with the comment, ‘I want to lose weight’ while eating pizza…I need to read this book!

  2. The main thing that’s holding me back is the enablers I have in my life, mainly my husband. I know he means well, but he also needs to know that he’s not only enabling me, but he’s enabling himself. I know that doesn’t really make sense, but we both have the same weight loss goal (100+ pounds to lose), but he doesn’t understand how his decisions affect me AND him.

    (should I be leaving two separate comments each part of the giveaway?)
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    1. Oh, that’s really hard. It’s difficult when we have partners or people in our lives who aren’t on the same page.

      Yes, separate comments would be good.

  3. The biggest thing holding me back is willpower. I need to be accountable and I have found that I really do need that weekly weigh in at Weight Watchers otherwise I feel like I can cheat here and there. I need someone to see my progress – someone I do not know – for some reason it matters more when a stranger is seeing me weigh in.
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    1. I remember you read her book too. 🙂 I won’t include you but appreciate your comment. That quote really stood out for me, too. Actually, there was a ton of stuff in her book that was like “oh wow, I felt that way too!”

  4. I am a fellow weightloser and so I am not being held back by anything per say…. I do have struggles with maintenance and the culprit is usually my lack of willpower over my favorite treats.
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  5. I’m currently losing weight right now. As the weather gets hotter & it’s harder and harder for me to stay away from ice cream! I’ve never heard of her blog before but I sure will be checking it out!!!!!

  6. I’m losing weight now with the help of weight watchers. I’m down 66 lbs but it’s taken me 2 years to do it. I keep telling myself “Slow and steady” but I think I say that more as an excuse than a motivator. I have 47 more pounds to goal and I really want it bad but I often wonder why I dont want it bad enough to stay on plan week after week. I stumbled across your blog just today through the weight watcher daily site and I’ve never read fit to finish. I do like finding new weight loss blogs because for me they are a great motivator!

  7. I am losing weight, albeit slowly. I’m 60 years old, need bi-lateral knee replacement, and rotator cuff surgery. What holds me back? Poverty – I am unable to buy the better choices, food-wise. But, I accept this limitation, and move forward.

    I did tweet what you posted (I’m simplytrece on Twitter).

    I do follow Fit to the finish. I first met up with Diane on Sparkpeople, and followed her to her blog.

    I really hope I win this book – I could really use the inspiration!!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Trece. I’m sorry to hear about your knee replacement! I hope it goes well. Money is definitely a difficult barrier when trying to get and stay fit/healthy.

  8. I loved your review ~ I definitely want to check out the book (and the blog)

    I think, if I’m honest about it, that the thing holding me back from losing weight is that I will no longer have it to hide behind. It is too easy to blame all the problems and issues in my life on the fact I’m fat and not myself.

    Being honest (about everything related to the weight loss) is scary to me.

    1. I know exactly what you are referring to, Crystal, and I went through something similar when I really thought long and hard about why I wasn’t trying to lose weight. There was a reason I ate to feel better, there was a reason I felt safer as an obese person. It’s hard addressing those issues.

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