Finished Being Fat by Betsy Schow

Welcome to Author Betsy Schow

After many years of unhappiness and being unpleasantly plump, Betsy Schow found her way to weight loss success and a better life through the Philosophy of Finishing. She shares it all in her first book, Finished being Fat – available January 2013 from Cedar Fort Inc. Her adventure inspired her certify in yoga and fitness so she could help others achieve their goals. You can find her running around the mountains of Utah, chained to her laptop, or wrangling two small children.

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After many years of being fat and miserable, with a few years of being average and less miserable mixed in, I finally had a lightbulb moment. The reason I was unhappy, was not just the extra 75 pounds of pudge I was carrying. It was the weight of all the things unfinished that hung around my neck. I was always having grand ideas. I’d get excited about this diet, or that workout routine. Or starting a new hobby or project. Problem was, within a few weeks the excitement would fade and that little voice would kick in. You know the one I’m talking about. 
“You’re no good at this. You’ll never keep the weight off. Why are you even bothering?”
And every time I quit, my wall of failures would get a little higher — making success that much harder to see.

What started out as yet another attempt to get rid of the weight around my middle, snowballed into a year of changing my life, my marriage  and the way I raise my kids. Not to mention accomplishing seemingly impossible dreams. 
Whether your goal is losing weight, running a marathon, cleaning out the basement, or all of the above, this book will teach you how to achieve more than you ever thought possible without sacrificing your sanity or sense of humor.


How did you go about publishing your book?
After I finally learned how to finish and achieve my dreams, I decided it was time to do the big one, become a writer. So I went to a conference, met a teacher who pointed me in the right direction and gave me a deadline of two months to write the story of how I lost the weight, learned to finish, and changed my life in the process. I didn’t realize that this was a bit unrealistic, so I put my head down and forced myself to meet the deadline. I queried the book two weeks later, and sold it one month after that. 

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I always wanted to be a writer. Always. But I kept hearing that little voice in the back of my head telling me, “You suck. No one wants to listen to you.” So I would quit about 50 pages in to any book. It wasn’t until I went through the events in “Finished being Fat” that I learned how to shut that voice up. And more importantly learned to finish. Now I can say I am a writer, all while keeping a straight face. 
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

Past definitely. I would tell teenage Betsy to stop wasting so much time and heartache chasing that one boy. A much better one comes along.

What is one book everyone should read?
Aside from mine? LOL. The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama. That book kept me alive for years when I thought I would rather stop breathing.

If you could jump in to a book and live in that world, which would it be?
Harry Potter, as long as I wasn’t a muggle. I love the sense of wonder, the sense that anything can happen. Especially what you least expect.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Finish it. You can’t sell a half finished book, no matter how awesome the idea is. Don’t spend years languishing on making it perfect. Do the best you can and send it out into the world.

What is your favorite Quote?
“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.” – Dr Suess
What was your favorite children’s book?
Hands down, Winnie the Pooh. Now that I have 2 little girls, I use them as an excuse to decorate my house with the grumpy donkey and full of fluff bear.

How do you react to a bad review?
Aside from my critique group, or ones I specifically request, I refuse to read them. Good or bad. As long as I’ve done my best, the opinion of some random person on Amazon should not influence my self-esteem. You’ve got to pick which nuts to listen to from the peanut gallery.

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Cinnamon rolls or any baked good. They are and will always be my downfall. *sigh*
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
My husband had just lost his job, so going out for a big dinner was not an option. But he went to the store and bought me a fancy pen (pink with rhinestones- $9.99) so I could sign the contract. Then he made me pancakes, my favorite thing that he knows how to cook.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Do not tell, but I love the Cat Who books by Lillian Braun. I even got two siamese cats because of it. No if only they could solve the case of my missing ipod…

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
I went to all 5 of the midnight shows for Twilight. In my defense, it was a girls night thing. 
What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day?
With a stack of books, a box of LIFE cereal, and a warm blanket.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
My favorite musician is Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails. His instrumental work is unparalleled, a musical genius.
If you could take over the world, would you?
Yes, and I would be a kind and benevolent ruler.  Just kidding. Power corrupts, even with the best of intentions. I’m content to be in charge of my own little world.

Finished Being Fat

Not everyone can win the race, but everyone can finish it. In her quest to wish away an extra 75 pounds, Betsy changed her life for good. Using her Philosophy of Finishing, she snowballed her efforts from weight loss into a bucket list of seemingly impossible dreams. This inspiring account of one woman’s journey will help you find the strength to conquer your most daunting goals and unfinished projects.

Giveaway Details
1 copy of Finished Being Fat
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Ends 1/28/13

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