I'm Not the New Me

I'm Not the New Me A Hilarious And Sometimes Poignant Look At The Absurdities Of Weight Loss Culture From An Appealing And Original Voice From The Creator Of The Immensely Popular Websites Pound And Candyboots, This Is The Memoir Of Wendy McClure S Odyssey On Line And Off Through The Valley Of The Shadow Of Her Really Big Ass It S About The Universe She Created For Herself When She Couldn T See Herself As A Kicky Weight Loss Success Story, Only She Put It All On A Website And Became Sort Of An Inspiration Anyway I M Not The New Me Is About Coming To Terms With A Family Heritage Of Fat And Drastic Surgeries, And About Self Esteem Issues That Are Nobody S Business But Your Own It S Wondering What S Left Of Yourself After You Lose Weight And Just Who The Hell You Are If You Gain It Back It S About The Absurdities Of Online Identities And Fat Girl Clich S, And The Sheer Terror Of Appearing Live And In Person In Your Very Own Life

Wendy McClure is an author and a children s book editor.

[BOOKS] ⚦ I'm Not the New Me ✫ Wendy McClure – Webcambestmilf.info
  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • I'm Not the New Me
  • Wendy McClure
  • English
  • 11 November 2017
  • 9781594480744

10 thoughts on “I'm Not the New Me

  1. says:

    3.5 A fun anti self help memoir about weight loss, based on the author s blog, Pound Even just 10 years later, though, it s quaintly dated back then everyone called it a weblog, and comments on the screen What a novelty The color plates of vintage 1974 Weight Watchers recipe cards, with McClure s commentary, are not to be missed.Favorite passage Possible reasons for why I am fat genetics childhood issues predisposition to depression the Pill Kraft Macaroni Cheese sedentary lifestyle obscenely huge restaurant portions job at bakery counter in 1985 curious grade school diagnosis of low blood sugar fears of intimacy Western notions of Manifest Destiny voices in my head I mean, I don t know.

  2. says:

    I truly enjoyed this My only past experience with Wendy was reading The Mackerel Pudding Plan which made me laugh I thought she had a great sense of snarky humor and I wanted Reading I m Not the New Me was like sitting down with a friend and catching up with their life I think she is funny, honest and brave I am sure that I could not open myself up like this to the public at large even if someone paid me six figures She seems to have no pretensions and I think her authenticity probably helps a lot of young women to come to grips with the stuggles of being imperfect and alive as we all are I think most of us at any age can relate to Wendy She struggles with her weight She has some truly awful experiences with the male gender She doesn t let her insecurities ruin her life, but she candidly discusses them without whining or fishing for sympathy As an added bonus for me, she also lives in Chicago and I ve been to many of the places she mentions I m a lone wolf by nature but I think I could be friends with Wendy McClure without feeling too irritated or suffocated She s definitely a girl s girl.

  3. says:

    This book annoyed me The author is not nearly as funny as everyone makes her out to be She reminds me of some girls I ve known who are funny in that dumb humor sort of way, but it s a way that others seem to relish and I don t get that It annoys me, again She tries to be witty and only partially succeeds I also don t get her relationships I know, I know, why judge But saying I love you after a few weeks And CONSTANTLY talking about weight watchers but only SOMEWHAT participating in it I mean, I have always struggled with my weight and so can relate to her, but all of her I should feel good about myself but don t, I am so much thinner than that other fat girl I m friends with, my mom was a victim of fad diets and drastic surgeries is just a little too cliche She wanted to write a different type of book, but this book is just like everything else out there, only this time the needy narrator who bases her self worth on men and cheesy inspirational comments from friends is overweight.

  4. says:

    Wendy s book is a story of her battle against the bulge the fat, that is She started a website when she joined Weight Watchers a few years ago, and called it Pound after a brief stint as Wendy s site You can still find her ranting at The best thing is that it s than just an I lost 98 pounds story, in that A you don t have to feel jealous because she didn t lose that many pounds B you don t have to feel jealous because she s never all that definite about how many pounds she did lose C she s way normal and down to earth and funny A lot of people were inspired by her website, however, and while this book is not a collection of things she posted on that site, it does contain some reflections about the people she met through blogging and the experience.There s a fair amount here about the experience of being a fat girl And it s honest, and not woe is me and not everything you ve read before And not the story of fat girl becomes waifishly skinny girl and then attracts attention from opposite sex, scores stellar career, and life is pretty much golden afterward She loses some weight, but stays a bit chunky and still is all of those wonderful successful things She dates some guys and the relationships end badly But they re real Being fat or not fat doesn t make a big difference Wendy s writing voice also sounds exactly like one of my good friends.Excerpt Every night for nearly a week I browse the ads and steep myself in Guyness I have lots of conversations in my head Dear Sardonic_6 According to your profile, you re seeking a woman between 5 2 and 6 2 and between 110 and 195 pounds Please advise as to whether your specifications allow for a hundred and ninety five pound woman of any height or if a height coordinate of 6 2 is required Dear NewKarma You claim you re a sensual idealist, but what the hell does that mean On second thought, don t answer Dear Guy With a Picture of the School Bus Driver From The Simpsons In His Ad I applaud your candor in choosing to reveal your snarky prankster soul so early in our relationship You could have chosen to show me simply what you look like, but then I never would have gotten to experience that certain pop cult self referential spirit in you which is so rare a quality among men in their twenties and early thirties Clearly, Guy, you re nothing like Guy With A Picture Of Snoop Dogg or even Guy With A Picture Of That One Star Wars Character With The Ass Face No, you set yourself apart right away Dear ChiGuy Your specs call for a woman who can be as tall as 6 3 but can only weigh up to 125 pounds Do you have any idea what that looks like You might want to consult the size chart on the back of a pantyhose package Borrow one from Sardonic_6 Dear Anyone Who Describes Himself as a Renaissance Man No Dear Mr No Pants Your fellow deep sea diving enthusiasts may disagree with me, but I feel your reasons for putting up a photo of yourself wearing nothing but a neoprene shirt and a Speedo are just a little disingenuous Also solipsism is not a religion Also Ew Dear Every Other Guy On Here why is that one scene in Betty Blue the default answer to the Favorite On screen Sex Scene question Can t you think of anything else Because isn t the title character in Betty Blue completely nuts Doesn t she set fires and poke eyes out and stuff Dear WhirledPeas Sweetie, your punctuation makes you sound like you own a four foot bong There really is such a thing as too many ellipses pp 228 229 So I think in addition to her killer sense of humor, I like Wendy because she lives in Chicago, she works in publishing children s books , and she tries on line dating and seriously, Ew I concur Totally.

  5. says:

    This books get an ENTIRE EXTRA STAR just for referencing the 1970s television show Electra Woman and Dyna Girl which my sister and I used to play in our suburban Pennsylvania backyard I still remember the fight we had over who should be Electra Woman and who should be Dyna Girl As my sister is four years older than I, OBVIOUSLY she should be Electra Woman all the time, no I still think I was right.Back to the book Where I complained that McClure s The Wilder Life suffered from the influence of writing online cultural criticism and blogs, this book actually works perfectly fine under those influences I am not sure I can articulate exactly why, except that as this book follows a sort of steps to a goal arc, perhaps the shorter bites of text work better, a la diary entries Also, in her later book, McClure seems to have trouble articulating the reason behind the existence of the book Here, McClure clearly feels a bit ambivalent about her experiences, and again it seems to work much better in this book.I do have to admit that the whole premise McClure documenting her process of losing thirty pounds and the changes it makes in so many areas of her life, some good, some disconcerting is very close to my own heart, so that might bias me a bit in favor of this book too It s also refreshing to read about a woman s weight loss and have her admit that she s not even sure why she does it at all, whether it s sustainable, and most of all, she s not sure she s entirely happy with the way people in her life strangers and intimate friends and family alike respond to her experiences It s nice not to hear the idea that I LOST ALL THIS WEIGHT AND NOW I M TOTALLY HAPPY AND FULFILLED AND MEN JUST FIND ME SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING LA LA LA which is the main philsophy behind all weight loss stories everywhere, which is justgross I really liked this book a lot.

  6. says:

    This book was ok The best thing about it was it s cover The writing itself is good once you adjust to McClure s conversational style The big flaw for me was the lack of purpose or direction for the book It s not about weight loss so it is understandable that it doesn t end with a triumphal trip to the scales or Wendy looking at her reflection in the mirror It is about people and how we relate to one another, at least that s what it was for me It just didn t seem to have an ending I cannot believe that her editor didn t tell her to pull up her socks and round the book off or even to mention the fact that Wendy s story ends in mid air because it is just a snippet of her life it just seemed really badly finished to me.McClure s descriptive style was excellent, she really pulls you in with her imagery The content was interesting too, the relationships she gets into made for good reading and how she handled them was also interesting

  7. says:

    I hadn t ever read the Pound poundy.com blog but I had seen the WW cards with commentary on the Candyboots site If you re looking for a fuck the world, I love my body as is type story, this is not it There s also no big turning point, no great moment of epiphany And in that regard, it s pretty honest and true to a real life I was about to tell you all that it s pretty boring but now that I just typed that last sentence, I m thinking that despite the total lack of hyperbolic drama with enormous peaks and plummeting falls, this story kept my interest the whole time I read it quickly and looked forward to reading it So maybe it s not so boring after all.

  8. says:

    I picked up this book after Jen Lancaster suggested her in Such a Pretty Fat I guess I just don t get it Ms McClure seems to relate everything in her life to her weight in a way that seems wholly unhealthy I ve honestly known people with serious eating disorders who thought less about their weight and eating Also, the book seemed to have no rhythm The chapters seem to be random observations from her life with little to string them together, but not different enough to be considered individual essays.A big NO from me.

  9. says:

    This book is from 2006 I bought it around 2007 when I found it marked down at a used library sale I had been curious about it, but also really wary about it I knew that the book was about her trying to lose weight and in general I don t like reading inspirational diet books and would rather not spend time reading about something that will make me feel bad about my body and the wrong number it is on a scale.However, I also knew Wendy s writings from BUST and felt like maybe I should give it a try But, I didn t And the book sat in my collection until a few days ago One night I picked it up and started reading and I finished it in a couple of days I don t usually read books that fast Her writing is fun, witty and flows great She says things you think about all the time or I do, anyway.Wendy begins losing weight on Weight Watchers even though she doesn t really quite3 buy into the whole thing She is wary of it all, as I would be, and she questions herself and the concept of losing weight and all that the industry and internet adds to it.This is a story of a woman becoming comfortable with herself And learning when paying attention to calories or points means something to her and when it doesn t.It is also a great documentation about the beginning years of blogs and the internet She starts her blog in 2001 and most of the book takes place, I am guessing from what I read on the archived pages of her old site, between 2001 2003 It was so rare for people to have blogs back then that she goes to a convention just for people who blog Of course, it s called weblogs then and she even points out to her mom that everybody calls them that now, Mom, when her mom calls them journals Ah, the early 2000 s.She is astonished and kind of jealous when a fellow weblog writer has a comments section on her site A place where you can actually see the comments people write Her readers all just email her Simpler times.She struggles with comparing herself to other bloggers and feeling like too much of her is out there with the blog, even though she herself put herself out there I totally relate to that The only thing that bothers me is how fat Wendy thought she was I know we can t control how people see themselves, but she constantly referred to her 230 pounds as so huge and her before picture as horrifying She was a size 20 at her biggest Um, I and many fat people I know are over that What does it mean to me reading this when her size is so horrifying to her I think Wendy has changed a lot since this book I loved her newest book I don t know what size she is now, but I am guessing she is closer to what she was in 2001 and she looks great I hope that she is happy and content with herself She appears to be.

  10. says:

    I read Wendy McClure s Little House Memoir and loved it, and so wanted to dive into her other work I wish I loved this one as well, but for whatever reason, I just didn t Partially, this particular memoir is a little dated it s really about her starting the poundy blog and her life very specifically around that time Funny how she had to learn coding and do so much on her own, when just a few short years later Blogger would come around and revolutionize blogging I remember reading the weight watchers cards when she first published them so freaking funny I think some of the funnier ones got left out of the book, to be honest I think I was expecting a little bit about how they were published and the reaction they got it was a huge viral hit before we even knew what viral hits were In some ways the memoir seems to lead up to the publishing of the cards and then ends, without much resolution And I swear her sites have had for years a note that the book on the cards is coming out, but I don t think it ever did Ok, so that s the website part of the memoir As for the substance the weight loss I have mixed feelings I think what made poundy so successful was in her description of the process and business of weight loss And that part is missing in the book I think at that time in publishing, it was hard and still is hard to decide how to translate a successful blog into a memoir No one wants to buy a book with the same content as the free blog, and yet and this is nearly 10 years after the blog I think I might have preferred a little blog content As a memoir, I found her writing style frustrating She wrote as if these were the things happening TO her, but as if she had little input, control or thought to the events She writes as if she was a passive observer of her life I sincerely wish I liked this better, because in immediacy in her active, current writing, I like her very much So maybe I m just ten years too late reading this.

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