I have known Julia for a long time now, since her first book, Strawberry Mansion. She is a strong-willed chica, an in-your-face writer, a real writer, and in her latest project, Fuck It, I’m Fat: My Weight Loss Journey…, she let’s it all hang out as she gets even more real and personal. Her story is one that others on the road to healthier living and breaking of food addiction should hear. I’m honored to have her on CLG as she marches through her FIIF Blog Tour.



Everyone, meet Julia!


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Hello everyone. My name is Julia Press Simmons.


Welcome to the third stop on my Fuck It, I’m Fat Blog Tour!

MY BIG AND SEXY HAS BECOME BIG AND DEADLY Well, actually, it has been deadly for quite some time. I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2005, but I’ve been fat-as-fuck since forever. I’ve lived a hard life, and food has always been my source of comfort. Whenever I’d go through something, anything, I’d eat, and eat, and eat. It didn’t matter if I was full, I didn’t eat to get full, I ate to feel better and it never ever worked. Dear Readers, I must have started this book hundreds of times over the last few years, but could never bring myself to complete it until now. I’m no longer afraid to face the truth. I’m 34 years old and I have a wicked food addiction and a serious lack of impulse control. They say the first step on the road to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Whoop, here it is. Thank you all so much for the love and support.

Yours truly, Julia




[Available at Amazon]


TODAY’S TOPIC, WHAT NOT TO EAT

In 2009 I came home penniless, heartbroken, and really sick. I was eating myself into a
deathbed. I started looking into various diets, until I realized I needed to change my lifestyle. I knew that certain foods were bad for me, but I didn’t know why.

“I have a love-hate relationship with McDonald’s. Before I started writing full time, I worked twelve to sixteen hours a day. I got used to eating at fast food restaurants several times a shift. One of the nurses that I worked with told me that I was slowly killing myself. She said that one meal from McDonald’s was about the total amount of calories that I should have for the entire day.”

I hit Google and the library with a vengeance. I wanted to demystify all the usual weight loss terms such as: metabolism, processed foods, calorie consumption, the list goes on and on. I needed more understanding because nothing I did was working for me. I’ve learned that for me, it is easier to stay away from certain foods when I
understand the impact on my health.

In Fuck It, I’m Fat, I outlined the foods that I am avoiding with brief explanations of why. Take, for example, Processed Foods – every single person who tried to stage an intervention for my junk food addiction has warned me about the dangers of eating processed foods. But how the hell do you do that when almost all food is processed these days? I have found that the answer lies in the ingredients. There are levels to food processing, and you can figure out the level by checking the label. The closer the food is to its organic state, the better. If the ingredients contain a bunch of chemicals that I can’t pronounce, I don’t put it in my mouth.

My greatest wish is that once you read this book, you will have a general understanding of food addiction and a working knowledge of what causes obesity.

The book is available on both Kindle and Nook.

Watch this video below for a chance to win a copy of the book and another gift!




Julia Press Simmons is the CEO of QMB Publishing and the author of five novels: Strawberry Mansion, Begonia Brown, Violet, Fornication Volume One & Two. She currently has a miniseries called Dawn of Destruction running on Amazon and BN.com. She is an award-winning spoken word artist, and playwright. She has recently been nominated for poet of the year by AAMBC. Her play Down There was selected by the Shades of Black Festival Emerging Playwright’s Series in Nashville, Tenn. Down There also received a staged reading by the African American Playwriting Exchange in New York City. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family. Julia is currently working on her next novel, SM4: A Hustler’s Heart.

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12 comments

  1. Reply

    I admire your honesty, your courage, and your fortitude. Mismanaged diabetes took my husband of 36 years. I swear there are demons in sugar.

  2. Reply

    Reducing your intake of processed foods is a very good step to kick starting your weight loss goals. I have eliminated some processed foods also. Keep up the great job, your journey is my motivation!!

  3. Reply

    I know I need to work on this myself. You're so right when you talk about this being an addiction. It's also a crutch, and it doesn't care that the more you use it, the weaker your body becomes and the more likely it will be able to sustain and be good for you.

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    Ms. Julia you are gonna conquer this just as you have conquered everything else you have set you mind to. I walk with you in this journey.

    Love,

    Ollie Moss
    🙂

  5. Reply

    Food Addiction is one of my many battles. I'm a single mom of 5. I have been through some hardships in my life and being overweight is one of them. I'm an emotional eater. I have low self-esteem and have been diagnosed with depression. My highest weight is 272lbs. I have been fighting this battle and in need of some motivation. I was told about how good your book is but due to my financial circumstances I am unable to buy it. Just want u to know that you are doing an awesome job!

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    Food Addiction is one of my many battles. I'm a single mom of 5. I have been through some hardships in my life and being overweight is one of them. I'm an emotional eater. I have low self-esteem and have been diagnosed with depression. My highest weight is 272lbs. I have been fighting this battle and in need of some motivation. I was told about how good your book is but due to my financial circumstances I am unable to buy it. Just want u to know that you are doing an awesome job!

  7. Reply

    I would like to thank everyone who read the blog, watched the video and left comments. I appreciate all of you so much. Congratulations to Ollie for winning the raffle 🙂

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