I'm thinking about the way I look, sometimes I care too much, sometimes I just ignore it. I spent 35 years in the Hollywood Business and like everyone in that rockin' catastrophe, I too wanted always to be 20 lbs lighter. She recounts the elaborate rituals around eating that came to dominate hours of every day, from keeping her daily calorie intake below to eating precisely measured amounts of food out of specific bowls and only with certain utensils. This is one of the most amazing books I have ever read!!! She's right when she says that intelligence and ability should be valued above appearance.
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If that makes any sense I read this book back when I was about 18 years old and still to this day it has stayed lightmess me. Get relationship help, parenting advice, healthy recipes, and tips for living a happy life from our author experts.
I appreciate her candid honesty and delving so deeply into the nitty gritty of an eating disorder, but she started out spoiled, remarkably selfish, an attention whore, and didn't seem to experience much change or growth.
In this searing, unflinchingly honest book, Portia de Rossi captures the complex emotional truth of what it is like when food, lightnesz, and body image take priority over every other human impulse or action.
View all 8 comments. When it's quiet in my head like this, that's when the voice doesn't need to tell me how pathetic I am.
As my fingers traveled back and forth from the container to my mouth, I didn't have a thought in my head. While I am able to calm down the flyaway hairs that spring up on my head after a rigorous workout, the mascara residue that deposits under my eyes tells the story of my activities during my lunch break.
Appreciate Portia, for giving words to the emotions of most of the women fighting and struggling on such issues. Build the positive, rather than focusing on the negative. It's time for my morning workout. I cringed, I sighed, and I nearly cried in the middle of a shoe store.
Death was never an option.
Summaries and Excerpts: Unbearable lightness : a story of loss and gain / Portia De Rossi.
This is such an incredibly compelling read. She recounts the elaborate rituals around eating that came to dominate hours of every day, from keeping her daily calorie intake below to eating precisely measured amounts of food out of specific bowls and only with certain utensils.
She said that she was just whining and that she was just trying to get lughtness and how annoying it was. Finding early lihhtness in the Australian film Sirens, Portia went on to star in the hit television series Ally McBeal, as well as the cult hit Arrested Development, launching her Hollywood career - and eventual high-profile marriage to Hollywood mega-star Ellen DeGeneres.
It forces you to hide from everyone out of fear that someone might see through your controlled exterior to the festering, flesh-eating disease that lurks just under the skin.
In many ways Unbearxble still fall for the beauty myth and link my self-worth to how I look. But it's when Portia moves to Losss and joins the cast of Ally McBeal that her relationship with food really turns to shit.
It's the fear that maybe I've lost it for good.
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But her worst case scenario was getting fat and getting found out lightneas be a lesbian. The alarm on my bedside table starts beeping. Paperbackpages. So so horrible, and I came from this wondering how anyone could triumph over a disease like that.
The digital clock reads 4: Rather than having the strength of mind and xtory to define our own guidelines and terms for identity, which, counter to our fears about such things, ultimately DRAWS what you desire to you, we agonize over the detracting qualities or lack of some THING that we should have to fit.
I've said repeatedly that I couldn't wait to see "who I am" at the end of my journey, and I realize now this is an unhealthy way to think. It belonged to models, singers, and Princess Diana.
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To increase my calorie intake was to lose control little did I know, I had lost it long before. One person found this helpful. But the truth was an entirely different story. The photos in the book however hold the most power. It's the loss of self-control.