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Fit Not Healthy : How One Woman's Obsession to be the Best Nearly Killed her - Vanessa Alford

Fit Not Healthy

How One Woman's Obsession to be the Best Nearly Killed her

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Published: 1st January 2015
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Fit not Healthy is the story of how one woman's determination to be lean, fit and healthy took her to the brink of infertility and death and how she pulled back just in time to regain her health and perspective and start a family.

Vanessa Alford was obsessed with becoming one of Australia's top marathon runners; so obsessed that she pushed her body to breaking point - literally - and to the point when she was unable to conceive despite being young, strong and supposedly healthy. Her body fat percentage dropped to 14%; she developed stress fractures and felt physically unwell most of the time, but she continued training, ignoring the concerns and advice of family and friends.

Looking back now, after her recovery, Vanessa says she was in denial about the need to rest and feed her body in order to give it the opportunity to recover from the physical damage and mental strain she put it under. She was always looking for another way, another practitioner who would confirm that she could heal whilst maintaining a rigorous training schedule that included running over two hours a day. It was only her desire to have a baby and the shock of being unable to fall pregnant that shattered her wall of denial and allowed her to see clearly what she was doing to herself.

Vanessa is one of the lucky ones. She gained seven kilograms in four months, pushing her body fat up to 22%, and she was then able to conceive. She is now fit AND healthy, and she and her husband have a happy, healthy baby girl and are expecting another child. Others are not so lucky. they are still battling the internal and external voices that say leaner and fitter is always better; that women can be healthy at the same body fat percentages as men; and that you do not need to eat more, even if your body is telling you it is hungry. It is Vanessa's hope that her story can save at least one of woman from herself. Fit Not Healthy is a story for our times.

About the Author

Vanessa Alford lectures in Sports Medicine and is completing her Doc­torate of Philosphy in Indigenous Health. She also teaches pilates. She is committed to maintaining a balance between life and health. She contin­ues to jog, but only for 30 minutes at a time a couple of times a week. Vanessa lives in melbourne with her husband and daughter.

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      A real page-turner. Read it in a couple of days.

       
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      Brilliant, don't want to put down, biographical story

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        Loved this book. Read it in 2 sittings.

         
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          Awesome book. certainly sends the message that we should all listen to our body when it is telling us something is wrong

           
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          Fantastic book, highly recommend

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            Thank you Vanessa for sharing your journey. I couldn't put this book down. I have had my own struggle with obsession both with food and exercise. I related so closely with this book. It showed me that others out there do think like me. It showed me that the strength one applies to negative thoughts and behaviour can also be applied to positive behaviour. With inner strength one can turn their life around. Vanessa your strength is inspirational. This book would be a great read for anyone that is totally obsessed with some thing in thier lives, as it shows the reader how strong inner strength can be. I recommend you read it and learn from it. Thanks again Vanessa.
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              I went on a long trip and decided to bring this book, I couldn't put it down! As someone that struggled through HA and disordered eating, it hit close to home. I can't believe what her body endured. The story of Vanessa's strength to overcome is inspiring to so many girls, I will definitely recommend 'Fit Not Healthy.'

               
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              Raw, honest compelling tale

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                This book is so captivating I read it cover to cover in one sitting. It is not just for runners, it is the true story of one very focussed woman who becomes obsessed in achieving a goal and in so doing effects her own health. Ultimately it shows how mental strength can have positive and negative effects. A well written book with raw honesty, that will be enjoyed for its tale as much as the messages in it.

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                "Alford offers a candid and unsettling account of her struggles, and the added journal entries and photographs provide an intimate glimpse of an intelligent, gifted athlete unable to recognize the depth of her illness." - Craig Clark

                ISBN: 9781925048278
                ISBN-10: 1925048276
                Audience: General
                Format: Paperback
                Language: English
                Number Of Pages: 254
                Published: 1st January 2015
                Country of Publication: AU
                Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 15.4  x 2.0
                Weight (kg): 0.34