Unbearable Lightness Review

17 Aug

‘Ello, mates!

I am in a fairly good mood despite the fact that I have spent too much money in the past few days.

I bought the second season of Eastbound and Down.

Have I mentioned I love Danny McBride and crude comedy? Yeah, I make those type of jokes if you know what I mean. I might as well be a ten-year old boy.

I bought Lululemon shorts.

On sale, baby.

Then I bought these with much hesitation – Adidas Adizero Mana 6 

I bought them online with free shipping/returns so if I don’t like them, I can return them. I really just want another pair of my Adidas adiZero Tempo 4, but I already have both colors. It just makes me super nervous since those shoes work so well for me, I hope these do too. They are supposed to be similar.

Anyway, I had two days off from work so I just spent money because I’m insane. 

With my two days off from work, I lazily went to stores, grocery stores, and the movies where I saw 30 Minutes or Less and The Help. I bawled during The Help. Of course it wasn’t exactly like the book and there were some good details left out, it was still a fairly good movie. 

Before I forget (and since my mind is all over the place right now), I wanted to say I am glad you guys enjoyed the ab workouts I posted. If you do perform the workouts, make sure you allow a day in between. I found this great article on ab obsession. It is true that people are obsessed with getting a six-pack. However, “your muscles need at least a day of rest in between workouts in order to recover and strengthen properly… If you work out those same muscles (aka abs) on consecutive days, your body does not have enough time to complete the rebuilding process. Thus, it’s actually less efficient to workout a muscle group every day than waiting a day in between.”


On the running front, my last two runs were somewhat shitty. It’s like I was into them mentally and I wanted to push myself, but my body was like, “Hell no. I’m just going sweat a lot to burn your eyes so you have to stop.” I did 12 miles on Monday just because I wanted to. Then, on Tuesday, I did 10 miles because I didn’t want to do a hill thus I took the long way back. Does that me lazy? Anyway, because my last two runs were abnormal, I started to run today and this time I wasn’t into it mentally. I just didn’t want to be stuck with myself and my lunatic mind for an hour so I went back the gym. Tomorrow is another day though.

Whew. Running can seriously put you in a funk, I think. I’ll push myself through pain, but if I am not feeling it mentally, it is a hundred times tougher. Anyone else with me?

One of my goals this week besides finish off the 88464689 pints of ice cream I have,

and to find all the Vitamin Water flavors

(best drinks ever!)

was to finish Portia de Rossi’s book Unbearable Lightness.

I loved it. First off, it was very well written. If she truly wrote it herself, then she is intelligent

She is so honest and brave in her book too. She reveals everything like:

“I raised my arms above my head and shook out my hands as if to expel the energy. My cousin and my brother were in the living room, sitting by the Christmas tree, but I no longer cared. In front of my cousin and my brother, I started jumping up and down with my arms above my head and shaking my hands to try to get rid of the calories in the potatoes.”

The things she did when she was sick with her eating disorder were ridiculous. Of course she says that now, but then, it made sense to her.

I feel as if a lot of us can relate to this book in some way. For me, it was the fact that Portia didn’t just wake up one day and decided to eat 300 calories only; but it the fact that her healthy eating got out of control. She wanted to lose a few pounds and eat better. I was the same. I started eating veggies, but soon that was all I was eating and eventually the scale said 94lbs.

Portia counted the calories in gum. I did that. She counted ever calorie and only ate tuna, egg whites, or Jell-o. She ran non-stop. She hated herself.

How can a woman as beautiful as Portia see flaws in herself? 

If she made it to be a model at a young age and then an actress, how could she see ugliness?

I know I am the biggest hypocrite saying that since I dislike a lot of aspects about myself, but Portia is gorgeous as well as an amazing actress. Has anyone seen her on Arrested Development? Hello, favorite show.

I highly encourage you to pick up this book. I wouldn’t worry about any triggering thoughts while reading it because I didn’t have any. If anything, it just made think, “Wow. I did that. I couldn’t sit because it hurt. I stood to burn more calories.” 

My only beef with this book was the ending. It ends too quickly and I wish she would have elaborated on her recovery. Yeah, we all know recovery is difficult, but I would have like to read more about her’s.

It’s not another book on just an eating disorder. Portia does talk about her sexuality, which I found severely tragic how she thought everyone would view her diffidently if they found out she was gay. She struggled immensely with it.

Overall score: 8/10.


18 Responses to “Unbearable Lightness Review”

  1. runningperspective August 17, 2011 at 2:06 PM #

    wow sounds like such a good book! and girl tell me about those shoess if you like em i need a new pair!!!

  2. Tessa @ Amazing Asset August 17, 2011 at 2:32 PM #

    My mom gave me this book a few weeks ago but I haven’t had the chance to read it quite yet. I don’t know what’s stopping me though. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it overall and thank you for the review m’dear 😀
    I feel ya on how crappy runs make you feel well…crappy! You will get back in the groove though. Plus 12 and 10 mile days back to back are probably what made you tired…I would be dead on the ground if I attempted something like that.
    Oh no you didn’t buy Lululemon shorts! I want them 🙂

  3. Alexandra August 17, 2011 at 3:14 PM #

    I’m about halfway through that book and I’m loving it too. I’ve caught myself so many times saying “that was me!!” I agree it’s extremely well written too, I can’t put it down!
    Sorry to hear about the funky run, that blows, but at least you found some rockin new kicks to make up for it! Woo!! 😀

  4. Haley Q August 17, 2011 at 3:24 PM #

    I’ve heard such good things about this book and now I’m super excited to read it.
    I feel you on the whole not being into a run mentally thing…hopefully that funk ends soon!

  5. Meg August 17, 2011 at 4:33 PM #

    I too have the goal of finding all of the vitamin water flavors I’m seriously obsessed. Its kind of a problem…

    ALSO so true about being mentally there…I found myself getting bored/thinking “when is this gonna be over” this morning, so tomorrow I’ll cross train. HATE the mental part of it! Anddd those shoes are sickkk colors I want nike frees just so I can be as obnoxiously neon as possible.

    I want to read this book so badly! I’m glad you like it, gives me an excuse to buy it immediately!!

  6. Amanda @ Running with Spoons August 17, 2011 at 4:41 PM #

    I’m always a bit skeptical when it comes to ED recovery books, but I’ve heard a lot of good reviews on this one, so I might just have to pick it up and give it a go. It’s kind of crazy to think about some of the stuff that I used to do and worry about. They make no sense to me now, but they were so real and frightening back then. Creepy.

    • lifttorun August 17, 2011 at 4:48 PM #

      It isn’t really about her recovery though. It’s more of her actual disorder.

  7. Ma Ma Megan August 17, 2011 at 7:53 PM #

    I’m glad you pointed out that this wasn’t triggering. I haven’t read any eating disorder books just because all of them were triggering in the past. This looks really interesting, next time I go into town, I’m heading to the book store.
    I too remember calorie counting gum. It was ridiculous, but like you said, back then it made sense. It’s really kind of freaky to think about all the little things I used to do.

  8. katshealthcorner August 17, 2011 at 8:27 PM #

    That book sounds SO good!

  9. Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) August 18, 2011 at 5:38 AM #

    I love that you read these books and then write about them. Every book you have featured I have wanted to read. When I had my eating issues, I just wanted to eat healthy and soon it got decently out of control as well.

  10. jessiepeace August 18, 2011 at 2:37 PM #

    Strange I was talking about Ellen’s wife just today, I didn’t know she had a eating disorder. The way the media presents women it is no wonder even the perfect can find a flaw in themselves. It’s ridiculous.

  11. julie August 18, 2011 at 5:37 PM #

    i triiiied to read this book and i just couldn’t! it got WAY too depressing and i thought kind of boring but that’s just my opinion! to each their own right!

    • lifttorun August 19, 2011 at 11:56 AM #

      It was boring in some parts.

  12. Kelsey August 19, 2011 at 5:08 PM #

    i will totally check this book out, i think i was on the fence for awhile..still not sure if i will like it. you definitely helped change my mind! 🙂


  13. Tara August 20, 2011 at 2:36 PM #

    I loved this book. I think the best part about it was the honesty. I feel like a normal person might think she was insane, but I could relate to her so well. It was so raw and emotional, but I loved it. Definitely not something someone who is easily triggered should read though.

    I hope you’re over that slump of yours. I was starting to feel that way before I left for running camp, but it got me jump started and reinvigorated. You’ll make it through!

  14. yearsfromanywhere August 20, 2011 at 3:23 PM #

    I just found your blog… and I love it!! I’m a new runner, trying to train for my first 5k (don’t laugh), so it’s really cool and inspiring to read about all the running you do. I like your new shoes and I’m jealous of your ice cream collection =)

  15. bakebooks August 20, 2011 at 7:42 PM #

    I heard the book was triggering. Great review though – I also heard that people wished that she talked about recovery more. That’s the things with these books…why they are triggering – they should focus on the actual recovery in order to help people. But I guess writers want to get stuff out and off their chest too.

    Nice site!

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