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Jan. 22, 2023

E126 - Mart-Mari Breedt - Eighty Kilos (176 lbs) of Shame - The Process of Losing the Emotional Weight

E126 - Mart-Mari Breedt - Eighty Kilos (176 lbs) of Shame - The Process of Losing the Emotional Weight

E125 - Mart-Mari Breedt - Eighty Kilos (176 lbs) of Shame - The Process of Losing the Emotional Weight

Today we welcome Mart-Mari Breedt from Johannesburg as she shares her amazing journey with us!

After spending most of her life obese, weighing in at one-hundred-and-sixty-five kilograms (364 lbs) at her heaviest, Mart-Mari Breedt, software engineer and mother of four, lost just over eighty kilograms (176 lbs) in a mammoth battle against the scale. She then found herself in a frightening dilemma: how would she manage to keep the weight off and maintain her massive loss after she had spent her entire life as a morbidly obese person? All she had ever known was how to be fat. Being thin was a new and daunting experience.

In her dazzling debut memoir, Mart-Mari asks hard to answer questions: Can you recover from obesity? Is it possible to maintain a weight loss of eighty kilograms?

There are so many books on how to lose weight — an entire industry has been built around it, yet so little — apart from stick to your eating plan, keep exercising and continue to be perfect — is written about keeping the kilos off and maintaining one’s weight.

Refusing to accept defeat and realizing that she cannot spend the rest of her life obsessed with her scale, Mart-Mari started blogging about her maintenance challenges, which turned into an introspection journey. In the process, she dug deep, confronting long-buried emotions. Along the way, she found her true self, who had still been hiding in eighty kilograms of shame. 

About the Author

Mart-Mari Breedt is a South African software engineer with an honours degree in science and maths. She is also a very happily married mother of four beautiful children — two boys and two girls. From February 2017 to December 2019, she’s lost 80 kg (176 lb). Her writing is about her introspection journey maintaining this massive weight loss. Her stories are honest and vulnerable and aimed at challenging you to do your own introspec

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Dave's Audio Book Recommendation for November 2022

Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story - Bono

Bono—artist, activist, and the lead singer of Irish rock band U2—has written a memoir: honest and irreverent, intimate and profound, Surrender is the story of the remarkable life he’s lived, the challenges he’s faced, and the friends and family who have shaped and sustained him.

Narrated by the author, Surrender is an intimate, immersive listening experience, telling stories from Bono’s early days in Dublin, to joining a band and playing sold out stadiums around the world with U2, plus his more than 20 years of activism.

Throughout a remarkable life, music has always been a constant for Bono and in the audiobook, his distinctive voice is interwoven with a very personal soundtrack adding atmosphere and texture to each and every scene. From moments of classic U2 hits to snippets by The Clash, Patti Smith, Verdi, Johnny Cash and Mozart, Surrender also exclusively features clips of newly recorded re imagined versions of U2 songs including ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’, ‘With Or Without You’, ‘One’, ‘Beautiful Day’ and more, glimpsed for the first time on Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story.