Hey everyone! Today was such a busy day for me, but I did manage to kick the crap out of my work to do list! Yippppppppppeeeee! Since I used to blog about running and Crossfit and aren’t able to do both I thought it would be hard for me to think about things to write about and I was afraid that my blog would just drop by the wayside. But, alas I am a busy body and the time that I am not spending running or Crossfitting I am spending doing other things- like reading. So I thought since the workouts have decreased, I can write about what I am reading. I am also thinking about starting an FFF bookclub…would anyone be interested in that?
Anyhow, since bestie May is awesome and bought me a kindle I have had my nose in that thing not stop since I opened the box. I just finished At Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard.
It is no secret that true crime of all kinds fascinates me: hello, obsessions with The Craig’s List Killer, Joran Van Der Sloot, Casey Anthony, the Elizabeth Smart abduction, Columbine and of course Jaycee Dugard. Once she was found, I was shocked that she has survived and wanted to know how she managed that, what she experienced and how she is now. I think a lot of it is the psychologist in me, I want to know what it like for her, what her captures were thinking – the whole situation fascinated me. So when this book came out I was dying to find the time to read it and it was the very first book that I purchased on my kindle.
If you are at all interested in this case, I suggest you read it. It was written by Jaycee herself without a ghostwriter. It is a super simple and matter of fact read (she does only have a 4th grade education after all). What this book lacks in writing talent or style it makes up for in raw emotion. Jaycee described in detail the abduction, and the neglect and abuse she endured. It is, at times, hard to read and I did question if I could actually handle reading the whole book. I did have to take breaks at times. She also articulates the fear she experienced when learning she was pregnant with both of her daughters and delivering them in a tiny room without any doctor or medication.
I think the most interesting part of me was learning about the power of manipulation and about her capture and his wife. After 18 years of captivity Jaycee became so reliant on them and thought she had no skills to survive and raise her children on her own. What she didn’t realize is that her skills to survive and be a mother were far more advanced than most. I found her resilience to be astounding as well as inspiring. I also found her commitment to a very non-conventional form of therapy incredible and I loved learning about her experience with animal therapy.
I think what tugged on my heart strings the most was reading about her relationship with her mom. She thought about her mom everyday, even when years had stolen Jaycee’s ability to remember the sound of her mom’s voice and even what she looked like. The part of the book where they were reunited I think I cried for about an hour after I read it. It was just so loving and so accepting. It made me want to hug my parents.
Though the book is simply written and does jump around a little bit, I highly recommend it!
Ok….now to my eats:
Dinner Last Night-
Turkey tenderloin, roasted asparagus and 1/2 of a baked sweet potato.
I of course topped it with a little bit of Earth Balance “Butter” and cinnamon.
This morning I packed my food for the day to go:
Breakfast: Green Monster- banana, spinach, unsweetened almond milk, frozen strawberries, vanilla protein and flax seeds.
Snacks: Gala apple and a low-fat string cheese
Lunch: Leftover Quinoa Salad and the other half of my baked sweet potato from the night before.
My lunch was super orange, huh?
Has anyone else read the Jaycee Dugard book? If so, did you like it? Would anyone be interested in a FFF Book Club?