In 1998, Mary T. Prenon vowed to lose 50 pounds no matter how long it took.
Nineteen years later, she finally achieved her goal and is ready to share her story with the world.
The Cortlandt Manor resident has just completed her first book, “I’m Lazy and I Love to Eat,” a short, inspirational yet humorous account of her almost two-decade struggle to drop the weight and get in shape.
Portion control, negative body image and the allure of countless fad diets were just a few of the hurdles she had to overcome.
Sudden employment changes, the deaths of her father, godmother, and lifelong best friend, plus everyday stress caused many frustrating weight regains, but through it all, Prenon never gave up.
Prenon tells her story with laugh-out-loud relatability and heartbreaking honesty. In some chapters, she includes lightly disparaging poetry about her weight, which she wrote through the years.
Most chapters conclude with a list of helpful hints, including how to stay motivated, find the right gym, make healthy eating choices and deal with inevitable setbacks. She ends the book with personal recommendations for easy-prep meals and a summarizing list of dos and don’ts.
“Basically, it’s the true-life story of a middle-aged woman who was determined to shed the pounds and get in shape – no matter what,” Prenon said. “It also includes lots of true funny stories, photos and some good solid advice on what to do and how to do it.”
Prenon holds a bachelor of arts in journalism from Temple University and has written nearly a thousand newspaper and magazine articles throughout her life. She has a background in broadcast and print news, and currently works full time as communications director for the Hudson Gateway Association of REALTOR® in White Plains.
In addition, Prenon is a New York State licensed Esthetician, and is certified in Reflexology. She owns and operates GreenEarth Organic Facials, a spa in Cortlandt Manor.
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