The Latte Years: A Story of Losses, Gains and Life Beyond the After Photo

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At twenty-four Philippa Moore is overweight, unhappily married, and still living in her hometown of Hobart, Tasmania. After a wake-up call in a department-store changing room, Phil suddenly realises that she is on the wrong path. What happened to the high-achieving, vivacious young woman she once was? With determination and courage she takes control of her life, shedding the kilos and her dying relationship, and starting over again in Melbourne, where she launches an award-winning health and fitness blog, Skinny Latte.

Despite her success, however, something is still missing. Determined to find it, Phil sets out on an international odyssey, travelling the length and breadth of North America and throwing herself into every new experience she encounters. A tarot reader in New Mexico tells her a dark, handsome husband is in her future but, still scarred from her failed relationship, she can scarcely bring herself to believe it. When she arrives in London, though, she finds the life she has always been looking for – and with it, just as the tarot cards predicted, new love. From running the London marathon to being made redundant, she leaps over every hurdle she encounters, coming to realise that, as she says, ‘excuses for not doing the things that you dream of doing are just that: excuses.’

More than a weight-loss memoir, this is a story of a life restarted, and the battles that are still to be won once the ‘after’ photo has been taken. Told with humour and insight, Phil’s story is one of courage and perseverance, which can’t fail to inspire everyone who reads it to live their best life.