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Fit Not Healthy

How one woman's obession to be the best almost killed her

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


Being fit is something many people aspire to – but what happens when an enjoyable challenge becomes an obsession? 

Fit Not Healthy is the gripping story of Vanessa Alford, a young woman who enjoyed running as a way to keep herself fit and healthy. She soon discovers she has a talent for long-distance running and trains for her first marathon. . She loves it – and soon sets her sights on the 2005 Melbourne Marathon. When she finishes in under three hours and in third place, Vanessa is offered commercial sponsorships and attracts the attentions of elite coaches. 

Instead of enjoying her win however, she is driven to improve her performance. She pushes her body harder and further, determined to become the best runner she can be. Despite her increasing success and her own training as a physiotherapist she soon finds herself trapped in a spiral of extreme dieting and exercise in order to improve her performances and maintain her ‘fit and healthy’ look.

Ignoring the growing concern of her family and friends, Vanessa denies there is anything unhealthy about her fitness training, until the day she finds her body has started rebelling against her …

A compelling story about the dangers of overexercising and chasing perfection in a society that rewards and applauds the fastest and the fittest.

Vanessa Alford, a physiotherapist by training, lectures in sports medicine and is completing her Doctorate of Philosophy in Indigenous Health. She also teaches clinical pilates. She still enjoys running and is committed to maintaining a healthy life balance. Vanessa lives in Melbourne with her husband and two daughters.

 ‘I congratulate Vanessa for writing and sharing about an important and often silent aspect of an athlete's experience with food and training.  Her raw honesty about her treacherous battle with her inner voice and revelations will inspire many and are a testament to her strength and integrity.’
Anna Vassallo, Accredited practising dietitian

Customer Reviews

Inspiring and eye opening!

Wonderful book I couldn't put down. I could relate in many aspects with my own fitness journey.
I highly recommend it for any athlete at any level and any sport!

Loved this book!

This was a raw and at times heart wrenching story. It is a story about the power of love, the strength of family relationships and one woman's fight against the demon's in her head. This is a must read book and one I just couldn't put down.

Fit Not Healthy
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Published: 15 December 2014
  • Publisher: Finch Publishing
  • Seller: Finch Publishing Pty Ltd
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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