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It was almost a year ago that I stood on the white sandy beaches of Punta Cana for this photoshoot. It was a photoshoot where I was proud of wearing my first body con dress, a type of dress that hugs curves. Perfect for curvy girls with junk in the trunk. I knew that white was unforgiving, but nonetheless I chose it as it favors my complexion and looks great against a backdrop of turquoise waters.
This shoot was also one of self-love. Yes, I was overweight (even though this particular angle hides it well), and yes, I risked showing every dimple and roll in a white body con dress…but I didn’t care. I wanted to document my life no matter what I looked like at this particular moment. I knew I wanted to get in shape, but these photos were not meant to be used as a benchmark to gauge how far I needed to go. Instead, they were celebratory photos because, like my father always says:
I’m older than yesterday but younger than tomorrow.
Shortly after these photos were taken, I started my fitness journey. In the beginning, it was hard. Everything was sore from relatively little activity, and I finally knew just how weak I had allowed my core to become. No wonder it was more tasking to sing; my abdominal muscles weren’t giving me the support I needed.
I learned many things during this journey. One thing I quickly learned was that this had to become a lifestyle. There is no quick fix to weight-loss, at least not for my body somatotype. Endomorphs, like me, tend to have smooth, rounded bodies and we store most of our weight in our lower half. We are very sensitive to carbs, put on weight easily, but of the three somatotypes we have the hardest time losing weight. Once I knew that, I stopped beating myself up when I saw others (mesomorphs) drop dozens of inches in half the time as me.
Because I wanted to document my weight loss journey with pictures while simultaneously encouraging others, I created a separate Instagram account solely for this purpose. Sometimes the scale doesn’t show the changes that you feel are happening. Sometimes the mirror doesn’t reflect the progress you know is happening. Sometimes your mind doesn’t process the changes happening despite the scale and the mirror telling you otherwise.
That picture above is my weight-loss progress from September 1, 2016 through May 16, 2017. I am proud of how far I’ve come, both mentally and physically. Mentally I am much more body confident, and you can see that manifested in my facial expressions. At the same time, I personally feel like my progress isn’t coming as quickly as I would like, and I feel like I’m not alone. Many people quit exercise because they’re not seeing results as quickly as others.
I am excited to tune into The Big Fat Truth as it really addresses the real reasons people struggle with weight, and gives them the tools and the optimism they need to help transform their lives. Using problem-solving and motivational skills, award-winning producer JD Roth takes on the challenge to help save the lives of some of our greatest unsung heroes: teachers, moms, and nurses. The show also has former “The Biggest Loser” contestants, chefs and diabetics on the show. My father is both a former chef and a diabetic, and I am a former teacher, so the show really hits close to home for me.
JD Roth is a reality-TV innovator, championing “transformation television” – programming that celebrates the ability of people to make real changes and improve their lives. As executive producer and host of the new reality series The Big Fat Truth, based on JD’s recently released book of the same name, JD guides and mentors groups of overweight participants, posing challenges and providing the tools they need to accomplish their health and weight loss goals.
JD has a FREE Big Fat 30 Day Challenge where he gives free health and wellness tips to help you on your own journey to better health. Remember, it’s never too late to improve your health and fitness! Be sure to follow along on Facebook and Twitter.