We’ve all seen some gaudy weight loss commercial with a overly zealous lady claiming to have gone from a size 18 to size a 4, or my personal favorite, the sista who boasts about going from a size eight to a size 2. We are annoyed with statements like “I can finally fit into my skinny jeans” or “I don’t have to hide my swimsuit behind a beach towel.” But how often have we actually heard the word “health?” Not often. This is because for ages skinny was seen as the pillar of health. But lately there has been a slight change within our community in particular. Are we as women of color finally embracing our hips and thighs? Are we finally placing some of the emphasis on health?
Women from all walks of life proudly speak of making lifestyle changes for health reasons. Take celebs like Angie Stone, Queen Latifah or Jill Scott, who have all had a health-inspired weight loss. These women speak proudly of their healthy living transitions. And they remain curvy and fabulous with no apologies, as they should.
This is something we should all take heed to–especially we fitness and health enthusiasts. I will promote healthy living and fitness as long as there is breath in my body. However, I will no longer encourage some sort of illusion of what healthy “looks” like. Maybe I’m wrong but I don’t believe there’s a look for finally combating and breaking generational curses of hypertension, chronic obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Oh, but there is a feeling–it’s called good health and joy!
The message and intentions should be health first. Whether your goal is to look better in your little black dress, and or reduce health disparities, be kind to your body and your body will be kind to you. Live in peace, do the work, and ALL of the right things will begin to happen from the inside out!
I love when people stay true to what works for them. Whether you are a size 2 by nature or by choice, or a size 14, please rock the skin you’re in boldly. But with all that rocking and self-embracing take time to do some self-assessment. Love yourself enough to know when it’s time to make the necessary changes to live in good health. The most beautiful woman is the one who knows her value is not in her dress size but in the size of her character and heart. She will settle for nothing less than an altruistic, abundant and healthy life.
Coach P. is a Wellness Coach and Nutrition Expert from New Jersey. She is WEGO Health, Health Activist and a member of The American Nutrition Association. “Healthy living isn’t about perfection. It’s all about balance; besides, I appreciate cheat days.” – Coach P. Connect with her on Twitter @coachpcare and www.coachpcares.info.