Rich foods are a staple in my home and especially in the home I was raised in.I doubt that will change– my heritage brings me great food pleasure and my mother’s pasteles will always be one of my favorite foods.
See I have always had a weight issue. Being born at 13 pounds, I was quite a feat for my mother who only weighted 90lbs at the time. My mother would be asked my age. They all assumed I was 3 or 6 months old; meanwhile I was freshly out the hospital several days before. Growing up I was always referred to as “gordita” and although it did bother me sometimes, I knew it was the truth – I was.
I have come to terms that I will never be thin. Fact is I don’t want to be. I love my Spanish curves and don’t ever want to lose them. I also love to eat and I don’t want to lose that either.
Knowing that Latinos run a high risk in heart disease, I take good care of myself. Fact is I have yearly physicals that include gynecological, mammograms and I even have a heart specialist that I see regularly. One of the other things I do is workout on a regular basis. I have done taebo, turbo jam, yoga, walking… you name it I probably did it. I workout 2-3 times a week and although I don’t always love it, my insides do. I am not wasting my time working out, I am actually extending my time here in this world.
The Lord has made me pleasantly plump and what I do with it is what I am in charge of. God has blessed me and has kept me with good stats; my blood work is great, my cholesterol is low and my sugar is balanced.
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Now I want to lose some weight but not what everyone thinks I should. See many people don’t see a plus size person as being healthy. Assumption is if you’re overweight you must have a million aliments, but the fact is I don’t. I have friends and family, at a much lower weight than I, that have a slew of health issues that I do not.
In the health department, we all know that a workout, even a low impact one, beats a session of television and a box of chocolates but sometimes that is simply what I want – well maybe not a box.
Bottom line is I will not give up on the food of my culture and I will not give up on my health either. They are equally important to me. Yes, I am a plus size Latina, one who values her body and her cultura/culture. I work out. I am vigilant about my health and proud of my Latinalicious™ curves!
Let’s talk! Are you a big girl who works out? Are people surprised when they find out?