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Big girl working out!

by Jeanette Luis

I’m a big girl, plus size to be exact, and I work out.

Rich foods are a staple in my home and especially in the home I was raised in.Plus size who works outI 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?

 

About the Author

Jeanette was born and raised in New York, but her family hails from the Isla del Encanto / Island of Enchantment. She is a Spanglish speaking, beauty loving, fashion seeking, Latina Mami of two and wife of one. Love her posts? Follow her on Twitter.

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