Monday, July 30, 2012

I Am Not A Model, And I Don't Play One On T.V.

I am a real woman with curves. I am not a size 2. I have hips and a butt (that I have grown to love, this wasn't always so.) I used to get embarassed if someone mentioned my "big ole butt."


But now I love my booty. I check it out in the mirror all the time. Especially at the gym....

I work out at the gym about 5 days a week, one or two days a week with weights (8 and 15 lbs) and using the machines. Most days I will take a class, I try to switch it up so that my body won't get complacent. I take hip hop dance classes, Zumba (just really getting into Zumba, not my fave), and Turbo Kick. I swear those hip hop classes have me thinking that I can be a video girl! As soon as 2 Live Crew gets back together, I'm auditioning to be Main Video Girl. #Promise.

I really like my body these days because I feel strong. Mentally and physically. I don't say that to sound like a braggart, this has been a long road to accept my body without a "If only." If only my *fill in the blank* were bigger/smaller/more this/less that then I could love it. 
A few years ago, I became used to hiding in my clothes. I didn't want to draw unwanted attention to myself. I think I was the original Man Repeller, lol. But now I like who I am. Working out consistently has helped me with that. I have worked out in spurts before now, rollerblading, kickboxing, running on the treadmill but I think that the diversity of the classes at the gym is what helps me stay on track.
I think of working out as a relationship, you have to put in the work to get the results that you want. There is no quick fix.


My body isn't perfect. But it's been kind to me. And don't get me wrong, I still have my moments . But I accept it. For all that it is. Not so much for what it isn't. Anybody else with me?

P.S. I got this suit at Wal-Mart for ten bucks ($5 each piece.)

27 comments:

Tanvi said...

From where I see you, - You look AWESOME!!!!

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Candice said...

You go girl! You look fantastic..

MissKroberts said...

You go!!! I have been where you are now and am now where you were. Sigh. Ive picked my healthy lifestyle back up and am hopeful I can regain that comfort level again!
You look fantabulous!!

Kyla said...

Yes! You are AWESOME!!!!

laniza said...

That last shot is everything!

Sing said...

Great post and so inspiring. Congrats on your body acceptance. I am slowly getting there and I think we as women the older we get, the more important this viewpoint is to have. You look awesome!

Sarah Beacom said...

Visiting you from City Girl Gone Country!

LOVE this post. I am half caucasian and half latina. I got all of the "whitey" looks, from my blue eyes to my freckled nose and blonde hair to match.... EXCEPT for my body's curves. I was blessed by my mother's genes, given a big 'ole booty and thunderous hips to match (paired with a not so small bust, as well). It took me YEARS to accept that my body was sexy, and not just different. I think it was especially difficult because I had so many white girl features, but just DIDN'T fit into white girl's clothing. it was depressing. Now, I cover my "hopeful" billboard with celebrities like Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Lopez, Betty Page, and Marilyn Monroe, among others. That and knowing that my curves are actually attractive to the male species, has built my confidence to rock it and flaunt what I've got... but it's been a long road to get there, and I still struggle with doubt from time to time.

So, THANK YOU, for posting this! It's an inspiration to know other women are accepting and loving their curves. Seriously.

I'm following now, and look forward to future posts :-)

Hope to catch you back on my blog!

Sarah B Texas @ City Girl Gone Country
http://sarahbtexas.blogspot.com

ari said...

WOW! Your body looks amazing and you should be proud of it! It's good when you can get to a place of comfort with the skin you are in.. so many of us are so unhappy with our bodies nowadays!

Nic said...

great post! you're beautiful and you have a great body! love the suit and the fact that it was $10 makes me love it even more ;-)

~nic
www.nics-picks.com

Carsedra McKoy said...

Gurl you better WERK that swim suit!!! You look awesome!!!

I feel you on how you felt about your body, I have those days too, not as often as I used to but I have them. Getting passed what I didn't like about my body and coming to grips of where I was helped me to really embrace the changes that needed to be made. Now I am on my way to a better me.

In a few months I am going to be able to take me some pictures like these, hehehe!! I won't be warm enough outside to actually wear the swim suit out, but darn it I am still going to take my pictures!!! LOL


Carsedra of:

http://www.embracingtherealme.com/

http://sweets4yourtooth.blogspot.com/

GFS said...

Slaying these ho*es...
Lynching these beeyaches...


(I'm so childish.... Hee Hee)

*runs out of the room*

Lol!

Robyn @ Robyn♥s Nest said...

You are both beautiful and brave. An inspiration.

CayceShea said...

Love this post! And your body is smokin! You look fab! ;-)

Ticka said...

Nothing but awesomeness in this post. Love the bikini! I'm still working on the full acceptance thing. Just posted about my big ole legs. I'm a work in progress.

Did I mention that you look great?!

Tye said...

girl you look FAB and the post is so inspiring. I'm on track and working on getting there myself. Keep up the great work and do you :)

Tye
www.diaryofachicmommy.com

Tavia Mac said...

Girl girl girl...I was just thinking this same exact thing and was working on a post similar. But I don't think I could have expressed myself any better than you have. You are looking fabulous!

Tavia

Ondreu said...

Thanks for inspiring us all to look inward and know our true beauty is width enjoying.. You look amazing.

Quala said...

You look GREAT!!! I'm definitely inspired to get back on track with working out!

http://allthingsmeee.blogspot.com

Mello said...

I don't appreciate the slap in the face with these pics. LOL. I haven't been to the gym in 2 weeks, and will surely pig out on vacay this weekend. #slacker

Miss Dre said...

You look awesome! And this was such a great read. Learning to love ourselves, and getting rid of that "if only" talk is a step many of us are struggling with. So I salute you for sharing these pics and this message!

sun-kissed said...

You look and are fantastic and an inspiration! Wurk honey!

Chiquita Nate' said...

You look great. Fit and healthy. Great post.

YoyosFashions said...

You look fab!! You go girl!!

Nikkipooh said...

Raises hand! You know I know about the big butt and thigh clan all too well. I lost a few pounds, but mama still got it. I hid it for years, but the long dresses has me channeling my inner Evelyn from BBW with more junk in the trunk! Walmart rocks, I don't care what they say!

kt said...

You got Trina beat! You're the baddest chick. I had to get on my teen daughter about her body acceptance. She is 12 with no gut,big thighs and huge breasts. I told her in few years she will say"why did I hate this, what was I thinking!"LOL

L said...

You look absolutely stunning! The hard work always pays off, and clearly you've been putting in work at the gym. I love that you didn't just emphasize appearance but also the fact that you're exercising to get what you want.

creatividualworkshops said...

You look great. Go girl!

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