Why I Believe in Healthy Curves Rock + My Wellness Wish For You
I’ve struggled with my weight for years. As a child, I was chubby. I enjoyed the rice and beans prepared by my Haitian grandmother as much as I enjoyed Twinkies. Food made me happy. But as I got older, I realized that my love for food led to extra weight, body image issues, and years of navigating how mean other kids can be.
Later in life, I also realized that carrying extra weight was setting me up for a future I wasn’t interested in living. With a strong family history of diabetes and strokes, I knew something had to change. In college, I finally changed my relationship with food and fitness, and the extra weight came off. At my thinnest (between a size 8 and 10) I was still considered “thick” by societal standards, but I was happy, though. I loved my curves and I became fully committed to living my best life through fitness and healthy food choices.
After a decade of sustaining most of the weight loss, I started having children. Cravings and the busyness and stresses of life led to several poor choices. The weight started to find its way back to my hips and thighs, and it would NOT let go. Now, almost 10 years and three kids after my initial weight loss, I have gained some of the weight back and my body has changed in many ways. Stretch marks greet me when I pull my shirt off and my hips are even wider than they once were. These babies changed my life in more ways than one.
And honestly, I almost got caught up. I started feeling bad about my body and the extra weight. But then I had a moment of clarity. I am not apologizing to ANYONE for my stretch marks, my hips, or anything else that makes me who I am. I earned it all. And you know what? I am still just as committed to fitness. People seem to think that being healthy and living well means you need a six-pack and super toned thighs. I reject that. I think living well is about lifestyle choices. It’s about managing your life and your health through fitness, self-care, and healthy eating. It’s about choosing how you live your life instead of simply accepting the hand that you’ve been dealt.
When Vida approached me about partnering with her to make Healthy Curves Rock a success, I was honored. I was also very proud of Vida for starting a brand that is dedicated to meeting the needs of today’s women. Whether you wear a size 10 or a size 24, Healthy Curves Rock is here for you. We don’t judge and we certainly don’t box people in. One size does NOT fit all. We are all different. We have different bodies with different needs. We each have different health concerns and different family histories.
But what we ALL have in common is this: We all want to live well. Sure, we stumble. We often make poor choices. We have issues (yes, we all have issues). But we all want better lives. We all want to be healthy and happy. We all want to thrive and feel good about the skin we are in.
I don’t know where you are on your wellness journey (or where you have been). But I do know that I want you to live! I want you to smile when you look at your body in the mirror. I want you to eat foods that taste good AND make you feel good. I want you to go to therapy when you need it. I want you to find ways to be fit without ever feeling miserable. And I want you to be able to gain and lose weight without feeling like the number on the scale defines who you are. It doesn't. It never has. And I am so sorry if you’ve spent your life feeling that way. I know I, unfortunately, spent a good part of my life believing that mess.
So let’s do this together. Let’s move. Let’s eat. Let’s love. Let’s live.
And let’s do all of it without apology.
Because you deserve to. We all do. That’s reason enough for me. I hope it is for you, too. I want this for you. I want to see you win. I want to see you healthy. I want to see you happy and in love with yourself. This is my wellness wish for you.
Thank you for being here. We can’t wait to embark on this wellness journey with you. I promise that we are here for you and we will strive to give you everything you want and need while you strive to live your very best life.
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