There are things that I used to regard as impossible. My mind, like many of yours, has an awful tendency to insert nasty seeds of negativity when it dared to dream. Slowly but surely, however, doubts are subsiding as I recognize that I have succeeded at many things in the past, and I am succeeding at things in the present.
Being a morbidly obese 450+ pound twenty-something is nothing I would wish on my worst enemy. Yet somehow I allowed my body to get to that nightmare after years of self-doubt created an environment so foggy I didn't know how to escape. Having this blog as an outlet to hammer out my thoughts is one of the best things I've ever done for myself. Through your kind words and encouragement, I've found a community of my own that made it possible for me to share my journey – no matter how impossible I thought it might be. Each comment left sticks with me throughout my days of fighting the urge to binge eat or completely give up on finding the finish-line of success.
A couple of weeks ago when my photo was on Shape Magazine's website, I had quite an emotional breakthrough. This publication that I regularly read (along with a bevy of other fitness magazines and websites) recognized that there is achievement in losing 113 pounds, even if that means I'm still over 300 pounds. My round belly and size 22/24 body has found an online home where millions of people go for fitness advice and inspiration. If they can allow and recognize this, can't others?
I'm a FitFluential Ambassador, and in being so, I am getting the opportunity right now to be heard by fitness magazines in print and online, and also to be seen by fitness related brands. I was flabbergasted when ENELL Sports Bras agreed to let me handle their social media and write for their blog. A plus size fitness writer and brand ambassador for a sports bra company? Mind shattered.
Companies who are listening:
- I am using this opportunity to toss out the pre-conceived notions that only rock-hard bodies or celebrities can represent fitness.
- The lessons learned in the middle of a healthy living quest are often the ones that are most overlooked as we focus so much on the “before” and “after.”
- It's wonderful to have celebrity trainers featured, however it would also be wonderful to have people of all sizes featured, doing moves that are modified for them, and getting sage advice from those who know how hard it is to be large than average.
- Let the average woman share her experience and talk to others in efforts to learn more about healthy living
Here are some recent appearances:
- Levo League: Beyond the Books: Unexpected Lessons From Business School
- Lexington Herald-Leader: Lexington Blogger Shares Her Weight Loss Story
- ACE Weekly: I was the fat kid in Georgia
- My favorite posts
- Press mentions/TV
- Posts written on behalf of ENELL sports bras
- My videos on YouTube
Want to know more? Email me (emmie -at- skinnyemmie -dot- com) and I'll give you a full bio and background.