Meeting Amanda Latona: Inspiration and Motivation

With my last blog, focusing on the negativity of Nicole Arbour, I decided to counter that negativity with some positivity meeting my inspiration and motivation in my weight loss and fitness journey BSN Athlete and IFFB Pro Amanda Latona Kulco. When I first got interested in fitness and began researching new exercise and fitness tips, I came upon the Fitness RX webpage on Facebook, it offered tips and tricks from some of the top athletes and professionals in the field and Amanda Latona was one of them. Before I watched the first video of her Fitness Rx for women series ” No, if’s ands or butts” I remember thinking how pretty she was and how someone who looked like her would probably be so into fitness that she would talk down to or dimiss others that might not be so fit like some other videos I’ve seen but that was nothing of the sort. Her videos were inspiring and engaing and motivating. She talks to her viewers and fans like old friends, and tailors her exercises to fit every woman’s fitness level. She is real and down to earth and says it like it is, so when I heard about the Europa Games in Atlantic City I knew I had to go, not only because it would be a fun day getting to experience new and different things like seeing a bodybuilding show, participating in contests and getting free samples of fitness goodies. I hoped I would be able to meet her. I tweeted her a number of times to find out where she would be appearing and she said she would be making a number of stops but didn’t list anything specific except the Arnold. I waited and kept checking to see where she would appear, still nothing. When I heard about the Europa Games, I asked her if she was going to go and never got an answer, I decided to go anyway, the day before the expo she tweeted she was on her way to Atlantic City and I knew THIS WAS IT! I was going to meet Amanda Latona I had no doubt in my mind it was going to happen.

When my companion and I got to the expo I made a beeline for the BSN booth the company Amanda represents, It was only the first few minutes after the expo doors had opened but I found my way to the BSN booth and low and behold standing in front of me was Amanda Latona,  I think the first thing I said was ” You’re beautiful” and she said “Thank You” I showed her my Team Amanda shirt and talked to her about the Oxygen Challenge and my weight loss and showed her the pics. She spent almost 30 minutes with me chatting, listening, giving me tips and tricks on exercise and nutrition, she said I’m here to help. She is so sweet and motivating and real. She’ll tell you to eat that Peanut butter cup, or that she eats chocolate every night.  With the challenege having so many different body types and different people with different goals she tries to help us all and accept everyone for who they and not what they look like. What makes us beautiful is what’s on the inside and that’s radiated to what’s on the outside. I am so happy to have met her because she truly is beautiful in every way. I am a big believer in everything happens for a reason, everyone in my life has taught me a lesson, or given me a gift whether, it be friendship, love, advice, inspiration. I just hope I can give some of what has been given to me back to others.11988678_10153660456003092_1244119304766118194_n

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DEAR FAT PEOPLE: MY RESPONSE TO NICOLE ARBOUR

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DEAR FAT PEOPLE! Now that I have your attention this is my response to the controversial video posted on You Tube by “Comedienne” Nicole Arbour. Although many have commented on the video and although it has been said many times it is an example of fat shaming, done in the most derogatory, insulting and hurtful way. It is obvious in her delivery that Arbour’s whole point was to create a social media buzz, as negative as it may have been, what’s that saying “ There’s no such thing as bad publicity” just ask the Kardashians, so we can go on talking about Nicole Arbour, how bad it was and why she did it but then we would be just feeding the controversy. It’s really in her rational that I have a problem,

As a former “Fattie” having lost 100lbs and kept it off, but someone who also still struggles with her own body image issues is you can’t make assumptions and generalizations about all overweight and obese people. There are many reasons for a person to be overweight whether it’s genetic, or health related, are they an emotional eater? Is it to medical condition they are suffering from? These are some of the questions she and others should ask themselves before they judge others for their own amusement and make assumptions many most of the time aren’t true.

Not all fat people are obese, not all fat people are lazy, and not all fat people eat a lot. In her video Arbour makes all of these assumptions and more. If you have to judge someone to make yourself feel better about yourself or think it’s funny it’s just your own insecurities that will come to light and like many have said if you have to say you’re a “comedienne” 20 times throughout your video you become the butt of the joke because many of us missed your punch line.

Everybody has their breaking point, or moment of transformation where they want to change their life and take that step to lose weight to get healthier, fitter, look better, so many take longer than others or never decide to change but that’s not anyone to judge. For me, the breaking point was the number on the scale and not being able to recognize myself in the mirror. Dealing with what made me overweight a medical condition and the medication I was on was hard to deal with and I am proud of what I was able to accomplish and do but it isn’t easy every day is a struggle to reach goals and get where I want to be and it takes effort, determination and belief that you can get there. Even with the weight loss, I have experienced skinny-shaming for those who can’t understand why I want to be fit or healthy or look good, but it’s not about them understanding it’s about what I want and what makes me happy. I have good days and I have bad days, but I will never go back to where I used to be. I might never hit the number I want or be Miss America, but I won’t stop making goals or chasing my dreams and what is important to me. I don’t think someone like Nicole Arbour should judge anybody because you can be pretty on the outside, but ugly on the inside and what Arbour has done is nothing but ugly, so before you judge someone, look inside yourself first.

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