“AGAINST ALL ODDS”
Excuses prevent us from reaching the levels of success we are all capable of reaching, leaving us merely existing in a life of mediocrity. Not Isa. Isa is not only a mother and successful career woman, she has managed to defy her circumstances and lose the fluff. I had the opportunity to hear her story, and thankful to share it with you all:
I see that you’re a very involved mother and also work full time, but you still manage to prepare healthy meals and keep your health a priority.How do you find balance? Do you have any advice for a mother that feels she can’t make time for both fitness and mommy hood?
Have people treated you differently since your transformation?
I’ve noticed that one similarity that we have was our self confidence prior to losing weight. How important is it to love yourself before a major transformation?
It is very important to love and accept yourself as you are, regardless of whether you plan to make changes or not. Your physical state should not be a means of measuring whether you accept yourself or not. If you can love yourself at your worse, you are going to be infatuated with yourself at your best.
Do you find it difficult to socially interact with family/friends that aren’t as health conscious?
Do you think it’s harder to maintain weight loss or lose weight?
What methods of weight loss have you found work the best long term?
Do you feel that there is any truth to the stereotype/misconception that African American women are more reluctant to adapt to a healthy lifestyle?
Prior to social networks I would have thought this was true because I did know of many African American women who adapting to healthy lifestyles. I think that it has a lot to do with how we are raised and in my family we typically ate “Southern Style Foods” that incorporated a lot of salt, fat, oils, etc. This carried on into my adulthood and I thought that this way of eating was normal. I am sure there are many other African American women who feels the same way. We may be one a few individuals amongst our friends that are opting to living healthier lifestyles and that could be somewhat discouraging when you are looking for help or advice. I believe that social networks have opened the door for many people, specifically African American women to have an outlet for sharing and encouraging each other. This helps make women less reluctant to adapt a healthy lifestyle.
Ultimate cheat meal, no calories will be counted. What’s on the menu?
I would love a huge bowl of homemade chicken Alfredo with extra sauce. Pasta is my weakness and the sauce used to make Alfredo is typically high in calories. Most of the “healthy” Alfredo recipes are still really high in calories. With that said I would love to indulge in this meal if I were able to.