Big Girl Mentality

I was deeply moved by an article Nancy Schuessler posted titled Excess Baggage. In her article she mentioned something that hit home for me and for so many people that are overweight. She discussed what so many overweight people deal with on a daily basis – not being able to be seen past the “round shape.”

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I was deeply moved by an article Nancy Schuessler posted titled Excess Baggage. In her article she mentioned something that hit home for me and for so many people that are overweight. She discussed what so many overweight people deal with on a daily basis – not being able to be seen past the “round shape.”

I sat and thought for a while about this. Did I ever feel like people looked past me because I traded in my hour glass shape for a round robust shape? I’m not quite sure but I do know that going from a slender body to a really big round one made me feel insecure and ugly. I no longer walked into a room with my head held high, posture straight, and wreaking of confidence or what some would mistaken for conceitedness. Looking back I realized that I suffered from “big girl mentality.”

Well what is that - I’m sure you’re wondering. It’s when you allow yourself to be lost in a crowd, you hide behind already big clothes, and you allow yourself to lose a sense of who you are and begin to identify yourself as the “fat person.” It’s when you do not allow yourself to reach your full potential because that would mean that you have to put yourself out there on display for all to see.  It’s all in your mind some say, others say you have to learn to love yourself, and still others say you’re just not comfortable in your own skin. I say, this was never the way I used to be. Anyone who knows me will say what I described above certainly is not me and yet sadly, that person was me for 6 years!

It was when I started on this journey with Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen that I took control back and decided I needed to let go of that “big girl mentality.” Losing over 30lbs and 3 dress sizes has freed me from the emotional baggage that comes from being overweight. I know that along with proper nutrition, exercise, and a SUPER support team that I can be - no, no that I am that confident woman again! Did you get to see me in that reveal dress? Talk about a surge of confidence - whew!!

So now I’m on a mission to help free other women from this nasty, despicable villain also known as “big girl mentality.” Ladies, if you are reading this and can identify with what I am talking about, just know that you are so much more then a shape. You are a creation with so many wonderful gifts and are able to accomplish so many things - please believe it and believe in yourselves. Together we will regain confidence and show the world what we have to offer! I am here for you all.

Until next time!

Blog written by Stacy Rodriguez
Stacy is a wife and mother of 2 very active children who found that her commitment to exercise and wellness shifted during child...