We Are Black Women Who Don’t Want to be “Fat”

If you’re an avid follower of @threeLOL (and we know you all are!;-), you know that your favorite Polinistas have their fair share of weight, diet, and exercise drama. You can often catch us vacillating between deliciously indulgent dining sprees at hot new restaurants, restrictive cleanses that would make even the strictest vegan choke, and point counts and WeightWatchers weigh-ins.

And the truth is we’ve taken more 25 Days of Fitness pledges than we can count!

Confession: at this moment we are currently in the midst of our favorite “diet/cleanse” plan called the O2 Diet by Keri Glassman. Don’t judge. It totally works! We each dropped 15lbs leading up to our wedding on this plan (and you saw the pics, cute right?!). But somehow those pounds have managed to creep back into our lives…Ugh!

I say all this to say that we are black women, who love black women, and we don’t want to be “fat”. Despite what Alice Randall thinks!

And we know we’re not alone. The black community doesn’t want to be overweight or unhealthy, we just sometimes struggle with finding the balance we need to stay on track, and we don’t always realize the tools we have that are right in front of us.

Luckily, we have our resident environmental education and health guru, a.k.a. DeeTwoCents, to enlighten us. Danielle was interviewed by The Root today on the black obesity epidemic:

The Root: If you could make just one suggestion for people to implement in their daily lives with respect to weight and health, what would it be?

Danielle: It would be to get outdoors and to get moving. The First Lady has talked about “Let’s move,” even if moving just means getting up during a commercial to start moving or just going for a walk outside.

And a part of getting people in touch with their health is recognizing the importance of the outdoors and realizing how inexpensive it is.

Gym memberships: really expensive. Medication: really expensive. Walking: free.

Read the full interview “On Blacks and Fat” at The Root.  Also read, like, and share, Danielle’s op-ed “Can Recess Slow Childhood Obesity” also at The Root.

I don’t know about you but I’m going to take her advice and go out for an evening run through Rock Creek Park and soak up some of the the beautiful spring air.

Let’s Move!