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From Frugivore — Last week, Frugivore published an article about the growing number of Black “thinspo” photos and blogs floating about. Some people voiced concern.

I think it misses the target.

Instead of “thinspo,” we need “fitspo.”

I won’t hurl all the statistics about Black women and obesity at you. I’m sure you’ve heard them enough. Plus, I hate how the media always targets overweight people saying they are at higher risks of a) “the sugar” b) hypertension c) heart disease and d) the inability to find a good Black man but don’t refer to people with “normal weight” who have these issues as well.

And this is where I feel “FitSpo,” instead of “Thinspo,” can come in.

For “Fitspo” spans larger than looking a certain way. “Fitspo” bleeds over into your food choices, medical choices, and attitude. Instead of focusing on size, the focus is on being fit — physically, emotionally and mentally.

“FitSpo” for Me

I’m going to get personal. I’m starting (or restarting if I’m honest) a fitness journey.

According to the BMI chart, I’m obese. Funny, I don’t feel obese. I don’t have any health issues constantly thrown together with obesity. But, at 5’3 and 185 pounds, that’s where I’m at.

I’m a pescetarian, and steadily reducing my sugar and non-complex carb intake. I eat healthier than many of my skinny friends. So I’d appreciate it if the terrors of fatness weren’t tossed at me just because of my size.

(Read the rest at Frugivore)

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  • CurlySue

    Well, my bf and I are beginning the Insanity at-home workout series and I will need all the inspiration and motivation I can get because it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. Six pack abs, here I come!

    • overseas_honeybee

      Go head on @curlysue. I’m in the same boat as the author, been a pescetarian for almost a year but I love sweets, cheese and bread. No problem hitting the gym, just gotta tighten up my nutrition. I would be interested in more Fitspo info. We need to encourage each other to get serious about fitness.

    • LemonNLime

      Good luck you two! I am 40 lbs away from my goal (already lost 40 lbs), closer than I have ever been before! I have gone vegetarian and am dancing, swimming, and Brazilian Butt Lifting my way down these last 40 lbs! I feel like the more we encourage each other the better!

    • Nat

      I started insanity 3 weeks ago and love it. Just remember to eat enough to fuel the work out. And drink H20 like no other!!

    • CurlySue

      Thanks, y’all! I’ve been with my bf for two years and went from a size 8/10 to a size 14, the biggest I’ve ever been. Sucks big time. I envy women who can gain weight and still feel awesome and fabu. That’s just not me. I feel uncomfy in my own body and def not muy sexy. The way I look at it, I’m just returning to the best version of “me”. Congrats to you, LemonNLime! That’s a huge accomplishment and you should be very proud of yourself! Keep it up! And thanks for the info, Nat. I love talking to people who have done Insanity or are currently doing it.

    • Bri

      Good luck! :) It’s a really great workout! I finished it two years ago, and I’m back on it to raise my endurance. You might feel hungrier during Insanity though, so fuel up on some healthy foods!

  • Biba

    Here’s a site I occasionally visit for inspiration. It’s a tumblr by two Kenyan girls trying to reach their fitness goals.

    http://kurlsontherun.tumblr.com/

    • Biba

      And there are lots of other tumblrs out there about female fitness etc.