Welcome to the fifth installment of HelloBeautiful’s new series “Diaries of a Skinny Fat Girl.” Each week HelloBeautiful will go underneath the skinny jeans and loose fitting shirts of our readers to uncover their battles of the bulge. This week we’re hearing from “The Young Mom Who’s Dedicated To Losing The Baby Weight.”
Over the next few weeks, we will get to know Rashida and follow her journey as works to loosing 10-14lbs.
This time last year, I didn’t recognize the woman I was looking at in the mirror and it was the same day I decided to start dieting. I had gained 44 pounds since my son was born which was almost eight years ago. Standing at 5’2 and weighing 193lbs and I did NOT feel pretty, I was ready to change. I’ll admit, there is no easy way in breaking bad eating habits that’s been stuck with you for almost a decade. The only answer to shedding the weight was to change my lifestyle inside out.
It’s been a year and so far I’ve lost 30 pounds with 10-14lbs to go. While I have lost the weight, the biggest challenge has been from keeping the weight off. I still love junk food, I still love soul food and I still have to force myself to go to the gym but I’m working at it!
When all you can think about are chicken wings, cheese pizzas, french fries and that delicious Ben & Jerry’s temptation is in the red zone and beauties, you must resist.
The most rewarding part of this journey comes from looking in the mirror and finally seeing “Rashida.” I see that confident, beautiful, young woman and a mother staring back at me; it feels GREAT!
How great? I could wear an Alexander Wang dress, rock the runway during NYFW and look better than all these skinny supermodels. That’s how confident I am feeling!
For the following weeks, I will be taking you beauties on my weight-loss journey and how this influences my personal and professional life.
I got a lot of fun stuff coming up. I will be visiting New York city and attend some red-carpet events like Arise’s Made in Africa collective during NYFW and the WEEN awards. The journey does not end there, I’ll also be visiting the hottest boutiques in the city starting with DLUX.
After my six-day-visit to NY, I am flying to Surinam to enjoy a well-deserved four-week vacation. That is going to be a BIG challenge, cause the sun, the atmosphere and that delicious Caribbean food will make it hard for me to keep my routine but I can do this, I have to.
When you beauties are tempted by a cheesy pizza think of what Kate Moss once said: “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”