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Mia Amber Davis: model, entertainer, motivator.

If you’re like me and are a plus-size Fashion Junkie you have seen Mia Amber Davis don fabulous frocks across several well known fashion sites, magazines and have been featured on different shows. At the time I had no idea who she was but I thought she was stunningly beautiful when I would see her sporting clothes for Monif C. and Ashley Stewart, to name a few, I wanted to be like her. I want(ed) to look like her. She was a gorgeous woman and multi-talented. On top of being a plus-size model, Mrs. Davis was a producer for Divorce Court in Los Angeles, Creative Editor-at-Large for Plus Magazine,  and a blogger. Not only that, but she too was a HUGE advocate for health at every size and size acceptance. According to her friends she was a dynamic woman, and it showed in her presence. Her love for the people she represented was to vast that anyone who needed her advice and help could receive it.

No, I never had the opportunity to meet her but now knowing all I do about her I wish I would have had the chance.

She was an advocate. She was a model. She was an actress. She was a wife. She was an editor. She was beautiful inside and out… And for all of this Mia Amber Davis is this month’s Featured Fashionista. Rest in peace. You will be missed.

Note: Mrs. Davis passed away on May 10, 2011. Mia Amber Davis, 36 passed shortly after having knee surgery in Los Angeles, CA. She is survived by her husband Mike Yard.

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Hello Cyboys and Cygirls!

I hope this message finds you well. I’ve decided to keep myself focused and hopefully to help you all stay focused on health, happiness, and self-love, I will be  featuring at least one new song per month on Girl vs Girth. Why? Well, I told you before I use music to push myself forward aka motivate myself to get up and do something! So, I want to share my recent picks for motivational songs with you! Now, I’m not guaranteeing that the song will be fitness related, but it will be a song to motivate , inspire, and urge you to keep on keeping on…and sometimes it’s just going to be something I’m grooving to at the moment. :~)

Now, I know you all know Beyoncé’s Get Me Bodied. It had us sweating to bits in the club and of course is a permanent staple on my workout playlists. However, en-light of Mrs. Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign Beyoncé has been gracious enough to remix the song and gear it toward getting kids off of the couch and moving! Not only that but the Campaign also discusses nutrition , the elimination of food deserts, as well as the importance of parents and caregivers also being active healthy examples for their children. So as Beyoncé said in Get Me Bodied, “Snap for the kids. Snap for the kids. Snap in a circle three times…” *snap* *snap*

Maybe you didn’t know but I love Mrs. Obama to bits. I think she is a brilliant, inspirational, intelligent person and I am proud that she is starting a campaign to fight childhood obesity. Seeing as I was an obese child and am now an obese adult I understand the importance of instituting healthy eating and activity habits as a youngster. I wish someone recognized this problem when I was young instead of calling my obvious obesity “baby fat.” (Sidenote: I was 10…that was just regular fat.) Don’t think you have to be a kid to take part in this campaign; it’s for all of us: short, tall, big, small, black, white, young, old…It’s about getting America moving and I, for one, am partaking in this with full force.

So today I urge you to learn the flash dance/workout routine from the video. It’s easy. Do it around your house…In the club…with friends…at weddings…IN CHURCH! AMEN! (ok maybe not in church…lol) But you get the picture. It’s fun! It will get you pumped to workout.  Instead of jogging or running to warm up (*yawn* BO-RIIIIIINNNNNNNNGGGGG) DANCE TO THIS! I’m not a fitness expert. I’m not sure how many calories this song burns but I can tell you this, as a fellow fatty I was up dancing in no time. :~) So give it a try. The song says it best, “I ain’t worried doing me tonight. A little sweat ain’t neva hurt nobody. Don’t just stand there on a wall! Everybody Move Your Body. Move Your Body. MOVE YOUR BODY!”

Lemon Berry Smoothie Remix

Image by terriseesthings via Flickr

I always scoffed at the idea of meal replacement drinks. *cough* Slim Fast. However, making my own smoothies have been a God send. I usually never finish it all and it’s better than eating breakfast food which I find to be DRECK! It’s easy because you have everything you need (Protein, Carbs, Fat) in one glass and it’s delicious. So the next time you think about grabbing something sweet and doughy for breakfast while running out of the door try a quick smoothie.

And if you’re worried about this becoming time-consuming I’ve added a few helpful hints.

  • Put all your smoothie ingredients together ahead of time  into a resealable container all you have to do is add Ice and low-fat milk and go!
  • Pre-measure and baggie…Since the ingredients you will be using in your smoothies can also be healthy snacks (berries, carrots, etc.) just place them in small baggies to grab as either or.
  • Make more ahead of time…just be careful not to keep it for more than an extra day. I’ve found that smoothies especially with veggies in them are awful after two days of sitting.
  • Try Soy or Almond Milk. They are delicious and extremely nutritious.
  • Looking for a chocolate fix? Try making a chocolate shake with Light Chocolate Silk. It’s 90 calories per cup and blended with ice and a half of banana is delicious.
  • If you don’t want to shell out big bucks for quality protein powder, add an egg white or two to your smoothie you won’t even notice it.
  • Same goes with fiber add a bit of uncooked oatmeal to your smoothie.
  • Want to really grab and go? Get a Personal Blender. Try one of these.

Happy Blending!

Hello everyone! I’m back!  I feel better this week. Mostly because I’ve made my decision! So, everything is going well. I know you probably were thinking, “WTF Is this overly reflective BS?!?!?” I know…and I promise not to write another deeply self-reflective post again…Well, for now anyway. :~) With that being said, I hope you find the following post encouraging and thought-provoking. Stay happy and healthy!

Much Love,

G

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This topic came to mind as I was cruising the internet the other day. I thought about how people consistently ask me, “What’s your goal weight?” I suppose I should have an answer but I don’t. I mean even at my size I never wanted to be “skinny.” I don’t have a goal weight, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have goals. Generally they deal with overall health and not vanity. I want to walk up a flight of stairs without feeling as though I’m going to die. I want to run short and long distances. I want to have more energy. These are my top priorities…but don’t get me wrong. I am young; and like any other woman my age I want to feel sexy and desirable. I just don’t have a specific size that I believe will make me feel that way. To be honest if you catch me on the right day, even now, I feel FINE  AS HELL… 😀 I’m not saying I’m prefect. I too have some fairly vain reasons for wanting to slim down. Particularly I would like to wear heels without feeling like an elephant balancing on stilts. Then, I would like to not have to wear “supportive undergarments” with every dress I own. (BTW: When you’re my size you better batten down the hatches, otherwise it looks like you never stop moving. You just constantly jiggle. It’s like a life-size bowl of jello. lol It’s just not a good look.)

Despite all that, I am a HUGE advocate for Size acceptance and being healthy at every size. Even while embarking on my own weight-loss journey I believe that people should work toward being healthy, not being skinny. And although people automatically associate a slender frame with being healthy, clearly this is not the case, because there are many people with severe eating disorders that cause them to be thin and unhealthy. That is an extreme but there are also “normal” sized people who aren’t healthy either. Generally they look “okay” on the outside but their internal systems are shot to hell. On the other hand, there are many people with eating disorders that cause them to be hefty and extremely unhealthy as well. The trick is to find a balance. Not everyone isn’t meant to thin. Some people just aren’t meant to be large. However, the problem comes when society tries to force the idea there is one type of beauty, or personification of health. Society strongly believes that there is only one way to be those things and being very slender is it. Unfortunately, I don’t believe this idea will change any time soon, but in recent years we have seen a global initiative to disprove this idea. But what can you do to help?

Well, next time you feel “fat” stop and consider what made you feel that way. Was it the 2 liter of soda you just drank. Or  was it the medium pizza you ate in one sitting. If that is the case, perhaps it isn’t that you feel “fat” but rather unhealthy. So the solution is simple. Change your habits! Hit the gym. Drink more water. Go see a doctor. However, proceed with caution. It is easy to get sucked into the Fat-talk we are all susceptible to.  It is easy to be hard on ourselves and even harder to love ourselves, rolls, bumps, lumps, cellulite and all. Try not to focus on a size per-say, but rather focus on overall health. I’ve found when I don’t watch the scale waiting for the pounds to slide off, they do just that. If I focus solely on the numbers on the scale I often feel discouraged if I haven’t met my goal; usually ignoring the small changes I’ve accomplished that week. For example: instead of saying I didn’t lose 2 pounds think about what you did accomplish. Did you walk a mile faster? Did you exercise longer? Were you sore after you workout? Did you lose inches? Did you eat less sugar and more protein? Did you drink more water? Etc. Focus on the small changes and ultimately they will lead to big results.

Good Luck!

I’m in a very reflective mood. I have a lot on my plate. (A lot more than I’d wish to share here.) But the point is there’s a lot on my plate.

I’m young. I take pride in my youth, but with that fine feature comes many decisions… or choices. They’re kind of mini stepping-stones, that lead to big stepping-stones, that leads to one of two things: mountains or mole hills. At my unbelievably large stature I already have a pretty HUGE mountain in my way (which is slowly becoming a mole hill). It often hinders me from pursuing the dreams I have had since I was young but I have never let it fully control my life… (I also take pride in that.) Where I’m trying to go with this is that in life, at all ages, we have decisions to make and sometimes we don’t know which ones will lead to challenges or road blocks in the future whether BIG or small. And at this young age, I’m at that point where the decisions I’ll make will impact my future. It will lead to success or failure…or some muddled place where both have occurred and I still come out ok. :~)

So today, in the midst of making a major decision, I tried to ease my mind with jumpy rhythms, and a Trumpet’s screaming mad jumbled music in my ears while reading Kerouac. And strangely enough, I looked over and saw what I’ve been look for… proof that there is hope even when we (mostly I) have no clue what to do, or where to turn.

“Believe.” A simple $5 bookmark from Barnes&Noble casually tossed aside as I tore through the pages of On the Road trying to ease my mind, gave me the answer to my prayers and the hope to go on. And in that moment I had to write.

“Believe.” This slender silver beacon of light elegantly adorned with a purple ribbon gave me hope. “Believe.” “Believe.” “Believe.” The word rang in my mind. “Believe.” As if the Big Man upstairs sent this wonderfully modest token to me in a time when comfort is what I needed most. “Believe.” Shortly following this revelation my mind filled with songs about belief, and faith. “Believe” from The Polar Express. “Believe In Yourself” from the Wiz  “Clap your heels three times if you believe… Believe in yourself, because I believe in you.” – Glinda, The Wiz

“Believe.” One word whittled into a bookmark. “Believe.” Was it really that simple? I began to cry…That’s where you find me now; in midst of tears, racked with emotion, thankful to God for showing me his love in such a simple form.

“Believe…”

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