Letter From The Editor: Let’s Get Physical This April

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In Chicago, IL to speak at the Black Women’s Expo.

I haven’t written an Editor’s Letter in over two years. The last Editor’s letter was in February 2013 and the theme that month was Love & Acceptance. Since then so much as been going on with me professionally, but for every professional milestone that I’ve reached or fell short of reaching in the last two years, there has been a few emotional, physical and spiritual revelations that forced me to make a few changes in my life.

One thing you need to know about me is that if my mental space isn’t aligned with the intentions of my heart, everything that I do has to be put on hiatus. Regardless of what my heart tells me to do for the greater good of others, if I’m not in a space of self satisfaction, I’m no good and I must take several steps back.

In my quest to inspire you, the one thing that I’ve failed to work on (in addition to my emotional and spiritual wellness) is my health. I haven’t developed any illnesses, but I want to do better, I need to do better and I’m going to do better.

Because I believe that you can be plus sized and healthy, when I say I’m going to do better, I’m simply saying that I want to get back to how I was growing up. I want to get moving, play softball and start dancing again…… but, without pain. Right now, I can’t bust a move without losing my breath and that’s not how I want to live. Between working, living and working, I can honestly say that I’ve disconnected myself from physical activities that made me happy and I’m ready to reconnect to those things again.

This month I invite you to join me as I get ready for the rest of my life. During this spring season, you’ll hear many people vow to change their diets so they can get “swimsuit ready for the summer,” but I say let’s take this thing further than summer. Let’s make some lifelong changes. Let’s start dancing again.  If you’re already doing the things that I want to do, then you should know that you’re going to be my inspiration.

To help us get started, we’ve invited fitness expert Louise Green along for the ride. As our April 2015 cover model, she dropped jewel after jewel in her cover interview.

We were initially introduced to Louise in 2012 when we told you about her Body Exchange fitness boot camps. She continued to win us over as she shared fitness tips and her views on the representation of plus size athletes. When thinking of a person that speaks to the “fit and fat” woman in all of us, Louise was the first person to come to mind. I encourage you to read her interview this month and get to know Louise Green, the fitness expert and the woman.

In addition to our feature interview with Louise, we’ll also tell you how to start your own fitness challenge, identify top plus size fitness brands and help you find your personal activewear style.

And as always, we’ll feature plus size news, celebrities, fashion and hot topics.

Join us on this April as we continue what we started in February 2013. Our journey towards self love starts within and that means taking care of our emotional, spiritual and physical selves.

Plus Size Fashion Find: Gothic Black & Pink Little Kate Skull Cardigan From Mystic Crypt

April 2015 Cover Model: Fitness Expert, Louise Green