The most annoying thing I’ve been told since I’ve been on my weight loss journey is “don’t lose your butt.” I also get aggravated when people say, “you don’t have a butt anymore.” Since I have gotten very serious about running and becoming a runner I am told, “don’t lose your azz,” by my some of my male friends. This is usually followed by, “you are getting too skinny.” When I decided enough was enough and it was time to take my health back losing my butt was NOT even a concern of mine. I was concerned with triggering diabetes since I have had multiple family members with diabetes and NONE of them had weight issues or were overweight. I was concerned with triggering high blood pressure, having sleep apnea, and other health issues from being overweight. I just cannot understand WHY some people can’t congratulate others for their health related accomplishments and encourage them to keep up the hard work. It’s like people say “I’m happy for you BUT____________________!” If you truly are happy for me then there is no BUT (no pun intended). Just keep me encouraged and keep it moving.
I’m tried of my people, yes MY BLACK PEOPLE, using the word “thick’ as if it is something we women should be honored to be classified as. No disrespect to my non-black readers but “thick” is a term mainly used by blacks in reference to a female with an hourglass frame; small waist, hips, butt, and not slim. You can see a break down on “thick” here. To ALL my ladies I HOPE you are not sacrificing your health for the sake of holding onto being “thick.” AND LADIES, married or single if you are NOT happy with your health you need to change for YOURSELF!!! Being called “thick” may have been cute when you were a teenager BUT as a full grown woman it should not be a compliment. My name is not thick and I AM NOT JUST MY AZZ ladies what about you?
I’M NOT JUST MY AZZ!!! I’m an intelligent, ambitious, hard working, dedicated, kind hearted, God fearing, LADY!!! Being cute, educated, and having a nice body is just an added bonus! YES, I sure did just go there!! My AZZ has never defined my character! My AZZ does not pay my bills. My AZZ has not earned my 2 almost 3 college degrees!! My AZZ is just something extra GOD gave me BUT it has not and never will make me who I am. MY AZZ may have gotten me attention, be it positive or negative, BUT my intelligence is what will KEEP your attention. MY AZZ has always been a blessing and a curse BUT MY AZZ will never be how I identify myself. I AM NOT JUST MY AZZ ladies what about you?
“Clearly I am not a fat ass
I am active brain
And lip smacking peach deep
Sometimes too aggressive in its honesty
And heart sweet
That loves wholly and completely
Whom it may choose
Whom ever it may choose”
By Jill Scott
FINALLY, to ALL my fellas STOP with the teenage pet names!! There is nothing wrong with admiring a lady and complimenting her on her looks BUT be GROWN about it. STOP, discouraging ladies who are TRYING their best to get healthy and get back in shape by saying, “Don’t get too skinny and lose your azz!” Be her best motivator and compliment her on her accomplishments while getting fit. There is NOTHING sexy about having a fat out of shape azz!!
I AM NOT JUST MY AZZ!!
To all you men and women who think it’s not possible to be a female runner and still have a nice AZZ let me prove you wrong. I have always envied African American track runners. NOT only do these ladies have the best bodies ever they have ZERO body fat!! SO, let me leave you with what motivates me plus throw Serena Williams in the mix. I know she is not a track and field star BUT she also proof you can be athletic and still have a nice figure!! I AM NOT MY AZZ ladies what about you?
Me’Lisa & Mikele Barber
Jamaican Female Track Team Members
I will leave you with this. You CANNOT lose a butt you never had. If you didn’t have a butt before you gained weight you clearly will not have one after you lose it. If you never had a butt and it got big because you gained weight well DUH you are going to lose it. IF you are holding on to unhealthy weight for the sake of being called “thick” or to hold on to your out of shape butt then I feel sorry for you. I may not know the day nor the hour God will call me home BUT I’m not going to be the reason I leave this earth due to poor health.
I AM NOT MY AZZ ladies what about you?