I love Bridgette Jones, she was an icon for plus size girls who thought fairytales were for Size zero models. She was a chubby girl looking for love and I was inspired by her humor. As a chubby girl who likes to run, seeing the humor in things gets me through some tough situations. This blog is about victory for chubby girls, who love food, wear loose fitting clothes and make chocolate a part of their daily routine.
When I was 4 years old I had serious asthma, I was a wheezy, thin beanpole, who had to avoid drafts, breezes, swimming pools, the ocean, evening air, early morning air, cats, ice cream and other peoples germs. Except for the germ thing, I missed out on a lot of fun stuff. I was still active, I did cartwheels, I ran, I climbed trees and fell off my bike and roller skates, but when I got a cold, it lasted 4 weeks and I ended up in hospital. My parents were concerned and over-protective, and I was desperate to escape the awful medication, the inhaler, injections etc. So, at the age of 15 I threw my asthma inhaler out of a moving car and told myself this is bullsh*t. That, was the turning point. I wanted to RUN.
I tried to run but I got tired quickly. A pulmonologist told me I had “small” lungs, and poor lung capacity. It just made me more determined, but every time I tried, my chest would wheeze like I was in the advanced stages of emphysema. By the time I was 29 my wispy frame had expanded by 18kg (39lb). I had more junk in my trunk than J-Lo or Kim Kardashian! I joined a running club for beginners. I was intensely annoyed when I was placed on a soccer field and told to run in circles, but I did it, and gradually those circles went faster until I “graduated” to the road! Oh glory days! It was like a letting a horse out the stable, or to be precise, a tortoise. I had visions of running, a fluid elegant movement, much like Meb Keflezighi, but in reality I was plodding along like a Camel, navigating the Sahara in the midday heat.
Not much has changed since then, my camel like movements get me from A to Z, and I have learned that running really is mind over matter. It builds character, strengthens the body and soothes the mind. To every girl out there, I would like to encourage you. Just ask yourself…What you gonna do with all that junk that’s in your trunk…