Running Fat Chef Blogger Sends Message On Body Positivity | TODAY

Running Fat Chef Blogger Sends Message On Body Positivity | TODAY


>>SHE’S PROVING HER DOUBTERS WRONG ONE STEP AT A TIME. WRONG ONE STEP AT A TIME.>>I HAVE ALL THESE BARRIERS AND>>I HAVE ALL THESE BARRIERS AND ALL THESE THINGS PLACED IN FRONT ALL THESE THINGS PLACED IN FRONT OF ME, BUT IT DOESN’T DEFINE ANY OF ME, BUT IT DOESN’T DEFINE ANY ASPECT OF WHO I AM. ASPECT OF WHO I AM.>>Reporter: IN 2012, LIFE WAS>>Reporter: IN 2012, LIFE WAS NOT EASY FOR LATOYA SHAUNTAY NOT EASY FOR LATOYA SHAUNTAY SNELL. SNELL.>>I HAD A HERNIATED DISK, WAS>>I HAD A HERNIATED DISK, WAS OVERWEIGHT, AND MY DOCTOR WAS OVERWEIGHT, AND MY DOCTOR WAS TELLING ME, I DON’T THINK YOU’LL TELLING ME, I DON’T THINK YOU’LL MAKE IT TO 30. MAKE IT TO 30.>>Reporter: IT WAS THE WAKE-UP>>Reporter: IT WAS THE WAKE-UP CALL LATOYA NEEDED. CALL LATOYA NEEDED. WITHOUT EVER RUNNING ONE MILE, WITHOUT EVER RUNNING ONE MILE, SHE SIGNED UP FOR A HALF SHE SIGNED UP FOR A HALF MARATHON. MARATHON.>>I LOOKED AT IT AS A BUCKET>>I LOOKED AT IT AS A BUCKET LIST ITEM. LIST ITEM. I FIGURED THIS WAS SOMETHING I I FIGURED THIS WAS SOMETHING I WOULD DO ONCE AND ONLY ONCE. WOULD DO ONCE AND ONLY ONCE. I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT REALLY, I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT REALLY, REALLY QUICKLY. REALLY QUICKLY.>>Reporter: FUELED BY HER>>Reporter: FUELED BY HER NEWFOUND PASSION, LATOYA NEWFOUND PASSION, LATOYA CHRONICLED HER FITNESS JOURNEY CHRONICLED HER FITNESS JOURNEY THROUGH HER BLOG, RUNNING FAT THROUGH HER BLOG, RUNNING FAT CHEF. CHEF. THOUGH SHE SHED WEIGHT, SHE SAID THOUGH SHE SHED WEIGHT, SHE SAID SHE FACED CRITICS. SHE FACED CRITICS.>>I STARTED ENCOUNTERING>>I STARTED ENCOUNTERING HECKLERS ON MY BLOCK. HECKLERS ON MY BLOCK. I WAS GETTING THINGS LIKE, I WAS GETTING THINGS LIKE, YOU’RE FAT. YOU’RE FAT. WHY DON’T YOU LOSE SOME MORE WHY DON’T YOU LOSE SOME MORE WEIGHT? WEIGHT? IF YOU’RE DOING ALL THESE RACES, IF YOU’RE DOING ALL THESE RACES, THEN YOU’RE NOT A RUNNER. THEN YOU’RE NOT A RUNNER. YOU’RE PROBABLY JUST A WALKER. YOU’RE PROBABLY JUST A WALKER. I REFUSE TO ALLOW SOMEONE WHO I REFUSE TO ALLOW SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER MET ME TO MAKE ME FEEL HAS NEVER MET ME TO MAKE ME FEEL LESS THAN. LESS THAN. I KNOW I BELONG. I KNOW I BELONG. I KNOW I’M A RUNNER. I KNOW I’M A RUNNER.>>Reporter: TODAY, LATOYA’S>>Reporter: TODAY, LATOYA’S THOUSANDS OF FOLLOWERS CONTINUE THOUSANDS OF FOLLOWERS CONTINUE TO READ ABOUT HER RUNNING TO READ ABOUT HER RUNNING ADVENTURES, WHICH INCLUDE 21 ADVENTURES, WHICH INCLUDE 21 MARATHONS AND 5 ULTRA MARATHONS. MARATHONS AND 5 ULTRA MARATHONS. THERE’S NO STOPPING HER ANY TIME THERE’S NO STOPPING HER ANY TIME SOON. SOON.>>THE IDEA THAT I AM ABLE TO>>THE IDEA THAT I AM ABLE TO RECLAIM PART OF MY LIFE BACK RECLAIM PART OF MY LIFE BACK THAT I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO THAT I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO LOSE IS ENOUGH OF A REASON TO LOSE IS ENOUGH OF A REASON TO KEEP MOVING. KEEP MOVING.>>INCREDIBLE.>>INCREDIBLE.>>WELCOME, LATOYA SHAUNTAY>>WELCOME, LATOYA SHAUNTAY SNELL. SNELL. THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US TODAY. TODAY.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE WATCHING>>FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE WATCHING THIS, THEY’VE NEVER TAKEN THAT THIS, THEY’VE NEVER TAKEN THAT FIRST STEP. FIRST STEP. WHAT’S YOUR MESSAGE TO PEOPLE WHAT’S YOUR MESSAGE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE SITTING THERE, WHO WANT WHO ARE SITTING THERE, WHO WANT TO BUT ARE AFRAID? TO BUT ARE AFRAID?>>YOU KNOW, MOST PEOPLE THINK>>YOU KNOW, MOST PEOPLE THINK ABOUT THE COUCH TO 5K PROGRAM, ABOUT THE COUCH TO 5K PROGRAM, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO TAKE YOU WHICH IS DESIGNED TO TAKE YOU WEEK BY WEEK THROUGH A PROGRAM. WEEK BY WEEK THROUGH A PROGRAM. INSTEAD, I ASK PEOPLE TO SCALE INSTEAD, I ASK PEOPLE TO SCALE IT BACK EVEN MORE. IT BACK EVEN MORE. IF IT TAKES YOU THREE OR FOUR IF IT TAKES YOU THREE OR FOUR WEEKS TO GET THROUGH WEEK ONE, WEEKS TO GET THROUGH WEEK ONE, THAT’S FINE. THAT’S FINE. DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO EVERYONE ELSE THAT’S OUT THERE. EVERYONE ELSE THAT’S OUT THERE. COMPARE YOURSELF TO YOURSELF. COMPARE YOURSELF TO YOURSELF.>>YOU HAD SAID IN 2017 WHEN YOU>>YOU HAD SAID IN 2017 WHEN YOU RAN THE NEW YORK MARATHON, THERE RAN THE NEW YORK MARATHON, THERE WAS A HECKLER. WAS A HECKLER.>>YES.>>YES.>>THAT WAS A REAL DEFINING>>THAT WAS A REAL DEFINING MOMENT FOR YOU. MOMENT FOR YOU.>>YES.>>YES.>>TELL US ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED.>>TELL US ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED.>>AROUND MILE 21 AND 22, IT WAS>>AROUND MILE 21 AND 22, IT WAS REALLY CLOSE TO THE FINISH LINE. REALLY CLOSE TO THE FINISH LINE. I REACHED AROUND MARCUS GARVEY I REACHED AROUND MARCUS GARVEY PARK, AND THERE WAS A GUY ON THE PARK, AND THERE WAS A GUY ON THE SIDELINES. SIDELINES. HE SAID, IT’LL TAKE YOUR FAT HE SAID, IT’LL TAKE YOUR FAT WHATEVER FOREVER. WHATEVER FOREVER. IT TRIPPED ME UP. IT TRIPPED ME UP. YOU DON’T EXPECT SOMEONE TO YOU DON’T EXPECT SOMEONE TO HECKLE YOU FROM THE SIDELINE OF HECKLE YOU FROM THE SIDELINE OF A MARATHON. A MARATHON.>>YEAH.>>YEAH.>>AT THAT MOMENT, I HAD TWO>>AT THAT MOMENT, I HAD TWO OPTIONS. OPTIONS. I COULD BE A TRUE NEW YORKER. I COULD BE A TRUE NEW YORKER. [ LAUGHTER ] [ LAUGHTER ] YOU CAN’T ALLOW SOMEONE TO STEAL YOU CAN’T ALLOW SOMEONE TO STEAL YOUR JOY. YOUR JOY. THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS YOU THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS YOU DON’T HAVE CONTROL OVER. DON’T HAVE CONTROL OVER. WHEN IT COMES TO HOW YOU WHEN IT COMES TO HOW YOU APPROACH A SITUATION, YOU HAVE APPROACH A SITUATION, YOU HAVE COMPLETE CONTROL OF YOUR COMPLETE CONTROL OF YOUR ACTIONS, EVEN WHEN YOU’RE CAUGHT ACTIONS, EVEN WHEN YOU’RE CAUGHT UP. UP. I DECIDED TO GO ON. I DECIDED TO GO ON. AT THAT POINT, I BELIEVE THAT AT THAT POINT, I BELIEVE THAT WAS PROBABLY MARATHON NUMBER 16. WAS PROBABLY MARATHON NUMBER 16.>>WOW.>>WOW.>>I’M STILL GOING.>>I’M STILL GOING.>>HOW HAS YOUR LIFE CHANGE>>HOW HAS YOUR LIFE CHANGE SINCE YOU STARTED THIS JOURNEY? SINCE YOU STARTED THIS JOURNEY?>>IT’S BEEN A COMPLETE>>IT’S BEEN A COMPLETE TURNAROUND. TURNAROUND. I USED TO BE IN THE CULINARY I USED TO BE IN THE CULINARY INDUSTRY FULL TIME. INDUSTRY FULL TIME. NOW, I AM A FULL-TIME ATHLETE, NOW, I AM A FULL-TIME ATHLETE, WHICH FEELS REALLY STRANGE TO WHICH FEELS REALLY STRANGE TO ME. ME. MOST TIMES, PEOPLE LOOK AT YOUR MOST TIMES, PEOPLE LOOK AT YOUR SIZE OR BACKGROUND, AND THEY SIZE OR BACKGROUND, AND THEY ASSUME, OKAY, WELL, THAT DOESN’T ASSUME, OKAY, WELL, THAT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE AN ATHLETE. LOOK LIKE AN ATHLETE. I GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW I GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW PEOPLE THAT AN ATHLETE DOESN’T PEOPLE THAT AN ATHLETE DOESN’T HAVE A LOOK. HAVE A LOOK.>>RIGHT.>>RIGHT.>>IT TOOK FOR ME TO ACTUALLY BE>>IT TOOK FOR ME TO ACTUALLY BE SPONSORED, WHICH WAS A DEFINING SPONSORED, WHICH WAS A DEFINING MOMENT FOR ME. MOMENT FOR ME. AT FIRST, I WAS LIKE, I’M AN AT FIRST, I WAS LIKE, I’M AN AMBASSADOR. AMBASSADOR. THEY SAID, NO, YOU PERFORM LIKE THEY SAID, NO, YOU PERFORM LIKE AN ATHLETE, DO THE WORK LIKE AN AN ATHLETE, DO THE WORK LIKE AN ATHLETE, YOU ARE AN ATHLETE. ATHLETE, YOU ARE AN ATHLETE.>>IN THE GREEN ROOM, YOUR SON>>IN THE GREEN ROOM, YOUR SON IS HERE. IS HERE.>>YES.>>YES.>>AND HE TOLD ME HOW PROUD HE>>AND HE TOLD ME HOW PROUD HE WAS OF YOU. WAS OF YOU.>>YES.>>YES.>>HE WAS YOU GOT EMOTIONAL.>>HE WAS YOU GOT EMOTIONAL. YOU HAD TWO CHOICES IN 2017. YOU HAD TWO CHOICES IN 2017. YOU COULD HAVE BEEN THE NEW YOU COULD HAVE BEEN THE NEW YORKER, A TRUE NEW YORKER, I YORKER, A TRUE NEW YORKER, I SHOULD SAY. SHOULD SAY.>>YES.>>YES. THESE ARE THE MOMENTS, JUST ONE THESE ARE THE MOMENTS, JUST ONE THING CAN CHANGE YOUR ENTIRE THING CAN CHANGE YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. LIFE. THE LAST THING I THOUGHT WAS THE LAST THING I THOUGHT WAS GOING TO THIS MARATHON IN 2017, GOING TO THIS MARATHON IN 2017, I WAS GOING TO ACTUALLY CONTINUE I WAS GOING TO ACTUALLY CONTINUE ON. ON. DURING THAT TIME, I FACED DURING THAT TIME, I FACED SEVERAL MISCARRIAGES. SEVERAL MISCARRIAGES. I WAS DIAGNOSED FRESHLY WITH I WAS DIAGNOSED FRESHLY WITH ENDOMETRIOSIS. ENDOMETRIOSIS. I HAVE SEVERAL HEALTH ISSUES. I HAVE SEVERAL HEALTH ISSUES. I HAVE EVERY REASON IN THE WORLD I HAVE EVERY REASON IN THE WORLD TO TURN AROUND. TO TURN AROUND. INSTEAD, THAT MOMENT, THAT INSTEAD, THAT MOMENT, THAT DEFINING MOMENT ACTUALLY CHANGED DEFINING MOMENT ACTUALLY CHANGED MY CAREER PATH IN A WAY I FEEL MY CAREER PATH IN A WAY I FEEL LIKE I’M ABLE TO TAKE MY PATH OF LIKE I’M ABLE TO TAKE MY PATH OF SOCIAL WORK, AND I’M STILL ABLE SOCIAL WORK, AND I’M STILL ABLE TO BE A SOCIAL WORKER IN A TO BE A SOCIAL WORKER IN A DIFFERENT SENSE WITH DIFFERENT DIFFERENT SENSE WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE. PEOPLE.>>HOW DO PEOPLE FOLLOW YOUR>>HOW DO PEOPLE FOLLOW YOUR BLOG? BLOG? IT IS TERRIFIC. IT IS TERRIFIC. TELL US THE NAME. TELL US THE NAME.>>IT IS CALLED RUNNING FAT>>IT IS CALLED RUNNING FAT CHEF. CHEF. RUNNINGFATCHEF.COM. RUNNINGFATCHEF.COM. IT IS VERY UNCENSORED. IT IS VERY UNCENSORED. SOMETHING THAT’S PROBABLY NOT SOMETHING THAT’S PROBABLY NOT SAFE FOR TV. SAFE FOR TV. WE TALK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THE WE TALK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THE BLOG BEING AN OPEN DIARY. BLOG BEING AN OPEN DIARY. I LOVE TALKING ABOUT THE THINGS I LOVE TALKING ABOUT THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE TEND TO DOOGGOOGLE. THAT PEOPLE TEND TO DOOGGOOGLE. HEY, WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU POOP ON HEY, WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU POOP ON YOURSELF IN THE MIDDLE OF A RUN, YOURSELF IN THE MIDDLE OF A RUN, ALL THE WAY DOWN TO, THIS IS MY ALL THE WAY DOWN TO, THIS IS MY FIRST 100K, AND I HAVE ALL THESE FIRST 100K, AND I HAVE ALL THESE FEARS ABOUT MY BODY. FEARS ABOUT MY BODY. WILL MY BODY PUSH THROUGH IT? WILL MY BODY PUSH THROUGH IT? I TAKE MY OWN EXPERIENCES, AND I I TAKE MY OWN EXPERIENCES, AND I TELL PEOPLE, PUSH FORWARD. TELL PEOPLE, PUSH FORWARD. ONE STEP IN FRONT OF THE OTHER. ONE STEP IN FRONT OF THE OTHER. DON’T OVER THINK IT. DON’T OVER THINK IT. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE CAPABLE OF UNTIL YOU ACTUALLY CAPABLE OF UNTIL YOU ACTUALLY TRY. TRY.>>RIGHT.>>RIGHT.>>I LOVE THAT.>>I LOVE THAT. I LOVE THE MESSAGE THERE IS NO I LOVE THE MESSAGE THERE IS NO TYPICAL ATHLETE. TYPICAL ATHLETE. SO GREAT.

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