Posts tagged ‘Obesity’

January 22, 2010

Obese, Thick or Voluptuous: A Thin Line Between Acceptance and Hate

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™
Plus Model Shaka

Model: Shaka G. Image by

Greetings TVP Family!

During a discussion with friends a few days ago concerning the difference between women being considered obese, thick or voluptuous I was amazed by the level of disrespectful and downright hurtful remarks that were spoken. In fact, I don’t know what was more shocking: the fact that these were friends saying these things or that some women in the group were providing fuel for the fire (keep in mind most of the people in the room fit into one of the aforementioned categories).

I’m sure I’ve said it a million times but the media has done an outstanding job of brainwashing the masses into segmenting what beauty is and is not into convenient labels such as those in the title of this post. We have allowed fashion magazines, billboards and television to dictate what is an acceptable level of beauty as well as the specific sizes contained within that particular level of beauty. Everyone is beautiful, if by no other virtue than by being a child of God. Only our misguided and warped view of beauty (as perpetuated by the media) causes us to label people the way we do.

The truth is it doesn’t matter what size a person is. What is important is our ability to look beyond size and learn to 1. accept our selves and 2. learn to accept others as they are. That does not mean that we do not manage our weight, eat right and maintain as healthy an existence as possible. It does mean that we begin treating people with a little more dignity and respect without belittling them just to feed our own egos (or compensate for our own flaws).

I stumbled upon something online that really brings home the point that I’ve hopefully made: “Fat is not beautiful. Skinny is not beautiful. Beautiful is beautiful”.

Keeping it Real!



January 18, 2010

Positively Plus: Flossie Alexander of You Can NOW! Coaching Weight Loss Solutions, LLC!

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™

Flossie Alexander of You Can NOW! Coaching

Positively Plus features the men and women of the curvy community doing something to better the lives of others. Anyone is eligible for a feature. All that is required is a desire to uplift the community in which you live. Please provide the information below to be considered via the contact page:

Name | Business Name (if applicable) | Location (City/State/Province) | Contact # (Optional) | Primary Business Email Address | Your Background/Why You Started Your Business | Product/Service Offering (if applicable) | How are you/will you be of service to the community | A Brief Bio – Please Limit to 300 Words

This week, TVP is proud to feature Flossie Alexander and You Can NOW! Coaching!

Imagine weighing nearly 400 lbs. and barely able to walk 10 steps without feeling completely exhausted. Think about what would go through your mind if you were diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and were just a few pounds shy of having diabetes mellitus. That was the world Flossie Alexander found her self in for more than 20 years.

Like many of us, Flossie went from diet to diet, program to program searching for a solution to her weight problem only to meet with defeat time and time again … she nearly gave up hope of ever becoming healthy. Finally, faced with knee surgery before the age of 40 she embarked on a mission to find a method of weight loss that worked. Her many years of research led not only to the loss of 165 lbs.but to the creation of You Can NOW Coaching!, a weight loss and life coaching business dedicated to empowering clients with the gift of increased health and well being.

Today she is a a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach as well as a Certified Well and Corporate Wellness Coach. She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women and Toastmasters International. Her comprehensive program provides 24 hour support to her clients in an effort to liberate others from the shackles of obesity. Not only have clients lost weight and kept it off, some of them have gone on to become coaches with You Can NOW! in order to help others find their own personal weight loss success!

When asked what makes You Can NoW Coaching different from other more established programs this is what she had to say:

“When you see those fad diets and weight loss programs on TV they always say that their results are not typical.You buy their expensive meals and go to their meetings and most times all you have to show for it are limited (if any) weight loss and a lot of frustration. Not so with You Can NOW! Coaching! There are no meals to buy and no mandatory classes to attend. What you do get is a comprehensive step by step weight loss plan tailored to your specific needs coupled with rock solid support and tools provided by our coaches. The result is a healthier new you because at You Can NOW! Coaching the results ARE typical!”

If you are looking for a weight loss solution that doesn’t make empty promises and provides 24 hour support from compassionate and diligent coaches you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to check out You Can NOW! Coaching. Don’t wait another minute! Flossie has  dedicated her life to helping people achieve their weight loss goals. Call or email today to find out how The You Can NOW! team can help you achieve the healthy life you’ve longed for.

You Can NOW! Coaching

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