Meet Latoya Shauntay Snell. Latoya is a 31 year old Skirt Sports ambassador. That’s how we first came together. But there’s more. Much more. She’s the mom of a 9 year old boy recently diagnosed with a lifelong disease. She’s a woman who has gone through and is overcoming personal issues from health to work to self-confidence. She is outspoken, funny, wise and humble. She has multiple identities which you will notice when you start checking her out online. She has an AWESOME, REAL, entertaining blog called Running Fat Chef as well as a food blog with great recipes. She’s also a professional photographer. And she is an endurance athlete, most recently she shares the story of her Spartan Ultra Beast 26.4 mile event in one of the funniest blog posts I’ve ever read.
Today we talk about:
- Her background growing up in Brooklyn
- The concept of safety
- Her family dynamic and what values were impressed upon her from an early age
- Her food philosophy and how she became a chef (very circuitous route!)
- The story of her Spartan Ultra Beast attempt
- How the biggest failures we have often bring us the most growth
- Type 1 diabetes: how to be a strong parent when your child is suffering
- Body confidence tips and tricks
Latoya left us with such great homework that I’m sure you’re all thinking about 5 things that you love about yourself. The trick is to look at yourself and say them. How cheesy does that feel? Totally cheesy but so powerful. And if your young kids see you do this, think about the impact it will have on them. Women and men. Men, you are not excluded from empowerment messages about yourself!
I hope you love today’s episode. I personally wanted more time to learn more about her future goals and her personal health journey, but Latoya had to leave to pick up her son and that’s the most important thing now isn’t it? If you want to connect with Latoya, please look her up on Facebook, her blog or other social media. She is really gaining notice as a voice for the plus-size world of athlete empowerment so look for her in the media and share her accomplishments with anyone you think can benefit.
That’s it for today. You know what time it is. It’s time to get out there and Run This World. Have a great workout and I’ll see you next week!
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