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Chasi Jernigan understands what it’s like to struggle with weight. At her heaviest, she faced diabetes and fertility issues and realized she needed to start living healthier. Thanks to her positive attitude, adjustments to her diet and a lot of hard work, she lost 100 pounds. She became a certified fitness instructor and created a blog, Sweat in Mascara, to help plus-size women learn to embrace healthy lifestyles that start with thinking positively about their bodies. “I am one of the very few plus-size Zumba instructors here in the area,” Jernigan said. “When I started teaching over five years ago, plus-size fitness was not a trend. My Zumba classes are a place of self-love, no judgment and women’s empowerment. I remind women of all sizes and shapes every Tuesday and Thursday that they are beautiful beyond size.” Here are Jernigan’s suggestions for changing the way you view working out, no matter what size you wear.
“Getting motivated is hard when we start with the wrong attitude. I recommend starting your journey from a place of selflove, and work out because you love your body. The foundation of your journey must be solid. Start with working out for stress relief, peace of mind or more energy. The journey will be so much more rewarding, and staying committed will not be so challenging.”
INVITATION | SEPTEMBER 2018
“Start with realistic goals, and celebrate beyond the scale. Not all progress can be seen on the scale. Non-scale victories are valuable. Are you running longer, getting stronger? Has your confidence increased? This matters! My mantra is ‘Endorphins over Weigh-Ins.’ When we exercise, our brains release endorphins. This good chemical relaxes our mood, calms anxiety and reduces stress. Exercising is a spa day for your body!”