I am Fat. I Exercise. I Promote Health and Fitness at Any Size.

28 Feb
Mary stretches before a class at CFHK. Photo Credit: Annabel Clark for The Wall Street Journal

Mary stretches before a class at CFHK. Photo Credit: Annabel Clark for The Wall Street Journal

It’s been a few weeks since I was one of the subjects in a story in the Wall Street Journal, Weight Loss or Not, Exercise Yields Health Benefits. The story was inspired by this recent study, which showed the importance of exercise instead of just weight-loss for long-term health, Lack of Exercise Accounts for Twice as Many Early Deaths as Obesity.

The reporter from the WSJ contacted me directly after reading this blog and really liked my fitness journey, and asked to photograph me for the story at my gym, CrossFit Hells Kitchen (CFHK). I was excited and nervous. I was excited to be photographed for one of the most widely read papers in the nation, and to be part of a story that provides an alternative perspective on exercising for health and not just for weight loss.  I was nervous because I knew that public ridicule of larger bodies was not new, and this would create that platform on the internet. After thinking for a day, I decided to do it! I wanted to show others that big people can be athletic, active, and live happy and meaningful lives.

After the story went to print, I was excited to share it with friends, family, co-workers, and all those who had eyeballs. I received a lot of positive feedback and excitement. The story was actually one of the top five most read articles online in the WSJ website that day! It was even re-posted on the CrossFit Facebook page! I was famous! Even if it was just for a few days.

But, I started reading the comments and encountered my first online trolls. People commented that the story promoted obesity, that I lived an unhealthy lifestyle, and that I should get my weight under control. I was upset at first and couldn’t tear myself away from reading these comments in the beginning. Then, I realized that these people do not know me. They do not know my story, my journey, and who I am as a person.

There were people who took the story out of context and said it promoted obesity because the other fat athletes and I did not exercise for weight loss. People are more comfortable with shows like The Biggest Loser, where it promotes the shaming of fat people and the illusion that losing weight will change everything from bad to good. Some people become discouraged to exercise when they do not meet their weight loss goals, this means that they also lose out on the many benefits of exercise. It is about more than just losing weight and the number on a scale. It is about being active and healthy at any size, age, gender, ability, etc. We need to spend more time encouraging each other to be at our best than to try and break each other down because we do not fit the same standard.

What made me unique for the story was that I am a fat person who exercises not for weight loss, and I actually enjoy it and do it consistently. But, I think I am normal and that exercising for health regardless of your size should not be unique in our society.

I am fat. I exercise. I eat. I live life. I promote health and fitness at any size.
So live your life and be kind to yourself and others.

More pictures from the Wall Street Journal photo shoot below, enjoy!

Mary stretches at CFHK. Photo Credit: Annabel Clark for The Wall Street Journal

Mary stretches at CFHK. Photo Credit: Annabel Clark for The Wall Street Journal

Group warm up at CFHK.  Photo Credit: Annabel Clark for The Wall Street Journal

Group warm up at CFHK. Photo Credit: Annabel Clark for The Wall Street Journal

Mary sets up for dead lift at CrossFit Hells Kitchen. Photo Credit: Annabel Clark for The Wall Street Journal

Mary sets up for dead lift at CrossFit Hells Kitchen. Photo Credit: Annabel Clark for The Wall Street Journal

Mary dead lifts 215 lbs at CFHK. Photo Credit: Annabel Clark for The Wall Street Journal.

Mary dead lifts 215 lbs at CFHK. Photo Credit: Annabel Clark for The Wall Street Journal.

Mary does Workout of the day at CFHK. Photo Credit: Annabel Clark for The Wall Street Journal

Mary does Workout of the day at CFHK. Photo Credit: Annabel Clark for The Wall Street Journal

Mary does Workout of the Day at CFHK. Photo Credit: Annabel Clark for The Wall Street Journal

Mary does Workout of the Day at CFHK. Photo Credit: Annabel Clark for The Wall Street Journal

Midweek Motivation

18 Feb

Happy Wednesday!

Time to…

Get up Get out

Alive

… and …

short-races

… and…

confined walls

… so, don’t worry, and…

Stay strong weekend is coming!

ENJOY!

Look! We’re in the Wall Street Journal!

9 Feb

Hello everyone! Hot off the Press! I was recently asked to do a short interview about fitness and exercise as a larger bodied person for a story in the Wall Street Journal’s Health and Wellness section. This is an insightful piece on how exercise and being active yields more health benefits than just focusing on weight loss. The online story is available now, click on the photo or URL below, and the print story will be out tomorrow! Enjoy!!!

Mary The Trieu works out at a CrossFit gym in New York City. She exercises for many health benefits, but does not emphasize losing weight. PHOTO: ANNABEL CLARK FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Mary The Trieu works out at a CrossFit gym in New York City. She exercises for many health benefits, but does not emphasize losing weight. PHOTO: ANNABEL CLARK FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Here’s the online story: http://www.wsj.com/articles/weight-loss-or-not-exercise-yields-benefits-1423505611

Monday Motivation – We’re Back!

6 Feb

Hi Folks,

We’re Back! Sorry, we’ve been away for a while but we’re back and excited to fill you in on what’s going on! To start the week off right, here’s a little Monday Motivation for you. Enjoy!

Remember to…

Wake Up and Be Awesome!

Wake Up and Be Awesome!

…and…

Never Give Up! Get that cheese.

Never Give Up! Get that cheese.

…don’t sweat the small stuff, but…

Work Smarter Not Harder

Work Smarter Not Harder

…and remember…

Don't Hate Mondays, Make Mondays Hate You

Don’t Hate Mondays, Make Mondays Hate You

BAM! Go out there and kick some butt!

Running in NYC-Morningside Park

18 Jul

OMG! It is so hot in NYC. The humidity is crazy. I don’t know how people run in this heat but I am going to try.  I haven’t ran more than a mile since my last race in February. So, I decided to run in my neighborhood at the Morningside Park in Harlem. It felt like I was starting all over. My shirt, shorts, and socks felt like it was soaked with sweat by the end of my run/walk of 3 miles.

It was not easy to get back into running, but I kind of like the challenge and being able to start over. I think it is nice to have that feeling of excitement and nervousness of beginning something. Sometimes, I get unmotivated or bored with running because of the same routes or routine.  But, being somewhere new adds the extra sense of adventure in exploring new running spaces and retraining the body. It is still enjoyable for me even if it is hard.

Now, a little about my neighborhood park. Morningside Park is small, probably not more than 1-2 miles from one end to the other, but it has a lovely pond full of turtles, and endless stone stairways if you want an extra glut workout. :). I ran around the park twice and climbed up the stairs slowly but steadily. I definitely needed build back the endurance to run longer distance, but it felt great to feel the burn and the act of running. I’m trying to run once to twice a week in addition to my new CrossFit training routine. So, take out your running shoes folks, its never too late to start again!

Here’s some pictures from my run at my lovely neighborhood park. Enjoy!

Morningside Park

Morningside Park

Morningside Pond

Morningside Pond

Waterfall at the Morningside Pond

Waterfall at the Morningside Pond

A turtle going for a walk along the Morningside Pond

A turtle going for a walk along the Morningside Pond

A group of turtles swimming in the Morningside Pond

A group of turtles swimming in the Morningside Pond

Morningside Park Stairs

Morningside Park Stairs

Happy Running!

Midweek Motivation

5 Jun

We know it has been months since we posted, but starting today, we will be posting regularly now. Please stay tune for more exciting post of our runs, workouts, events, and other fun things we’ve been up to.

For now, here’s a little motivation for your Wednesday. :)

Start the day off by doing this!

Punch today in the face

…and …

Bad day Bad Life

…and…

Never

…so…

No regret

Have a great Wednesday!

Mid-week Motivation

20 Mar

Time for some motivation! Since moving to New York, it has been about a month since I ran outside. Cold for a Californian like me, and it snowed a day ago! But, I try to stay active by starting a new exercise, Crossfit. Luckily for me, in today’s workout we had to run 1.5 miles. I was excited to run, but quickly realized that running in the cold on a crowded NY block is not that easy. But, I did it and finished, and that is what matters most. So, don’t box yourself in, break through and try something new!

Be Super! I feel like she’s inside all of us trying to break free.

Sterotype this

I encountered more awesomeness last weekend when I went to Washington D.C. to watch and support my friends, Luniya and Evelyn, do their first half marathon. They completed the Rock ‘n’ Roll U.S. Half Marathon Race with a great time and I am so proud of them. I wish I could’ve joined but I didn’t train enough but it’s always fun to watch people finish a race. The atmosphere is  so positive and full of unimaginable awe when people realize how strong they are when they complete something they thought they never could do. :)

Luniya and Evelyn

From left: Evelyn, Luniya’s coworkers- Osman and Mary, Luniya

So continue to amaze yourself with what you are capable of and don’t let your dreams be just dreams. :)

Dreams

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