Erika Nicole Kendall, Blogger At 'A Black Girl's Guide To Weight Loss', On Slimming Down, Sex And Resolution Pitfalls
The Huffington Post Gene Demby First Posted: 1/6/12 03:52 PM ET Updated: 1/6/12 03:54 PM ET
Erika Nicole Kendall's remarkable weight-loss journey began with a passing comment from her mother.
Kendall, who said she was about 220 pounds when she left for college in 2002, says she was driving with her mother when she suggested that Kendall join the gym that opened up around the corner from her house. Kendall's weight had ballooned in the half-decade since she graduated, and she was carrying around 330 pounds on her 6-foot frame.
But her first visit to the gym wasn't the typical introductory, 'look at all the shiny elliptical machines we have' hard sell. "We didn't really have that talk," Kendall, 27, recalled recently. "We had the talk that [acknowledged] there are people who get up in the morning and work out, and there are people who say, 'No, I'm not going to eat that.'"