My name is Diane Williams and I am a NYC personal trainer of 13 years and a former plus size fashion model for the famous Wilhelmina Modeling Agency here in New York.
Your body is your body. It is beautiful and strong. When you train your body the focus is to make your body a strong and energetic you. Keep your eyes on your light and not on the skinny girl's butt. Keep your eyes on how gorgeous you are and on how you can be and feel better not how that skinny girl got her butt and legs to be skinny. You're a Curvy Goddess. Be proud of your presence, your stature, and your light.
I have been certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine with a multitude of specialities; Spinning, Boxing, Kickboxing, Flirty Girl Fitness, Pre and Post-Natal.
But my true mission is to help plus size women recreate their bodies and their lives through fitness and health.
I wasn’t so happy and radiantly healthy a few years ago. I actually struggled with my weight for decades. And it has been a painful journey for me.
Everything physical was hard for me. PE was a nightmare that was a reality. I wish it was a dream but it wasn’t.
I remembered all of the PE activities that I had to go through. It was traumatic. Pull-ups, sit-ups, running around the track while everybody passed me and climbing that stupid rope were all episodes in my nightmare that was a reality.
So from a fat kid I became a fat adult. I was 250 pounds in the picture at the age of 24. Being overweight started chipping away at my self-esteem. I truly felt ugly.
I would think that I wouldn’t have things that other women could have or experience things in life that other women who didn’t have weight problems experienced.
I felt trapped and depressed. And being unhappy about my weight would cause me to eat so I could bury the pain. It was a way to medicate so I wouldn’t feel the pain fully but there were many moments that I didn’t want to continue living. It was really that bad.
I started early on my quest to lose weight and get in-shape. I’ve tried EVERYTHING. I’ve tried detoxing, pre-packaged meals, cutting calories, juicing, upped my exercise to extreme intensity and would restrict my portions.
I even sought out the help of personal trainers throughout my journey, 20 of them to be exact…
Some would yell at me and get irritated at me for not doing what they told me to do. I’m sure I don’t have to explain this to you but I’ve been their punching bag thinking that them yelling at me would motivate me.
I just was not able to be consistent and stick with anything and eventually I would fail and all of those failed experiences made me feel like a failure.
After going through the weight loss mill and surviving with low self-esteem I still did not quit.
But would think, “What am I doing wrong?”
“Why do I keep failing?”
Although I didn’t know the answers to these questions I knew I couldn’t quit.
*I, at least, knew I had to do it differently.
*I finally stopped the insanity and took my time with my journey.
*I started treating it with love by working out without being extreme and I stopped dieting.
I also decided to be around fitness professionals that were supportive and positive who helped me find sane solutions for permanent weight loss.
The following quote I created to inspire women who are struggling with their weight and their esteem because although I didn’t believe this two decades ago I believe this to my very core now.
“There is nothing that you cannot achieve Curvy Goddess. Your size is not a limitation regarding your capabilities. You get to define you and your life. Everything else is but a reflection.”
It is about loving yourself and accepting your size that you are now but it doesn’t mean stopping to strive for the best you can be and creating the best life you can create for yourself. And this seems to be the misconception with many. It could even be thought of as a paradox.
And I have stumbled and struggled through knowing that it was not in vain but to make myself not only a better person but to make myself a better and more empathetic fitness professional.
My life mission is to help women create and realize what I have done for myself. So I needed to create something different for you, for us. Even if I would be the one blazing a new trail for us I knew that at least there would be something out there for Curvy Girls who struggled with their weight but wanted so badly to create a new body, a new healthy lifestyle, and also a new life.
Every struggle and road block that I have gone through on my weight loss and fitness journey to find my best self and to become a healthy whole person has been a hidden gift to be able to serve the hundreds of women that I have trained through my personal training business and online program.
Curvy Goddess Workout Personal Training is the realization of my life mission.
So I invite you to take the journey with my guidance.
*When you struggle, I will be there.
*When you feel alone, I will be there.
*When you succeed, I will be there too.
Diane Williams was a plus size fashion model for the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency and her Dad, Richard Williams, Jr. played professional football for the Philadelphia Eagles and LA Rams.