Whitney was thrust into the spotlight, performing the dance live on different talk shows before landing her own show, "Whitney: Fat Girl Dancing" on TLC. I watched the first season last week - in a binge style affair - and loved it. I feel a real sense of pride when I see women doing their thing without worrying about anyone else. Whitney suffers from a issue called Post Cystic Ovarian Syndrome that caused her to rapidly gain weight in her University years. She went from being a svelte dancer to a plus-size woman almost overnight - that sort of change can really take a chunk out of someone's life and their confidence. Whitney has fought through all of those hard times and she is a bolt of lightening now. Her show is a hilarious look at her life, whilst dealing with the difficult issues that her 300 pound body is giving her - health problems and movement problems. From having her Mum shave the back of her legs, to her Dad pressuring her to pick a goal weight - that sounded familiar - to starting her own dancing class and the trials of dating. It's hilarious, touching and I bought into every second of it.
If Whitney had her dance class in the UK, I would be there. It does make me check myself, she is just getting out there and getting on with it - she's making sure she's fit as well as fat. I'm barely restricting my sugar intake at the moment, I've not been to the gym in forever - and even though I was off on Wednesday, and had discussed going to the gym with myself on Tuesday, I didn't actually get there. I need to propel myself into the gym, there are 190 days until I go to Texas next year and I'm determined to look slimmer when I go. My face slims down as soon as I stop eating sugar and start eating healthier, and that is important to me. I absolutely need to work on that.
Whitney's programme is a snap shot