Cover Model of the Year Winner
Words from Fawn:
Wow! I'm completely surprised and extremely honored to
be cover model of the year 2011!
Thank you for thinking of me and for
voting for me, I appreciate your
support and love! What an amazing
experience, I will never forget it!
Thank you to Satu for taking such a
beautiful photograph and to Marlene
G. who always knows exactly how to
do my make up.
Make Up: Marlene G.
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Cover Model Application Process
Want to be a
LargeInCharge Cover Model?
It has been almost seven years since LargeInCharge opened its
online doors to the Big World. We started with 740 readers
March 2004. We have built up to over 800,000 readers a
month. We have continuously given the Big World article
after article. Fashion tips and clothing companies.
Hot events and self esteem advice. Interesting information and
cool products. We have changed, grown and become better.
Online Magazine's are big now, doing better than
physical magazine sales. Any successful magazine must
have an online presence. LargeInCharge has been leading the
way for the Plus Sized Community.
Now with our sixth annual Cover Model Search taking place we are
beaming with pride. LargeInCharge keeps our entrance to be
a cover model free by using photographs that the person submits
for our covers. We don’t ask for an entry or submission fee from
our models. All we ask for is clear good photographs that
would be considered portfolio type of pictures. At the end of
the year we have a voting poll for the public and name one of them
of the Year
he or she wins prizes depending on what our sponsors give that year.
Being a LargeInCharge cover model can be a great add on to your
comp card or resume. It can also be a feather in the cap
of aspiring models. So many beautiful and handsome big men
and women who are not professional models can now be featured
where they will be appreciated. NO MORE SIZE 18 or 2XL
ONLY MODELS. AGE DOESN'T MATTER. NO MORE FETISH ONLY PICTURES. We like them
professional and in all sizes INCLUDING SUPER SIZED. There
are no limits with us.
REAL MEN... REAL
WOMEN... REAL BODIES
BE LARGE IN
CHARGE... BE OUR COVER MODEL!
NOTICE - Follow
the Directions carefully, if you have a question you can email me
and ask before you send in your entry. Any Entries that are
not sent in properly will be thrown out. Take the time to send
in your entry properly.
Raqui does not Guide, Help, Preview, Custom
Pick Photos of any model or submission. It
is unfair to all applicants. All Males and
Females are free to enter and encouraged to
submit according to the guidelines. - Thank you
Send In the
You must send at least two of each.
One or more
Head shot Black & White / Color - in your modeling attire
One or more
Full body shot Black & White / Color - in your modeling attire
NOTE: the more pictures you send it the
scanned pictures only
PICTURES, FUZZY, DISCOLORED, OLD
must represent you in your Current State
be of one person, no group shots.
Big Males and Females only.
be clear with no watermarks.
(EXCEPTION: photographers watermark)
Pictures cannot be smaller than 300 DPI,
800 x 600 pixels
be tasteful and fully clothed - Swimsuit and tasteful lingerie
Nude is not
allowed unless it is artistic. No private areas shown.
If your pictures are professionally done
be sure to have permission from the
Cell Phone Camera Images
Pictures with distracting backgrounds -
Pictures with Multiple people or with
multiple people in the background
Poor lighting or photo shopped edited
Images that do not meet the size
Pictures are well lit, clear and centered,
background is clear and natural, proper size.
You are free to browse our
past cover models to get an idea of what we
are looking for.
BACK ISSUES HERE
You can send in pictures for any of the below categories
Professional - done by photographer
Winter wear, coats etc. and Seasonal type of clothing, costumes
and colors. Winter backgrounds scenes
Spring wear, sweaters etc. bright, airy, wind blown. Spring
Swimsuits, wraps, summer dresses. Summer background scenes
Fall - Fall
colors and sweaters. Earthy natural settings. Fall Colors.
Ethnic prints and colors. Ethnic combinations of fabric
and prints. Jewelry
Suite and tie. City backgrounds
Sports clothing of all types. participating in sports. Jogging,
walking, basketball, football, Skating. Etc
Exercise - In
exercise outfits, gym scene etc.
Gothic clothing and costumes etc.
MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE EMAIL.
NOT INSERTED IN THE BODY OF THE
following text file read and complete and send along
with your pictures.
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What will I
receive if I am picked to be a 2011 Cover Model
You will be
Showcased for the Month you appear as our Cover Model, appear
on the cover and
remain in our database.
You will be
entered in our Yearly Cover Model contest to win a Trophy and Prizes
at the end of the year.
For the Cover Model of the Year - you will be featured as COVER
MODEL OF THE YEAR for the New Years
February edition. You will be required
to update us with pictures and a
Thanks for reading about
Cover Model of the Month
Raqui the Owner and Founder of LargeInCharge.com, Raqui's "Tell it like it is" style of
writing has brought thousands to her blogs and millions to
LargeInCharge.com. There is so much behind the woman who has
brought this magazine into existence. Being Internationally
known as a wrestler/squasher lead the way to modeling for companies and being
featured in magazines and documentaries from all over the world.
She has made a career out of her size and personality. Born, Raised
and Residing in the Bronx NYC. This city girl is taking the world by
For the past 6 years Raqui officially moved into Size Acceptance and Empowerment.
With the creation of LargeInCharge she took what she said to
individuals to a higher level and made it public to the internet
world. She is a woman who doesn't let things get to her. Knock her
down for the moment but she will rise up stronger and better.
Being a speaker on behalf of many subjects and counseling Plus Sized
people online her grace and style has made people love her. Raqui continues to set an example of a powerful woman who will bend
the world to fit her, her way.
Raqui's appearances include, Uk Television, German TV, Japan, Europe,
and the Spanish circuit. Her many magazines appearances have
been world wide. She has hit American Television in 2006 with
Good Morning American and since has appeared on The Cristina Show,
The Maury Show and The Tyra Banks Show.
To view her Online
Raqui featured on Gordos.com and Glamour Plus - go to
www.Raqui.com Portfolio Section
Raqui-ism - Thoughts vs. Actions!
Written By: Raqui
How many of us have heard of this common
saying, "Think of the things you want, and they will come to you."
I'm sure many of you are nodding your heads as you read this
sentence. It is a positive life improvement technique.
If you visualize yourself with the things you want, then you shall
receive. I find this to be useful in many areas of my life.
Still I have to sit, and question how literal should we take this
When I think about my fellow plus sized associates, I can see where
they have tried, or are trying to use this thought process to
improve, and enhance their lives. But still things have not
worked out, as they wished. I began to question them when I
see a fb or myspace status, that sounded hopeful a few months ago to
now sounding totally helpless.
I have found one important key factor that many seem to be missing.
That is ACTION! I don't understand how you can make a request,
and then do not take action to achieve the request. If you
wanted a Masters Degree then you should take action, you should
enroll and attend school. Just because you asked for a Masters
Degree, doesn't mean the magical degree fairy will come flying
through your window one night, and leave it on your pillow.
We cannot just think about what we want out of life. We have
to make opportunities to receive what we wished for.
You cannot expect to have a more active social life if you refuse to
associate with others and isolate yourself at home.
You cannot expect to find love if you will not speak to new people
and open your circle and heart so that you meet someone new.
You cannot buy a home unless you make moves toward saving money for
will not get your high school diploma or college degree if you don't
enroll in school.
Nothing in life can be achieved with out action. You cant sit
back and assume that by thinking something it will happen magically.
You must take action to allow the things you wish to be achieved.
In this New Year will you take actions? Will you still sitting
back assuming that you will sit on your behind and not make a move
toward your own life improvement? I cant tell you what to do
this year. But i know for a fact if I have to make a choice in
the Thoughts vs. Actions war. Actions win out in my book all
- Weekly Radio show discussing Plus Sized Issues. Friday's 7-9
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the Plus Side
From the Plus side will be column dedicated to short stories that
deal with all aspects of Plus size Life. Emily Smiltneck was
chosen for this position because of her dedication, and realistic
writing style. She captures the emotional and mental rollercoaster
those who are Plus Sized go through.
Emily Susanne Smiltneck lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
(pretty much dead center in the middle of nowhere). She is a
substitute teacher, and has recently started a tutoring business.
Emily is currently working on several writing projects,
including a historical fiction novel and several collections of
receives recognition in Neighbors Daily Press - See article below
It is a great joy when our fellow Plus Sized people receive
recognition for their life's work. Join me in this Joyous
moment when one of our LargeInCharge writers is seen for her
contribution and great dedication to her goals in life. Click
the images above to read the article about our dear Emily. When the
page open click on the article to zoom in and read it.
The Adventures of Phatgurl
by Emily Suzanne
Adventures Of Phatgurl
is a serial collection of stories about the adventures of Jany, a
plus-sized young woman who, in desperation, places an ad on a
personals website. As she embarks on her dates, she meets many
different kinds of men who expect many different things from her.
Some of her adventures are wildly amusing and others are more
serious and even sad.
If you have any
ideas or experiences, funny or otherwise, that you would like to see
depicted in a future Phatgurl story, please e-mail me at
I will do my very best to incorporate all reader ideas into future
SWSSBBW seeks SM
who will not rape her, emotionally or otherwise. The ability to
both speak and write in complete sentences is a plus. Must not
inadvertently throw her down stairs or pretend that she is “Mama.”
Intelligent conversation, a little respect, and the lack of a
current significant other will get you far. And a well-developed
sense of humor won’t hurt, either. If you like smart chicks with
jelly bellies and thunder thighs, reply to
Looking Back ... Continued
That’s what Jany needed.
The thought came to her on Friday night, woke her up at three
a.m. She’d come
straight home after work, crabby and depressed, had ignored phone
calls from both Haroon and Selena.
She couldn’t explain how she felt, even to herself.
She was tired but she couldn’t sleep.
She was hungry but nothing sounded good.
She didn’t want to be alone, but she couldn’t stand the
thought of having company, either.
She was tired of life and afraid of the future, if it meant
solitude and difficult decisions, but she wasn’t ready to die.
Her body was tense and jumpy, like her muscles were crawling
and twisting and jumping underneath her skin.
All those dates back forever ago, that had gone so wrong, had
been exciting. There’d
been adrenaline rushes, bursts of fear, because everything had been
so new. And because
she’d gotten herself into some dangerous situations, but she was
There was fear and newness now, with Selena,
but that was scary. She
had to be careful because she didn’t want to hurt Selena.
It had been different with strangers, guys she’d resented
because they’d failed to treat her with respect.
She’d never even considered whether she was hurting them.
She threw back the blankets and got out of bed,
fired up her computer.
Finally, she logged into Personalz.com.
Scrolled through her list of favorites.
And then there he was.
Frank. If it was
excitement Jany was craving, Frank was her man.
You couldn’t get much more exciting than a gay bar, a liquor
store, a sex toy shop, and a house of ill repute, all on the first
date. She had a feeling
he wouldn’t disappoint her lust for excitement on a second date—she
just wondered what it would take to top the first one.
Quickly, she typed a message.
Sorry she’d been out of touch, but she’d been seeing someone.
It was over now, she was looking again, and she’d had such a
wonderful time when they’d met that she’d never forgotten him.
A few little white lies wouldn’t hurt.
As the sun came up, Jany finally crawled back
into bed. She was able
to sleep without tossing and turning now.
She’d taken action.
All that was left to do was wait.
When she woke up, just before noon, Jan y was
filled with nervous energy.
She was much more optimistic than she’d been, though, so she
decided to put her energy to good use.
She cleaned out her refrigerator and threw away all the old
food, and the quick-to-make unhealthy food she had a habit of
buying. She told
herself it wasn’t about losing weight, that she just wanted to eat
better food so she’d have more energy, and it was mostly true.
She mostly accepted herself the way she was.
But she couldn’t help wondering, as she tossed a frozen pizza
in the trash, how people might see her differently if she lost a
little weight, even just twenty or thirty pounds.
She showered when she was finished, taking time
to shave her legs and lather up her whole body with pretty-smelling
body wash. She wanted
her skin to feel soft and smell sweet and pretty, so she could
pretend that other people saw her that way—and in case Frank had
responded to her e-mail and wanted to get together, but she didn’t
let herself think about that too much.
No use getting excited over nothing, in case he didn’t want
to see her. And she
also didn’t want to think too much about what she wanted from him,
what she was really looking for to ease her craving for excitement.
It made her feel a little dirty, in a thrilling sort of way.
She dressed in jeans and a sweater, but
underneath, she put on the one matching set of underwear she owned.
It was hot pink and lacy and made her stand up a little
straighter when she wore it; she’d splurged on it once when she’d
been feeling down and needed to be able to pretend she had someone
to wear it for. When
she left her apartment, her little secret made her smile and gave
her the courage to meet people’s eyes as she passed them on her way
to the corner market to restock her kitchen with fresh, healthy
Finally, once she’d gotten her groceries home
and put them away, and straightened up her kitchen, Jany let herself
check her e-mail. She
held her breath as she waited to see if Frank had responded.
And he had.
Simple and to the point: “I’d love to see you again.
call around 6.”
Jany’s newly perky attitude improved even more.
Her opportunity for excitement was confirmed.
Ignoring yet another call from Selena, this time because she
felt a little guilty, Jany set about preparing for the night.
By 5:30, she was dressed and ready.
She’d gone for a look that was classy enough that she could
pretend she wasn’t after a cheap thrill—admitting that she was would
have opened her up to rejection—but she bared enough skin to,
hopefully, make Frank try to convince her that a cheap thrill was
just what she wanted.
She walked back down to the corner market,
where she selected a box of condoms, then also grabbed a loaf of
bread and a pack of gum before she checked out, trying to act as if
she bought condoms every day.
She didn’t, though, and it made her knees quiver as she
approached the cashier.
She half expected him to say something like, “Isn’t
that wishful thinking?”
or shudder in disgust as he thought about her using condoms with
someone. He didn’t,
though, of course. He
rang up her purchases and took her money without even seeming to see
She left the store, set the loaf of bread on
the sidewalk in the hopes that someone who needed it might find it,
and dawdled along the street, waiting for her phone to ring.
At almost exactly six o’clock, it did.
“Hey, there, Baby.
How’s it going?”
Jany cringed, suddenly hating the way she made herself sound
less intelligent when she was talking to some guys.
Guys who seemed like they might not appreciate her
intelligence. Guys she
shouldn’t like anyway.
So you wanted to see me again?”
“Well, I mean, it was fun, and—yeah.
I wanted to see you again.”
“I—I told you.
I had a good time last time we got together, and now that I’m
a free agent again, I figured I’d see if you were still interested.”
Jany was impressed with how smoothly the semi-lie rolled off
“So what you’re saying is you liked my cock and
you want me.”
The sensation Frank’s words caused made Jany
look to see if her stomach had actually dropped out onto the
sidewalk. It hadn’t, so
she closed her eyes tightly and tried to pull herself together.
She’d been trying all day to avoid admitting to herself that
what she wanted was sex, and it actually scared her a little to
think that it might be within her power to get it.
“Okay, maybe that was part of it.
But, I mean, I had a good time with you, too.
Out of bed, I mean.
Even if you didn’t take me to the gallery opening like you
were supposed to. I had
“If you say so.
For the record, I have no problem at all with you using me
Okay, well, uh—what do you want to do tonight?”
“I think you know.”
“But, before that?
I mean—well, I’m not the kind of girl to—do that—without at
least spending some time together first.
Like dinner, or a movie, or just, like, a walk or something.
“What difference does it make what order things
“I don’t know, it doesn’t, I guess.
Except, it does.
“All right, fine.
Have you had dinner yet?”
I’ll take you out for dinner so you can pretend you’re
looking for more than a good lay, and then we’ll get it on.”
“Uh—dinner sounds good.”
“Meet me at the same
train station as last time, soon as you can get there.
Thanks for reading
From the Plus Side with
Emily's Cool Links
Cher Rue is an actress,
writer and producer. Starting out with writing "Dear Cher" she knew
she loved helping other people. Being plus size all her life this
was where she knew her calling was.
Cher was seen on "Dr.Phil,
"Good Morning America", "Entertainment Tonight", "Russian, British,
Japanese, and Viet Vietnamese Television". Also a documentary filmed
at the Las Vegas Bash on the Travel channel, and Current TV, a
online station, with numerous radio interviews talking about size
You can also see a recurring show "Secret Lives of Women" seen on
the We channel "Women's entertainment".
Cher was recently in a
new movie "Forever Plaid" coming out soon.
Cher is now involved
with mainstream "Hollywood" and charity events showing that beauty
comes in all sizes
it is what is inside that counts.
Cher has always loved seeing others happy and helping others to find
their inner self and beauty.
Ten years ago, she found the plus size community and she knew this
is where she would focus on helping others who were like her and had
some of her experiences and pain that she went through.
David Harrison Levi birthday party and Breast Cancer Awareness
January 19th, 2011 was an amazing charity event at the Highlands
club at the Kodak center in Hollywood. Starmaker David Harrison
Levi a breast cancer awareness advocate who's sister past away
from Breast Cancer has made it his mission in the fight of
awareness of this cause.
With Tony Boldi the new Mayor of Hollywood attending there were
many celebrities in the house showing their support for this
The place was poppin with paparazzi and the musical guests
rocked the house. A fashion show put on by the one and only
Parris Harris who had the models strutting their pocket change
down the runway! With about 800 people dancing to the music,
drinking, socializing and meeting new people, I have to say it
was a good night!
Kelvin James,Sydney Collection, Brit Boy, Mercedes Giovanni,
Oliventa, Malici, Kiss One, Boi Toy, Forbidden Kiss, Afeaka and
Performances by Nathalie Matthews, disco diva Pepper MaShay,
Ditch, Maria Amor and the Exoti-Angels Dancers, Lisa Lewolt,
Roxy Darr to name a few. Seems like the list just went on and on
for a packed show.
Celebrity guests include Said Faraj (the green zone), Vikki
Lizzi (Dr.Drew), Sabrina Parisi (Europe's #2 show), Chance &
Real of VH1's Real Chance of Love,Cher Rue (actress), John
Barrymore, David Golshan, Rob Patterson,Artist G G Artist,
Bentworth Blues, Craig Zucchero, Holly Wood Press, Rizza
Aladiffi Apcar, Hana Slavick, Manon Lassert, Sara Abbas
Al-Awadhi, Sasan Soury, Ron Whitaker, Sarahi Stewart, Monica
Wilson, Natalie Lieberman, Elena Smith, Anita Jewels Danelian,
Princess Corinna Oldenburg.
Thanks for reading Big
Girls on the Red Carpet
Xander brings blend of life experience and culinary twist to his
writing. From cooking on television and live demonstrations, to
writing Xander cook’s like he feels. A former Chicago native
transplanted to Tennessee, His goal has been to experience the
fullness of food heritage. He believes that as a people and society,
can learn a lot from what we eat. Combining a great life lesson and
a easy recipe. They go hand-in-hand to provide a tasty
addition to your day. Xander has to confess that ingredients in a
great meal are like the ingredients in a great life are never far
by Xander The Food Dude
The world of soup is incredible.
Empires have been built on it, as well as, many
But, where did it come from ?
Who invented soup? It's common knowledge that the word soup
comes from the same source as the English term "sop,"
meaning a piece of bread soaked in liquid. In common
parlance, soup replaced sop at about the same time that
people began serving the heated liquid without the
ever-present piece of bread (approximately one-hundred years
after Catherine de Medici arrived in France with her entire
kitchen in tow and proceeded to transform the world of
However, it's likely that people have been enjoying
some version of meat cooked in heated water since the days
when Prehistoric man was forced to stalk and kill his dinner
before he could even think about cooking it.
The origins of boiling are lost to history. Nonetheless, in
The History of Food, Raey Tannahill states that it's clear
man knew about boiling long before the invention of
earthenware pottery (around 6,000 BC). Ever inventive,
prehistoric man found that bamboo trees filled with clay,
reptile shells, and especially the stomachs from the animals
they had killed, all made perfect vessels in which to boil
liquid filled with fresh meat over a hot fire. When nothing
else was available, they could always resort to the more
time consuming method of filling a pit with water and
throwing in a few stones heated from the fire to bring the
water to a boil. (How they managed to transport the hot
stones from fire to water without scalding themselves in the
process remains a mystery).
Various evidence, including residue sticking to pots, tells
us man was regularly consuming soup by the Iron and Bronze
Ages. The Ancient Romans ate soup, including a type of fish
broth cooked in wine and spices. The Greeks were familiar
with soup as well, as the following quote from a play by the
Athenian satirist Aristophanes illustrates:
Dionysus: ..."Did you ever feel a sudden urge for soup?"
Heracles: " Soup? Ten thousand times so far."
Today, the world of soup is vast and sophisticated. There
are thick soups such as bouillabaisse that nearly cross the
line from soup to stew, thin clear consommés, and everything
in-between. Nearly all cultures have their own specialties:
hearty Russian borscht, garlicky Spanish gazpacho, and
Pot-au-Feu, a French clear soup made from boiled beef and
vegetables. (I say "nearly" as I can't think of a soup
native to my own country, Canada. Maritime clam chowder,
perhaps?) Soup can be a meal in itself, an appetizer, or a
dessert. And we can't forget soup's role as the ultimate
of the Month
Tempting Toscana Soup
12 links spicy pork sausage, sliced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3/4 cup diced onion
1 1/4 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons chicken soup base
4 cups water
2 potatoes, halved and sliced
2 cups sliced kale
1/3 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
Place sausage links on a baking sheet and bake 25 minutes, or until
cooked through. Slice into 1/2 inch slices.
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute onions until
translucent; add garlic and cook 1 minute.
Stir in broth, water and potatoes; simmer 15 minutes.
Reduce heat to low and add sausage, kale and cream; simmer until
heated through and serve.
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
3 cups cubed French bread
1 pound sliced bacon, diced
2 cups finely chopped celery
1 onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 cups chicken broth
1 (16 ounce) jar picante sauce
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 cups shredded lettuce
In a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium, heat butter and oil.
Add the bread cubes; stir until crisp and golden brown. Remove and
In the same pan, cook bacon until crisp. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup
drippings; set bacon aside. Saute celery and onion in drippings
until tender. Add sugar; cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in flour;
cook and stir for 1 minute. Add broth, picante sauce, tomato sauce
and pepper; bring to a boil. Boil and stir for 2 minutes.
Just before serving, add lettuce and heat through. Garnish with the
croutons and bacon.
Buffalo Chicken Soup
6 cups milk
3 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
3 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup hot pepper sauce
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for
4-5 hours. How much easy does it get then that….
Thank you for
Reading Good Food 4U
By Xander the Food Dude
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2007, Sonya was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes; a generational
curse that she had prayed to avoid, but didn’t worry about while she
piled butter pecan ice cream on her German Chocolate Cake. Only a
few months into this diagnosis, she woke up one morning unable to
walk and in excruciating pain in her left foot. Doctors finally
diagnosed an acute tendonitis, exacerbated by uncontrolled
That was the wake-up call, She had suffered for
years with high cholesterol and sleep apnea; all associated with her
weight, it wasn’t until
this happened (wheelchair bound for a month and on crutches
following that) did she tell herself "I have to do something
about my weight." On April 17, 2008, Sonya had the gastric bypass
medical weight loss procedure and it was the best decision that she
made for herself. In these upcoming writings, Sonya invites you to
learn the ups and downs of gastric bypass: through the eyes of one
who lives it every day.
Time is Getting Near...
with Sonya Bennett
As many who have endeavored to have this procedure know: it can be a
very long process to have the gastric bypass. Nothing worth having
is worth rushing, though... we continue to follow Angela on her
Well, today I paid a visit to my Pulmonologist for the results of my
recent breathing study. A little over a year ago, I met this doctor
as an in-patient at the hospital, following a massive asthma attack.
I actually spent News Year's Eve of 2009 in the hospital and I
watched the fireworks from my bedside window. I was really sick and
miserable; in walks this little doctor who prescribed inhalers and
pills and a therapy action plan especially for me. The doctor told
me to "walk around your apartment as much as you can and LOSE SOME
WEIGHT!"; a classic theme.
So now I sit in her office a year later, asking for a pulmonary
clearance to have weight-loss surgery. During this year, she has
successfully treated my asthma, and even diagnosed me with
Obstructive Sleep Apnea through a sleep study. Now, I sleep with my
CPAP machine every night and during my afternoon naps. I am thrilled
with the increased energy, and I wonder how I ever lived without
one! Now, when I am in a public place and I see another large person
falling asleep... I try to slip them my doctor's business card!
Living "large" may make others feel like they were in charge of
their lives, but it was never that way for me. As I sit and write
this article, my bra straps are digging into my skin and my ankles
are swollen. Yes, I had a busy day... but no busier that any other
day as a mother. I took my daughter back and forth to school, went
to the post office and the bank, had my doctor's visit and wrote
this article... nothing fancy. I didn't even cook dinner tonight so
why are my ankles swollen? It could be a side affect from the
diabetic pills, but my doctor seems to think it is from uncontrolled
I know that I see younger women walking in heels and strolling
through stores without sweating. I see women carrying babies and
pushing strollers and I KNOW they are pushing 300 pounds! Why is
carrying all that weight easier for them and not me? My sister says
that I waddle when I walk and I carry myself like a pregnant woman.
Maybe I am pregnant? Pregnant with too much FAT and now I need to go
into labor to remove it from my body! I dunno...
Well, I received medical clearance from my pulmonologist to have
weight-loss surgery. Now on Monday, I go to pick-up the clearance
from my cardiologist (now THAT was an experience! A stress test for
a 350 pound woman!). My chest ex-rays came back normal although
there was a comment on the report that said "Large body habitus
limits the evaluation". Wow! Even an x-ray can't get through all
Next month I should have my surgery date, and maybe even my sister
Sonya by my side. I'm ready, my daughter is ready... my body is
ready. Come on and go along with me.
***Debuting January 30th on The Jericho Broadcast Network - "350 &
Closing... A Gastric Bypass Story". My weight loss documentary
begins with a pre-surgery video of my sister, Sonya Bennett.
www.FaithiTV.com to watch the show**.
Catch us next month as Angela continues on her journey to have the
Gastric Bypass Surgery
Thanks for reading
The Big GB - My Gastric Bypass Memoirs
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Founded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit
civil rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life
for fat people. NAAFA works to eliminate discrimination based on
body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
through public education, advocacy, and member support.
This Column is dedicated to the tremendous
work NAAFA has been doing for over four decades. LargeInCharge
wishes to support NAAFA in spreading the word of its work, and give
the public more information into issues we as plus sized people
should be aware of. The fight for equality for people of all
sizes is one we support.
This Column will include News Releases and
Calls to Action from NAAFA Directors.
This Column has been Approved by NAAFA.org
Two for One Convention Announcement!
from: NAAFA.org - Peggy
Two for One Convention Announcement!
Two times the excitement! Two times the info!
NAAFA is pleased to announce the dates for both our 2011 and 2012
As a strategic goal, the NAAFA Board has set out to simplify and
streamline all of NAAFA's activities. One of the organization's key
events, our major fund raising event of the year, is our annual
convention and as such it has been a major focus of our streamlining
efforts. In order to help members get the most for their money and
budget their time, we have been able to secure the Convention
location contracts for the next two years. These contracts lock in
our cost at the same levels as our 2010 convention and in some cases
gives a further discount.
This year we will be returning to the Washington, DC area for our
Thursday, August 4, 2011 - Monday, August 8, 2011!
The Westin Washington Dulles Airport
2520 Wasser Terrace
Herndon, VA 20171
In 2012 we will be having our annual convention in San Francisco.
Thursday, August 2, 2012 - Monday, August 6, 2012!
The Westin San Francisco Airport
1 Old Bayshore Highway
Millbrae, CA 94030
Make plans now to join us in August, 2011 at The Westin Washington
Dulles Airport. Room rates are a super low $79 per night and can be
booked for Thursday, Aug 4, 2011 - Monday, August 8, 2011! The
Westin is prepared to receive your NAAFA convention reservations
We have worked hard to keep the cost of this convention down and to
get the lowest hotel prices we could. $79.00 per night for a premium
hotel in the DC area is a significant deal. The Early Bird Special
price is $225.00 and will be available beginning February 1 through
May 31, 2011. Beginning June 1, full convention price will be
We will have again made it easy for you to register for the
convention as well as the hotel through our website at
www.naafa.org. We encourage you to register for the NAAFA convention
package today and look forward to seeing you in DC.
Watch our website for more exciting details as they become
Founded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit civil rights organization
dedicated to improving the quality of life for fat people. NAAFA
works to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat
people with the tools for self-empowerment through public education,
advocacy, and member support.
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From the Desk of NAAFA
Lucia Roth, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Graduated with a B. A.
degree in Communication from Southeastern Louisiana University and is
considering going back for her Masters degree. Lucia a people person and
is always willing to help out a friend in need. She enjoys music,
movies, poetry, and good book on a rainy day. Lucia has several mottos
This is one: Knowledge talks, wisdom listens.
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year sale!! Curvaceous Chic Woman is having a Winter Sale
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Name of Product: Doo - Wops & Hooligans (Bruno Mars)
Type of Product: Audio CD
Cost of Product: MP3 Download, 10 Songs, 2010 -$7.99, Audio
CD, 2010 - $9.00
Where Product can be found:
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Candace Lane (C.L.) is a 24-year-old plus sized artist from Illinois,
where she was born and raised. She is a graduate of Proviso East High
School. Candace is a certified Patient Care Technician who is
experienced in the medical field.
C.L. now works in technical support for a major electronics
manufacturer. C.L. is currently pursuing a bachelorette degree in Mixed
Media Art. Her artwork has been featured in local artist competitions.
Candace considers herself a spiritual person. Being the oldest of four
siblings gave her courage to lead and the wisdom to know when to follow.
As a member of what has been labeled Generation Next, she
believes that life is a learning experience and everyone can teach you
something; you just have to be willing to learn.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling, art, music, good food and great
conversation. Presently she is single, sassy and satisfied with where
life is taking her.
The Important Things
with Candace Lane
“You yourself, as
much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your
love and affection.”-
When was the last time you treated yourself to
something nice? I don’t mean the this-cost-$50
and-it-looks-like-it-cost-$200 nice, I mean the
Yes-I-paid-$200-because-I-am-Loreal-worth-it kind of
nice. How many times a day do you think about the
wellbeing of the people around you before you stop to
think about yourself? As women, we are natural born
caregivers conditioned to fulfill that roll from birth.
Think about it, your first toy was probably a baby doll.
When we become women we are supposed to care for our
children, our parents, our husbands, our friends, the
homeless, and fight world hunger, but when do are when
are supposed to care for us? Who takes care of us when
we get sick or have a tummy ache? Who nurses us back to
health? I remember seeing my mother always make
sacrifices for my dad and her children, but I cannot
remember one single time were she took time out to
pamper and fuss over herself. I am not even sure if she
knows how to.
You do not have to have the IQ of Albert Einstein
to know that life is short. Now, figuring out the
meaning of life… well, that is another story. Sometimes
it is not the destination, but the path we drive to get
to the destination that makes the trip worthwhile.
Do you treat
yourself the way you treat others? For many of us the
answer is no. Grace Mirabella was the one who said,
name of the game is taking care of yourself, because
you're going to live long enough to wish you had.” I
think of my mother every time that statement comes to
mind. When I see tired in her face, I wonder if she had
to do it all over again, would she. I think of the
parents that work 80-hour workweeks to put their
children through school. I think of the children who
gave up school along with their childhood to take care
of ailing parents.
I do believe that you can give and give and give
to the point where you have nothing left for yourself
and don’t even think about still being able to take care
I found myself at a place where I was evaluating
my wants, dreams, goals and desires and wondering if I
would be like my mother. She is the world’s sweetest
person. She is warm, funny, beautiful, kind, patient,
loving, unselfish, gentle and a whole other list of
words that cannot begin to do her justice. My mother is
the only person in the world that I know has always had
my best interest at heart. I have never doubted the
authenticity of her love for her children. The only one
word that I question whether it accurately describes her
I am saddened when I think about that, but It
would hurt more I think, if I ever asked her about it.
What is it that makes her happy? I hope to be even a
half of the woman that she is, but my desire is happy. I
desire to know joy and to have joy be as much a part of
my life as my future children and husband. Is it
possible to find a balance between humility and
Does it make me selfish to desire the balance? I
do not know, but I do know that I am not will to
sacrifice happiness. So what exactly is it that makes me
It is okay to make sacrifices in life; everyone
sacrifices something sometime. It is important that we
take care of ourselves as much as if not more than we do
others. You cannot be someone’s rock and foundation of
you are withering and decaying away. When you get to a
point where you are too tired to be tired, it is
probably time to take a break and get some much-needed
R&R. Get a pedicure, go on a vacation, buy yourself that
sexy black dress even if you wear it just for you. Take
a nice long no technology allowed walk at the beach and
feel the sand in your toes while you listen to the ocean
sing to you. Do something that gives you pleasure and
makes you happy. We will only live a short while on this
large rock; you should be able to enjoy it at least part
of the time. When everything in your life becomes
hectic, you cannot forget to take care of number one. We
get one body, one soul, one mind and one heart.
Take care of these things; they should be your
most treasured possessions. If you cannot do that for
you, then do it for the ones that love you. You are just
as important to the people you love as they are to you.
Never forget that.
I dedicate this message to all of the YOUS out
Be Blessed- C.L.
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