“My goal was never to be skinny”

“My goal was never to be skinny”

RochelleCreate. Destroy. Rebuild. That’s the mantra that’s guided Rochelle Hoofatt’s body transformation over the years. The Tampa, Florida resident shares her inspiring story of weight loss and maintenance with BlackDoctor.org below.

All of my life, I have been considered overweight or obese according to doctors, but I never let my weight define who I was. For a few years, my weight would fluctuate, but in 2013, my weight was at its highest point: 215 lbs.

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Coming from a Caribbean background, where the language of food is the staple form of communication, it was extremely difficult to live a healthy lifestyle. Anyone from the Caribbean can understand the pressure of family constantly criticizing your body, yet in the same breath, stress you to eat and feed you the tastiest, yet most unhealthy of meals.

When people would say “You need to lose weight,” and “You are too young to be this heavy,” I would ignore them and simply respond: “when I am ready to change, I will.”

There were several events that occurred within a year that ignited my fitness journey, indicating that I was finally ready to change. My transformation began when my friend and I decided we were going to participate, or “play mas” in Trinidad carnival.

Like most people, I had a goal to lose a certain amount of weight to look amazing in my costume, and that’s exactly what I did!


A few months later, I was graduating from the University of South Florida, and decided to keep the weight loss movement going. At that point, I was very proud of how I had changed mentally and physically, but knew I had the potential to accomplish so much more.

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Summer was quickly approaching and I made the life changing decision to participate in the most challenging summer program at MMFitness: Summer Soldiers. At that time, I was eating well, but I also realized that I needed someone to help take my nutrition to another level. Shey Webb, my nutritionist, showed me the importance of changing the types of food I eat on a weekly basis, and that healthy eating can actually be tasty.

Woman suffers ‘major injuries’ after accident involving Mike Trout

Woman suffers ‘major injuries’ after accident involving Mike Trout

Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout’s Mercedes plowed into a stopped car after a game Wednesday, a collision that left one person with significant injuries. Trout was uninjured in the three-car crash on the 55 freeway in Santa Ana., Calif., that occurred at 7:48 p.m. PT, according to information provided by the California Highway Patrol in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. The woman in a Chevrolet Sonic suffered “major injuries” and was transported to Orange County Global Medical Center in Tustin. A hospital spokesperson was unable to provide an update on the status of the woman injured.

“Mike Trout was involved in a car accident earlier tonight,” Angels general manager Billy Eppler said in a statement released by theclub. “I have spoken with Mike this evening and he feels fine. He is at home with his roommate and planning on traveling with the club to Seattle tomorrow afternoon. We will update as more information becomes available.” Trout was traveling southbound on the 55 when traffic ahead of him came to a stop due to an unrelated accident, according to the CHP. Trout’s car swerved and the right-front of his his car collided with the rear bumper of the Sonic.

The impact sent the compact car careening into a truck stopped ahead of it, before the Sonic came to a rest alongside a fence on the shoulder of
the roadway. Trout and the driver of the truck stopped to check on the well-being of the woman in the Chevrolet, according to the CHP. A video obtained by Fox 11 in Los Angeles shows Trout cooperating with a patrol officer; an expanded version of the video shows a young woman removed from her car by Orange County emergency personnel. Trout did not play in Los Angeles’ 3-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

The 2014 AL MVP Award winner is batting .319 with 25 homers and 21 stolen bases this season. Trout, 25, was the 2014 American League MVP and a three-time runner-up. He’s expected to challenge for the award again this season.

Kerry Washington’s new drama

Kerry Washington’s new drama

“Scandal” star Kerry Washington will step behind the camera for her next television project. The actress is set to executive produce her first series according to Variety.The drama “Patrol” will follow the lives of four female LAPD officers and marks the first weekly series to come out of Washington’s Simpson Street production company. ABC announced back in April that it had inked a two year development deal with one of its biggest stars.

“I believe strongly in the importance of having a seat at the table, which makes starting this production company thrilling for me,” Washington said at the time. “It’s an honor to be at a point in my career when I can help generate projects that that are exciting, necessary and truly reflect the world around us.” Simpson Street’s first project was HBO’s “Confirmation,” the story of the

Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas case which starred Washington as Hill. Even though “Scandal” has been pushed to back during the 2016-2017 due to her second pregnancy, the star is staying busy. Harper’s Bazaar reports that Washington has teamed up with a group of fashion designers –including Christian Louboutin — to design handbags in support of the victims of domestic violence. Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse initiative will auction the limited edition bags in October.

Congressman John Lewis crowd surfs on ‘The Late Show

Congressman John Lewis crowd surfs on ‘The Late Show

Congressman John Lewis is a civil rights icon who isn’t afraid to get close to the people. We already knew this about him, but Lewis really showed it Wednesday when he ended his appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” by crowd surfing.

“You want to crowd surf?” Colbert asked, to which Lewis hopped up and danced his way over to the audience. The 76-year-old politician, well known for his activism in the civil rights movement, did a little practicing before being hoisted into the crowd and passed overhead from person to person.

The stunt closed out the show. Lewis was there to promote the third installment of his graphic novel “March,” a series about his remarkable place in history. He also discussed June’s sit-in to protest a lack of action on gun control, how he met Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, and NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s recent refusal to stand during the national anthem. “This young man, this football player, is acting according to the dictates of his conscience,” Lew

Did Rihanna Get a Tattoo for Drake?

Did Rihanna Get a Tattoo for Drake?

Rihanna will probably never tattoo a man’s name on her body, but new reports are suggesting she did the next best thing to show her affection for her new boo Drake. RiRi got a tattoo while in Miami to commemorate her and Drake’s relationship.

The “Work”singer got inked Wednesday (Aug. 31) with a shark on the front side of her ankle. The shark tattoo is reportedly meant to symbolize an aquarium date the two stars went on earlier this month. Drake rented out Ripley’s Aquarium of Canadain Toronto for an intimate date and gifted Rih a stuffed shark that night. Check out the stealthy pic from the date that Drizzy posted on Instagram earlier this week below.

The tatted-up island girl is no stranger to getting spontaneous ink and the new addition was done by famed tattoo artist Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy. As far as hip-hop couples go, Drake and Rihanna have been dominating headlines as of late.

This past Sunday at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, Drake presented his girl with the night’s top honor, the Video Vanguard Award and professed his love in the process, saying he’s been in love with her since he was 22 years old. The two have been spotted on dates together ever since and just last night (Aug. 31), they kissed onstage during RiRi’s guest performance at Drake’s Summer Sixteen tour in Miami, confirming their long-speculated romance.