This photo shoot is a dream come true, thanks to my sister-like friend, @rafiya.alam. While it didn’t go exactly how I wanted it to because of my children, the end result is phenomenal. We aren’t necessarily the fittest family, but we aspire to be one.
I started dedicating myself to fitness and nutrition only two months ago. I’ve seen positive changes in myself in this short span of time and I couldn’t be any more proud. Yes—I still have rolls and no abs. I still have days when all I want to eat are processed foods but now I have goals to achieve. I am no by means an expert in fitness but my goal is to educate myself and become an expert. I want to inspire the people around me, especially women in the South Asian community.
From my experience, South Asian women do not perform the recommended level of physical activity for health benefits. This primarily goes hand in hand with the fact that the South Asian community know very little about fitness and nutrition. More importantly, South Asian communities rarely promote fitness and wealthy eating habits to women because of socially constructed barriers such as bullshit facts like a woman’s responsibilities in life is to get married, have children, tend to the husband, and so on. Obviously, what I want to put exposure on goes beyond today’s short Instagram post and it’s something I’ll be talking about in the upcoming days. So, keep and eye out, my friends. #brownfitfam