Who's Blog is This?
Runner. Yogi. Cyclist. Obstacle Course Racer.
Culinarian. Photographer. Blogger. Mom. Family Member. Friend. Passionate Nut Case. Profanity Expert. Adrenaline Junkie.
...in any order.
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I promise I'm not trying to be different or difficult but the typical 'About Me' sections are not for me. I'm going to do my very best to give you an idea of who I am. Perhaps, giving you my back story is my middle ground.
My name is Latoya Shauntay Snell.
I'm an eighties kid who takes herself seriously while NOT taking herself seriously sometimes. I can be a walking contradiction. I love all around respect, exceptionally passionate about all things artistic and a full fledged potty mouth. In a society where we are constantly being censored on so much, I like to find a safe space to let down my hair, be free and live life.
Taking a chance on passion, I went from being a self taught culinarian with an eclectic background in social work, administration, 5+ years published freelance photographer/photographer assistant and a colorful novice open mic artist to becoming a classically trained chef through Star Career Academy of New York (formerly known as Career Academy of New York). I was exceptionally zealous, passionate and determined to grab this career by the horns and be my best version of successful. Unfortunately, while in culinary school, I didn't adhere to all of the signs of a person who's body was crashing down.
One week before Hurricane Sandy in 2012, I experienced a sharp pain that felt similar to being stabbed. The firecracker that I am, thought that this was minor and I would be bed rested for a few days. I was diagnosed with disc degenerative disease, sciatica, a pretty acute herniated disc and my immune system was crashing down. Thanks to avoiding the scale for a year, I had no idea that my once exceptionally petite frame skyrocketed to a whopping 265 pounds and climbing.
I laughed until I couldn't laugh anymore. I was considered to be long term disabled and in turn, I was home for over a year. When diet products and fasting didn't work, I gave life a fair chance. May 28, 2013 was the first day of my new life. Until that moment, I didn't know what it truly felt like to LIVE. Since then, I accomplished some things: Big and Small.
I was interviewed by Redbook Magazine after losing 80 pounds, which was published in their May 2014 issue.
I dropped down to 170 pounds and you would think that my happily ever after kicked in after this. I was published into a magazine. Earned over 10 medals from running several events through New York Road Runners and the Rock n Roll Series. I am part of Black Girls Run. I even participated in the New York City Century series hosted by Transportation Alternatives. I should be on top of the world.