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Fitness buff turns the page to a new chapter in her life

Professional bodybuilder closes Roseville business, writes book for women
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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When the bad economy forced Laticia Jackson to recently close her fitness consulting business in Roseville, she didn’t dwell in the disappointment.

Instead, the Antelope resident and professional bodybuilder invested her energy into completing a book she started in 2008. Earlier this month, “I’m Not a Size Zero: Defining Your Curves While Loving Yourself,” was released.

Tell me about the book.

I talk about subliminal messages. How we as women, everywhere we go, we’re bombarded with messages of bodily perfection. We think, “Well, I don’t look like her, I’m not that size.’ Being fit is not about being a size. It’s about being healthy. I address body image issues. A lot of women think, ‘Oh, if I could be a size 4 or a size 6 I could be happy.” Your happiness should never be found in the scale. A number is just a number.

Did you do a lot of additional research for the book?

No, I didn’t have to do much. I work in the field. So I work with women on a daily basis over the last 12 years and there’s a consistent story — my husband doesn’t love me anymore, maybe if I lost weight he’ll love me. Maybe if I lost 10 pounds I’d love myself.

What inspired you to write this book?

I was in a very dark place after my marriage ended, very hurt. I was in a state of disbelief, and I was thinking how could this happen to me? I’m smart, I’m educated, attractive — all the things the world told you may make you a perfect person. But on the inside I was hurting.

I feel like God inspired me. I want to show other women that the messages they hear (are) not the truth. I thought if I could stand before them and they can see my body and see that I’ve worked hard on sculpting it, yet I still have insecurities maybe they’ll realize that it’s OK for them to have insecurities and to stop trying to fit into a mold they were never made to fit into.

This book teaches (you) to be healthy and take control of your life. Taking control of your health empowers you. Being fit gave me the inspiration to leave my marriage. A lot of women have low self-esteem because they don’t feel good about their own bodies. I want to empower them to get out of that mindset and to love themselves fit.

How does the book do that?

I start from the inside out. I ask the reader why do you want to get fit. Are you doing it for you, or for someone else? They journal (and) look at emotional issues and past failures. I take her through a process of identifying her body type. Every woman’s body is different. And every body responds differently to exercise.

I teach her how to train for her particular body type, how to eat and how to determine how many calories her body type needs for her fitness goals. I debunk (diet) myths. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, and there are about 60 exercises. I teach them how to navigate through the weight room, how to lift weights properly. It feels good to walk in there and know what you’re doing.

When I’m in the gym, there’s the scale and you just see this look on (women’s faces). I want to go over there and tell them don’t believe the scale, it’s not your friend. Your worth is not found in a number.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.

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To purchase a copy of the book, “I’m Not a Size Zero: Defining Your Curves While Loving Yourself,” visit www.luvyourselffit.com.