I first read about Latoya Shauntay Snell in 2018. Someone had shared a photo of her running in a Facebook group. My first thought was to wonder where she had got her leggings from, so I did a bit of Googling and ended up on her Instagram page. Then I wanted to find out more about her and did some more stalking.
It turns out that she has achieved more with her running than most people ever manage whilst also writing a very cool blog. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she cracks swimming some time soon!
My name is Latoya Shauntay Snell. When I lost my mobility, that’s when I started my fitness journey. No doctor was going to tell me that I couldn’t move.
I lost over one hundred pounds. The blog that I started is called Running Fat Chef. The people that follow me online keep me honest. The supportive messages that I get are coming from people who didn’t visualise someone in this body actually being active.
Body positivity means embracing self-love and we’re not all meant to be the same. Sometimes I get messages that attack my race, sometimes it’s about my sexuality or telling me that I’m promoting obesity and I learnt a long time ago to not take someone else’s issues as my own.
When I think of the moments that make me happy, I think back to cooking alongside my father. I want to be able to share the love that I got from my parents and pass that along to my son.
I’ve trained for the Chicago Marathon, New York City Marathon, Seattle Marathon, Javelina Jundred K. I was training for the Ironman 70.3. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to a point where I was comfortable with my swimming. Knowing that swimming is the only thing that is standing in my way is aggravating, is frustrating. I can feel all that fear. I can run for miles, I can cycle over a hundred miles with ease. Now if I can just get over my fear of swimming.