Be PhActive: 55 Day Challenge Gives You A Reason To Try New Activities

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There are many types of blogs in the plus community and we try to shine a spotlight on the ones we find interesting, inspiring and/or just plain bold. We also always try to help share the story of people who help encourage others to live a healthy lifestyle and thrive in their curves. So without further delay, here’s a submission from a new blog Be PhActive! In just a matter of … [Read more...]

See How This Woman Is Celebrating Her New “Ugly” Body

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Love Yourself & Your Body Before, During & After Weight Loss Last month we shared a story of the untold issues that may arise when you lose a large amount of weight. The story brought up that due to excess skin, shopping for clothes and even being comfortable in this new body/skin can be a bit of a task. This month we're sharing another perspective on the … [Read more...]

Kirstie Alley Joins Jenny Craig and Offends People with ‘Circus Fat’ Comment

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After severing ties with Jenny Craig seven years ago, Kirstie Alley has recently signed on as a spokeswoman for the weight loss brand. The actress and Dancing with the Stars alum admits that she was doing great for a while and then her weight began to increase.  Kirstie’s return to Jenny Craig follows a 30 lb. weight gain in a six month period. I get it.  No one wants to gain … [Read more...]

Plus Size Fitness Instructor Jeanette DePatie Says Everybody Can Exercise

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When I saw Certified Fitness Instructor, Jeanette DePatie, on the Katie Couric show, I just had to reach out and ask for an interview. I found it absolutely encouraging and awesome to see a full figured woman that went against societal norms and became a fitness instructor. Speaking with Jeanette was an absolute pleasure and she is down right honest and funny. T. Marlene: … [Read more...]

Did Your Child Receive A “Fat Letter” From School Yet?

Did Your Child Receive A “Fat Letter” From School Yet?

Plus Size Acceptance News I was shocked to read a story on CNN.com about 19 states that allowed elementary school students to be sent home with a letter to their parents warning that they may be obese. How did the schools come to this information? They calculated each child’s BMI. What do the kids call the letters being sent home? Fat Letters. I'm sad for our children. … [Read more...]

Developing Healthy Eating Habits That You Can Live With

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Image Credit: Weighttraining.com As an adult I have always struggled with maintaining my weight. My key problem? LACK OF CONSISTENCY in my diet and workouts. I hate to use the word diet because really what is necessary is a lifestyle change. You see I have been every size between 7 -24 and as a grown woman I know from experience the toll that my weight gain and even sudden … [Read more...]

Mo’Nique Debuts A New Figure After Adopting A Healthy Lifestyle

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Over a year ago comedienne Mo’Nique made her quest towards a healthier lifestyle public when she released photos of her working out on twitter. Now she’s showing off her new figure. The slimmed down Oscar award winning actress stopped by The Hot 97 Morning Show on Tuesday to share her get fit journey. Her workout routine includes taking 10,000 steps a day. She keeps … [Read more...]

Yoga For The Pretty Bendy Chubby Chick

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By: Jen McGuire  Most of my life I’ve been a plus-sized woman. Hovering around the size 14/16 mark, sometimes heading into the no-man’s land between plus-size and straight-size. That was tough. Being just a touch too small for one store and a touch too big for the other (while also getting "The Look" in the straight store...you know the one. If "The Look" could talk it would … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Spring Fitness Challenge: Plus Size Princesses Get Fit!

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With spring within reach, many of you are exercising, adjusting your lifestyle and selecting healthier foods all in the name of getting healthy. In addition to being the voice behind one of the most entertaining blogs that I’ve every read, CeCe of The Big Girl Blog is getting in shape also and she’s inviting you to join her for the PSPfit Challenge. Keep reading as we get to … [Read more...]

Get In Shape Curves: Three Things Plus Size Women Should Do Before Working Out

Get In Shape Curves: Three Things Plus Size Women Should Do Before Working Out

Since February 1st I’ve embarked on a path towards incorporating physical fitness into my everyday routine. I’m still trying to find my workout rhythm but thanks to working out at Planet Fitness, dancing my recent water aerobics exploration, I must say it feels pretty good to get in shape. Whenever you make the decision to get in shape there are certain things you much do to … [Read more...]

Spring Forward With Fitness

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With Spring just around the corner, it’s time to get our body into top gear. Here are some tips on how to look your best even during your craziest workout sessions. Beauty: As a general rule, wearing makeup at the gym is not advisable because your pores open when your body temperature rises. You wouldn't want bacteria to seep in and cause breakouts. However, if you insist on … [Read more...]

The January Journey Jumpstart: Full, Fit and Fabulous

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The title alone ‘had me at hello’…I am a sucker for alliteration. When Rochelle Rice called and asked me to participate in a day- long seminar on January 12, with a lineup of events, activities and speakers sure to quell the most whoa-ful of post-holiday lamentations (“Why did I eat the whole fruit cake? I don’t even LIKE fruitcake!!”), after she told me the title I said, “I’m … [Read more...]

Erica Watson Interviews Aja Davis, Your Friendly Neighborhood Cellulite Fighter!

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About 4 years ago I walked into a pizza shop in Brooklyn to get a slice. As I stood there trying to figure out which slice of pie I would devour, I noticed a flyer on the wall for a new fitness boot camp that was being started by a young woman named Aja Davis. Instead of buying the slice, I took the flyer home and called Aja. A week later I was in her first boot camp class. It … [Read more...]

Simple Ways To Fight Prediabetes

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Sheryl Lozicki, RD, MBA, a nutritionist in private practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan, suggests setting three main goals if you're at risk of prediabetes or have been diagnosed with it: eat regularly (no skipping or delaying meals); exercise for a total of 30 minutes daily; and get an average of eight hours of sleep each night. "When you short yourself on sleep, it leads to … [Read more...]

USTA Benches #1 Ranked Junior Tennis Player Taylor Townsend Due To Her Weight

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USTA Benches #1 Ranked Junior Tennis Player Taylor Townsend Due To Her Weight For years, I've been saying that you don't have to be slender to excel in life and that includes sports. The Huffington Post is reporting that Taylor Townsend, the #1 ranked junior women's tennis player in the world is receiving quite a bit of push back from the United States Tennis Association … [Read more...]

Beauty Essentials For the Gym

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 Something about the word 'Olympics' makes people want to go out and get fit. The products below feel like a reward for working out as hard as you do and will have you looking great before, during and after your workout. Check them out! PRE WORKOUT A Fresh Start Lumene Sensitive Touch Cleansing Wipes $6.99 at CVS stores and www.cvs.com Whether you are going for a run, … [Read more...]

Mo’Nique Gets Fit: Ways To Lose Weight Without Losing Your Curves

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Comedian Mo'Nique has been a favorite celebrity of ours for quite some time. All eyes were on her when she won an Oscar for her performance in the 2009 film Precious.  We were also proud of our fellow curvy girl when it was announced that she would get her very own talk show on BET. Since The Mo'Nique Show is no longer on the air, it's been a while since we've seen or heard … [Read more...]