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5 Rules for Loving Your Body From Model Ashley Graham

Keep moving

Whether you’re a size 4 or 14, Graham believes it’s absolutely crucial to stay active. “I believe you can be healthy at any size as long as you’re getting off the couch and moving your body,” she says. “I have been a size 10 and I have been a size 18, and regardless of the size, I’ve been active.” Plus, all those feel-good hormones released during exercise will give you a nice boost of confidence: “Those endorphins are making you feel better regardless.”

Say “I love you”

This literally means, look at yourself in the mirror daily and say “I love you” to every body part if you have to, even if you very strongly feel otherwise. “It feels corny at first, and even fake,” she says. “But you fake it ‘til you make it!” After all, this is the only body you’ve got, so you might as well appreciate it. And don’t feel discouraged if you don’t immediately feel more confident. Graham points out: “It doesn’t come overnight, but if you keep working at it eventually you’ll believe it.”

Lose the labels

It may seem cliché, but the phrase “size is just a number” couldn’t be more true when it comes to feeling sexy in your own skin. “I always say, if a size 12 jean isn’t fitting, buy a 14,” advises Graham. “Who cares about the number that’s inside your jeans? If clothes are making you feel bad about your body, go ahead and buy a bigger size.” And if it still bugs you: just cut the label out, Graham says. “It really does help your confidence because you don’t even have to think about it. You just think: ‘Wow these jeans look really good on me!’”

Ignore the haters

Let’s face it: whether it’s due to insecurity or flat-out spite, women are often extremely critical of other women. It’s easier said than done, but learning to deal with mean-spirited or judgmental comments from those around you is key (whether they happen online in the comments or to your face). How does Graham deal with criticism? She simply asks herself if she’s happy. “If the answer is yes, then who cares what these people are saying?” Graham explains. “At the end of the day, if you’re happy, that’s all that matters.”

Help other women feel beautiful

“Women are the hardest on each other! It’s crazy, I don’t understand why,” says Graham. “We’ve asked for equal rights on everything, but when it comes to other women we’re mean.” Rather than contribute to this cycle of criticism, try to spread positivity instead. If you’re friends start gossiping about another woman’s body, put a stop to it. You will end up feeling better about yourself in the process.

“What I think needs to happen is we all need to push competition aside and start complimenting each other. If you look beyond yourself and start complimenting the women around you, it’s only going to help everyone,” says Graham. “My mother always told me kill ‘em with kindness, and I really think women need to that with other women.”

– Kristine Thomason (health.com)

Fashion Nova : Pimping Social Influencers

Fashion Nova , plenty of ladies favorite place to shop which is understandable they have lots of trendy clothes so how can you blame us. They use some of the worlds most popular beautiful women to promote their clothes on their social media pages and websites the problem is they are paying these influencers little to nothing. We are not talking about the celebrities that advertise with them, we are talking about the common regular influencers.

It just doesn’t make sense. If Im an influencer with more than 500k followers to partner with a company and wear their products and offer discount codes through my platform for me to make pennies on a dollar is CRAZY. The thing is most Instagram and Facebook users all think this is the formula to making it big and making money…nope.

Majority of social influencers who do partner with Fashion Nova are making %10 to up to %15 on commission for each completed check out. Say What!!?? So that means that when a customer goes to my social media page and see a fashion nova dress I’m promoting for 40$, and they use my discount code to check out I’m going to receive $4 to $6 for that order because affiliates take home 10 – 15%. (the majority) . If you are comfortable promoting other peoples products to make them more money while collecting pennies from it than disregard this whole blog article.

Read The full Article Here – Fashion Nova : Pimping Social Influencers

4 Tips To Get You Started On Taking Care Of Your Body

1. Know your why.

It has been proven that people who are motivated core-values sustain changes for the long term. For example, if you start exercising because your doctor instructed you to and only because you feel you “should,” it may be difficult to stick to your goals. However, if you’re exercising because you believe that exercise will give you more energy and help you keep up with your two-year-old, then that becomes a core-valued belief and will have more lasting power. Think about your core values and get to know them; write down your why and keep it visible. It may take some time to find your “why,” but that’s what will keep you going.

2. Set SMART goals.

I have set goals with women for many years and sometimes I find there’s a standard reaction of “I want to lose x amount of weight.” Setting goals should be done in a SMART way, meaning, specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. I recommend writing this acronym down vertically in a notebook and breaking your goals down in each category. If weight loss is a goal, I recommend actionable goals (that may result in weight loss) where weight loss isn’t the primary focus. For example: I am going to meal prep five days a week. I will go grocery shopping on Sundays and Thursdays and prepare all my meals in advance for the week. I am going to do this for 30 days, then reassess. Likely, there will be a side benefit of weight loss to this healthy lifestyle change, without leaving you fixated on a number on the scale.

3. Break the rules.

As plus-size women, we often hear recommendations from health professionals such as, “You should swim, do water aerobics, or yoga.” These suggestions are usually made because these forms of exercises are typically viewed as “more gentle.” But that might not work for every woman. I say, break the rules and do what feels good for you and your body. I personally know many plus-size women who participate in triathlons, running, and CrossFit training. The key is to start off slow and work at a manageable pace to avoid injury. If it feels good to you, break the rules and just do it!

4. Celebrate your success every day.

I will be the first to tell you that getting up every day and trying to change your lifestyle has its challenging moments. Making fitness a part of your life takes commitment, motivation, and good planning, but I wouldn’t trade the highs, good vibes, and health rewards for anything. I want you to celebrate your success each and every day. Change your internal chatter to positive messages such as: I really kicked ass today, let’s do it again tomorrow! No more: I should have, could have, would have done better. It’s your time now to celebrate your body and everything it’s capable of.

There’s never been a more exciting time for plus-size women in fitness and sport. We are getting the visibility and recognition we deserve, not only in plus-size-centric mediums but also now in the mainstream. Everybody deserves the right to sweat, endorphins, and victory.

 – Louise Green (self.com)

Curvy Fashionista Casting Call

The Curvy Fashionista has a casting call opportunity for all plus size models to get a chance to work with them. The casting is for their 2018 TCFStyle Expo, taking place August 11th & 12th at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Here is another opportunity to take advantage of. The more you put yourself out there the better your chances are.

The open casting call will take place at the Treehouse Photo Studio in Atlanta,Georgia. Saturday March 10th, 2018, from 1-3pm. You will need to be in line 2:45pm to make sure that you get a chance to audition.

Read The Full Details Here – Casting Call

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My Healthy Plus-size Pregnancy

While I love my curvy birthing hips, they were fitting into size 24 jeans, and I knew the medical community was going to label me “high risk.” When my pregnancy test read “pregnant” and, high risk or not, I was thrilled and ready to start a family with my love. After the shock wore off, I opened my computer and prepared myself for a barrage of negativity around being plus size and pregnant. I was 30 years old at the time and although I had spent the previous 18 years being labeled “plus size,” I had never allowed that to define who I was and wasn’t going to start now.

I read my risk for all of the following pregnancy complications was dramatically increased due to my size: neural tube defects, gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, large baby, longer labor, and cesarean. My heart sank when I read: “A number of studies have shown that overweight and obese women are more likely to have a cesarean delivery, from 26 to 35 percent of deliveries, versus around 20 percent in women with a BMI in the 19 to 24 range.”

After discovering you’re pregnant I’d say all women, being this an expected pregnancy or not, go through many waves of emotions. So, already a ball of emotions, I then became a little obsessed with being plus size and pregnant. After I Googled all the risks, I picked my heart off the floor and Googled pictures of plus size pregnant women. Being plus size and pregnant you’re placed into certain stereotypes but I promised myself that I would not live up to them.

Soon afterI enrolled in my first ever group exercise class that quickly became a new obsession of mine every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights: water aerobics! I started researching everything to eat and not to eat when you’re pregnant. I simplified things just staying away from all processed food and all the no-no’s of pregnancy like no alcohol. Yes, I occasionally gave into cravings like Kraft Mac & Cheese and Salt & Vinegar chips, but over all I ate better than I had in my entire life. My husband became a bit of a processed food Nazi and even told on me to my OB/GYN when I indulged with half a glass of diet Coke.

On my very first prenatal visit to the OB/GYN I started off with the obvious: “I’m plus size, what are your concerns?” Thankfully my OB/GYN was kind and just gave me the usual “you’re only 30 and healthy besides the weight so don’t gain more than 15 -20 lbs and you should be fine.” I’ve met other women who asked the same question and received a tongue lashing, including being told they were irresponsible for getting pregnant at their weight. While our OB/GYN seemed supportive we weren’t overly thrilled because we often saw another OB/GYN due to my doctor’s busy schedule.

My husband and I ended up firing our OB/GYN and switching to a midwife program at our county hospital based on the advice of an incredible doula who changed our lives. Our doula, Whitney, connected me with a plus-size woman, who was also a doula, to help reassure my confidence in my body and my ability to have a healthy pregnancy and birth experience. Whitney also made me feel like I wasn’t an anomaly being plus size and that was a huge blessing.

I believe the decision to leave our OB/GYN played a HUGE role in me being able to have an incredible natural birthing experience! Working with a midwife was so unlike working with an OB/GYN. My midwife would spend about forty-five minutes with us at each appointment and giggle when my son would kick her while she would measure my bump.

Over the next eight months I continued with water aerobics and a healthy diet. I kept my promise to myself and blew all of those plus size pregnancy stereotypes out of the water! I never incurred any of the risks and even lost 18 lbs while being pregnant. I had the incredible natural childbirth experience I dreamed of.

I truly want to encourage plus size women to have healthy and empowered pregnancies!

– (milehighmamas.com)