There’s a revolution happening in New York City and across the internet. CeCe Olisa of TheBigGirlBlog.com and self-declared “Plus Size Princess” is teaming up with nutritionist Abra Pappa and trainer Anthony Truly to bring a 6-week fitness and nutrition boot camp to any woman wanting to embrace her body while being healthy and fit.
“I hope that any woman who embraces her body while striving to achieve goals will join us, because that’s a hard balance to strike,” CeCe told us. The program was created after she began working with Abra personally.
“She (CeCe) wanted to be able to share the work that we are doing with her followers so we have launched a 6-week boot camp both live and virtual,” Abra said.
Having live and virtual options means women anywhere can participate in the boot camp. The women eligible for the live version are those in the New York City area who can attend meetings and sessions in person. Other women wanting to participate can do so online. CeCe filmed the workouts to watch online and she and Abra will be hosting Facebook group nutrition sessions where participants can engage and ask questions.
The boot camp is the physical manifestation of the #PSPfit movement. That movement started last November when CeCe was in a fitness and nutrition slump. (more…)
This week, we’re helping to raise understanding about infertility by recognizing National Infertility Awareness Week. One in eight couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility, and for women, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a leading cause. It is a hormonal imbalance accompanied by two of three characteristics: overproduction of androgens (male hormones); irregular menstrual cycles; and an ultrasound that shows ovaries with tiny follicles that look like cysts but are not. PCOS affects six to eight percent of women of childbearing age.
The signs of PCOS vary greatly among women. Some have excessive hair growth in a male pattern, as well as weight gain, acne, and scalp hair loss. Others have insulin resistance that may lead to diabetes, with lipid disorders and high blood pressure. The good news is that women with PCOS can and do get pregnant, but conception often means an unpleasant ordeal of tests, procedures, cycle tracking, and medications, not to mention cost.
Lifestyle interventions (i.e. healthy eating and activity) that help control weight are a cornerstone of PCOS treatment. Having too much body fat and eating too many carbohydrates aggravates insulin resistance and hormonal imbalance. The diet for PCOS should have only the number of calories that it takes to maintain a healthy weight and carbohydrates should not contribute more than 40 to 50 percent of total calories. (more…)
While she says her goal this year is to be “steamy hot,” many would argue that the transformation Brittany Aberle went through during her 12 weeks on the Biggest Loser ranch has already gotten her there. I had a chance to talk to her last night about her Biggest Loser experience, while she was at the mall shopping for her Biggest Loser Finale dress. She was ecstatic about taking one size into the fitting room, and having to request a smaller size.
If you need a Brittany fix before the April 15 finale, you can hear the entire Brittany Biggest Loser interview right here. Hear all the juicy details about weigh-in day, her bold skydiving move, meeting Tim Gunn and why she never saw the girls as much competition.
Brittany shares the incredible brother/sister bond she and Bernie developed (and his bear-like snoring), as well as how Jillian helped change her life in more ways than one. It was no secret that Brittany struggled with her weight loss even on campus, pulling some of the lowest numbers in the house, with two pounds each week being consistent. Jillian helped her identify a hormonal imbalance, PCOS, that not only will change the way she loses weight, but will have an impact on her health for a lifetime
Brittany bounced into the Biggest Loser Couples house in the first episode with bright eyes, gorgeous flowing hair and a “steamy hot” smile. She quickly rose as a tough-as-nails competitor, with a tenacious spirit and an infectious laugh.
It was hard to interview Brittany, because it meant she had been eliminated. A few seconds into the call and you knew it hadn’t phased her, it just brought out the fight even more.
Brittany- thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to visit with you. We look forward to seeing your steamy-hot self at the finale!