The Pressure Of Weight – CeCe Olisa on NPR

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I’m always a bit nervous when “mainstream media” asks to speak to me about weight. I love the body positive bubble that we’ve created here on this site, I feel safe discussing weight and body image here in a positive way.

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Last week I agreed to be interviewed by NPR on weight and being plus size. Yesterday the segment went live.

Even though we all had drastically different weight and/or body acceptance journey’s, when the other two guests spoke I could hear versions of myself in their stories. There have been times when my weight has been a painful part of my life that I just couldn’t get over, there have been times when I’ve considered weight loss surgery, there have been times when I laughed my way through things that weren’t really funny.

I went through all of those phases and came out on the other side, loving myself and my body at any size and getting the chance to talk about that on NPR (!!!) this is the most exciting and liberating space to be in for me.

CeCe Olisa on NPRAt the same time, it was nice to be reminded that there is no singular experience that we have as plus size people. In the end we all have to do what’s best for us and our health.

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This NPR segment was just a snapshot of what its like to be a big person. There was no agenda, no angle and I loved that… I hope you enjoy the segment. Take a listen below and let me know your thoughts– for those who can’t listen at work, I’ve also included a link to the transcript here! Thanks to everyone who tweeted/facebooked me that they were listening… I love you guys!

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Cute Plus Size Sweatshirts

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When I hear “embellished sweatshirt” I immediately get a vision of puff paint and iron on patches of cats playing with yarn… not quite my thing.

But lately, I’ve seen some cute embellished sweatshirts that I could rock with and they’re perfect for layering and transitioning into spring. My favorite thing about cute embellished sweatshirts is that they’re versatile especially on days where you need to dress up, but don’t feel like it.

When I’m running errands, I’ll wear a cute sweatshirt with leggings or jeans. When I need to go somewhere a little more dressy, I might layer a collared denim shirt under a crew neck sweatshirt and pair it with a full skirt for a chic/comfy look!

Here are four cute embellished plus size sweatshirts that I love. Most of these are on sale too, just click the links under the photo!

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Top Left Here | Top Right Here | Bottom Left Here | Bottom Right Here

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Event Announcement: theCURVYcon

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I’m happy to share some exciting news with you girls! Chastity Garner, from Garner Style and I have put together an event that we’re calling theCURVYcon.

theCURVYcon is a one day event in NYC where we can Shop Curvy. Chat Curvy. Embrace Curvy. 

The day will be filled with panels from our favorite bloggers, YouTubers and fashionistas. There will also be plus size fashion showcases and of course… shopping!

We’re hard at work over here to make this event fabulous and chic and I really hope all of you can make it to NYC for this amazing day!  Here are the details:

What: theCURVYcon

When: June 20, 2015

Where: Metropolitan Pavillon West in New York City

Our first round of VIP tickets will go on sale March 13th at midnight, but you must be a CurvyVIP for access.

Become a CurvyVIP here.

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Couples Yoga! #PSPfit

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Mr. Man told me to be ready at 4:30 for my Valentine’s Day surprise. Just as I was putting the finishing touches on my outfit (thanks to everyone who helped me choose!) he called me and said “whatever you’re wearing take it off, pack it in a bag for later and put on some workout clothes.”

An hour and a subway ride later, he walked me into a yoga studio with roses and candles everywhere… my Valentine’s Day surprise was a couples yoga class!

Let me start by saying that Mr. Man is not the “yoga type” at all. I’ve suggested that he come to a yoga class with me and he wasn’t completely thrilled with the idea. I actually didn’t even know couples yoga was a thing, but I guess he’d been researching it on the low *cheesy grin*

Doing a Yoga practice with my honey was a really cool experience, using him for balance and deeper stretches made the session really impactful. I was able to get into certain poses more easily because he was there with me. Its definitely something I’d do again.

Something I shared with the #PSPfit bootcamp babes is that even though our fitness journey begins and ends with us, there are times when the people we’re in relationships with need to be involved with what we’re doing. Maybe its asking a friend to go walking instead of going to Happy Hour, asking a spouse to find room in the budget for our gym membership or asking coworkers to order you a fruit tray instead of a birthday cake. Sometimes we need to tell the people in our lives what we need from them to help us stay on our path… it can be awkward to ask, but the people who truly love us will always be happy to help us do/be better.

In my case, I was finding that Mr. Man is super supportive and always behind me as I go deeper into my #PSPfit lifestyle, but every once in a while I need him next to me. The fact that he chose V-Day to show his solidarity to my healthy curves journey was just… everything.

At the end of this weeks vlog, you’ll see the Valentine’s Day dress I chose and my giddy face at our couples yoga session… Subscribe to my YouTube channel here

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Which Dress Should I Wear for Valentine’s Day?

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Hi Girls! Are you all set with your plans for this long weekend?

After going through Last minute Valentine’s Day Dresses, I ordered a some cute pieces and now I need to narrow them down. Vday falls on a Saturday, which means we don’t have to worry about dressing for both the office and date night. We can be as cute and/or sexy as we want to be tomorrow *body roll*

I made a little YouTube video below with four different dresses I have on deck for tomorrow night, I’m hoping you guys will let me know which dress you think I should wear. Links to the dresses and shoes are down at the bottom (sorry the necklace is sold out).

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Shoes: Here | Necklace (sold out) | Dress One: Here | Dress Two: Here | Dress Three: Here | Dress Four: Here

Sooo… Which Dress Should I Wear for Valentine’s Day?

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Don’t Wait on Your Weight to Travel: Miami

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For a very long time I felt that certain trips should be saved for when I looked a certain way. I would tell myself things like “when I fit into a bikini, I will go to Jamaica/Hawaii/Miami/Mexico”.

Even though I’ve got the gumption now to book trips to those places, I still have to push through nerves and body insecurity once I get there. That first moment by the pool when I take off my cover-up is never easy, no matter how many times I’ve done it.

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It always feels like everyone is looking at me and if I hear laughter in the distance, I still tense up, wondering if someone is laughing at me. As many times as I’ve had an internal freak out moment, no one has ever been laughing at me; if anything when I confidently rock my warm weather clothes (mini-dresses, bare arms, bikinis, etc.) people are kind and complimentary.

We are worthy of fun trips and weekends away with friends at any size. We work hard, we deserve to enjoy life now, no matter what we look like. Also, if you’re waiting to fit into a bikini… you already do thanks to GabiFresh!

Dont Wait on Your Weight to Travel Miami (1)

I vlogged my trip to Miami last week and the weekend was nothing but a celebration of warm weather, good friends, family and loving my body through fitness and fashion. If there’s a trip you’re thinking about taking this summer, do it! Don’t Wait on your Weight to Travel!

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Do you have any fun trips planned this summer?

Also, I was really happy to use the AT&T Drive Mode app. We used the app while we drove around Miami because it really makes no sense to eat healthy and work out… only to get in the car and put lives at risk. So, if you live in a city where you drive a lot I urge you to download the DriveMode app on your device. Like AT&T says, it can wait!

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