No More Baggy T-Shirts… 9 Cute Plus Size Work Out Tops

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I refuse to work out in a baggy T-shirt… I just can’t do it. Wearing a baggy t-shirt at the gym makes me feel like I’m hiding my body while I work out, but I’m proud of what my body can do at any size, so… what is there to hide?

The plus size gym tops I buy allow me to see my body moving and makes it easier to check form (and progress). My gym tops also have to be long so that I can bend and jump without having to pull my shirt down constantly. I also like colorful clothes because it puts me in a good mood!

CeCe Workout Top

See how sweaty my top is? Your girl was working!

Registration for #PSPfit bootcamp ends in one week and I’ve been getting questions about workout clothes. We already have a list of Plus Size Gym leggings here and Sports Bras for big boobs here, so today I’m giving you 9 cute Plus Size Work Out Tops! Which ones are your favorite?

plus size workout tops

 

1.) Active Bra Tank Here 2.) Rouched Workout Tee Here 3.) Active Bra Tank Blue Here

4.) Nike Plus Size Tee Here 5.) #PSPfit Girly Tee Here 6.) TruDry Flame Print Tank Here

7.) Moving Comfort zip Tee Here 8.) Dri-FIT Tee Here 9.) Interior Bra Tank Here

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Skinny? Meh. How About Healthy! #PSPfit Online Bootcamp Now Open

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Registration for the #PSPfit Clean Eating & Fitness Bootcamp is officially open! *throws glitter*

We’re spending the 30 days before Thanksgiving focusing on our health and working with a nutrition coach and fitness coach.

You can join #PSPfit from any city/country — if you’ve got internet access you can get healthy with us. You’ll get attention from our nutrition coach online and via phone, plus size workout videos and support from the entire #PSPfit community!

Head over to PSPfit.com For a Full Bootcamp Breakdown

NYC Membership: Register Here

US/International Membership: Register Here

Registration Closes Friday, October 24th @ 5pm Eastern

I want to thank all of you for your kind words after my “weight of loss” post. I’ve been keeping track of my workouts via YouTube and this week I focused on expanding my comfort zone and trying new things. people always say “get out of your comfort zone” but that can be scary and overwhelming. What if we just made our comfort zones a little bit bigger? A larger comfort zone means there are more things we are comfortable doing… Every time I expand my comfort zone a bit, I learn something new about what my body can do… Maybe you can expand your comfort zone a little bit this week and try something new?

 Special congrats to our bootcamp membership winners:

Theresa F. – Auckland, New Zealand

Danika C. – Melbourne, Australia

Emma Z. – Fontana, California

Dana S. – Atlanta, Ga

Bianca A. – Brooklyn, NY

NYC Membership: Register Here

US/International Membership: Register Here

Registration Closes Friday, October 24th @ 5pm Eastern

PSPfit Double iPad Fitness Clean Eating

Got Questions? Read through our FAQ’s … still have questions? email us here.

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Dear CeCe: How do I Start a Successful Blog?

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Dear CeCe!

I love your blog! I really want to start my own blog, but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any advice for starting successful blog? How to get noticed? How to get people to my site? HELP!

-SD

Hi SD!

I’m flattered that you’d ask me for advice on blogging. In the grand scheme of things, I definitely consider myself a baby blogger, but I have learned a lot the past few years. I am passionate about blogging, I love it and it has become a huge part of my life which is something I didn’t expect.

I’m going to answer some of the questions I get asked most often about blogging here and hopefully this will help you out :-)

How to Start a Successful Blog

How do I start a blog?

When I started my blog I didn’t tell anyone I was doing it. I just kind of started making posts as an online diary for myself so there was no pressure, when people actually started reading and commenting… I was shocked! So… I say just start :-) That’s the only way to get going, go ahead and get that first post written. I know its scary, but there’s no way around it. Things to do before your first post:

  • ask yourself what you want to talk about and who you want to talk to
  • choose a blog name that’s easy to spell/remember
  • decide how often you want to post (I’d say a minimum of once per week)
  • open your blog for free on blogspot or wordpress (I recommend wordpress)

side note: I don’t use CeCeOlisa.com, but I own it because I would hate for someone else to start a site using my name for something random, or worse charge me a ton of money to buy ceceolisa.com from them (it happens!). No matter what your blog is called, you may want to also purchase yourname.com

How do I get people to read my blog?

I am grateful everyday for my Plus Size Princesses who hang with me on this site and share my posts. The interesting thing about the internet is that its hard to say how people find different blogs. The one thing I know is that having posts/content is key. My experience is that blogging from the heart is the best way to go. Blog about what you have a passion for, blog about what you love, then people who are passionate about those things can find you.

How do you balance your blog and your full time job?

Between my job, my blog, #PSPfit, my family, friends and Robert… I’m stretched pretty thin. But I love everything I’m doing right now so I make it work. They key to juggling everything for me is scheduling and making lists. I have lists of blog post ideas and things I want to talk to you girls about. I have lists of outfit items I need to track down. Sometimes when I know I’m busy, I’ll write blog posts and auto schedule them to live while I’m at the gym. I make a blog calendar from my list of topics I want to discuss so I know what to work on. I also have days that are off limits, so that I can keep my personal life in tact. Most importantly, I know my limits… I like to put up a new post three times a week, but sometimes that can’t happen and I have to just keep it moving. I know I can’t do everything all the time and I’m 100% okay with that.

How do I get my blog out there/recognized?

Earlier this year, I woke up and one of my blog posts was going viral. It was the craziest thing, but it happened because a few key people and websites picked it up on social media and shared it. So for me social media has been instrumental in getting my work “out there”. When it comes to social media, there are soooo many options. You don’t have to be on all platforms all the time, but just choose the ones that work for you. I’m on twitter, facebook, pinterest and YouTube and that’s more than enough to keep track of (*ahem* you’re following me, right?) Anyway, choose the social media platforms you like and then use them to share your blog posts and links!

Side Note: For tips on how to make the internet work for your blog traffic and following, AwesomelyTechie has everything you need to know and more. I learn from her site every day.

How do I work with brands?

Working with brands is one of the perks of being a blogger. I mostly talk about brands and products that I buy, but every so often I agree to collaborate with a company. I’m typing this post on a light weight Intel 2 in 1 laptop/tablet as we speak (p.s. I’m getting one of these for my parents as an early Christmas gift, they need a new laptop and this one is in the budget). If I wasn’t a blogger I wouldn’t be testing out this awesome computer. So, how does someone start to develop relationships with brands? The more you blog the more brands will reach out to you, but here are a few ways to introduce yourself to a brand:

  • Tweet a brand if you mention them on your blog
  • Make sure your email address is on your site, so brands can contact you
  • Join networks that broker brand/blogger partnerships. I recommend Izea and if you’re interested in collaborating with Intel you can join the intel advocate experience below

How do I work with brands? (part two)

No one asked me this, but I want to keep it 100 with you guys– I know it seems cool to have a brand reach out to you and ask you to blog about their product, but always remember that you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. It took me a long time to get comfortable saying no to brands who wanted me to do things I wasn’t comfortable with. At the end of the day its your name and face out there, so be true to yourself. Also, if a brand calls you on the phone and you make an agreement, be sure to recap the agreement in writing via email and ask them to confirm. Two of my rules for working with brands

  • No negative reviews I only write about things I like and I think you girls will like. I also don’t put brands on blast for bad products. That means I’ve had to have a few “but… it doesn’t work” conversations with brands, it was awkward but it kept my integrity in tact
  • No irrelevant collaborations After I started doing #PSPfit, a weight loss pill offered me $$$ to collaborate. It would have been nice to pay a bill or two, but I’m not about that diet pill life, so I told them NOPE

How did you start writing for Refinery29?

I guess you could say “Home Training” got me writing for Refinery29 lol. Manners and being polite is something that my parents instilled into us and even though the internet can feel impersonal sometimes, I still always say thank you, when I can. Earlier this year, Refinery29 mentioned my viral Yoga post on their site, I did some research on how to contact the person who wrote the article about me, then I sent them a thank you note and a few emails later they had offered me a weekly contributor spot on the site. The R29 crew is an amazing group and I learn a lot from them… so I’m happy to be there!

Okay, so those are the questions I get most often, but here a few other thoughts on being a successful blogger:

  • Decide what success means to you. My blog is diary of my life as a Plus Size Princess and that makes me happy. What do you want out of your blog… a place to be creative? a large following? fame? money? There’s no wrong answer, but deciding what’s important to you will help you stay true to yourself
  • Stay in your lane– or create a new one! I started blogging anonymously and I still laugh thinking about how I did fashion posts without putting pictures of myself on my site (who does that???). There are no rules when it comes to blogging, so don’t feel like you have to be like (insert famous blogger here), do it your way!
  • Don’t break the bank! Yes, good equipment makes blogging easier, but take it slow and don’t spend all your money before you even have a post up! My first outfit pictures were taken on my cell phone camera, it was only this year that I upgraded to this Canon DSLR and I got it used! I’m all about blogging on a budget
  • Give yourself time someone once told me that it takes about 5 years for a blog to really “blow up”… I dont know if that’s a fact, but oddly enough, I went viral around my 5 year anniversary

I hope this post was helpful, but if you have additional questions leave them in the comments and I’ll respond there so we all can read them and learn together!

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Is “Weight Loss” a Bad Thing?

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Question: Is the idea of “weight loss” a bad thing to you?

Here’s why I’m asking: last weekend I posted this photo on Instagram

Dating Fruit for Dessert #PSPfit

Someone left a comment saying You can HAVE what ever desert you want. It’s the desert you prefer or should eat.

A few days later, someone on Facebook asked me why my “Plus Size Fitness: How to do a Push-Up” post had the words “weight loss” in the link description. I answered saying that we’re all on different journeys and I want never want to exclude anyone, but I felt like my answer wasn’t enough.

I think we all know the ugly side of diet culture. I know what its like to be the youngest girl at weight watchers meetings. I know what its like to be given unsolicited diet advice from strangers. I know what its like to deprive myself, obsess over the scale and still feel like I’m failing. I can confidently say that dieting and engaging with my body in a negative way has never done me any good. That’s what’s so amazing to me about being body positive. Shifting my goals from “get skinny” to “get healthy” was the most liberating decision I could have made. I finally understand that the most valuable results I can strive for are health related, not scale related.

#PSPfit is a space that is inclusive to any healthy curves journey. Most of us have been judged for not being thin, so maybe we should be careful not to become judge of women for their health goals, whatever that may be.

Maybe words like “Have” and “Weight Loss” are triggers for those of us who have been bruised by diet culture but as I celebrate Healthy Curves at Every Size, those words don’t have power over me anymore.  I know that I will always be a big girl, but I also know that my PCOS becomes more manageable when I shed a few pounds *shrugs*

At this point I can understand that “Lose Weight” doesn’t mean “Get Skinny”. I can say I “can’t have” chocolate cake and know that what I’m really saying is “chocolate cake is not supportive to my body right now” and I think its okay to say things like that.

Is Weight Loss a Bad Thing

I am body positive, I love myself and I love my body at any size but sometimes I need structure. Sometimes I need to challenge myself to fill up on yummy healthy hearty foods so that I don’t even consider eating something that’s made in a factory and comes out of a crinkly bag. That’s why we’re starting another #PSPfit online bootcamp next week, because remembering how much my body loves clean eating will help me to make better choices during the holiday season.

I think part of being being body positive is loving your body through working out and eating healthy. Sometimes that means saying no to indulgent foods and sometimes your body sheds a little weight too… but that’s just me!

…Thoughts?

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How to Do a Push Up: Four Modifications!

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Doing push-ups in 6th grade P.E. is still one of the more awkward memories of my childhood and I’ve basically been avoiding doing them ever since.

I always thought that my arms weren’t strong enough to push my body weight up and down, but our #PSPfit trainer, Robbie-Ann Darby is setting the record straight. Turns out that Push-Ups are a FULL BODY workout and a CORE workout so when I engage my entire body, instead of just using my arms… push-ups are totally doable!

Here’s Robbie, explaining a few push-up options for plus size girls so we can add this to our workout routine!

p.s. Registration for #PSPfit bootcamp opens in 10 days! You can find out everything you need to know about our pre-holiday cycle and Pre-Register at www.PSPfit.com

1.) If you’re new to push ups, start developing your form by doing them on the wall! Be sure to engage your muscles using Robbies tips in the video and you will definitely feel it

2.) Kitchen Countert ops, Park Benches, Workout benches at the gym… all of these can assist you in taking your push-up to the next level without going to the ground just yet. Again, this is a full body workout so engage that core!

3.) “Girly” push ups aren’t for the weak! As Robbie says in our video, be sure to get into that solid plank position with your hips low to the ground.  When I really want to amp up this workout I lower myself slowwwwly to the ground, which makes it hard for me to cheat

4.) Push-ups are just planks that move! Its as simple as that… My planks are always stronger when I take a wide stance with my feet, it gives me a more solid foundation

And there is your plus size guide to doing push-ups at any size. You can join the #PSPfit Pre-Holiday bootcamp from any city by clicking here!

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3 Ways to Wear a Denim Shirt + $150 Talbots Giveaway

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***UPDATE*** Talbots just extended this giveaway added an additional $100 gift card grand prize!Talbots Plus Size Denim Shirt Three WaysIf you watch my YouTube Channel you may have seen my Dressing Room Confidential video where I discovered that Talbots has some cute stuff for younger Plus Size Princesses. Now that the seasons have changed, I went back and tried on Talbots fall Plus Size collection and I was pleasantly surprised (video below).

Everyone is saying that a denim shirt is the “must have” piece for fall and I just might agree. Plus size denim shirts are hard to find, but I fell in love with the ones I tried on at Talbots. They’re long enough to wear with leggings, cut well through the arms and bust and the cuffed sleeves don’t unroll or become lose after washing. As you can see I’ve been rocking this one non-stop!

p.s. I’m 5’10, but if you’re on the shorter side, Talbots has a petite plus line too…

Talbots Denim Shirt Dress Wide Calf Boots BrunchThanks Ms. Lydia Hudgens for the photo snaps!

Talbots Denim Shirt Wide Width Boots Date Night

Talbots Plus Size Denim Shirt Burgandy Skirt WorkBrunch Look: Denim Shirt Talbots | Sweater Talbots (Size XL) | Leggings Here | Necklace similar here | | Boots here 

Date Look: Denim Shirt Talbots | Jeans here | Cowboy boots similar here 

Work Look: Denim Shirt Talbots | Skirt Talbots | Belt similar here | Boots here 

The entire Talbots site is 25% off right now, you can watch my Dressing Room confidential video to see what I liked and enter to win a gift card below!

Now for the giveaway: I have three gift cards up for grabs and multiple ways for you to win one. Head over to Talbots.com, choose your favorite item, then leave the link in the comments section so I can check out your choices! I’ve also got ways for you to win via pinterest, twitter, facebook and even email…
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