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"Chichi, how can I lose weight without losing my ______?" (insert your favorite body part here).

It’s a questions I get a lot and a worry I used to have myself. For a long time, the fear of losing my boobs kept me away from making changes that were too drastic, exercising like I wanted to and admitting to wanting to lose weight (I wanted a smaller everything else, but not my boobies).

Things have changed DRASTICALLY, lol. These aren’t things I think about at all anymore (boobies or making myself smaller). But I know what it’s like. So I feel ya.

Here’s some things that I wish someone had told me.

Whether or not you’ll lose your “boobs” (or any other body bits) has to do with where YOUR body distributes it’s fat. And it’s different for everyone. Boobs are primarily fatty tissue, so it does make sense that they’ll lose volume along with the rest of you. But how much they’ll shrink is all about your genetics - not your workout.

We all carry fat differently: mine is primarily in my belly (first to gain, last to lose). Others carry it in their thighs, hips, legs, boobs, backs, arms, necks etc. We all have bits that have more fat cells than others and it changes from woman to woman. BUT…the size of each cell is the same & all fat gets lost at the exact same rate (pool metaphor: draining a pool means the water will come out at the same rate, but the shallow end will empty WELL before the deep end will). The fat cells in each part of your body get bigger or smaller at the same pace. An area with MORE fat cells is like a deep end. An area with LESS fat cells is like a shallow end.

For fat loss, a woman with MORE fat cells in her breasts may still see changes, but may be able to keep more “boob” than a woman who has LESS fat cells in her breasts.

Dems the breaks. Don’t worry about it.

Instead, focus on other positives: I 100% guarantee you that they outweigh any perceived negatives. Focusing on the 1-2 things that you are unhappy with will certainly produce dissatisfaction. Focusing on the HUNDREDS of other positives will make it seem like a worthwhile trade-off.

I liked my old boobs. But I wouldn’t trade a thing to get them back. That’s the truth. (If they were to suddenly magically appear, I wouldn’t complain either, lol. But I’m not holding my breath).

As women, we’re used to hearing about fitness in terms of inches and dress sizes. We may know better, but we’re up against near-constant reminders and pressures to look good and take shortcuts to get there.

The truth is, being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline—and we can’t afford to think that way. Instead, we need to start focusing on what matters–on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.

I started thinking about exercise as an investment in myself instead of a chore, and I started focusing on the example I wanted to set for my girls. My schedule was dominated by career and kids–not to mention a very busy husband–but thinking about exercise this way made it a priority, even if I had to get up earlier to do it.

That’s what being fit meant to me: feeling good inside and out, and taking control of my health.

Michelle Obama on fitness, health and investing in ourselves.

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Fist pumps all around for this winner of an article! (You have no idea how hard I fought the urge to say ‘breast pumps’ instead).

I struggle sometimes in this industry where rapid weight loss is praised, rewarded and used as inspiration. I’ve just seen too many women brutalize their bodies into quick ‘results’ only to gain it all back and too many women give up on healthy habits when their 10lb goal isn’t hit in a week. Two friends of mine who’ve recently had babies couldn’t help but ‘apologize’ for their slightly bigger appearance when I saw them. As if being a new mom and adjusting to a new busy life was somehow a shitty excuse for why they weren’t back in their skinny jeans yet. What? I smacked ‘em. With love. :)

What happened to the ‘baby moon’? The period of time where you can just connect with the wee one, adjust to momhood and not have to worry about losing that weight?

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Aw, I love him!

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Happy International Woman’s Day!

If you happen to have a paid holiday today, I think your boss is AWESOME. (for the fellas, it’s your holiday too! Feel free to fist pump just as loud as the rest of us. And we’re LOUD).

To celebrate this awesome occasion AND in the spirit of lady love, positive vibes, and kicking BODY LOVE butt, here are 5 things you should consider. Ideally, these would become everyday ways of being, but we all start somewhere!

Today…

1. NO BODY BASHING! Negative thinking and body hate be BANNED. That goes for your body, for ‘her’ body, for ‘their’ bodies. Catch yourself, flip a switch & reframe. ALL BODIES ARE BEAUTIFUL, including yours. Let’s take a day off the ‘I’m so fat’, 'I hate my thighs', ‘She’s too skinny' thinking and see how it feels, okay? Remember, little ladies learn to hate their bodies by watching/listening/reading/interpreting how we treat our own & each others. Pay a wee bit more attention to the messages your unintentionally putting out & taking in.

2. Find non-appearance-related ways to compliment your lady friends, co-workers & family. Women tend to focus TOO heavily on looks when it comes to sending compliments out. Yeah, we all LOVE being told we look great. But for today, let’s explore a little deeper, shall we? Focus on someone’s humor, grace, kindness, wit, strength, ability, attitude, candor, approach, confidence etc. Give ‘em a boost.

3. Reach out. If there’s a lady friend you haven’t spoken to in awhile, why not say hi? People tend to put their best face forward on sites like Facebook: you don’t really know what’s going on with someone unless you check in. A text, a quick message, a (gasp) phone call. SAY ‘HEY’.

4. Step out of your comfort zone! Do something nuts, uncharacteristic or something you’re scared of. Sometimes the BEST bits of us are the ones yet to be discovered. Take a risk & give yourself a pat on the back regardless. You might not realize you needed the confidence boost until you get one. (It can be small! For me, that meant fixing a shelf with an electric drill this morning. First time and I feel BAD ASS. Bring on the construction hat.).

5. Support other women around the world. First world lady problems are bad (body image, diversity, domestic abuse, objectification), but there’s a virtual genocide of women happening right now in many parts of the world. Get informed, spread the word, and take a look at ways you can help in the fight to bring basic human rights to women around the globe: http://www.hrw.org/category/topic/women

Remember how far we’ve come. BIG. 

Remember how much we’ve got left to do. ALSO BIG.

The revolution starts from the inside out! HUGE. 

Visit the International Women’s Day site for details about how the holiday came to be, how it’s being celebrated and ways you can help women around the world and in your own backyard.

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Share! How are YOU celebrating International Women’s Day? Any other ideas? 

John Legend on the birth control debates.

Get informed, call/email your state representatives & make sure that you’re staying on top of what’s happening in your state regarding YOUR healthcare.

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For those of you following the Birth Control “debates”. Thought we could all use a little vagina humor. :)

Via Lissa Rankin, bad ass gyno & author of one of my FAVORITE books 'What's Up Down There? Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend’

Note: this is NOT a political comment and not all republicans feel the same way about the birth control debates. Feel free to swap ‘republican’ with any other word you see fit to describe those who are threatening to limit access to preventative healthcare to women.

For those of you following the Birth Control “debates”. Thought we could all use a little vagina humor. :)

Via Lissa Rankin, bad ass gyno & author of one of my FAVORITE books 'What's Up Down There? Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend

Note: this is NOT a political comment and not all republicans feel the same way about the birth control debates. Feel free to swap ‘republican’ with any other word you see fit to describe those who are threatening to limit access to preventative healthcare to women.

Brilliant.

So many fantastic things in this skit. Highlights include the Catholic Church’s support of Viagra and NOT birth control (a boner: clearly, a need. Not getting pregnant? More of a want), one of the ALL MALE panelists quoting Joseph Stalin to make his point and this quote ‘let’s not sully the conversation on birth control with talk of lady parts’.

Some of you might not be in the right location to view these (at this link for the U.S. & at this link for Canadians). but click around and see if you can find it elsewhere! It’s worth it. :)

Via Raw Story

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Monday night took aim at Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)’s all-male birth control hearing.

The hearing focused on the president’s new rule that private insurance plans pay for preventative care, which is to include contraceptives for women. Chairman Issa lined up a collection of religious experts who object to the rule as abridging their freedom of speech, even though the administration has exempted religious groups from having to pay for contraceptive coverage.

Featured front and center was an all-male panel of witnesses from the Catholic church, the Lutheran Church, a Jewish Rabbi, and a Southern Baptist ethics professor, among others, all of whom seemed to object to having insurance plans pay for contraceptives. Each man present said they felt that the requirement went too far and trampled on their religious beliefs.

“I don’t normally quote from Josef Stalin,” Rep. Tim Walberg said at the hearing, before Stewart abruptly cut off the clip.

“Ok, I’m going to stop you right there,” Stewart said. “We’re just going to move on to the next guy if that’s all right. Anyone have a slightly less hyperbolic take on this?”

He then played a clip of one of the witnesses saying that violating a person’s moral conscience was equivalent to a “rape of the soul.”

“No one loves their insurance plan, but soul rape?” Stewart remarked and noted that the Catholic Church offers health insurance plans that cover erectile dysfunction medication like Viagra.

“So the Catholic Church says a boner is a need, but not getting pregnant is more of a want.”

“Although, to be fair to Darrell Issa, at the hearing a woman was put forth on behalf of someone who needed contraception to help with a medical condition, and that speaker was denied a spot, because, you know, Stalin rape,” Stewart later added.


These are the  witnesses testifying on the birth control benefit right now on Capitol  Hill.
What is wrong with  this picture LADIES?

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These are the witnesses testifying on the birth control benefit right now on Capitol Hill.

What is wrong with this picture LADIES?

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If you haven’t heard it yet, it’s actually rather sweet. :)

To celebrate the birth of his daughter Blue Ivy, Jay’s released the track ‘Glory’. In the song, he discusses past conceiving difficulties, including a miscarriage and false “starts”. But the tone of the song is clearly one of proud daddy LOVE. The sample includes a baby crying, which has been rumored to be Baby Blue herself.

At first, I kinda felt weird about a 2 day old being featured on a rap track, but I’ve been won over. It’s quite cute and very, very touching. Seems like Jay’s crazy excited and over the moon with his new baby. 

via Jay Z’s website.

Life just got REALLY good.

Hello Hello Baby Blue!

We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven.

She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs and it was the best experience of both of our lives.

We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.

Beyoncé & JAY Z

Lyrics to ‘Glory’

The most amazing feeling I feel
Words can’t describe the feeling, for real
Maybe I paint the sky blue
My greatest creation was you: Glory

False alarms and false starts
All made better by the sound of your heart
All the pain of the last time
I prayed so hard it was the last time
Your mama said that you danced for her
Did you wiggle your hands for her?
Glory! Glory! Glory! Sorry..
Everything that I prayed for
God’s gift, I wish I would’ve prayed more
God makes no mistakes, I made a few
Rough sledding here and there, but I made it through
I wreak havoc on the world, get ready for part 2
A younger, smarter faster me
So a pinch of Hov, a whole glass of Bé

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A recent post in the Journal Of Emergency Medicine has been grabbing headlines. A 59 year old woman had a breast fall out of position and get sucked into her body while she exhaled during a Pilates class. Freaked out yet?

Her ‘boob’ ended up lodged between her ribcage and lung. She’d had a recent heart surgery which had apparently left enough room for her implant to jiggle into the spot during her exercise. It helps to know it was an implant from a breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. Natural boobies rarely get sucked into the body.

From the sounds of it, this situation is incredibly rare, NOT typical, has nothing to do with her implants, and was resolved without much pain on her part. It’s also NOT a reason you should avoid Pilates.

Read more on Blisstree.

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If fear of lung cancer or emphysema isn’t enough to make you quit smoking, do it for your nipples.

Apparently, nicotine and carbon monoxide restrict blood flow to various parts of the body … like your nipples. According to plastic surgeon, Anthony Youn, M. D., smokers who undergo breast surgery are at great risk for having their nipples “turn black and fall off.” They just die. Guh! Youn once tried to bring a patient’s purple (about to turn black) nipples back to life by placing leeches on them.  “The leech drains the old blood, causing it to turn from unhealthy purple back to healthy pink. We place leeches intermittently until the body part grows new blood vessels to do the leeches’ work,” Youn recalled. 

The image of this entire scenario is terrifying. [CNN]

Surprising?

A new study conducted by the University of Surrey suggests that messages contained in men’s magazines sound more like those coming out of the mouths of convicted rapists, than solid, lady-friendly man-advice.

The study took quotes from several men’s magazines and combined them with quotes from convicted rapists. They showed the list to participants and asked them to identify which were which. Not only could they NOT identify the quote sources reliably, but many were more inclined to agree with the statements made by rapists AND most found the quotes from the men’s magazines more derogatory in nature.

What’s terrifying to me, is that many of the messages or “quotes” they used are similar to those you’d hear in cases of victim blaming (in instances of rape, blaming the victim for ‘asking’ for it, instead of focusing on the acts of the rapist). Victim blaming is one of the reasons most (MOST) women don’t report their rapes, or feel hesitant talking to friends and family. And it’s not just men who mirror these sentiments… they’re used by women too.

Really, truly, scary stuff.

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Hold the Midol! There’s more than just one way to manage PMS symptoms!

Had a few questions about how to manage cramps and PMS while maintaining a fitness routine. While you can use pain killers (and should see a doctor if you have VERY severe symptoms), there are other, easier options you should consider. With a shift towards more natural health remedies, more women are putting their pill popping on hold and going back to some tried and true remedies for dealing with their PMS symptoms. Making the switch can eliminate over medicating, save you money and find more permanent (and possibly better) solutions to your crampy-cramps and monthly headaches.

Plus, for those of you on a fitness/weightloss journey, these options will also help your overall results. :)

Remember, all bodies are different, so no one way or combination will work for everyone. But it’s worth it to give them a try, if not for your cramps, for your overall health.

(And right now, all the boys are going… uggghh…)

Top Three PMS Busters

1. Exercise has long been shown to reduce overall PMS symptoms. Though you may not feel like it (most women with significant PMS don’t) 15 minutes of stretching, crunches and/or walking can make a big difference in terms of your discomfort. Many yoga poses are perfect for instant cramp relief.

See Yoga For PMS video tutorial below.

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The Diva Cup is a menstrual cup that you wear in lieu of tampons and/or pads. It’s reuseable, clear, eco-friendly, reliable, and once you get over the ‘I have to do WHAAT?’ aspect of it, chances are you’ll never go back to tampons or pads.

Considering the average woman could, in her lifetime, buy a new car with the amount of moola she spends on her period products, it’s also a pretty savvy investment.

Visit http://www.divacup.com/ for deets!

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