Staying Fresh with Dove Advanced Care

Dove advance care deodorant

Hey Loves,

As a woman, particularly a plus size woman, personal hygiene is very important to me. I’ve always been someone that sweats easily (something I never liked). But instead of fighting it, I’ve learned to find products that work for me to keep me feeling fresh at all times. For this post, I teamed up with Dove to talk about how upgrading to their new Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant has helped me feel fresh longer. Dove Advance Care offers 48 hours of odor and wetness protection plus added skincare benefits of Dove ¼ moisturizers and NutriumMoisture for softer, smoother underarms.

Continue Reading

Plus Size Fitness IG @ShayShapesUp

plus size fitness instagram

Hey Loves,

I have a confession to make. I now run a 3rd Instagram page. You read that right a 3rd Instagram page. You all know (at least you should know lol) my main page @Thickgrlscloset. In 2016 I started a woman empowerment page @IEmbodyMe, which has so amazing since starting it. Now as a result of my time with Jenny Craig and for my own personal accountability, I started my plus size fitness Instagram page @ShayShapesUp

Continue Reading

Getting Healthy with Jenny Craig

getting healthy with jenny craig
Thank you, Jenny Craig, for sponsoring this post. — Get serious about losing weight with JennyCraig!
Hey Loves,
I know! I know what you’re thinking. “Shainna joined Jenny Craig” MAJOR GASP! I am getting healthy with Jenny Craig. But I have to say that I’m 100% excited about this whole process. The truth of the matter is, the holidays got the best of me and my body started to respond. That is always a tell tale sign that I need to get it together. I’m an active person on a daily basis, but my problem is always the food. So when I was approached to team with Jenny Craig, I jumped at the chance. I wanted to do this because I wanted something that will help jumpstart my healthy journey. I wanted a program that can set me up for success down the road. I’ve said many times when it comes to working out and eating healthy, I have no desire to be skinny, nor do I have a desire to meet “society’s” standard of healthy and beauty. I’m doing this so I won’t be pre-diabetic by the time I’m 30. I don’t like feeling winded walking up stairs. I like being able to make it through my weekly Zumba class with the same intensity from start to finish. I’ve been on my JC program for 3 weeks down 10 pounds. (Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration)
Continue Reading

Plus Size Workout Gear that you’ll love to Sweat in

Hey Loves,
It’s that time of the year when many folks make resolutions to go to the gym more, workout more, eat healthier and all that jazz. If you’re like me and absolutely loath wearing my ugly sweat pants to the gym the options in this post will make you want to go to the gym. Why cause if though you’ll be all sweaty…at least you look cute right?! Let’s take a look

NOLA Active from Addition Elle
Calvin Klein Performance
Jessica Simpson Active
Torrid Active
FullBeauty Sport
Rainbeau Curves
Forever 21+

There you have it. Happy Shopping. I hope if you started out this year on a health journey, I hope you push yourself to stick with it all year. See you in my next post.

xoxo
Shay

Continue Reading

Week 1 NurtiSystem Update

Hey Loves,
I officially completed my 1st week of NutriSystem. I set my own personal goal of losing 6 pounds. Sadly I’ve only lost 4 pounds. I know, I know, I know some of you are like 4 pounds, that’s great! But I am a bit bummed that I’m 2 pounds shy of my own personal goal. Which means I have some work to do this week. I do think this week may be a little easier with weight lose because last week mother nature decided to rear her ugly head (time of the month) and I’m always ultra bloated during those days. I know TMI…bare with me ya’ll lol
Overall the 1st week went well in terms of me sticking with the meals and the plan for the week. I got all my water in every day, I worked out 5 days last week. I just need to keep it up for this week. I’m setting another personal goal of 5 pounds for this week. Hopefully I can actually reach that this week. 
Also for this week, I’m giving myself a personal goal of drinking 1 gallon of water a day. For some that sounds like a lot. But as a part of the Nutrisystem program, I’m suppose to be drinking 64 ounces a day. Last week I was drinking about 100 ounces day with no problem. A gallon is 128 ounces, so only an extra 28 ounces a day shouldn’t too hard. I was able to get through a gallon today without a problem, so I think I cam make it for the rest of the week.
Truthfully, I’m starting to see the effects of drinking so much water, I’m in the bathroom ALL THE TIME, and all the toxins with my body are coming out through my skin. This is definitely the ugly side of drinking so much water. I know I just have to get over this hump of break outs and I should be good.
I am looking forward to embarking on this 2nd week of Nutrisystem. This should be good. I know this was but “raw” but this process is also about being honest with you guys about what I’m going through while doing this program.
See you in my next update!!
xoxo
Shay
Continue Reading

Chew Your Food: What I’ve learned my First 3 Days of NutriSystem

Hey Loves,

As you all know or should know, I have started my NutriSystem program. I did a starter post on why I went with NutriSystem. You can check that out here. I have just completed day 3. It’s been a shift definitely. But I’m doing good so far. I’ve been getting in all my water, having pre-packed my meals makes getting up in the morning super easy. And I’ve been really sticking to just the food sent to me. Which is saving me A LOT of money lol.
Honestly for me the major change that I have to make with this process, particularly this 1st week, is chewing my food. Yes you read that right, chewing my food. It may seem simple, but I’ve always been a fast eater. I don’t allow my food to fully digest so I end up being hungry again much quicker after a meal. But with Nutrisystem, everything is pre-planned so I can’t just take from the next day because everything will be thrown off. The 1st day I felt it the most. 
While I am a fast eater, all of my food is portion controlled. I can’t just go back and get a second plate. THERE IS NO SECOND PLATE. lol I can’t gobble my food down and be done. I have to take my time, take smaller bites and really force myself to chew my food. About 10 years ago, my Aunt underwent gastric bypass surgery. And I remember her telling me that as a apart of her process after having the surgery, the nurse would tell her that with every bite of food they should count to 10 while chewing. To ensure that all their food was properly chewed and easier to digest. 
That story always comes to mind when I’m eating. Now I don’t necessarily count all the way to 100 but I count to about 30 or 40. I also couple my meals with water. So as I’m eating, I’m drinking my water. That does help me to fill up faster and feel filled longer. I know that once my 1st week is up, I’ll be allowed a little more options in between my meals. But for now, my goal is to make sure I chew everything thoroughly. #NSNation
xoxo
Shay 
Continue Reading

Starting NutriSystem

Hey Loves,
The title pretty much speaks for itself. Yes on Monday Oct. 5th for the next 3 months I will be trying out & reviewing the NutriSystem program. Let me say that they are sponsoring me for the next 3 months, but this journey is all about me and my health. Many of you know I am quite active, I’m always a girl on the go. But with my schedule, I am just LAZY in the kitchen. Even meal planning on Sundays for is like UGH! On top of that, my budget just does not accommodate the food lifestyle I would love to live.

I’ve been reading up on NutriSystem for a couple years now, but never actually took the plunge to try it out. But lately my body hasn’t been feeling the same. Although I’m on my feet all the time, walk 3-4 miles is super easy, making it through a Zumba or Latin Heat class is super easy for me, I still feel sluggish. And I figured, it’s clearly not the activity but what I’m eating.

When i got the chance to try out Nutrisystem, I jumped at the chance. I thought this would be perfect for me. I can lay out my meals of the week, throw them in a ziploc bag, put them in the fridge and pull them out each day when I’m on my way to work. Having gone through all the options I was sent, I’m really excited to start my journey, and see where my body is in 3 months.
If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’ve done CeCe’s #PspFit bootcamp a number of times. It is an amazing program for plus size women who are all about having healthy curves and feel supported. I said it then, and I’ll say it now, I DO NOT workout or eat healthy in order to be skinny! I DO NOT do this in order to fit a smaller size in my clothes. I do it to be a HEALTHIER me. I know when my body feels off. I know when I don’t feel right. Joining NurtiSystem is about my health & me taking the right steps to feeling better.
I really want to bring you all along with me on the journey. I think you all would help keep me accountable. Be sure to check back every week for my updates. Thanks for reading & wish me luck.
See you in my next post.
xoxo
Shay

This post is sponsored, but all expressions and opinions are my own.
Continue Reading

LIVI Launch Party

Hey loves,
Happy New Year! I’m excited to write this first post of the new year. This one is for my loves who are looking to jump start their health journey or actually keep their new years resolution of being a healthier you in 2015. If you are looking for a good program that will help you stick to your goals, then the #pspfit bootcamp program is for you. #Pspfit definitely reminds the world that you can be plus size or curvy & still be healthy & active.

CeCe of Plussizeprincess.com is having another session of her popular & successful #pspfit bootcamp program starting January 16th 2015 (Registration will be Jan. 1st through the 15th). If you are not familiar with #pspfit this is something that can help you learn not only to lose weight but all around start & maintain a healthy lifestyle. You can join #pspfit from ANYWHERE!  
Every week you will be sent amazing but easy recipes & meal plans, along with workout videos that are simple & fun to follow. And you will have a weekly check in with CeCe & Abra Pappa our nutritionist. We all know being healthy or learning to become healthy is not easy & definitely isn’t something you can do all by yourself. You will be a part of a global support team. Women from different states & countries get involved to help uplift each other. CeCe’s mission with #pspfit is to make professional nutrition & fitness coaching affordable for any woman who wants it. Since starting #pspfit, CeCe has been able to get her PCOS & other health issues under control as well as losing 55 pounds. She completely understands what a lot of us go through when it comes to being healthy & losing weight.
I can attest to the awesomeness (yes I said awesomeness) that is #pspfit. It is hard at times, I won’t lie. There were times when I wanted that piece of cake or fried chicken & french fries or even that glass of wine. But then I stop & think, “what would CeCe say” lol Almost like she was watching me & silently judging my whole life lol. But that’s what I love about Cece & the entire #pspfit program. You are held accountable for what you do. Before you have that cookie or soda, you think about the other women that are working hard, and you want to stay strong for them. 
#Pspfit is about healthy curves at every size. And I hope that you’re willing to join CeCe, myself, other amazing bloggers & other amazing women around the country & world to become a healthier & better you.
If you live in the NY.NJ come out on Jan. 10th from 2-4pm at the Cacique Lifestyle Store in the Newport Centre Mall in Jersey City. You get to hang with Cece, my ginger snap Meaghan of Littlelimedress.com & myself. It’s going to be super fun. You all know I LOVE the Cacique store.
Keep up with CeCe
CeCe’s Channel: http://bit.ly/1ue3Ple
CeCe’s Blog: http://bit.ly/1tSn6Y3
CeCe’s Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1ze58B1
CeCe’s Twitter: http://bit.ly/1EjkVzs
CeCe’s Instagram: http://bit.ly/1wJCHLK
xoxo
Shay
Continue Reading

Polar Heart Rate Monitor Review

Hey Loves,

I always believe good has a way of working things out to be in your favor. If you read my Christmas wishlist post you know that one of my items on the list was the FT4 Polar Heart Rate Monitor watch. To be honest I didn’t bank on getting it, but a girl can hope right?! But God made a way (through the blog of course) and I just couldn’t wait to get in the gym, just so I could use the watch.

I must say I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS WATCH! Like there is no other way to put it. It is super accurate and easy to use. When you receive the package you have…

  • The Watch
  • The Heart Rate Censor (the black strap pictured above)
  • The User Guide
The instructions take you through how to set up your watch, making sure you enter your correct height & weight along with gender and age. When actually using the watch, there is no extraness (yup I made up a word) involved. I strapped the censor around me, hit the start button on the watch and I was good to go.
Can you tell I put in work. This was my 1st time using the watch last week to kick off the new year.
I’m usually one that likes have the “bells & whistles” when it comes to technology. But this is a very basic heart rate monitor that allows you to keep your workouts and calorie/heart rate tracking simple. If you are considering purchasing this watch or any other Polar products, I highly recommend them. Their products are of great quality, accurate & easy to use.
Be sure to follow my health journey blog on tumblr Shay SHAPES Up. Until next time loves.
xoxo
Shay
Continue Reading

Shay SHAPES Up…New Blog coming

Hey Loves,

The title kind of says it all. NO I WON’T STOP THIS BLOG.But starting in 2014 I am creating a very informal blog for my health journey. It will be called Shay SHAPES Up If you all have been following me for some time you all know that I have been working out and make the choices to be a healthier Shainna. So that blog will be a place for me to store all my gym pics, food pics, recipes, and workout ideas.

It will also be a place for me to discuss why I work out and why I eat healthy. And to talk more about what #PSPfit is. Since a lot of you tend to ask what it is and how you can get started in it.

I just wanted one central place to keep everything and if I need to look back I know where to go. I would love it if you all would support me and follow that blog as well.

Until next time loves

xoxo
Shay

Continue Reading