Thank You Nike!

Nike Plus Size

Last year around this time I let out a huge rant about work out clothing lines. I can’t believe there are so many athletic companies that don’t have any plus sizes available to the general public. It literally blows my mind. Do they think we don’t want to work out too?

With the help of my Facebook group, we were able to find a few solutions to this conundrum. We discovered there was a brand out there called Rainbeau Curves that had some great items, as well as, some Fabletics and Old Navy pieces. But still, there were so many companies completely looking the other way.

And then Nike made a glorious announcement earlier this month. They would finally be carrying plus size clothing! Now, they are certainly late to the party but I can’t criticize anyone getting on board to serve a group of women who often go unnoticed in the fashion industry.

Nike will now feature sports bras that go beyond your typical DD. Can I just take a moment to say how excited I am about this fact? It’s so hard to find sports bras that cater to full figured women. The extended size range will offer clothing in sizes 1X-3X and it’s not going to just be their normal clothing line sized up. Nike is actually tailoring clothing to flatter women who aren’t straight up and down. Can we all just give them a standing ovation?

“We know that body weights are distributed differently for everybody and as we look at plus size, there is more variance,” Helen Boucher, Nike’s vice president of women’s training apparel, said in a statement. “When we design for plus size, we aren’t just proportionately making our products larger. That doesn’t work because as we know, everyone’s weight distribution is different.”

Well done, Nike. Well done.


The Day I Found a Workout I Don’t Absolutely Hate

Jillian Pedersen Pink Gloves Boxing

I don’t know what it is about working out but you basically have to drag me anywhere for me to actually get in any gym. I just don’t enjoy exercising. I’ve tried just about everything under the sun and while I’ve found some things I enjoy more than others, anytime my body isn’t 100% comfortable, I’m ready to quit. That’s why I so appreciate going to classes and having friends that will help keep my accountable. Without just the right amount of peer pressure, it’s easy for me to talk myself out of going.

I know I need to workout. It’s not just about losing weight, my body needs to be active to stay healthy and at its best. Because of this, I like to try new programs. The excitement of doing something new helps keep me showing up. Recently, a co-worker and I found a deal on a local gym that looked like something we’d both enjoy. So, I bit the bullet and took the deal.

Sometimes when you make plans with people, you get caught up in a continuous circle of talking about doing something but not actually taking any action. I’m pretty guilty of letting this happen in several relationships. But my co-worker was not of the same mind. She wanted to get started right away. My hopes of letting this thing drag on were quickly crushed. Right then I knew I had found a good accountability partner despite the fact that I didn’t like it much. I quite enjoy being a slacker.

We went that next week. I had absolutely no idea of what to expect but I was definitely nervous. We had found ourselves at a boxing gym. It sounded fun and I absolutely love boxing. The problem is, with boxing comes plenty of cardio. I hate cardio, especially if it involves any kind of jumping. So the whole time I’m sitting in the lobby area waiting for my class to start, I worry about how much torture I’m about to subject myself to.

We wrap our hands and get a welcome from our trainer. One of the first things she says is that she wants us to work hard but not to push ourselves past our limit. Right away I breathe a sigh of relief. Then, the workout begins. We do a series of frog jumps, sit-ups, punches and footwork. All which are a challenge but I can totally handle. And before I know it, the class is done. This is literally the very first time I’ve ever been surprised that the class was already over. Normally I’m five minutes in and hating my life. This class wasn’t any shorter than others, it just went by fast. From that second on, I was hooked.

As if that wasn’t good enough, we ended the class differently than any gym I’ve ever been to. We all sat in a circle and told our names while sharing a fact about ourselves. Our trainer explained that in this gym, they are all about building relationships. They want us to get to know each other and encourage one another. It was such a refreshing experience. So what gym have I been talking about all of this time? Pink Gloves Boxing located close to The Domain. If you’re looking for a new place to get a great workout without feeling like death when you’re done, I highly recommend it. I’ll be going back for sure.

How Pokémon Go is Helping My Plus Sized Bum

Jillian Pedersen Huffington Post on PokemonGo

The following is a repost from Huffington Post:

It’s only been open to the general audience a few days and has already taken over the Internet. Every other newsfeed post on Facebook is either some clever meme or a screenshot of your friend’s gaming. In fact, I’m pretty close to being burned out on hearing about it. Yet, I can’t seem to get enough playing time. And yeah, I’m kind of embarrassed to admit it but it’s true.

I’m definitely not your typical Pokémon target audience being in my late twenties and married with a kid but I, like many older players, find a deep sense of nostalgia with the app. I watched it when I was younger and I’m definitely a die hard 90’s kid. Oh, and did I mention that I’m a bit of a nerd? So this combined with the continuous flow of praise for the app got me to download it and check it out.

It started pretty innocently and I was surprised at how quickly it all escalated. I don’t play games. Like, at all. So, I figured this was going to be a download that I’d check out and then delete within the same day…

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Time to Rant: Fitness Edition

I have a blog which technically gives me license to rant every once in a while, right? 😉 Well, today, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’ve been talking about this for years and I’d love to see something come of it. So what would I like to rant about today? Plus size workout clothing. Why? Because it doesn’t really exist!

Yeah, I know you can find some active clothing here and there. In fact, Lane Bryant has a line called Livi. You can also find some clothes from Fabletics in XXL. However, their clothes really only fit up to a size 14/16 after trying a few things on.  So that really doesn’t leave much, does it?

Here’s the thing, for some reason I really hate working out in front of other people. I have to admit I have this weird insecurity of people listening to me breathe loud while I’m running. I know, it’s dumb but I constantly focus on it at the gym. Throw in that I’m overweight and am sweating like crazy and you can see how it’s enough to keep me from ever working out. So when I do, I want to look good. I want to wear a cute outfit with my hair in this perfect braid so that at least when people are around me they think, poor girl is sweating and breathing loud, but she looks cute! A little preposterous, maybe but it’s what I need to keep me motivated.

That’s why it drives me crazy that some of the biggest fitness brands in the world don’t have anything for a plus size audience. We need to work out and look good too! If we really want to go there, society says that we need to work out. In fact, so do our doctors. While I’m as lazy as they come, I even know that my body needs this to prosper. So it would only make sense that cute workout clothes in plus sizes would be readily available. Why aren’t they?

Here’s why you come in on the conversation, know of a place that I don’t? Please share it with me in the comments section. I’d love to hear about it. There may be some online retailers I don’t know about but I’ve always been one to try on things before I buy them. I’m more of a brick and mortar customer when it comes to clothes. However, I’m open to whatever you can find. Share your thoughts with me!