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  • Foodie Friday | Paleo Protein Pumpkin Pancakes

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    Welcome to another edition of Foodie Friday!

    Since it has been approximately 91,000 degrees where I live, it’s hard to believe that Fall is around the corner. But sure enough, I was in my local craft store earlier this week and found myself surrounded by pumpkins, witches, and faux fall foliage. I will always agree that August is a little too early to begin putting out Halloween and Thanksgiving; however, there is one thing that I’m never sad to see – pumpkin flavored everything.

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  • The Washington Post thinks we are neat!

    When I was asked to write an article for The Washington Post, I knew exactly what we would write about… The fact that retailers don’t care enough about EVERYONE and exclude plus-size women from their stores, and it’s frankly, not fair. Everyone should be able to shop at stores, everyone of all sizes. So this morning on the front page of the Post Everything section (tagline, the conversation is bigger than you think (which I LOVE)) you’ll find what I wrote… but here it is too:

    Selling plus-size clothing isn’t just good for business. It’s also the right thing to do.

    Why do retailers continue to make excuses for not making clothes in larger sizes?

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    It’s a Tuesday, and I’m shopping with my friend who happens to be athletic, awesome and a size 4. I’m a size 18, and all I’m thinking is: I want to be skinny.

    I had decided the night before that I was going to get off my butt and finally get thin. It hadn’t worked the 325 times prior, but this time felt different. So as we make our way into Dick’s Sporting Goods, I’m excited to pick out some new workout clothes with my friend. We jet to the women’s section, and I start perusing through pants and shirts, looking for stuff that will fit and won’t cling to my body.

    A few minutes go by, and soon my friend has a pile of clothes over her arm. Me? Nothing. I can’t find anything that isn’t too tight or too short. I needed at least a 2XL in the stuff that was on the shelves, but that was nearly impossible to find. I’m discouraged, frustrated and upset — not just upset with what the store had to offer, but with myself. I’d been an athlete in high school, and working out was easy. But in college, I went beyond the freshman 15. More like the freshman 50. After college, losing weight was never a priority. My focus was on going out with friends, drinking and enjoying food. I slowly got bigger and bigger. I tried crash diet after crash diet, but nothing ever worked for me.

    As I stood in the store, I could feel the tears coming. I felt weak and not good enough. Because I needed something, I walked myself over to the men’s section and bought a men’s t-shirt. I knew that would fit, but I also knew it wouldn’t look good. I wouldn’t feel comfortable. I felt frumpy and like I had settled. How was this supposed to help me get excited about working out?

    After the tears, I thought: There has to be another option. I quickly found that there wasn’t. The plus-size workout clothes I came across looked as if they had been designed for grandparents. Anything attractive was wildly expensive. I couldn’t find anything from the major brands that was cute, motivational and affordable.

    So I made another option. I was a graphic designer, so I designed a tank top. I just needed a manufacturer who sold size 2XL in a tank at a wholesale price and a printer who would print smaller quantities. I found it, and my first tank top was born. The top not only fit, but was motivating and got attention. Soon, I began to get the “I love your shirt! Where did you get it?” comments. Then the “Oh, I want one. Do you sell them?” That’s when From Thick to Thin was born.

    Exclusion and frustration are nothing new to the plus-size consumer: separate stores, limited inventory, ill-fitting garments and higher prices. Much of the retail industry more or less refuses to serve this customer, citing a slew of excuses. Some companies are very forthright about why they do not produce an inclusive line – because they simply don’t want plus-size bodies in their clothes. Lululemon co-founder Chip Wilson ignited a firestorm when, in 2013, he said his company’s signature yoga pants just “don’t work for some women’s bodies.” Former Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries also took a turn in the body-shaming limelight when he was quoted in Salon saying, “In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are in trouble are trying to target everybody: young, old, fat, skinny. But then you become totally vanilla. You don’t alienate anybody, but you don’t excite anybody, either.”

    One of the standard excuses retailers give for not offering more sizes is that it’s just too hard to make those clothes. Indeed, plus-size fashion is not just a matter of sizing up a pattern. There is more expertise needed to design and produce properly fitting garments. Also, there are more variations in body type, which can yield additional challenges. In 2014, Old Navy came under fire for charging higher prices for plus-size women’s clothing, but not passing on the same price increases to larger-size men’s clothing.

    “For women, styles are not just larger sizes of other women’s items, they are created by a team of designers who are experts in creating the most flattering and on-trend plus styles, which includes curve-enhancing and curve-flattering elements such as four-way stretch materials and contoured waistbands, which most men’s garments do not include,” said Gap spokeswoman Debbie Felix in a statement. “This higher price point reflects the selection of unique fabrics and design elements.”

    Yes, there technically is more fabric involved when sizing up a garment. There are additional design labor and manufacturing costs when producing these pieces, as well. On average, there’s a 33.44 percent increase in our costs to produce an extended-size tank vs. a straight size. However, there is more fabric used for a size 10 than a size 0, yet it is highly unlikely that this pricing structure would be regularly implemented on straight-size garments. So what does my company do about the increased costs? We suck it up and accept them. Is it a bad business decision? Maybe for some companies. But for me, it is the right moral decision. We are not here to judge what size shirt you are ordering. We just want to know that you feel awesome in something that we produced. The best business decision for us was to charge the same for all.

    A 2014 survey commissioned by clothing retailer ModCloth with market research firm Paradigm Sample found, unsurprisingly, that 90 percent of women feel more confident when wearing an awesome outfit. Wearing an oversize men’s shirt does not constitute awesome. The study also revealed that 81 percent of plus-size shoppers say they would spend more on clothing if there were more options in their size, and 88 percent would buy more if those options were considered trendy. Plus-size women deserve more than 9 percent representation in the $190 billion-dollar clothing industry. Instead, retailers largely choose to alienate this market over minor increases in front-end costs instead of considering that equal inclusion not only is the right thing to do, but it’s also a smart business move.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average American woman is 5 foot 4, weighs 166 pounds and has a 37-inch waist, which translates roughly to a size 14. Yet many retailers’ sizing maxes out at XL. Why would a store seek to serve fewer customers, not more? Retailers are running businesses, not charities, but why run on a model that says one paying customer deserves clothes but another doesn’t?

    As a plus-size individual, I wanted shirts that covered my stomach, shorts that were not uncomfortably short, and pants that did not roll down when I did a squat — all of that and not be forced to live on Top Ramen to afford. As our business has grown, the shortcomings that exist within the current landscape of the industry have become more apparent. I’m not a fashion designer by any means, but I wanted to offer products that I felt comfortable in. We asked our customers what they didn’t like about other apparel currently available and took that feedback to our manufacturers. Many companies start with a size small and, as they size up, simply add inches to the waist and don’t increase length or account for larger thigh circumference. We took that feedback and scaled up our product accordingly and correctly. It’s paying off: 65 percent of our sales are for sizes large and up.

    My mindset has changed dramatically since that day I spent crying at Dick’s. I am no longer laser-focused on being skinny; being strong and healthy, at any size, is good enough. I’m now an athlete, regularly doing CrossFit and competing in CrossFit competitions at least a few times a year. But I could not forget that terrible feeling of not being good enough simply because I couldn’t fit into something in a store.

    I started my business not to make money but to combat the way I was made to feel that day in a sporting goods store and to make clothes that actually fit American women. My anger over how the retail industry does business has become my fuel. Not having plus sizes in the store, charging extra, not showing real models in their marketing — these are all things that I want to see changed in the industry. My goal and mission is to remind all women that there is a place for them in both the retail world and the fitness world. To have a place where they aren’t excluded or charged more so they can fit in and to remind everyone that we can all be athletes.

  • Foodie Friday | Black Bean Hummus

    Happy Foodie Friday! It’s been a busy couple of weeks here, but there’s always time for food!!

    As a 29-ish year old adult, I’ve hit that threshold where it is (generally) no longer socially acceptable to bring a 30 pack and a bag of Doritos to a party and have that count as “food.” I recently attended a get together where the hostess had asked everyone to bring an appetizer to share. Of course, my mind immediately flashed to images of ornate, hand crafted hors d’oeuvres from Pinterest that would be on par with a proper Martha Stewart inspired party (read: place cards and monogrammed favors).

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    Not having the time (or energy…let’s be honest. But time is a huge chunk, too. Like Sweet Brown said, “ain’t nobody got time for that!”) to risk something that could be used as the perfect #PinterestFail submission, I pulled this delicious nugget out from my recipe vault and voila! A healthy snack that was easy to make and easy to enjoy!

    So here it is…Black Bean Hummus!

    Ingredients:

    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1 (15 ounce) can reduced sodium black beans; drained
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
    • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
    • 10 Greek olives (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Mince garlic in the bowl of a food processor (using pre-minced garlic also works well).
    2. Add black beans, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, salt, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Process until smooth, scraping sides as needed.
    3. Add additional seasonings to taste. Garnish with paprika and Greek olives.

    The flavor of this hummus is a great change up from the regular chickpea blend. It is nicely balanced, while the texture is creamy and perfect to use as a dip. I prefer to pair mine with baby carrots and pita bread. I also opted to omit the Greek olives – no offense to the olives, but I’ve never cared for the taste.

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    Another wonderful thing about making your own hummus is YOU get to control the flavor. Like some extra spice? Add more cayenne pepper. More lemon juice? No problem! Serving kids as well? Split the batch up and leave them with a tamer flavoring while treating yourself to a specialty snack.

    We’d love to know what you added to the mix to customize this delicious dish! Post your comments or send us a photo of your creation. You never know, you may be featured on the blog!

    Have a great weekend!

     

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    Recipe Credit: allrecipes.com

  • Guest Blog | Carin McCoy | Redefining #Likeagirl

    A while ago, someone said something to me that left me feeling confused and I will admit, slightly irritated. They confidently boasted to me that, ‘Oh you don’t need to worry about spreading the ‘Like a girl’ & ‘This girl can’ campaigns message in your household with all those boys!

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    WTF?! Hold up. Seriously?! The powerful message of redefining the phrase ‘Like a girl’ to mean someone who is strong, powerful, athletic and positive instead of the old ‘You run like a girl!’ insult that used to be thrown around is AS important to be entrenched in my sons as it is for us to teach and model to our daughters.

    My young, impressionable, beautiful boys will see me workout. They will see the real effort involved in my training, and the dedication and strength involved. They will see what real effort looks like – curves, sweat, grunts and all! Boxing, running, lifting, trails, swimming, cycling..adventures! They will see me attempt things and fail. They will see me train for events and succeed. Most importantly, I hope they are surrounded by images that help redefine the connotation of ‘Like a girl.’

    So this mum will proudly wear her #Likeagirl tee while working out around my young, impressionable sons and hopefully the phrase “Like a girl” will never roll out of their mouths as an insult, but one spoken of pride and admiration. I will teach them to believe in yourself, that being strong & fit is also a female identity and the knowledge that we are all strong, equal and we ALL have an inner athlete in us.

    I choose to be part of the change.

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    photoCarin is a proud half marathoner & triathlete, who is a strong believer and advocate for the body positive movement. She believes everyBODY should have the right to unleash their inner athlete & feel the thrill of smashing a goal.

    You can follow Carin’s blog at www.edsrunfree.wordpress.com
    Or Instagram @edsrunfree

    Originally Posted on July 24, 2015 / Reposted with Permission

  • My pants aren't getting smaller…..

    IMG_4287Well, Houston we had a problem, is turning into more like a catastrophe. I keep getting up from my chair and realizing it’s getting harder and harder because my belly is getting bigger and bigger. That damn thing is making it harder to stand up. Which means, even though I’m sweating my ass off in the gym for like a good hour each day, what I’m putting in my mouth is NOT helping my waist line. I don’t understand why cake and fried foods aren’t just as healthy as veggies, I mean, come ON!

    tumblr_np25yszAll1ql5yr7o1_500So I’ve been asked a lot lately about my mind set with T2T and how I started and where my mind is now, and obviously it’s totally different. I actually LOVE my body ha! I mean, I love it, but I will always look in the mirror and find something that bothers me, I’m only human, and as much as we try not to, it will always happen. Clearly there are days when I write about hating my body, and days when I love it, and days where I just want to say fuck it all and eat cake. But this belly issue got me thinking. Yes, the belly is back, the belly that I worked SO hard to get rid of before my wedding. But, I acknowledge and I move on. I acknowledge the fact that my stress levels are about 200% higher than my stress levels before I got married. FUNNY right? Isn’t your wedding the most stressful time of your life? HA, people who say that clearly don’t run a business hahaha. And when I’m stressed, the best stress reliever is booze and food, because let’s face it, sleep and relaxation, I have no clue what those are anymore. I acknowledge the fact that when I go into the dressing room I might have to grab a few sizes to see which ones fits, BUT, I’m finally getting over my fear of that damn dressing room and stepping inside is a huge step for me. I acknowledge the fact that I love working out, which is TOTALLY something I would have NEVER said 4 years ago. Going to globo gym and hitching a ride on the elliptical seemed like a chore, a chore I did NOT want to do. Not even if you paid me. But walking into a CrossFit gym and getting my lifting on, makes me one happy dude.

    giphy (3)Now all of these things are great, but that doesn’t solve the fact that my jeans aren’t getting smaller and I am indeed getting larger. Back in the day, a wednesday probably, I would have immediately flipped out, ran, hid, cried, and told everyone that I’m never leaving my room till these pounds magically disappeared from my body, but today, I realize, that I might not be so healthy, and it’s time to fix that. Back in the day I would have bitched and complained about how this world is a horrible place and it’s making this way, and well yeah, sure, it might be HA, but I also realize that no one is forcing that pizza down my throat but myself. MMMM pizza, mmmm pizza for breakfast? mmmmmm…. ok ok, no, drink the shake! Back in the day I would have just given up, stopped going to the gym, ate more brownies and told myself someone will love me. But would I have been healthy? Can I tell you, the best FEELING in the world is the feeling of being healthy. I could give TWO SHITS about how my pants fit, but I can tell you immediately when I start feeling sluggish, and the headaches come back, and I start feeling like complete and utter shit because I know that my eating habits have shit the bucket. And with that, I know I have to make a change. I know I need to get back on the wagon, and start eating well again, and stop making excuses. Of course, non-healthy food will be consumed from time to time, but it won’t be the 2 month binges that I’ve been on. Because my mindset is totally different. I don’t care about that number on the scale, I don’t care what size clothes I fit into, but I DO care about making sure I make it to the 4:30 CrossFit class everyday, and I DO care about feeling healthy and good and not like a pile of dog poop. If I would tell the 25 year old version of me this, she would have laughed at me, because I have changed so much. Physical appearance is one thing, but it doesn’t matter what you look like if you can’t get out of bed because you feel so crappy, right?

    This is my - I AM BEAUTIFUL selfie with my little gorgeous sister, and also, with me wearing un-buttoned shorts hahaa because my nice shorts don't fit me anymore, but hey, I look happy!

    This is my – I AM BEAUTIFUL selfie with my little gorgeous sister, and also, with me wearing un-buttoned shorts hahaa because my nice shorts don’t fit me anymore, but hey, I look happy!

    SO friends, help me stay on track a little bit… help me choose the healthy option at dinner… remind me that this feeling of feeling strong and healthy is the most amazing feeling in the world… and let’s get on with our lives, and let’s stop worrying about jeans fitting, or what we look like… let’s stop worrying about our bikini bodies and let’s #dropthetowel on the beach… let’s complain when we need to, but take those complaints and turn them into a resolution, and let’s change our mindsets, because this mindset is so much better than my mindset at 25. And let’s ACTUALLY be happy in those selfies we post on instagram, because hey, you’re beautiful and that’s a beautiful selfie you’ve got going on there!!!!! And last but not least, let’s fit into our jeans but because we WANT to, because we WANT to feel healthy and happy, not because we have to.

     

    I wrote this a few weeks ago, and it’s just a little reminder for me today… 

    When I was a little girl I just wanted to be the best at gymnastics and look like Barbie.

    I physically wasn’t that.

    When I was in high school I wanted to be the prom queen and the most athletic girl in school.

    I physically wasn’t that.

    When I was in college I wanted to be the hot girl that guys picked up at the bar.

    I physically wasn’t that.

    When I was in my twenties I wanted to be skinny so I could be hot and accepted by society.

    I physically wasn’t that.

    When I was 28 I realized all of that was crap and how I looked didn’t matter. I also realized I wasted 28 years of my life worrying about what my outside appearance was instead of making sure I was the best possible person inside I could be.

    Today, me, at 30 and 198lbs, I did what society probably thought I couldn’t do, I got a PR of 165 for my overhead squat. And none of the feelings of “how do I look” “am I skinny enough” “am I pretty enough” run through my head…. What runs through my head is damn girl you’re a strong beast and you need to keep it up. Because I can. Because my body allows me. So, I know I say it all the time but I just hope that showing how I bust my ass will show someone that they can also do it.

    Because #weareallathletes

  • The Weekly Wrap-Up | 03

    Welcome to THE WEEKLY WRAP-UP, a new series on the T2T blog designed to inform, inspire, entertain and engage. Each week we’ll be sharing a list of our favorite finds from around the Internet that we think you’ll enjoy too, which means yeah, it’s the perfect way to get your weekend started.

    LISTEN

    F*ck That – A Guided Meditation” by Jason Headley | Warning – Definitely NSFW and NC-17, but hilariously funny. I’m not one for meditating, per se, but this is amazing – and oddly relaxing.

    WATCH

    Real Housewives Franchise | I have no shame. I admit my guilty pleasure in the form of anything Real Housewives. Currently, I am pulling double duty with Orange County AND New York. However, this just mean two glorious, uninterrupted hours of television since no one in the house can stand to watch it with me (#bonus).

    READ

    Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives” by Gretchen Rubin | This book is on its way to me, courtesy of the magical Amazon Prime. I loved The Happiness Project, so I’m excited to bust this out as a beach read!

    SIP

    Water | I know, right? How boring! But considering that 60% of your body is water, it is kind of important to incorporate into your day. A good rule of thumb is half your body weight in ounces. I always find that I drink more when I drink from a straw, but that’s just me. Don’t forget that fruits and veggies count towards that water intake (watermelon, anyone?).

    SNACK

    ThinkThin Bars | One word: AWESOME. It is not very often that you can find a healthy snack that you can feel good about eating AND can satisfy a sweet tooth. I was skeptical at first, but now I do not know what I would do without the Chunky Chocolate Peanut deliciousness in my life. Actually, yes I do. I’d go for the Snickers in the checkout line.

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  • Guest Blog | Leah Gilbert | Training like an Athlete – What Changes?

    IMG_5067“I started thinking of myself as an athlete and everything just changed.”

    The recent black/blue or gold/white dress debate is a great demonstration of the power a subtle shift in perception can yield. I believe the same goes for a person’s approach to their health and fitness. For me personally and as a trainer, I have seen the power a subtle shift in perception can make on a person’s health and fitness goals, and as a result, their lives.

    The rise of the Body Positive Athlete movement is seeing an increasing number of people embrace their ‘inner athlete’ and flourishing as a result. Many find it hard to put into words how or what changes, all they know is that something big has shifted for them and they find themselves training harder, respecting their bodies more and their relationship with food is completely altered. The health benefits then flow from there.

    Due to the fact that I get questioned about this training ethos all the time, I have tried my best to encapsulate what changes actually occur when you start to train like an athlete, and why for some people it is a completely life changing event.

    1. You set Goals.

    Personally I used to be terrible at setting goals. Not only did I have a fear of failure, I had an equally serious fear of success. I have found that people with long term weight and self esteem issues generally struggle in this area. As a trainer you are educated to always have clients working to a goal, and this can be very difficult when someone can’t quite pinpoint a goal other than weight loss that is motivated by an obligation to do so.

    Generally most people will have a burning, underlying desire that will be athletic in nature. “I’ve always wanted to be a runner;” or “I’d love to do a Spartan race.” I remember the time I told a trainer I wanted to do a triathlon – I quite often used to recall his raised eyebrows when I was training for my first tri – without his assistance of course.

    Accessing that big athletic dream and then breaking down into small, achievable increments takes it away from being the ‘impossible dream’ and moves it into a possible reality – with hard work and discipline of course. It is a realisation within the ‘self’ that you can actually achieve it, and that someone else believes you can. Suddenly you have a plan which is made up of lots of little goals, and by focusing on achieving the little ones, the big goal becomes less intimidating.

    Once you achieve the initial ‘big’ goal, the ‘if I did that, then what else can I do?’ mentality kicks in and you seek the next goal or event. All of a sudden you find yourself operating in a goal-oriented manner on a daily basis, which, for some people, is a very empowering shift in their daily life.

    2. You Start Training with a Purpose

    In an athlete mentality everything you do has a purpose. Each session makes a contribution to achieving the overall goal. When you shift to this nature of training you no longer ‘go do a workout’, you are doing a speed session, a long set, or a strength session. You start and understand what role each session plays in the big picture of what you are trying to achieve, and once this understanding happens, you tend to no longer require ‘motivation’ to complete each one.

    When you change what I call the ‘Training Language’ like this, you find a complete new respect for your efforts and no longer cheapen your experiences or what you are doing simply because you don’t feel you physically fit the ‘athlete’ mould. From what I have experienced and watched with clients, your training then becomes more assertive, less prone to mood/motivational shifts, and you train harder. Your ethos really does become the old ‘just do it’ slogan.

    3. You Rest and Recover

    There is a big difference between someone who is undertaking a 12 week weight loss program and someone who is undertaking a 12 week event preparation program – the latter begins to understand the role of recovery. Whilst the former is busy stair mastering off their last low-cal meal, the athlete is training hard and then resting accordingly. They are becoming educated to the role and power which recovery and rest plays in advancing your fitness and achieving your goals.

    In order to progress in your training you must push in the efforts and rest when it is scheduled. If you do not rest, you will not recover. If you do not recover, you will not place your body in a position to benefit from the next training session. If you overtrain you will be prone to injury, illness and experience minimal performance gains.

    Once you have this understanding, you find yourself having that nap without feeling obliged to get up and ‘run it off’. All of a sudden you find that you’re actually being kind to yourself and beginning to respect and nurture your body. This realisation that your body is the machine that will get you where you need to go sees some people, especially long term dieters or those with negative body image, have a completely different relationship with their bodies.

    4. Your Relationship with Food Changes

    This is a biggie. As a serial dieter for nearly 30-odd years, food for me was either complete restriction or overindulgence. When I started out on my own athletic journey I knew that restriction and observation of food was a mental weakness of mine and I couldn’t go there, so logic told me that movement was the answer. As my fitness began to develop and I started working towards the goals of running and then training for a tri, I started to get wise on nutrition. I began to research how to best fuel my efforts and support my recovery. For once in my life, food became fuel for performance and not not an obsession.

    I have seen this happen to people who have had almost a lifetime of toxic, binge-or-restriction relationships with food. When the focus actually moves to the physical efforts and achieving fitness goals, food becomes a means to an end. People are no longer thinking ‘I can’t have that, its worth 230 cals!’, and are either just having the item and not experiencing any guilt which makes them prone to eating more, or they are asking themselves the question: ‘is there something I can have that better serves my training/recovery?’

    IMG_40785. Your relationship with your body changes.

    When you are training like an athlete, everything you do serves a purpose to some part of your body. Be it a long run to build up your aerobic endurance, or a strength session to develop your core, you begin to have an understanding of the role different parts of your body play in the overall success of your efforts. This functional understanding of your body sees you change your perception of it. You start and appreciate your strengths, and look upon your weaker parts not as undesirable, but as areas that need to be developed in training. Your journey no longer becomes about your ‘big bum’ or ‘tuck shop arms’, it becomes about building your glute strength for more stability and injury prevention and strengthening your arms for better swim performance.

    6. Your relationship with yourself changes.

    When you start respecting your training efforts, push yourself harder and nurture your body with rest and good nutrition, you find your whole relationship with your ‘self’ has changed. In achieving things you never dreamt of, you develop a seemingly endless curiosity about what you are truly capable of. You start and lose that fear-based thinking when it comes to your potential and you find yourself acknowledging that anything is achievable – with the right plan and hard work.

    Everyone’s journey to athleticism will be uniquely different, which makes it all the more special. So many people have been generous with their stories, and I am sure the Thick 2 Thin crew would LOVE to know yours!

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    Leah is a mum, specialist fitness instructor and endurance athlete. She is the founder of Body Positive Athletes, an awesome community who believes that the term ‘athletic’ defines a lifestyle and not a body type. You can follow the blog at www.bodypositiveathletes.wordpress.com, join the Facebook community, or follow Leah on Instagram @bodypositiveathletes

  • Dear Nike,

    Hi, how are you doing today? Whoever is reading this, I hope you’re doing OK. I, on the other hand, am not. I have an issue with your company. I know, I know, who am I to tell you how to do things? But if I’m a customer, I believe I have the right to. After all, I’m the one buying your products. Well, actually, I’m not buying your products. Not because I don’t want to, but because you don’t want me to.

    Confused? Well, let me get straight to the point. Front and center on your website, under the about section, you state that you are bringing inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world (*if you have a body, you are an athlete). With all due respect, I disagree. I have a body. I am an athlete. But I don’t fit into your available size range. If your women’s sizes stop at XL, how are you including all bodies and all athletes?

    Furthermore, you choose to only showcase your professional athletes and models both on your website and in your marketing. Why do I have a problem with this? Well, because frankly, you are excluding A LOT of people. Why can’t you be a company that includes everyBODY of all sizes and all abilities? What about making it so people don’t have to go to a special store to pick up clothing that is going to aid in them working towards a healthier life style? To me, that’s false advertising. To me, that’s unfair. Do you think people stop trying to be healthy if they can’t fit into a size XL? In today’s world, body shaming is a real and large movement. Society has made it so if we don’t look a certain way, wear certain things, or are a certain size, we aren’t good enough. How sad is that? It is not OK that we are teaching our children to think that way. It is not OK that we have to be reminded on a daily basis that we don’t fit this perfect ideal because all we see is perfect models wherever we go. Did you know that you can be healthy and fit at any size? Did you know that me, at size XXL and 200lbs, is just as healthy as my best friend who’s a size 2 and 120lbs? So why is she able to buy clothing from you and I can’t? Why is it that we can go shopping together and I just have to watch her get all the cute stuff while I’m stuck with maybe getting something from the men’s section? But yet you call me an athlete and tell me you want to inspire me? Why is it that your inspiration only comes in the form of your logo on the clothing? That seems like more of a walking advertisement than a way to motivate.

    Also, do you know your clothing isn’t very functional? It’s like you design it at size XS and it will work GREAT for that size, but when you expand it up to size XL you basically just make it so that the waist gets bigger or the chest gets bigger? It doesn’t really work well anymore because you aren’t increasing all of the measurements. My guess is that if you had someone who was a size XL in your marketing or modeling in one of your campaigns, they might be able to tell you that.

    On top of not including everyone, I understand it costs more money to add larger sizes. If you ever do get larger sizes, I don’t believe that you should mark up the prices for XXL or higher. We get it – it’s more material, there’s more stitching, it takes up more space to import it. We’ve heard it all. But consider that you are automatically being unfair and unjust in making larger people pay more money for clothing that is supposed to motivate them to live a healthy lifestyle. One last thing, back to your marketing. Yes, professional athletes are amazing and they should be highlighted. Heck, we pay to watch them do their best on TV. A lot of people aspire to be as great as them and look as good as them. But so do mothers who spend all day taking care of their children, in the hopes of getting an hour to themselves so they can workout and stay healthy to be able to keep up with their children. Or the young college students who have a full course load and a full-time job, but make sure to make it to the 24-hour gym at 11pm when they get off of work. Or the 200lb CrossFitter that is also an entrepreneur trying to spread the world of changing the apparel industry who constantly gets told she can’t possibly own a clothing line because she doesn’t look a certain way, but wakes up and everyday busts her ass to get stronger and healthier? Why is it that you can’t showcase REAL women in your marketing so when people are at the store, they can look up and see themselves instead of the people that society tells them they have to look like?

    We need companies like yours to start listening to their customers. You NEED to include everyone; you NEED to remind everyone that where you start doesn’t matter and it’s where you’re going that does. Being healthy and living a healthy, active lifestyle is the most important and having the tools to do so, is important, at all sizes.

    So, Nike, or whatever intern might be reading this, can you please just take all that money you make off of us buying seriously over priced shoes and clothes, and maybe add more? Allow everyone to shop at your store, and really truly inspire everyone – Just do it!

    Thank you!

    With Love, Andrea Lynne Kuchinski (you can contact me directly at 571-248-1201)

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    Friends!!!! Good Morning everyone – I will make this quick.

    We’ve been working hard on the next chapter in our companies life… We’ve had some amazing opportunities possibly arise that have really made us feel like our message is finally getting across (cough cough, fingers crossed that ______ calls us soon, cough cough) but we’ve got to keep moving, and keep spreading the word. Thankfully there’s an amazing platform like Kickstarter that can help small businesses bring the ability for YOU to get involved with us. We’ve been working really hard on expanding this brand, based off of feedback from YOU GUYS, our customers, because you are the ones that matter. That and reminding this awesome athletic apparel industry that they need to stop excluding people and start making people feel good about themselves.

    Up till this point, we’ve only been printing on clothes we could find that would work for you guys, but I knew that one day, that wouldn’t be enough. I knew that there was a void in this industry and our voices need to be heard. That in a world where being healthy and loving your body is important, big major companies don’t include everyone, and they don’t show everyone so that people can feel good about seeing themselves in the clothes… and on top of that, it’s so over priced it’s not funny. So a year ago we set out to start creating and developing our OWN clothes based on YOUR feedback and what’s missing in this industry. Because we are ALL ATHLETES and we are ALL worth being included. So that time has come, we’ve gotten to the point where we need some help…

    I never ask for anything, but I am asking this. Maybe instead of that $5.39 triple venti non-fat no whip latte you’re about to go get at starbucks, you visit our campaign and donate that cash money to us BUT not because I ask you to, BUT because you believe in us and our company. And share this with your friends, because how ELSE are we going to get ELLEN to see our awesome movement and what we are doing!

    Thank you for reading this long blog, and thank you for following our blog so I could remind you that we are trying to do good things over here, not just make a buck. We want to change the world and do something that matters….

    From the bottom of my heart, thank you, and we hope you take the minute to check out our Kickstarter Project link!

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