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  • L. Shauntay Snell: Road Warrior

    L. Shauntay Snell’s life changed after her essay about being heckled at the New York City Marathon in 2017 went viral. We spoke with her about her fitness journey, what keeps her motivated in the face of negativity, and why it’s important for her to share her story, especially her most challenging moments.


    “It’s gonna take your fat ass forever, huh?”

    These were the words that greeted L. Shauntay Snell as she began the 23rd mile of her third New York City Marathon. This was the second mile she had mentally dedicated to the twins she had miscarried just months before. The nastiness caught her so off-guard, she says, that she asked the man in the crowd to repeat himself. He did. Snell had heard him correctly the first time.

    Snell, wearing a black Wu Tang t-shirt and a fitness skirt, jumps in the air at a park Image courtesy of L. Shauntay Snell

    Snell is no stranger to heckling and harassment. She has a robust web presence, including her blog and website,, where she documents both her triumphs and challenges. She’s encountered all kinds of insults, from “fat ass” to the n-word, but she hasn’t let others’ negativity get in the way of sharing her health and fitness journey.

    That journey began after Snell was “tricked” into signing up for a half marathon. After a friend she’d met online via MySpace said he was going to compete, Snell signed up for a half marathon, as well. “I didn’t believe him at first,” she said. “I didn’t really think he was going to go through with it.” As for herself? “It was going to be one-and-done. A beautiful monstrosity!”

    In part, her one-and-done mentality came from always finding herself bored with fitness activities after a short period of time. She also felt that runners were, as she put it, “nuts.” “How can someone be happy running? But you don’t understand the insanity until you’re there,” she explained. “And running is the one activity that I haven’t gotten bored with.”

    Snell began where many of us do when trying a new activity: Google. She read about running strategies, couch to 5 and 10k programs, and downloaded an app, Runkeeper, in hopes that these would help her train. But it wasn’t easy. “The couch to half marathon programs assume that you already have a three mile run base and go from there. I didn’t have that.”

    This was how, early one morning, Snell found herself running at a local track, where she happened to meet members of a local chapter of Black Girls Run. The program, Snell says, was a “lifesaver.” “I was focusing on my stride, and they told me to focus on my breath instead. I needed to learn to walk and breathe first.” The advice was eye-opening, and the group support was indispensable. It wasn’t just the encouragement from others, but learning about others’ motivation for running that kept Snell motivated. “Asking people, ‘why do you run?’ and hearing their stories” was incredibly helpful. “The pavement becomes a form of therapy,” Snell told us, when you learn that everyone has their own challenges. One challenge that many of the women shared was finding time to run amidst busy work and personal lives. Snell, a mother with an active freelance career, struggled with work-life balance. The group runs, she maintains, “gave me permission to take time for running.” They “eliminated any excuses” she’d given herself about why she couldn’t fit running into her schedule. Training together also took away the stigmas Snell faced running as a curvy African-American woman.

    Surviving a Marathon

    Fast forward a few years, and Snell found herself preparing for her third NYC Marathon, just weeks after another marathon in Chicago. She had gotten a late start training that year, and began to notice her pace dropping all the way from 13 to 16 minute miles. What was going on? “I found out I was pregnant,” Snell told us. That wasn't about to keep her from running two marathons. But a few months before race day in New York City, Snell miscarried a set of twins.

    Snell had leveraged personal challenges as motivation before. When her young son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes just after her first half-marathon, Snell found inspiration in her son’s perseverance: “If my son can go through this, I can push through these longer distances and train for a marathon.” In the fall of 2015, Snell completed her first New York City Marathon.

    Snell continued to push herself as an athlete, taking encouragement from other areas of her life. Being a working mom, “there are no days off. My entire life is a marathon,” Snell reminds herself. Running a road race began to seem like just another version of things she was already doing--and doing well.   It was also therapeutic for her. “It gave me an escape. I could mentally check out on the road.”

    The marathons after her miscarriages were different. In light of them, running had begun to seem superfluous. “I remember thinking, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore. I’m over this entire thing.’” But her friends stood behind her and encouraged her. After all, she’d already paid for the races and trained. Why not just run them and finish strong? “So I said to myself that this would be my last hurrah.” The day of the marathon, she began to reconsider her decision to make this race her last. “Maybe I’ll stay with running,” she recalls herself thinking. That was before the heckler in her 23rd mile.

    “I’d been there before, just online,” she says. Online, Snell regularly encounters those she’s nicknamed “keyboard warriors.” Rather than lashing back, she always tries to ask why someone would be compelled to harass her. The goal is not to hurl insults in retaliation, but to start a conversation. “There’s no lesson to be learned when there’s no conversation.” Conversation is precisely what Snell is after. But there was no opportunity for conversation or engagement with the men’s voice that accosted her anonymously from the crowd. So Snell took to the internet to begin a somewhat different conversation: rather than talking with the heckler, she would talk about him and begin conversations with others.


    Telling Her Story and Changing the Conversation

    After she wrote about her experience at the NYC Marathon for The Root and Runner’s World, other runners began to step forward to detail their own harassment. This experience has been instructive for Snell, confirming the power of sharing not just her successes, but negative aspects of her journey, too. She uses social media, including her Twitter and Instagram accounts and her blog, “Running Fat Chef,” as platforms not only to rejoice in her victories but to be honest about her failures as well as the negative side of moving through the world as a curvy woman. “People assume that you’re supposed to take insults as constructive feedback and just be quiet,” Snell said. “But if nobody talks about these things, we’ll never be able to break the cycle, because silence lets people off the hook. So I don’t sugarcoat or hide my feelings.” But it’s more than just speaking her truth. “When we’re transparent and honest, it gives other people the opportunity to be transparent, too.” Change happens when everyone can be real about their own experiences.

    Snell, in neon green tee and tutu, smiles into the camera mid-marathon Image courtesy of L. Shauntay Snell

    That’s not to say Snell advocates bearing everything. She’s sometimes selective about what hits her blog or Instagram, remembering that self-care is not just about getting exercise or eating well. “You also have to take care of your mental health,” she points out. Snell follows what she has dubbed “airplane instructions”: put on your own oxygen mask before helping others.

    But telling her story is important because Snell uses it to work against toxic stereotypes about women’s bodies. Women are expected to “follow the rules of a ‘normal’ size,” Snell explains, “and I use that word ‘normal’ in quotations because what’s normal is different in different places and cultures.” At the same time, Snell admits, “You don’t get rid of stigmas overnight,” either in your own mind or the minds of others. It’s a process.

    Telling her story is just one step in that process of changing minds. The other? Hitting the pavement to prove that athletes come in all sizes. Her next challenges include a 50K (yes, you read that right: 5-0!), another half marathon, and her first triathlon. Snell doesn’t let any obstacle stand in her way, including anyone’s idea of what runners and athletes should look like. Her take? “It would be a boring damn world if we all looked the same!”


  • Wellness Beyond the Gym: 3 Ways to Extend Your Workout

    Wellness doesn’t just happen in the gym. How we care for our bodies and our minds beyond the treadmill can make a huge difference in our overall well-being. Here are three ways to extend the benefits of your hard work beyond the gym:


    Feet of someone sleeping in bedGET ENOUGH SLEEP 

    The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend that adults get at least . But quality of sleep matters just as much, if not more, than quantity. And while most of us don’t get enough sleep, it causes more than just dark circles under our eyes. Getting less than seven hours of sleep a night can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseasehypertensiontype 2 diabetesimmune deficiency, and even weight gain.

    It won't surprise any of us that when we haven’t gotten enough sleep, our energy output is lower. However, our bodies compensate by making us seek energy from food as we try to stay awake. And while some extra food intake is necessary, when we have easy access to food and are running low on energy, we’re far more likely to over-compensate and eat too much.

    But how can you up the quality and quantity of your Z’s to improve overall wellness? Here’s a few suggestions:

    1. Keep on schedule. Going to sleep at the same time every night and waking up at the same time helps your body get in a rhythm, which makes it easier to fall asleep and wake up.
    2. Give yourself space. Power down devices and turn off your TV. Blue light from these screens have been shown to keep us awake
    3. Limit caffeine intake. Caffeine has a lasting effect on our sleep rhythms and can lessen the quality of our sleep.

    Not sure if you’re getting enough sleep? Researchers at Harvard created this online game to test your reaction time.



    stacked rocks with skyline in backgroundJust as most of us could use more sleep, many of us would benefit from de-stressing. Stress can cause a range of physical and mental health problems and can compound over time, and even over generations.

    One way to improve your psychological and physical wellness is through meditation or mindfulness practices. (They can also help you during your workout!) If you’re an iPhone or Apple Watch user, check out a free meditation app from Blue Cross Blue Shield called Centered. The app offers multiple guided meditation practices of varying lengths to help you on your mindfulness journey!



    If you tremble at the thought of being a vegetarian, don't worry! You don’t have to completely cut meat out of your diet to gain serious health benefits. According to researchers at Harvard, eliminating meat one day a week has a measurable impact on your health. More importantly, the foods you eat instead of that steak, like legumes, nuts, and fish, are rich in nutrients like protein, fiber, iron, and potassium, and vitamin E.

    Need some recipe ideas? Check out these recipes for salmon and these for legumes!


    What wellness practices have you been adopting lately? Let us know in the comments section!


  • Want to Try Curvy Yoga? 4 Poses to Get You Started

    Two Women doing yoga poses in Lola Getts gear

    Ready to try yoga, but worried about whether you can do some of those poses? Here's four beginner-level yoga poses with modifications that keep your curves in mind.



    Downward facing dog is a core yoga pose, and an easy one to learn if you're just beginning. This modified downward facing dog is perfect if you're practicing at home. All you'll need is a yoga mat and a wall.

    Come into Child’s Pose by tucking your legs under your bum and extending your arms on the floor in front of you. Your toes should just be touching the baseboard. Lift your hips until your bum is in the air, but your shins are still on the ground. Use your thigh muscles to raise yourself up into an upside-down V, but instead of keeping your feet flat on the ground, rest your heels on the wall while the balls of your feet are on the floor. This little bit of elevation takes the stress off of your hamstrings.



    Feeling wobbly during warrior? Find a folding chair and turn it upside-down with the seat toward you. Step “through” the chair and use the legs to help yourself balance. Be sure to toss a towel over any bars between the chair’s legs to keep things soft (you can also use this to rest your thigh for additional support).



    Forward fold, along with downward facing dog, are two of the key poses in a sun salutation (another pose, Upward Salute, is pictured below). Instead of keeping your legs straight and folding over at your waist, try bending your knees just slightly. Only bend forward as much as you feel able. As with the modified downward dog, bending your knees will put less stress on your hamstrings.

    Woman doing sun salutation in Lola Getts gear


    The lunge can also pose some balance problems for beginners. To help keep your balance and be kind to your knees, get a towel and place it on the floor under your knee. Instead of holding your hands above your head, place them on your knees. You’ll still get a good stretch without feeling out of balance.


    Do you have any go-to modifications for your yoga practice? Tell us in the comments!


    And for more on Curvy Yoga, check out our Lola Girl, Natasha Nurse!
  • 8 Ways to Make Your Activewear Last Longer

    Quality workout clothes should always help you perform your best. But how do you keep your activewear in tip-top shape? Here are eight easy ways to lengthen the life of your gear, keep colors bright, and fabric fresh.


    To help your activewear retain its stretch longer, don’t throw it in a hot dryer. Excess heat not only weakens fabric over time, but it can also bake in gym stink. Try drying on low heat or, to make your leggings last even longer, hang them to dry on a drying rack. If the weather is warm and sunny, consider hanging them outside. Just be sure to turn them inside out. Sunshine kills bacteria, but it can also fade colors!



    Detergent makes a difference! Look for detergents made especially for activewear. Our favorites are Tide Plus Febreze Odor Defense, HEX Advanced Laundry Detergent Free + Clear, and Persil ProClean Power Liquid 2-in-1. Also, be sure to use the recommended amount. More detergent isn’t always better. In fact, using too much can leave a residue that actually attracts grime.



    Fabric softeners can also leave a residue on your gear. These products work by coating fibers with chemicals that make clothes feel soft, but also prevent fabrics from performing the way they’re supposed to. To maintain your gear’s stretchiness and sweat-wicking abilities (and to keep chemicals off your skin while you’re working out) skip the fabric softener.



    If you want to keep your gear fresh, stretchy, and soft, head for your kitchen cabinet. Adding ½ cup of vinegar or baking soda to the wash helps eliminate stains and odors while boosting the power of your detergent. Vinegar cuts through invisible stains from sweat, dead skin cells, deodorant, sebum, and even excess detergent that can build up on activewear and prevent it from wicking sweat. Baking soda absorbs odors and softens your water, boosting your detergent’s cleaning power.


    The dark, damp space of your gym bag is an ideal breeding ground for stinky bacteria. Yuck! Instead of leaving sweaty clothes in your bag, either wash them immediately or hang them on a hook by the washing machine to let them dry.



    Washing your gear in cold water will help maintain the fabric’s stretch and keep colors vibrant. If you notice your workout wear is getting a bit smelly, try a 20-minute cool water pre-soak immediately after your workout or a warmer wash with cold rinse. Plus, washing in cold water is eco-friendly!



    Sweat and other stains builds up on the inside of your activewear. Turning your gear inside out before washing targets the dirtiest spots.



    Most of us hand wash or use laundry bags for our regular bras. Do the same for your sports bras! You can also remove cups from bras if possible to get them cleaner and help them retain their shape longer.


    Following these easy care steps will help keep your activewear performing at its best so you can, too.

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  • Curvy Yoga with Natasha!

    Whether you are just starting on your fitness journey or you want to try something new, we want to support you by bringing you more inspiring stories and experiences from our strong amazing Lola Girls!

    Follow our Lola Girl, Natasha Nurse from Dressing Room 8 on her journey as she embarks on curvy yoga. Watch the video below!

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  • Lola Getts on Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch!

    Our episode of Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch airs TODAY! We are so proud to have been a part of this amazingly innovative series sponsored by Entrepreneur, Sprint and Indiegogo.  Watch Episode 11 below and please back us on Indiegogo!

    Don't forget, for a limited time, you can get our NEW Lola High Rise leggings for only $49 as a special thank you for supporting us and our mission.

    Thank you for giving our brand a purpose!


  • 4 Tricks to Avoid Post-Halloween Candy Temptations

    Halloween has come and gone but the candy-in-bulk is still here to stay for the rest of the year. It's easy to say "out of sight, out of mind" when it comes to the temptation of eating candy but  not so easy to practice when you're left staring at bags of Halloween treats because you bought too much, your co-workers' candy bowls are still at their desks or, if you're a parent, your kids' Halloween haul is flaunted in front of you.  Nothing can sabotage your fit and wellness journey more than a post-Halloween candy-binge. We'd all like to go cold-turkey, but for those of us who can't here are a few tricks to help you avoid the temptation or at least keep it at bay.

    1.  Eat Slower - Mindless candy eating is a thing, especially when you have a bowl full of snack-size treats. Try switching it up and opening the wrappers and eating with your non-dominant hand (If you are right-handed, eat with your left-hand). Research shows that just by slowing it down, you can decrease what you consume by about 30%!
    2. Drink Water -  Water stops a lot of cravings so keep your hands and your mouth busy by having a glass or bottle water handy. Maybe even put a water pitcher and cup by the candy bowl and commit to drinking a glass before you grab for that piece of chocolate.
    3. Keep Your Mouth Minty Fresh - Don't you hate it when you eat something that ruins your perfectly clean-teeth-feeling after you brush them? Try brushing your teeth or gargle with mouth wash when you want to grab for a piece of candy.
    4. Get Your Sugar Fix A Healthy Way - Keep that sugar craving at bay by incorporating healthier sugars in your meals - half a banana or raisins with your cereal, fresh fruit throughout the day or keep it festive into the holiday season with some hot cider. We guarantee it has less sugar than those fun-size chocolate bars.



  • Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch is Airing Today!


    It's finally here! The very first episode of Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch is airing today on  and we couldn't be more excited.  The streaming show will air on and is presented by Entrepreneur, Sprint Business & Indiegogo

    For those who don't know what this show is about, Entrepreneurs have 60 seconds to explain their business concept in an elevator as it ascends to the executive floor. If the investors like their pitch, the entrepreneur is sent up to the boardroom, if not, they are sent back down.

    But the best part is, the viewers can ALSO help fund the ideas and support the entrepreneurs through Indiegogo campaigns set up in tandem with their show appearance! You can follow the campaigns featured on the show by going here!

    Lola Getts will be riding the elevator on November 15!

    So mark your calendars and stay tuned!

    It's an addictive, innovative and ground-breaking show and we are so fortunate to be a part of it! You can watch the streaming show by going here. Or you can watch the first episode below!

  • Running Tips for Beginners

    We know running can be intimidating, especially for curvier women for a number of reasons. One of which is feeling vulnerable and judged by how we move and the fear we are not "doing it right." We're here to assure you that you can do it.

    Everyone has that fear that they are too slow or they will never be able to complete even one mile. And yes, run-walking still makes you a runner! You'll find that the running community is very inclusive and supportive. And heck, you may have a great time doing it!

    If you want to start running, but don't know where to begin, we have some tips below to start for the curvy runner:

    Get the right gear!

    Running is technically free, but there are 3 main essentials you need to start off:

    1. A great pair of running shoes. This is probably no.1. A great pair of running shoes will drastically improve the way you run and help to prevent injury. If you can, go to a running store to get your gait anayzed. They will observe how you run on a treadmill and advise on the best shoe for you based on your running style.
    2. A sturdy sports bra. A heavy duty sports bra is your best friend during a run. One of the best that we have found that our Lola Getts community uses quite often is Enell. They are truly worth the money.
    3.  An amazing outfit! This of course is where we come in :D Our clothes are meant to stay in place no matter what activity you are doing. Since all our clothes are fit first on a real size 16 curvy model, you know the fit is designed for you. You don't have to worry about adjusting your clothes constantly during your run.

    Form Over Speed

    There is no need for speed especially when you are only racing yourself. Remember you are running for you and not anyone else.  Focus on your form so you stay injury free. In fact you should start at a slower pace than you feel you need to go in the beginning so you can complete your workout.

    Our friends at runkeeper have a wonderful beginners running program on their app you can use to start.

    Listen to your body

    If you are running with more weight, the most important thing you can do is to listen to your body. Do not ignore a potential injury to salvage your pride. If you feel like your joints or ankles may be at risk, take it easy or slow your pace.

    Anti-Chafing Products are Your Friends

    The satisfaction of a good run is hampered a bit by the pain of chafing. Body glide may be the go to for most runners. Apply it between the thighs, under-boobs, your back, inner-arms or anywhere else you may need it right before you go running.


    We hope this helps on your fit journey! Remember that it's not a competition and that you are doing this for you and not anyone else. Happy running!

  • How to Meditate for Fitness: Practical Tips for Beginners

    By now you already know all the benefits of meditation on your lifestyle and overall health. But did you know it can help you during exercise and can help you reach your fitness goals? Yup! Meditation is great because it:

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