April 2017. Lets get cracking….its nearly Easter!

Its the new Financial Year, and perhaps an opportunity to re-set New Year goals?

Now, I am not one to go on about the virtue of goal setting. I dont set them, I dont like them. Even talking about ‘them’ leaves me cold. (well that is a bit of a lie, every now and again I have a go, but really its just ink on a page…) However, I am surrounded by ‘goal-setters’ and ‘goal-writer-downers’ but not me, I am more of your ‘hey-that-is-a good-idea-lets-do-that’ type, heard of me types? Maybe you are one too, high five! I am the ultimate Ive Got A Good Idea Girl!

So, that said, here is my good idea for the rest of 2017. I am going to write 6 blogs(or heading/topics)today. That way I will be able to post a minimum of once a month until September. By then I will have hit my stride and inspiring messages will fall out of my head, semi-assembled and I will share them with you. Another good idea I have, I will not post this until the other 5 are part-written. I know, I know, the brilliance of it. Move over Tony Robbins.

I am pleased to say that my absence from social media does not reflect my responsibility or passion that I have for BigLove Activewear. Women from all over NZ continue to find us and we are able to suit them up. I love it! Recently I asked a new customer if she had just started biking, “Oh no, she said, but this is the first time Ive bought clothes that actually fit, usually I just put up with what I can get.” This brought it all back to me, the inspiration of BigLove, providing activewear that actually fits, and not have to make do with!

That said, I am going to sign off now. There is much to do at “Good Ideas HDQ’. Order some more stock(sorry, we are low!!), seek out a Womens Expo we can attend(any ideas??)and focus on those blogs.  Until next month…Luen

I’m not a waif-y girl and never will be. I think it’s healthy when fitness experts encourage fitness rather than getting a certain body shape. – Sophia Bush

Loving the activewear Lola Getts girls!

Its been a while since we started stocking the activewear Lola Getts makes in the States, but it has proven extremely popular. We love her attitude, designing really nice looking gear for the curvy girls. They use real sized girls for models and design for the curves not against them! We are proud to be the New Zealand retailer of their fine garments.

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Lola Getts was created on real women with real curves. We use a real plus size model to fit all our styles. We use some of the finest fabrics that give you staying power and performance for long lasting wear. We use flat lock stitching to provide more comfort and less chafing. No dreaded camel toe with our diamond shaped crotch. Lola Getts is also designed, created, and sent to you from the USA!

Now for those not familiar with the phrase ‘camel toe’ we found a video on Youtube with a song that explains it. (Not for the prudish – pictures are PG13 words are a little more…um…risque).

Here are some of the products we have in stock.


Plus Sized Activewear

Finding Plus Sized Activewear

It is difficult to find clothing that is comfortable to wear when exercising especially if you are plus sized!  For a start the waist bands can roll, and clothing not stretch so well or cause chafing in all the wrong places.  So where does one start?  Well the internet is a great source for finding clothing and footwear however it can be difficult figuring out the size charts and making sure that you get the right size or else you may find yourself posting it back.

Make sure the website you find has a good size chart with measurements for each brand of clothing as they can differ in sizes which makes it very frustrating especially when you are ordering online.

Finding good quality activewear that stretches well to your body shape and holds its form after regular washing is important.   Having a Lycra content will ensure it stretches.  Look out for poorly made products which have flooded the market.

Make sure if you are just embarking on a new exercise routine that you also have quality footwear and innersoles/cushioning for support.  Exercise can be intimidating to start with.  Start with walking and build up your time and speed.  Make sure it feels good to you and you enjoy it.  There are many different activities you could try.  We’ll start with an easy one.

Walking.  Whether it is walking the dog,  taking the kids to the park or exploring new areas, walking to the shops, these capris are perfect for you and oh so comfortable around the tummy and on sale now at $50!  Yes they’re available at our online store.


You can check them out here from Big Love Activewear







So get out there and get active!



Antiflamme – Natures Kiss

Antiflamme – Natures Kiss

We were enjoying some beautiful crisp Autumn days but the weather has deteriorated as the month has gone on! May’s newsletter has taken a few weeks to compose – where does the time go? If you haven’t read it yet, head to our Facebook page.  Don’t forget to like us too.

Antiflamme is the product to help you with muscle aches/strains and works naturally to help get you active again.  Enriched with arnica, hypericum, calendula and peppermint – just what you need in the bathroom cabinet.

Available to purchase on our website here http://bigloveactivewear.co.nz/shop/natures-kiss-anti-flamme/ you can pick up a pot for just $28.99.

Check out our range of sportswear for plus sizes.  If you don’t see what you are looking for, email us.
Keep Active!


April Newsletter

An early morning walk this morning, (ok so it was 9am and not so early) was all I needed to put pen to paper and start my short newsletter to you this month. I love walking – it helps me to think through and plan my day plus think through any issues that need solving oh and many new ideas are developed!

This month I found an interesting article for you to read which I recommend you print out and put on your fridge. “Post Work- Out Foods You Can and Should Eat For Recovery”. Thanks to

Yes, I’ve stuck it to my fridge too so everytime I get home from a walk or a ride, I am reminded now of alternative snacks I can eat post exercise instead of perhaps the odd biscuit or cake….. (yip I was guilty)…

Your product review this month is “A Bit Attitude” Capris. Ever had a pair of pants that the elastic at the waist twists and becomes annnoying inside the waistband? Well these ones don’t. Check them out.

To read the full newsletter go to http://mad.ly/be2ba3

Thank you for shopping with us over the past year. Thank you for following us on our Facebook Page and finally Thank you for being you!

Keep active. Luen

What a fantastic summer!

autumn imageThat’s our latest newsletter done and dusted ….. read it online here for a yummy lunch recipe, something to keep you active and a product review of our most comfortable shorts. Get your fix here….. http://mad.ly/acf293

Merry Christmas, and Welcome Lola Getts Active to New Zealand!

I’m not feeling too “christmasee” this year, how about you? Personally I will be glad when the big day has passed and life can resume to just a semi-chaotic state, thats how I prefer it.

Anyway enough grinch talk, I am rudely raving on when I should be introducing a wonderful new range to BigLove, another,  all the way from the US of A…..drum roll please…..Lola Getts Active.  At last, a range of cross functional activewear for the woman who celebrates her curves, and busy lifestyle!

I had a lengthy conversation with Jodi, co-owner of Lola Getts, and among other things I asked her what had prompted her to design plus size activewear. She said that while she and her friends worked out at gym they noticed that there just wasn’t a choice of fashionable workout clothing for the bigger ‘gals’ .(loved her accent, its kinda southern…)So they put their combined talents and experience together and have come up with this stylish plus size activewear range. They used a real plus size model to create the original patterns, so the garments have true plus size shape as well as style. I loved her philosophy as well, which is exactly the same as my own, we are not all a regular size, but it is important to exercise, and keep fit. Now you can, and look really sharp too!!

So Merry Christmas y’all, check out the new range, there will be more coming in the New Year, email with any questions you may have, be safe, be cool, keep on movin’ and have some fun!!

Plus Size Shorts for Women on Sale NOW!


This Deal* – Buy 1 pair of plus size workout shorts and get 50% off the 2nd pair.

The 3 Easy Steps to get This Deal –


some absolutely free stuff that comes with This Deal!

  • a luxurious sample of New Zealand grown lavender soap
  • a nutritional fact sheet with great ideas and tips on everyday food
  • a 20% discount voucher off your next purchase

Your plus size shorts will be delivered right to your door(or any door you chose)and we offer a no questions asked returns policy if you change your mind(see our hassle free returns policy here).

I do not want to go out shopping, it is too cold! Keep life simple, shop from home(or work lol).These plus size shorts are branded ‘bike shorts’ but we chose to call them ‘work-out’ shorts as they have no chamois, so not so comfortable on the old bicycle seat. You might like to call them your ‘vacuuming’ shorts, or your ‘zumba’ shorts or….the best pair of exercise  shorts I have ever owned! That is a regular comment we get. Made of 90% cotton and 10% percent lycra they wash and wear beautifully(except with towels…first hand experience here grrr!). These shorts are made in the USA by the same company that supply to the Biggest Loser show, oh yeah!

Why the * above?? Because there will be more deals coming soon! Warm your fingers and get clicking right now, you will be dancing around your lounge room to Abba before you know it!


Come on, eat up all those exercise calories!

Come on, eat up those exercise calories! Did you ever get that statement at the dinner table? I think not. It was more likely one of these… you are not leaving the table until that plate is empty….there are starving children in Africa…. if you eat all your dinner you can have some ice cream….and on and on we could go! Do you say these words, or similar, to your kids now? When kids say they are not hungry, generally they are not hungry(unless you are trying to make them eat tripe). Even now as an informed adult when I am not hungry,and I really want to eat something,  I still will. Bad huh.  I am from the above dinner time generation. Shame. Guilt. Eat. Recently my friend posted this video of herself talking about her weight loss journey. It is her personal  honesty that I resonate with here, and I am sure we can all relate in some way. Our relationship with eating food coupled with our lack of knowledge of what is required to burn it off  has had a devastating effect on many of us today. My Fitness Pal has been a great tool for Alison(I know there are other similar sites too)and as she explains about the food diary and exercise for calories you can perhaps understand what and why we have been doing wrong all these years. So the moral of this story? Exercise for calories, then only eat  the calories you got from the exercise. For me….simple plan, slow learner!


Bariatric Surgery – Yes or No?

Bariatric surgery is the generic term for the weight loss surgery. It does not mean a specific option that you can choose, for example, gastric banding, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy. Bariatric surgery seems to be continually evolving and there are probably even more options than these.

Before going ahead with any operation there is a lot of  information to wade through, weeks and months pass before taking the plunge, plus interviews and tests and pre-op diets and all that pyschological torment to deal with. Plus, if all that is not  bad enough, you have the well meaning opinions of your family, friends, workmates and maybe your personal trainer to consider! Oh god help me!! Give me a sign, hit me on the head with a coconut or something!!

I have myself over the years considered ‘going under the knife’ as they say, but at the end of the day, bottom line, to coin a few well worn cliches….I am a chicken!  I have always had the opportunity to keep myself reasonably physically fit, and although I will  always be a big girl, this is my decision. However, I have met many many people who have had a weight-loss operation, and I am happy to report all of them have not regretted the decision. But, I know there are people who have not had such a happy time, it’s weird that I haven’t actually met anyone who has had a bad experience, just heard from others.

If you have taken the bariatric way, and are losing weight steadily and find yourself looking for some great exercise wear, I cannot recommend highly enough the Power Legs that are available here. Either in the shorts or full leg, these are  tight fitting pants with a high lycra content that forces  blood to circulate, removes perspiration away from your skin and keeps your muscles warm, all while you exercise! Dare I mention the taboo subject of “loose skin??”, oops too late, Ive said it! These are the ultimate friend to this little problem xx

If you’ve done it, I am in awe. I hope it has been everything you wanted. I believe you must still exercise and diet to help the kilos  come off….two words…POWER LEGS!