Luens Ride To Conquer Cancer

ride to conquer cancer shirtThe Ride to Conquer Cancer recently took place in Auckland and Big Love Activewear’s co-owner, Luen Wong, took part. I asked her what it was like to do a 200km in 2 days bike ride, as that level of energy and endurance is awe inspiring to me. (I struggle to maintain 3 walks a week at the moment!)

About the event

The 2 day event was open to anyone who wanted to participate and funds raised went to support groundbreaking cancer research at the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre. The Ride took place on the 15th and 16th of November and Auckland treated the event to a range of weather conditions as only Auckland can! Starting at the Ellerslie Racing Club in Remuera and, via Maraitai ends in Pukekohe on the first day. After an overnight camp, they set off again to complete day two. The second day they head north again via Clark’s Beach, through Mangere bridge and finishing at Ellerlie once more.

Luen’s Ride

It was an emotional start for Luen, the cause of fighting cancer touches a personal nerve. She wasn’t the only one feeling moved as the opening speech at Ellerslie moved all of the riders as they sped off. Not a dry eye in the house. The weather on Saturday was not brilliant, it was windy and overcast although the rain didn’t set in until the final 20kms when a hard and gruelling ride became a grim fight to stay on course. The wind was so bad there was no coasting down hills – it was hang on tight and pedal like mad to keep the bike upright.

The camp – well it was pouring down at this stage and Luen eyed the tiny tent she was going to have the share the night in – with a perfect stranger, and decided to pass on the opportunity to get to know a new person in a rather novel way. Her brother lived locally so she gratefully accepted the offer of overnight accommodation. Next morning and facing another 100km Luen confessed there was a temptation to catch up on the ride half way through, but these thoughts passed. The first 25km were hard, she says, as they travelled to Clark’s Beach, but after that she seemed to find that second wind and cycled through the last 75km in beautiful weather. However at the news that the finish line was 1km away she confessed that she and another rider were overcome with relief and emotion. The cheering that the cycling heroes received at the finish line was so well deserved, what an incredible effort guys! (And by guys I mean guys of both sexes.)

Product Plug

On the cold and miserable Saturday, Luen was wearing the Coolweather Tights that Big Love Activewear supplies (will be restocking soon), and she remarked how well they performed, good coverage of the sitting bones, nice and wide she said. Great to hear that she endorses our own products. Luen puts her money where her mouth is in more ways than one!




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!



Real Womens 2012 Series is underway!

The Real Womens 2012 series is underway and I had a great day last Sunday(Feb 12th). My friend Alison and I decided to participate in the first of the Real Womens Duathlon series at Ambury Park, last minute entry of course, no foward planning here!

It rained. Just a little at first. Then it bucketed down right at the end. Nice.

We had a terrific time. Really.This is such a great event. It is not designed for athletes. It is designed for real women. First you run/walk, then you ride your bike, then you do another little run/walk. No winners, no losers, just participants. You are well supported by the organisers and the volunteers who line the routes.

You can enter as an individual,or as a team of 2 or 3. Thanks Jane Patterson. I like the philosophy of this series. I liked hearing the  heart warming stories of the real women who had overcome huge obstacles to participate for the first time, and to hear of one lady who has participated in every event since the series started, we’re talking 6 years here!

It was wonderful to see kids running out at the end to support their Mum/Sister/Cousin and run the last 100 metres with them, smiles all round! You got a goody bag, a flash new shirt, a yummy breakfast and a fair chance to win one of many great spot prizes, including a really cool bike.

It was well worth the drenching.

Don’t put it off, grab a friend and love the experience!  Real Women’s Duathlon Series

Happy Frivolous New Year!

 I say ‘frivolous’ quite a lot and  prefer the definition from the merrian-webster  dictionary a : of little weight or importance b : having no sound basis (as in fact or law) <a frivolouslawsuit>. 2. a : lacking in seriousness.

It probably sums up what I have to say most of the time, and I’m happy with that. I like the word.

Well here we are people, one week in to the New Year(what?? already??) how about those resolutions aye? Holding up still? Or were they just Frivolous Resolutions spoken with the utmost sincerity from a generally clear thinking brain that has been infused with a couple of glasses of chardonnay? I know some of my best intentions have happened while I have been in this state, and one(he had many!) of my father’s most favourite sayings to me was….”Lu, The road to hell is paved with good intentions”.

I have decided not to go to hell this year, I have decided to go to a place where I am happy, I will have a healthy weight, I will have a  place where I can grow things for us to eat, and I will go to places on my bike, everyday. These are not resolutions.

I will continue to say mostly frivolous stuff this year, like I said, I am happy with that. But I sincerely wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

And here is something that is right up there in frivolousness…

What is the single best thing we can do for our health?








What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

Warning: This video is more than 9 minutes long, please ensure that you have 9 minutes of uninterrupted time to spare, I would not want you to miss a word that is being said plus this guy talks flat out too….


Consistency with exercise is key….good information is GOLD

1. Consistency with exercise is key. Don’t stress about staying motivated because motivation comes and goes. (Yes! It is so true!!) Just be consistent in your training and clean eating.

2. Check in with all the stories that you use to avoid exercising and eating well. When you see them for what they are , you’ll be able to make positive life changes.

3. Dont negotiate with your self about exercising and dont make deals with yourself to give yourself a reason not to train. It’s not complicated- simply get your runners on and get out the door. Dont think about it just do it!

4. Dont over-intellectualise your training. It’s not rocket science, its just exercise. The key is not what you do, but how much effort you put into doing it, so go hard in your workouts.

5. Become a habit creator. Replace your bad habits – buying chocolate every time you buy petrol, never exercising on the weekends – with good ones. Always keep an apple in the car, ready for when you need petrol, or meet a friend for a Saturday morning power walk.

Taken from AWW(August 2011). The story is called Michelle Inc. She is, Michelle Bridges, personal trainer on the Biggest Loser Australia. These are her tips from that story. Brilliant just Brilliant!

Motivation vs Food

In my case, there is no versus, I am motivated by food. How else did I become plus size? The heading should read Motivation + Exercise = Food. Thats how it works for me. I love to ride my bike, on a Sunday morning you can always get me out of my warm bed, and on to my bike if you tell me we are stopping off at a cafe for breakfast! It’s a little less appealing if I am presented with, come on love, it will only take us a couple of hours and then you can come home and jump back in to that warm cosy bed if you want!! OH PULLEEZZ, what kind of a deal is that?? Where’s the french toast in that sentence??!! Jokes aside, whatever motivates you to get out and get some exercise, you must find it. It is not good to be overweight, but it is even worse to be overweight and unfit.You really MUST get moving.(I know, you know!) Start walking, it doesnt matter if you dont like it. It’s possibly the only thing you can do immediately and there is no cost involved, therefore giving you absolutely no excuse not to do it. Just start, find 10 minutes, and do it. Dont use the excuse that you dont have the right shoes either, wear jandals if you have to! Just make a start.Then come home and have a yummy…..shower!?!

Tommorow I will present you with your list of excuses and my list of responses, you can’t out fox an old fox….written with (big)love xx

September Blues

OK so you know you want to get walking. September is coming and you know how everyone goes crazy with the anticipation of summer. I didn’t always get that excited because I knew that while I loved the longer days and warmer temperatures I always had those dreaded nagging thoughts in the back of my mind, “Rats, I have to get fit, I have to lose 300kgs in 2 months,I have to buy summer clothes(or not!) maybe shorts [Read more…]