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Chardline and Orville Joseph for Rockland Trust

Relationships that Matter

In Fitness & Health, Inspiration, Uncategorized

This post is sponsored by Rockland Trust. But as always, my opinions are 1000% my own.


Chardline and Orville Joseph for Rockland Trust

As a part two to last week’s posts, I thought it would be fitting for me to open up about how much I value the relationships in my life. As humans, we form lots of relationships. Whether it is with school teachers, gym trainers, financial advisors, family, friends, etc., we place value in all of these relationships because we understand the trust and loyalty that binds us. One relationship that I love to brag about is with my trainer turned best friend, OJ.

 

OJ epitomizes the definition of a best friend. I do not know a single person who is more present in my life than he is…well after my mom of course. When I first started blogging, he supported my entrepreneurial endeavors. Even if he was the only man submerged in a sea of ladies at my events, he never complained. He merely observed and smiled. Apart from being physically being present in my life, he’s always been the perfect person to mentally balance me out. While I tend to be a paranoid or anxious person, he’s always there to remind me to calm down. And on the flip side, when I complained to him that I couldn’t climb to the top of a mountain, he was right there pushing me along the way…and this isn’t a figure of speech either. He actually helped me climb to the top of two mountains.

Our relationship isn’t complicated or knows many boundaries. I don’t think there’s anything I have a hard time telling him. Our trust and candid talks is what binds us closer. When others started to notice that I gained 100 pounds, they quietly said, “Chardline, you are getting bigger.” But when OJ noticed he said, “Alright when I’ve completed personal training school, I am going to design you a program to help you with your fitness goals…” He never attacks me or makes me feel like I am doing something wrong…unless it’s a roast session. That boy can roast!  Instead, he picks up on certain patterns and behaviors and asks how I am doing.

 

Chardline and Orville Joseph for Rockland Trust

I can go on and on about my relationship with OJ, but the truth is I am choking up over here. And OJ knows this. I always let him know when I appreciate his friendship. Whether it’s a simple “I love you” or saving him food, we celebrate our relationship in awesome ways! We’ve already traveled from coast to coast; I wonder where life will take us now.

Both OJ and I were discussing how it’s time “grown-up moves” in our lives. While we have our sights on starting our own families and buying homes, we recognized the importance of building relationships with people and institutions that will help us actualize these goals. Being Massachusetts natives, we started looking into Rockland Trust. When I learned about a bank that focuses its mantra on building meaningful relationships with their customers, it didn’t take much for me to want to learn more. Rockland Trust is a bank that offers a wide of banking, investment, and insurance services to people like me.

I never thought I would experience the day where I can compare one of my most meaningful relationships in my life to a bank that can help me actualize my short-term and long-term goals. I value the relationships in my life and I am happy to know that Rockland Trust does the same for its consumers. I’ve banked with other institutions but I’ve never experienced a bank that is committed to helping me be a better Chardline, just like OJ is.

Interested in learning about Rockland Trust? Head to Rockland Trust’s website, where you can learn more about their services and even the philanthropic work they do. Also, follow their Instagram and Facebook for interactive posts and updates.

Give OJ a big hug for me if you see him in the streets!

Til next time,

Char!

 

Breast Cancer Awareness with Catherines’ Plus Size

In Fitness & Health, Inspiration

Since the inception of the blog, I would end October with a breast cancer awareness post. When I was 16 years old, I lost one of my aunts to breast cancer. The following year, I lost a close mentor to breast cancer. For as long as I could remember, my life has been surrounded by victors and angels who’ve battled breast cancer. And for my family, it especially hits close to home. Instead of educating each other about the BRCA gene, we avoided the subject altogether. With each person we have lost due to breast cancer, we grew more silent and, at times, isolated from each other. This is why every year I am committed to writing a post about breast cancer awareness! Today, I wanted to shed light on a brand that is dedicated to breast cancer awareness and finding a cure!

Catherines’ Plus Size, a clothing brand that caters to women sizes 16W-34W and 0X-5X, has partnered with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Throughout the entire month of October, Catherines will offer a limited-edition eight-piece BCRF capsule collection including activewear, sleepwear, fashion styles and a pink ribbon pin. 10% of all proceeds from this collection will be donated to BCRF. Along with the capsule collection, customers can contribute to the BCRF with our “register round-up” campaign. Customers making in-store purchases can be rounded up to the nearest dollar or amount of their choice, with the difference going to BCRF. Catherines is also introducing a coupon book, valid during the month of November, in return for a $5 donation.

And while my friends and family could not making it to a breast cancer walk due to familial hospitalizations, we still find ways to give back! I wanted to partner with my aunt who is a survivor of breast cancer, but life often has a way telling us to heal first. Even though we only have a few more days left in October, Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Catherines’ Plus Size work every day to give back to and look for the cure for breast cancer!

Check out their options; I am wearing the Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Tee!

 

Love you all,
Char.

Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Natural Deodorant Helped Me with Dermatitis

In Beauty, Fitness & Health

Thank you Tom’s of Maine for sponsoring this post.


As women, our bodies are always changing. Earlier this year, I had major hormone shifts that caused my body to react negatively to my everyday hygiene products. Soaps that I’ve been using for decades instantly caused my skin to break out in hives. Even body moisturizer caused my skin to dry out. But nothing was worse than developing dermatitis from using aluminum-based antiperspirant deodorants. In short, Dermatitis is when your skin becomes irritated by certain allergens. In my case, my aluminum-based antiperspirant deodorants caused a rash like condition under my arms. This would cause my arms to scratch and burn throughout the day. Actually, it got so bad that water would start to hurt. Enter: Tom’s of Maine’s Long Lasting Deodorant – a natural deodorant option with no aluminum or petrochemicals.

Deodorant is the most crucial part of a work woman’s day. I begin my day at 5 am by heading to the gym, then head to my 9-5, and then finish off with grad classes or blog work until 11 pm. With all the hustle and bustle of the day, your deodorant should be the number one reason why you feel and smell fresh. When my dermatologist recommended Tom’s of Maine Deodorant to me, I was skeptical. But when my doctor mentioned Tom’s of Maine uses natural fragrances, as opposed to synthetic,  I questioned whether it would last throughout the day. Nonetheless, I was desperate, and I knew I couldn’t keep using the antiperspirant I had home. After two days of usage, the redness and swelling under my arms started to go down. Ever since then, it’s been a match made in heaven. because I’ve had such a great experience with Tom’s of Maine after my dermatologist recommended it, I was delighted to partner with Tom’s of Maine to learn more about their Long Lasting Natural Deodorant. 

 

So why make the switch? The naturally derived ingredients in Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Natural Deodorant not only keep you feeling fresh throughout the day, but you can avoid artificial preservatives and other unwanted ingredients from being continually massaged into your pores.  It’s unfortunate that we are exposed to all types of pollution in the air and our food, so why put them on your body?

And as someone who considers herself an athlete, I constantly have a fear of my deodorant not being strong enough. Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Natural Deodorant is a long lasting deodorant that works just as hard as you do. Interested in learning more about my new favorite deodorant on the block? Head to Tom’s of Maine to see if it’s a fit for you! Always consult your doctor when making a change to your hygienic routine.

Til next time,

Char.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

 

15 days of TRILLFIT

In Body Positive, Fitness & Health

I know it’s been an entire month since I’ve written on here. And even though I’ve been low-key on the social front, I’m trying to get it together. I am a point in my life where I am blessed with opportunity, but my energy, zest, and enthusiasm seem to be low. The last time I’ve felt energized and on my P’s and Q’s was when I was consistently active.

When I used to attend Zumba classes 3x times a week, my energy was through the roof. I loved it! Aside with the intended weight loss benefits, my dealing with stress became easier. I knew that problems wouldn’t go away immediately, but for those 60 mins, I was focusing on myself! Also, I would finally fall asleep as soon as I hit the bed—and all my close friends know that this NEVER HAPPENS ANYMORE. I trainer maybe 5 or 8 times a month with OJ of OjFit_ but I wanted to take it up a notch! So, I’ve decided to put myself back into consistent activity with TRILLFIT!

What is TRILLFIT?

TRILLFIT

As seen in the Boston Globe, InStyle, NBC, and much more, TRILLFIT is Boston’s original hip-hop workout party. They believe that fitness should be fun, inclusive, and set to the illest soundtrack. Any class that endorses twerking is a class you should try! I’ve been to a couple of classes in the past when I’ve had time, and they were AMAZEBALLS! 

The classes they currently have are:

Sculpt- Our signature strength training class focuses on tightening and toning the whole body with an emphasis on booty work. Fusing elements of HIIT, core work, Pilates, and body weight exercises targeted towards arms, abs, legs, thighs, and butt, Sculpt will have you feeling the burn and looking back at it all damn day. We promise. Bring your own mat. All levels welcome.

TRILLFIT- Our signature dance class blends Beyonce-worthy choreography (we love a good twerk sesh) with multiple rounds of HIIT, to sweat your way to a tighter, toned body. Sneakers Required. All levels welcome

HIP HOP YOGA (my fave)- A slow flow vinyasa class that explores and deepens the connection between mind and body, while stretching and restoring the body from the inside out. Set to the sounds of DJ Nick Bishop spinning a live soundtrack of hip-hop and R&B, this class takes you deeper into your yoga practice with that same TRILLFIT spark. Be prepared to sweat and rejuvenate. Bring your own mat. All levels welcome.

…and more classes to come!

TRILLFIT

Check out this video of a Pop-up Class in LA. 

With that said, I am going to challenge myself to 15 days of TRILLFIT! Even though their classes conflict with my school classes, I am going to push myself to attend Trillfit between now and November 16th …at least 15 times! By doing this, I am hoping to regain that energy and zest for life again. I am also hoping to see these curves morph back into the old Chardline I once knew!

Want to join me? I am starting this Wednesday, and I really want you there! The first two people to email me ([email protected]) get to take one class ON ME!!! That’s right, if you’re in the Boston area, please come and get this work!!! Also, want to watch a few snippets from class during my 15 days of TRILLFIT? Make sure you head to my fitness IG account where I will introduce the magic that is TRILLFIT! I am going to post some progress pics along the way…so make sure you follow :).

Can’t wait to get this body moving! Head to TRILLFIT to sign up!! 

Til next time, Char.

Plus Size Mattress by Big Fig

The Big Fig Mattress: A Mattress for the Fuller Figure

In Fitness & Health

It’s one thing to find clothing and shoes that fully accommodate your size, but to find a mattress that is PERFECT for the fuller figure; that’s a unicorn. Ladies and Gentlemen, I’d like to introduce the Big Fig Mattress. When the team over at Big Fig reached out to me about conducting a review on the Big Fig mattress, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Plus Size Mattress by Big Fig

Sleep is one of the most underrated forms of healing. In my post entitled, Chardline Gets Ready for Grad School I talked about how busy my life is. I work a full-time career as a Fair Housing Investigator, I take night courses twice a week, I am the only person operating this blog, familial obligations never seem to stop, I go to the gym three times a week, and I spend many nights on long bus rides to New York and back.

Can you imagine what the physical toll this has taken on my body? As a plus size woman with lots of junk in the trunk, I often have pains that radiate from my lower back. Upon seeing a physical therapist, she asked me about my physical activity. I mentioned everything I stated above, and she told me how common this was for people my size. She talked about how being bottom heavy tends to add a strain to the back. It’s like a constant pulling down. After a two mile jog, the first place I would begin to feel discomfort is my back. And to make matters worse, this pain worsens as soon as I hit the bed! My back would often sink into the bed, and the lack of support would exacerbate the pain.

After 3 and half months with Big Fig, it takes me less than 5 minutes to fall asleep peacefully. While my physical therapist gave me great suggestions to help build up the strength in my back, it did not help with my painful sleepless nights. But the support of the Big Fig mattress is like no other. My back is fully supported, that means no lower back sinking. The firm yet comfortable support feels like an illusion. I didn’t realize it was possible to achieve both. Even after three months of my mother, my nephew, and I sleeping on the bed, there isn’t any wear on the bed!

Plus Size Mattress by Big Fig

In the past, I thought if I purchased a larger bed (meaning upgrading from a Full to King), I wouldn’t rectify the issue. Unfortunately, that just provided a bigger bed, not a supportive one. Also, I tried getting beds that were foam-based. But again, although I felt like I was sleeping on a cloud, the middle of my back would continue to hurt and sink.

Here are some of the amazing features you get with a Big Fig mattress:

*High Density Foam -The Big Fig Mattress is constructed with 3 inches of high-density foam cushioning, with a minimum density of 1.8 pcf (pounds per cubic foot). That’s over 50% denser than the foam in a standard innerspring mattress.

*Hybrid Construction– The Big Fig’s hybrid construction of springs and foam provides the ultimate mix of support and comfort. Individually wrapped coils support the layers of foam to maintain their shape and resilience over time.

*Innerspring System- With 50% more coils than the average premium innerspring mattress on the market, our 1600 count innerspring system actively pushes back against body weight, and provides underlying support.

*Firmer Edge Foam To Keep You Happily In Place– The Big Fig Mattress is designed with the firmest foam around the edges to keep you feeling secure in bed, even close to the edge. Supportive edges also expand the usable sleeping area, making your mattress feel more spacious.

*Tested To Last 20 Years With Published Results
the average lifespan of a traditional mattress is frustratingly short – especially for plus size sleepers. We sent the Big Fig Mattress to an independent testing facility to prove its durability and longevity. We used a heavier weight than normal (350lbs to be exact) to simulate 20 years of use, and the Big Fig passed with flying colors.

…and much much more.

My Big Fig has not only become my beacon of rest, but I often do my homework there too. Before the big figure, I honestly couldn’t wait to start my day because I would do anything to escape my sinking back pains. But now, you might as well send in the jaws of life because I’m not getting off this bed. Also, my mother loves the bed as well! She usually receives cortisone injections for her back issues, but while I was on vacation, she stayed in my room for three weeks. Since then, little by little her back has been showing signs of improvement and less dependency on her muscle relaxers. Her birthday is coming up in March, so I can’t wait to redeem code: FEBFIG  to receive $200.00 off my purchase for her.

Plus Size Mattress by Big Fig

A good night’s sleep is truly an investment in your health. With all the hustle and bustle of my life, I needed to prioritize health outcomes. And with Big Fig’s 20-year warranty, HOW CAN YOU LOSE!! Also, please invest in the bed frame because my last bed frame collapsed on me and I was sleeping on a box spring for some time. So this 315lb girl is satisfied. Her mom is going to be satisfied, and I know you will be too!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. Or do you want to find out about what other plus size influencers think? Check out Natalie , Bruce, Alysse , and Corrisa.

Night Night!
Char.

 


A king size Big Fig mattress was provided to me, but my opinions are 1000% my own!