Looks Like PCOS to Me: A Visual Guide to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Friday, February 27th, 2015

PCOS Symptoms Looks Like PCOS to Me

I’m like a poster child for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I have pretty much every outward and inward symptom you could think of for PCOS. I also know that in the beginning, when I knew something was wrong, I didn’t know to piece all the little things together to make one big problem. How was I supposed to know that my missed periods and my thinning hair were somehow connected?!

In the picture above, you can find many things that all add up to what PCOS looks like for me. (Think of it as a handy PCOS symptom chart!) If you have any of these issues, please do yourself a favor and find a doctor to consult with. I made a little checklist (below) that will be able to help you decide if you should get checked out for PCOS as well.

  • Do you carry excess weight around your waist?
  • Do you have a hard time losing weight when you’re really trying?
  • Do you have sparse to no periods?
  • Have you been trying to conceive with no luck?
  • Do you have excess hair growth on your chin, neck, back, stomach, breasts, upper lip, etc?
  • Do you have thinning hair?
  • Do you suffer from hormonal acne or acne in general?
  • Do you have skin tags?
  • Do you have spots of darkened/discolored skin?
  • Have you ever had ovarian cysts?

It’s worth it to get diagnosed if you think you may have PCOS. I feel like I say this all the time, but PLEASE consult with a doctor so you can begin to treat yourself!

If you already have been diagnosed, you may want to check out my post, So You Were Diagnosed with PCOS… I think it will be just the pep talk you need!

Curvy Girl Workout Gear: My Favorite Shirt of ALL TIME

Thursday, February 26th, 2015


When it comes to athletic gear and curvy girls, it’s all about comfort. Okay, that’s not true. It’s like, 4 parts comfort and 1 part fashion. In any instance, we all have our “favorites.” When I find a favorite, I wear it OUT. Again, the biggest factor is comfort, but if it’s cute- even BETTER.

In this case, I wanted to share with you my favorite shirt. It happens to be a running shirt, but I like wearing it for “running” errands. Or “running” to the mall. Or “running” to the Taco Bell………..but really, it’s great for working out as well. It’s super comfortable, but it’s also stylish and flattering!


This item is a bit of a splurge, but you know, sometimes it’s worth it! In this case, I purchased the Nike Plus Size Element Long-Sleeve Dri-FIT Half-Zip Top from Macy’s. You know I love to shop a sale, so I scored this one for $50, but it’s regularly $70. They have a lot of different colors, so I am sure you can look around on other sites for them at a discounted rate. It’s worth a shot!

I said all that to say this: Find something you love and that will make you look forward to being more athletic. Sometimes you have to pay a bit more for quality, or to just trick yourself into the athletic gear in the first place. ;) I highly recommend this one!

Leggings- Calvin Klein
Nails- Revlon

3 Ingredient Sweet Pork Tacos (Crockpot)

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Sweet Pork Tacos

When you’re ballin’ on a budget (like yours truly,) you tend to buy the pork tenderloin. There are many reasons to purchase a pork tenderloin, but my main reason is that they always seem to be cheap, and then Target marks them down to even CHEAPER just a few days before the sell by date. You can get around 1.5 lbs for ~$6.00. No complaints here!

Anyway, I have a delicious, super easy recipe for you today. I adapted it from a recipe that a coworker brought in to a pitch in to make it a bit more healthy. (His wife found it on Pinterest!) But my recipe is still made with sugar…so it’s not THE healthiest of things! (Still low calorie, though.) If you want the simplest recipe in the world, read below.



1.5 lb pork tenderloin roast
3/4 cup of salsa
1/4 cup of brown sugar


1. Place pork in Crockpot.
2. Cover with salsa, then with brown sugar.
3. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.
4. Shred pork & mix into juices.
5. Serve on taco shells, bread, nachos, etc. I served the pork on tacos with cole slaw & ranch! (Delish!)

My servings were 165 calories each. Be sure to calculate your own ingredients to be sure. :)

Enjoy! This is such a great weeknight meal. You can even freeze the leftovers to make it THAT much easier for the next weeknight meal.


Mani Monday: ALL HAIL THE QUEEN by butter LONDON

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

You guys thought I forgot about my butter LONDON polishes, didn’t you? How could I? You know I have a bajillion of them…and that they are some of my favorites. This week, I am going with a neutral with a pretty shimmer through it. It’s like a darker shade of one of my all time favorite polishes, only with a bit more prominent glitter.

Mani Monday All Hail the Queen by Butter London

Base Coat- Orly Bonder
3 Coats Polish- All Hail the Queen by butter LONDON
Top Coat- Seche Vite

Also, can we talk about how fabulous this necklace is? RUSH to Wal-Mart now and buy one! At my local Wal-Mart they had so many of them, and were on sale for $5 each! Swoon. Go out and get one or 7. ;)

Big Girls on TV: Reality Shows

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

big girls big love and theprettyplus

There are two “big” shows on television right now that focus on plus size women. I’m not talking about those medical shows (shout out to My 600 lb Life that I can binge watch for whole weekends!) These are shows that merely give you life of a bigger girl. I’m fascinated, but also kind of offended that I haven’t been asked to be on one. I mean, look at this picture above. I was made for this!

The two shows I’m talking about are My Big Fat Fabulous Life on TLC and Big Women: Big Love on Lifetime. Although they have two VERY different casts, they all base around plus size women, dating, and life. You can read my thoughts on both shows below.

whitney and buddy on my big fat fabulous life

My Big Fat Fabulous Life- This is the one EVERYONE keeps asking me about. I hear “Have you seen it?…What do you think?” just about every day. Weekly, I hear “OMG, she reminds me of you so much!” Really, I’m flattered! I think there are some awesome similarities. We both have PCOS, are outgoing, live life no matter or size, and are absolutely hilarious. ;) Her show is my favorite of the two because it’s more about her life, struggles, and how she overcomes it all. Her #NoBodyShame mantra is something I love and you can tell the show is very big on acceptance, but also change.

I’m a huge fan of her family, especially Babs. I crack up just about every time she opens her mouth. Also, I am haaaardcore #TeamBuddy. Really though, one of my favorite things about the show is how easy it is to relate and how honest it is for anyone, but especially plus sized ladies. Every time Whitney Thore speaks, I feel like I’m having a chat with a friend. I can really appreciate that and am glad she is getting a second season.

big women big love promo image

Big Women: Big Love- This show is much more on the catty side. It’s a Lifetime TV show, if that tells you anything. The show is more centered around dating as a plus sized woman.  I’m not so sold on the drama, but it does make for good TV. I don’t feel like any of the girls really represent a normal, easy-going plus size woman. I think a mid-west spinoff would be a good one to get some more likable characters and some more relationships vs. making out in clubs.

With that being said, I enjoy the show. I can’t say it’s as entertaining as Little Women LA, which is this show’s mini version. (It’s WAY more entertaining.) Jen makes for a good character, especially in the sense that she is REALLY sensitive to the word “FAT.” I have never been sensitive to it- I have fat on myself, I am a fat person…I don’t relate it to other words that she says it is comparable to, but it is interesting to see the viewpoint. (FYI, I have had someone write me to tell me to stop using the word FAT as a descriptor before. I politely declined, but can respect their decision to not read if it’s offensive.)


SO WHAT DO YOU THINK? Do you love these up and coming plus size TV shows? Would you ever be on one if you were approached?

So You Were Diagnosed with PCOS…

Friday, February 20th, 2015


Being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a lot to swallow. For me, I had this overwhelming sense of fear for my future husband’s sake (Brett, obvi, who I hadn’t met yet,) fear for my own health and well-being, and mostly, fear that my dreams of being a mother would never come to fruition. Now, fast-forward over 3 years and I’m still here- breathing and fighting PCOS. I am married and just now taking into consideration that I will want to begin a family in the next year or two.

A lot of people have the reaction of nothing. Absolutely drawing a blank, making no changes, and thinking you can’t change it so who cares anyway. If you’re anything like I was at that moment, I immediately knew I could take matters into my own hands and make things happen for myself.


So you were diagnosed with PCOS… Now what comes next?


  • First and foremost, do not use your diagnosis as an excuse. PCOS encompasses a lot of things all rolled into one, huge inconvenience. Just do not say “I’m not going to work out…it’s not like it will make a difference anyway.” Don’t say “I’m just not going to care about what I look like, I’m still going to be [fat or hairy or insert other self-insult you shouldn’t be saying anyway.]” Don’t be your own excuse, because you can make a difference, you can change your situation…you just have to be patient and dedicated! You can do it!


  • Next you need to change the way you think about food. I am an over-eater. On any given day, I can go from my low calorie, controlled diet to 5 tacos from Taco Bell just because my mood changed. Ladies with PCOS have an insulin resistance, which is just a few small steps away from the possibility of becoming diabetic. The most sure way to reverse your symptoms and feel better are to eat a diet similar to what a diabetic would eat. I’m talking cutting unnatural sugar, monitoring natural sugar, and yes…this means carbs too. I know this is what you need to do, but I also know it’s what I should do. I don’t always stick to this! I try, but then somehow 6 months can pass by and I am sitting around with a 6 pack of donuts and a Mountain Dew. I get it, but the truth is- you need to cut those habits regularly.


  • Know that you have large obstacles. Again, don’t use them as excuses, but be very aware of your obstacles and calculate your moves to be mindful of yourself and your personal triggers. I’ve heard it said SO MANY TIMES… “I have PCOS, so I can’t lose the weight.” You can. I have! And I was having regular cycles after a month of eating a healthy diet, but don’t think of PCOS as your excuse, think of it as your obstacle- you can overcome an obstacle. You can be triumphant when you’ve tackled the weight of that obstacle. You cannot overcome an excuse. They sit quietly until they have mocked you enough to make you think you can never win. Figure out your obstacles, and make a pathway to get around and past them. You won’t accomplish anything if you just keep dwelling on your own issues or failures.


  • Find support. I do not regret immediately reaching out to my boyfriend at the time and letting him know what I was going through. He was going through something much larger at the time, but he still let me know it was okay and I could make the changes I needed to make to become healthy. You see, other people can sometimes (or a lot of the time) have more faith in you than you have in yourself. So whether you call your mom, let your significant other know, confide in your BFF, turn to an online forum or just email me…find someone. Tell them your hang-ups, be completely honest, and let them give you a pep talk. It might just be all you need!


  • Communicate with your physician. Whether you prefer to see a OB/GYN about your PCOS or you prefer a general practitioner, you need to make sure you are communicating all your symptoms and issues with them. If you notice you are having issues, you can Google anything and find a million answers that might not fit your need, but if you talk with your primary physician, they will do what they can to ensure you are becoming healthy. Do you think everyone on WikiAnswers went to med school and got a doctorate? Don’t psych yourself up for things that may not be valid for you. Play it safe and ask your doctor.


  • Stay strong and believe in yourself. The scary truth of PCOS is that it effects everyone differently. You may have no outward symptoms or you may have excess body hair galore, skin tags everywhere, and weight gain like you couldn’t imagine. No matter the outward symptoms, we are all fighting the same fight. It’s the fight for your womanhood back. It’s the fight to be a mother, to be a healthy woman, to FEEL like a woman. It’s hard, it takes work, and you probably feel like it’s a curse. Just have faith and never give up on yourself, because you are strong enough to make it through your treatments or your eternal healthy eating and exercise routine. Whatever you are fighting for, you can win.


I’m sure I needed this pep talk just as much (if not more) than anyone whose eyes will come across this post. Really and truly, if you need someone to talk to who will understand your issues and not make light of them, email me. (theprettyplusonline@gmail.com) I understand your struggles, even the little annoyances, and will be happy to let you vent to me. I even have some shade I can throw at the horrid disease as well! xo

Curvy Girl Workout Gear: Plus Size Yoga

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

plus size yoga collage

I’ve found that you get out of yoga just as much as you put in. If you go in with a lazy mindset, you can just half-ass everything you are doing and really gain nothing from the experience. If you go into your yoga class with the mind set to meditate and release the stress from your day, you really can do it! If you go in with the mindset of getting a good stretch and workout, you can do that too. I really love yoga classes. I feel no judgement, even when I am using my plus size modifiers. In general, the groups and very accepting and encouraging.

I urge you to find a group class to go to! Local gyms or community centers offer them, sometimes work groups or church groups have them as well. You will gain many, many things from yoga practice, but the best thing I have gained thus far is the importance of accepting my body in a crowd with many other bodies.

Below you will find a typical outfit I wear to yoga. A t-shirt, leggings, and shoes (that I usually remove, AKA that you don’t need) are all this outfit involves. See below for outfit details!

plus size yoga gear color

  • Shirt- Mossimo (Target) (Similar)
    • (Wearing 4X) You can basically wear any black t-shirt. When I purchased this, I was grabbing something quick in downtown Chicago to cover up my booty when the shirt I had on was not doing the trick. So I purchased the shirt 2-3 sizes bigger than usual. I am very grateful, because although it was WAY too big that first time I wore it, after it was washed and dried it shrunk up to be my most comfortable, and probably most worn, t-shirt.
  • Leggins- Calvin Klein (Similar)
    • (Wearing 1X) Gah! When I saw these online I knew I had to have them! The ombre effect from the top to the bottom, dark gray to light is AMAZING. I knew I had to have them. When I got them in the mail, they fit like a glove. I think they are perfect for yoga or pilates or other similar classes because they come up higher on the waist and stay in place. I can’t get over how much I love them!
  • Shoes- Nike Studio Wrap Pack 2
    • (Wearing 7.5) How cute are these? They are studio shoes, which means they are great for anything you would usually do barefoot. (Barre classes, yoga, dancing, etc.) I used them for yoga once and found that I prefer barefoot, but the cushion on the balls and heels of your feet will make them very comfortable to wear for dancing, or if you have foot issues already.

February Ipsy 2015: #ipsyLOVE

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015


Below are all the products from my bag with the sample-size price. To compare this month to Birchbox’s January Box, which is themed Friendship, you can click here.

Ipsy January 2015- Fresh Start

City Color Cosmetics Creamy Lip Stain- $4.99
Emite Make Up Professional Eye Lash Curler- $25.00
Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray- $3.00
Mitchell and Peach Fine Radiance Face Oil- $23.03
I feel like it’s notable to let you know this is only available in the UK. Not sure why Ipsy would
feature a brand we can’t actually BUY in the US, but at least it’s something most people haven’t
been able to try already!
ModelCo BLUSH Cheek Powder- $9.43

Total Value: $65.45 (Whoa, guys. This baby has some worth!)

If you don’t have an Ipsy or want to know more about it, check it out and sign up here. It’s only $10/month and you get a lovely box of goodies to your door every month!


february ipsy 2015

February Birchbox 2015: Friendship

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Below are all the products from my box with the sample-size price or “value” if you will. I will be posting my Ipsy bag once I receive it as well, but feel free to check out last month’s Ipsy if you are interested in more subscription boxes!

Birchbox January 2015- Friendship

COOLA Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint- $3.60
Camille Beckman Platinume Gold Imperial Repair Hand Therapy- $0.83
Marcelle Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover For Sensitive Eyes- $5.10
Benefit Roller Lash- $8.00
Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal- $1.44

Total Value: $18.97


If you don’t have a Birchbox or want to know more about it, check it out and sign up here. It’s only $10/month and you get a lovely box of goodies to your door every month!

february birchbox 2015


Mani Monday: #AfterDark by Covergirl

Monday, February 16th, 2015

mani monday afterdark by covergirl

I can’t say that I have been very on top of my mani game lately. I can tell you that I haven’t even been much in the mood to paint my nails (even though I usually am.) I just want my nails to magically be done. Then I could write about them and wait for my nails to magically be done again the next week.

This week, I’m off my game in the sense that I didn’t bring my base or top coat with me. I just brought my new polish that Brett got me for Valentine’s Day and that’s IT. This shall be a true test of the Covergirl Glosstini’s then! First of all, they really are glossy without a top coat! I have the color After Dark. On the bottle it says #AfterDark…but online it says After Dark. I love hashtags, so we will say #AfterDark.

I used 3 coats and the color is beautiful! (It’s along the same lines of Zoya’s Wenesday or Butter London’s Slapper, but for a fraction of the cost!)

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