Erika Nicole Kendall

About Erika Nicole Kendall

The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes health, fitness, nutrition, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and crtified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because lol why not.
24 03, 2017

10 Tips for Safely Exercising at Night

By | March 24th, 2017|Exercise 101|1 Comment

Tips for exercising safely at night from a pro at safety and an avid runner.

22 03, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: How Do You Fit It All In?

By | March 22nd, 2017|It's All Mental, Q&A Wednesday|1 Comment

Q: How do you fit fitness and healthy eating into your day with some of the challenges of living in a big city?

20 03, 2017

Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery Goes Wrong at Clinic That Has Killed Before

By | March 20th, 2017|#ScaleFreeBaby, Beauty, Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|1 Comment

"...died from fat clots that caused her organs to fail by blocking her arteries, Miami-Dade coroners concluded in an autopsy report."

14 03, 2017

The Case for Universal Health Care

By | March 14th, 2017|Health and Health Care, The Op-Eds|5 Comments

If we truly value human life the way we say we do, then we should find it abhorrent that people are forced to choose between dying and the expense of living.

8 03, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: I’m a Gym Newbie—What Do I Do First?

By | March 8th, 2017|Exercise 101, Q&A Wednesday, Strength Training|0 Comments

Q: My problem is that I am overwhelmed when I go to the gym. There is so much equipment and I don't know where to start. Any suggestions?

6 03, 2017

If Only 50% of Subway’s Chicken is Really Chicken…What’s the Other 50%?

By | March 6th, 2017|Fast Food|1 Comment

The oven roasted chicken scored 53.6% chicken DNA, and the chicken strips were found to have just 42.8% chicken DNA.

27 02, 2017

Don’t Stress Over the Post-Baby ‘Snap Back’

By | February 27th, 2017|#ScaleFreeBaby|0 Comments

Take deep breaths, relax, and accept that the added pressure and shame for not having snapped back will not motivate you. It might actually do harm.

24 02, 2017

The Science of Motivation: How to Develop It, Keep it, and Achieve With It

By | February 24th, 2017|It's All Mental|0 Comments

I know why you think you aren't motivated to workout, and how to change it to achieve your goals.

22 02, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: I Lost Weight, But Now My Clothes Don’t Fit!

By | February 22nd, 2017|Beauty, Fashionably Fit, Q&A Wednesday|0 Comments

Q: I can't wear my after baby clothes because they are too big and I kept all of my pre-pregnancy clothes hoping to fit into them one day soon. I am stuck in the "in between phase" and now pretty much NONE of my clothes fit me.

20 02, 2017

On Serena Williams, Equality, and Her ‘Porn Shoot’ Sports Illustrated Feature

By | February 20th, 2017|Body Image, The Op-Eds|1 Comment

Writer claims that "By baring all, Serena reinforces sexist view that what women look like is more important than their achievements." I couldn't disagree more.

15 02, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: Exercise and Weight Loss Post C-Section

By | February 15th, 2017|#ScaleFreeBaby, Q&A Wednesday|0 Comments

Q: I just had a baby by emergency C- Section. I was told by the doctors no lifting and I can only do limited cardio. What u would suggest I do?

13 02, 2017

The Beauty Shop: There’s Still Bias Against Natural Hair

By | February 13th, 2017|Beauty|0 Comments

Natural hair still faces opposition in the workplace, but what does that mean for black women?

10 02, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: Help, I’m Losing Weight but My Booty is Shrinking!

By | February 10th, 2017|Booty, Exercise 101, Q&A Wednesday, Strength Training, Tools For Weight Loss|0 Comments

Q: Erika, I finally figured this weight loss thing out. I'm eating clean, I'm working out, but my booty is going away!!! Nooooo!

6 02, 2017

The Funny Thing About Pepsi Zero Sugar and Other ‘Sugar-Free’ Diet Drinks

By | February 6th, 2017|Food 101|0 Comments

Whenever you hear people talking about Pepsi Zero Sugar, remember: Just. Say. No. Here's why.

31 01, 2017

Your Body is Political….So Act Like It

By | January 31st, 2017|The Op-Eds|6 Comments

Someone told me I shouldn't talk politics because not all of my readers agree with me. This is my response.

27 01, 2017

5 Tips to Help You Avoid the ‘Trump 20’

By | January 27th, 2017|Emotional Eating|0 Comments

I'm calling this the "Trump 20." As in, The Freshman 15? This is the 20lbs you gain from eating your "I'm watching the news and OH MY GOD THIS IS THE NEW AMERICAN KLEPTOCRACY" feelings. The Trump 20. I'm callin' it now.

25 01, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: Troubleshooting Common Weight Loss Hurdles

By | January 25th, 2017|Q&A Wednesday, Tools For Weight Loss|0 Comments

Q: erika i've been trying to lose this weight for so long that i'm starting to think it's a part of me i'm just going to have to live with. i feel like i'm doing everything wrong and i barely know my up from down in calories anymore. please help me figure this out!!!!!!!!!!

20 01, 2017

True or False: All Calories are Equal, No Matter the Source

By | January 20th, 2017|Debunking The Myths|1 Comment

“All foods supply calories and there is no difference between the calories that come from sugar or steak or grapefruit or ice cream.”

18 01, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: My Knees Hurt When I Work Out!

By | January 18th, 2017|Exercise 101, Q&A Wednesday|1 Comment

Q: Hello Erika, How are you? I respect you for giving out the information that you have for us women. I just had a few questions for you. Every year I say I am going to eat right and lose weight and I don't. I have gained so much weight through the years that now every time I do get on the treadmill my knees hurt. They hurt so bad that when I lay down at night they throb inside. I know it has to do with the excess weight I have gained in my legs and around my knees. What kind of exercise do you suggest for this and did you go through this also?

11 01, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: How to Help Sagging Arms

By | January 11th, 2017|Arms, Exercise 101, Q&A Wednesday|0 Comments

Q: I'm rather unsure of how to go about some target areas like these sagging arms. How I can go about resolving those problem areas?