Like Love & Basketball, Timbaland, and Bratz Dolls, for many of us, Raven-Symone was culturally defining in the 2000s (high-key, well before the 2000s). The child star went from rubbing elbows with Dr. Huxtable as Olivia on The Cosby Show to starring in her own Disney Channel original That's So Raven. To put it simply, sis has been doing the damn thing for over 30 years!
Recently, the 35-year-old made headlines for getting real about her weight loss journey and losing 30 pounds in three months. Although Raven first broke the news about her 30-pound weight loss last month in an Instagram Live, she went into detail in an exclusive interview with Good Morning America.
"I am low-carb as much as I can be. I do very minimal exercise and I am an avid faster. I make sure I have a minimum of 14-hour fast between dinner and…break-fast."
Throughout the years, weight loss has been a struggle for Raven and she admits to trying most things out there to drop the weight unsuccessfully. Most notably, Raven lost a shocking 70 pounds in 2011. But although news outlets celebrated her, Raven herself isn't proud of that moment.
"The way people were treating me while I was bigger was emotionally damaging so when I lost weight, and I remember the moment when I went on the red carpet, and in my head I was cussing everyone out. I mean, I'm like, 'Wow, now you want to look at me because I'm skinny?' Thanks."
Raven-Symone arrives at the 2011 People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
However, the former child star says this time is different. This time, it's the bigger picture for her. In the past, weight loss might have been about attaining a certain size but now Raven's eye is on a different prize: her health.
"I'm not over here trying to be a little twig... I want to make sure that my body is healthy and prepared to deal with old age."
And while a minimum 14-hour fast might seem extreme, Raven assures the interviewer that she has done the research to educate herself and is fasting daily safely. When she opts for longer fasts between meals, Raven says that she drinks a lot of water, electrolytes, and reaches for the bone broth to sustain her.
She also credits her health goal and the support system she has in her wife, Miranda Pearman-Maday, with helping her stay focused on her journey. All we know is, sis looks damn good and we're excited for her to continue to live her best healthy life!
Raven is not the only star making headlines for their weight loss journeys. Below are four other celebrities staying on top of the health and fitness goals this year so far.
Ciara On Her 30-Pound Weight Loss
Ciara revealed she has lost a total of 39 pounds since starting her WW (formerly Weight Watchers) journey after giving birth to her third child, Win. She captioned a recent Instagram photo:
"Goodbye to those last 10lbs I've been working on these past 5 weeks, Hello to me-pre baby weight! I'm so proud of myself– down 39 pounds on my @ww journey! The @ww app really made the process easy and fun!"
And with how WW is set up, Ciara didn't have to be restrictive about what she ate in order to achieve her results. However, she and hubby do credit Peloton as their "favorite thing" to do together (and we're sure that hobby doesn't hurt). The WW ambassador also shared in a statement:
"Looking back on my journey, I feel so proud and fulfilled. Yes, I had a goal weight in mind, and I lost 39 pounds on WW!! But I have also gained so much more than what I had set to lose. I've enjoyed every step of the process, and loving my curves along the way that my baby gave me! I am honestly feeling stronger than ever and embracing life with my beautiful family and three babies – you can't put a number against that."
Tiffany Haddish On Her 50-Pound Weight Loss
Over the years, Tiffany Haddish has shed an impressive 50 pounds in her overall weight loss transformation. In a recent interview with Extra, she jokingly stated she was trying to "get my high school body back." Her favorite workout of the moment?
"At first, I was doing like 15 minutes running, you know, running on the beach for 15 or 20 minutes, or my Peloton. But then I got these Oculus glasses that changed the game. I'm kind of addicted to the VR and this app called 'Supernatural'…I'll do 20 minutes, or maybe 10 minutes in the morning, and I'm fiending to get back on."
In regards to where she is with her body now, she noted:
"I discovered I'm stronger than what I thought I was. I definitely have more endurance than I thought I have."
Sherri Shepherd On Her 20-Pound Weight Loss
OK, but have y'all seen Sherri Shepherd lately? Sis looks tf goodt! The comedian and current Dish Nation co-host spoke previously about her 46-pound weight loss but also went on another weight loss journey this year. Sherri has lost 20 pounds this year so far. Health is wealth for Sherri and in April, she told PEOPLE:
"At 54, this is best I have ever felt. My goal is to be living a long and active life with my son Jeffrey, who shares the same birthday as me."
Thanks to an active lifestyle and a weight loss program, Healthy Wage, Sherri was able to meet her goals and then some.
"I walked 3 miles, four times a week, did Zumba in my backyard and I started boxing. Now, I roller skate three times a week and I'm also taking pole dancing lessons, and call myself a pole-dancer-like-ish woman!"
Exercise is important but diet is integral. Sherri says she does a combo of intermittent fasting and keto diet.
"I had already been off sugar for two years; so I then made the difficult decision to give up dairy, pork and beef. I love eggs with avocados, onions and peppers and grilled chicken and salads. I love to make kale chips as a snack. I also started cooking my meals, which has made a huge difference because I know exactly what ingredients are in the food I prepare."
LeToya Luckett On Her 30-Pound Weight Loss
LeToya Luckett is on a weight loss journey to lose a total of 50 pounds after giving birth to her second child with her former partner, ex Tommicus Walker. So far, the singer/actress has shed 30 pounds. In addition to an active lifestyle, she also credits Body Complete RX for helping her meet her goals:
"Here we are month 3 update on my weight loss journey with @bodycompleterx 🙌🏽 I'm officially now 30 lbs down and feeling sooooo good y'all!! Their trim system is theee truth! So happy I'm starting to feel like myself again. Only 20 more pounds to go!"
Featured image by Amy Sussman/Getty Images
How Content Creators Hey Fran Hey And Shameless Maya Embraced The Pivot
This article is in partnership with Meta Elevate.
If you’ve been on the internet at all within the past decade, chances are the names Hey Fran Hey and Shameless Maya (aka Maya Washington) have come across your screen. These content creators have touched every platform on the web, spreading joy to help women everywhere live their best lives. From Fran’s healing natural remedies to Maya’s words of wisdom, both of these content creators have built a loyal following by sharing honest, useful, and vulnerable content. But in search of a life that lends to more creativity, freedom, and space, these digital mavens have moved from their bustling big cities (New York City and Los Angeles respectively) to more remote locations, taking their popular digital brands with them.
Content Creators Hey Fran Hey and Maya Washington Talk "Embracing The Pivot"www.youtube.com
In partnership with Meta Elevate — an online learning platform that provides Black, Hispanic, and Latinx-owned businesses access to 1:1 mentoring, digital skills training, and community — xoNecole teamed up with Franscheska Medina and Maya Washington on IG live recently for a candid conversation about how they’ve embraced the pivot by changing their surroundings to ultimately bring out the best in themselves and their work. Fran, a New York City native, moved from the Big Apple to Portland, Oregon a year ago. Feeling overstimulated by the hustle and bustle of city life, Fran headed to the Pacific Northwest in search of a more easeful life.
Her cross-country move is the backdrop for her new campaign with Meta Elevate— a perfectly-timed commercial that shows how you can level up from wherever you land with the support of free resources like Meta Elevate. Similarly, Maya packed up her life in Los Angeles and moved to Sweden, where she now resides with her husband and adorable daughter. Maya’s life is much more rural and farm-like than it had been in California, but she is thriving in this peaceful new setting while finding her groove as a new mom.
While Maya is steadily building and growing her digital brand as a self-proclaimed “mom coming out of early retirement,” Fran is redefining her own professional grind. “It’s been a year since I moved from New York City to Portland, Oregon,” says Fran. “I think the season I’m in is figuring out how to stay successful while also slowing down.” A slower-paced life has unlocked so many creative possibilities and opportunities for these ladies, and our conversation with them is a well-needed reminder that your success is not tied to your location…especially with the internet at your fingertips. Tapping into a community like Meta Elevate can help Black, Hispanic, and Latinx entrepreneurs and content creators stay connected to like minds and educated on new digital skills and tools that can help scale their businesses.
During a beautiful moment in the conversation, Fran gives Maya her flowers for being an innovator in the digital space. Back when “influencing” was in its infancy and creators were just trying to find their way, Fran says Maya was way ahead of her time. “I give Maya credit for being one of the pioneers in the digital space,” Fran said. “Maya is a one-person machine, and I always tell her she really changed the game on what ads, campaigns, and videos, in general, should look like.”
When asked what advice she’d give content creators, Maya says the key is having faith even when you don’t see the results just yet. “It’s so easy to look at what is, despite you pouring your heart into this thing that may not be giving you the returns that you thought,” she says. “Still operate from a place of love and authenticity. Have faith and do the work. A lot of people are positive thinkers, but that’s the thinking part. You also have to put your faith into work and do the work.”
Fran ultimately encourages content creators and budding entrepreneurs to take full advantage of Meta Elevate’s vast offerings to educate themselves on how to build and grow their businesses online. “It took me ten years to get to the point where I’m making ads at this level,” she says. “I didn’t have those resources in 2010. I love the partnership with Meta Elevate because they’re providing these resources for free. I just think of the people that wouldn’t be able to afford that education and information otherwise. So to amplify a company like this just feels right.”
Watch the full conversation with the link above, and join the Meta Elevate community to connect with fellow businesses and creatives that are #OnTheRiseTogether.
Featured image courtesy of Shameless Maya and Hey Fran Hey
I Tried One Of The Most Popular Sex Toys On The Market & Now I Get The Hype
Not sure which sex toy to buy to spice up your bedroom sessions? The Satisfyer Pro 2 Next Generation (NG) may be one to consider. It is one of the most popular clitoral toys on the market. This revolutionary toy transformed the way people experience pleasure during sex and has taken the world by storm.
Satisfyer Pro 2 NG differs from your typical vibrator because it offers indirect clitoral stimulation using air pulse technology and an oval-shaped mouth that makes stimulating your clitoral hood easy. Since it's inexpensive and has received a lot of great reviews, it's an excellent choice for those who are new to clitoral toys.
Design & Features of Satisfyer Pro 2
The Satisfyer Pro 2 NG is a clitoral stimulator that features 11 different settings and a unique design that allows for maximum stimulation and pleasure. The head of the toy is made from soft, flexible silicone, which provides a gentle but powerful massage that stimulates all parts of your body while still remaining comfortable enough to use over long periods. The handle is ergonomically designed, so it fits easily in your hand and can be maneuvered with ease. Additionally, it's waterproof, so you can take it with you into the shower or pool without worry.
Another feature of the Satisfyer Pro 2 NG is a set of buttons that control its suction intensity. The round power button and a much larger oval-shaped button that's close to the nozzle each have a "+" and "-" on them, which you press to adjust the strength of the suction.
Satisfyer Pro 2 NG
Compared to the previous model, the Pro 2's controls are easier to use and more intuitive. The + and - buttons are now joined together, which means they're easy to find even when you're not looking at the device.
The Satisfyer Pro 2 NG is designed to provide intense pleasure through its 11 different settings. The settings range from gentle pulsations to powerful vibrations that give you more control over how deep your orgasm will go. You can easily build up to an orgasm without causing a huge jump, and you can back off at lower levels to prolong your pleasure.
I prefer the lower settings for an orgasm that feels more chill, but there are plenty of higher settings if you want to push things a bit harder. I've had no issues with this toy causing bruises or pain, but you should be prepared to test it out before deciding on the right setting for you.
My Honest Thoughts
One of my favorite things about this toy is that it can be controlled through the Satisfyer Connect app, which you can download for free. This allows you to control your Satisfyer Pro 2 NG through a smartphone or tablet. The app also lets you select the vibration pattern and intensity that you'd like to use. There are ten different vibration patterns and intensities available, so there is plenty to choose from. There are also a few pre-programmed options, which is a nice addition.
It's worth noting that you don't have to use the funnel-like tip that comes with the Satisfyer Pro 2 NG, as there are many different shaped silicone heads available that will fit most users. You can buy a pack of five for under $10, which gives you a great variety to choose from. Lastly, the battery life is also impressive, lasting up to two hours on a single charge, so there's no need to worry about running out of power in the middle of an intimate session!
All in all, I think that the Satisfyer Pro 2 NG is an excellent choice if you're looking for a high-quality sex toy that will provide intense pleasure every time. The combination of pressure waves and vibrations makes this toy incredibly versatile and easy to use and operate, even for beginners. Additionally, its waterproof design ensures that it can be used in any environment without concern for damage or malfunction due to water exposure.
So if you're looking for something new and exciting in the bedroom, consider giving the Satisfyer Pro2 NG a try! You won't regret it!
Let’s make things inbox official! Sign up for the xoNecole newsletter for daily love, wellness, career, and exclusive content delivered straight to your inbox.
Featured image by miniseries/Getty Images