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Combating Holiday Weight Shame

This made me laugh, points well made. People quick to point out the so called ‘flaws’ of others are usually the ones with the most work to do on themselves. If one chooses to have a closed mind, please choose to have a closed mouth as well. About everything really. That is all.

Dances With Fat

You Forgot Your BullshitThe article “Tell Loved Ones They are Overweight This Christmas” is making the rounds again. I will not be linking to it because I have no interest in driving traffic there. I will say that should my loved ones take this advice the follow up article will be “I Told My Loved One She Is Overweight and She Told Me to Sit Down, Shut Up and Mind My Own Damn Business.”

The article says that in a poll of more than 2,000 people, 42% of 18 to 24-year-olds would not tell a loved one they should lose weight because of a fear they would hurt the other person’s feelings.

According to the article, this suggests that ” too many people shy away from the issue”.  According to me this proves that 42% of 18-24 year olds have common decency and/or realize that it is impossible for a fat person in…

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Inspiration

The Secret Of Success (and why ‘to do’ lists DON’T work)

So, it’s getting to that time of year again. There’s magic in the air. Hope for the future. And a looming list of New Year’s resolutions which will no doubt be adhered to for a few days before being disregarded completely. If you’re anything like me your list probably goes something like this. Lose weight. Pay off debt. Save. Stop drinking/smoking/insert your devil here. All of which should be done in conjunction with winning the Nobel Peace Prize whilst writing a best selling novel when singing an aria in Italian with the aroma of homemade cuisine wafting gently through your D.I.Y jobs completed home (learn a new skill.) Sound familiar?
I personally gave up making New Year’s resolutions a few years ago when I realised that I am more of a ‘no time like the present’ kinda gal, and also that I’d had more or less the same list for the whole of my life. I am a lover of organisation though and didn’t leave myself cold turkey – no pun intended and also I’m a vegetarian.
I became a fan of ‘to do’ lists instead. I loved the feeling of satisfaction gained from working through my list and ticking off tasks with a confident sweep of my pen. I soon realised that as a result of this I was either consciously or subconsciously adding minor jobs that would result in more ticks but was actually doing little to get me closer to my life goals. I doubt that Shakespeare did his greatest work nestled between the Sainsburys shop and clearing out the cupboard under the sink.
The sense of achievement from seeing progress was a great motivator however and so I simply reversed the formula. So now, at the END of every day I write down 3 things that I did or which happened during the day which made me HAPPY. Like goes to like and when you finish the day on a positive note you are more likely to start a new day singing from the same sheet. Try it, it really works. Success breeds success and although I originally said when I started the exercise that I would write down 3 things, I often end up exceeding this. Law of Attraction states that the more you give thanks, the more you will have to give thanks for. What we focus on we attract. What we think, we become.
So back to those New Year’s resolutions. After the somewhat hedonistic attitude we all adopt to greater or lesser degrees during the festive season, to take away all of your vices in one go is a recipe for disaster. When you forbid yourself from anything you inevitably succumb at some point and ‘relapse’ and binge. January can be a tough enough month with the Christmas comedown, debt, cold etc. You really don’t need to add to the misery by not sticking to your resolutions. Focusing on your shortcomings will attract more of the same! Ditto your achievements.
Why not try a different approach?Make a list of all of the WONDERFUL things that happened in 2014. Put it somewhere safe. I bet your list has doubled by this time next year…now that’s what I call a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Every Inch A Woman 💄💋

Party Like A Star!

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‘Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.’ Marilyn Monroe

‘I love dry body brushing. It exfoliates. It’s great if it’s the winter and you’re drier. They say it’s really good for circulation and lymphatic drainage, too. The bristles on a dry body brush are pretty firm so it takes some time to get used to, but I just love the way it feels.’
Cindy Crawford

‘I’ve exercised and dieted most of my life, because I’m a big girl — I’m not a tiny little thing. But I’ve realized that the most important thing I can do to look good is just treat myself well, whether it’s getting a nice, long massage or just lying low and not going out every single night. I’ve learned that I can’t have a packed work schedule and a packed social schedule and a packed personal life. I need to just have time to myself to sit and breathe and unwind. Having my priorities in order has really helped me look better, fresher, and more relaxed.’
Kim Cattrall

‘Part of abandoning the all-or-nothing mentality is allowing yourself room for setbacks. We are bound to have lapses on the road to health and wellness, but it is critical that we learn how to handle small failures positively so that we can minimize their long-term destructive effects. One setback is one setback—it is not the end of the world, nor is it the end of your journey toward a better you.’
Jillian Michaels

‘A beautiful person is someone who stays true to themselves and their spirit; someone who is self-confident and can make you smile.’
Helena Christensen

‘I still indulge in a glass of wine or chocolate – treats are mandatory. Without deviating from the day-to-day healthy diet once in a while, it wouldn’t be sustainable for me, and that’s what I wanted an approach to eating to last my entire life.’
Alanis Morissette

‘Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.’
Coco Chanel

‘If I wake up in the morning and look tired and puffy, I fill a sink with ice and cucumber and submerge my face. It instantly tightens everything making you feel and look instantly awake. I saw Joan Crawford do it in ‘Mommie Dearest.’ I also like juicing as it gives you bright eyes with a bit of a twinkle and it keeps your hair shiny.”’
Kate Moss

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Workouts

HIIT Me Baby One More Time!

It’s all about the HIITS! High Intensity Interval Circuits are fast, efficient and they work! You can sculpt your body in as little as twenty minutes a day so no ‘butts’ – that booty’s not going to shape itself! Sizzle in your stockings with this no nonsense power circuit and make Santa blush! As the party season approaches with the ‘no matter how hard you try you over do it’ tag attached, it’s important to stay on course whenever possible. After all, a healthy body is for life, not just Christmas…

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Just Dance!

Just Dance! Zumba

The story goes that a dance/aerobics instructor back in the early 90’s (Alberto Perez – ‘Beto’) forgot the music for his aerobics class and improvised the session using the salsa and merengue tapes that he listened to in his car. The rest is fitness history!
In 1999 Beto left his home in Cali, Colombia, and travelled to the United States where he joined forces with two other entrepreneurs, Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion. Together they branded the word ‘Zumba’ (originally Beto called the class ‘Rumbacise’) and began building an empire which exploded onto the fitness scene and still sizzles around the globe in gyms, halls and dance studios today.
It is a cocktail of aerobic moves, Latin beats and dance styles including belly dancing, cumbia, hip hop, mambo, reggaeton, rumba, salsa, samba and soca to name but a few. The repetitive formula makes it easy to follow and the party atmosphere, pulsating beats and opportunities to channel your inner diva at every turn have never made working out so addictive! Finding exercise programmes that you love will make you more likely to do them and that is one of the keys to smashing your fitness goals. Zumba is suitable for all levels and celebrity devotees include Shakira, J Lo and Jackie Chan.
The non stop hip and body rolls, pumps and twerks target the core for the sexiest sculpt ever. At least that’s how we do it in my classes!
Training to music 120-140 b.p.m (beats per minute) has been scientifically proven to enhance performance levels for maximum benefits. So what are you waiting for? Turn it up, shake it off and I’ll see you on the dance floor!

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Every Inch A Woman 💄💋

‘Tis ALWAYS the season to be sexy!

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