Picture the scene: you’ve overslept by half an hour. Time ticks by as you rush to get dressed but can’t find anything that fits properly (despite the fact that your cupboard is completely overflowing), and anything that does fit is outdated and boring. The good news is that help is at hand, and looking and feeling good is really quite simple. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps.
Believe it or not, it starts from the inside. If you feel good about yourself, chances are you’ll look good too. It all begins with confidence. If you’re happy and confident, others will see it too – so be yourself and focus on your good points instead of wasting your time and energy focusing on your flaws.
Being healthy on the inside has a lot to do with what, and how, you eat. With the right ingredients, you can indulge in all your favourite desserts too – that is in moderation of course. The secret lies in looking for healthier alternatives to use in your cooking, of which there are many. For instance, Canderel Green, a low kilojoule sweetener, sweetened with extracts from the South American Stevia plant, is a useful alternative to sugar, and what’s more, it contains virtually no carbohydrates. Other healthy substitutions include choosing whole wheat breads and pastas, swapping one whole egg for two egg whites to decrease cholesterol, and using canola or olive oil to replace butter but mimic the flavour.
So, you’ve worked on building a happy and confident attitude and made a few important changes to your diet, now there’s just one thing left to do – get moving. Exercise doesn’t need to take much time; in fact, it’s relatively easy to make a few changes to your everyday routine to keep you fit and healthy.
Starting the day with a walk is good start, even if you park your car in the furthest parking spot to increase the distance you need to walk to reach your destination. Forget about lifts and take the stairs whenever you can, it’s a quick way to get that heart pumping. Don’t be tempted to use your desk job as an excuse. A few buttock clenches will keep you looking firm and toned. Squeeze and release for five seconds and repeat 10 times, three times a day. There’s never a reason to keep still and you will be amazed at how much you can move your body, even when you’re talking on the phone.
The new you is almost ready to go, but you may just want to add a few new items to your wardrobe to complete the picture. Remember that shopping doesn’t have to break the bank. Get an idea of styles you like by reading magazines and browsing the internet, and shop with these in mind. The key to shopping is not to dress for fashion, but to dress for style. Buy classic, quality pieces that best suit your body shape, remembering that true style has nothing to do with shape, so dress to make the most of your good points.
Here’s to your new image. All it takes are a few small changes and the knowledge that it all comes from within.