Updated: May 24
Body Improvement includes how to wear a hat, how to wear earrings for your face shape, how to apply makeup in ways to enhance your looks, how to choose the right length necklace for a dress, diet tips, exercises for specific areas of body, dress shapes for your figure, and glasses shapes that flatter. On this FREEBIE I will have a few suggestions. More suggestions will be in the blog posts at www.gagasglitters.com/blog
To begin I think we all need to think positive. You need to love your body the way it is. You may want to change a part of your body a little but basically love your body. Be in the mind set that you want to do whatever you can to improve your body so your life is better, you are more positive, full of energy and ready the little child you were and love her/him, comfort and heal her/his hurts, disappointments, or abuse. Show her/him the good parts of his/her childhood. Bring out the positive and heal the disappointments in your inner child to heal your adult self. If we live in the past, we can't go forward to the present or the future.
Next, daily sayings. I have learned over the years to have these sayings and use them as needed.
It is, what it is.
Take one step at a time.
The first step is the hardest step.
Ready, go for it!
Try something new, it is good for you.
Take one day at a time.
If you can't change it, don't fret it.
Be kind to others, regardless of whether they are kind to you.
Do something for others as often as you can. (Animals included)
Your home place is important. Change the color or clean it up. It changes your mind's pathways if you are happy in the space you are in.
Do simple stretches. Walk around your house several times as in do in-home laps of walking.
Be sure to raise your arms above your head several times each day.
Sit with as good as posture you can, raise your computer screen, adjust your chair.
Get outside. Just sit and let the world go by. Walk the dog, take the baby for stroller ride. Check on a neighbor. Just walk. Stop at a park and walk if you can.
Next, Nutrition Recently I read about intuitive eating. The theory is if you just listen to your body, you will not eat, if not hungry. You will quit eating when satisfied, not eat to clean the plate. If you feel you need meat, you will eat meat. If you feel you need sweets, you will eat a sweet, etc. It will balance out over the week. If you like this idea, read some more about it.
1. Reject the Diet Mentality! Throw out the diet books and magazine articles that offer you the false hope of losing weight quickly, easily, and permanently. Get angry at diet culture that promotes weight loss and the lies that have led you to feel as if you were a failure every time a new diet stopped working and you gained back all of the weight. If you allow even one small hope to linger that a new and better diet or food plan might be lurking around the corner, it will prevent you from being free to rediscover Intuitive Eating.
2. Honor Your Hunger! Keep your body biologically fed with adequate energy and carbohydrates. Otherwise you can trigger a primal drive to overeat. Once you reach the moment of excessive hunger, all intentions of moderate, conscious eating are fleeting and irrelevant. Learning to honor this first biological signal sets the stage for rebuilding trust in yourself and in food.
3. Make Peace with Food! Call a truce; stop the food fight! Give yourself unconditional permission to eat. If you tell yourself that you can’t or shouldn’t have a particular food, it can lead to intense feelings of deprivation that build into uncontrollable cravings and, often, bingeing. When you finally “give in” to your forbidden foods, eating will be experienced with such intensity it usually results in Last Supper overeating and overwhelming guilt.
4. Challenge the Food Police! Scream a loud no to thoughts in your head that declare you’re “good” for eating minimal calories or “bad” because you ate a piece of chocolate cake. The food police monitor the unreasonable rules that diet culture has created. The police station is housed deep in your psyche, and its loudspeaker shouts negative barbs, hopeless phrases, and guilt-provoking indictments. Chasing the food police away is a critical step in returning to Intuitive Eating.
5. Discover the Satisfaction Factor! Japanese have the wisdom to keep pleasure as one of their goals of healthy living. In our compulsion to comply with diet culture, we often overlook one of the most basic gifts of existence—the pleasure and satisfaction that can be found in the eating experience. When you eat what you really want, in an environment that is inviting, the pleasure you derive will be a powerful force in helping you feel satisfied and content. By providing this experience for yourself, you will find that it takes just the right amount of food for you to decide you’ve had “enough.”
6. Feel Your Fullness! In order to honor your fullness, you need to trust that you will give yourself the foods that you desire. Listen for the body signals that tell you that you are no longer hungry. Observe the signs that show that you’re comfortably full. Pause in the middle of eating and ask yourself how the food tastes, and what your current hunger level is.
7. Cope with Your Emotions with Kindness First, recognize that food restriction, both physically and mentally, can, in and of itself, trigger loss of control, which can feel like emotional eating. Find kind ways to comfort, nurture, distract, and resolve your issues. Anxiety, loneliness, boredom, and anger are emotions we all experience throughout life. Each has its own trigger, and each has its own appeasement. Food won’t fix any of these feelings. It may comfort for the short term, distract from the pain, or even numb you. But food won’t solve the problem. If anything, eating for an emotional hunger may only make you feel worse in the long run. You’ll ultimately have to deal with the source of the emotion.
8. Respect Your Body! Accept your genetic blueprint. Just as a person with a shoe size of eight would not expect to realistically squeeze into a size six, it is equally futile (and uncomfortable) to have a similar expectation about body size. But mostly, respect your body so you can feel better about who you are. It’s hard to reject the diet mentality if you are unrealistic and overly critical of your body size or shape. All bodies deserve dignity.
9. Movement! Feel the Difference Forget militant exercise. Just get active and feel the difference. Shift your focus to how it feels to move your body, rather than the calorie-burning effect of exercise. If you focus on how you feel from working out, such as energized, it can make the difference between rolling out of bed for a brisk morning walk or hitting the snooze alarm.
10. Honor Your Health! Gentle Nutrition Make food choices that honor your health and taste buds while making you feel good. Remember that you don’t have to eat perfectly to be healthy. You will not suddenly get a nutrient deficiency or become unhealthy, from one snack, one meal, or one day of eating. It’s what you eat consistently over time that matters. Progress, not perfection, is what counts.
My Physical Therapist says "Every condition can be improved by having better nutrition". So pass up the processed foods and fast foods, and steer towards fresh, home prepared meals. We all know this but ….. Try to look at articles about those people who prepare lunches for the week on Sunday, make meals in multiples and freeze, or make pouches to add to the crock pot for meals ready when you get home and other brave ideas. Some of what they say and do is very reasonable. Pick the best ideas for you. Ones that are doable. It will be better for your body.
Next drink water Well, you probably have heard many things about drinking water, how much, when, flavored or not, etc. It is important to drink enough water for a healthy body. How you do it is up to you. Find something that appeals to you and do that.
Next figure out your body shape, your face shape and your eye shape. This if fun. I am going to refer you to some sites that help you with these three shapes.
You can find other sites for this but don't. For now just deal with these three and come up with an answer. You will use this information in the future posts to have fun with clothes, hats, makeup and what style of jewelry is best for you!
Last: The total picture, not all at once, step by step: Body improvement is a total picture of you. It takes time to figure out what you can do in each of the above areas. You may have to do some reading to see what other people do. You may develop a method that others will want to hear about! Try a few areas or a few ideas in one area. Just do it step by step. Don't jump in to a lot all at once or you will get tired and stop doing it ALL. Just incorporate a few things this week and a couple the next week and so on. That way you are more likely to follow through.
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