“If you don't take count of your gifts and talents. You run therisk of someone else selling you short.” ~ Ungenita Prevost
Speaking of being soldshort…Ungenita was telling me how she finally got over the 'Wanting To Be Tall Syndrome'. “I had no idea I was short until Iwalked in a modeling agency at 16 years old and they said ‘if only you were5'9’”. It haunted her for years until she landed in Hollywood where mostActresses are 5'3-5'5, which is how she became a Body Double. A BODY DOUBLE…akathey used HER body to make actresses LOOK GOOD. Hello!
“Thirty six, twenty four,thirty six… She’s a brick house.” But who the hell is SHE? That’s definitelynot me. Yet I’m still “mighty mighty”and “ain’t holdin’ nothin’ back”! Dancing to this song in my bedroom, Idecided at a young age that I wasn’t defined by my measurements and that mybody was it’s own kind of sexy. I tried my best to never compare my figure toothers, but I am human, and a dancer none-the-less (meaning that for my job, Ihave to live in the mirror), so there have definitely been moments of weaknesswhere I’ve thought.. “holy shit, I look like a freaking COW!”. But then I get back to reality and realizethat COW is just short for COWABUNGA because that’s the attitude we shouldencompass when we catch a glance of ourselves! Plus, hating my body isn’tgoing to trim inches off my waist. Instead, I’ve learned to love my body andcreatively redirect focus on the parts that aren’t my finest. Wink Wink. Hehe.So, here are my tips to being a TOTAL BABE any day of the week and walk aroundFEELIN’ YOURSELF 24/7!
WORK YOUR BODY
Besides the obvious (6-packabs, toned arms, plump booty), working out gives you that feel-good juice. It makes you walk around proud and getsyou in that ‘I’m a boss’ mentality! Knowing that you are getting your bodymoving and breaking a sweat will have you feeling like you already hit yourgoal weight. If you hate your body, DOSOMETHING ABOUT IT. It’s not about being a fitness model… it’s aboutfeeling strong and confident. You don’t need to torture yourself in the gym. Dosomething you love and something you are good at! Go for a swim, a walk, a yogaclass, rock-climbing, basketball-playing, or make up your own sport! Dosomething good for your body and congratulate yourself for it.
90% diet, 10% working out.We’ve all heard it before and no it’s not a wives-tale... it’s the truth. Ifyou want to have the body of your dreams, you HAVE TO eat accordingly. Instead of focusing on what NOT to eat,practice FUELING your body. Learn what works for you and run with it. Fillup on nutrient rich foods and watch how your body, mind and spirit respond.Your body will love you for it, and therefor you will love it back! I ALWAYSfeel my best when I know I am eating my best. Even if my body is the exact samesize as when I’m eating ice-cream-sundaes, something about a hearty salad makesme feel like a runway model. You are what you eat, so eat beautifully!
PERFECT YOUR POTENTIAL
I don’t care if you feellike a slob, as soon as you do your hair, put on some makeup, slip into a sexynumber and spritz yourself with a yummy perfume, you’re gonna LOVE the way you look! I’m always inadmiration of woman who take the time to doll-up. There is power in puttingin the effort. If you want to love your body, take the time to adore it!
FLAUNT YOUR ASSETTS AND HIDE YOUR FLAWS
You love your petite arms?Got some busty breasts? Long lean legs? An elegant neckline? Take note of yourstrong points and parade them! You’re a work of art and you deserve to be ondisplay! When I’m feeling like there’s a donut around my waist, I’ll wear anice pair of skinny jeans and heels to draw attention to my legs and anoversized shirt to balance it out (okay... and hide my tummy. Shhh...) You’ve gotta work with what you’ve got! BePROUD of your Pretty Parts and focus on that rather then the itsy bitsyless-than-perfect parts. Once you start to notice how many incredible spotsyou have, soon enough you will adore it all!
TELL YOURSELF I AM FLAW-less
If you don’t think it, no one else will. Beauty starts within. You need toBELIEVE it to achieve it. It’s going to take some work and consistency, but ifyou practice it enough, it will become a healthy habit. If that means putting sticky notes on your mirror, writing anaffirmation in your planner, setting your alarm as a reminder, or putting yourbackdrop as an “I AM FLAWLESS..”.. JUST DO IT and DO IT DAILY. Replaceevery negative thought about your body with something you LOVE. Simmer out thestupid self-talk and boil up the bangin’ bod dialogue.
You’ve got it goin’ ongirl! Now show me what you’ve got!