The chat on one of the message boards that I belong to has recently revolved around ideas that can be incorporated into our daily lives to help us lose or maintain our weight at a healthy level. In particular, the consensus was that if we feel and act in a chic way, then eating chicly will often follow. I like to think of all of these things put together as a Chic Quotient. A great little book that has helped me immensely is Chic and Slim by Anne Barone which can be ordered from her directly. It has lots of great ideas in it about how to be chic and slim, and how chic as an attitude can help you in your quest to be slim. Today I wanted to share with you some ideas that Marsi, one of my fellow members at the message board, has graciously allowed me to post here. I found them very inspirational, and a great reminder of things to do on a regular basis to help you up the chic quotient in your life.
- Get rid of all the unhealthy foods in your kitchen and only buy things that are good for you. You can’t eat what’s not in your kitchen.
- Keep a food journal
- Declutter when you move to your new apartment.
- Buy cute things to work out in so you feel attractive. Target has good stuff.
- Review your “style book” if you have one. If you don’t, then make one now. Like a magazine shot of someone’s makeup or outfit? Tear it out. Found a good article about French style? Print it. Put it all together in a 3-ring binder, and review, review, review.
- Give yourself a manicure/pedicure, take care of your face (masks, etc.), exfoliate your body in the shower and apply a nice lotion, condition your hair and get regular haircuts, etc. Take care of your body, even though it isn’t where you want it to be … yet.
- Watch movies that inspire you to be chic, whether it’s an old Audrey Hepburn, the “Sex and the City” series, “The Devil Wears Prada,” French movies, or whatever.
- Use post-its on your computer monitor, bathroom mirror, etc. to remind yourself to sit up straight at your desk, keep your chin up (literally, to help prevent a double chin), do glute squeezes or raise/lower yourself on your tiptoes while you brush your teeth, etc.
- Baby steps! Keep them up. Bonne chance!