There are clever coconut oil uses above...and a zillion more DIY’s and ideas for coconut oil: everything from toothpaste to weight loss right HERE!
You want to be confident and feel confident, but what if you’re starting with little or no confidence? How do you get from Point A to Point B? True self-confidence isn’t an overnight acquisition. It takes dedication to realize you are a good human being that is worthy of respect and love.
- Recognize your insecurities. What does that voice in the back of your mind say? What makes you uncomfortable or ashamed of yourself? This could be anything from acne, to regrets, friends at school or a past traumatic or negative experience. Whatever is making you feel unworthy, ashamed, or inferior, identify it, give it a name, and write it down. You can also tear these written pieces to start feeling positive on those points.
- Bounce back from your mistakes. Remember that no one is perfect. Even the most confident people have insecurities. At some point in any of our lives, we may feel we lack something. That is reality. Learn that life is full of bumps down the road. And that often these insecure feelings come and go, depending on where we are, who we are with, the mood we’re in, how we are feeling. In other words, they are not constant.
- Be thankful for what you have. A lot of the times, at the root of insecurity and lack of confidence is a feeling of not having enough of something, whether it’s emotional validation, good luck, money, etc. By acknowledging and appreciating what you do have, you can combat the feeling of being incomplete and unsatisfied.
Celebrating my 20 lbs lost, here’s a before and during for you guys!
I’m 5’3 and currently wanting to lose 7 more lbs. Sometimes I feel like nothing has changed, but seeing this I know I’m a completely different person! Stick to it guys! Once you ditch the diet and start EATING CLEAN everything changes.
- doesn’t exclude foods
- is made up of foods, not numbers
- is varied and flexible
- is not restrictive
- allows you to trust your body
- is not obsessive
- doesn’t use food as a reward or punishment
- doesn’t have to be “perfect”
- allows you to live your life, but it is not your life
- does not exclude any food group
- consists of foods that make you feel energized and healthy
The Abs Have It
One of the biggest motivations for any workout is getting the ab definition of a goddess, but it’s pretty tough to navigate just how to get there. This crash course in washboard workouts will have you sweating and crunching in no time [and nearly all of them are free! More money for this, I suppose]. Enjoy!
Sparkpeople 15-Minute Abs Workout
Tara Stiles Yoga for Strong Abs
Sadi Nardini Ab Transformer
Sadi Nardini Yoga for Core Strength
Body Rock Kissable Abs
Body Rock Epic Abs
Fitness Model Abs Workout
Victoria’s Secret Abs Workout
SarahFit Endless Summer Abs
HULU FITNESS CHANNEL WORKOUTS
Envy Girls Abs of Envy
SELF Firm Flat Abs Fast!
Exercise TV Incredible Abs
Jillian Michael’s Mini Workouts: Abs
‘The Situation’s’ Ab Workout [jk. kind of.]
Jillian Michaels Six-Week Six-Pack
Crunch-Free Extreme Abs
Pilates Workout for Abs
Yoga for Fit Abs DVD
ONLINE PRINTABLE WORKOUTS
Lady Gaga’s Ab Workout
Sadi Nardini Ab Transformer
Women’s Health Flat Abs Workout
FitSugar Ab Workout
12 Foods for a Flat Belly
Eating to Flatten Your Stomach
Jillian Michaels on Abs
[Originally posted on MatchstickMolly.com]
Anke Engelke photographed by Ellen von Unwerth for Vogue Germany, March 2013
WHAT IT DOES: This classic ballet move targets muscles in the arms, shoulders, center and back. It tones and sculpts lean, graceful arms, while building upper body strength and excellent posture—no weights required!
HOW TO DO IT: (watch the moving image to see Mary Helen Bowers performing swan arms.)
Starting Position: Stand with your neck and shoulders as relaxed as possible, your feet together in first position or parallel, and your knees slightly bent. Keep yourself lifted, but not stiff. Your hands should remain graceful and relaxed; let them simply follow the movement of your arms.
- Pull in through your stomach and open your chest.
- Keep your neck long and stretch your arms out to the side, into second position.
- Drop and bend your elbows down without collapsing your chest—keep your chest open and lifted.
- Lower your arms, then lift your elbows and raise your arms from the elbow, lifting your hands to your shoulders. You can begin slowly and add more speed as you become more comfortable with the movement.
- Lower your arms again and lift, staying lifted and open through your center and chest. Imagine that you are moving through water. Do 8 counts, 4 sets.