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Self-acceptance: Look GREAT naked NOW! copied article

Monday, July 12, 2010

As I work on this journey to self-acceptance, I found this article and thought it might be helpful to others too! :-)

We MUST learn to love ourselves. I WILL love the ME I am today, while working towards improvement. So... step by step, day by day I'm working towards loving me. Cause I'm fabulous. And YOU ARE TOO!

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How to Look Better Naked (Right Now!)

How to let go of your inhibitions and show off what youíre working with Ė you donít even have to give up your favorite foods!

Donít hide your body from the one person who loves it unconditionally! Being confident in your own skin is a surefire way to turn up the heat between the sheets. The challenge doesnít lie in deprivation diets and brutal workouts at the gym Ė itís all about self-acceptance. If youíre insecure about what youíve got under those clothes, you arenít alone! According to a survey conducted by Elle and MSNBC, about two out of three women arenít satisfied with their bodies. Check out these 8 tips that will help you feel more confident and sexy in the buff today -- all without giving up carbs and chocolate!

1. Accept your body. Comparing yourself to airbrushed celeb photos from your favorite glossies? Forget about it -- itís time to relax, take a step back and realize that thin models in magazines are the minority (the average American female weighs 164 pounds according to the CDC National Center for Health Statistics). The key is to loving the skin youíre in is to accept your body the way it is. There is nothing wrong with your body; itís simply a matter of how you perceive it! Itís important to remember that your spouse is not nearly as critical of you as you are of yourself. We tend to remember criticism and forget compliments. Change this behavior. Instead of focusing on your mother-in-lawís comment about how much weight youíve put on since the wedding, think about all the times your spouse said you were beautiful. Start thinking positively. Instead of blaming yourself for not exercising enough or eating right, make healthy lifestyle goals. Remember, you canít change the past, but you can change the future.

2. Change your posture. Walking around with your eyes glued to the ground and slouching over like Quasimodo [sidenote: I JUST LITERALLY laughed OUT LOUD! ] does not scream confidence. Instead, become aware of how you position your body throughout the day. Bring your shoulders back and keep your head up.

3. Amp up your exercise routine. In order to feel more frisky this evening, work out hard today! Not only does exercise change our physiques, it also release endorphins that make us happy and put us in the mood!

4. Wax it off. Freaked out by body hair? Waxing -- exactly, ahem, where is up to you -- will leave your skin smooth and give you a fresh and confident feeling. If you are wax-a-phobic, groom with a razor or scissor.

5. Primp a little. Wake up a little bit early in the morning to spend extra time grooming yourself. Take time to clean up your eyebrows, comb through your hair, or apply a facial mask. Donít try anything that can cause major skin irritation such as upper lip waxing or using a pore strip because it will make you self-conscious. A little TLC in the morning will give you an extra boost of confidence that can last all day and evening. Cocoa butter is not going to magically erase your stretch marks--it simply moisturizes your skin. Most women develop stretch marks after pregnancy or when they gain weight. Unless you are ready to invest in some laser surgery, there's not too much you can do about them. Donít sweat it. Ask your friends about their experiences -- youíll realize how common stretch marks are!

Although some products and creams may help reduce the appearance of cellulite, there is no magic way to make it completely disappear. Our advice? Same as above: accept it. Hey, youíre just like a celebrity in a magazine! However, some lifestyle changes can help prevent and slightly reduce the appearance of cellulite. Increasing fiber and cutting down on fatty foods, carbohydrates, and salt can help. Decrease your bodyís fat percentage by maintaining a balanced diet and exercising. This lifestyle will not only help prevent and reduce the appearance of cellulite, it has other benefits like increased energy and a better mood.

# Set the scene. The oldest trick in the book is to turn off the lights and pull up the covers when it's time to get frisky. Instead of turning off the lights completely, dim them or use candles. Keep the room temperature cool Ė but not too cold Ė and avoid covering up with the blanket. Focus on your partnerís body and his reaction to yours. Ask your partner which one of your physical assets he likes best -- we bet he has more than one!

# Keep it fresh. Two words: personal hygiene. It sounds pretty basic, but staying fresh and clean will help you feel more comfortable naked. If youíre insecure about body odor, jump in the shower before sex Ė or make it part of the big moment. Your partner will relish the opportunity to lather up with you!

# Slip into something sexy. Itís time to ditch those cotton granny pants (we know youíve got Ďem) and invest in some undies that are sexy and comfortable. When shopping at the lingerie store enlist a sales clerk to help you look for something that works well with your body type. Donít be afraid to try them on over your underwear. Remember, sexy doesnít necessarily mean revealing. Sometimes itís best to leave a little something to the imagination. If you arenít into G-strings or thongs, try a boy short (they even come in lace). Sport your sexy lingerie under your clothes throughout the day Ė youíll look forward to the ďbig revealĒ all day.

-- By Sandra Le emoticon

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GONABFIT 7/13/2010 8:27PM

    lol Cindy, I didn't read the entire article before posting but I'm sure you can look great based on your OWN choice of undies!

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CINDY1TWO3 7/13/2010 11:46AM

    NO, I am never going to ask a sales clerk with help picking out underwear emoticon

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ASHWILLDOTHIS 7/13/2010 11:27AM

    i remember reading this article. thanks for posting it! i wish it were that easy to do though lol

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TRAINER_T 7/13/2010 9:30AM

I think posture is huge, it makes you look more healthy for sure and the only thing you should compare to is where you start from in my opinion.

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  I remember this article - it was an inspiration then and still is now. Thanks for sharing it!

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QUANNA76 7/13/2010 12:21AM

    Good reading

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Birthday Bikini Bombshell: Should I or not?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Hey everyone! My 25th bday is coming in 2 weeks... and I'm going on a beach vacay with my new beau. :-)

I am trying to decide on a swimsuit (while doing my hair, so excuse it in these pics.) and sadly my body is never how I want it when I need to go to the beach. But, I have been working hard and still have 2 weeks. Basically I'm going out on a limb and putting the pic up here... so tell me what you think :-) p.s. I am curvy. Hips, thighs, butt. So... that's probably not going to change anytime soon :-D emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/26/2010 2:29PM

    Let me join the choruses of GO FOR IT!!

You are going to look good out there.

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TRAINER_T 7/13/2010 9:31AM

    emoticonI say go for it!!!!

And show off all your hard work, you look great emoticon

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SUZBFIT 7/13/2010 9:16AM

    Go for it!!! You look great:)

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    Love the bikini. Feel confident in who you are and the work you HAVE done. Just relax and enjoy your time.

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FRANKBUD 7/13/2010 6:08AM

    you look good keep up the hard work

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ROCKNBUTTERFLY 7/12/2010 11:13PM

    man I wish I had a hiney like you :) Looking GREAT!!!

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JOURNEII 7/12/2010 9:39PM

    You look great! Enjoy

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GONABFIT 7/12/2010 5:29PM

    THANKS everyone for you comments!!! ;-D I will bring it along in my suitcase ;) And I may even upload the pic after my trip!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 7/12/2010 12:37PM

    Go for it, you look great. If you got it flaunt it. Jillian Michaels.

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LOTUSFLOWER 7/12/2010 11:53AM

    You look beautiful and strong, I say go for it!

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SILLYHP1953 7/12/2010 11:26AM

    I've heard it said we cannot change our bodies until we accept them as they are now...it looks like you accept and love your body, so as long as you feel comfortable and are NOT worrying about what other people are thinking - go for it. I'm impressed!

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FOCUSEDDIANE 7/12/2010 10:56AM

    You look cute! If you feel good in it, wear it!

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JOKNOWS 7/12/2010 10:41AM

    I think you look great - go for it! And repeat after me, "Curvy is Good!" emoticon

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ARMYGIRL1968 7/12/2010 10:13AM

    Love it, love it, love it!

Happy Birthday!

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FUTURESIX 7/12/2010 7:38AM

    You look terrific!!!! Wear that proudly. We women are supposed to look curvy and womanly not like bone bags :) I'd give quite a bit to have a nice curvy rear view like you have :) Have a terrific time!

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JAUDON 7/11/2010 10:42PM

    Girl, you look so adorable in that bikini! Wear it with confidence, because you know you look good! Have fun at the beach :)

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INSPIRE12 7/11/2010 9:15PM

    I say go for it. You look great. You have curves flaunt them. So many wish they had hips and butt and spend thousands to get them. emoticon

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BEFIT014 7/11/2010 8:51PM

    GO FOR IT!!!

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GREENUNDIES222 7/11/2010 7:26PM

    Beautiful!!! If I had your body I would be rockin a 2 piece so go for it :D

Comment edited on: 7/11/2010 7:27:43 PM

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DIVA14K 7/11/2010 6:58PM

    As long as you feel comfortable go for it. I think you look fine.

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FIT2BTHIN2 7/11/2010 6:51PM

    You look great!!!

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ABQUEST 7/11/2010 5:48PM

    You look great!!! Go for it!!!!

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SAMANTHAJEAN86 7/11/2010 5:17PM

    You definately should wear it, you look great!!

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TINKLOVESBEAR 7/11/2010 5:16PM

    Go for it! I'm lovin the suit! And you look great in it!! emoticonHappy Birthday!!

Comment edited on: 7/11/2010 5:17:42 PM

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STEPHAB1218 7/11/2010 5:00PM

    abso-freaking-lutely!! rock it!! and smile...cuz you look awesome!! ok..sooo u cant see ur ribs...SO WHAT!! You worked hard for what you got so make it work for u on the beach!! :)

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REDHATLADY9 7/11/2010 4:56PM

    I just like the one pc. suit,but that is just me but if you are comfortable in 2 go for it

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SPARKLE1908 7/11/2010 4:46PM

    You look great girl...I say go for it!!! Confidence is very sexy and you should be very proud AND confident of how you look!!

We are always our worse critics but take it from the others..you look great!

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JODY22002 7/11/2010 4:36PM

    You look beautiful!!!!! I am a curvy girl too but man, I have saggy bits. You, however, just look smokin'!!

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DUNKYPOODLE 7/11/2010 4:33PM

    YES YOU SHOULD!!!! You look fabulous!
Happy Birthday! Have a great time on your vacation!

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HJFOGARTY 7/11/2010 4:32PM

    I say go for it - you really look good and your curves need to be shared girl! just beautiful!!! If I had it like that I would show it off!! enjoy your beach day!

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GONABFIT 7/11/2010 4:31PM

    wow! that was nice of you! Not trying to be all insecure of whatever... but I feel like my belly looks fat. lol. Oh well. Maybe I can distract him with my other parts :-D


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REFUSETOFAIL 7/11/2010 4:29PM

    Hell yeah! Go for it! You look fantastic!!!!

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Deja Vu: Ready to be an after

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I wrote this a while ago :-) But It was so good wanted to read it again LOL!!! And It's nice t remember why all this is WORTH IT!

I am ready to be an After! I deserve to be successful. I deserve to feel confident and proud of how I look. To stop tugging on my shirts and feeling unattractive/floppy. To not take 30 mins staring into a closet FULL of clothes feeling like there is nothing to wear. To FINALLY free my mind of my weight and focus on more important things like MED school or happiness or saving the world... anything but 'how do I look in this'. Don't get me wrong, I am more than functional and I am happy with my life for the most part.. but this is an area I would like to change and I have the POWER to do so... so I'm going to do so! For so long I've tried to tell myself that wanting to be a certain size was shallow and that I should be happy with who I am, where I am RIGHT now... and while I know this is true... I am only fooling myself and wasting my time trying to be happy with something that I CAN fix. And believe me I've tried... and I only end up depressed until I decide to just fix it. So... no more excuses. I DESERVE this. And hopefully it doesn't make me shallow. But if it does... LOOK OUT world... Here I come, Young, fit, sexy, intelligent, and shallow... if need be! lol..

I think I may read this aloud DAILY to remind myself that the TIME is NOW for my happiness. This is NOT a dress rehearsal.

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DIVEMASTER01 6/6/2010 8:37AM

    You go girl. I have only 2 pairs of pants fitting me right now and its so tiresome! We can do this together! Keep up the good work!

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SPARKLE1908 5/28/2010 8:17AM

    Great blog!!!!

Keep up the excellent work you are doing!!!

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ALLIEINSHAPE 5/27/2010 10:39PM

    This is NOT a dress rehearsal- so true!!

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GLAMOURGIRL-9 5/27/2010 1:27PM

    emoticon thanks for sharing!!!!!

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KAYYVAUGHN 5/27/2010 1:17PM

    Keep that attitude going. We all need to follow your philosophy.

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PSSN4FITNESS 5/27/2010 12:49PM

    This is a fabulous manifesto! What a great motivator! I completely identify with everything you said. Keep it up! emoticon

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KSTYLEFITNESS 5/27/2010 12:47PM

    This is great!

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NBARTLE 5/27/2010 12:43PM

    sounds like u have a fit mind now u just have to bring it on out- very motivational I am working on a making my mind up as you have.

today you are my motivation thank u! emoticon

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MOMSLIM 5/27/2010 12:27PM

    Great blog!

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MERRYCAKES 5/27/2010 12:23PM

    I love it! Thank you for sharing!

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SVIET10 5/27/2010 12:17PM

    You have the right attitude! Keep up the great work!!!

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My new blog :-) Check me out.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I'm starting a blog... lol. Feel free to visit! But I'l lcopy and paste the stuff here.

My virtual names are gonabfit AND CuteCurlyCurvy (different types of sites different names, sam goal. To have a healthy body, live genuinely, and finally live a life I love) . I think they both describe me beautifully.

Today I woke up late, forgot to pack my lunch and thought the day was basically ruined. Deep breath. Instead of panicing, I decided to throw the 1/2 grilled chicken sandwich into my "cooler bag" aka stylish lunch box and packed a tea bag for my mid afternoon "tea time" and ran out of the door.

My goal is to pack my lunch at night and eat healthier so I can reach my goal of losing 35 lbs THIS year. 2010. No more, waiting til November and feeling sad that I didn't do it. I want my results now. Patiently... NOW! lol. :-)

The rest of the day went well. I am a medica student, so that means I hae very little time to myself. And with a test coming in ~ 2 weeks... 9 days to be exact (but who's counting) I have LOTS on my plate... and my MIND. I took note of my calories toay and was determine o havea deficit. and because It's after midnight and I should be studying, not blogging I'm going to make this short.

Today. 5.19.2010 is DAY 1 of calorie deficit day! YAY! Go Me!
Pedometer reading at midnght: 9293. Goal was 7000 today :-) YAY
Exercise: Zumba at 11:40 pm. to make sure I squeezed in an "actual workout" incase the pedometer cals don't count lol
Calories eaten: total = 1494
Calories burned = 570 total (walking ~ 4.75 miles per pedemoter + Zumba 30 mins)
Fast/Fried Food count = 1. chickfila fried chick sandwich (NO FRIES)
2. 1/2 serving of fries left over from dinner last night.

OH and breakthrough ALERT: For my study snack today I had 5 strawberries 1/2 a banana and a side of 5 cherry tomatoes! Delish and less than 100 cals.

I'm pleased. ANDtomorrow will be better


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GONABFIT 5/27/2010 11:10AM

    Thanks guys!!!

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REDWITCH78 5/24/2010 7:23AM

    Great job! I need to start packing lunches also. I got a second job and need to do more planning, if I going to stay on track.

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ALLIEINSHAPE 5/20/2010 10:09AM

    Doing great to take the time to pack your lunches!!So much better than no lunch or grabbing that fast food. Good going at that exercise too. Good luck with your studies!

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SPARKLE1908 5/20/2010 9:10AM

    Keep up the great job!!!!!!

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SAMANTHAJEAN86 5/20/2010 8:19AM

    Great job, keep it up and those 35 lbs will be gone in no time!!

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YOGINI_JACKIE 5/20/2010 7:28AM

    Nice! I didn't realize that you were a student. It's great that you set aside time for yourself to get healthy. So many times, when we are stressed in academics, we let our health take the backburner. I feel like a healthy body is equivilant to a healthy mind--I need to remember that when I return to school this fall! Keep it going!

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KLS777 5/20/2010 2:24AM

    Good going, considering the study and the stress!

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I am... Random Musings. + RESULTS!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I am.

I am capable

I am all of the above!

I am my flaws and they are me. Thankfully my flaws are a small part of who I really am.

My thighs are large....
enough to carry me each day and make it through two marathons.
therefore I love them

My hips are wide
no longer willing to hide
the femininity hiding inside of me.
no longer willing to hide under these layers of fat.
these layers of protection.
trusting my body to tell me what it needs
no longer willing to waste time dulling the emotions
I know I need to feel
no longer willing to be anything but REAL

REALLY present.
really feeling each emotion
even when they are so intense all I can do is cry.
or laugh
or cry and laugh

I am free

Free to be me. Completely.
( I am a Lioness (LEO) and i LOVE this picture. Makes me smile! )

Now... thanks for taking the time to read that! Here are my results for the month 4/12 -5/12
Lost 3.5 inches!!! WOOOHOOO. Will weigh in on Friday and update the weight I lost in the past month... My usual pattern is to lose inches FIRST... for a long time... lol... then pounds!

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MSTECHTEACHER 5/13/2010 9:47AM

    I love your I Am...Random Musings. Very poetic. Congrats on the inches lost; what a feat! emoticon

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SPARKLE1908 5/13/2010 9:09AM

    Hey lady..great job on the lost inches..I'm sure you'll have a great weight loss as well!!!!

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ALLIEINSHAPE 5/13/2010 9:08AM

    Very good to be you, small flaws and all. Great job with your inches lost and I am sure you will have similar results in weight loss along with it!

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ETHEREALCAT 5/13/2010 12:24AM

    Great blog and great profile pic!!

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