If you asked me to describe myself in three words, ‘sexy’ wouldn’t be one of them.
Who am I kidding? It wouldn’t even come close. I spend my days in tracksuit pants, no make up and my unbrushed hair pulled into a messy bun.
But, 2015 is my year. As JT once said, I am bringing sexy back.
Let me start by clarifying, ‘sexy’ to me does not mean I’ll be wearing skimpy dresses to Mothers Group, or talking seductively to everyone I meet. I won’t be taking up pole dancing lessons, buying risqué lingerie or even practicing my Beyonce moves in front of the mirror (ok, I can’t promise on that).
I will however be bringing it back in my own way – who is with me?
Sexy to me is about feeling good about yourself, both inside and out. You feel sexy when you are happy, healthy, positive and confident.
Let’s break it down so we can do this together…
It’s a well known fact exercise releases those happy endorphins. Aside from that ‘happy feeling’, exercise has so many other health benefits that attribute to you looking and feeling better about yourself. Whether it’s a spin class, taking your kids for a walk in the pram or star jumps in the lounge room – the main goal is to get your body moving.
Often Mums are time poor (me included!), so I try to incorporate my exercise into the kids day as much as possible. Whatever works for you is a winner as long as you can keep it up. Goals help your motivation so here are my suggestions;
- Book in a fun run. Do it with a friend so you can train together and motivate each other.
- Join a team sport. You won’t want to let your team mates down each week.
- Exercise in the morning. You are done early and can reap the rewards throughout the day.
- Exercise when you are waiting. Whether it’s waiting for the water to boil, the bath to run, the kids to stop crying. Do squats, star jumps, push ups, whatever takes your fancy.
Common sense says healthy eating will have you looking and feeling better. When you are eating right everything just works better and you have that happy healthy glow.
Now, I am by no means an advocate. Today the kids and I indulged in pancakes for lunch. Not our usual meal but rather a request from my two year old that I simply couldn’t refuse.
Life is too short not to allow treats now and then – just all in moderation. Even just a few changes to your diet can make such a huge impact.
So, here are my suggestions;
- WATER, WATER, WATER. Ok and some wine. But seriously, you will be thankful if you drink litres of water each day and it will show.
- Second helping? Portion control plays a massive part (pardon the pun).
- Eat fresh, eat wholesome and eliminate those packaged foods a little. Smoothies are my go to – you can throw so much goodness into one cup and it’s easy to drink on the go.
A positive thinker is ultimately a happier person. They are a person that sees the bright side of life regardless of what curve balls they are thrown. Of course, naturally in life there are unhappy times and sad periods, however it’s all about making the most out of every situation.
One of my fav Instagram follows is ‘Smiling Mind’ – a constant reminder that happiness is an inside job. It’s something we all individually have to work hard at everyday. Here are my suggestions on how to increase those positive thoughts;
- Don’t sweat the small stuff. We are all guilty of this (me especially as a worrying Virgo) – however I remind myself; what benefit does worrying have? We can worry to our hearts content, it won’t change a damn thing.
- Start each day with a grateful heart. Think of something you are grateful for, happy about, excited for. Big or small it doesn’t matter.
- Surround yourself with happy and positive people. Their zest for life will rub off.
BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE
Confident people inspire confidence. However, reality is most of us have those feelings of self doubt now and then.
The good news is confidence can be learnt and built on through your life. It comes from feelings of acceptance and belief in your own ability and skills.
Trust in yourself – YOU HAVE GOT THIS. Here are some suggestions for boosting your self worth and self esteem;
- Book in something you wouldn’t normally do. From shark diving to public speaking, the options are endless.
- Put yourself out there. Often this can be daunting but in more cases than not you will reap the rewards. Whether it be starting something new, meeting new people or going to new places – they all count.
- Dress up, put some lippy on. If ever in doubt this will definitely give you the pep up you need.
Lets do this.
What does ‘sexy’ mean to you? TELL US in the comments below.