The Body Issue

Had enough of bikini season?

Had enough of bikini season?

It’s that time of the year again! We’ve all been there. Approaching the cashier at our local pharmacy when your routine is interrupted by the reminder of what month it is; Colorful magazine covers containing images of palm trees and super models in bikinis fill the racks conveniently right next to the self-rewarding candy bars. It’s July and the monologue you begin with yourself goes a little something like this- “I haven’t done any squats or Pilates. And I definitely haven’t given up pizza. Darn that Heidi Klum. It must be photo shopped! That woman has had babies and a busy schedule. How the heck does she look like that?! Screw my metabolism and my family genetics and the stressful job that keeps me from going to the gym. Everyone else is at fault for my body issues!” And that’s when you reward yourself for an Oscar worthy performance by reaching for a Butterfinger.

Here’s some advice for our self-loathing tick itching at the checkout stand: Buy the magazine featuring the swimsuit model along with your favorite candy bar. You’ll be surprised to find out that the celebrities honored for their hot beach bodies are also human beings that occasionally dive into instant gratification via Snack Aisle. In the June Issue of Us Weekly’s “The Body Issue” featuring Heidi Klum and 100 celebrities inside the cover, they each share their challenges with dieting and the pressure of bikini season. What’s so refreshing to know is that there isn’t any “one secret works for all” to become beach ready. Not one person had the same routine as far as exercise or food they ate. In fact, some were advocates for simply staying on their feet for a majority of the day and breaking the candy bar in half, saving the other half for later indulgence.

Changes in diet are usually a turn-off because people tend to think of the immediate “elimination” of favorite foods when what you’ll discover from the bikini Gods is to create space between indulging. If you can tackle this part of the process, next on the list is adding an activity you’re comfortable doing. Comfort is key. If you don’t want to lift weights, get to work on that pile of old school books in your room. Cleaning burns calories. Movement burns calories.

Most of this information is common sense however it’s not common-doing. The barrier between common sense and the doing is based on our behavior and how we handle life situations. How we manage stress says it all. You could have your plan to be healthy and hit the gym after work when wham! A simple phone call from someone takes ahold of your brain and gets your anxiety going and your response is accompanied by a couch with a bag of potato chips. You made the choice to give that situation your attention in such a way to deviate from your initial plan. Instead, you could let that phone call hit your voicemail (if it’s that important), hit the gym for half an hour (if the missed call is still bugging you) then give that person your attention. Some of us are very immediate in our response to situations which isn’t a bad quality by any means but when it chips away at your self worth and time, remind yourself that you are your biggest priority. Your body is worthy of your undivided attention and you only get one precious shell so treat it well.

If seeking extra guidance outside of your home seems ludicrous, think again. There are many professionals who are passionate in helping others make better life choices when it comes to stress and food. Yo-yo dieting and extreme work outs aren’t the answer to achieve confidence in your image. Even the photo shopped stars eat nachos and take a day off.

Learning how to moderate our favorite indulgences is a learned process, not a light switch. So be patient in your classroom of life and invite Heidi Klum to your study sessions. She has good notes. ;)