by Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA
Trying to lose weight over the holidays before you run into those high school friends back home, the ex-boyfriend who hasn’t seen you in 20 years, or the crotchety old relative who said you’d never amount to much? Fuggetaboutid! Give yourself the ultimate gift of self-love this season and revel in the ribald revelry of the season with some gusto, acceptance, and balance. Being “thin” was not always in. Being healthy and active (with good posture* See our series on the subject. You are welcome!) is always in style. And hotter than mulled cider!
Health and beauty are inside jobs! Body image and a “perfect physique” are matters of perspective, culture, history, and whatever the mass media tells us.
Can you say “Mixed Messages?” Don’t believe us? Take a brief tour through past wistful wishes for va-va-voom figures. Look at what people were willing to do to achieve that “look du decade.”
Don’t make us talk about you years from now! Our gift to you as we wrap up — no, not gifts. We are not that organized! — Work the look you already have. Embrace it; Look it in the eye and say “Ell-bees – you and I are going into the New Year together baby, guilt- and stress-free!”
Whoa now you Vixens, Dashers, and Red Nosed sorts! Don’t go overboard — or is that “oversleigh?” We said give yourself some body-lovin’ self-acceptance while staying active, not plunk down your hiney so finey!