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As another holiday season looms, I gaze into the mirror and long to see a different me: A me minus the 25 pounds that have “magically” appeared over the last 2 years. In my mind’s eye, I can still see my perfectly thin, firm thighs. Where did I misplace them?
I also dislike my now-full face and downright despise having my picture taken … sound familiar?
Many of us are obsessed with the uber-thin look we see in magazines and on TV. I work in the industry, so I see these skinny, beautiful and generally sweet girls almost daily. And I can tell you, it’s not healthy or even realistic for most of us to be a size 0, 2, or even a 4. This is something that exists naturally and effortlessly in only a small percentage of the population.
I was getting downright depressed looking at the scale, and the size on my clothing labels. So I made a deal with myself to end the madness. I decided to give myself a gift this holiday season. Instead of resolving to starve myself, I resolve to accept myself and even admire my own beauty. For you women out there reading this, I invite you to stop being so hard on yourselves. There are bigger issues to be upset about!
My Gift to You:
1. Every day, look into the mirror and find something truly positive to say to yourself and mean it!
2. Stop dressing like a frump. The better you look, the better you will feel about yourself. Lipgloss and mascara do wonders as well.
3. Be healthy. If you aren’t already involved in regular exercise or making healthier food choices, start now. Any bit of effort is an improvement.
4. It’s okay to have chocolate. It is not okay to over indulge!
5. Commit a random act of kindness daily. It does not have to be a big thing, but you will amazed how good it can feel to do something completely selfless.
Being positive has been a great boost for me. No, the pounds haven’t magically disappeared. But the confidence I exude results in a lot of head turns when I walk down the street. The best reward: My husband thinks my “meaty” thighs are sexy! 🙂
Makeup Guru Margina Dennis has worked her magic on some of the world’s most recognizable faces, from Phylicia Rashad to Melissa Rivers. Her work has been seen in Teen Vogue, Wired, Entertainment Weekly and on MTV, Fox Sports & CNN. To see her work, please visit marginadennis.com.