Thank you all for your fabulous emails and fantastic feedback about your own personal feedback.
When it comes to losing fat around yoru midsection and reshaping your abs. I have first hand experience.
I love working on my abs and I know what It feels like to have more stomachs than a cow. When I wore size 16, I would get do anything to try to camouflage my round center.
I was a big hot mess. I even wore flowered dresses! What was I thinking? On missionary Sunday when we had to wear white to church, I looked like a big round fluffy cloud in a third grade play.
I am so thankful for forgiveness. That’s right I had to forgive myself for eating and allowing my body to grow to that size. Before I learned to forgive myself, I felt guilty about mistakes I had made and things I had said that were not nice and things I had done that drove me to overeat and abuse my body with laxatives.
I learned that if I forgave myself the wounds would heal; my mind would be free to move forward and work on my future instead of always looking back and feeling bad all over again. DUH??? How schitzo is that? I am so happy to be free. You can be free of it all too.
Here’s what you do….
You make a list of all the things that hurt you, bur, you, nag you ad haunt you. You sit quietly and you forgive it all. You can say it any way you want, you just have to forgive it all and them all. Then you forgive yourself and when you are finished, you state openly out loud: All is forgiven in my past and in m present. I forgive them all and I forgive it all.
I forgive myself. Yes…I forgive myself and all is well between them and all is well in me. I am free to move forward and be the person I WANT TO BE!
When I did that, I was able to move one and lose the weight that was destroying my self-esteem. It has never come back. Now, I get crazy if I gain over two pounds. I will never allow fat to destroy my body again.
Okay, now that we are all healed, let’s move on to some body shaping ideas.
One of my favorite artists is Gwen Stephani. She had a baby not too long ago and she looks fabulous. Let’s take a look at what she does to stay in such sexy baby mama shape.
She said, “I have to struggle to have this hot body! ”
Gwen is famous for her washboard abs but it’s not easy for her, and that is something she always tries to emphasis. She hates those ‘naturally beautiful’ people and admits to having to work extra hard, but the hard work always pays off. She tried yoga but it didn’t work out for her so she sticks to more traditional exercises. I do the same. I do stretching in my workouts, but I have to stay with fat burning, energy driving workouts.
Typically Gwen Stefani has low glycemic fruit for breakfast. She eats chicken kebabs for lunch. She snacks on Soy Latte from Starbucks.
She has a nutritionist who also travels with her. She mainly eats lots of protein, fish (especially sushi) and vegetables and her favorite drink is Vitamin Water. Her occasional treat is pizza but when she feels the pounds creeping on she eats little and drinks goats milk.
“I go through phases with food, like everyone else. If something cool is coming up and I want to look good, I get into my healthy fitness mode and take care of myself, then as soon as its over, it’s like, ‘Hooray, let’s go get pizza.’ I do whatever I want; I become a lazy slob and watch TV. ”
It’s great to know that Gwen is normal like the rest of us, but it’s also great to know that she is totally dedicated to fitness and real workouts.
You guys that are on my Quick Start Energy Program should feel great knowing Gwen is eating a similar diet and she looks hot on stage and TV that adds ten pounds to her appearance. If you don’t have the Program, got to my web page and read about it. There is so much great information on there. I use the anti-cellulite info daily on all of my clients. Even if they don’t have dimples on their body, I want to make sure they never get them.
Gwen Stephani – Baby Mama Abs.
Her Personal Trainer is Gunnar Peterson. Here is her favorite ab exercise that he taught her.
“I have her lie on her back on a fitness ball with her legs in front, making a bridge. Then she holds a medicine ball behind her head, by her right ear. Then she curls her body up and brings the ball diagonally across to her left knee.” For abs like Gwen’s, you have to repeat the exercise on the same side 8-12 times. Then swap over, taking the medicine ball by your left ear and bringing it to your right knee. For peak performance, repeat the whole exercise three times.
Gunnar says it’s a fab routine. He explains, “It’s great at working the abs, but also because you have to rotate it’s wonderful for toning your obliques and giving you a better work-out than a traditional crunch. It helps keep feminine curves in check.”
It feels so good when your abs are flat and you don’t have to wear t-shirts and long tops to cover your belly. I have to work my abs five days a week. My favorite exercises are basic crunches, reverse crunches and the bicycles I wrote about in my newsletter. These three basic exercises keep the SHAPE of abs, flat and they stay tight and hard without sticking out and looking bulky.
‘I would much rather have a fitness model or a dancer’s set of abs than the hard core sectioned six packs. It’s great for those women who want that, I just personally prefer a slightly softer, sexier set of abdominals. If you want to train your abs go and check out my Maximum Abs DVD. It is quick, efficient, fun, has great music and it will give you a good solid burn for sculpting your abs.
Peace and Blessings!