Saturday, August 4, 2012


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The summer is finally here! But while we celebrate the emergence of the sun – usually with a gin and tonic – part of us wants to curl up and hide. What happened to that ambitious beach body regime we drew up a couple of months ago? Fear not, there’s still time to tone up for the summer.

Firstly, don’t start tomorrow – start right now. If you keep putting off a new routine, you’ll only make it harder. Start making changes to your lifestyle right now.

One of the main culprits for piling on the extra pounds, without really noticing, is snacking. Most of us are partial to snacking at work or in the evening, once we’re sprawled out in front of the TV, and it’s a hard habit to break. Instead of cutting it out completely – a tactic that’s unlikely to work – try a substitution method. Instead of jelly beans, try dried fruit for your sugar kick. Rather than grabbing a bag of crisps, opt for unbuttered popcorn – a great snack which also fills you up.

But there’s really no avoiding it – you need to get active to tone up. When planning a new exercise regime, choose something that you enjoy. Some of us love running, but others hate it. Don’t force yourself into anything you’re likely to resent – it’ll only mean you avoid it like the plague. Opt for an exercise that you’ll get some enjoyment out of, or make it into a social event by attending an exercise class with a friend.

If you need a little inspiration, try investing in some new exercise gear. It’s amazing what you’ll do for an excuse to wear that hot new adidas Originals racer-back top! Remember, it’s the small changes that usually make the difference. Walking to the shops instead of driving can make a big impact – especially if you then carry all your shopping home with you afterwards.

Keep your goal in mind. Whenever you feel like reaching for the chocolate, think about your upcoming holiday. And remember that putting on the pounds is a hundred times easier than burning them off. A 30 minute class of Ashtanga yoga burns 154 calories, and a chocolate muffin contains 440!

Ultimately, if all else fails, there are still a few cheat options. Fake tan is one of the best slimming techniques around, and with the right application, can hide a multitude of sins. 
Thank goodness! 

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GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle said...

Good post. I think getting new workout gear, and clothes, is an excellent suggestion.
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Yellow Tete said...

I like your post ;)

What do you think about my new beach outfit?

Mary said...

Hi lovely,
I really like your post!
I just found your's so cute!!
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kimberly said...

Great tips! Thanks for sharing :)

XoXo, Kimberly

Carmen Ri said...

Such good tips! I use a hula hoop for exercise and it is so much fun!

Carmen Ri.

Michelle said...

Great post - you've reminded me that I've been needing to go on a diet and get a new workout routine >.< aaah, not looking forward to it at all!

Street Fashion Paris said...

Nice infromation!!! can't wait to see more!!!

Diva In Me said...

Good one with the fake tan! I'm so tan right now till I needed to change the color of my foundation...Maybe it's a good excuse for makeup shopping! =D

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Steph Yt. said...

great post! i am so taking your advice to getting bikini ready!!
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Antonella C'est moi said...

Great post my dear!!!kisses

Lisa said...

great tips!!! i need to cut out snacking!!!!!!!!! salty snacks are my weakness!

Lauren said...

It is sooo hard to cut out sugar--the really bad fat culprit!!!

Loving your blog,

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Benedetta (Daddy's neatness) said...

wow that great suggestion! Thanks 4 sharing! ;D



BBella said...

great post :)
would you like to follow each other?

xx BBella

Street Fashion Paris said...

Thank you for your tips now I know

Jessica said...

i am trying to focus on this as well! it can be tough as exercising is not in my nature but you are right you just have to suck it up and get on it :D


Isabella | THE PILE OF STYLE said...

You have a nice style, love the blog and your ideas :)
Check out mine if you've got time.

Ana Pejkanovic said...

Great post. Very inspiring.

Bravoe Runway said...

I haven't gone to the beach once this summer....def time to break out the bikini :)

Andie Willows said...

i love your writing!

xoxo, andie
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Elisabeth. said...

Great post !

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Francesca Romana Capizzi said...

Very useful advices! Thanks a lot!

Izzy said...

oh sigh..."ambitious beach body" rings such a clear bell in my head haha. I had this goal but lately I've been falling by the wayside, still eating too much and still not being active enough. thanks for the boost of motivation. I found a really good tip in your post to be to always keep your goal in mind. we don't carry around a mirror everywhere we go so often we just blindly think it's ok to eat crap and not worry about the consequences. anyway thanks again for the reminder! xD

Allison said...

Love how you're both wearing pink! So cute!
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Fashion Lookbook said...

Pink! lovely color.