Yesterday I had the good fortune to visit the Malvern Spa, and very nice it was too. The staff were very friendly and attentive and the facilities are fabulous. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
I did notice that in addition to the usual spa treatments, there was an advert for cosmetic injections. I guess that’s not too surprising in this day and age. However whilst browsing the local Live 24-Seven magazine what really caught my attention, and my horror, was the number of adverts for cosmetic surgery. I guess I should respect each individual’s right to make their own decisions about their body, however seeing advertorials aimed at 20-30 year olds for anti-ageing treatment is, in my opinion, wrong. Very wrong.
First, what’s wrong with ageing? To use the well known quote from the unknown author “Don’t regret growing older. It’s a privilege denied to many”. You are beautiful whatever your age. The better care you take of yourself, the better you can expect to look. Which brings me to my second point:
Why go under the knife, with the inherent risks that involves, when there is so much that you can do yourself if you want to improve your looks – and that most people don’t do?
Let me give you an example. Let’s start with the simple advice that we should all drink two litres of water a day. Do you? Every day? Me neither. And yet, when you come across people who do, they are easy to identify. Generally speaking, their skin glows. It looks clear and nicely plumped out. Their eyes shine. It’s not just the water that does it; in order to consume that much water, they generally forego other drinks that are full of nasties which cause dull skin and contain chemicals that your body has to process. I recently met a young lady at a training event who looked incredible; petite with a “naturally slim” (do they exist?) figure and glowing skin and eyes. I watched her at the break, when she took her frozen smoothie from her bag to see if it had de-frosted. It turns out she makes them at the weekend, freezes them in individual containers and then takes one out the freezer and into work each day. Co-incidence that she looked so healthy? I think not.
Your body needs certain nutrients to nourish different parts of it. There is a wealth of information available which will tell you what to eat to enhance particular bodily functions. If this is new to you and you don’t know where to start, I’d recommend Patrick Holford’s books. He knows his stuff. It’s not just a case of eating good food, if you want to truly look your best you need to avoid the bad. Processing the chemicals in convenience foods can put a huge strain on your body. If you want to take this a step further, particular issues with your appearance can be traced to a cause. For example, most people believe that the dark circles under their eyes are due to tiredness/lack of sleep. This may be true, but they are also a sign of food intolerance. An experienced nutritionist will be able to ‘read’ your body and advise how changes to your diet can improve both your appearance and your health.
Anyway, I digress. Back to cosmetic surgery and my issues with it. It’s becoming too normal. I asked what’s wrong with ageing? Now I ask what’s wrong with looking like you. You are unique and you are beautiful. You probably look a bit like your parents and that’s a nice legacy to carry on. I’m all for making the best of what you have by dressing to suit your shape and using colour and make up to enhance your appearance. What seems so wrong is that the current generation appear to be growing up to believe that they should change any of their features which they don’t like – or worse, which other people say they don’t like – in order to fit with the idea of what society deems beautiful. How about loving yourself as you are instead?
If you want to be less flabby and more toned, then make regular exercise a part of your weekly routine. You can do this free of charge! Look up exercise videos on line which show you how to target specific areas, or go for a walk or a run. Regular exercise can change your shape outside; what you don’t see is the increase in the fitness of your internal organs. Your mood will improve, you will sleep better and you will have the satisfaction of learning how to manage your own body.
I acknowledge that cosmetic surgery has a place. I’ve met people who have lost so much weight that they have needed to have the excess skin removed or have had reconstruction after surgery. Also I get that if you have been disfigured in an accident you may wish to consider it. My concern comes from the promotion of surgery as a means of becoming beautiful when you are already beautiful – you just don’t see it yourself. All that’s really needed is a mind-set shift.
Cosmetic surgery promises a quick fix – the opportunity to buy your solution. In this day and age, we want everything now. Lifestyle fitness seems so slow when compared to the results promised by surgery. The difference is, of course, that lifestyle fitness can last a lifetime. Much lower cost, no pain. Once you have changed your mind-set and habits you have control over your size and your appearance for as long as you choose.
Come and work with me and my team for three months. We will show you how you can look fabulous now, feel great, slim down and tone up for a lot less money than you would need for cosmetic surgery and without the pain. In addition, you will change on the inside as well as on the outside and that’s what will make the lasting difference. We will help you to:
- Understand your motivation for wanting to lose weight
- Create a positive mind-set towards your Journey to Slim
- Understand where you are sabotaging your own efforts
- Change the old habits which made you fat into some fabulous new ones
- Overcome obstacles that get in the way
- Learn how to look fabulous right now
- Build an exercise plan that works for you
- Feel confident and fabulous being you
To speak with me personally, email firstname.lastname@example.org. I promise to reply for a no-obligation discussion on how I can help you.