You can lose or gain weight if you make up your mind to follow a diet plan faithfully. Thinking, talking, weeping and wailing about your weight is not going to change it. A conscientious diet program is the only way to add or shed pounds. Good eating habits are good beauty habits. And what you eat affects not only your figure, but your skin and hair, as well. ~John Robert Powers, Secrets of Poise, Personality and Model Beauty, 1961.
For last Wednesday’s charm school lesson, we got real with ourselves and did a head to toe evaluation of our physical and personality attributes. This week, Mr. Powers gets tough with us and tells us that if we don’t like our figures, we need to commit to doing something about it rather than just moaning and complaining about it.
He then goes on to tell us that we need to tone our bodies through exercise in addition to dieting: “It is not enough for a fat woman to lose the excess poundage. She must exercise so that the skin tissues will be firm and youthful.” Mr. Powers continues by reminding us that exercise will also help with our posture, graceful movements, and poise no matter the current size and shape of our body.
But, Mr. Powers is quick to point out, diet and exercise will not affect our bone structure. We also need to make sure we create the illusion of perfect proportion by employing styling techniques.
Sometimes the truth has to hit us right between the eyes before we make a commitment to our health and changing our current lifestyle. If it takes vanity to get us healthy again so that we can live a fabulous Technicolor life, I’m all for it!
I’m not going to tell you which diet plan is right for you. Our circumstances are all different. There are a lot of sound, nutritious programs (most of them free) and it may take some tryouts with different plans to find one that works right for you. I am currently focusing on portion size and calories with an emphasis on eating lots of “victory garden” types of food and reducing (not eliminating) my starch and sugar intake. Is it a pain measuring and writing everything down? Yep. But the alternative is even more painful and leads to a diminished life. What is the payoff for you?
Mr. Powers concludes this section by telling us:
Your body was intended to be beautiful, functional, and graceful. If it is not now, it is up to you to make it become so. Eliminate the negative aspects of your figure by working hard to bring it into the proper proportion through diet and exercise.
Are you ready to stop thinking, talking, weeping, and wailing about your weight?
To your fabulous Technicolor health!