This is one thing that I will not do this New Year…

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It’s the end of January and all month long I have been reading about New Year’s resolutions.  I love the idea of people trying to better themselves and I definitely believe in setting personal goals – after all my new book is called “A Better You”.  I set two personal goals for myself this year – the first goal is to save $15,000 by December 31 and the second goal is to lose 20 pounds by the end of July.  After 30 days I am proud to say that I am on my way to achieving both goals and I hope to keep the momentum going over the next 11 months.

Why do people make crazy New Year’s resolutions?

A New Year’s resolution should be a challenge yet still a realistic goal.  My personal goals this year are not super extra-ordinary, actually losing weight and exercising on a regular basis seem to be very common New Year’s resolutions. My savings and losing weight goals will definitely take a big commitment and an effort on my part but I don’t think that they will dramatically change my life.

I have been reading a lot about New Year’s resolutions and let me tell you, I have discovered some crazy changes that people are making in 2013.  I don’t know if making drastic changes in our lives all at one time is such a good idea because if our personal goal is too much of a change and if it takes too much of an effort we won’t stick with it.

I did not make a personal resolution to get more out of my mornings!

Anyone who has ever lived with me or who has been on vacation with me knows that I am not a morning person. I read an article in SELF Magazine about a woman who wants to get all of her personal errands done before noon.  She wants to wake up at 5 a.m., go to the gym and clean her house all before lunchtime so that she can relax all afternoon and evening.

This is definitely not on my list of things to do in 2013, I love waking up on the weekends without an alarm clock.  I stay in my pyjamas as long as I want to and some days I get back into bed after eating breakfast.  I wouldn’t change my mornings for the world.

What is your New Year’s resolution?

Love Always,

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Today I am going to feel better about myself

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(Cheers to feeling better about ourselves!)

Good Morning! I hope you all had a relaxing weekend, I sure did.  It was very cold here in Montreal this weekend so I stayed inside and watched movies for two days.  It was quite lovely.  One of my New Year’s resolutions is to start liking the way I look and to start thinking about myself in a positive manner.

Losing weight from diet and exercise takes some time (but I will eventually get there) and not liking yourself is not motivating. So I have found some tricks to start liking myself while I am on the path to loving myself.

Use these tips to start feeling skinnier and better about yourself today:

Stand up straight.  Looking at the ground and slouching your shoulders is extremely bad for your posture and on top of that it makes you look fat. When you slouch forward your stomach also slouches, so stand up straight and keep your belly and your back flat.

Drink lots of water. On top of the health benefits (such as hydrated glowing skin and flushing out the toxins in your body) that come with drinking lots of water everyday it also helps you lose weight and feel good.  Keeping your belly full of water will make you eat less because it tricks your body into thinking that you are full.  I am definitely not saying to skip meals and only drink water, but keeping our bodies hydrated throughout the day is a great way to curve our appetite.

Stretch every single day.  When we move around we always feel better, or at least I do.  But unfortunately I don’t have the time or the motivation to workout every single day.  Actually in all honestly my personal goal is to workout 3 times a week and every other week workout 4 times a week.  Like many people I don’t have time to workout every day, however I do have 10 minutes to dedicate to stretching.  After I put on my pyjamas and before I hop into bed I take 10 minutes to stretch out my entire body from head to toe.  It’s relaxing and it makes me feel great.  Stretching doesn’t burn a lot of calories but it makes me feel better and that’s what 2013 is all about.

Always look cute.  When we feel bad about ourselves it’s easy to want to stay in our oversized sweatpants so that we don’t see our true body form. But this is not helping your motivation. When we look good we feel good so for your personal happiness start looking good. No matter what you do make sure your hair is cute and your outfit is matchy-matchy, even if you are just going to get your mail make sure that you look cute and feel good about yourself.

Keep mints on you at all times. This is a simple mental trick; if your breath always feels fresh like you just brushed your teeth you will not want to put food into it.  It’s as simple as that! Just think about it for a minute…how many times have you said no thank you to a bite of food because you just brushed your teeth or because you just popped a piece of gum into your mouth? The answer is probably every single time, so keep mints (or minty gum) on you at all times.

If you want to find other great tips on how to feel better about yourself and finding personal happiness in your life, your career, with your money and with your health be sure to grab a copy of my new book “A Better You: We don’t have to be the best but we can all be better.”  It is now available on Amazon Kindle.

Love Always.

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A Gorgeous Giveaway from PV Body

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Good Morning.  If you are like me then you are trying to turn over a healthier leaf in the New Year. Trying to eat healthy and exercise on a regular basis can be very difficult during the holidays because it seems like everywhere we go there is a table full of chocolate, cookies and eggnog.  But now the holidays are over and the New Year has begun.  It’s time to start working on our New Year’s resolutions and my New Year’s resolution is to get healthy (aka lose 20 lbs.).

My new found soon-to-be healthy lifestyle has taught me three things:

- You have to want to lose weight before you can lose weight.

- You have to make time and an effort if you want to get healthy.

- Exercising has to be fun otherwise you won’t do it.

My new friends at PV Body understand how important it is to want to lose weight and how beneficial it can be to adopt a healthy lifestyle.  Not only do you have the added health benefits of exercising and eating healthy but you also have the bragging rights of being the cutest girl in the room.  When you exercise you feel happy and when you look good you feel happy – so starting working out and get happy in the New Year.

If you are looking to find a better you in the New Year start by exercising…but first you’ll need some cute clothes.  PV Body s a subscription box that sends you premium workout clothes every month at discounted prices.  When you sign up for PV Body you will get a complete workout outfit sent right to your door for only $49.95; the shipping costs are always free and they have an easy to use return policy (although I don’t think you’ll need it).

PV Body was nice enough to send me two workout outfits and I have to tell you that I absolutely love them both.  When you sign up with PV Body you get to fill out a style quiz which makes sure that the tops and bottoms you receive in the mail are the perfect match for your personality.

So what are you waiting for – sign up with PV Body today and start getting complete workout outfits at discounted prices.

Now it’s time for the giveaway.  Enter below for your chance to win a PV Body box with a complete workout outfit just for you! Good Luck to everyone who enters.

Love Always.
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Bye Bye 2012 and Happy New Year!

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In a few hours 2012 will be over and the New Year will begin.  I don’t have big plans tonight but in 2 days I am off to awesome Las Vegas – I can’t wait to get out of this cold/snowy weather. I have just about had it with winter and it’s only December.

I have to admit that I am extremely sad to see 2012 go because it was a great year for me.  I finally finished my first book (A Better You is on sale now!) and I am only a few days away from getting my dream job (more to come on that).  I was also fortunate enough to travel several times this year – I went to NYC twice, I travelled to Denver and most recently I went to Boston.  All and all 2012 was a great year and I am looking forward to 2013.

As a Christmas gift from my BF I got a one year subscription to SELF Magazine and after only 1 issue I am totally loving it (Did you get the JT/Mc Donald’s reference?).  I can’t believe that I lived 32 years without ever reading SELF Magazine, it’s ok because now I am totally hooked and I am going to make up for lost time.

In the December issue SELF Magazine published a year-in-review article that I think is great.  It’s kind of like a diary entry to reflect on all of the great things (or not so great things) that happened to you this year.  Since I am a big fan of diary entries (hint hint wink wink) I felt the need to share.

So check it out, fill in the blanks and tell me…how was your 2012? My answers are below in bold.

- In 2012, I finally chucked my silver necklace that was so old it was changing colour. I’ll never tell youhow long I had it.

- The most delicious thing I ate in 2012 was Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago.

- Last year, my best friends were my biggest fan. Thanks, boo! (you know who you are ladies)

- Because I rocked and published my first book last year, in 2013 I wil treat myself to a week in Las Vegas.

- Too bad the song Diva by Beyonce can’t start playing when I walk into a room.

- The nicest thing someone said to me last year was “your butt looks awesome in those jeans”.

- I was scared when I went to get my annual check up at the doctor. But I did it anyway.

- This year I will reserve more time for exercise.

Love Always,

 

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A Great Giveaway from Bed Head and Revlon

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Good Morning Everyone.  Today we have a great giveaway for our Canadian friends courtesy of Revlon and Bed Head.  The New Year is about to start and what better way to kick it off than with a new hair-do?

Get Great Hair with this Beautiful Giveaway

Our good friends at Revlon and Bed Head were generous enough to send over some products for us to try and some fabulous products for us to giveaway to one lucky Canadian.  Revlon and Bed Head are two members of a beauty empire which also includes Vidal Sassoon.  I recently switched my old hair dryer for the Solutions by Vidal Sassoon Iconic Quiet Dryer and I have never looked back.

I was already a big fan of Bed Head products (I have the hair Straightener) but my new hair dryer has made me the ultimate fan. I love the Vidal Sassoon Iconic Quiet Dryer because it is customizable with high and low heats as well as two different air speeds and a cooling option to help eliminate those unwanted frizzies.

 

If you are looking for a new hair dryer, curling iron or hair straightening flat iron I suggest that you visit your nearest Shoppers Drug Mart to pick up one of these great products from Vidal Sassoon, Revlon or Bed Head.  You can visit the Vidal Sassoon YouTube channel for beautiful hair tips and you can visit their Facebook page to find a Vidal Sassoon salon near you.

Now it’s time for The Great Canadian Giveaway

This giveaway is open to all Canadian residents.  One lucky reader will win:

- Bed Head Curli Pop – 1” Tourmaline Ceramic Hourglass Styling Iron – Retail $34.99

- Revlon Travel Pro Mini Straightener – great for traveling!! – Retail $19.99

Good Luck to Everyone!

Love Always,

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