My Top Tip for Summer Body Confidence

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Summer time! Shorts, t-shirts, bathing suits…and lots of photoshopped images of body perfection. Well, forget that. I’m all about whole-body health, and that starts in the mind!

Or does it? There is tons of information out there these days about “positive self-talk,” “loving yourself,”  and “embracing your flaws.” But this isn’t easy to do and takes lots of time. In the meantime, life goes by and we realize we’ve been too uncomfortable to put on the bathing suit, put on the shorts, and enjoy life outdoors.

So today, I’m giving you my very best tip. It is easy, quick, and doesn’t take any type of thinking or mind-blowing change. It’s self-tanner!

Seriously, this was a game-changer. I have tried tons of them and will tell you, from a 52-year-old’s persepective, that it really does improve the appearance of any cellulite. spider veins, bumps or lumps. And that in itself helps you to be more confident.

Okay, ladies here is my current favorite. There are many that last a long time and are much more expensive. But this is my budget-friendly tanning confidence in a nutshell.

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I seriously love this stuff! I didn’t believe that it would work. You take a bath or shower, put some on and rub it in, pat yourself dry with a towel and get dressed. That’s it. It doesn’t have tons of that nasty self-tanner smell and is gradual and natural. I have used it daily or every other day all summer long. My husband even asked if I’d been out in the sun tanning myself (as a melanoma survivor my answer was a resounding no, as he hoped).

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This stuff is really good. It looks natural and gives me more of a CC cream type coverage. Not too thick, not too little. Goldilocks perfection here. 😉 It is thick and can be a bit difficult to deal with since it ALSO contains sunscreen. I love multitasking products. I use an inexpensive foundation brush and also prepare my skin with a few drops of Rosehip oil (which is a favorite moisturizer of mine~a tip I learned from my friend Lisa Pentony of Pilates by Lisa. I put it on daily and my skin looks like it has a nice, subtle tan.

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This stuff is fantastic. It works overnight, dries quickly, and contains self-tint that helps you not have streaks. It also lasts several days, meaning you don’t have to reapply as often as the Jergens. That said, it’s pricey at around $30 a bottle. I ‘ve not bought it yet but would DEFINITELY do so. It would be fabulous to use before a big event or vacation so you don’t have to deal with daily maintenance.

 

And, shout out to Ipsy! My $10 a month Glam Bag subscription contained the Wet Moisturizer Sample and the St Tropez so it was a great way to try those out.  If you’re interested in checking out Ipsy, here is the link: Ipsy. 

Do you use self-tanner? What are your quick and easy tips to feel good about yourself during the summer? Leave a comment and let me know.

 

The Nike Slogan, or “Just Do It”

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When it comes to exercise, we all have excuses. I don’t know how, what will I do, what if I get hurt, I don’t have time…I’ve heard them all and honestly it perplexed me for years. Exercise is like brushing my teeth. I feel so much better and it is just one of the most pleasant parts of my day that I couldn’t relate to these thoughts.

Now mind you, I never SAID that to anyone. I just smiled, listened, and nodded sympathetically. Following my husband in his pastoral ministry for 22 years means that I’ve learned the sympathetic ear, nod, and diplomacy pretty well. 😉 Okay, those are actually pretty much parts of my personality too. 😀

Then things changed for me. My husband transitioned out of full-time ministry MUCH earlier than we expected. And not as we had hoped. It was one of those “thank you for your service here are your options” type of situations. I have a daughter going into her sophomore year of college, a son who is pretty much independent from us (but who we help with things occasionally), and another son who is 17 and has two years of high school left. HOMESCHOOL, people.Which means a mom at home, right?

My husband and I made the decision for me to seek part-time employment to supplement things while he decides what he will do next. So now I’ve been looking for jobs with a 23 year gap in my employment history on my resume.

So what does all this have to do with exercise? Fear. What if I can’t find work, how do I start, where do I look, what if I get rejected, fail, etc? Suddenly, I get the fear of exercise! All the things I feel about job hunting are what you may feel about moving your body.

So what have I done? The Nike slogan has been mine lately: Just Do It. I have had rejections, yes. Some leads, yes. Some opportunities, yes. Some I don’t like, others I do. But nothing would have happened if I hadn’t first reached out to people, told them my situation, asked for advice and then done something.

So today, do something to change things. Lace up your shoes and take a walk for 10 minutes. Research a type of exercise you’ve always wanted to try. Ask a friend to go to a class with you. Admit the fear, and feel it.

Then be brave and do it anyway.

 

Digging Out


It’s real. Moving Day was two days ago and chaos still reigns. So I wanted to share a few tips for digging out of the boxes before leaving the moving posts behind.

  1. The bedroom is priority number one. Make sure you know where your sheets are and your bed is set up. Sleep trumps everything else.
  2. The bathroom comes next. This trip was pretty funny because our house had no shower rods! (We are renting before buying). So at 10 pm we were buying shower rods. Taking a shower felt amazing after a long day.
  3. The kitchen is important. Unless you want to spend a lot of money and eat tons of unhealthy fast food, rip open your kitchen boxes and get the pans out! Even if you end up moving things around later, eating well will help you power through busy days of unboxing, re-arranging, and settling in.

Coming later this week: Some of my favorite healthy “fast food” you can make when you are short on time.

Moving Mindfully

We all know it. Exercise matters. But how many of us actually have a consistent fitness routine? 

I began exercising in my late 20s to get off unwanted pounds. Somewhere along the way all the Jane Fonda Abs and Step Reebok videos changed my why.  I continued the routine because of how I felt. Alive. Having fun. Less stressed. Happier.

But none of that happened off the bat. Honestly, none of it happened until I found Step workouts-they were just fun to me. It felt like a reward, like play, to pull the step out and pop that tape in.

In the 25 years since, the how and what of movement have changed. My body has aged. I have had three children. My needs and my definition of fun are poles apart from that 27 year old me jumping on an aerobic step. But my why is the same. Because I feel better. Am happier. And I still like to play.

So find exercise that brings you joy. Stick with it. And reward yourself for the baby steps you take. 
PS My things these days are dog walks and Pilates. My at-home streaming instructor is Lisa Pentony of Pilates by Lisa. She has a fun, month-long challenge starting Monday, if you want to try it out. The code MEMBER will give you 10% off your first month. Lots of prizes, articles, E-book, live chats, etc. So much fun! Let me know if you try it out. Your first 10 days is free! 

Welcome to Almond Butter Babe

Welcome to my blog! I am an almond butter addicted pilates enthusiast who is passionate about living life well.

You will find lots of recipes and ideas about moving your body in a way that feels good. Come join me as we seek to live a good life in a balanced way-with plenty of laughter, dark chocolate, coffee, and almond butter on the side.