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Progress On My New Year’s Beauty Resolutions + Tips For Improving Posture

June 3, 2013

At the beginning of this year, I picked out 3 New Year’s Resolutions to focus on.

Now that we’ve reached the mid-point of the year (gosh, how time flies!)… I thought it would be appropriate to come back to this subject and report on the progress I’ve made with each of them.

1) Reduce Sugar Intake

As far as reducing sugar intake goes, I’ve been really good about indulging in sweet treats only on rare occasions. Even then, I don’t tend to overindulge.

If you want to understand how sugar negatively impacts your skin, read my post on How Sugar & Inflammation Can Be A Recipe For Bad Skin.

When it comes to sugar, I do have one weak spot… I can’t NOT eat bread and croissant for breakfast!

Croissant For Breakfast
 

Yes, bread counts as sugar. But in my mind, I’ve excused this habit of eating high-carb french breakfasts only because I’m not going to be living in France forever.

And I know that when I leave, I will always sigh and think back about those flaky, buttery croissants with wistful longing…

2) Take Better Care Of My Hair

Haircare has actually been my strongest point.

My hair is longer, softer and shinier now than it was at the beginning of this year.

Better hair 2013

And this has been made possible because I follow my own 5 Basic Hair Care Tips and use the help of some incredible haircare products. Like this one and these three.

3) Improve My Posture

I’m so glad I chose only 3 New Year’s Resolutions! I knew that they were going to take a lot of time and focused dedication.

This has been especially the case with my resolution to improve my posture.

Although there’s a wealth of skincare and haircare information out there, when it comes to posture, I feel like I’ve pretty much been left on my own to figure things out.

While it’s good to encourage others to improve their posture, I think people should do it constructively.

I had this grandma from the Philippines who would visit us and freak out about how awful my posture was. It just always made me feel terrible about myself. To the point that I now secretly suspect I have some form of scoliosis.

I say if you’re going to make people feel terrible about their posture, at least dish out some real advice on what people can do to begin improving their posture!

Improving Posture

Here’s what I’ve worked out (so far)…

How To Improve Your Posture

– This is just a hunch, but I think the shape of your feet has a lot to do with the way that you stand. For example, if your feet have a good arch, it is easier to distribute your weight evenly and stay balanced. But if you’re flat footed like me, you have to work a little harder to balance your weight evenly across your heels and the balls of your feet.

– Don’t lock your knees. They should stay soft and slightly bent.

– There are six points to be mindful of along the length of your body, and they should be in line with each other. 

This picture shows five of them. 

Good posture points
 

– I say there are six points because you should also think about the point on the crown of your head.

– As my dance teacher once put it: imagine a string going through the length of your spine and out through the center of the crown of your head. Then imagine that this string is being pulled gently up.

– This means that you’re not tilting your chin up or forward. You are simply lengthening your spine through that imaginary string being pulled up along your spine and through the center of your crown.

Your spine has natural curves built in. Having curves in your spine does not mean you have scoliosis! Don’t try to iron your spine flat.

– It’s very important to wear shoes that support good posture. High heels are not posture-friendly.

– We sit a lot and stare down at our computers. So take lots of breaks to stand up and stretch.

– Someday very soon, I am going to build myself an ergonomic workspace. This means, my computer screen will be at eye level, my keyboard will be at elbow level, and I’ll be standing instead of sitting!

Aaah! I can’t wait!

What about you, how is the progress of your New Year’s Resolutions coming along?

My Top Three Beauty Resolutions For 2013

December 31, 2012

When it comes to habits that could improve my life, I could write pages and pages of things that I need to do  in 2013. But this wouldn’t actually be a very effective way of getting things done. Nope, nope. The best way to actually Get Things Done!… is to just pick a few things. And then focus on them.

I practice this simple habit on an everyday basis: I pick three important things I need to do. I write them down. And I do them. This doesn’t mean that I don’t get anything else done. It just means that I keep my focus on these three things that are most important to me.

I also pick out my New Year resolutions in this same way. But this year is going to be a different. In addition to picking out three new New Year resolutions as I normally do, I am also making a separate set of resolutions!!

These resolutions revolve around the themes of Beauty and improving my overall physical well-being.

So here they are!

1.) Improving Posture.

This one’s tough! I say this because it’s something I’ve been working on for a while now, admittedly in a haphazard manner. As a person who stands at a looming 4’11, having better posture for me could mean gaining one more inch to my height! Which could mean breaking into the world of 5′ tall people. Hah, finally!

Seriously though, having good posture is so important for beauty and health. This is true for anyone, man or woman. Because having better posture not only makes you look younger and more confident, it will actually make you feel it too. And over time, it will help to avoid back complications. So improving posture is first on my list.

2.) Decreasing Sugar Intake.

Sugar is killing me. Sweetly and silently. I’m not just talking about the sugar crashes and my highly fluctuating waistline. I’m saying that when sugar is broken down in my body through the process of glycation, it causes inflammation and creates free radicals–making me age faster and more susceptible to diseases like cancer.

Although I can’t completely cut sugar out of my life (come on, let’s be serious), I am going to do my DARNDEST to cut down on the refined sugar that comes from breads, cakes and pastries. And if you’ve ever been to France and walked into one of their bakeries, then you already know the ridiculously unfair battle that I have in front of me.

3.) Hair Care For This Bear. 

All year long, I’ve been chirping skincare, skincare, skincare! In the meantime, my hair has become a frizzy,  flipping, flying in your face case of neglect. So for 2013, I resolve to take better care of my hair.

This will mostly mean eating more nutritiously. Because as I have chirped time and time again on this blog–your beauty is what you eat! But also, I am going to start incorporating new things in my hair care routine, such as masks and oil treatments.

So. Will I make good on these resolutions? Stick around to find out. I will be reporting on my progress throughout the year.

What about you, what are your Beauty and Health related New Year resolutions?