YourTango Experts tell us how to cast off mental and physical weight in time for V Day.
With the new year in full swing, it's time to buckle down and get ready for Valentine's Day, whether you're spending it on a date or out with friends.
1. Try A Mind/Body Cleanse
The best way to prepare yourself is to do a mind/body cleanse. These are two exercises one can do to cleanse the mind and body of last year's junk, thereby opening it up for new treasures. Love Advice For My Formerly Hot Self
Cleansing the mind requires intention and dedication. You can start by choosing positive affirmations that you like and connect with, like "I am ready for all new relationships that come my way this year!"or "My relationships are filled with Love, Passion and Connection and are based on mutual respect." Some good one for the body are "I love my body and all of its imperfections" or "I am healthy and fit now!"
Using affirmations is a good way to retrain your mind to go to positive thoughts before negative ones. Some research shows human beings have 12,000–50,000 thoughts a day. So start affirming now so you can switch your thoughts from negative to positive and make an impact in you life.
I don't have to tell you diet and exercise are the best combination to get your figure ready for any occasion and eliminate those pesky love handles, but here is one secret I have used throughout the years to flatten my belly and tone my body: nightly sit ups, 500 to be precise. I bet if you do 500 sit ups every night from here to February 14, you will be more than ready for your date, you will be smoking hot!
—Micaela Bubola Life Coach/Relationship Coach
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