Grace, regarding your post, this might help! Recently I have taken to putting the kids to bed at the time they should be going to bed 8.30pm – 9.00pm. The holidays have somehow led to a ridiculous lack of bedtime timekeeping, we even got as far as 10.30pm and bearing in mind that they are 10 years old and under this was not a positive step forward. I realised that even though they were waking up 2 hours later than is the norm (lovely if you want a morning shag, but if like me you absolutely don’t, then it’s no use to anyone) I was not eating my supper until 11.00pm and by then I was not myself at all. No time to read, have a bath, shave legs, write thank you’s, keep up with e-mails or even worse pluck eyebrows with wizard Professional Illuminating Tweezers byLA Tweezethat A. gave me for my birthday (with a light at the end of them so that one can see the brows without glasses) anyway, now that I have all this new found time on my hands, I do randomly put on the TV and the first time I did this I watched a film, AN ENTIRE FILM!! Anyway the only film worth watching (maybe) was The Proposalstarring Sandra Bullock and a very handsome man, who actually didn’t look so handsome in the last scene because the camera had him facing it for once but for the rest of time, and side on, he was gorgeous. What a funny film! I am not a lover of comedy, let alone a chick one but this is a very funny flick and if you get a chance to catch it will be worth your free time.
More importantly I saw a programme entitled How to Look Good Nakedandbelieve me this really, really is not the sort of stuff that I would usually watch but it seemed reasonable to watch something that might help me to look good naked or at least feel good naked, not very likely, but worth a try. By the end of the programme, which I could not turn off, I felt pretty bloody good about being naked. Mr Gok Wanmay be patronising (I can’t work it out) but somehow or another he nurtures every woman that he comes into contact with and genuinely seems to break down their dysfunctional body image issues, of which I have many. Anorexia at 14 was the start of it all and some of the stuff that goes with the illness probably still remains with me to this day; it is a long story and I will not bore you with the details, but if you suffer from serious body image problems as I do, and have, since way back then, I would encourage you to watch this programme. It is inspiring (not in the “Richard Gere” spiritual way obviously) but most importantly it does not attempt to drag a woman towards the dentist’s chair for a new set of teeth, or serenade her with promises of what life could be like for her if she were to diet and exercise religiously for 16 weeks. What Mr Gok Wan does is to take what she already has and make her proud of it. After watching the programme for the first time, I took a top out of the cupboard that I had not worn for at least 3 years and wore it with pride, I cared less about the lumps and bumps than I had for decades and honestly (sadly you may think) I am now watching Mr Gok Wan as often as I can, because as far as life lessons go, his is a good one. Don’t let’s waste precious time worrying about what we look like, it’s all about confidence ….we are attracted to confidence are we not, and if even a tiny part of our raison d’être is about trying to make ourselves feel attractive, then here is the answer? We do need a little encouragement along the way I know, and this man offers up encouragement in bucket loads.
P.S Just incase you need reminding……..yes, I know what you’re thinking…gerbils.