up a bit later than usual today, due to internet stalking last night, for hours, about Ines de la Fressange, which mysteriously morphed into stalking Jane Seymour's beauty, exercise & diet routines. I watched a few video clips & interviews of both of these ladies, & once I'd handled my beauty envy, I started to notice an interesting pattern. And I've noticed it with Elizabeth Hurley too. Jane is upfront about watching her diet, but not obsessively & does some exercise, but everything in moderation. Elizabeth does watch her weight & professes to do just a wee bit of running (which she loathes....my new word for things I don't like...if you saw how Elizabeth says it....you would want to charismatically say it too.....), & she does some bottom clenches & sit-ups. Ines does not exercise, & being so long (5 feet, 11 inches), she can probably chow down, albeit chicly, more food than a short person. And all 3 also do a lot of different things, within their life. They are all busy women who get results.
All 3 have stayed slim. How can one stay so slim as these ladies & not diet & exercise obsessively? I think it's something that all 3 have in common: they all talk very fast, & each professes to move fast in their daily lives. Ines talks & moves the fastest, using her whole face, body, & voice, expressively, as well as waving her hands all over the place, as she talks. Chicly of course.
It seems that non-stop movement burns up extra calories during the day. In the USA fitness scene, it is sometimes called fidgeting, & the point is that you frequently stop & do a stretch, or some callisthenics, or something aerobic for a couple of minutes.....& have some water, of course, throughout your waking hours. Moving throughout the day in this way is not actually chic, to me. And I have read, also, of fitness coaches of about 15 years ago, saying things like: "if you want to lose weight, move fast"....& although this was pertaining to exercise, it does seem to be a feature in maintaining, & losing, weight.
So this is something I am emphasing these 30 chic days: moving faster throughout the day. If Ines does it, I am sure that it must be chic. This was my focus today.
What I'm doing is errands, blogging, dog-sitting, getting "stuff" ready for a village market that I'm taking part in this weekend, & teaching a yoga class tonight.
My whole routine went awry very quickly & unexpectedly, this morning, I suddenly left home before morning yoga (so that went by-the-by) & had to skip breakfast. So I had brunch at home a bit later: coffee, a slice of meatloaf & an egg. The moderation here was actually not adding some toast. Muffin for afternoon tea. A small roll with peanut butter a few hours later, & dinner was out, after the yoga class: salad, small piece each pumpkin, potato & kumura, a slice of bacon, an egg. Dessert was 2 small, home cooked, shortbread.
What I wore: black, loose fitting, but not baggy, Amy Taylor trousers. I love them so much that I bought a 2nd pair. Red long sleeved teeshirt, el cheapo from Pagani. It was the only red winter tee that I found in a colour that flattered me. Black poncho, black ballerinas.
What I read: I didn't!! I was so behind with my day that it just did not happen. I did manage to read day 7 of howtobechic blog, 30 chic days, though. And ordered Parisienne Chic by Ines, from the library. Ines, of course, being the epitome of parisienne chic.
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