This week The Glam Gals at Fab After 40 are hosting Fashion Flash. Since I found their site I spend less and look better. They have helped me pack for travel, choose the best outfit for a reunion and look great running about my grandchildren in the playground. ( In fashion concious New York, style is important even when pushing swings). I think my favorite posts deconstruct the latest fashion trends into flattering looks for boomers. For example, if stripes don’t flatter your figure “wear” them in a bag or pair of flats. Be sure to check out their site and click through all the Fashion Flash info-packed posts.
I’m still not able to commit to an arm shaping program, so I was psyched to find a book that drills down on the subject. Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy by JJ Virgin starts with a low carb/ high fiber diet that offers helpful strategies for following well-known nutritional principles. This includes the right way to make shakes, wraps and salads to maximize protein and vitamins and minimize fat, calories and carbs. The exercise section offers a pretty intensive program of burst exercise and weight training. Ms Virgin cautions against “girly weights” and recommends using the heaviest weights where you can still do 8-10 reps in good form. To crank it up even further, the weight training should be done sitting on a fitness ball.
There is certainly no shortage of diet and exerrcise advice, but what what makes Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy unique is the section on caring for the skin on the arms. It recommends exfoliation with loofahs, moisturizing with a sunscreen and moderate self tanners or spray tan to make the arms look firm and trim. Now this is advice that I can follow.
The author is a celebrity trainer who has often served as the on-air nutritional consultant for the no-nonsense Dr Phil show. But I am more impressed by her education which includes programs in biomechanics, sports medicine, and exercise physiology.