Redefine Your Image: Get the Body You Want

If you don't think you have what it takes to get in shape, you couldn't be more wrong. We're here to tell you it's never too late to change your mind and your body.body image and athleticism

"I'm never going to be in good shape," you tell yourself. "I'm just not athletic. Thin people are a separate species."

If you can't remember the last time you felt good about your body, it's time you changed your thinking. That doesn't mean to start another fad diet or go out and buy the latest butt blaster. It means stop defining yourself by who you were yesterday, and start defining yourself by who you want to become tomorrow. Reinventing your idea of yourself is the first step to becoming the new, healthier you.

We all can be fit, strong, more in control of our bodies and our lives. Fit is not something you are or aren't, it's something you can choose to become.

Exercising and eating right gives you the freedom to feel healthy, happy and comfortable in your own skin. It also gives you the freedom to stop obsessing about food and start enjoying it.

So how do we begin to think of ourselves in a more positive way? How about getting to know the hot-bod crowd for who they really are - humans. They skip workouts, occasionally pig-out on sweets, make excuses not to exercise, and have days when they're disappointed by their bodies just like everyone else. We know because we talked to two people with enviable figures who, through it all, succeed at being fit.

If you think Joan Price, a 56-year-old fitness consultant and author of exercise books including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Health and Fitness, or Stu Watson, a 50-year-old fitness buff and Myprimetime columnist, never have a bad day or moment of weakness, think again.

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