A BETTER YOU
‘You know that saying: “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”?’ she asks. ‘Well I say, “nothing feels as good as health
‘I heard about the incredible Egyptian Magic Skin Cream (£29 for 118ml; boots.com) from Janice Dickinson when
I was in the I’m a Celeb… jungle. The ingredients are all-natural, like olive oil, beeswax and honey – I smother it on my face and it leaves me glowing.’
Feeling strong and comfortable in your own skin is far more important than tiffing info size 8 jeans. It’s about being the best version of you, because strong has no size. Sexy has no size. That’s the message of the book.’ But what about those who might feel a fhree-monfh programme is too great a commitment to stick to, or argue they don’t have the time to fit in Gemma’s prescribed four workouts a week and cook homemade meals? ‘Twelve weeks is nothing in a lifetime,’ counters Gemma. ‘Think of it as a celebration of what your body is capable of, rather than a punishment.
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It’s all about getting into the mindset that you can do anything. Everyone has 12 hours in the day – it’s up to us how we use them. It always baffles me when women say, “I’ve got three kids so I won’t be able to do it”. Well, let me tell you, growing and birthing a baby and ‘Feeling strong and comfortable in your own skin is jar more important than fitting into size 8 jeans’ being a mum makes you Wonder Woman anyway. It you’ve been through that and grown three babies, you can do a 12-week plan! I don’t think us women give ourselves enough credit. Just set yourself the challenge and think of the end goal.’
The end goal, Gemma is keen to stress, is not that you should try to look like her. ‘I want women to rediscover their own inner warrior princess by focusing on what’s good tor them, because we’re all unique,’ she explains. ‘My mum always told me that comparison is the theft of joy, and that if you compare yourself to others there will always be someone slimmer, prettier, curvier or more successful than you. I went through a phase in my 20s of wanting to look like Kylie Minogue, but the last time I looked anything like her was when I was nine years old! As I get older, I appreciate that I’m 50 per cent my mum and 50 per cent my dad, who are the most important people in your life. So why would I try and tight or change that? You have to work with what you’ve been given. I’d like women to read the book and think “I don’t need to look like anyone else, because I look like me and I feel great.” I want all women to feel good about themselves.’ Amen to that.
‘I wanted readers to feel like they’re sat in my living room chatting to me over a glass of wine about men, life problems and body issues, while at the same time learning that you can look and feel your best but still have a life too,’ explains Gemma. ‘Things haven’t always been easy for me, but I’ve battled through the tough times and am now feeling my most confident ever with the help of good food and exercise. I just wanted to share with women the tools they need to be their happiest, healthiest self while still allowing for the odd slip-up. Because periods, holidays, Christmas and girls’ nights out happen, and we will gain weight at times, but that’s okay because we’re human. The key is knowing how to get back to being your best self.’
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