Boys have it so easy, don’t you think? They don’t crumble in humility at the sight of the Men’s Health cover model and his washboard abs, whereas we can’t help but compare ourselves to Heidi Klum (who’s had two babies!). They don’t stand in front of their open closet, contemplating the 100,000 details that go into putting together the perfect outfit, yet we can go through five or six ensembles before throwing up our hands in disgust and declaring we have absolutely nothing to wear. They are seemingly immune to the ravages of time and, in some cases, get better-looking with age, while we are constantly searching for ways to look and feel younger. And, as if all of this weren’t enough, they can eat whatever they want and not gain a pound. Our waistlines expand just looking at a Krispy Kreme donut.
I’m no different than the rest of you, which means I am also my own worst critic. Self-improvement—both emotional and physical—has recently become my mantra. To that end, I finally bit the bullet and hired a personal trainer, Todd Blackard. It was something I kept putting off, because I thought I didn’t have the money or the time or, frankly, the motivation. Now, five months into it, I don’t know what took me so long.
Here’s why it works for me: Todd comes to my house, even though I don’t have a lick of equipment. (I’ve officially run out of excuses.) Because he shows up at my door two afternoons a week, ready to go with an arsenal of moves, a box full of weights and tubes, a small bench, and a step, I am a bonafide exerciser. And I’m not the only one. Women all over Dallas are choosing in-home personal trainers for the same reasons I did. You can read about Todd and others like him in this issue.
To date, I’ve lost 12 percent body fat. Me! And as tired as the cliché is, if I can do it, anyone can. I hope you’ll flip through this issue of D Beauty and find the inspiration you’ve been looking for to be your best self. This magazine isn’t just about exercise or eating right or the latest trends in cosmetic enhancements. It’s about how to be and stay beautiful—that is, working with what you’ve got. Because, girl, you are fabulous. Don’t let you tell yourself otherwise.