The one thing it took me years to realize is there is a difference between being a celebrity with a great body and a “normal” person with a great body. You can say what you will about using the techniques of the stars, but the bottom-line is the same: they pay good money to look that good.
I don’t know what your purse strings look like, but I am definitely a mommy-on-a-budget. I don’t now, nor have I ever, utilized a personal trainer and the closest I’ve ever been to a “spa day” is getting my hair and nails done at the beauty salon (no days spent at Elizabeth Arden for me); and while it sounds quite lovely, I don’t have a masseuse, on speed dial, ready to come and caress my cares away on a weekly basis—although that would be lovely.
No, I’m just an average woman, with kids to raise, bills to pay, and a household to run.
That said, my ability to stay healthy and fit has a lot to do with my own desire to look sexy as hell—both in and out of clothes—and a little to do with keeping the Grim Reaper at bay for as long as I possibly can (the women in my family have been known to succumb to chronic health issues far before their time; I aim to buck that trend). But I realize that in order to accomplish those goals, I’ll have to do the work. No one is going to help me lift those weights, walk past those Milano cookies, or slip on those trainers. I have to do it—not for a movie, video shoot, magazine cover, or video—for me.
So, whenever I see a magazine cover yelling at me about the bodily perfection of (insert any hot celeb name here), I can appreciate the quality of it’s well photoshopped cover and then move the hell along because I know that lady had a lot more help than I ever will—and that’s fine. It is what it is.
Listen: women are not magazine covers. We weren’t meant to be magazine covers and shouldn’t strive to be. If you’re looking for toned legs, fantastic arms, and a nice butt, then you’re going to have to do the work for it. Sure, you can employ a trainer (they won’t likely be a celebrity, but they’ll still be a nice resource for someone just starting out), buy a gym membership, or shell out cash for whatever hot fitness DVD is burning up the informercial world at the moment, but it’ll still going to come down to you and your motivation.
Celebrities have the world at their feet to look like they do: nutritionists, trainers, style consultants, hair and makeup artists, etc. You have…you.
Keeping that in mind, the next time you pass a magazine rack with a photo of (again, insert great bodied celeb name here), have some perspective, don’t beat yourself up too much, and understand that in their case there was a lot more at work than just a point and shoot.
Does that mean you can’t look like a million bucks, too? Of course not, it just means you’ll have to work harder to do it.