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Alone time is an incredibly rare occurrence for me and, I’m sure, for many of my Parfait readers! Who has time to be alone when you have business conferences, parent-teacher meetings, grocery shopping, pediatric appointments, all while trying desperately to squeeze in a much-needed hair consultation?

I’ve begun to take these rare moments very seriously because it’s the only time that I get to mentally pamper myself. For starters, I like to walk around in my lingerie because, believe it or not, it’s a great boost of confidence. Give your body some TLC the next time you’re home alone. It’s a little awkward at first, but you’ll begin to embrace your curves in no time! Lingerie just has a way of making every woman feel sexy.

Here’s my ultimate cheat sheet on how to take advantage of, what I like to call, “my selfish minutes in heaven”.  You’ll begin to feel like yourself again by doing the things that bring pleasure to your life.


Enjoy your mid-morning wake-up call with a warm cup of coffee. Turn off your phone.


Now is your chance to read that romance novel you bought two weeks ago, but haven’t had a chance to flip open.


Shake what your mama gave you! We all practice our dance moves when no one is watching. This counts as exercise, right?


I love online shopping at home. I know what does/doesn’t look good on me. I know my true size and never try to size down. I know what colors enhance my skin tone. The key is to know your body.


Take a selfie. Love yourself by taking selfies for your eyes only. Ten years from now you’ll never understand why you ever criticized yourself and wish you had taken more!

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There’s no escaping the thought of needing tight glutes and flat abs when your social media feed has nonstop updates about your best friend’s new Lululemon tights or your man’s new weight training goal.

If you’re not sold on the idea of working out because you believe your body is perfect the way that it is- and it is! – then maybe these other perks might convince you to  run one mile a day. If I can’t convince you, then maybe our favorite leading on-screen women can!

1.  Increases Happiness

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In the words of Elle Woods, “happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t” and I couldn’t agree more.  When we exercise, our body releases neurochemicals called endorphins into our brain that help relieve stress or pain. Studies show that those who once suffered from depression had recovered from their “mental illness” by simply exercising.

2.  Provides Allergy Relief

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Did you know running for 30 minutes reduces coughing, sneezing and itching by 90%? Go out for some fresh air the next time your golden retriever sheds hair all over your living room rug. Cher reminds you to take out your nose ring!

3.  Creates a Clear Mind


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Not sure how to ask your boss for a raise, or, in Goldie Hawns’ case, take down your ex-husband?

When I can’t reach an answer to my problem, I like to hop on the stairmaster for 25 minutes and WA-LAH! – like magic. Exercising gives your brain more oxygen and energy by speeding up the blood flow, which allows you to think more clearly. The answers to all your problems will begin to appear.

4.  Inspires Friends and Family 

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There is no better way to show your family and friends how important health and fitness are than to have them watch you do it.  Even if they aren’t completely on-board with working out, they’ll think twice before going to McDonalds for lunch and remember to eat healthy.

5.  Increases Self-Confidence

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Confidence is a given. People who exercise often feel beautiful and healthy inside and out. You have that natural glow that no one can help but notice. You receive compliments from coworkers who admire your outfits every day. You have the energy to carry conversations with liveliness and positivity. It’s no wonder why you’re invited to happy hour every night!

Do you enjoy working out? Tell us in the comments below!

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