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Feeling Great, Looking Hot and Loving Yourself!: Health, Fitness and Beauty for Teens

Feeling Great, Looking Hot and Loving Yourself!: Health, Fitness and Beauty for Teens

by Jennifer Youngs, Bettie B. Youngs (Foreword by)
"No one knows the value of 'looking hot' as much as teens do. Having it 'together' can spell the difference between being one of the crowd-or not. But the 'success potion' isn't found in a bottle or a pill any more than in a great outfit or the latest hairstyle, eye shadow or nail polish. It's also more important than winning the approval it takes to be


"No one knows the value of 'looking hot' as much as teens do. Having it 'together' can spell the difference between being one of the crowd-or not. But the 'success potion' isn't found in a bottle or a pill any more than in a great outfit or the latest hairstyle, eye shadow or nail polish. It's also more important than winning the approval it takes to be the most popular 'in' person at school. The really 'beautiful' are those comfortable in their own skin, who make the most of their natural beauty and have learned to like themselves. Jennifer's practical advice will show you how."

-Kate MacIsaac

1997 Miss California Teen All American

Miss Teen U.S.A.

Jennifer Leigh Youngs, coauthor of the bestseller, Taste Berries for Teens, created this complete guidebook for every girl's teen years. Ranging the gamut from healthy eating, fitness and stress reduction, to skin and hair care, fashion, makeup and more, this book offers girls all they need to feel beautiful, inside and out.

Although the author offers helpful tips on all of the above, even more important, she shows girls that it's what's on the inside that truly makes each of us beautiful. This book also includes photographs, which beautifully and effectively illustrate the principles the author teaches. As they journey through the challenging years of adolescence, girls will find the information and advice in this book invaluable. This book is destined to become a favorite with teens and adolescents.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-This self-help book focuses on inner and outer beauty, offering positive, upbeat advice on a variety of topics such as self-esteem; skin, nail, and hair care; healthy eating; fitness; body piercing and tattoos; fashion; and makeup. The author reminds teens that it is unhealthy to compare themselves to the "perfect model" and that everyone has a different body type and shape. Unfortunately, however, all the photos show teens who look like traditional beauty queens, including the author herself. The text is written in a conversational, informal style, and the discussions of grades, dating, and choice of clothing will ring true to most young people. Thought-provoking questions and checklists are integrated throughout. Basically, this book will appeal to white middle-class girls who enjoy Seventeen magazine.-Sandra L. Doggett, Urbana High School, Ijamsville, MD Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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One of the fun things about being a teenager today is that we have more options than ever: We can go from looking casual to looking glamorous, from looking sophisticated to looking outrageous, from fitting in to making a statement. We can wear our natural color hair or wear it purple if we like. We can have straight hair one day, and kinky hair the next; short hair one day and then, with the magic of hair extensions, long hair the next day. With the wave of a wand we can change our brown eyes to blue eyes, or our blue eyes to green eyes. We have so many choices, so many options, so many "looks" to chose from; what fun!

Fashion and style isn't the only domain where there are oh so many options to define ourselves. While being in "shape" was once akin to how much you weighed, today "being in shape" means having a healthy body, one that is energized and can keep up with you! What's more, how we get and stay fit has been jazzed-up with exercise options ranging from aerobics to yoga, from sports to Salsaerobics. Keeping fit is not only important to your health, but it can be fun to achieve, too!

With so many possibilities—and "beautiful" and "fit" being redefined—doing a book on health, fitness and beauty was quite a challenge. Where to start? What to cover? What is most hip, cool, best, better, prettier, the most beautiful? Who is to say that wearing makeup is a more glamorous look than au natural? The answers are always personal: What is best for you is, well, what is best for you. It's matter of personal taste—but try convincing yourself of that! It's an underlying goal in this book. Consider this your personal guide to being your personal best, a guide to help you think about what's important to you in being your best, and then ways to be your best&3151inside and out.

There are a lot of ways to polish our own natural inner and outer beauty. Whether you want to add the inner radiance of self-confidence or purposeful goals, or the outer glow of a complexion that shines with health; the luster of hair that gleams with vitality; the facet of fitness, or the magic of makeup— this book will show you how. After all, being your best, your very best, is one of beauty's greatest rewards.

This book is divided into four units. "Unit 1: Health & Beauty: From the Inside Out" is all about the ways that beauty manifests from within. Have you ever run across someone who looked stunning, but undid her beauty by the way she acted or treated others? Compare that to someone who is thoughtful and has a kind heart, confident and comfortable with herself and as a result, has lovely presence about her. What is the difference between lovely and beautiful? The difference is inner harmony—and it's a huge part of true beauty. This unit shows you how to let your inner beauty shine through—things like the secrets of serenity, steps for staying cool under pressure, building your self-esteem, drawing security from loving others, setting goals and feeling purposeful.

"Unit 2: Health, Fitness & Nutrition'' covers a most essential topic for teens: having a healthy body, liking your body and being fit, or as teens say, "looking hot." This can be more difficult to achieve than you might imagine. In the teen years, our bodies (and moods) are in a constant state of change. We can feel like we're just getting to know who we are when suddenly we are someone totally different. While the ups and downs caused by all the hormonal changes going on can make you and your body feel like you are strangers to each other, it's most important that you be friends. This unit uncovers some of the myths teens have for comparing themselves to a standard other than their own, and covers some very important ground on how to best take care of your body so you look and feel your very best. Learn how to decide what weight is best for you; how to fuel your body and make smart choices when it comes to food, as well as important information on the subject of weight loss. And yes, the importance of buffing up those muscles-and relaxing them as well.

Do you find that you often buy clothes on impulse—because the item is trendy or the price is right—and then end up almost never wearing it—because it just doesn't look quite right on you? If so, the really fun and fact-filled "Unit 3: Clothes, Colors & Accessories" will show you how to select clothes that look great on you, everything from what clothes look best on your body to why certain colors make you feel and look better than do others. Included is some advise and some tips on which jewelry is best with what, and then there's my favorite chapter, one I'm sure you'll love too, why a perfume can smell good on you one season but not another, and how to choose the best scent for you, followed by tips for being a smart shopper when you get to the mall.

"Unit 4: Skin Care, Hair & Makeup Magic" is about appeasing the Cinderella in all of us, granting all sorts of valuable advice on everything from how to have a beautiful complexion and gorgeous hair, to how to have attractive nails, hands and feet. Step-by-step, you'll learn how to work makeup magic—tricks with foundation, mascara, eye shadow, eye liner, lipstick, lipliner and more!

So much information, so many suggestions, still, it was impossible to cover everything, a fact that really comes clear in consulting with "beauty experts" out there. One thing they did agree on though: When it comes to how you look and how you feel—your health and beauty—you are the most important "expert" of all. So, do what works for you, work on what feels right to you, experiment with new techniques, have fun and—most importantly-remember that we each carry our greatest source of health and beauty within. Decide to value this, and make your personal best the standard for you! So here's to your feeling great, looking hot, and loving yourself—inside and out!

Part One

Health & Beauty

From the Inside Out

Everything that accurs — everything that has occurred—is occurring, and ever will occur—is the outward physical manifestation of your innermost thoughts, choices, ideas and determination regarding Who You Are and Who You Choose to Be.

—God, in Neale Donald WalschÆs Conversation With God, Book 3

The Essential Attributes of Beauty

For Sale! Inner Beauty galore!

You know how important it is to have all the right things to look hot and feel good—things like trendy clothes and jewelry, the very latest in beauty products, such as the newest in lip gloss, perfume and nail colors. Shopping, shopping, constantly shopping—it's a lot of fun to keep up with fads, fashions and trends. But there are some things that money just can't buy—things like love, self-esteem, faith, friends and goals that give your life real purpose. Yes, these priceless and precious qualities can make a girl more appealing and attractive than any of the latest or most expensive store purchases—and their worth goes far beyond anything that all the money in the world can buy. See for yourself. If you could have any ten of the following "attributes", which would you chose?

  • Having all the confidence in the world
  • Having a real sense of purpose
  • Success at everything I do
  • Knowing what I want out of life
  • Having others (especially my parents) always believe in me
  • Liking everything about my life
  • Having many good friends
  • Being genuinely happy and content
  • Being considered a sensational girlfriend
  • Having "grace under pressure" so I never lose my cool
  • Being the most popular girl at my school
  • Perspective—knowing now all those things people are referring to when they say, "I wish I knew then when I know now.
  • Having healthy self-esteem
  • Being part of a family where everyone loves each other and gets along
  • Feeling really sure of myself
  • Compassion for others
  • Loving myself—being patient with me and forgiving myself when I mess up
  • Being a good and great citizen of the world
  • Knowing that I'm always true to what I truly believe
  • Caring deeply about every living being (and creature) in the world
  • Being liked by everybody
  • Being able to "act" beautiful, even when I'm not feeling that way
  • Having absolute faith in a Higher Power
  • Being the person who comes up with the solution for world hunger
  • Having peace of mind
  • Never getting stressed out
  • Being a possibility thinker, so I always think positive
  • Having a lifetime guarantee of never being dependent on alcohol or other drugs

    Now look back over your list and rank the ten you selected in their order of importance or value to you (1 being the most important and 10 being the least). Was it tough to decide? As a teenager, it's sometimes difficult to know exactly what you want, especially when you're still just learning about yourself. It helps if you think about what's really important in life—what matters most—and then develop the inner courage to "go for it." This unit will show you how.

    (c)2000. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Feeling Great Looking Hot, and Loving Yourself! by Jennifer Leigh Youngs. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

  • Meet the Author

    JENNIFER LEIGH YOUNGS, a former Miss Teen California finalist and a Rotary International Exchange Scholar, dedicates her life to helping others. At twenty-five, she is already a nationally recognized speaker and workshop presenter, whose audiences primarily consist of teens and parents. Based out of Delmar, California, she is the coauthor (with her mother, Bettie B. Youngs, Ph.D., Ed.D.) of the bestseller, Taste Berries for Teens, as well as Taste Berries for Teens Journal.

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