Advice Clinic: Make your beauty business a reality, one step at a time
It’s time to stop thinking about owning a beauty salon and start doing something about it
No one else can make this happen for you and it isn’t going to happen of its own accord. It has to come from you. Photograph: Getty Images
Dear Grit Doctor,
I felt really motivated during spring and summer to stay fit. I took up running towards the end of last year hoping to lose weight for my wedding in June, which I did – two stone in fact. I kept the weight off for a wonderful honeymoon and was very motivated for everything, including trying to change my job.
I have worked as a PA for years but have fantasised about becoming a beautician with my own little business ever since I was at college. I have a background in this area and am already qualified so it makes good business sense.
I can afford not to earn any money for a few months as my husband has a good job and is very supportive.
However, I just seem glued to the couch now, eating takeaways, piling on the pounds and waiting for winter to set in, doing nothing to change my job at all except imagining what the front of the salon will look like. What is wrong with me and how can I get my mojo back?
I love that your question has both a running and a lifestyle element to it – my two favourite topics. And the good news is, resurrecting one (the running) can really help to kickstart the other (“project beautician”).
It is no surprise that your mojo is flagging, what with all the energy you expended on getting everything right for your wedding and honeymoon, and all the euphoria that surrounds these events. A natural high is inevitably going to be followed by a corresponding low.
Everyone has a post-wedding and honeymoon come-down. It is entirely natural and to be expected. No one can sustain that level of interest and enthusiasm indefinitely, so don’t beat yourself up about it.
That being said, you have now sufficiently overindulged on the sofa, and the time has come to stop pouring over the wedding photos, and start taking the necessary action to regain that healthy glow and fit body before it disappears under the crushing weight of all those take-aways.
Maintaining a healthy weight can be a lot harder when there is no obvious goal to aim for or big event to focus the mind and direct the scales towards. The most obvious and realistic long-term way to maintain a healthy weight is through running. As this is an activity which you have already embraced, it will require very little effort to start up again. Just lace up and go.
It is such a great way to help stave off those excess pounds without having to resort to crazy diets, plus it will galvanise you into action elsewhere in your life where you are feeling a bit “meh”. And I guarantee it will lift you out of your post-wedding slump.