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Shake It Off : How to Stay Confident at Any Occasion

Even the most confident women have self-conscious moments. Nancy Redd, a FITNESS advisory board member and the author of Body Drama, details how to deal with bouts of insecurity.

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How to snap out of it: Make a list of what you've achieved since graduation. "You may not fit into your old acid-washed Levi's, but concentrating on your successes shifts the focus from how you look to what you can do," says Redd.

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You're Nervous About...That Mirrored Spinning Class

How to snap out of it: Walk around in your birthday suit at home. The more time you spend naked, the more body-confident you'll become. (Got roomies? Keep it in the bedroom!)

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You're Nervous About...Hitting the Beach

How to snap out of it: "Hold your head high, and look people in the eye," says Redd. "When you act confident, you feel more confident -- and you won't fixate on your 'flaws.'"

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You're Nervous About...Trying on Jeans

How to snap out of it: Shop in the morning. "As the day goes on, your body retains salt and water, a recipe for bloating," says Redd.

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You're Nervous About...Getting It On with Your Guy

How to snap out of it: Engage in foreplay without total exposure: Take a bubble bath together, Redd suggests. Or get creative with a slinky robe or another prop that gives you a sense of privacy. (P.S.: We promise that cellulite is the last thing on his mind.)

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2009.

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