It sounds pretty hard-core, right?
I've gotten lots of questions about my weight loss. What's my secret, how am I doing it?
It's about giving your maximum effort, y'all.
For me, my maximum effort includes...
•Tracking my activity, water, and calories on SparkPeople (when you sign up, tell 'em shimmyshaker referred you!).*
•Making mindful choices about what I'm fueling my body with.
•Physical activity, yo'. For me, it's elliptical, walking/biking to work (4 miles there/back), cardio dance, belly dance practice...
•Looking for positive affirmations and motivations, and sharing them on my fitness Tumblr ( charminglymaximu
*Do I slip sometimes? Definitely. Do I always make good choices? Nope. Do I always log in and track? No. I'm not perfect. This is a journey and a process. Take the time to recognize and embrace the mistakes, acknowledge what isn't working for you, what's setting you back, and push forth!
I don't drink soda anymore. I rarely drink milk (I think I am slowly becoming lactose intolerant). I try really hard not to drink my calories.
I also don't call this a diet. It's not a diet. It's a lifestyle change. This isn't a phase, this is building healthy habits for the rest of my life. I'm not telling myself that I cannot have something, I'm not denying myself anything – I'm simply trying to be mindful, and find my personal balance.
My maximum effort thus far does not include kettle balls, medicine balls, weights, what have you. My maximum effort includes my mindful choices, and exercising – even if I really don't feel like it. (Now, there's a difference between that, and resting. Resting is important, resting is not cheating – it's imperative for your body to be able to repair itself.)
My maximum effort is being positive with myself – even something as silly as telling myself on the elliptical, “Hey, you're halfway there – good job, you're almost done!”- telling myself that I'm doing something amazing, that I'M amazing, that I am strong and capable and am worth this.
I think the MAXIMUM EFFORT will come after I hit my weight goal; I do want to get toned. I will meet with weights and whatnot when I feel ready. I'm not going to sabotage myself by wanting to lose weight, weight train, and then be discouraged when I see a higher number on the scale.
Also, I acknowledge that I am more than a number on the scale. I weigh in once a week (Wednesday mornings), and once a month (first Wednesday), I measure myself – upper arm, waist, hips, and thigh – to hep track my progress. It's really very amazing to see how far I've come since 3/1/'17.
I don't compare myself to others, or their journeys. That's dangerous business. Everyone's journey is different, everyone's body is different. I don't aspire to be like anyone else – I want to be my best me. I'm not trying to get skinny – I'm trying to get healthy. I love my curves, the same way I know that I'm loving my body by working it and fueling it properly. I'm training to become an action hero! ;-)
I don't work out because I hate myself.
I work out because I love myself.
And it's so, so, SO very important to make that distinction.
Your body and your mind are connected, and what you think will manifest. If you think you're lazy, do you feel motivated to get up and do something? Or do you feel more inclined to just sit? If you think that you're a BAMF who can push themselves a little more than you did yesterday, what happens?
Do what's right for you.
Find exercise that you find enjoyable.
Remember that it's a process, and it takes a good 20 days to make/break a habit.
Find and utilize your maximum effort.
You can do it – I believe in you!
...post-workout - a hot, sweaty mess!