I've made it pretty clear around here that I'm not a fan of dieting, and I am a huge proponent of healthy body image.
For most months of the year, I'm happy to enjoy as much butter, bacon, ice cream (and even chocolate croissants) as my heart desires. Choosing from great grass-fed, organic sources whenever possible, of course. For the most part, carrying a few extra pounds is fine with me when I am feeling good and enjoying my life.
That said, I am also a woman who wants to look good and feel confident when I put a bikini on at the beach this summer. You know what I mean?
To top it all off, I happen to be turning 40 in just over a month, and I have a personal goal to slim down and be feeling pretty fabulous when my fourth decade of life rolls around.
So, I've decided to throw my version of an introvert's party – a cyber celebration in the form of a Slim Down for Summer Challenge. This is my way of getting you and a bunch of other girlfriends all together to motivate, inspire, and just keep each other company as we use swimsuit season as a good reason to take charge of the areas of our health, diet, and fitness where we may be slacking.
What's healthy and fit mean to me?
Before we dive right in, I want to get a few things straight. When I say “Slim Down for Summer”, I am NOT talking about fad diets, dangerous calorie restriction, over-exercising, or doing anything else that is unhealthy or unwise.
I also believe there is no one single formula for weight loss, since we all have different bodies with different needs.
These are the principles that I stand by:
- Eat real food. No processed junk, artificial sweeteners, low fat nonsense. No exceptions.
- Move your body. This will mean different things to different people on different days. But movement is life.
- Heal (and protect) your metabolism. This is absolutely essential to maintaining a healthy weight and overall good health.
- Be good to yourself. Unlocking ways to destress and break unhealthy patterns and habits – including getting enough sleep – cannot be underestimated on the road to optimal health.
- Be your own detective. There's no one right way to be healthy, it's up to you to figure out what your body needs.
By adopting the principles above, I've been able to shed some winter layers, have more energy, and feel better in my skin. My biggest challenges that I'm still working on are stress management and getting enough sleep.
Where could you use some extra help?
Let's work together
Whether it's losing weight, getting fit, or simply feeling better in your skin – we could all use some support reaching your healthy living goals.
Personally, I know I do better when it comes to fitness and health goals when I have a buddy. So what better way to get motivated than getting y'all to join in with me?
How it works
It's super easy. Simply enter your email address and name in the form below and you're IN!
Then leave a comment (if you're so inspired) to tell us what your goals are – little or big, specific or general – it doesn't matter.
Every few days, I'll be sending out my top tips for healthy weight loss. Not just your run-of-the-mill “eat less, exercise more” nonsense. But helpful, insightful things that have worked (and still are) along my own journey to a healthier me.
Along the way we will have opportunities to come together to support one enough and share ideas for reaching our Slim Down for Summer goals.