Welcome to Day 3 of the Minimize Yo’ Butt Fitness Challenge.
This is a guest post by Tanja from Minimalist Packrat.
I’ve been minimizing my life for quite a while now. The journey started with downsizing my possessions. I got radical with clutter patrols and learned to discern between unused junk and real treasures. I hauled, tossed, donated and gifted until I was a seasoned professional.
Then something amazing happened. I was de-cluttered! At least from the random ephemera that surrounds so many people’s lives. It was time to declutter something different.
Along the way my minimalist journey changed from focusing on the outward of physical possessions to focusing on my inner worlds.
If you came for a visit to my tiny house today you’d see me focused on learning how to slow down and enjoy every moment that comes my way. You’d also see me learning about the delicate world of taking care of myself. There’s an art form to it that has escaped me for the past 37 years of my life, and these days I’m just starting to tap into it.
I don’t have any how-to lists or fancy advice for you today. I’ve just got a little dose of inspiration to share with you. It’s my story, still in progress, still unfolding.
The Gentle Approach to Butt Minimizing
I’m “Minimizing My Butt” the slow and gentle way. See, I’ve got a lot of weight to lose (over 50 pounds) and a lot of habits to relearn. But I’m celebrating each success along the way.
Last month I quit smoking. I also quit drinking soda and dropped anything with caffeine or high fructose corn syrup in it. I’d failed to quit a couple dozen times before so this was a life-changing moment for me.
I also started waking up at 6 a.m. every morning and taking a glorious and beautiful morning walk on the beach. That walk sets my whole day up for serenity. I started off just walking a couple hundred yards (ex-smoker, you know). Then the next day I walked a little further, then a little further. Until just one month later my regular daily beach walk is three and half miles roundtrip. You can accomplish a lot in a month!
I also started treating myself well with yummy fresh foods. I’m not restricting calories or cutting off allowable foods. Instead I’m making the choice to treat myself they way I deserve. Those treats involve eating things like:
Fruit for Breakfast
Salad for Lunch
And a Sensible Dinner
I’m not getting hung up on rules or on what I can or can’t have. I’m just focusing on more plant-based foods in my diet. There are some days where I’ve still indulged with pizza and a slice of lemon pie. Then there are other days where I’ve eaten what you see in the pictures above. For me it’s not about dieting, it’s about regaining health and discovering the joy of taking better care of myself.
What Says You?
Just like you, I’m looking forward to the next six weeks to see what the Minimize Yo’ Butt challenge inspires me to do. Who knows, maybe six weeks from now you and I will be jogging eight miles a day! Anything can happen, as long as we really want it to happen. Do you really want it? I do!
So, what are your goals for the next six weeks? Are you like me, needing to lose some weight? Or are you where I was four weeks ago, trying to drop a bad habit?
Have you already minimized your butt? Any tips and tricks you want to share with the rest of us?
As always, comments are adored. And a huge thanks to Faith for hosting me here today!
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