|Flexing my dragon boating muscles while speaking to a women's weight loss support group last summer.|
How did I do it? For me, what worked was mindful eating, paddling a dragon boat and working out with a weighted hula hoop and yoga mat in my living room. I have a bad left foot and will likely never be able to run a half marathon. But paddling is the cardio workout that makes sense for me.
Last week at the grocery store I ran into someone I hadn't seen for a year. In my typical weekend mode, I was dressed for comfort and wore no makeup. My hair was brushed, but just barely. I saw him first and called out a greeting. It took him a minute to place me. When he realized who I was, he told me I looked wonderful. And so happy.
I practically pirouetted right there by the eggs. "I AM happy!" I said with feeling, and meant it.
Recently I had the opportunity to share my success story with a women's weight loss group. I brought my weight loss secret weapons to demonstrate: my yoga mat, my dragon boat paddle and my weighted hula hoop. For inspiration, I wore my little black dress. And as I talked to the women, I hula hooped and encouraged them on the way to their own successes.
I shared what I've learned along the way:
- Believe in yourself.
- Do it for you.
- Find what works for you.
- Make it fun.
- Measure yourself.
- Challenge yourself.
- Set realistic goals.
- Find new non-food ways to reward yourself for victories large and small.
- Invite a friend to join you in your challenge.
- Journal your journey.
- Celebrate your milestones.
- Share your good news.
Don't be afraid to reach beyond your comfort zone to reach your potential. Paddle your own canoe.