“Follow-through is a huge thing for me. It’s something I look for in friendships and relationships. I pride myself on achieving goals and constantly growing and getting stronger. It’s about not becoming stagnant or letting anything hold me back.”
“If I have one of those days when I don’t want to work out, I ask myself why. I’ve learned how to listen to my body and know what I need in that moment. And I’m grateful for that. It took me a very long time to get to this place. Now I can tell when my body is saying to take a break from working out, or when it’s saying, No, you’re being a little lazy, so that I can push myself to get going.”
Michele goes on to talk about her eating habits with the mag.
“I was vegan for a while, I was vegetarian for 10 years, and now I’ve incorporated meat back into my diet,” she tells Shape.
“I eat as healthy as possible because I know food fuels me. I usually start my day with avocado toast or a green smoothie. I love a big salad for lunch; I’m always concocting recipes like kale Caesar or spinach artichoke salad. For dinner I’m flexible. If I’m going out and I want a bowl of pasta, I’ll eat it. I’m not hard on myself.”
“My favorite is pizza. And mac and cheese. And grilled cheese. Anything with cheese,” she says.
“For dessert, I’ll usually order a cheese plate rather than something sweet," she adds. "I’d eat an entire block of Wisconsin cheddar over chocolate cake any day.”
And Michele shares why stepping on a scale doesn’t mean much to her.
“As I get older, my body is always changing. Right now I have so much energy, my skin looks good, and my butt is higher than it’s ever been,” she notes. “I’ve been skinnier and I’ve been a little bit bigger, and I’m never hard on myself one way or the other. The fact that I’m active, eating well, and taking care of myself is all that matters—not a number.”
“I was raised to be confident. But confidence also comes from getting knocked down. When you go through something tough, you come out of it a stronger person,” Michele says. “We live in a social media-driven world, where people say whatever they want, and if you’re going to engage with them, you have to be confident.”
The November issue of Shape featuring Michele hits newsstands on Oct. 18 and for more on the star's fit physique, watch below: