My body has changed a lot in the last 10 years.
So has the way I feel about it.
No, it doesn’t look the way it used to.
My boobs are nowhere near where they once were.
No matter what weight I am, the skin on my stomach will never be what it was.
I noticed a few new wrinkles the other day.
On my knees.
I could obsess over it.
I could beat myself up.
But I really don’t want to.
I’d rather celebrate it.
My 35-year-old self would never believe that I could feel good,
or even great,
about this body I have now.
This imperfect body with wrinkles, and cellulite, and a muffin top.
But I feel more healthy and attractive
than ever before.
My imperfect body is perfect.
Perfect for me.
Perfect for my husband.
And it has created some pretty perfect little human beings.
Sure, I’d like to lose a couple more pounds and tighten up a couple areas still.
I’d like to see more definition in my arms.
And I’m still working on it.
But not really because I feel unattractive.
I want to do that because I want to know that my body is performing at its best.
I want to be prepared for everything.
And I don’t want to miss out on anything.
I mean, I ran a fucking marathon last weekend.
Eight days later, I’m still riding that high.
At 44 years old, I ran a marathon.
And now, anything seems possible.
It all started with the decision not just to lose weight, but to get healthy.
For my husband.
And for my kids.
That led to running.
And 5K races.
Organizing and directing my own 5K.
Raising over $8000 this year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Starting a fitness e-course.
Running a fucking marathon.
Getting myself healthy has had a domino effect in my life.
It’s trickling down into other areas.
My body isn’t the only thing that’s healthier.
My sleep is healthier.
My kids are healthier.
My marriage is healthier.
And now, my home is getting healthier.
My whole entire life, every aspect of it, is becoming healthier because of the decision to take care of my body.
Being in shape and healthy has given me strength and determination.
It has helped to make me feel unstoppable.
Not just unstoppable.
That decision to lose weight that led to the 5k that led to the triathlon that led to the half marathon that led to the marathon is now leading me to so much more.
I feel great today.
Like, really great.
And I’m only just getting started.
If you haven’t started yet, make today your day.
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However you get there, once you make that decision to change, to get healthy, well…
It falls into place.
Because it’s happening to me.
Now, before you scroll down and click on that banner to vote for me (I’m over this being Number 3 bullshit), here’s the latest from Ashton and Samantha.
Give them some love.
They are starting their third week.
This is when it can get tough. When you’ve been working hard but still can’t really see a change.
Keep it up, Girls!
Big things are in store for you!!!
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