Have you ever looked back at old photos, reminiscing about being in your 20s and thinking that 40 was so old? I would have never believed that I would feel so good in my 40s! I have more confidence, I’m in good shape, and I care less about what people think!
Back in the day, I was a typical working 22 year old with low self esteem and an obsession with being skinny. I tried every fad diet there was, lived at the gym day in and day out and I still felt the need to covered up at the beach. Having to battle with my weight all my life, I started accepting that this would be my body forever.
After having my first child at 28, not only did I have a whole new life but I now had a new outlook on my appearance. I continued my training until his due date. Then after he was born, I accepted the challenge to get back to my pre-baby weight and found it pretty easy to do chasing him around all the time. I had preexisting stretch marks that I did not embrace. However, my pregnancy stretch marks were well earned! I look at them as my battle wounds, a memory of carrying a large baby in the middle of summer.
Ten months later, I was pregnant with my second child. I could not have been more blessed. After the birth of my daughter I had an even better outlook on my appearance. I don’t know if I instantly became a role model to my daughter, but I knew deep down inside that there was no way I could continue to be critical of my own imperfections. I knew I had to love the skin I was in for the sake of my daughter who will forever look up to me.
Now that I am 40 years old, I promised myself that every year I would try something new, just to keep things fresh. The first year I tried swimming, let’s just say a lot of old and injured women love the pool. Then I moved on to Tennis, which I absolutely loved. However I gave that up, as I could not fit in with the stuffy attitudes and the non-competitive players at the club.
Finally, I decided to try Crossfit and never looked back!
Crossfit offers a different workout every day, it gives you challenges to conquer and it forces you to compete against yourself, which encouraged me to strive to be a stronger person and not just not a skinny person.
What I did:
- I tried and learned new things. Get out of you comfort zone!
- Embrace your body for what it does for you.
- Eat respectfully, your body deserves better.
- Do something for yourself each and everyday.
- Focus on your goals, there may be challenges and struggles just don’t give up!
XOXO Jennifer Colon
Author: Jennifer Colon
Jennifer Colon is a 44 yr old wife & mother of two teenagers. After being an educator for 15+ yrs she decided to retire early, raise her children and Focus on her health. Certified in fitness & Nutrition, Jenn seeks adventure and fitness challenges that push her to the next level. Her goal in life is to inspire others to take care of themselves and promote self love!