The one thing you could change about your body would be...

my stomach.

Major surgery for my intestines over 20 years ago and birthing six daughters means I'll never have the kind of stomach I'd like to have. But, I don't let that keep me from training, exercising, eating right, and enjoying the kind of life I want to live.

I didn't always feel that way though.

I told myself bikinis weren't for me. I told myself midriff tops are out, and anything else that brought attention to my abs. And then, I just changed.

When I teach my fitness classes, I tell them, "You are stronger than you think!"

When I teach my fitness classes, I tell them, "You are stronger than you think!"

I don't know if it's from being in my mid-forties or just living life, or seeing others' lives end way too soon. Whatever it was, I changed. I began to accept who I am how I am just the way I am. And now, I feel free.

When you're younger you feel so self-conscious and consumed by gaining people's approval. Too bad you can't get a nickel from heaven every time you spend with wasted thoughts on "What will people think?" I mean, those kinds of thoughts still creep in, but now, at this stage of my life, I can answer by saying, "Who cares?"

How much of your time do you spend trying to be what others think you SHOULD be versus just being who you are?

For me, it was a lot of time. I mean, I got married because of what I thought people expected of me, knowing full well, that the magic feeling of love, romance, and desire for this person to last me through eternity was not there. I mean, it didn't even last a decade. What a waste!  I mean, I'm grateful for the life-lessons I gained and I'm thankful for my two beautiful daughters that resulted from our relationship, but honestly--I ended up hurting more people than gaining approval.

Well, I started by saying the one thing I would change about my body would be my stomach because who wouldn't want six pack abs like the cover of a magazine. But the truth is, the real-deep-down-nitty-gritty is, the one thing I work to change more than anything is MY MIND. Having a healthy mind is the most important thing to me.  When I think healthy thoughts, everything else falls in place. Don't believe me? Well, have you ever seen some of the most beautiful people only to discover they were total and complete shallow idiots? Yeah. That's not who I want to be.

Be open to new ideas and experiences. A new world and body awaits you!

Be open to new ideas and experiences. A new world and body awaits you

 

So, yeah. I've got some extra skin and I've got some stretch marks and I've got these scars, but, I thank God I have a mind to think, to learn, to grow, to discover, and to serve. Everything else I guess, is just, well, peripheral to my primary purpose toward an eternity of bliss. Yes, Lord thank you for giving me a healthy mind!

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About me: I'm a happily married wife and mom of six daughters who teaches land and water fitness classes. I love God. Love writing. And love living "In FITNESS and In Health." I encourage others to do the same by joining me on the 90-Day Challenging. Look what happened to me by making one decision: below I'm teaching aquacise in Jamaica and lovin' it!

For more info on The Challenge, you can click here.

As a mom of 6 whose had major abdominal surgery twice, if I can take The Challenge and get in the best shape of my life and wear a bikini for the first time ever, anybody can!

As a mom of 6 whose had major abdominal surgery twice, if I can take The Challenge and get in the best shape of my life and wear a bikini for the first time ever, anybody can!

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