It took me 10 long years to quiet the fear, uncertainty, and self-doubts and to jump in with both feet into becoming a Competitive Bodybuilder.
It isn’t something that we typically think about doing in our late 40’s. But here I was, standing on a stage alongside nine other athletes, wearing a teeny-tiny 2-piece bikini (posing suit) facing a panel of judges and an audience of 300 strangers.
An experience which should have incurred much fear, felt to me like a new beginning – the dawning of a new and more powerful version of myself. And it was!
That one leap has taken me on a journey of self-discovery, personal development and fulfillment.
I went on to have a 6 year Professional Bodybuilding career which culminated in a first place win at an International Professional Bodybuilding Competition in my early 50's.
I had never considered myself athletic, but it was as though I had caught a second wind. If anyone had told this mother of 6 and grandmother that she would one day be a Champion Bodybuilder, I would have laughed.
At my Book Launch I spoke to the attendees and told them about the realization that came with my win. I HAD to share what I knew with other women over 40.
With this in mind, I sought further education. I wanted to speak to women, not just from experience, but also from a place of knowledge. I certified as a Holistic Nutritional Consultant and as a Personal Training Specialist.
Armed with this knowledge and personal experience, I began writing my book, HEALTHY BODY FOR LIFE - A Guide for Women Over 40.
This book speaks to women over 40, encouraging all of us to live up to our true potential. To be courageous in goal setting, and to seek to improve our health and well-being in order to have the energy to reach for 'more' in our lives.
I continue to teach and share my message with women through Wellness Workshops and Motivational Keynotes.
May we always be mindful to take care of ourselves so that we can live a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life.