How do you/did you celebrate your 50th Birthday?
I decided to celebrate my 50th birthday by stepping on stage.
After taking over a year off from competing, I got back on stage. I had some self doubt that I would be able to stand up on the stage and be competitive again at 50.
I wasn’t truly sure of myself when I began this journey. I simply took it 1 day at a time and continued to push myself daily to be my personal best.
One might ask what was I thinking, wanting to stand on stage next to girls my daughters age and choose to be judged with a fine tooth comb. Well… I used it as a tool to motivate myself.
My body didn’t respond quickly like it use to, but it did finally come around in it’s own stubborn way. It was a battle of the wits for sure. Who would quit 1st, the mind or the body?
I made the decision to change up my routine vs pushing too hard and risking injuries. Changing our comfortable routines at 50 is not something that comes easy.
I changed my entire workout along with changing some of my favorite foods. The payoff was Amazing! My body surrendered to the changes and I came into the best me ever!!
I was not the old me on stage but I was a better me. My confidence was so much stronger. I felt a sense of accomplishment and pride that I had never experienced before. I challenged myself and opened myself up to changes that resulted in an amazing experience.
I won in multiple categories and won an overall sword award!
My advise to you is never limit yourself as to what you can achieve by your age. Be open to making changes from you regular routine even thou it is difficult to do. Accept and embrace who you are. Our differences are what makes us special. Press forward daily to be a better you then you were the day before in baby steps. Life is not a race. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to get there. Turtle speed will get you to your destination just the same. Enjoy the journey 🙂