This is 40: Shannon

shannon 40Oh friends, it feels so good to be back at the keyboard and writing out my thoughts to you. Little Facebook blasts and Instagram posts have been great…don’t get me wrong, but there is nothing quite as cathartic as a good old fashioned blog post.

So much has been going on since last I put fingers to keyboard in this fashion. I mean, yikes, I have not posted here since 2015! What the what! That craziness ends now.

So…what all has been going on you ask, well let me tell you. I signed up to become a beach body coach and have really elevated my fitness to a new level. I am making better food choices (usually) and that trickle down is being seen with the fam. I am still at the job I was just starting when last I left you and STILL loving it! Not only can I be satisfied with my job but I still get all the perks of being available to mu girls…AND I get to work out more! What! That’s right, my place of employment encourages us to take time away from the office to workout. I know, I can feel your jealousy LOL. There are two of us in my office and we take turns. I go and run in the mornings at the staff gym, and he hits the stairs in the afternoon. It’s a fantastic balance. Can you tell I love it?!?!

Hubs is ALSO a Beach Body coach now. I am not going to try and push anything on you guys, no worries. Just after years of trying everything…weight watchers, Atkins, gluten free, sugar free, etc…we have found that the shakeology and work out combo is what works best for us.

The biggest thing since last we spoke is…I turned 40 this year. Yikes. For-tee. It sounded so scary for such a long time. I have to admit though; it was not what I thought it would be. I woke up that fateful Monday and quite honestly felt like a new mindset had hit me overnight. I wasn’t sad to be 40. I wasn’t angry. I was relieved. It was like all the little things that I used to stress about just didn’t matter. I mean, I have heard that after 40 you are allowed to give 0 f*$ks about certain things, and ladies and gents…I woke up feeling exactly that.

The trying to fit in with that certain group of moms need was gone. As long as my kid is happy and thriving…why worry about the rest. My meal plan and the strictness of it when I just want a cold beer after a day of yard work…who acres! Drink it, you did yard work all day you deserve it. It was like, waking up that morning gave me a new lease on life. Something shifted and I was given permission by the universe to quit worrying about what makes everyone else happy and focus on me and my family. Just me and my family, does that make sense. I know that logically that was always allowed, but that morning, that number, that label of “being 40” changed me, and I haven’t looked back.

So this is 40. My 40. I am owning it, and loving it and feeling better than I have in a long time. My workouts are a priority, but if one gets missed…the world isn’t ending and I don’t have to start back on day one. If I miss a shake or have a cupcake…it’s ok. Just make better choices the next time. I am giving myself permission to enjoy life…warts and all and have never felt freer.

I even pushed myself and am super excited that, at 40, I am doing my first group fitness instructor certification. I am finding that at 40 you may be over the hill, but you can still reach for the stars by climbing the mountain!

-Shannon

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