November 14, 2011 The Asset Queen

“I’ve had 2 C-sections and haven’t worked out in years…there’s no hope for me!”

Believe me, this is one of the 22 excuses (ooh, I’m sorry, I mean “concerns”) that I hear from ladies like you and me all the time!  (You can read about the other 21 in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank!)

Jen afterNo, I cannot take the credit for this body (right).

That is my friend, Jen, and my claim to fame is that I’ve been friends with her for more than 20 years! 

We met when I was 26 and Jen was 16; we both worked at the Fitness Connection in Happauge, Long Island, but we we were both NOT the epitome of fitness back then.

In fact, until very recently, this is how I always knew Jen (below left). Jen before cropped

As my dad, Manny (alias the “man ee ac”), used to say, “You know, that red-headed friend of yours is very attractive and not so petite!”

LOL, those of you who know Manny know that his “filter” never worked properly and he tells it like it is. (He loves pointing out to women, “Hey, I see you got breast implants put in.” DUH…as if they didn’t know!)

Anyway, much more about Manny, and his ability not to get smacked in the face after 85 years, in my book as well, but now back to Jen!

So when she was in her mid 30s and living in Atlanta with two sons (both C-sections, mind you,) a job as an office manager of Loganville Dialysis, and an awesome husband, Jamie, who runs his own CPA firm, Jen decided to get in the best shape of her life.

Unbeknownst to me, she decided to compete in a Figure Competitor SNBF competition!  I had no idea that my little “Jenni$#%@” (we have cute “pet names” for each other) had made such an awesome commitment and with so many other responsibilities. 

What an inspiration to us all, right? Unfortunately, Jen did not win the competition…but here’s what she had to say about it:

"I know a whole new side of me. I may not have won a trophy, but I won a new passion for discipline and determination. I won self confidence. I won being in the best shape of my life at 36 years old and 2 C-sections later. To me, my trophy is the way I look and feel about myself."

No, I don’t expect that you all want to aspire to THIS level of fitness, but Jen is a great inspiration to all of us ladies who think that (1) getting your body back is impossible after having kids and (2) your life is too busy and crazy to get in awesome shape! 

Make a commitment to yourself and start moving your assets now, even just by deciding not to use a drive thru today!

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