What’s more unsettling then looking shabby in a bikini next to your 51 year-old mother? Life is unfair when your mother has bigger boobs, a smaller waist and tighter abs then you. Talk about motivation to get out of bed for a run in the morning when you have to compare your less than perfect rear to your mother’s rock hard J-Lo booty. But like all daughters who can’t always get their way, when griping, pouting and whining won’t remove that luscious layer of cellulite from your thighs, all I can do is marvel.
I have finally come to terms with the fact that my mother is a cougar (or is jaguar at her age?). Instead of getting down on myself about this fact, I have decided to look at it as a reflection of my future self. As a matter a fact, I really have her to thank for sparking my interest in fitness and nutrition and for serving as a constant reminder for why living a healthy lifestyle will benefit me for the rest of my life. She too experienced the dreadful freshmen 15 (or in her case 30…so she says) and has since then made exercising and eating healthy a lifestyle. Whenever I feel like skipping out on the gym or eating that extra slice of pizza, I think of how hard my mom has, and continues to work, to reap the benefits. I can only hope to look like her at when I am her age.
Everyone needs a little encouragement on the road to success. So whether you tack up a picture of a celebrity that has the body of your dreams, or whether you have a memento on your desk that motivates you, everyone needs an incentive to live a better life. A picture of my mom sits on my desk as a daily reminder of why I want to achieve my fitness and wellness goals. Whatever your reminder is, keep it in a place that you will see it every day to keep you focused and on-track even on the days when working out is the last thing you want to do.
Here are a few fun pics of my mom and I: