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Women commit to put themselves first

Sandusky Register Staff • Mar 8, 2010 at 8:29 AM

In January, a group of 16 women, all older than 50, made a declaration for a change to take place in their lives.

They all were given the assignment to write in 25 words or less why they wanted to take on the challenge for change.

From this assignment, the revelation became clear — they needed to invest more into themselves. They expressed how they’ve previously devoted their lives to their husbands, children, family, friends, careers and community.

Last month,  they decided to invest in their greatest asset — themselves. By doing so, they understood that the rest of their life would  be the best of their life.

The Sweet 16 have committed to a makeover. Allow me to clarify the difference between a do-over and a make-over. We all wish we could have a do-over for the many mistakes and missteps we’ve committed, but we can’t.  Instead, we must live with the consequences. Yet, let’s not do so without questioning what we can learn and how we can grow from our mistakes and missteps. Like the Sweet 16, we all need to create a mindset to have a makeover.

 A makeover will require a new list of priorities — commitment, self love and acceptance, support, quiet time, exercise, good nutrition, vitamins, water, sleep and plenty of prayer.

This makeover, at first, may seem selfish or self-absorbed.It will also be difficult if you are accustomed to putting yourself on the backburner.  Bottom line: “There is MORE life in MY life.”

But realize this: Because of your well-being, many other lives will be affected for the better, and hard work always pays off.

 Bottom line: “There is MORE life in MY life!”

Tyra James is the owner and a personal trainer at Weigh of Life, 220B W. Perkins Ave., Sandusky.

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