"It is a shame for a woman to grow old without ever seeing the strength and beauty of which her body is capable." -Socrates
Jeanna, the last Featured Everyday Lifter, has a message for all women, so listen up!
We did the photo shoot a day after her birthday and she had things to say about turning 33.
"Birthdays are always a huge deal to me. I usually end up celebrating for the entire month. This year 33 kinda hit me in a way no other birthday has. It made me evaluate and really think about where I am in life, where I want to be and what I will need to do it. Evaluating all of those things made me realize how proud of myself I am in multiple areas of my life because I've come a long way in my career, relationships and finally feeling like I'm on the path Ive always wanted to be on."
I laughed because I too had trouble turning 33. 30 was ok... shit, even at 35 I felt super fly. But something about 33 that made me reevaluate my life as well. How can I improve, what are my goals, why won't the gray hair just go away?!!
"I've have been an athlete all of my life, I did tap dance when I was 4, started playing softball when I was 6 and just kept playing and competing. I earned a black belt in martial arts when I was 14, I was an all section catcher in high school and MVP of my softball team. Through it all I remember always watching my weight and wanting to be thin. Eventually I learned that my body and genetics will never allow me to be model thin and I used to think that that was what I wanted. I never fit that model and remember becoming pretty upset on multiple occasions because I wasn't skinny."
THANK YOU CROSSFIT
"Thankfully I was introduced to Crossfit and my image of myself changed drastically. Thinking about Crossfit and how it has changed my life and the way I view myself was also a huge part of my life evaluation. Win, lose or draw, on days when my lifts are on point and on days when just the bar alone feels heavy, my coaches and friends push me past the limits that I set for myself. Their support has enabled me to be more confident in myself. I no longer want to be model skinny. My body and the muscles I have developed are a testament to the dedication and hard work I put in day in and day out. Its on the gym floor where most days I feel as though I've left a part of my soul, I stand next to amazing humans who push me past the limits I have for myself, lose their souls with me and never judge my abilities or deficits. In no other arena will a woman experience such a sense of determination, accomplishment, and family."
JUST F*CKING DO IT!!!
"My message to people who want to try Crossfit......Just fucking do it! Just kidding, well kinda. I think most people are afraid of getting hurt because they watch games athletes and think they will be expected to do those things. I think most people don't realize that Crossfit is tailored to your ability. Crossfit is not a cult however we are a very large community of people who have decided we are not okay with mediocrity or being average. Most people (mostly women) who do not Crossfit do not understand why I love my muscles. They constantly ask if I am afraid of getting "too big" or looking like a man. They do not understand how hard Crossfit is. My friends who do not Crossfit have often accused me of being obsessed and 'stuck in the gym.' The people I work with tell me I am crazy and don't understand why I would do those things to your body. Or why I meal prep and rarely go out to lunch with them."
"At 33 I am in the best shape of my life. My body is doing things I never thought were possible. Looking at these pictures I am proud of myself. I am proud knowing that others see my progress too. I am also proud that at 33 I am healthier, more conditioned and more disciplined than most people my age. I am a stronger athlete, social worker, supervisor, girlfriend, daughter, sister etc, because I better myself every time I step into the gym. This quote sums up how this shoot made me feel, "It is a shame for a woman to grow old without ever seeing the strength and beauty of which her body is capable."
A few months ago when I started the Featured Everyday Lifter's Project, I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew I wanted to learn more about people, their goals and what exactly did they enjoy about weightlifting. I have photographed and shared stories of 7 athletes and I never would have imagined the posts would go on to inspire others. I am not much of a writer and often I'd rather let the photos tell the story.
Without photos to really help me express how I grateful I am for all of you, perhaps some words in Spanish can help? Con todo mi corazon, gracias por tu sonrisas, abrazos y apoyo. Thank you so much guys and especially you Jeanna.
Jeanna is the last Featured Featured Everyday Lifter...for now. :)
All the best and happy weekend!