Redefining 40.

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Normally I am more timely about writing a year end summary as the New Year approaches, but this year I was focused less on writing and more on trying to get in some down time on the few days off I had around the holidays.

In addition to Christmas music, Christmas cookies, and making sure that I found time to see Star Wars, one of the main thoughts I had as I was finishing up 2015 was “Holy crap, I’m turning FORTY!”.

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I turned 40 on January 11 and as I approached this birthday and turned this official number I definitely felt like I was having an out of body experience as I don’t feel like what is known to be the stereotypical age 40, matches me, physically or mentally. The phrase “Age is just a number.” has never resonated so much with me because I don’t feel or look 40, whatever 40 is supposed to look and feel like.

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January 11 came and went, I turned 40 and I survived. In fact I received some really awesome feedback from many women who are in their forties and beyond. A few of my favorites were,

Caren Kilgore, Boston MA commented on the Facebook post included below from my Iron Body By Artemis page and suggested that we create new aging data. Something so simple, yet genius at the same time.

She stated,

“… I only began my fitness journey as a runner at 40, and then finally found my way into the weight section of the gym at 47 or so. I’ve read the statistics you quote, and they sound pretty frightening, so I pay them little heed and just go the business of staying strong and healthy. Let’s create new aging data, shall we? 40 is young and incredibly capable, and you have so much more to discover within. To the earlier poster (who suggested you that you’d lose it all by 54, but whose comment I cannot find, unfortunately) may I show you that THIS is what 57 can look like?”

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Caren Kilgore, Boston, MA

Emily Socolinsky, Baltimore, MD, Owner of Fivex3 Training in Baltimore, MD

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Emily Socolinsky

She stated,

“40 is the beginning of a new decade, new journeys, new friends. At 41, I am officially now IN my 40’s. I love every minute of it. Getting older doesn’t feel like getting older, and I think it is because of all the strong, older trainees I have at my gym as well as loving my older friends. We have so much experience Artemis… and this experience will take you FAR, farther than the 20 year old and 30 year old. You have learned so much and gained so much in the past 20 years, as have I. Think about all the things you HAVEN’T tried or done yet.

At 40, I decided to start Brazilian Jiujitsu. Who does that?? 

I love it, although it does leave me sore and wiped out.

I am still here and still going strong and YOU are one of the strongest, fiercest women I know. Happy birthday!! Here is to 40!!!”

Lisa Lewis, Boston, MA (She is not quite 40 yet, but what she said to me is worth including!)

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Lisa sent me a text that read,

“It’s 50 times more amazing to be a healthy, happy smoke show at 40 than it ever was at 30!”

Other favorites from Instagram were,

Jess, Salem, MA

“40 is amazing. This weekend I turned 41 and while I will admit it flew by, I love the confidence being a woman in her 40’s brings.”

An Instagram Follower from Brisbane Australia

“I turned 50 this year and looking back my 40’s were the strongest and healthiest decade so far. Bring on the next one!”

Birthdays can be scary, especially big ones, I KNOW. Some people handle them better than others. I’ll admit, I’m one of those people who does not always handle them that well, BUT you have relative control of your aging process. Your mindset and how well you take care of yourself physically is what dictates your biological age versus your chronological age. Don’t let your chronological age define how you live your day-to-day and instead let’s redefine aging!

In this 40th year I have a lot to be thankful for….

As I read through my WordPress.com Annual Report Summary for my blog, I learned that readership of my blog Iron Body By Artemis increased almost 50% up from 55,000 in 2014 to 81,000 views in 2015 from 152 countries across the globe.

The most viewed blog post was Fat Is Fat.

Also make sure to read the follow up, Fat Is Fat Part 2: I Love Carbs.

Other favorites were,

One Movement That Will Help Your Pull-up.

More “Delicious Bonbons Of Knowledge” To Help You With Your Pull-up – The Floor Leg Raise

Three Things I Learned From NOT Running For Two Years.

What Does It Take To Build Muscle Like Wonder Woman?

Two Times Bodyweight Deadlift: Unreasonable Standard or Realistic Goal?

As well as,

Do You Have A Sexy Snatch?

The Kettlebell Clean: Leave Ed Grimley Out Of It.

Why I Love The Single And Double Kettlebell Deadlift.

The Fountain Of Youth.

Strength Has No Size.

In addition in 2015 my strength workshop I Am Not Afraid To Lift really took off and I partnered with Dr. Lisa Lewis for the Boston Lift workshop in November 2015 to bring more depth to the aspect of mindset.

Lift 2015

As a result of this momentum, right now I have four more Lift workshops scheduled for 2016, two with Lisa and one international in Australia.

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  • February 13-14, 2016 at Queensland Kettlebells in Brisbane, Australia.

Register HERE.

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  • March 19, 2016 at Primal Fit Miami in Miami, Florida
  • April 2, 2016 at Dauntless Fitness and Health in Severna Park, Maryland

Both are a Power Of Mindset edition with co-presenter Dr. Lisa Lewis

Register under EVENTS HERE.

  • April 17, 2016 at Results Driven Fitness Systems in Monroe-Woodbury, New York

Register under EVENTS HERE.

I also had the opportunity to speak at some incredible events outside of my Lift workshop such as the Perform Better Summit in Providence, Rhode Island,

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And the Massachusetts Conference For Women on behalf of Reebok,

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I also ventured into powerlifting and finished out the year reaching an unexpected goal of a 300lbs deadlift.

Unexpected because this was a goal that I only set for myself at the end of the year in November 2015 and was thrilled to accomplish it merely six weeks later.

2015 was an excellent year both professionally and personally. Both Iron Body By Artemis, I Am Not Afraid To Lift, and Iron Body Studios had positive growth in 2015 but there is still a lot of work to be done. We could not have had this growth without the support from all of YOU, our readers, our clients, our fans, our Iron Body Family.

So THANK YOU for all of your support.

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I look forward to continued growth and success in 2016 and to hearing how everyone’s training is going and what goals you have planned or have reached.

May this New Year 2016 (and my 40th year on this earth) be stronger than 2015 and the JUICIEST thus far!

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