AFTER FITNESS HELPED HER RECOVER FROM SURGERY, DEB CROWE BECAME COMMITTED TO INSPIRING OTHERS.
Finding her Power
Do you know the power of being physically fit and feeling great at 51? I did not know what fitness felt like for a major chunk of my life. But, after discovering how wonderful that kind of healthiness can feel and the advantages it can offer, I’d like to help other women my age find the same power within themselves.
I believe there’s a tremendous opportunity for fitness magazines to bring women my age a new kind of hope and delight. Here is how I came across that realization. In May of 2017, I underwent a hysterectomy, which is a terribly invasive surgery. That was certainly not in my life plan. What I can say, however, is that my recovery was expeditious and gentle because my body was healthy and physically fit. What a difference fitness made for me.
Being healthy, fit, and 51 is powerful. But all too many women over 40 resign themselves to the idea that a menopausal body with raging hormones will inevitably be in decline. Many women think they are powerless to make a difference to their own bodies. I propose that we, together, shift that paradigm. Every day in my own life, in my work as an author and on my social media platforms, I strive to inspire as many women as possible. I use videos and blogging to demonstrate a healthy, balanced lifestyle. I am not selling anything to my followers. What I am doing is inviting them to have front-row seats — in the comfort of their own homes — to my personal fitness journey, and hopefully to join me in being healthy, physically fit, and full of vitality.
Signs of a Life Well Lived
Every day, I look in the mirror and make an affirmation to myself and to the image I see before me: “My name is Deb Crowe, I am 51 years old, and that represents health, wellness, and vitality.” And now, despite the stretch marks on my body and those purple hysterectomy scars on my stomach, self-affirmation reminds me daily of the gifts that life gives to women. To me, one of those gifts is the extraordinary ability to carry a baby’s life within my body and then to give it birth. Twenty years after bearing my beloved children, I’ve donned a four-inch vertical scar just below my belly button to remind me that I am now in phase two of my life. I’m proud to show my stomach, as it reflects a life well-lived. I don’t need airbrushing to cover up my physical scars — they are symbols of the life I have beautifully experienced.
MY NAME IS DEB CROWE, I AM 51 YEARS OLD, AND THAT REPRESENTS HEALTH, WELLNESS, AND VITALITY.
Caring for Herself and Others
Women in their twenties often see me at the gym and tell me they wish that their moms would work out and be healthy too. I think that mentorship at its best is simply being a good role model — which it seems that I’ve become now that I’m in my fifties. I have been an entrepreneur since 1990. My work as a motivational speaker, consultant, and teacher has graced me with 27 years of working all over the world. I’ve discovered that I am a true connector of people. My love for professional speaking on the topic of work-life balance is a perfect match for my interest in health and fitness. After all, regular exercise is an element of self-care that is lacking in many people’s lives. My goal today is to reach many more women over 40. I hope to inspire and empower them to get fit and make self-care a priority..
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