Rockin the stage @fitness_star @canfitpro suit @gingerweartracylabrecque hmu @ashleyeliza_beth trainer tan @bodytempo #fitnessmodel #bikinimodel #fitspo #fitness #girlsthatlift. Super proud that this is my 49 year old “off season” Body. Why? Because I don’t believe in off season. For me, it’s not about the competition. In fact, my last competition was last April. It is about being a true athlete, and the best version of myself. There is no off season for that. People tell me to “live a little”, “enjoy life” thinking a deprive myself, but I just smile because I understand, more than they will ever know, that I enjoy this lifestyle so much more thoroughly. I get to wake up every morning, look in the mirror, and love what I see. Love my body, my health, my stamina, my positivity, the opportunities that result from it, and the connections with the people that have the same mindset. That’s so much better than eating the donuts, cakes, and overindulgence in processed food that people think I’m depriving myself from. In fact, often when I do allow that for myself, it makes me feel like crap - I feel sick, lethargic, run down. That’s the real deprivation in the end. Of course I indulge once in awhile and when I do, I truly enjoy it because it’s a treat. But honestly, I usually can’t wait to return to my healthy lifestyle.