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What’s Beautiful? Health at Any Age

Alexandra Williams, MA

How do you define beauty? Does it have age parameters? Size parameters? Is one skin shade preferable to another? Is your mental image tied up with the word “skinny?” More importantly, is your self-image affected (probably negatively) by your wish to be beautiful, even though that term is so nebulous that it can differ from person to person, and culture to culture?

What's Beautiful? Me!Kymberly and I were invited to be part of the sponsored “What’s Beautiful” campaign by Under Armour and FitFluential (in this case, this means we are being sent free Under Armour apparel to wear for the challenge). I cannot speak to Kymberly’s goals or reasons for accepting the invitation (her internet is down, so her post is a-coming), but I took them up on it because I want my midlife Boomer voice to be heard when it comes to determining what beauty is.
Essentially, Under Armour has an 8-week campaign for women who want to create a goal or challenge, and we document our progress. A few of the women can win prizes, and I like winning, but my actual motivation is to show as many women as possible that beauty is not confined to the first half of the lifespan. In truth, I am acutely aware that the previous winners are all young, which either means only young women can win…or no older women are doing the challenge. So, Boom, Alexandra Quixote here to tilt at the windmill!

My video should enlighten you beyond belief, so please watch it!

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If you didn’t watch this very short video (why didn’t you?), then you don’t know that I believe beautiful to be health-related. As I put in a tweet today, if you are healthy, confident, happy, have energy, friends, and are kind, you are truly beautiful. Nothing at all related to age.

That being said, I want to ask your help. For the What’s Beautiful campaign we had to choose a goal. I chose to hike up the steep, winding road that goes from the city below, up near the top of the mountain where I live. You can simply follow my progress by hitting the Follow button on my What’s Beautiful profile (you might have to sign in via Facebook), or if you want to climb your own personal hill (sure, it can be metaphorical), then please join my team “Up Yours: Hill, That Is” so we can encourage each other and share our progress. I plan to hike approximately 7 miles, going from bottom to top, then back down (where my car will be waiting for me). If you want to join my “Up Yours: Hill, That Is” team, you can choose whether you want to hike up an actual hill or overcome an obstacle that’s between you and better health. I especially welcome Boomer women (and their daughters).

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The more color, the more fun. Proven by research…that I made up

Late last year I did a different What’s Beautiful challenge (unofficially; I didn’t compete) entitled Challenge Yourself to a Healthier You, and I hope you read it. I won’t tell you what challenge I picked for myself, but I will say that I did accomplish it and realized that I am Awesome and Amazing in the process!

The official description of this year’s What’s Beautiful campaign: a community and a competition to redefine the female athlete. Under Armour invites YOU to aim high and declare a goal in their What’s Beautiful competition. Complete challenges and share your journey; join teams if you like for additional challenges, support and motivation.

Please click the link above to follow my What’s Beautiful profile, as well as the one to join my Up Yours team. With your help and encouragement, I will get to the top! More importantly, all the exercise will keep me healthy and beautiful for the next 50 years. If you don’t agree, piss off! Wait, maybe I should have said “Up Yours!”

After the hike back down the Pass

 

Before the hike up the Pass

Before the hike up the Pass

What is your definition of beauty?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22 Responses to What’s Beautiful? Health at Any Age

  1. Miz May 9, 2013 at 4:36 am #

    I love you two.
    in the era of too much focus on youthiness— you give me HOPE FOR THE NEXT 50.
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  2. AmyC May 9, 2013 at 4:52 am #

    Awesome team name! Can’t wait to see you at the top!
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  3. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta May 9, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    Hurray for the older ladies (of which I am obviously one)! I have joined your team. I love this campaign because it really is about the things that truly make us beautiful, our strength, health, enthusiasm, and those things go way beyond our outer shell.
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    • AlexandraFunFit May 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      Thanks for joining my team Debbie. If you have a team, please list it here so others can find you. I was thinking the other day that our children never know the young us, just the “old” us (as they call us), so we might as well be active to set a good example and for good memories for them.
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  4. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie May 9, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    I love your group name! You are going to own that hill!
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  5. Clare May 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    I believe that being healthy is being beautiful at any age. Good for you two! I actually love http://beyouthful.net , that although it does focus on anti aging, it is done through healthy natural ways to attain it.
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  6. AlexandraFunFit May 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    We agree with you 100% Clare. Health = Beauty, especially as we age.
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  7. Jody - Fit at 55 May 9, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    I echo Miz!!! You two are amazing & I am so thankful to have met you both!!!! I am not sure how much I am going to get into this campaign. I did my page & want to change the name to I AM ENOUGH but can’t figure out how. ;) Anyway, as you know, I am tech challenged so this is very hard for me as I can’t figure out the site! I may try to post a workout pic with my face by the end of the challenge but don’t hold your breath! ;)

    Huge hugs – such a great video Alexandra!
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    • AlexandraFunFit May 10, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

      I am so glad you like my video Jody, because one never knows. I can watch myself on video because I find myself fascinating, but I have no idea what others think!!! As to the tech issues, I’m not techy either, and find the site rather challenging to navigate. Bummer. And, yes, please post a pic of your golden face!
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  8. Lisa Darsonval May 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    You are such a beautiful and healthy inspiration! I am positive you will reach your goal and get to the top of the pass with a beaming smile on your face! Best of luck!

    PS Funny shirt in the video. Haha!

    Lisa Darsonval
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    • AlexandraFunFit May 10, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

      I think you’re right Lisa – I will smile at the top. Maybe not in the middle so much! You live in this town, so you know how stinkin’ steep that old Pass road is! And thank you for the compliments. I appreciate it.
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  9. Lea May 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    I love this post so much! I am so excited about this campaign! — Love your group name (I need to join this one for sure!)
    Lea recently posted..Comfort Zone Crushers: How I Almost Let Fear WinMy Profile

  10. AlexandraFunFit May 10, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    hahaa, thanks Lea. Yes, that team name is weird enough that it grabs your attention. Which was my secret plan all along! I hope local women walk up that road with me so that we can all shout “up yours” on video at the very top!!!
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  11. Daisy Romero May 21, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    Wow you are so inspiring and I loved the video!!! I am so glad I met someone like you! Thank you for being you ;)

  12. Elaine Watson May 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    I am loving this site and the two of you! I’m thinking I might join you in the Under Armour challenge. Hats off to you for taking on this challenge.
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