This is my first blog ever. And it’s about Sylvester Stallone, who just happens to be my hero and when I finish my book I am going to send him a copy and ask him to write a preface for me. I am a sixty year old woman, embarking on the adventure of a lifetime, and I am not going anywhere, I am transforming myself. It’s never too late to start and I am starting now. I am not going to whinge and moan, wishing I had started this twenty years ago. I didn’t start it then, I am starting it now and I want to tell you about it.
Last Monday I started a 12 week challenge down at my local gym. I was weighed, measured, photographed and had my body fat calculated. Does that sound like fun to you? And the people doing it will be at least 30 years younger than me and totally ripped! Handsome, well-built young men prodded and poked me and not in the way I would choose!
I suffered extreme embarrassment, humiliation and self-consciousness. But I did it, and eventually, it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be!
So why do it, you ask? Because I wanted to. That’s the truth. I wanted to, because it is part of a greater process that will help me take control of my life and enjoy the next thirty or forty years of it!
Hopefully, 12 weeks from now, I will be poked and prodded again and will win the challenge over the other 80 competitors (all of whom are 20-30 years younger than me) amid cheers and waving crowds, saying isn’t she amazing (for her age) and how can I do the same thing? Then I will finish my book and tell them how they can do it too.
But back to my hero, Sylvester...
Did you know that Sylvester Stallone’s birth was complicated and the result was damage to nerves in his face that gave him that wonderful, individual speaking style?
Did you know that he wrote Rocky in three days? Did you know that it was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay?
Did you know that he held out against the movie producers until they let him star in his own film? And he was totally unknown at the time, with an unusual face and with unusual speech and a truly unusual name. Sylvester? His real first name was Michael, but he went public with Sylvester.
Sylvester Stallone proves that we can achieve anything we set our minds to. Remember, he not only wrote the script, but he had to train like Rocky to do what Rocky was doing. Do you remember the scene where he is doing alternating one-handed push ups? That was Sylvester doing that.
That’s why Sylvester is my hero. My other is Louise Hay, but that’s a story for another day...