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your look ● ﬁtness
By Sharon Turrentine
A Way of Life
When you’re truly ready to go for
it, you need to set a goal for it
I f you haven’t incorporated goal setting into your
lifestyle, now is the time to do so. So, let’s look at it
from the beginning. There are two basic types of
goals: short term goals and long term goals. In the ﬁt-
ness world, the long term goal should be to become as
physically ﬁt as you can and stay that way as much as pos-
sible for the remainder of your life. Living a physical ﬁtness
lifestyle can beneﬁt you in ways you can never imagine in
your later years. Beginning early in life is a blessing that,
when you reach your 70s (kind of like me, for example), you
will be SO grateful for.
So, my continuous long term goal is to stay as ﬁt and
healthy as I can for the rest of my life. And look out—one of
my goals is to live to be 107! Then, when I reach that age in
2051, I will more than likely re-set my goals. Pretty lofty, huh?
But for now, let’s talk about short term goals. Let’s say
you are going to compete in a pageant (or are preparing for
a very special event in your life) and want to do your best
and look your best.
1) If there is talent involved in your competition, you
strive to learn from someone who can take you to your
limits in performance. You work on every aspect of the
talent competition: the talent itself, of course, but the
staging, the physical aspects, and the dress/outﬁt that
best suits what you plan to do, as well.
2) For the interview, you work on staying up on current
events: not just who is president, or political informa-
tion, but what’s actually going on in our great nation and
around the world—events, weather, and people.
3) There is, of course, your platform—something you
believe in with all your heart and are passionate about.
Study it, feel it, live it. Do what you can do make it work.
4) There is the ﬁtness portion. Decide exactly what you
want to do and how to do it. Just as with your talent, con-
sult someone who knows what they are doing and can
help you. You do not just want a “pageant diet” to ﬁt into
a certain dress; you want to get your physique as healthy
and ﬁt as you can. And keep in mind, the better you look,
the better they think you are. It’s human nature.
5) There is the community involvement aspect, which
you should be doing from early age as well. No matter
where you are in life, there are those less fortunate than
you and those who can beneﬁt from your willingness to
volunteer in some way, shape, form, or fashion to assist
them in their lives. Look around you, count your bless-
ings, and bestow some type of heartwarming blessing on
those who would beneﬁt, not only physically, but men-
tally and emotionally from your efforts.
FITNESS Continued on page 96