Jennifer Matthewson

My muscles don’t define me. 41-year-old mom of 4, 2 part-time jobs, gym 3x a week. Eat the cake and workout HARD. Strive for BALANCE.

Placed 6th

in west group eleven

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What would you recommend to others who want to be fit and healthy?

Life is about balance. If you give into an indulgence, eat a bit healthier or hit the gym the next day with a bit more intensity/time. Food is one of the true joys in life. We gather around it with those we love, it sustains us and sometimes it satisfies a sweet craving. Give your body what it needs and sometimes what it just wants. Push your body to its physical limits and be flexible. Balance your life and be happy. Don’t be the one at the party with just a salad on your plate.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

I’m a mom of four kids, the greatest and most difficult job I will ever have. I see my youngest who just turned five randomly dropping to the floor and doing push-ups. I have taught them to respect and love their body. Taking time for myself to exercise provides me with peace of mind, body and soul, and shows an invaluable example. I have made four beautiful human beings, and I am strong and proud, not so much of my physical self, but of the influence I have on my children.

If you were the next Ms Health and Fitness, what would you do with $20,000?

Kids are pricey! Mine range in age from 17 years old to five years old. That money would go towards college savings, paying bills, and perhaps we would treat our family to doing something special. It may not sound exciting, but I think it would be pretty amazing. Most importantly, my kids would be pretty proud of their mom, and that’s more valuable than any dollar amount, hands down.