Who are Slowpoke Divas?
Slowpoke Divas are women primarily over 40, out of shape or over weight looking to live a healthy, active lifestyle through walking, cycling, triathlon, and more.
Meet Bonnie Parrish-Kell, Publisher & Chief Motivational Diva
I started Slowpoke Divas as a way to share my experiences of being what author John J. Bingham describes as an “adult onset athlete.” You’ll also read my opinions about fitness, sports, healthy living, self-image, and self-care for women.
Most women put others first, put themselves down, or feel put upon by the demands of others. Often women also put aside the things they really want to do or experience in order to focus on career advancement or to grow a business. I know. I’ve done just that!
I believe that can lead us to a place where we are susceptible to depression, isolation, weight gain, or health conditions that can make life miserable.
Our bodies change as we age as well. We may not be a flexible, agility or svelte as we once were. For those who lived past menopause too often think they’re now “too old” to run, bike, swim, dance, even play. That’s baloney!
Our maturing bodies also want more “recovery” time despite our egos expecting our bodies to be the same as they were 20 or 30 years ago. Yeah, we believe and think crazy stuff! I admit it: I wasn’t happy being dead last in every triathlon or 5K race I finished in the first couple of years — not only in my age group, but overall!
I can’t tell you how many times I questioned if I was ever going to be an athlete. It wasn’t until I gave up “performance” and embraced “enjoyment” did I get any better!
It doesn’t help one bit when we see, hear and experience mixed messages from social, cultural, religious, and political sources about what “women of a certain age” can and can’t do, should or shouldn’t do, etc.
I believe that by sharing my experiences, successes, disappointments, doubts, surprises, musings, and opinions about living a healthy, active lifestyle, that women — perhaps like you! — can find and keep the needed motivation and inspiration to start on their journey to a healthier lifestyle while playing the sports or activities they love.