Every woman worries about getting old…about looking like the old people they see in stores. Every woman wants to be different, but doesn’t always follow the path to BE DIFFERENT. I found that path 5 years ago and embraced it!
I was 53. Metabolism had slowed with menopause and as I sat back and did nothing, the few pounds became 25 lbs. I had read that weight training was very good for a woman’s metabolism, so I hired CJ as my personal trainer and thus began my journey.
Within the first 3 months I was down 15 lbs and 11 inches. I continued being diligent about 5 days a week of weight training programs and combined that with daily food management. I can’t say that being limited to one glass of wine a week was FUN, but I do know success doesn’t come without some sacrifices. And I wanted this BAD!!
I am so PROUD of the 25 pounds and 14 inches I lost within 8 months!!! I was so PROUD of myself the day I was able to do a conventional deadlift with 110lb. Never thought I would see me lifting that kind of weight!! And doing a press with the 45 lbs barbell WITH ACTUAL WEIGHTS added to it! LOL Not in my mid 50’s ...Wow! Then, I not only impressed myself, but also the guys doing our reno, by lifting 50-pound packages of floor tiles as easily as the flooring guys here to do the job!! And not just lift them, but CARRY them from the truck into the house! I LOVE the definition in my muscles. And I LOVE my strength when doing activities around the house and in the garden.
I still continue my workouts 5 days a week. I continue to log my foods (although some days not as diligent as I should) because my success was not just the day that scale hit the magic number. My success is continuing to embrace the lifestyle I chose 5 years ago, and MAINTAINING what I achieved. At 58, I am PROUD of the shape I am in. PROUD of my level of fitness, even when compared to women 10 years younger. PROUD that I haven’t let MYSELF down and gained back that weight. My doctors are impressed that I have managed to maintain my bone density at a healthy level, especially since women LOSE bone density as we age. I can attribute THIS to weight lifting.
Best of all, I asked CJ for ‘Michelle Obama’ arms and got them!! LOL