Well, to be fair - I turned 50 eight months ago - but who's counting?
I have been reluctant to use me as an example of “This is 50”. But, my husband convinced me I should. Age is not an excuse or a reason to not be healthy, happy and fit.
I competed this fall in the Figure Masters 50+ class at two competitions. I have to tell you, they don't make 50 year olds like they used to. No polyester-wearing, frumpy moms and grandmas up on that stage! (Oh, we're definitely moms and grandmas - just not frumpy.)
Every single one of these ladies is 50 and over!
Recently, in a Facebook message, I shared a photo with a group of ladies of my transformation. My transformation wasn't typical in that I didn’t lose a massive amount of weight. I was skinny (well, skinny fat) unhealthy, and undernourished. I kept my caloric intake at 1,000-1,200 calories per day. Ridiculous. Oh, and cardio. All the cardio all the time! And smoked – heavily for a very long time.
I was depressed and on anti-anxiety medication. The year preceding my journey into weight lifting was one tragedy after another. My husband and I lost our home to a landslide (which the insurance company denied); my dad was on life support and we lost him at the age of 66, I was having a very difficult time with one of my children, and then lost my job as a result of all of the above.
Then I began weight training on a lark. I was still teaching Zumba, but added weight lifting. Then I started eating to fuel my body and stopped the extremely restrictive diet.
I was 46 years old when I started weight training and 47 when entered my first competition. That began a journey I never would have anticipated. I loved how I felt, was amazed that I could transform my body and mind at this age.
Now – at 50 years old, I compete in figure and have hopes (and maybe plans) to compete at Nationals next year. I have taught boot camps, group fitness classes, done personal training, designed meal plans for people close to me, taught Zumba, and created a popular fitness class (HIIT Hop®) that now has a US trademark.
Four years ago, I never would have imagined this would be the life my husband and I would be living. I love the lifestyle and the changes it has brought to me, personally, and for me and my husband together.
No excuses – age is nothing but another number – nothing more/nothing less.