Have you ever met someone for the first time and you instantly felt more energetic and positive by being around that person?
That is what happened to me recently as I met an awesome woman named Mary. Mary works for a billion dollar organic food company that I am working with to help their wellness program get even better than it is already. She had been doing my program for the past 5 years and was instrumental in getting me into the company. After hearing a little bit of her story I asked Mary if she would be willing to get interviewed so I could share with you how she lost 30 lbs AFTER menopause, and AFTER stopping smoking.
Take it away Mary!
I am 61 ½ years old, single and have no kids so I don’t fit the typical Fit Moms for Life. At age 59 I ran my first 5K followed two months later running my second 5K and then a week later did my first Sprint Triathlon finishing in second place. The following year at 60 I did my second Sprint Triathlon and finished in 1st Place!
Where was your life before being introduced to my program?
Most of my adult life I weighed in at between 130 and 135 pounds and smoked for thirty years. That is what helped me stay thin which is a very stupid way to go about it. Thirteen years ago I stopped smoking and started walking. Up until that point I was basically a couch potato. I moved back to Wisconsin from Seattle, joined a gym and used the treadmill and elliptical. Then menopause came along and really threw a wrench into things. The pounds came on pretty easily and pretty fast especially around my middle. I was able to disguise it some but the weight started showing in my face and neck which I couldn’t hide.
How did you hear about my program?
At one of my yearly physicals, I got on the scale and weighed 170 pounds. I knew I weighed this much but when you are standing there in front of a nurse it just hits home. I was so depressed. My Physician Assistant suggested I try Dustin Maher’s program Fit Moms For Life. She said you don’t have to be a mom to do it and said that she was even doing the program. I went home and immediately ordered the DVDs.
What were your initial thoughts? Where you skeptical?
I got the DVDs, bought a stability ball and hand weights, 5 lb and 7 lb. They felt pretty heavy in the store so thought I would start with them.
As you were in the program what were you enjoying? What were some of the challenges you had to overcome?
When I first started I was amazed at how heavy the weights were that the ladies were using on the DVDs. I was gasping for breath doing the burst cardio, I also have asthma, but Dustin suggested putting my hands behind my head which really helped. I think I could do five pushups and my abs burned doing the crunches. I stuck with it, doing it three times a week. Before long I had to go buy heavier weights, 8 and 10 lbs and then 15 and 20 lbs. The pounds started to drop, inches started to melt away and I was getting stronger and less out of breath. I felt so good after I had finished and even noticed my posture was improving due to some of the weight exercises. As soon as I got home from work I would do the exercises in order to get them done and not procrastinate. People started to notice my weight loss and it was so fun to go buy new clothes.
How is your life different now than it was before being introduced to my program.
I am probably in the best shape in my life at 61. I am healthier, stronger and more fit than ever. I lost 30 pounds, went from a size 14 to size 10. BMI is in range, visceral fat (which is the internal fat around your organs) is low and my metabolic age is 52. I have so much energy people are constantly asking how I can have so much energy. I have energy because I exercise!
How has other areas in your life improved besides losing weight and toning up.
Being in better shape I want to do more and try more things. I love to snorkel and would love to learn how to scuba dive. On my 60th birthday I Bugee Boarded in Mexico and it was awesome! July of 2015 I am doing a biking tour in Ireland, biking 30 to 50 miles a day. What a way to see where my ancestors came from. I feel like I am unstoppable. Longevity runs on my mother’s side of the family and I tell people my goal is to live to 102 years old and be taking a Spin Bike class in my 90s. I want to feel good in old age, have balance and keep up with my young friends.
Today I take Spin Bike class three times a week, TRX class two times a week and added Dustin Maher DVDs to get more strength training in to help shed and tone my tummy more.
How has the reaction been with your friends and family. Do they treat you differently? Do they try to sabotage your results? How have you handled all of that.
My friends have been great and I hope I inspire them to be more healthy.
What is your eating like now and before you began our program?
I have always ate pretty healthy. When I moved out to go to college in 1971 my mom told me she wanted me to cook and not eat junk food, well, really how much junk food was out there then compared to now. I have always cooked from scratch but after quitting smoking and going through menopause I developed a sweet tooth and wasn’t paying attention to portion sizes. I did Weight Watchers for a while which woke me up to how much a cup and half cup really are, not what your eye thinks they are. I portion out just about everything now, keeps me accountable.
I have recently made some changes to what I eat thanks to Dustin. Lowfat is CRAP….I have changed to whole fat foods like milk, dairy products, eggs and using coconut oil to cook with and have not noticed any weight gain. I am cutting as much sugar out of my diet as I can and surprisingly not missing it and paying close attention to eating only when I feel hungry. I am also very lucky to work for an organic company and have access to many organic products and live in an area where a lot of organic produce is grown. I try to eat organic dairy, organic meat and buy organic of ‘the dirty dozen’. I have also stopped drinking Crystal Lite and using Splenda to bake with. When I do bake something I cut way back on the sugar and add stevia. I have found some recipes come out just fine using stevia and no sugar.
To give you some idea of what I am normally eating I have a 3 day journal:
Breakfast 3 eggs scrambled with whole milk, necatarine and 1 ½ cups steam broccoli (who said we can’t eat veggies for breakfast, the cereal police?)
Lunch Chicken Salad made with Greek yogurt and sliced grapes, carrot and celery sticks and fresh Bing cherries
Dinner Tortilla Pizza – whole wheat tortilla with couple tablespoons of pizza sauce, cubed chicken, sliced green olives and ¼ cup of Mozzarella cheese
Breakfast 2 Barbara’s Shredded Wheat (no added sugar and only one ingredient) with whole milk and fresh blueberries. Stevia to sweeten.
Snack 12 almonds and a piece of fruit
Lunch Large Green Salad (I use a salad serving bowl) with mixed greens and baby kale, grape tomatoes, radishes, sliced apple, tablespoon of sunflower seeds, 3 oz salmon or chicken and a couple tablespoons of raspberry vinaigrette.
Dinner Smoothie with frozen strawberries, frozen banana, ½ c Greek yogurt, ½ c V8 Fusion lite Strawberry Banana juice and a scoop of whey powder.
Breakfast Out to eat with friends. 2 large pancakes with syrup and glass of milk…My treat meal
Lunch Smoothie with frozen strawberries, frozen banana, ½ c Greek yogurt, ½ c V8 Fusion lite Strawberry Banana juice and a scoop of whey powder.
Snack String cheese and piece of fruit
Dinner Grilled marinated chicken breast, baked sweet potato and broccoli. I don’t put anything on the sweet potato, great by itself.
Most days I don’t need a snack because I am not hungry in between meals.
Lastly your best friend comes up to you and is considering joining the program you were just on. What would you say to them?
Don’t hesitate, do it…..It works, just stick with it. Before you know it you won’t be sore and you will start seeing results!
Thanks Mary for all that incredible advice. I know your story has inspired those at any age that it isn’t too late to start.
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