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Fit women over age 42 to age 89 on parade

Discussion in 'Female Health & Fitness' started by Justitia, Dec 12, 2004.

  1. Justitia

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    I went to the site and realized I was confused in the picture you posted as to which one was th emother and which one was the daughter. :lol:

    Thanks for the link. They are both truly inspiring!! :bb:
     

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    Justitia, here are my pictures. “rtestes” resized them for me. I think I shall call them “before” pictures inasmuch as I have just about decided to hire a personal trainer. I really don’t know why I haven’t done this sooner. Having read the postings on this web site it is plain to see that many people do seek professional help and with great results and very quickly. Not at all like my slow, at times plodding odyssey. Oh well, I am happy to be where I am today and eager to begin my effort to improve those areas that I haven’t yet achieved the results that I would like.
     
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    Fabulous!

    Carol,
    You look fabulous! You have a beautiful athletic build. Love your shoulders and arms. I am very inspired.
    Thanks for posting your pictures. I hope some day I can look as good you.
    Jane
     
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    Great pics! I sent you a PM....
     
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    Started at 58--now 66! Our Very Own--Carole!!!!

    Another testament to the fact that it is never too late, Carole has the honor of being the First JSF member to be posted to this list!

    "A little old Lady!" she descried, looking in the mirror in her late 50's one day..."No More!" she said, and she made good on her promise to herself.

    Scroll up this thread to see her first post when she first joined JSF --where she tells her story!

    She claims in a later post that she now considers these "before" pics! as she has decided to get a trainer. She did all this without one!! Don't need a million bucks to look like a million bucks!

    And we certainly look forward to future posts of Carole's progress!

    Hey, Carole -- when are you going to send us real "before" pics, back in the "little old lady" days ? :nod: :lol: ;) :tucool:
     

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    Hi Justitia,

    I am one of the ladies that works out with Carole at the gym. We do pump, pilates and work the floor together.
    I started working out four years ago when I was 65 yrs, thanks to Carole. I have dropped 15 lbs which does not sound like much, but my dress size has decreased. I have not really changed my diet. I am too old to want to deprive myself from foods I enjoy.
    I am enjoying the web site specially your thread for older women.
    Thank you for listening.

    Lucy
     
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    Hi, Diamond! I just joined the forum a week ago or so, and the inspiration is fabulous. I turned 45 last week, and a couple weeks before my birthday I realized that the only person I was shortchanging by not being "Fit, Fabulous and 40+" was myself. So, I've been heading out at 5 a.m. every morning, feeling great all day afterwards, starting to see small changes, and looking forward to more visible healthy changes to a stronger body.

    One thing that is keeping me going besides how good I feel through the day and the commitment to doing this for myself, is that my almost 11-yr-old daughter is signing my workout logs every day <grin>. Nothing like a determined kid who wakes up and the first thing out of her mouth is, "Got something for me to sign?" The deal is, at the point that I miss 5 days she gets a pedicure <grin>. That has already gotten me out of bed on a couple of mornings to get my (shrinking) butt in gear!

    Good luck - I keep coming back for more tips and motivation, and this is a terrific forum for that! Thanks!

    ~Lisa
     
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    Hi Justitia, thanks for your help posting the pictures. I was wondering how one goes about inserting the information that appears on the right hand side of the screen opposite your picture/name? Also, the statistics and goals that appear at the bottom left hand side of the screen when you post? Should I attempt to do this when I post or just let it go as unnecessary? How are your workouts coming along? It’s interesting to see the various stages of progress that you and others choose to share. Thank again……..Carole :claplow:
     
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    It's great to see your active interest and wanting to participate more fully in the forum! And congratualtions on being the first JSFer to be posted to this thread!

    WIth regard to your technical questions with regarding to how your posts look, you should defintely make the effort!! It heols everyone here to know more about you and at least I feel, for me, in doing so, I feel more part of this community which I have grown to love over the 6 months or so since I have joined.

    Because It seems it would be good to keep this thread on its original goals of posting b/f and after pics of women who are fit or who have become fit after the age of 42, I would like to direct you attention again to posting the exact same query but do it in the technical forum. You will get much better advice on how to do all the things you want there than you could get here, and it will help you become more familair not only with how htis site works but how a lot od such sites work, with some variation.

    Basically though what you want to do is look at the very top of this screen, the very top. You will see a string of options to click on: Home, user cp, quick links, etc. You want to click on: user cp (user control panel.) Once that screen comes up, scroll down, look at the left and you will see a column of options. clicking on Edit signature will give you the opportunity to add or change what comes up on the bottom what you post. Clicking on Edit profile will allow you to add or change information about you some of which will come up when you post, the rest will show when people click on your name at a post to see your public profile. Just remember that anyone can see this info. SO don;t put much in the way of identifying info. I would put down your date of birth, a genral location (i.e., what state you are in), a general idea of your profession. If you want to a picture of you or something else in the upper left hand corner of your posts, that is called an avatar, you cna click on that in that column and add an avatar.
    Fool around on th euser control panel and see what your options are. I would not put down any personal e-mail address -- that could get abused. You can give that selectively to people you wish here through privat PM's.

    In the technicla forum not only can you post questions about these items but you can also do a search to find older threads that already explain this. Ask how to do a search there. That is an extremely useful tool.

    Wecome aboard :)
     
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    Does This Sound Familiar?

    How many of us have gone through our adult lives yo-yoing up and down trying the weight-loss choix du jour only for temporary weight losses to be gained back with even more of a vengence. :o

    Look at Deb Baxter...beautiful to start but beautiful and healthy in the end. Here is her link: http://www.leannesslifestyle.com/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/dpower21/htmlos.cgi/6616.1.1092372749310451142

    and here is her story :cool: ..... (her before and after pics are at the end of the post...)

    "I am 44 years old. Always in the low 120s (size 4/6) up until 6 mos after my engagement at 32 yrs old, I began yo-yo dieting with my first diet (Jenny Craig) in preparation for my wedding. Within 1 yr after marrying, the scale read 140, I got pregnant, delivered at 177, then stayed at 145-150 range for 3 yrs, then dropped to 127 (Jenny again), then slowly climbed back to 150 by age 39. On my 40th birthday, I was a size 8 & 133 lbs (Atkins this time!) Within 6 mos, I was back at 145. Keep in mind, I NEVER worked out…I dieted…when I was "thin", I was skinny/fat, never fit. Next came BFL in April 2001, which at least got me in the gym in an attempt to get in shape for a wedding in July of 2001. I worked out 6 days a week and ended up gaining 7 lbs (and it wasn't muscle) only to show up at the wedding at 152 lbs in a size 10...but I plugged along for another 5 mos.

    We are told that after 40, we are destined for continued weight gain...age, hormones, perimenopause, life, etc. are all the reasons given. Was I gonna buy this? Other women, even older than I had gotten fit. When you take a look at where your time goes....what's an hour a day for yourself??? I decided that I would resign from the SUV butt club (since that is where a lot of us moms live) and I would do whatever it took to never rejoin! Enter The Leanness Lifestyle!

    I began LL Dec 2001 at 152 lbs and 33% BF. Starting the program with help from Stace Piver, I lost 8 lbs in 8 weeks. Then I stalled...for 2 mos. Workouts were on, but…I wasn’t honest and accurate on my food consumption. After 2 mos of hitting a wall, Stace encouraged me to join the Coaching Club and apply for the DIVA 2 challenge, which I did. I started DIVA 2 4/30/02 at 140 & 30% BF. I ended the 10 week challenge at 122.2 & 20% BF. My final goal was 15-16% BF. I have since exceeded that. Since July 02, I have been in maintenance. I am also now a certified personal trainer and assist other women in their own transformations."
     

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    What A Great Link!

    What A Great Link!

    I have been looking for a woman of color to post on this thread.

    I wish I could upload this woman's picture but it belongs to Oprah's site.

    But check it out and the other inspirations there as well...quite a diverse group! :nod: :nod:

     
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    Here's Deborah Jackson!!!

    All she will admit to is 40+ but she is garandmother and has competed in 40+ contests for many years now.

    What an inspiration!!!

    Here is a link to her site: http://www.deborah-jackson.com/

    And below is an interview--an interwsting person is she.

    Be sure ti check out photos at bottom of post!

    An interview with Deborah Jackson

    Deborah Jackson is a native New Yorker living in Jamaica, New York, the mother of two sons and has a 5 year-old grandson.

    She competes in "Masters" bodybuilding (women over 40), and was the promoter of the INBF (International Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness) 2002 All Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Explosion.

    She began training to keep fit in the mid-1980's with a longtime friend and entered her first bodybuilding competition at the Bernard Sealy 2001 Natural New York City.

    She works as an Executive Assistant to the Senior Partner of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, an international law firm in New York City.

    Besides bodybuilding, she likes to travel, enjoys cooking and entertaining at home, and spending time at the beach.

    Because we live on opposite coasts, Patty and I have never met Deborah in person. Our contacts have been periodic e-mail exchanges concerning weight training. From the first, we liked her and think she's an ideal example and advocate for women's fitness and natural bodybuilding. --Logan Franklin

    Logan: I forget how you first happened to find our web site and make contact. Do you remember?

    Deborah: I am not exactly sure either, but I think I was surfing for information on getting in shape naturally, particularly for people 50 and over.

    Logan: I think you've mentioned that serious weight training is something fairly recent in your life. Am I right? When did you start?

    Deborah: Competition is something fairly recent in my life. Believe it or not, I started weight training in the mid-80's but due to being a single mom, competition was out of the question due to the monetary and time commitment necessary even as a hobby.

    Logan: Generally, were you a physically active person before, playing sports and getting in any sort of regular exercise?

    Deborah: Actually, no. I had run some track in high school but nothing serious. I always had a pretty good physique, even when I was much heavier, and I exercised sporadically. I never yo-yo dieted. I was "thick" and I stayed that way.

    Logan: Describe some of the physical changes that have come about as a result of weight training. Deborah, this one of the few places I can think of where a gentleman might appropriately ask a lady about her weight. Since you started training, has your bodyweight gone up or down?

    Deborah: When I seriously decided to become a competitive bodybuilder in 2001, I weighed 171 lbs. How much bodyfat? I have no idea. Today, I weigh 130 lbs. and I estimate that my bodyfat is around 10%, which is still pretty high for a competitor. I have gone from a size 14 to a size 4 or 2 depending on the garment.

    Logan: Once you had gotten into training, how long was it before you began thinking about competing?

    Deborah: I had a 12 year layoff from the gym and went back to help a friend get in shape. After investing so much time and energy in her, I decided to compete myself.

    Logan: What was it like being in your first contest, and how often do you compete?

    Deborah: I'll never forget my first show, the Bernard Sealy Natural New York City. I was so excited about this show. I hadn't had a lot of help in the preparation so there was a great deal of trial and error but I knew I wanted to do it. So, I had my posing suit custom made, experimented with the coloring for my body, even though I am African-American, I knew a deeper coloring would enhance my look. It was great getting all gussied up (lol) like a movie star. That's how I felt. I selected my music and began rehearsing my routine over and over again. That year, I competed in three shows. This season I am doing six -- one in the Cayman Islands in August.

    Logan: What are your training and competition goals?

    Deborah: My training goal is to maintain my level of fitness and reduce my bodyfat to real competition levels. I have to tell you that I find the diet so arduous -- most bodybuilders will tell you the same thing if they're honest. Then, when you want to do it "natural," it's really difficult. I know I'll never be a world-class bodybuilder, only because I started a bit too late but I would like to get my pro card in either bodybuilding or figure.

    Logan: I noticed that in a recent contest you were entered in the "heavyweight" category. What are the contest classifications, such as lightweight, heavyweight, age categories, experience, etc.?

    Deborah: Any female bodybuilder who comes in 120 lbs. and over is a heavy weight. I compete as a Master. The age requirement is 40 and over. When it comes to age, I always say 40+ and leave it up to one's imagination to guess how much "plus."

    Logan: Talk about your workout and how many days per week that you train, and how you divide your time between weight training and cardio?

    Deborah: Contest time, I train six days per week in order to "hit" or train the bodypart twice a week. Usually, I am out of the gym in 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The cardio is so, so important for me. Ideally, I should do 45 minutes in the morning and 45 minutes in the evening, but with an extremely busy full-time job, the morning session sometimes doesn't happen. When I am very close to contest, I do my cardio first. I know the age-old practice of weight training first and then cardio is still ritual. But when you're tired, and using every ounce of energy you have to get through the day, you have to make a choice, and the cardio at that time is more important to me. I have a lot of muscle that you can't see so I really need the cardio at this time. In addition, I diversify my cardio: cross trainer, stair master, cycle and boxing. I do pilates for flexibility and ballet for grace.

    Logan: Do you work with a trainer or other specialists?

    Deborah: Last season I worked with a personal trainer four days per week with good results. This season, I have a trainer to focus on my legs, which are wonderful from what I hear, but they're not "cut" enough.

    Logan: Describe your diet.

    Deborah: My diet consists predominately of protein and fibrous carbohydrates. I have to limit the complex carbs as they have a tendency to fill me out pretty quickly. I like to maintain a lean appearance all year round. I do eat red meat. When it comes to fish, I stick with flounder, sea bass and salmon -- all fresh. This season I began weighing my portions which is not as much of a chore as it may sound. I drink a gallon of water a day. It takes some people a while, including me, to be able to push it but it really makes everything work better and you look harder. Why? I have no idea, but it really does. I drink spring water in the off-season and distilled (supposedly more pure) during contest prep.

    Logan: Do you take any supplements?

    Deborah: Yes. I take a multivitamin, extra calcium, B complex all year round. Contest time, I add a fat burner and Taraxatone to rid myself of excess water.

    Logan: You compete in "all-natural" contests. I have pretty good idea what that means -- no steroids or other banned substances -- but, in brief, what are the rules regarding the competitions? And how are the competitions monitored to keep out steroid "enhanced" bodybuilders?

    Deborah: The INBF has posted a "Banned Substance List" which is self-explanatory. On the amateur level, we are polygraph tested. If you enter a pro-qualifying show and place first or second, you get a pro-card. At that point, a urinalysis is required in addition to the polygraph.

    Logan: As a senior fitness buff, I'm always curious about how people react to seniors actually motivated enough to turn off the TV and to regularly go to a gym. Any stories, either positive or negative?

    Deborah: It's amazing. When I hear "senior," I think of my grandmother. Today, you can really be as young as you feel. In my opinion, the key to "healthy" longevity is proper nutrition, diet and exercise. I feel better today than when I was in my twenties. Actually, if I could stay the way I am right now for the rest of my life, I would be marvelously happy. Women stop me all the time and ask me how can they look like me or what do I do, how do I eat. It's wonderful, and I am happy to give them whatever information I can. People are amazed when I tell them about my grandson, Darion. Often, they think he's my son!

    Logan: How would you advise someone in training and now thinking about competition?

    Deborah: I would advise them to join a good gym with excellent cardio and fitness equipment, as well as free weights. If a personal trainer is within their budget, that would also help. Have patience and don't be so hard on yourself. Results are not achieved overnight but with time and consistency, you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

    Logan: Deborah, thank you for taking time for the interview. Patty and I wish you the best of luck at the Cayman Islands competition next month. We'll be pulling for you, and I'll bet a lot of other people who read this will be, too.

    P.S. On Sat., July 12, Deborah did an NPC (National Physique Committee) show and won the Women's Middleweight and Women's Open Overall!
     

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    WOW!!! That's all I can say! WOW!!!
    I'm gonna send this link to my mother right away!!!!!!!!!
    :spaz:
     
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    Well, I just had to expand the age range...

    Well, I just had to expand the age range...

    I have been pretty careful to keep the postings here for women fitness successes in the age range stated at the start of the thread.

    But when I found Edith at the Body for Life Fitness Challenge, there was no way I could pass up posting her accomplishments here.

    Talk about it never being too late!!!

    Edith began her physical fitness transformation after the age of 90!!!! :eek: :claplow: ....after a stroke and being unable to even open her front door, let alone climb some stairs.

    The link to her site is here -- Edith Odoms

    And here is her story: (pictures below)

    Edith Odoms

    After a stroke and a broken hip at the age of 90, Edith Odoms had trouble getting around and found it difficult to do simple tasks like opening her front door or climbing up stairs. Her sister and daughter were becoming increasingly concerned about her well-being and decided to help her to regain her health.

    In 1999, they told her about the Challenge and she decided to go for it. During her first 12 weeks, Edith made amazing progress. She didn’t stop there. Edith has continued to improve her physical fitness and become more healthy and active. Five years later, Edith still goes to the gym five days a week to work out with weights, walk or go to her martial arts class.

    “I’m 95 years old and there are a lot of things I have learned about taking care of my body,” Edith says. “I watch where I step, never give up, and condition my mind and body with positive thought, exercise and nutrition.” Edith is an inspiration to many.

    “I enjoy living, and have a lot of friends,” Edith says. “My mission is to help others keep going; and if I was just sitting in a rocking chair I wouldn’t last very long. My goal is to reach 100. When I get there, I’ll set a new goal.”

    Years Edith has kept the weight off: 5 years
     

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    Another great transformation in her 40's!

    Here is Tracy, another woman in her 40's transforming herself for the first time.

    Here are links to her story:

    http://netconex.com/kenchi/women's_photos.htm

    http://pages.sbcglobal.net/tracyla2/

    http://www.leannesslifestyle.com/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/dpower21/htmlos.cgi/373.2.283701253426547215?trainer=tracyl100&AESTIVACVNLIST=trainer

    Here is her story. She is advocating the particular program she used but as we all know, we all have to find our own way. But her pictures are inspiring.

    Total Weeks in Action
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    End Weight
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    106

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    30%

    End Body Fat
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    11%



    My Story
    This transformation took about 6 months. It couldn't really start until I was "ready to change" on the inside. I was in the DIVA2 intensive, and made it to my dream body. At one point my idea of my dream body was different. But I realized that my dream body better be a body type that was attainable for me. I am muscular and have a petite frame of 5'2" tall, so it would do me no good to fantasize about being tall and willowy. So I set about becoming the best I could be!

    I could not have done this without all of the coaching, support and tools that I got from this club.

    If you think that weight loss starts with cutting back calories, then you are destined to be a perpetual dieter, that is never happy with the temporary results you achieve.

    I struggle and have setbacks the same as anyone who has ever had weight issues. That is why I am still a member after 3 years. That is why I always come back to the tried and true principles of Leanness Lifestyle, with Lifestyle being the key word.

    Is Lifestyle defined as eat right and exercise? But if you aren’t motivated, what then? What if everyone in your family is eating dessert and watching TV, what then? When you are frustrated at your spouse/kids/boss and go to the potato chips/ice cream/etc. what then? Do you feel better? For how long?

    I can tell you one thing, my spouse was a disbeliever. But that was a looooong time ago!

    Tracy
     

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    :d_smile: What a delight to have you back Justitia. I like others have missed you. I must say I find you to be as inspirational as the many and varied examples of women of all ages you find to post about!! You keep digging and coming up with the stories of so many exceptional ladies who’ve brought about such incredible changes in themselves. All the while you continue your own quest. Thanks for Edith’s story. What a beautiful woman she is. It’s good to be reminded that with luck and health all of us might reach the same level of maturity that Edith has and how with determination and work we just might be able to look and feel as wonderful as she!! :claplow:
     
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    Thanks...I've missed being gone... I had no idea so many people even noticed..it's nice to be appreciated. :nod:

    Well, back to the fitness journey... :cool:
     

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