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The Ernestine Shepherd Story

Monday, September 06, 2010

This lady is an inspiration! She started working out at the age I am now, there is still hope! I'm sure she wasn't heavy though!

Going Strong at 73 - The Ernestine Shepherd Story


One look at this stunningly attractive 73-year-old and we know there's much we can learn from Baltimore's Ernestine Shepherd about aging well. Although she is trim and ultra-fit now, this hasn't always been true and isn't the result of a lifelong pursuit of fitness.
Ernestine "Ernie" Shepherd, at age 73, is a personal trainer, a professional model, a competitive bodybuilder and happier and more fulfilled than she's ever been in her life. In her youth Ernestine is said to have been a "prissy" girl with little interest in athletics or exercise of any kind. As a 56-year-old she was a sedentary, well-padded school secretary and "slug" who had never worked out a day in her life. The obvious question is: What happened to transform Ernestine into a role model for the rest of us, and senior women in particular?
What happened was that the 56-year-old version of Ernestine went bathing suit shopping with her sister, Velvet. While trying on the suits, they found themselves laughing at each other. Then and there they knew it was time to get in better shape. Ernestine and her sister joined a gym and started working out together. A short time later, Velvet died suddenly from a brain aneurysm. Devastated, Ernestine stopped going to the gym. After some months of mourning the loss of her sister and on the advice of a friend that her sister would have wanted her to continue what they had started, Ernestine returned to the gym and her personal trainer, Raymond Day, with a reignited determination to get fit.
Starting slowly and building her body step by little step, Ernestine over time completely transformed not only her body, but her life, too. She is now, at age 73, a personal trainer, a professional model, an all-natural competitive bodybuilder and an inspiration to the rest of us. Ernestine has never been happier. She trains mostly senior women five days a week and "live(s) to inspire senior women to reach their physical potential."
Personally, she likes to compete in 5K and 10K races and run marathons. She's up at 4 A.M. to get in her 10-mile runs and puts in upwards to 80 miles a week when training for an upcoming marathon. Ernestine also strength trains four or more days a week and entered her first bodybuilding competition in 2008. In this first meet she took first place in her class at the National East Coast Tournament of Champions bodybuilding competition -- outposing women decades younger.
Despite all the exercise, Ernestine says that she has no aches or pains whatsoever and has never been injured -- not at all -- in the 17 years of her new improved life. This 5-foot 5-inch, 130-pound dynamo sports 9 to 10% bodyfat; these single-digit percentages are usually reserved for elite-professional male athletes in their prime! She takes no medications. She loves her new life's work, enjoys more energy than those decades younger and has never been more successful. What's her secret? Let's look at some of what allows Ernestine to defy "normal" aging:
* Began slowly under the guidance of an expert personal trainer and gradually conditioned her body
* Ernestine, realizing early on the importance of good nutrition (including sufficient protein and supplements) sought out the services of a nutritionist
* Has the full support of her husband of 52 years, Collin, who prepares meals and makes sure the fridge is always stocked with her seven convenient small balanced daily meals
* Makes sure she gets the rest her body needs
* Tries to have a positive attitude about everything, views her workouts as fun and sees her work as being on a "long happy journey"
* Knows where she wants to go and what she wants to accomplish and do
* Believes in encouragement, inspiration and family support and lives by her mantra " Determined -- Dedicated -- Disciplined To Be Fit"
Ernestine Shepherd is having the time of her life at an age when many folks only see themselves as declining and getting old. She's in the best shape of her life by far, more successful than she's ever been and a supreme role model to senior women every where -- and to the rest of us, too. She has a lot to teach us about thriving at any age -- if we are but ready and open to learn.
To see Ernestine in action go to YouTube and type in "Ernestine Shepherd." You'll be amazed at how good a 73-year-old can look and how well this one performs her as a bodybuilder and personal trainer..

  
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ANSING 9/8/2010 12:02PM

    Amazing story! What an inspiration she is.

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EVETROY 9/6/2010 3:23PM

    Great story!!! It is never too late!

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WHY DO I KEEP DOING THIS TO MYSELF?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

TIME TO GET BACK ON TRACK! LAST WEEK I SLACKED OFF ON THE FOOD I WAS EATING, THEN I SKIPPED THE LAST CHANCE WORKOUT, IT JUST KINDA SNOWBALLED AFTER THAT. I EXERCISED SOME, I WAS KINDA DOWN BECAUSE I THOUGHT I HAD A JOB AND THE ONE I WANTED, FELL THROUGH. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I WENT TO THE CLUB SINCE SATURDAY WHEN I WEIGHEDIN FOR BIGGEST LOSER CHALLENGE. I WEIGHTED 222.2, TODAY I WEIGHTED 225.4. WOW! I KNOW I HAVE TO EXERCISE A LOT AND EAT RIGHT OR THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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MARIADALE 4/23/2010 2:47PM

    I think we all snowball out of control at times.

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ANSING 4/22/2010 11:58PM

    It's just one week. No biggie, start over. You just have to do it right from now until. emoticon

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TRYING SPINNING! OH MY GOSH!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I tried spinning today, it is a killer! I guess you have to start somewhere! Our last chance workout last friday was 90 minutes of spinning. I couldn't stand or keep up with everyone else, but I did it!

  
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MARIADALE 4/18/2010 10:37PM

    I thought i would puke half way through my first spin class... but I now love it and do 12 to 14 classes a week when i am home

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ANSING 4/13/2010 10:12PM

    Just keep at it, you'll get better!
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the other Annette

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MAGA99 4/13/2010 8:48PM

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Kidney infection on my birthday?!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Anyway, it is my birthday! Whoo hoo! I also have a kidney infection and don't feel very good at all! I went to the doctor yesterday, I haven't been feeling good for about 2 wks or more. I haven't exercised for 2 weeks and when I weighed at the doctor, I gained, of course, BUT! A year ago I weighed 224, yesterday I weighed 208. emoticon

  
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MARIADALE 4/4/2010 2:59PM

    Try to enjoy your special day and get well soon

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STBBRN-2212 10/6/2009 7:20PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! emoticon

Hope you get better soon! Don't let it get you down! Congrats on your weight loss progress so far! What an inspiration! Keep up the good work!

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JUNIPER1974 10/6/2009 6:32PM

    Happy B-day! emoticon
Lots of good wishes for the coming year, another 365 days of wonderful you!

(get well soon and congrats on your weight loss)

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--jenn

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DARLENEK04 10/6/2009 5:56PM

  HAPPY BIRTHDAY.............

A 16 pound loss is wonderful............



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LEEDZ09 10/6/2009 3:36PM

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
Hope you get well soon emoticon

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ANSING 10/6/2009 3:20PM

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

And a big congrats on your weight loss. Sixteen pounds is worth celebrating!

I hope your infection clears up soon, and you enjoy your birthday.
Hugs,
Annette

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Haven't been feeling good!

Friday, October 02, 2009

I am SO SORRY I haven't been on Spark very much! I haven't been feeling very good for almost 2 wks. I have a doctor appointment for Monday and maybe can find out what is wrong with me. I'm thinking a urinary tract infection? Hope your all doing good!

  
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JUNIPER1974 10/3/2009 5:12AM

    feel better!
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ANSING 10/2/2009 11:07PM

    I am so sorry you aren't feeling well. I hope you're better soon!

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OUTDOORGIRL70 10/2/2009 8:29PM

    If you think it is a urinary tract infection. Get some cranberry juice to drink. That is what my DR told me to get. She also gave me some meds for it.

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LEEDZ09 10/2/2009 7:09PM

    I hope you feel better soon. Take care :o)
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BIKERBABE2BE 10/2/2009 2:13PM

    Hope you find out what is ailing you. Take care.

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MIAMILAW96 10/2/2009 2:09PM

    Hope you feel better soon!

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