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It's Never Too Late To Start

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

When I was in my 40s, I got into bodybuilding and worked out with Gary Powers (Mr. Tennessee of 1986). It was an awesome experience and I loved it. I also started teaching an aerobics class to draw more women to the gym (I was actually the first woman to join the gym and it was an oddity and felt like an intrusion to the men until they realized that I was there for the same reason they were).

I moved from the area to another state and then another over a period of 6 years but continued to workout and stay in shape for the most part. Then around 2001 I got very ill with a blood disorder and no iron in my body whatsoever that put me out of commission. I went up to almost 200 lbs. from 110 lbs. from inactivity and all of the medications I was on (about 10 different prescriptions). After almost a year of tests, prods and probing, they finally got to the bottom of it and I got better. From then until 2010 it was a series of ups and downs .... a roller coaster ride with my health and my weight because of other physical issues and high levels of stress. I am legally blind in one eye and limited peripheral vision in my good eye. I also have a condition called BPPV which causes vertigo which can come on at any time unexpectedly. Because of this I had bad balance and was always falling. One of my last major falls caused me to have a plate and 9 screws put into my right arm. After 3 months of therapy, the therapist told me that there wasn't anything else she could do. I would never have good use of that arm and I am right-handed.

My doctor finally told me that I had to do something to change my life or I wasn't going to live long. After much prayer and thought, I decided to take early retirement. With the prodding of my son and his wife (who I originally got into the gym when I was doing body-building), I started going back to the gym. I was in terrible physical condition and grossly overweight for my size (183 lbs), so I started going to a SilverSneakers class. I became more active and started losing weight. I totally changed my way of eating (cutting out ALL fast food, junk food, processed foods and being basically vegetarian) and lost over 50 lbs. Unfortunately I did go crazy last August and celebrated my birthday for the entire month and then had a lot of other things follow including the holidays and gained back 20 of those pounds but I am on the way back down. :)

I am now a fitness instructor and teach 4 different formats of SilverSneakers (I teach 11 classes/week at Anytime Fitness and sub for other classes when needed at BodyPlex) and am in the process of becoming a Personal Trainer. I also attend Zumba and Total Body classes when I can fit them into my busy life. By the way, even though the eye condition is still there and the BPPV, I do not fall anymore and have very good balance, plus I have full use of my right arm. I will be 67 years old next Wednesday. So you see .... IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO START!
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LORIVIOLA 2/25/2014 9:03AM

    thanks for sharing.
this is inspirational!
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    emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing

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WHITEANGEL4 9/4/2013 9:42PM

    Thanks for inspiring us

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ROBBYSGIRL50 8/30/2013 10:31AM

    Thank you for sharing your story. You are an inspiration to us all. I turn 50 next March and an 100 lbs overweight and I sometimes wonder if I will ever lose it but you have shown me it can be done. emoticon

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 8/28/2013 8:31AM

    Wow, you had a tough road for a while, but you knew what it took. GOOD FOR YOU!

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LEANMEAN2 8/28/2013 7:02AM

    You are an inspiration. Thanks

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SPARK921 8/27/2013 10:39AM

    Never too late is right. Too bad many people don't realize that even making positive changes in our 40's, 50's, 60's and on can still make a big difference.

I'm still in my 40's and want to live until 80's. That is a long way away and I will enjoy life much more if I am healthier.

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SLIMLEAF 8/27/2013 10:18AM

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That's really encouraging - thank you!

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ASTRALL 8/27/2013 4:32AM

    Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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CICELY360 8/26/2013 11:07PM

  Good blog

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MTN_KITTEN 8/26/2013 5:03PM

    Thank you for sharing ... you have overcome a lot and persevered. I have been struggling this year with health issues and comfort eating. After reading your posting, it's a clean slate and moving on.

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FRABBIT 8/26/2013 3:30PM

  Wow, very inspiring!

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ANDYLIN90 8/26/2013 2:07PM

    Good for you!!

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PEGGYO 8/26/2013 10:40AM

    way to go!

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HLOCHRIDGE 8/26/2013 10:11AM

    Great blog!!! WAY TO GO!!!

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DEBLYNN323 8/26/2013 8:34AM

    Great blog! Congrats for your determination and motivation!

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JERICHO1991 8/26/2013 7:53AM

    Thanks for sharing. It is always a good time to start, or re-start.

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BENTOGYRL 8/26/2013 6:26AM

    You are awesome, keep up the good work and tell us all about it.

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  Thanks for sharing.


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SUGAR0814 8/26/2013 12:00AM

    Very inspirational. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 8/25/2013 11:54PM

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SJKENT1 8/25/2013 11:16PM

    Love the name Silver Sneakers!! You are so right... you are never too old

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WINNIE-POOH 8/25/2013 10:59PM

    WOW. I need to start moving more. You put shame on me and my problems which is excuses comparing all you went through. emoticon

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FITANDHEALTHY67 8/25/2013 9:58PM

  emoticon I'm so glad you wrote this blog. I am also 67 and have struggles. I'm not as fit and healthy as you are but I am working hard at it. Your are very inspiring.

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CHARTHESTAR 8/25/2013 9:48PM

    gosh- you are amazing! you did all that with those problems and put the problems in there place. emoticon

You definitely are a motivational sparkler!

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Have you seen that negative therapist
to show him/her her transformation ?

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for sharing
You are INSPIRING !

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LOVE, PEACE and BLESSINGS !

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PJCMB701 8/25/2013 8:16PM

    Very inspirational. Thank you


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ROZZIEOZZIE 8/25/2013 7:20PM

    Very inspirational to this 59 year old - if you can do it, so can I!! Thank you!
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BLPRETTYGIRL1 8/25/2013 6:53PM

    emoticon for your inspirational story !

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JSEATTLE 8/25/2013 6:23PM

  Yes! It is NEVER TOO LATE!! Thank you for sharing your story.

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