Beautiful People Don't Just Happen
"The most beautiful people have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. They have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ~Elizabeth Kubler Ross
Yes, I am 51 and I believe that the best years are yet to come.
I have found my passion in fitness for years now, even at the young age of 16 when I chose to walk to school instead of taking a bus, climb the stairs instead of an elevator, hit the gym instead of a club. What we do in our youth has a lot to do with how we look in our later years.
I was born May 1962, and raised in Ontario, Canada to German parents who were always active in some form or fashion. I have two sisters and a brother and although all are active in some outdoor sport, I am the only one dedicated to weight training and clean eating. Way back in the day when Jane Fonda first came out I was in leg warmers and a lot of spandex and doing her workouts in my living room. Everything in life I tackle, I tackle with purpose; I’ve been told I even walk with purpose.
A healthy body and healthy mind don’t just happen; it takes will, determination, and action. I am a big promoter of fitness at all levels and all ages, and it’s never too late to start making a change.
Having trained with weights and cardio for many years, I know a thing or two on how to achieve the body you want. I recently competed in my second and third Figure Competitions, placing second in 2010 at the INBA Mr. & Mrs. Hollywood Competition and first in April 2012 at the INBA Iron Gladiator Competition and September 2012 at the INBA San Diego Natural in both of my age groups (40-49 and 50-59).
That took 12 weeks of extreme training and a specific diet to lose fat and maintain all that hard earned muscle. Not everyone is cut out to eat the way a competitor eats or trains six days a week, doing double cardio sessions, but one thing we can all do is move. Cycling is one of the most effective ways to burn calories and fat in the shortest amount of time.
You want to get fit? Get off that couch and go for a walk, strap on your cycle shoes, put down the sodas, sugar, unhealthy fats and fast food, and make a firm commitment to eating healthy and often to achieve all you can dream of.
One of the best tricks I can tell you is to eat every three hours. At first it’s hard, but if you eat small portions containing protein, carbs, and healthy fats, your body will start to burn these meals for fuel on a regular basis and you will see change.
Stay active somehow, whatever your pleasure, whether in the gym, indoor cycle classes, outside, or perhaps as a senior by taking group walks in the mall. Strive for progress each day, not perfection. Read up on fitness and healthy ways of life and before you know it you will be one step ahead tomorrow than you were yesterday.
We all have one body, one life. You can live it hiding in an outer shell or you can start living in a happier, healthier new you.
I am 51 years old and have two beautiful girls 26 and 22 who have witnessed their mom workout from homemade step boxes to being strapped in their strollers for 5 mile walks. There isn't a day that went by that they didn't see their mom sweating to workout videos. My passion for fitness has always been, and my dedication and drive in the last 13 years in the gym scene has been a journey I would recommend to anyone at any age. Find out more.