Sometimes we get the sense that fitness can only happen when you are young. If you are over 40, nearing 50, and never been fit before, you can forget about it. But, of course, that isn't really the case at all. At 46 years old, Wendy Mills made a goal. She told her self that she would be her fittest by her 50th birthday. Weighing 225 pounds, she knew it would be a real challenge. But by taking her large goal, and breaking it down into smaller ones, she proved that being fit at 50, is possible -- even if you've never been fit before. "I knew I would have to lose about 100 pounds!" she says. "So I started setting smaller goals, like giving up fast food or going for a walk." In this manner, she was able to lose 55 pounds.
Don't be afraid to change it upWhen she hit 170 pounds, the scale stopped moving. It was at that point, she hired a personal trainer and began to do strength training. Mills admits that she was terrified at first. But once she started this new path, she realized that her mindset had changed. She was no longer focused on losing weight by 50, "my goals became strength-related," she explains. She now works out in her home which she has equipped with weights, a bench, resistance bands and medicine balls. Wendy reached her goal 2 years early and has maintained her new lifestyle. "I am now aiming for fit at 60!" she says. "I have not lost my motivation." Weighing 124 pounds, she's a true inspiration! [bctt tweet="Fit And Fabulous At 50! One Woman's Inspiring Story"]
Wendy's willpower tips:Wendy's advice for anyone just starting out is as follows:
- Find someone you can be accountable to, such as a workout partner.
- Track your progress.
- Set a monthly fat loss goal. Do not weigh yourself every day.