In 2009, Lynn Lester-Howland had a serious health scare. Having been diagnosed with breast cancer, Lynn knew things were about to get really tough. She made the decision to get tough too! "I made the decision that I was in control," she says. And in control she was! Lynn used this diagnosis to propel her toward being fit and healthy. At 126 pounds, the 37 year old mom of 2, was already someone who fit in serious amounts of cardio but she knew she had to mix it up. Building muscle and developing a lean, toned body was going to be one of the things that would keep her feeling strong.
Drawing strengthLynn used to support of her family to motivate herself. She brought her son and daughter on board and taught them the benefits of clean eating and exercising. "I have to laugh now because my children will ask me if they can come to the gym and tell me to feel their muscles as they flex their biceps," she says. Lynn has clearly provided her children with a blueprint to a healthy, happy life. It may have been a health scare that really got her moving, but her example has possibly freed her children from the many obesity-related health problems that face today's younger generations. She's given her children a beautiful gift. Currently cancer free, Lynn's continues her drive toward fitness. With her strength, she welcomes all knew challenges. "I feel like I own the gym now," she says. [bctt tweet="From "Skinny Fat" To Muscle Mom: An Inspiring Fitness Journey"]
Want to get cut like Lynn?Here are Lynn's tips for you:
- Do weights before cardio so you're not depleting your energy before you start lifting.
- Go heavy. "If I can do more than seven reps, I bump the weight up."
- Perform intervals instead of steady-state cardio. "I go as hard as I can, then recover and repeat. If I get to 20 minutes, it's a rare day!"
- Immediately after your workout, consume a whey isolate protein shake and a fast-acting carb.
- Eat! "If you don't eat enough, you won't build muscle."