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Say it loud...I'm 60 and proud

I can honestly say that the second half of my life has been truly §MARVELOUSˇ¨.

After being overweight most of my life; including childhood, I have finally reached a point where I am eating to live and not living to eat. I have dropped the label of being full-figure or big boned but have actually been described as ˇ§healthyˇ¨ fit, or sexy.

The combination of losing weight, exercising and strength training I was able to turn my body age back to 42; a gain of 15 ...
I can honestly say that the second half of my life has been truly §MARVELOUSˇ¨.

After being overweight most of my life; including childhood, I have finally reached a point where I am eating to live and not living to eat. I have dropped the label of being full-figure or big boned but have actually been described as ˇ§healthyˇ¨ fit, or sexy.

The combination of losing weight, exercising and strength training I was able to turn my body age back to 42; a gain of 15 years.

In 2009, at age 55, I set my sight to ˇ§figure competeˇ¨ and I accomplished that goal. I competed twice and the second time around I finished in 3rd place for the age group 50 and over. Also at age 55, I completed my first 5K for breast cancer, where I placed 3rd for age 50 ˇV 55 female. This is from a woman who hates to run and at the best use to be able to run in one minute increments.

I am one of those rare women who went through menopause without any major issues or need for medication and I think one of the factors which contributed to an easy transaction was because of my healthy life style. Also because of the strength training, my bone density results either improved or have not decrease over the last few years. All of these factors I owe to a healthy life style.

Life is great and how many 58 year old women still have the guts to put on a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleading outfit and jump out of a birthday cake.

I cannot wait to see how ˇ§FANTASTICˇ¨ my 60s will be , which is two years from now, because I have truly ˇ§ROCKEDˇ¨ my 50s.

You are only as old as you feel and I feel great!!!

Charlene


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Member Since: 11/22/2006

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My Goals:
To transform my body into a body worthy of figure competiting in 2009. - Goal completed




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Currently in a maintenance mode.

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I live in Redondo Beach, CA. I have been in CA since 1985. I love it here.

I have two adult children, a son and daughter.


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OHSOSVELTE
6/30/2014 7:37:34 AM

i'm 54 and where you were, too. Thanks for showing me where to take life from here!



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JAZZID
6/23/2014 7:46:21 AM

emoticon Hey Char, where are you? I haven't heard from you in awhile!!!! I have been thinking about you and wanted to let you know that. I also wanted you to know that I am doing really well; since April 1, 2014, I have lost 17.4 pounds!... my weight has dropped from 176 to 158.6! Can you believe that! I am so thrilled and encouraged to keep going. The 158 was my 1st 10% goal; my next 10% is to reach 142.7... because I am smaller it may prove to be more difficult, do you have any tips for me for losing the last 15 pounds?

QUESTIONS:

Did you have trouble losing the smaller you got and if so, what did you do to move things along and make progress?

I don't really use the scale but I am glad that I did my starting and mid weight so that I can keep track. I rather pay attention to how my clothes fit because most of the time for me anyway, the NSV are more encouraging than the scale weight!

What have you been up to? Are you following a program right now... any plans to compete again?

When you get a chance please stop by and catch me up... I wish you were more active on SP I miss our daily check-ins and motivation that you gave me!

~ Dee emoticon

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PHYNIXX
6/22/2014 12:51:01 AM

I was visiting a friend's page (Jazzid) and came across your page. I just had to let you know you look wonderful and that you have inspired me. I know what I need to do, I just hadn't found the energy/will power to do it.

I've added you as a friend because I need all the help I can get. I'll check back in to let you know how I'm doing. Thank you so very much for being an inspiration and have a blessed day!



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MISSLAKNIGHT1
6/13/2014 2:00:07 PM

I recently just found your page and you are such an inspiration that I had to move you to the front of my sparkpage friend list so that I am reminded every time I see my page that it takes hard work to achieve the body I want but if I stick with it, the results will be stunning. You are fabulous! Thank you!

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JAZZID
4/27/2014 1:06:55 PM

Hi Char,

Thanks for stopping by and sorry for the late response. I have been doing great. I am doing a 30 day, or more, elimination/reset. I eliminated caffeine, dairy, beans, etc. ; the purpose of this is to find out if, by slowly reintroducing foods that I want to eat back into my diet, will cause inflammation, i.e., indigestion, bloating, etc. I have found out that inflammation can also stall or prevent weight loss.

I feel great now, but had a rough first week after I eliminated coffee. I developed a 2 day migraine and very low energy, but I hung in there and I now feel wonderful. I am drinking herbal and flavored teas. . I am eating low carb and I eat fruit and starches like sweet potatoes, yucca, taro, etc., so I can get more carbs if I need them... I love sweet potatoes. Lots of cooking, but I love to cook so not a big deal. I am also adding in more salmon (Omega 3) to my diet. I still do the bulk of my cooking on the weekends.

Re: exercise, per your advice, I am focusing more on strength training. I try to get in 2 - 3 ST workouts in per week. Walk daily and add higher intensity, shorter cardio workouts like HIIT/tabatas, after the ST. I also add in more cardio to get in workouts that I enjoy like the kickboxing/heavy bag and step. I am trying to include, weekly, at least one session of pilates/stretching.

I have not weighed or measured myself, I am just focusing on eating right and gauging my progress on how my clothes are fitting. I seem to lose abdominal fat first. I will be glad when I start losing in my thigh and hip area. But I am not rushing it; it has only been one month. It took 4 - 5 months to gain all of this weight back and I am expecting that it can take at least that long, or longer to lose the weight. There is no hurry, I just want to continue to see progress.

Well, time to eat lunch and start batch cooking. I am making Italian sausage chili, egg/sausage/veggie muffins (for next weeks breakfast), roasted chicken (dinner) and green beans.

What have you been up to? What program are you following now? Do you have any wedding news?

Stop by when you get a chance and catch me up. Talk to you later.

Miss talking to you. ~ Dee emoticon

PS: You still have not accepted my Facebook friendship request. I am Dee Dee on FB. emoticon

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