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I was going through some old pictures this morning and I came across an image of myself at 19. I weighed about 208 Lbs at the time and I was in a pretty miserable place emotionally, too.
I had dropped out of high school
I was working a retail job at $8 an hour
I was dating losers. Exclusively.
I’m not sure if my weight problem was a symptom of my lack of confidence and self-esteem or the other way around, but somehow I had the self-awareness at the age of 19 to change course.
Now, you might say, oh great Caren, this would be an awesome message for me if I were 19, unfortunately, I’m 46. What do you have for me now?
The funny thing about transformations is that they never stop happening.
I did drop 80 Lbs after that photo was taken and I kept it off for the next 25 years, but my transformation was far from over.
This was the transformation I made at 41, right after a carb-indulgent trip to Italy where I ate 392 pizzas (and loved every single one of them).
Fitness Transformations Over 40
In fact, all of these transformations have happened in my 40s and there’s another one underway right now. I fully intend to enter my 50s with a leaner, more muscular physique than I have right now.
The Fitness Transformation Process Never Ends
This is critical to understand for two reasons:
- The journey doesn’t end when you reach your goal weight. At that point, you have to work to maintain or improve muscle to fat ratio.
- You won’t always be in killer shape. I think this collage illustrates that leanness is fleeting. Sometimes we’re carrying a bit more weight than we want to, but that doesn’t mean it’s game over. Life happens. You just refocus and get right back on track.
So if you’re feeling a little down on yourself because you’re getting older and you’ve put on a few pounds, don’t sweat it. You’re in what Seth Godin calls “the dip” and the great part is that an amazing transformation is just around the corner (if you’re willing to commit to it!).
These are the kind of transformation stories I see every day in my online fitness groups. If you want to join one, fill out the form below. I’d love to help you reach your goals!