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Weekend Quote: It’s NEVER Too Late

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Sorry no podcast this week. :( Doctors, vets, field trips, the end of the week has been insane! I’m totally looking forward to relaxing this weekend and it all kicks off tomorrow with my Saturday morning boot camp class.

I love this class. It’s a total body workout. An hour of sweat and smiles. Did I just say that? I did, didn’t I? It’s true. I really do love working out now but that wasn’t always the case. In high school I’d wiggle my way out of doing laps in gym. In college, I would drive to campus even though I only lived a half a mile away. In my 20s I did nothing. Not a thing. Didn’t belong to a gym. Never walked. Barely got my butt off the couch.

Then I started walking when I turned 30. Joined a gym, ran my first 5k, and pulled myself up for the first time at 31. 32 brought my first 10 miler, first half and first MARATHON! Yes.. I said first because there will be another. :)

My point here is it’s NEVER too late.

Listen closely: the only time it’s too late to change yourself is when you’re dead. Until then, you’re simply making excuses or lying to yourself. -Unknown

Don’t believe me? Ask Ernestine Shepherd


Photo from ABC News

Ernestine is the World’s Oldest Performing Female Bodybuilder at 74 and didn’t start working out (in any fashion) until she was in her mid 50s! If that’s not inspiration I don’t know WHAT is. Click here to read her story and tips on how she found success.

I’m not saying everyone wants to become a competitive body builder but don’t let your age (or weight/body image) hold you back from starting new healthy habits. Baby steps!



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There are 8 comments so far.

    deb roby

    October 22, 2010

    Nope, don’t want to be competetive body builder -but a senior level power lifter would be SWEET.

    Reinaldo

    October 22, 2010

    My jaw dropped when I saw a Mark Sisson’s beach pic, and he is only in his mid 5o’s. But Ernestine’s pic was… beyond jaw dropping. I think I dislocated something in my jaw now :P

    Julie Lost and Found

    October 22, 2010

    Wow!!! Yeah, that’s inspiration!

    Lisa

    October 23, 2010

    She kicks ass! That’s the jolt of positive thinking I needed tonight!

    vickie

    October 23, 2010

    you may have already talked about this, or had yours out a long time ago, but I caught your video where you mentioned heart burn-ish issues. If you are in for an ultrasound (with pregnancy) have them take a look at your gall bladder too (look for stones). Very common with weight loss and pregnancies.

    D

    October 23, 2010

    Good stuff! :) And she sure doesn’t look 74 either! Exercise is GREAT for the body!
    D

    Donna

    October 24, 2010

    I love reading about those that started after 30 to work out. I started at 49 and did a 5K and in one week a 10K. I still have 100 pounds to lose but I can run 6.2 miles! I just got back from a 6.2 mile run this morning.

    Fadhli

    October 24, 2010

    Yeah.. its never too late to start workouts.. But anyway the lady in pic is impressive. I realize one thing. The nicer the body you have, the younger you’ll look. Lets exercise.