Since I started my journey to lose weight after 40 and get super fit, I have found that there are a lot of women like me who are over 40 with busy lives, family and careers who not only want to lose weight but want to get “fitness model” or “fitness competitor” fit and have better bodies today than they had in their twenties. Losing weight after 40 is already a challenge but when you add the goal of getting “fitness model” fit the challenge gets a bit tougher! What I also learned is that women like me love a challenge so reach this goal is no different than working hard to get that promotion, getting your masters degree while working fulltime or juggling a hectic work schedule to be at your child’s activities and is all in a day’s work.
In my quest to lose weight after 40 and become super fit, I learned a lot about myself and a lot about what we women have to deal with when trying to lose weight after 40. I was not only working against middle age spread and a slowing metabolism but I was also working to balance career and family with a daily workout routine. What I did know is that I didn’t have time to go to a gym every day for an hour or more or fit in a session with a trainer. I had to workout at home.
I found a place in my home (garage) and turned that into my home gym. I found workout programs that would help me succeed in meeting my goal and incorporated those workouts into my daily routine. To help me get started on meeting my “get fitness model fit” goal, I started doing workouts like P90X, Insanity, Insanity: The Asylum and ChaLEAN Extreme. The trainers were great and helped me to understand the muscles I was working and showed me proper form. I felt that by using these programs I could devote at least one hour daily to complete my workouts.
In addition to doing the home fitness programs, I subscribed to and read each month Oxygen Magazine. This magazine is very comprehensive and features fitness models and success stories of women like me- some younger and some older. This magazine helped me to realize that my goal to get “fitness model” fit was not a farfetched goal because women like me who read this magazine were doing it daily and a lot are getting fit and losing weight after 40. I still read this magazine from cover to cover and incorporate the workouts into my workout routine and follow the meal plans to help me to lose belly fat, gain muscle and build a long lean physique. For all the women who think it’s impossible to lose weight after 40 without spending countless hours in the gym will see that all it takes is less than one hour a day with a program like P90X to get a lean body and build a well defined physique.
My journey continues until I reach my goal and that is to have abs like Alicia Marie!