Burning Questions: Fit, Toned, and Strong for a Wedding

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A few days ago, Debbie wrote me a message and sent it to me via the DM option on Instagram. It brought up some very good fitness and fat loss topics so I thought it would be best answered here on my “Burning Questions” segment.  I’m sure there are plenty of people wanting to get in shape for a wedding and beyond.  I appreciated the time and effort it took her to write it and I wanted to match that with a good answer.  I asked her if I could share it here and she was OK with it. So, here is her message and questions: 

Hello, I am 57 yrs young and very happily married to my high school sweetheart. We lost each other after HS, married badly, but found each other again ten yrs ago. We were fit and healthy until I broke toes on my left foot three times and sprained the ankle five times between 2012 and 2015. I also went through menopause during that time! I gave up and became depressed. I went from 125 lbs to 183.  On Jan. 4th of this year we made some changes and I've lost 12 lbs so far and two inches off my belly. 

I have motivation, and a knowledge of a wholistic approach to fitness (body, soul, nutrition, etc.). I know this is a lifestyle change and not some gimmicky diet or get skinny quick fad. But I'd like to do something at home that's intense (yet safe for me) over the next six weeks to get as toned and strong as possible before wedding #1 on April 23rd.

By the way, I'm 5'2", weigh 171, white female, pear shaped, on high blood pressure meds and low thyroid meds. I want to be healthy and off these meds!! I'm so sick and tired of being sick and tired!!! I have so much living to do. My husband retires from Eli Lilly in 9 yrs. We own an antique business and have such fun with it!! But due to my weight it's getting harder to treasure hunt. I have three wonderful grown sons with 3 lovely girlfriends who are soon to be my daughter-n-laws. I need to be healthy! 

Can you give some advice, tips, resource information? I appreciate your input and my husband and I enjoy following you on Instagram! 

Have a great day!

Debbie S. 

Hi Debbie,

First of all, let me congratulate you on what you’ve already done this year.  Losing 2 inches off of your belly area is no easy task and it truly shows your motivation and willingness to work hard.  You’ve battled back from you injuries and health issues.  Now it’s time to crank things up and build on that momentum to get ready for wedding #1.  

Even though you’re 57, you’re right about having a much living to do.  One of my hobbies is submission wrestling/grappling (jiu jitsu).  My coach/instructor, Coach Tony is 60 years old and he moves better than most people in their twenties.  He’ll have a long healthy life, and so will you! 

As far as working out at home, I have a few fat burning workouts you can do to get you ready for that wedding.  Due to your previous injuries, I will make some suggestions to tailor these workouts for you.  Also, make sure to check with your doctor before starting (standard disclaimer).  

The first workout that would be good for you to try is my Zombie Workout.  Here are two modifications.  One, instead of the Knee Tap Hop, do it without the hopping motion.  Just raise your knee and work on balance.  Don’t hop.  Two, modify the push up.  Do it on your knees.  It’s an easier version.  As you get closer to the wedding and if push ups on your knees become easy, try the regular version. 

The second workout that would be good for you to try at home is my Fab 4 Workout.  In the video demo, like most of my demos, I move through it relatively fast, if you’re a beginner, just move through it slowly and build up speed as you become more fit.  Because of your blood pressure issue, the walkout might be tough.  Try it, but if it bothers you, switch to holding a plank for 20 seconds.  I do have a client over 50 that also has blood pressure issues and he’s been OK with the Walkout.  But again, make sure it’s ok for you.  

Those workouts will help boost your metabolism which will help with losing body fat.  They will also increase you fitness level.  Alternate those workouts and keep stats.  Try to beat those stats each time you do the workout.  You’ll be competing against yourself and no one else.  You’ll look great as you become a better version of yourself. 

While you wait to recover from those workouts, try implementing some active rest activities such as walking, dancing, swimming, and or Yoga. 

The wedding is right around the corner, so try getting in as many workouts as possible so that you can look your best and feel great.  Remember that a healthy diet, and rest will also play a pivotal role in your results. 

Set some small achievable goals every week.  Reward yourself for achieving those goals.  Those small goals will add up and help accomplish your long term health and fitness goals.  Stay strict and focused up to the date of the wedding, and reward yourself on that day!  

- Coach Rollie 

Have a burning fitness question?  Feel free to contact me! 

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