About Me


Loving wife, math teacher, and…after a couple decades wishing, but intimidated by it… a bodybuilder.

Sometime back in the 80’s, before teaching, before marriage, I had a job as a receptionist at a commercial gym.  That’s when I first learned about bodybuilding.  I remember watching a competitor eating tuna on a baked potato and was fascinated.  My idols were Cory Everson, Carla Dunlap, Lori Bowen, Gladys Portugues… all those 80’s bodybuilders.  But I was young and not serious about anything.  There is no way I could have followed that path then.

When I was 29, my mother passed suddenly from a brain aneurysm.  She was only 56, but she was not healthy.   She had a lot of stress, didn’t eat very well, and smoked.  A hard marriage and then a rough divorce left her a single mom of two teenagers.  She did not have a college degree, but always pushed me to get one.  I dropped out the first time I went to college.  After she died,  I became a serious, goal-orientated adult.  I went back to college, earned a math degree, and started teaching.  “Serious” plus “disciplined” quickly led to “workaholic”.  I achieved a bunch of stuff as a teacher, but lost perspective about life, lost myself, and my health.

By 2009, after many attempts to ‘lose a little weight’, I weighed the most I’ve ever weighed, was on high blood pressure meds for a few years, and my doctor was thinking about cholesterol meds next.  One Sunday afternoon in March of 2009, I had chest pains that would not subside.  My husband took me to the ER.  I was admitted, tested, and observed for several hours.  My age at the time (47), my gender, and my general health status made me a likely candidate for a cardiac event.  They determined that it was an anxiety attack – this time.  Those words were emphasized by a few of the medical personnel that day.  This.  Time.

I was lucky.  I got a warning shot from God.  This. Time.  On that day, it stopped being about appearance or size.  I had let myself follow my mother’s path.  I remember how for years after her death, I would go to bed at night and wonder if I would wake up the next morning.  I just assumed it was part of getting older, going through menopause, being busy, not having money to spend on fitness stuff, etc.  But after that ER visit, I realized that I was going to spend time and money on my health one way or the other.  I choose to spend it to invest in a positive result.  I took a couple months to research things and make a plan.  In June 2009, I bought a Bodybugg and started working with a nutrition coach.

A year later, I had lost 30 pounds and plateaued.  After a year of diet and cardio, I realized I spent my cardio time at the gym watching the people who were lifting.  And then I remembered…bodybuilding.  Didn’t I always want to do that?  Why did I forget that?  I was scared, though.  I knew I’d look foolish.  And then God provided another push.  He helped me find an old friend from high school that I had always thought was a fearless badass- Paula.  She inspired me as an example of how to do things that scare you a little bit.   Sadly, she developed breast cancer and passed just a few months after we reconnected.  But the few conversations I had with her made me brave enough to set up the first appointment with a trainer.  I knew if I could find the courage to show up for the first appointment, it was just a matter of following a path someone else would lay out for me.  That’s how I met Nico and I told him my scary plan – “I want to compete in two years, in 2012, when I’m 50.  Teach me to lift like a guy.”  And that’s where this blog begins – in 2010 when I announced to everyone that this was going to happen.

And I made it happen.  It was not easy to change – well, everything.  This blog documents my path, what I learned, and how I felt.  It was a bumpy process with many mistakes.  But I figured out what works for me – I don’t quit.

I competed in 2012 and 2013 in the women’s physique division.  In the fall of 2013, I competed in an unsanctioned strongman competition.  It was fun, but not my passion.  I’m definitely a bodybuilder.  I haven’t competed since 2013 because I wanted to take time off to improve and needed time to restore some balance in other aspects of my life.  I plan to compete again in the summer of 2015.  At that time, I will have been lifting for only 5 years and will be 53 years old.  I’m working towards competing as a female bodybuilder in natural federations.  I will be doing this for as long as I’m able to do it.

Almost everything in my life has changed and I’m grateful I was able to make those changes.  So there are many “Thank You’s”… To God for the warning shot and the awareness to recognize it.  To my husband for his support, because as I changed, our life together had to change, too. To Paula for the courage to begin. To Kim for teaching me SO much, and being so generous.  To Nico, my first trainer who helped me be optimistic and realistic about my big, scary goal.  To Dietrich at DTR Fitness, who mentored and coached me through those first two shows.  Thank you to Alberto at 3D Muscle Journey for guiding me as I transition from a newb to an intermediate bodybuilder.   To Dawn, who besides being a great cheerleader, named this blog.   I’d also like to thank my friends, students, and colleagues for all the encouragement, guidance, and wisdom.  Over the last couple of years, my blogger buddies have become great friends.  The followers on my page have actually lifted my spirits so many more times than I have theirs.

Lifting fixes me. I love how empowered I feel when I move weight.  I use this blog to document the process, to clear my head, and  to share what I’ve learned with anyone who wants to know how I changed my life at a time when many my age think it’s too late to change.  The bodybuilding part is what keeps me interested because I’m goal-orientated, but the important part is that I’m healthier and happier.  I’m so very grateful to God for sending a message too loud to ignore before I killed myself with stress and inactivity. I started this adventure because I was afraid of dying too young. Along the way, I found my bliss. Now, I’m motivated to train just because I love it so much. I will continue to follow the path laid out before me.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6


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141 responses to “About Me

  1. OK, this may just be coincidental, but I JUST posted Proverbs 3:5 on my Facebook page this morning. I’d say great minds think alike! Thank you for blogging, you lift my spirits too! God is good! 😀

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS, GymRockStar!!! You were just nominated as a Health Demystified MVP, and recently inducted into the ultra-exclusive, hard-to-get-into, super-cool Health Demystified MVP Club.

    This award is bestowed upon only the most ardent supporters and leaders of the Health Demystified community, and it signifies that you are a significant contributor to the healing of humanity, and that you are an inspiring and radiant person that will leave a major mark on the human race forever.

    Thank you and congratulations,


    • Thanks Eric!! I’m honored. Your blog is amazing and the work you are doing is so important. I’m very happy to help whenever I can. Your passion and altruism inspires me.

    • Meredith

      Hi Tammy!

      I work for the Half Size Me show, which is a podcast dedicated to helping people lose weight and maintain their weight loss. Heather, the host of Half Size Me, has lost 170 pounds and is working to spread the word that losing weight and getting healthy is possible. She loves your message and would like to interview you for the show.

      If you would like to check out the Half Size Me show, you can listen to past episodes in iTunes, Stitcher radio or at http://www.halfsizeme.com. You can also see the show’s recent mention in the Huffington Post here: http://www.halfsizeme.com/huffington and the Psychology Today article including Heather here: http://www.halfsizeme.com/psychologytoday

      If you are interested in scheduling an interview, Heather records week nights ​over Skype or the phone. Interviews last about an hour. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you!

      Thank you so much,
      Meredith Jones
      Half Size Me

  4. What an inspiration! You are living proof that it’s never to late to start what may seem like an unattainable goal! Awesome progress!! 🙂

    • Thanks! My thinking was that I either do it, or I don’t, but either way, there is a period of time between here and when it’s over. How do I want to spend that time?

  5. Awesome transformation thus far. Would love to do a feature for you on our website!

  6. How did you decide what fitness certification to go for? I just started doing some research on it and there seem to be so many different options!

  7. I really think you need a “before” and “after” photo on your “about me” page now 🙂

  8. (as in, one of the bodybuilding posing photos)

  9. Sue

    Hi! I’m Sue, and I’m from SlimKicker, a diet/fitness app and website. I found your blog yesterday and it captured my interest!

    I’m contacting you b/c we’re about to release a fitness tracker (similar to FitBit) early next year, and are looking for bloggers who would be interested in getting 1 for free to review when it is out (negative or positive).

    Would you be interested in doing this? You can email me at: sue (at) slimkicker (com) with ‘Review’ in the email heading if you are.

    Just to let you know, our website SlimKicker basically turns your diet/fitness goals into a level-up RPG game. The tracker will work in conjunction the website, and allow people to track calories burned and number of steps they walk automatically. The more they exercise, the more points they rack up! That’s basically how it will work.

    Anyway, hope to hear back either way…

    – Sue
    P.S. You can choose not to publish this comment as this is more of a private comment 🙂

  10. A friend recommended your blog to me. Thanks for sharing your journey!

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    • Thank you so much! What we do is HARD. Most people don’t understand exactly how hard and there aren’t very many women in any gym doing it. I’ve found many new friends online and am very grateful to have another.

  12. You look amazing! Congratulations!
    I have lost 115lbs and plan on competing in a bodybuilding competition this June, reading stories like yours is always such an inspiration! Keep kicking butt. 🙂

  13. Your success is amazing! Congrats! As I struggle with slowing metabolism, growing appetites and less time you prove that it can be done. Thanks!

  14. Incredible insight and result with the body building. I too lift weights regularly, and am looking to enter a comp next year. Great blog! Blessings.

  15. Congrats on all your success. Been enjoying your blog for a while now. I have given it a little award – you can check it out on here: http://pipersrun.com/2012/11/07/shout-out-to-some-fitness-bloggers/
    Cheers, Anna from Piper’s Run.

  16. ruth

    Hi, the transformation I see is nothing short of amazing! I can hardly believe that “before” was you; looks like your mom! BTW, may I ask how old you are now? (or then, either way, lol)

  17. Your blog is so inspirational and to so many women out there! I’m wondering if you’ve posted something (or will post something) that tells the straight-up hard facts about the work involved. I think many people get inspired, then think “this is waaaaay too hard” then don’t continue. Or anything about keeping going when you really want to sleep in – that kind of thing. What keeps you motivated?

    • Thank you! I’ve touched on it here and there, but maybe not what you are thinking. Like a rundown of a normal day or a normal week? I think it would need to be a week. And your comment is a God send to me today. The last week was pretty tough. And life is going to get a lot tougher – so I’m dreading it.

      • Hi = yes! That is exactly what I mean. And, thanks. I have a very strict personal schedule, but I think many don’t fully understand the level of discipline it takes – juggling work, blogs, exercise, grocery shopping, eating/diet, fun with friends (socializing – things like drinking alcohol–is that allowed in your life?), responses to family members who want to shove food in your face during the holidays…etc…A “day in the life” so to speak would be awesome. Even another post – a day in the life – during the holidays!! 🙂 I think that would be very interesting and helpful. It would to me, anyway! 🙂

  18. Hey Rock Star, I just nominated you and your inspiring blog for an award. Congrats! If you are curious or want to play along check out my blog.

  19. Hey lady, I just nominated your fabulous blog for a Liebster Award! I know Andy nominated you as well. Sorry for the duplication, but I really wanted to reward my favorite blogs. So now you know just how awesome you are! Congratulations!

  20. Que

    I don’t know what to say about you. You are a beautiful inspiration to so many. You have shown me what I was told for so long was impossible is possible an erased all my excuses. You deserve all the Blogger Awards there are which is why I had to nominate you for this one. Thank You, you have done more than you could ever know just by being you. TY 🙂
    I have nominated your blog for the Blog of The Year 2012 Award. For more information you may click the link to my blog http://quitusingexcuses.com/2012/12/27/what-an-honor-to-be-nominated-for-the-blog-of-the-year-2012-award Congratulations!!!

    • I’m just paying it forward. What we are doing is HARD. You’re so brave to put yourself out there. You need to know you aren’t in this alone. I really enjoyed your personal battle with the can of soda. That was epic. 🙂

  21. Jane

    You are such an inspiration! I came across your blog quite by accident and feel it was meant to be. I have been lifting weights for the past twelve years with the purpose of keeping me healthy, looking good and slowing down the aging process. I am now 50 and for the past year have been seriously thinking about one day entering a competition. I know I have a lot of hard work ahead of me but I’m not sure where to begin on this journey.

    • Hi! I’m so pleased you found me. There is a lot of support online. I’ve made many new friends that I’ve never met. This is a hard thing so having connections with people who are also doing it is wonderful. Find me on Facebook so we can chat more about how you should start.

  22. Such a wonderful transformation. I have lost 87.8 lbs in 1 year and I have roughly around 55 lbs to go inorder to get to a health bmi. I was wondering if you had excess skin in your belly after the weightloss?

    • OMG! That’s amazing work you’ve done! Congrats! I do have a an issue with skin, but I lost my weight slower, so I don’t have the same amount as people I know who lost a lot more weight faster. I’ve been told it will tighten up over time. I know some people need to get surgery. It’s a tough problem and can be discouraging. Seems like trading one problem for another. The amount I have bothered me a lot as the show came up. But you know what? That skin is also a battle scar for a war that was won. That’s how I wore it on stage. (There are pictures where you can see it better.) Ultimately, I needed to get healthy no matter what. It was never about being a certain size for me. So the skin thing – it can’t kill me, right?

      • You are right about that. My stomach will never be perfect cause I had a c-section with the birth of my son. I would never change that. I also have a scaring condition called Keloids that have developed on my chest and shoulders. As I gained weight, they got bigger. My body doesn’t stop scaring…I’m hypo healing. At times I feel like a freak show but there are times I could care less cause I can’t do anything about them. I can make sure I don’t get anymore by cleaning acne better. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I do feel a lot beautiful cause I’m more in shape and thinner. Thanks for replying. Happy new year.

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  24. RMF

    You are right, people do not realize how hard it is to do bodybuilding, powerlifting, and just playing weight lifting. Curious, do you do hormone replacement? My wife is fighting menopause and is having a hard time staying in shape.

    • Nope. I talked about it with my doctor, but we decided against it. I wanted to handle my menopause with nutrition, exercise, and denial. After years of the “women your age” crap from authority figures, I was over it.

      • I do take a supplement from Vitamin Shoppe for elevated cortisol. Doc did give me some Chinese herbs to help with the hot flashes, so I read the label, found the active ingredient, and then found it at Vitamin Shoppe. I’m pretty sure that for me, elevated cortisol and some vitamin deficiencies from eating poorly were behind most of my symptoms. I used to use progesterone cream. I forget to use it now, so I must not need it.

      • RMF

        I am glad to hear it. My wife is a nurse and will not do it. She is trying to deal with it naturally. She kept her weight down for 20 years, we even did one of those EAS things after our last child to lose the baby weight and did great. Menopause has kicked her a**. I feel real bad for her, she works so hard. She finally said she wants to talk to a personal trainer, menopause is beyond our knowledge base. She is like you, this isn’t a hobby you have to take care of your body for life!

        I commend you, I have lifted for 34 years, I love to see people like you do it and realize it is hard-ass work and not always fun.

        • Nice hubby. It’s great that you are supportive.

          What? Hard ass work?? When? Oh yeah – shoulders and legs. I’ve had a few FML moments during those workouts. I’ve been known to text profanity to close friends during box squats. 🙂

  25. Lauren

    Hello!! I was made aware of your transformation via a post on Supreme Science Qigong’s Facebook post. I didn’t immediately go to your blog but I am so blown away by your accomplishments that I have been thinking about your before and after pics for days. I am on a similar journey as a 29-year-old mother of three, currently at about 30 pounds overweight. I have kept up a workout routine since my teens but have never manifested the ideal picture of health I see in my mind’s eye. I have come to discover that this is because I subconsciously feel that I do not deserve to have my ideal body, freedom in abundance, health, etc. After much studying and research I have found that indeed no one can truly possess the very best for themselves without self love and self care. So, I am wondering if you have any words of wisdom on feeling/understanding/knowing that we are all worthy of being the best we can be? I really struggle with this. I know I deserve my best, yet feel that it will never happen for me even when I put the work into it..

    • Hi! I didn’t think of it that way. My mother died when she was 56 from a aneurysm. When I was 47, my husband took to the the ER for chest pains. Because of my general physical condition, they admitted me immediately and assumed it was a cardiac event. After that, I knew I wasn’t going to live much longer than my mother if I didn’t change. I love my husband and didn’t want to make him a widower. At the same time, I became aware that as a child of God, I was not honoring His trust in me to care for His child – me. I neglected me. I did not care for His miracle of my own life. After a while, I discovered that clean eating and the workouts helped me control the stress that made me sick in the first place. The bodybuilding goal helped me stay focused and consistent. The way I look is a side effect. Somewhere, I have a post called “Bodybuilding is My Art”. That’s how I feel about it. I love the discipline of it.

      We don’t have kids, but I think I would feel the same way, if not more. I would feel I needed to be my best for them. Maybe my path is to nudge moms like you to practice self care? I don’t know. I just know I felt compelled to share my experience. I’m happy you meet you and very glad you found my blog.

  26. I found your story and blog through a Facebook post yesterday. It couldn’t have come through at a better time! I am about to go through a personal transformation myself, one I never thought possible because of medical issues. I leave for the beginning of my transformation tomorrow and it starts on Friday. Once the first leg of this journey is done and I’m all clear, I will be following in your footsteps. Why? Because finally, I can! Thank you for being an inspiration. My word for this year is Inspire. I love that already I’m not only finding people to inspire, but also people who inspire me. I would love to stay in touch with you, if you are interested.

    Let’s Unleash More Power Within!


  27. I nominated you and the other half for the versatile blogger award… You’re a huge inspiration!

  28. Tony

    Excellent inspiration, especially to women who have demanding careers and find(or make excuses in some cases)it difficult to find the time to workout.

  29. Wow! You look FANTASTIC!!! This sport changed my life too. I dropped 50 lbs., gained a ton of confidence and now I’m training for my NASM certification too 🙂

    You are very inspiring!

  30. Carrie Tyler

    You are such an inspiration. I am a Spanish Interpreter/Translator, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Boot Camp Challenge “Drill Sergeant” trainer and at the age of 50 I am preparing for my first physique competition. I have some weight to lose still with only 8 weeks left until the competition. It is an amateur competition and I am using it to get a good idea of what I need to do for other 2013 competitions. You have inspired me because I have this little voice saying that I am still too fat and too old to be doing this, but after seeing your blogs I have renewed confidence. Thank you.

    • Thank you!!! I’m not who said 50 is old, but I don’t see it. Maybe “50” is just busy. I hope you enjoy competing as much as I did. Have you found the Facebook page? It’s getting pretty active.

  31. Hello. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Just thought you might like to know. You can find the entry I made here: http://wp.me/p2BsD9-5X. Such an inspiration. Keep doing what you do!

  32. I love your blog, it is so inspiring! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Hi! I found your page on facebook through a friend and was SO inspired. I just turned 37 and have finally decided to go after my dreams after being dealt some pretty tough cards. I would love to hear more of your story. I am taking baby steps at the moment since I don’t really know what I’m doing…but I feel more passion than I have in a long time! Thank you for such beautiful inspiration!!

  34. Jan Robinson

    You are amazing. I am 54 and I want this year to be the year I finally get in shape! Just need the right info to get started!! Keep doing what your doing! I want to look like you! Thanks

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  36. I nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

  37. Xochitl macias

    You are the confirmation i have been searching for….. It can be done. Thank you for sharing and giving me hope.

  38. Enjoy reading this-inspiring.

  39. Connie clarkr

    I was absolutely blown away by your photos and your story!!!!! I am a 50yr.old woman who used to work out faithfully and loved it!!! I love weights also, but like you I ended up a little at a time loosing my self to take care of everyone and everything else I want so desperately Want to get back in shape ,but I honestly feel very stuck!!! I work 12hr shifts , drive 100 miles per day to get to and from work and am currently raising two grand children can you help?!?!

    • I think you might want to think about working with an online coach. It’s very convenient for busy people. I used to be an online coach, but I don’t have time for it anymore. But I have a couple of friends who do that with non-competitors. One is Colin DeWaay Training. The other is Fitness Jones Training. Both have pages on Facebook.

  40. expecting3

    Very impressive. I am just getting started. I lost my mom to cancer when I was 21 and she was 45. I have given birth to 6 boys and have custody of my niece and nephew so they can not lose me like I lost my mama. Thanks for sharing your story.

  41. Suzy

    inspiration I can relate to! Thank you. I look forward to your blog. I hope you did well in this summers competition.

  42. Lynne

    Thanks for showing me it can be done. I am a 53 year old who started body building/weight lifting 3 months ago…I’ve seen some progress but I know I have to get serious with my diet…as they say at the gym…diet is 80% of the equation

  43. Karen

    GURLLL…You look amazing! You’re such an inspiration to me!! I don’t know where to start…but I can tell you, I’m ready to shed this cocoon and fly with you!

    I’m 56 and need to lose a good 50 lbs. I have a 24 hour fitness membership 4 days a week. I don’t have a goal of competing, I just want to look good, feel healthy and strong, live longer and fit clothes comfortably. I’ve always been naturally strong for a woman, but the last few years I feel it fading… Just started taking some good daily vitamins, an herbal hunger suppressant and herbal fat burner. Have been getting up and doing cardio In the morning before work, but need a good regimine. What do you eat??? Can you tell me where/how you started? I really can’t afford a trainer… God bless you sister, keep up the great work! This I know: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

  44. angela churney

    Tammy..this article blessed me so much!!!! Perfect read at the perfect time. I need direction and wisdom from you. I’m a wife and a mother of 11 children. I’m 48 and I need and want to get into serious shape. I would love to email you privately. I know that God can use you in my life. Thank you and I can’t wait to hear from you. GOD BLESS YOU AND THE PATH BEFORE YOU. PRESS ON!!!

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  46. Sarah Larson

    Wow,Tammy, your story is so inspiring. I just, recently, made some life changes and feel I was lead to your blog by God’s grace. I’m 53 and at thought it was too late to make a difference, but now I know that I should keep working toward a better me.

    Thank you

  47. Hi Tammy!
    I’ve nominated you for the “Champion Award”. You can find out more and pick it up here: https://danicapiche.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/the-champions-award-thank-you-the-health-wellness-edition/
    If you are unable to accept this award for any reason please accept this nomination as a gesture of my appreciation.

  48. Tammy Korecky

    I finally dropped by after following you on Facebook for quite sometime and I’m so in AWE! I have searched and search for someone over 40 who’s “been there-done that” and by God’s Grace, found you.
    I’m one of those healthy fat people, all my labs and vitals are that of a woman of normal weight, but I’m 295 pounds right now. However, I am just sick of carrying this weight around. I’m tired and my knees are starting to complain.
    Bodybuilding is my dream. My goal. There is so much information and it is so overwhelming. My question is where to start. I go to the gym, I lift, not sure if I’m doing it right, I eat pretty clean, but not 100%. I lack the knowledge to feel focused or competent enough to formulate a plan. Hoping through perusing your blog entries I might have a better understanding of the commitment and process.
    Thank you in advance for sharing your experiences.

  49. Shannon Sweeney

    So inspiring! I’m 47 and your story is exactly what I need to get serious about my goals. Thank you!

  50. acirino202

    Where does one start if you want to get into bodybuilder shape. I’m not into competing but I do want the look.

  51. Ali

    Wow! Impressive & inspiring. All things are possible. How’d the 2015 competition go?
    What’s next?

  52. Trina

    Can you tell me all your secrets please!
    I’m 51 and ready to DO WORK!! 💪🏼

  53. April Schumacher

    Your amazing and have given me great hope. I’ve had two surgeries on my head last Year and started lifting weights again. “Progressive overload” is what I tell myself when I’m there. I am putting on some size but yo-yo ing with nutrition. I’m a vegetarian and having a hard time finding enough protein to eat. It’s not necessarily a choice as I cannot chew due to surgery. I am very limited but fight every day trying to figure what works for me and what my macros should be. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you for being a beacon of light and hope.
    April Schumacher
    Schumacher Pet Services
    Pet sitter extraordinaire

  54. Reece

    You are my new hero. I totally know I can do it now. Thank you for the inspiring story.

  55. Rhonda Hoover

    I admire you so much. I started down that path when I was much younger, single and had no life outside my job. Things changed and I gave it up, partly from burnout, and now I have no motivation or time to start again. Great job! Thank you for sharimg…and by the way, Carl and Glades were phenomenal. I also love Anna Langer…

  56. Mary

    Wow, love your story about your journey. I am thinking about heading in the same path. Amy suggestions on competing for beginners?

    • Do your homework on healthy ways to be in this sport. Many competitors do “x” because someone in their gym told them this is how it’s done, it’s always been done like this, etc. Science has gotten better and there are safe ways to do this thing that keep life in balance. The best info out there is on a YouTube channel called 3DMuscleJourney. I watched them for a year before I contacted them. I’ve since worked with them for over 2 years. They have a facebook page, too. I love this life. I hope you find the same joy I have found.

  57. Denise Porter

    Wow! I’m in awe! ☺ Can I do this too? Maybe not competition but can I morph out of my 200 lb 52 year old blob and find my way back to health and mobility?

  58. This is so inspiring to me! I just started blogging about being a CrossFit newbie. I have a niggling voice in my head that wants to do what you’ve done and it scares the crap out of me but I’m just taking it one day and one step at a time. This is where I’m blogging about my journey: http://www.wildcatcrossfit.com/crossfit-newbie-steps-into-gym/

  59. JoAnn Villarreal

    I’m in awe of you. This is the most awesome thing Ive read in a long time. I enjoy lifting, and have neen doing it on and off for 30 yrs. I have thought it was too late in life (I’m 57) to get more fit then I am. I look ‘ok’ and I am healthy and full of energy most days. But I want to look fabulous even in a swimming suit (which I’m not ready to wear in public) you just lit a fire under me…thnx for writing this article.

  60. Laura

    Tammy what an inspiration. I too am doing the exact same thing. I am turning 50 this year and 30 pounds overweight. I said enough is enough, joined the local gym and told the trainer what my goal is. I want to compete in a fitness competition in 2-3 years. She said that is a great goal, lets get started. I spoke to the nutritionist and work about my goals and together we came up with a plan. Its only been a month and a half and I have a long way to go. You are living proof that when you set your mind to something it can be accomplished. You inspire me!! Thank you so much.

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  62. Karen

    Oh my gosh you are awesome!!!

  63. An incredible change. You’ve given me some inspiration.

  64. Lynn m

    I just wanted to say thank you for giving me hope. I thought that everything was over for me now since I’m getting older but seeing you makes me realize that my belief is farther from the truth. I look forward to any updates you have on your journey and blog posts!

    Ps. You look AMAZING!!

    • Thank you! My page and blog grew a bit beyond what I had intended, which intimidates this introvert. I’m posting less, but won’t quit sharing just because I know there will be one person who needs to see proof that this lifting and nutrition stuff really will work. Hopefully a mom. I lost mine too early.

  65. Wendy Davis

    I’m thinking of starting with an online trainer (I’ve always done in-person). I’ve been following Collin Dewaay on FB and subscribed to his emails. I thought that I’d learned about him by following you. Maybe not??! As I read your most recent blog post, now I’m not sure. Have you ever trained with him? If you have a second, would love to have your input. I can be reached at wendyedward @ gmail . com. Thanks! I’ve been loving following along with you!

    • I’ve known Colin for years. We were friends before he started training and I was already working with Alberto. My coach does not work with the general population – he only works with competitors. I fully recommend Colin because he uses the same scientific-based methods that my coach uses. They know each other, too, btw. One of Colin’s friends used to be my coach’s coach. It’s a small circle of science-based coaches online, but most only work with competitors. Colin is making that kind of coaching accessible to anyone.

  66. Carla

    I’ve “worked out” off and on over the years, but never really stuck to it, although I’ve always had a secret suspicion that I have a pretty solid body that might could look awesome if I really put my mind to it. Long story short, I raised my boys (the second one only left home 2 years ago as he has some mild disabilities), and have worked full time for 40 years. Now, as a single, empty-nest, 60-year old woman, it occurs to me if I don’t do it now, it will soon be too late (if it isn’t already). I’m such an introvert, though, and the gym nearest me (.5 mile away) is full of college-age lugs. How did you muster the courage to begin?

    • THAT took a lot of courage, but honestly, it was only about facing my own fear of looking stupid. No one at the gym really paid attention. Most are preoccupied with doing their own thing. Strangers opinions of me weren’t my business, otherwise. Helped me to work with a trainer so I knew I would learn how to do things properly. Looking back on it now, the lesson I’ve learned from that, and re-learned after four last-place finishes, is that my fears come from my ego. I even had “FEAR = EGO” written on my bathroom mirror to help me get back up on stage again this last July. It all comes down to doing the thing it not doing the thing. Period.

      Go do the thing. You will feel badass. It’s awesome.

  67. Gail Norris

    I am 64 have let self care slide lying on sofa trying to get motivated. There are no accidents. Came across your blog and feel so inspired! Sometimes you just need a nudge. I will get back on track! Thank you for sharing. Gail Norris Niagara Falls Canada 🍁.

  68. Tammy

    HI are you still lifting? I Ann just about to start and pretty nervous. Thank you for your story

  69. Fanaye

    Wow I am impressed, I am 56 and seeing my weight adding up but no motivation to do anything about it. Where do I start

    • Thanks! I started this blog when I started, so you can see what I did. If you’re asking how to motivate yourself – can’t help with that. You start when you’re sick of how you feel. I was lucky – my ER visit wasn’t a heart attack, but the doctor was blunt and said I didn’t have many years of this self-neglect left.

  70. I appreciate your blog and your replies to people’s questions so very much. I also had a health “wake up call” five years ago and have never looked back. 60 pounds lost and a love for weight lifting has made me want to compete but I struggle with that old body image (literally and figuratively) I will be 52 next month, tortured by peri menopause and a body that had carried and given birth to four beautiful boys.
    It is extremely hard to find a trainer who understands and doesn’t believe in me the way that I believe in me.

    • Hi! Sorry I missed your comment at first. I was told I couldn’t do it a few times. When I asked people in the industry who were working on, or had their PhDs in fields related to fitness, they said “Sure, why not? Just different variables.” Menopause actually works in our favor – eventually. That lack of sleep part is tough, though. I’m like “oh well”. I need to do this anyway. 🙂

  71. KB

    Could you write a post on the program you followed?

  72. Donna peters

    I am 58 and would love to change my body I have been working out for the last year but want to do a contest for my 60 th birthday can you give me some points something to help me focus and remain motivated

    • Hi! Make your target very specific. Which show will you do? Which division? Start shopping for suits. Watch videos of other competitions frequently so you can get a visual of what the posing looks like. Start practicing your posing. To be honest, if you’re truly committed to this goal, you won’t allow yourself to be anything but focused. Once it sinks in that you’re going to be on stage in a posing suit, that takes care of a lot of “lack of motivation”! You need to love the training and the process. If you don’t, then it’s not the right goal for you. And know that no one is focused and motivated the whole time. Habits, routines, and commitment get it done.

  73. Cathy

    So inspirational and honest and real!
    On a similar path, thanks for the encouragement.

  74. ANN


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