I competed in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Australia on Sunday 1 NOV 2020 (a competition was postponed in March, due to the Corona Virus).
The competition was the N S W and National Championships, where I was attempting to win Masters Women (Over 35 Years) Titles and also an IFBB Elite Pro Masters Card. The crowd was excited and it seemed that most of them were stunned to see a woman almost 78 years old on stage. My fellow competitors cheered and gave me an ovation when I returned to the change room.
However, my competition was between 35 and 45 years younger than me and I came third in both the N SW and Australian Titles.
Nevertheless I am hoping to compete again in March 2021.
So it is on wards and forwards for me.
Thank Goodness! We’re able to go to the gym. Oh what a difference weight resistance training makes. I’m now going forward again instead of slipping backwards. In only one week I’m feeling happier, stronger, and more positive about life. Working out out he gym has not only improved my strength it has also improved my outlook on life as well as happiness with self. Thank Goodness for Weight Resistant training!
It was exciting competing in the ICN Natural Universe Titles at the World Fitness Expo in Rimini Italy. The atmosphere at the Expo exuded enormous energy and vitality. Diverse energising music filled the air in every pavilion and the whole venue extended for about two kilometres. What a wonderful experience it was. Over the years ICN has provided me with such wonderful memories and exciting experiences both in Australia and in other parts of the world like Los Angeles, Hollywood, Texas, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Dubai, Greece, Phuket and now Italy.
After the World Expo my partner and I flew to Sicily for a few weeks. What a wonderful place! I loved its history, its buildings, its food and its people. In Sicily we saw people relating openly, not holding back with political correctness or staring at their mobile phones or walking around with ear plugs in their ears. It was also lovely to see shopkeepers selling their produce with pride and selling food which tasted like real food, unlike the half frozen imported food and watered down products we now get in our shops.
The Andrew Denton Show experience!
I was excited and scared all at once. I was going to be on the Denton show! My partner had also been invited to attend. When we received our itinerary and our anticipation was rife.
The day finally came and a chauffeur driven limousine arrived. I couldn’t believe it! I was shocked. However this was only the beginning of a wonderful experience, including being treated to six chauffeur driven limousine rides, two air flights and two nights in a luxury apartment with a complimentary breakfast at a trendy restaurant.
I felt like a movie star. I had my own dressing room with my name on the door. The room had soft comfy chairs and a large dressing table with large mirrors and an array food and wine. It also had an inner room with a toilet and a basin and mirrors. To give us any needed assistance, a delightful girl met us from the limousine and took us to the dressing room and stayed with us. She also made sure we felt comfortable and had all we needed.
The interview lasted 30 minutes, but only about 10 minutes was aired. Although only a fraction of the interview was aired, I think the much needed message in relation to the importance of exercise, particularly for older people, was present.
Andrew was easy to relate to and the banter between he and I seemed to be thoroughly enjoyed by the large audience. The interview was aired recently on channel Seven, Interview 9
I find your story very inspiring. I just turned 55 and joined a gym 6 months ago. I’d like to have just half of the definition you have! I have been doing cardio and mostly arm exercises for the last six months but have not seen any changes as of yet. Can you recommend some exercises? Also, what is your diet like? I eat about 1400 calories a day. I have lost some fat and gained a couple pounds of muscle in my 6 months, but I was hoping to see more definition by now.
Any advice would be appreciated!
Six months is a very short amount of time to build muscle at 55. I was 55 years old when I started Weight Resistance training (WRT). WRT is the only way to build the muscle you’re looking for. I was doing Aerobic classes form age 46 and at 55 I changed to WRT.
It takes time and dedication to build muscle. It’s a slow process but all the time you’re getting stronger and in better shape. Your diet however is also important for shape and definition. I eat what I call natural nude food, which is unprocessed, condiment free, natural food. But this takes time for your taste buds to adjust. You will need to be patient. The best idea is to take your normal diet and start trading what you know to be calorie laden for a product that is lower in calorie. For instance, you might trade ice-cream for yogurt. Also try to get rid of salt. This will take time for your taste buds to adjust, but they will adjust.
It’s taken me 19years to have the definition I now have. That doesn’t mean that you won’t be excited by the positive changes that will occur in your body each year. Having a go at competing in Natural Bodybuilding will give you a goal and teach you much.
It’s difficult to put 19 years of experience into an email but I hope this helps.
Take a few moments and to close your eyes and picture a person 70+. Now, if that picture is what you are happy to become at 70+ that’s okay, but if you don’t want to become like that vision, then you must change that vision in your head, because that is what you’ll become at that age. One becomes what one expects to become. If that vision doesn’t please you for your older age then, instead of allowing that original vision to take centre stage in your mind, create a vision that reflects what you would like to become when you are 70+, for if you don’t your mind will simply automatically take you to that previous vision.
Your mind is very powerful and it will bring to you anything you want, if you focus on it. Start thinking about how you want to be in the future. Your mind needs direction. Search for a role model a good 10 or 15 years older than you. Remember ‘as ye think so shall ye be.’
Look good at any age
While health gives vitality, energy, vibrancy and confidence, the issue of health is not a motivator for people to exercise at any age. Using health to motivate people into action hasn’t proved successful. If the issue of health was a hot motivator there’d be people of all ages flocking to exercise as its benefits are well documented.
It’s clear this approach has largely fallen on deaf ears. It’s my view that people are more interested in looking good than they are in staying healthy. People on the whole put off working on their health until they suddenly have a health problem.
On the other hand, people universally want to look good. And so if exercise was promoted as a way to look good at any age and be attractive, desirable and vibrant at any age many more people, including older aged people would participate in exercise.
To see the importance looking good holds in the society, one only has to look at the newsagency magazines and count the number of books or magazines on health as opposed to books or magazines on beauty and looking good. Exercise makes one feel vibrant, alive and attractive at any age. I think it’s time we started promoting this.
As an older person life challenges are very different from that of a younger person. Challenges present themselves naturally to a young person, like getting qualified, finding a job and a life partner, securing a home and having children etc.
When you’re older however, life challenges no longer present themselves automatically and so and we must find our own challenges and pathways to stimulate and reward us. Sadly, many older people focus on their sickness and make their sickness or ailments their life focus, possibly because they are unaware of possible more exciting alternatives.
TRADITIONAL OLDER PEOPLE’S MIND SET:
(a) Its younger people’s turn now. It’s time for me to take a back seat.
(b) I must play the role of grandmother/ grandfather
(c) If I dressed the way I’d like, I’d look like mutton dressed as lamb. I must wear things befitting my age.
(d) I must have a partner who is age appropriate
(e) I must act my age
(f) I must not rock the boat
(g) It’s too late for me
This of course is nonsense. Life can be vibrant, exciting and adventurous at any age!
On my return walk this morning I saw an old lady, aged 70+ struggling up the hill to my right. She wore a loose floral dress which fell over a very large stomach and she had a large hump on her back. With her right hand she was pushing a stroller and with her left hand she was leading a toddler. Half way up the hill she struggled slowly across the road. Where another incline would greet her.
A little later, and aroused by this experience, I spied another older lady in front of me pushing a heavy stroller, and I so hastened to catch up with her.
“Hello,’ I said. “And who’s this little one?”
“This’s my granddaughter. I’ve been minding her, but I’ve told them today that this is my last day. I simply can’t do it anymore. I don’t have the energy. She’s asleep now. I’d rather her be asleep later on when I need a rest. I love her to bits but I simply can’t continue to do it.”
Not that long ago, I met a lady I knew leaving the gym at about 7.15 a.m. She’d been a regular gym family attendee for many years, but I hadn’t seen her for quite a while. ‘Hello,” I said. “Where’ve you been?”
“Oh,” she said. “I have to leave the gym about now to get home to take the grandchildren to school. I don’t mind,” she said and her eyes lowered and her mouth straightened. “We miss you,” I said.
I recall a conversation I had some time ago with a young woman who had two little children. “Day Care is taking most of my earnings,” she complained. “And do you know what happened?” I clearly had no idea. “My mother retired not so long ago and I said to her that’s fantastic! Now, you can mind the children for me, and do you know what my mother did? She went straight back to work!”