Ageing is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.
In the latter part of her 70s, Joan MacDonald found her health deteriorating. She was advised to have multiple medications for various medical issues: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and acid reflux.
She was thoroughly advised to change her lifestyle. Otherwise, she will have to face serious health issues soon.
She understood that getting fit is all about mind over matter.
She tried several methods to get rid of her uncomfortable lifestyle but only felt helpless.
At any age, self-love is a must.
She couldn’t remember the last time she focused on her health.
She was at the red line of obesity when she started her weight loss journey. But she is an inspirational adult with strong determination.
When others were looking for a mall to exercise in, she selected a different lifestyle by doing weighted pull-ups.
She started her journey working with her daughter Michelle MacDonald, a chef, powerlifter and yoga champion. she convinced her mother to make a change. It was an adventure for Joan to find herself at a turning point in her life journey.
Strength doesn’t come from winning.
Your struggles develop your strengths. That is strength when you go through hardships and decide not to surrender.
Her Instagram account inspires millions of her followers with her transformational story. She completely transformed her life, fat in to fit, get off medicines, and now inspiring all by introducing Joan’s training regime and diet.
“At the end of the day, your health is your responsibility.”
She discussed her fitness journey on different social media channels.
She never had that strong biceps of hers at her young age.
How did she get to this point? What sort of discipline? Is it food or exercise?
Her daughter and son-in-law guided her to discipline herself. It’s both exercise and food.
First, she began walking as cardio, yoga and, after some time, weight lifting.
“I started my journey from scratch. I remember the first time I picked up a 10-pound weight; it was cumbersome,” she said.
She first focused on building strength and endurance. She did exercise as much as she could. But it was not enough. Eventually, she spent five days per week at the gym for two hours per day.
“At the beginning, I had to spend double the time of a regular workout,” explains Joan.
She headed to the gym early in the morning each day. Her workout routine changed over the years with her progress.
But working out is not enough to see the complete transformation. A well-planned diet plan is a must.
She had five meals per day, including a pre-workout meal, a post-workout meal and a break into three other daily meals. This includes protein, carbs, and fats in each meal proportion.
She drank 3 litres of water per day.
She had protein powder, Omega-3 capsules, Metamucil and a multiVitamin as supplements.
Her typical post-workout diet is “rice noodles, green beans and hoisin sauce”, she said.
She lost 60lbs over the years, and now she is the owner of clean health and free of cholesterol, high blood pressure and acid reflux. Her life has changed a lot with this transformation. Arthritis does not bother me anymore. Her kidneys are in good health, and she has more energy than ever. Not only physically, but she is also confident and fully determined, and her mental health is at the upper level.
I didn’t realize I could feel this good in my latter part of life,” she said.
She has her youtube channel Joan MacDonald with 82.6k subscribers.
She had to learn technology and a new vocabulary to work on her current weight loss program.
With her daughter’s constant help and motivation, she pushed herself into a miracle transformation.
Her initial goal was to lose 20 or 30 pounds and get off her medications.
But she was inspired by more than her target.
Once, an interviewer asked Michelle about her mother’s achievements.
“I’m so proud of my mother more than ever. She was huffing and puffing to get up a flight of stairs at the beginning. But now, she is learning to hip thrusting over 200lbs.” she said about her mother.
Breaking down the internal barriers by changing the mindset is the hardest part of everything.
Now Joan is an inspiration to women in the latter part of their lives. She proved that age is just a number. If you have courage and strength, you can achieve anything at any time.
On her youtube channel, “Joan MacDonald,” she is not only giving workout plans but also diet plans and many other exciting videos to motivate women. Her training works for women of any age. It implements routine eating, gym training and taking daily measurements. Many people had results over these years, and it is a total package of a positive mindset, being consistent and having a determination to achieve your goals.
She is now an influencer in social media with millions of followers on Instagram. She is answering those comments and motivating the people who want to make the same changes.
From her story, we can get the idea that being fit is not a matter of age. It must come within yourself. Always the first step is the hardest part. But if you have the courage, you can achieve your goals.