Extraordinary People

Woman reveals how she transformed her body (and how you can too)

‘You can’t turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again’

When you think of losing weight, toning up, or ‘getting healthy’, you’ll very likely start thinking about what physical changes you need to adopt.

Yet one woman believes it is entirely in the mind.

Meet Joan MacDonald, the personification of ‘it’s never too late to change’.

Hitting 70, Joan weighed nearly 200lbs, was juggling high blood pressure and kidney troubles, while also being on medication for cholesterol and acid reflux.

[Credit: Joan MacDonald]

She felt sick and tired all the time and could no longer run from her own mortality.

So, at 70-years-young, Joan kickstarted her wellness journey and the results are miraculous.

Fortunately, Joan had a helping hand from her daughter Michelle, who works as a fitness coach, so had access to a personal trainer who knew her inside out.

[Credit: Joan MacDonald]

That’s not to say Joan didn’t do a lot of the hard work herself, firstly by relocating from Ontario, Canada to Tulum, Mexico to join Michelle and commit to making a change.

And secondly, by shifting her mindset to believe that she was capable of anything.

Speaking about her transformation, Joan said: “Remember that it’s not your body that got you out of shape, it was your mind.

“If you really want to make lasting changes, you’ll have to tackle your mindset.”

[Credit: Joan MacDonald]

She continued: “If you really want to change, you’re going to have to change who you think you are deep down inside. As long as you keep telling yourself you’re a snacker, you’re going to continue to snack when you’re stressed or bored. As long as you continue to tell yourself that you’re a drinker, then you’ll eventually go back to a glass of wine at night or on the weekends with friends. As long as you keep telling yourself that you’re too old, or too injured, or too overweight, you’ll keep on going back to that story when you are faced with the inevitable challenges ahead of you.

“So, changing your mindset or identity, this is absolutely key to lasting transformation.”

Now, aged 75, Joan says she feels like a brand-new person.

Alongside her mental metamorphosis, Joan did admittedly also revamp her diet and began regular workouts including daily cardio and frequent weight training.

[Credit: Joan MacDonald]

However, switching up her nutrition did not mean eating less, if anything, Joan eats MORE with five balanced dishes a day – a pre-workout meal, post-workout meal, and three other meals.

Perhaps the most remarkable change though is that within nine months, Joan ditched all her meds.

Joan added: “People need to know, especially women, that you are not finished at 40, definitely not finished at 50 or 60 or 70.

“You can go on and on until the day there is no more. And you should be able to do it with pizzazz.”

Now that’s the kind of exercise regime we can get onboard with!

For tips and tricks to boost your pizzazz, click here: Joan MacDonald.  

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