73-year-old woman becomes fitness inspiration after turning life around

Joan MacDonald. (Photo: CATERS/MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA)
Joan MacDonald. (Photo: CATERS/MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA)

At the age of 70, Joan MacDonald set her mind on getting fit and healthy.

She has now become an inspiration to people all over the world.

Joan had struggled with her weight throughout her life and became dependent on medication to treat her high blood pressure and cholesterol.

Three years later and 25kg lighter, the fit lady is now medication free.

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Transformation isn’t just about losing weight. Transformation can be about so much more! Certainly this has been my long, slow journey.???? On the left I was visiting my own mother in a nursing home and seeing her health rapidly deteriorating. It absolutely broke my heart, and yet it was also frustrating to see her just accept her fate and refuse to fight to make things better. When my own daughter reached out to me and offered to help, it was like coming full circle. I was at a real cross roads. Do I follow in the footsteps of my mother, or do I try to break free of the cycle and create a different outcome for myself. I know so many of you want to know about the diet and the training, but what I can’t stress enough to you, is the importance of developing your mind. Throughout the past 3 years I have been deeply challenged, many times in tears ??,and feeling like I was so slow to learn, BUT I did not give up. ????????. Since I started this journey 3 years ago I’ve learned to use an I-phone, I’ve learned to use apps (though they still seem complicated to me!) I’m even learning a new language (Spanish!). I’ve learned to be more confident in front of a camera and trust myself at interviews, and I’ve just gained so much more confidence and optimism about making my life better in general. Even my relationship with my husband has improved because I’m just a happier person. ?? That’s a pretty wonderful place to be this late in the game. ?? So, for those of you think more about losing weight, I am telling you, sometimes the weight we need to lose is more than the pounds on the scale. Sometimes we need to lose our negative self-talk, our feelings of failure, our lack of confidence in ourselves and in the world. Sometimes it’s the internal transformation that is its own best reward. I hope you learn to choose to be happy! With love Joan ??

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“Three years ago I began this long, slow journey and now I realise that there really isn’t any end to it,” Joan said.

“Each day I move in a direction based on my choices, each month is a new milestone,” Joan said.

“Each year I seem to have changed so completely I think I can’t change anymore and yet I do.

Joan puts her body transformation down to a well-balanced diet and supplements.

“At this point, I truly realise that we are limitless. At any moment we can make a decision to change.

“When I got started, I never imagined I’d be where I am today. I just wanted to get my health back and get off my medication.

“Each door we step through leads to another door and then another,” Joan added.

Her fitness posts, in which she pumps some serious iron, have appealed to fans worldwide.

“You’re such an inspiration. I love watching all of your videos,” one person commented on her post.

“You are truly an inspiration for ALL women. We’re told that as we get older we can’t have our younger bodies, and look at you! Proving everyone wrong,” another person commented.

Source: Magazine Features