Theresa may not have any children, but she is certainly a “BuffMother”!! I am so inspired by Theresa’s determination to use EXERCISE as her medicine. Through her transformation she has a new sense of happiness and a new found belief that it’s not over for us at the age of 48….it’s now where NEAR over!! Keep up the excitement you’ve found for the future Theresa, I expect you to be fit forever!!
Name: Theresa T of NC
Number of children and ages (it’s okay if you have 0): 0
Why did you enter the “SuperSTAR Success” contest by BuffMother?
I began this contest depressed and hopeless. My clothes no longer fit; I was at my heaviest weight ever and was told I was in danger of high blood pressure and a heart attack if I didn’t lose body fat. I was experiencing premenopausal symptoms and really felt as if it was over for me; I’m a “has-been” is what kept going through my thoughts. I felt as if my hormones had knocked me down and were kicking me around.
When I got Michelle’s email announcing the contest, I thought to myself, I don’t have the energy to even get out of bed in the morning, I’ll never be able to keep up with an exercise/meal plan for 10 weeks… but something inside me kept saying, yes, this is exactly what I need to get back on track.
What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 70 days?
I developed a plan to eat clean, take my supplements, and get my daily exercise. I realize now how vitally important all three are to my wellbeing.
How do you feel about your success?
Honestly, I don’t see much difference in my physical appearance but I can without a doubt say my mental outlook is a complete 180 turn around. I really believe I am a “BuffMother” even while going through menopause. I haven’t reached my goal weight but give me another 6 weeks and I truly believe I will be where I want to be.
My entire outlook on life is different because of this contest. Before, I was thinking about retirement and looking at life as though it was passed; but now, I’m going back to school in January, setting new goals for my future and feel like I’m 20-something again with my entire life ahead of me. I’m very excited about what the future holds for me and feel like I can accomplish any challenge life throws at me. As the saying goes, “BRING IT”!!!
The most important lesson I learned from this contest is how vitally important supplements are at this stage of my life. Without them, I felt out-of-control but with them, I can conquer the world.
What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to attain your goals?
Half way through the contest, I had surgery and then went on a two week vacation; both of which sidetracked my motivation.
I managed to maintain my weight while away and when I returned from vacation, I was even more determined to get back on track, and thanks, to Michelle and all my fellow buffmothers’ motivational posts and emails; it was no trouble at all. I used the FaceBook “TEAM BUFFMOTHER” group to lift my spirits.
What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother ?
I know Michelle’s mission is to help women after pregnancy but I think she should expand to include “after menopause”. Our well-being doesn’t have to end when we reach midlife; our hormones might say otherwise but we are all over comers and with the BUFFMOTHER support groups, we can be victorious for the rest of our lives.
Can I have your permission to post your entry and photos online? yes
Michelle, thanks again for all that you do. You are an amazing woman and have made a huge impact on my life. You are truly a lifesaver.
DATES taken- 20 August 2012/27 October 2012
Weight: 130 lbs/127 lbs
Please list the following measurements:
Bust (around the biggest part, women only): 37.5/35.5
Chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides): 36/35
Waist (the smallest part): 34/32
Hips (the largest part of your butt): 40/38
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides): 43/42
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm): 12/11.5
Thigh (8” above Knee cap): 19/18.5
Thigh (12” above Knee cap): 23/22.5
Calf (7” below knee joint): 11.5/11