A 74-year-old fitness model who lost over 62lb (over four stone) three years ago has become an Instagram sens-ation – and now teaches workouts to over 800,000 followers.
Joan MacDonald, from Cobourg, Canada, who ti-pped the scales at 198lbs (14st 1lb), was on medication for high bl*od pressure and was struggling with such severe art-hritis she struggled to walk up and down her stairs.
Determined to make a change, the mother began weight training and planning her macros, eating five balanced meals a day – amounting to around 1500 calories in total.
She now weighs a sle-nder 136lbs (9st 7lbs) and has amassed thousands of followers by sharing her weight loss journey through her Train With Joan Instagram account.
‘I’m now three years into my journey and I can honestly say that I am a different woman than I was when I started out’, she writes on her website.
‘I know what ma-cros are, I can create balanced meals, I know how to move around with confidence in the gym and I understand the importance of lifting he-avyweight.’I just love connecting with other women and men who are also choosing to live a healthier lifestyle.’
Weighing 198lbs (14st 1lb), it wasn’t until her daughter Michelle, a fitness coach who lives in Mexico, came to her in 2017 ‘on the ve-rge of te-ars’, that she decided to make a change.Insistent on losing weight, Joan renewed her gym membership, bought a food scale and learned how to use an iPhone for the very first time, so she could share her progress online.
‘I st-uck to my g*ns,’ says Joan, ‘and never gave up. My motto was, “I don’t mind if my changes are slow. I am going to go at my own pace and this time the changes are going to last the rest of my life.”As months went by, Joan could see she was losing weight, but ten months into her journey she began focusing on weight training to tone up her phys-ique.
She started doing a mix of cardio and weight lifting, focusing on different muscle groups each day and doing a variety of upper-body, legs, gl-utes, and hamstr-ing workouts.Today, Joan trains trains in 90 minute sessions at least five-days-a-week and shares her workouts – which include pu-ll-ups, burpees and 200 pound weighted hip thr-usts – with her thousands of Instagram followers.
Joan has even launched her own ebooks to help others with their fitness journey, written with the help of daughter Michelle and her partner Jean.Sharing a photo of her weight loss on Instagram, she penned: ‘Three years ago I began this long, slow journey and now I realize that there really isn’t any end to it. At any moment we can make a decision to change.
‘No matter how difficult or challenging life is, we must remain steadfast in our aim and keep inching forward.’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.’I hope you all keep choosing to grow! To learn to love yourself, take the best care of yourself, and dare to dream and love with your whole heart again.’
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