Welcome Jody who at 59 rocks a hard earned body that is ROCK SOLID! Jody, you are such an inspiration and definitely One Tough Muther!
Hi my name is Jody and I am One Tough Muther
I am 59 years old, I’ve been married for 33 years, I have 3 grown stepdaughters and 9, YES 9 grandchildren. I graduated with a BS from UCSB. I’ve worked for Fortune 500 companies for years in many capacities and different fields, including everything from auditing to Procurement and Merchandising. I am currently looking for work again, but not in the corporate world.
My story is actually pretty long with many twists and turns. I will try to be as brief as possible but it will be hard, it starts at a very young age. You see, from a very early age I learned somehow not to like or love myself. I gained weight young, which led to teasing in school. I am also Jewish and where I lived and attended school there were very few Jews, so lots of discrimination and bad comments were said about Jews. Being overweight and Jewish growing up it seemed apparent that the key to survival and acceptance was to do things that others wanted and expected of me. I learned that making people happy and laugh would get me accepted and I could have friends. My “friends” would say “but you don’t look or act Jewish” which hurt then compound being “fat”, I can say my childhood years were tough and not very happy.
In high school what is most important, friends. You want friends and boyfriends, so I made the decision to try to lose weight. Not that I had not tried before, but this was different. Something had to change, so as a sophomore going into my junior year things had to change, I had to change. I knew that I was eating too much and all the wrong foods. Even back then I knew I had to change the way I ate for life, it was my decision and I stuck to it. I could not go back to eating the way I had, the way I ate that made me heavy, “fat” in the first place. Now I think about it and it seems funny, that way back then I knew what the problem was, but I did.
So my journey to weight loss and health began. It was the summer of my sophomore year in high school and even though I didn’t exercise a ton, I dropped about 35 to 40 pounds off of my a 5’1” body. I changed the food I ate and how much I ate. But the problem was, once I lost that weight, I got crazy and couldn’t stop. I started eating too little because I still wasn’t happy. So in my quest to find that happiness, I wanted to lose more weight. I wanted to be SKINNY, even though I already truly was!
You see even losing all that weight didn’t change that fact that I took all that insecurity, negative self-talk and low self-esteem into my adult years. I began to work out basically to keep the weight off, but I still wasn’t happy. So right out of college, in my early 20’s, I joined an all-women’s gym, maybe my happiness was there. That is where I started lifting weights and LOVED it! I also knew cardio was very important, so that is when I started running. I’m proud at say, I even ran and placed in some 5K’s in my late 20’s.
In 1982, I joined Family Fitness, which is now 24 Hour Fitness. Weights became my love from that day on. With my body type and not wanting to restrict calories to 1200 a day, I did weights, core, cardio and stretching 6 days a week. Oh and YES, I learned my lesson on working out too many days, but not until I was in my 30’s.
In my mid 30’s, a guy at the gym approached me about bodybuilding competitions and spoke to me about competing. That was crazy scary but I decided to go for it, so in my late 30’s I did 2 small NATURAL bodybuilding competitions and won both. That was enough BUT I knew that weights were with me to stay – I REALLY REALLY LOVED THEM & how they can change your body! I continued to work out and lift through my 30’s, 40’s and now 50’s. I changed in many ways as my body and life changed. Now I do a pretty dang tough workouts 5 days a week, with cardio, core, weights, stretching, and mobility. Let me tell you, your 50’s with perimenopause into menopause, was the most difficult and continues to be still very challenging!
Through the years there has been a lot to talk about. Too much to write about here. ALL MY MISTAKES. ALL THE THINGS I LEARNED ALONG THE WAY. ALL THE THINGS I HAVE YET TO LEARN. THE DEMONS THAT STILL HAUNT ME.
Obviously at this age my goal right now is to stay healthy, BUT I ALSO WANT TO SHARE SO MUCH THAT I HAVE NOT WRITTEN HERE. I started a GoFundMe page to try to get enough money/donations to write my book. I so want to help children, women and men learn everything that I have learned from being 14 years old, to now at age 59. I want to address and put a stop to all the gimmicks on TV, social media and talk shows. I need to get my story out there because there are way too many lies, too much snake oil and to many falsehoods!
I am not “a writer” as you can tell here. . I need help. My campaign is to raise money for a writer, a publicist and all the legal guidance I need to get through writing my book. I may need more than what I ask for, but at least I am trying for the first time in my life to make a difference in other peoples journeys to get healthy. I have wanted to do this for years and now with those crazy hormone years added to my learning, my story, maybe my dream can come true!
Stay Strong Forever,
One Tough Muther Jody
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