Who say’s it’s not possible to be “hot” at 50? – Part 1 of 2

I’m hoping that’s not true…I’m planning to just get better with age.

At the age of 48 I’m in the best shape of my life. Let me tell you how I was able to make that happen. Growing up I was fairly thin, then when I turned 18 life got in the way. Late in my 30s I was at my highest weight ever and knew I needed to make some changes. I was overweight, unhappy and had no energy.

Donna Before

Early in my 40s I was able to lose 50 lbs by changing my eating habits. Most of the changes were the basic ones that Dustin recommends. I was eating more veggies & fruit, less processed foods and tracking what I ate. I also started working out . I did some strength training but the heaviest dumbbells I had were 10 lbs. My cardio consisted of walking occasionally, an elliptical machine and riding my bike 12-18 miles a week. With these changes I went from a size 18 to a size 6.

I thought that I was in pretty good shape but still did not feel as good as I wanted to. One morning I was watching the local news and they had a segment about Dustin. The exercises that the mom was demonstrating intrigued me.  I thought “I could do that”…well I was very wrong. The segment was about the Fit Mom’s for Life dvds. I checked out his website and ordered the first dvd. I figured I would get that one and then cancel – WRONG!  As soon as I started using the dvd I was hooked. But, I was still skeptical that I would be able to lift the heavy weights. I thought 10 lbs was heavy.  I progressed pretty quickly and now I use dumbells up to 30 lbs (and 35 lb ones are on my Christmas list) That is only one of the changes I’ve seen.

Donna at the start of doing the FMFL dvds

The other top physical changes in me since I started doing the FMFL dvds are:

  • I lost an additional 20 lbs – dropped 10% bodyfat & went from a size 6 to a size 2.
  • Went from being able to do 2 really bad toe pushups to more than 35 good ones – I can also do 3 unassisted pull-ups.
  • Got rid of most of my pre-menopause  symptons that I had been dealing with.
  • My ability to do the exercises in the workouts increased steadily – I can do WAY more things than I could at the start.
  • I went from sleeping 9 hours a night and still feeling tired to 7-8 hours a night and I wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.

Some of the other top changes that I’ve experienced are:

  • I have a much more positive attitude. I look at the good in most everything instead of the negative.
  • I’ll try stuff that I never would have before – I’m not afraid of failing, I know if I try hard enough I can do anything that I want.

    Donna After - (there is a story behind the costume)

 The dvds give me an excellent total body workout without spending a lot of time working out. That is one of the reasons that they have worked so well for me. I workout with the dvds 4-5 times a week for 45-60 minutes per night. I usually split them and do all strength training one night and cardio/core another. I add some additional ST exercises and sessions of burst cardio each night accordingly.  I have now increased my FMFL library to include every dvd that there is except for the Babytone one. I love and use all of them regularly.

This summer I started doing the bootcamp on Saturday mornings. I went to the free outdoor bootcamp kickoff and fell in love with that too. I start work at 6:30 AM, so going to weekday bootcamp was not an option. Thankfully, the drop in option is available for Saturday morning bootcamp.

 In part 2 I’ll talk about how nutrition plays a large part in the results that you get.


  1. Donna…you look more than fabulous! You are the fit lady that wears those crazy shoes with the places for all your toes. I remember seeing you at Saturday bootcamp in McFarland and would think “Wow, that person is really fit.” You are a role model for me.

  2. While I certainly can appreciate the effort and congratulate Donna for setting goals and achieving them, I was SO disappointed when I scrolled down and found a picture of someone who looks like they took things a little too far – definitely not my idea of attractive (regardless of her age)! The rest of the personal success stories on this page are way more convincing – and sexy!!

  3. Way to go Donna! You met your goals and obviously from lifting that much weight and doing 35 push-ups, you are strong! Taking care of health concerns naturally through exercise and nutrition is also great. For those who insist on being negative, please just get off this page or keep your thoughts to yourself. Strength and health are not things you would find in someone with an eating disorder.

  4. Karen Bluhm says

    Hi Donna, wow! You look amazing! Age is definitely just a number and you are living proof of that! Way to go!


  5. I would like to thank all the people that have supported me. I appreciate your support.

    Barbara – if you are at bootcamp again please introduce yourself. I would love to meet you.

    Cindy – I appreciate your kind words and you are right about me being strong. I am very proud that I was able to control the pre-menapause symptoms with exercise and healthy eating.

    Karen – Thanks for all your support through out the last couple years. You are also living proof that age is just a number!

    I respect the opinions of the others that think I am too skinny. I would like to clarify that I do NOT have an eating disorder of any kind. On average I eat 1900 calories a day. I am working hard to continue to gain muscle NOT lose weight. My BMI is in the healthy range. Due to my genetics I have a large rib cage. My goal is to be strong, fit and healthy, not skinny.

  6. Karl LeMay says

    I had hoped to see a little cheesecake, but this low fat version doesn’t look very tasty.

    Even if the nice lady has toned muscles, they must be on the edge of being digested for food by her body. It seems unlikely that she could get much in the way of further strength or development.

    I’d love to see another picture after she puts some more meat on her bones.

    The more muscle she can build by her early 70s, the more she’ll have in reserve. Think of Jack LaLanne. I’m not saying “body-builder” in the overblown sense.

  7. I have been close friends with Donna for over 10 years and anyone that thinks she has an eating disorder is so very wrong.

    Your words are hurtful and not neccessary. Don’t your remember the saying “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all”?

  8. Patty Munro says

    Donna! I haven’t talked to you for a while…boy – look what I’ve missed! I think you look fabulous! At 48 and to have muscles like that and to do pushups and pullups! You rock!

  9. She looks GREAT! Anyone who says otherwise is just a hater!

  10. Kathleen Larsen says

    I live in MA and have never heard of or met Donna. But let me tell you that not all bodies are the same. (this is nice, BTW). I am 5’7″, weigh barely 119 lbs., work out hard, and eat AT A MINIMUM 2300 calories a day. I eat full fat cottage cheese, full-fat desserts every day, 2% milk, coconut oil, olive oil, butter, 1/4 cup nuts every day, avacado, flax seeds, etc. I am ALWAYS trying to increase my body fat while being healthy, and it REALLY hurts when I am accussed of having an eating disorder from people that have NO IDEA how much I eat every day.
    Careful of your words please. Unless you personally know Donna, careful of your public judgements.

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