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

In part one I told my transformation story. Now I am going to talk about how changing my eating habits helped me to get the resultsClick here to read part one…

Donna Before

One big lesson I have learned is that nutrition plays a large part in the results that you get. Eating 5 small meals a day works really well for me. Just when I start to feel hungry, it’s time to have another meal. I try to eat healthy 70% of the time.  I still have my treats…but only in moderation. Well, most of the time. 🙂

Steel cut oats are one of my favorite things for breakfast. I have come up with several different varieties. Some of my favorites are pumpkin/walnut, apples (or raisins)/cinnamon and Cocount. Or,  sometimes I just add ground flax seed. Another great breakfast  that I enjoy is this one that Dustin recommends. I also like toasted Ezekiel bread with natural peanut butter in addition to eggs. 

I eat a large salad almost every day. But not just any salad. I make sure it has plenty of protein so I stay full. I put a wide variety of veggies with a spring mix of lettuce. For meat I add chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon or shrimp. I also add black, kidney or garbanzo beans for a little extra protein. Most days I add 1/2 an avocado to get some healthy fat.  I try to keep mixing things up so I don’t get tired of the same old thing. I like to use a lot of tomatoes so you hardly even need to add anything for dressing. My other go to lunch is a turkey sandwich (with lettuce & tomato) on Ezekiel bread.

For dinner – my smallest meal of the day – I try to stick to a lean protein and veggies. I add sweet potato, quinoa or brown rice on occasion.

I have at least 2 snacks per day. Some of my favorite snacks are plain greek yogurt mixed with fruit,  protein smoothies (with fruit or green ones), almonds (or other nuts), and natural peanut butter on celery. Some really quick snack ideas are: lowfat string cheese, an apple (or other fruit), hard boiled egg or raw veggies. I love to snack on fresh sugar snap peas.

I usually drink close to a gallon of water every day. I was a diet pepsi and Crystal Light addict but I gave those up – did that ever make a big difference!  Besides the water I have 8 oz of milk a day and a couple cups of herbal or green tea every morning.

Donna After

I’ll end this with the Top 5 Lessons that I have learned:

  1. Consistency (not perfection) is key.
  2. You can do anything if you work hard enough and try long enough.
  3. Start with small changes and keep adding more as you go.
  4. You need to think you can do it, to be able to do it – your mind is the biggest obstical you face.
  5. Nutrition is at least 75% of the battle.

I’d love to answer any questions that you have.

You can see more of my story in Dustin’s new book Fit Moms For Life, I am featured on page 108.




  1. You go girl! You are an inspiration for all of us and you look hot!!! Way to go!!! 🙂

  2. Awesome, awesome, awesome!! Go Donna!

  3. Way to Go, Donna!

  4. Hi Donna, Your story is inspiring!! You look AMAZING!!! Great work!!
    I have attended Dustin’s bootcamps in the past and loved it. I have been going it on my own for awhile now and am not as dedicated as I need to be with eating healthfully (and less) and working out regularly. So, of course, I am not seeing the results that I wish for. I would love to lose about 30 pounds. I am 43 and had twins almost 5 years ago now. I have just never lost the “baby weight”.
    When you do “indulge” in treats, what types of treats do you eat? How much and how often? I have a problem in that I deprive myself for awhile of treats and then I feel like I have “earned” some indulgence…….but then my indulging will go on for a few days. I will lose a little and then gain it back. I am not sure why I seem to sabotage myself. Any advice??

  5. Diane Miller says

    Great story, I loved seeing what you eat. I know nutrition is the largest part of the equation, but it’s so hard! I love my big portion sizes!

    Question on giving up diet cola and Crystal lite – you said that it made a big difference. in what way did it make a difference? I’ve slacked off on water lately, but I feel like I’m still getting liquids with diet soda. What are the pitfalls?

  6. Lori – I try to make sure my indulgences are not just mindless snacking. A lot of it is mindset. Before I indulge I try to make sure it’s something I really want…not that I’m just bored or stressed. I also don’t let one bad choice or day ruin my attitude. I just get right back to healthy eating. I do try to limit the size of any treat. One cookie, a very small piece of cake or dessert. It gets easier the longer you do it. I usually end up feeling crappy when I over indulge now. It reminds me why I stick with the healthy stuff. One thing I like when I want something sweet is 6 oz of plain greek yogurt mixed with 1/2 a scoop of chocolate protein powder. I add 3-4 chopped frozen cherries. It’s a great sweet treat without putting me off track. I don’t eat perfect by any means. It’s all about finding balance and eating propertly more times than not. Good luck with your weight loss.

    Diane – the biggest differences were that I did not feel bloated as often (or hardly ever) when I quit the drinks with fake sugar. It also heped a lot with the sugar cravings and I did not feel as hungry. My body really seemed to “lean up” a lot faster too. I also noticed a difference in my energy level. It became much more consistant throughout the day.

    Thanks everyone for the nice comments!


  7. Hi Dustin, I have sent you a check for your wonderful, informative book., I’m sure it is. Looking forword to it. I’m in Las Vegas right now, celebrating my 50th anniversary. With your incouragement in your emails I’m sure it has helped my eating habits. I I think about you and your fans helpful hints. Good luck in your new radio show. Shalom, Esther Pearlman

  8. Donna-

    Your story is very inspirational!

    I have one question: do you add any kind of protein to your oats or do you find that there is enough protein/fat in the nuts or flax to get you thru to your second meal?

  9. Kris –


    I don’t normally add protein to my oats but I do usually have a protein drink around the same time as my oats. I’ll make a quick protein drink and have that shortly after I get up, then I eat my oats when I have finished showering and am ready to go to work. (or warm them up when I get to work) Some days I have a hard boiled egg with my oats instead of the protein drink. Another option is to add 1/2 scoop of protein powder to the oats – that works good too. I just prefer having the drink instead.


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