When I decided to change my life at age 46, I went all out. I began lifting weights, jogging (now I walk), eating nutritious foods, meditating, and asking the bigger questions in life. Up to that time I hadn’t been very happy or healthy, so I was looking for relief from my misery.
Within one year of practicing this fitness lifestyle, I dropped two dress sizes, got rid of my depression and began to like what I saw in the mirror. For the first time in my life I had strength and energy. Amazed at what I had achieved in such a short period of time, I asked myself this question: Why isn’t everyone doing this?
I remembered so many women I had met throughout the years who complained about being disgusted and frustrated with the fat accumulating in their hips and thighs. I wondered why they weren’t working out.
Maybe they don’t know they can reshape their bodies, I thought, so who better than me to tell them and show them how to do it?
I was fired up. I had a mission. I wanted everyone out there to feel as good as I did, so I decided to become a trainer.
That scenario took place almost thirty years ago. Of course today we know that the benefits of lifting weights reach beyond just reshaping our bodies. We need added muscle to increase our strength and energy and speed our metabolism, but most of all, to retard or reverse the aging process.
Today, at age 74, I’m in the best shape of my life. I have trained thousands of people and shown them that it’s possible to rejuvenate your body and feel great at any age. Throughout this time I’ve promoted the fitness lifestyle via magazine, newspaper articles and television appearances.
My fitness program is outlined in my first book, Forever Fit and Fabulous: A Guide to Health and Vigor—Even at 70 and Beyond. People’s Health and the Saints Organization awarded me the title People’s Health Champion 2012 for “For demonstrating how a lifetime of experience supports our greatest achievements.” To watch the video produced by People’s Health relating my story, click on PRESS at the top of this page.
Both my first and second book, Journey to Self-Esteem, Learn to Love and Appreciate Yourself have been given a most favorable review by Louisiana Life Magazine. To read both reviews, click on BOOKS at the top of this page.
I am now writing my third book. The stories and lessons in this book will be more personal in nature, touching on my traumatic upbringing: my father’s alcoholism, the death of my mother at age 11, and my uprooting from Nicaragua to America.
I want to make the connection between these childhood tragedies and my adult personality, how in the process I lost my sense of self, how my spirit was so crushed I became a nonentity; how I suffered mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I want to show that strength and resilience can be developed under the worst circumstances. And that the human spirit has the power to overcome.
I am now happy, healthy, successful and enormously fulfilled. My life is rich with meaning and purpose. My days are filled with study, training, teaching, reflecting, writing, and research. My goal is for each day to be an improvement over the last, but for that to happen, I have to be wiser, more accepting, more grateful and more loving than I was the day before.