Your Best Body in Your 30s, 40s, 50s
Look Your Best: Your 40s
Lynne Frumkin ditched fattening, carb-heavy food, picked up a pair of dumbbells, and won her long battle with the scale.
Hometown: Great Falls, Virginia
Starting Weight: 158
Current Weight: 123
Pounds Lost: 35
For many years Lynne Frumkin did her best to avoid exercising. "It just didn't seem like fun," she says. Her lack of activity caught up with her in high school, when her weight ballooned to 178 pounds -- and her self-esteem plummeted. In her late teens Frumkin, 5'8", did slim down by taking up swimming, but thanks to bouts of yo-yo dieting her weight fluctuated for years.
After giving birth to her second child at 42 and weighing in at 158 pounds (still too heavy for her small frame), Frumkin vowed to get fit for good. "I was tired of being the fat mom," she says. The problem? Now that she was older and busier than ever, she had to find new weight-loss strategies tailored to her age and schedule. "I felt as if I had to start from scratch," she says.
Frumkin had started doing cardio in her late 20s, but now it didn't seem to be enough. "It wasn't until I learned how to lift weights that I saw a big difference in my body," she says. She credits her husband, also a weight lifter, for encouraging her to keep challenging herself during workouts. Her persistence paid off: She shed 20 pounds in less than a year.
Thrilled by her success, Frumkin turned her attention back to her eating habits. She knew a fair amount about nutrition and studied every article and book she could find on it. "Once I understood how eating fatty, carb-heavy food affected my body, I saw how much power I had to control my weight," she says. Frumkin began eating lean proteins like tuna and turkey and traded refined grains for oatmeal and whole-grain breads. She also added healthy snacks to her menu.
A "fat mom" no more, Frumkin loves her new body, and not just for how it looks. "I'm in the best shape of my life!" she says. She hits the gym six days a week to lift weights, run, or take aerobics classes. But as dedicated as she is to her new lifestyle, she does have the occasional treat. "I know that eating one piece of cake isn't going to make me gain weight. I feel as if I've finally solved the weight-loss puzzle."