World’s Oldest Bodybuilder at 80

oldest-female-bodybuilder-grandma-80-year-old-ernestine-shepherd-19This is incredible! ¬†Sadly, people are getting fatter – ¬†sloppy, diabetic, unappealing, and often stuffed into spandex. Yet we look away and try to be polite and not stare into their grocery carts at the horrible food they eat, when knowledge of that bad food is out there and you could educate yourself. They fool themselves, and we help them believe that fat is beautiful. No. It. Isn’t. They will likely die sooner because of it.

People think that just because they are getting older it is normal to “Let yourself go”. It isn’t. We see examples of older people who care about themselves. They don’t give excuses for bad behavior. They don’t say, “I have a thyroid problem,” to try to not take responsibility.

When I saw this 80 year old woman in this video I was blown away. I’m not saying everyone should be a bodybuilder but there is no need to have your fat giggling down between your legs as though that is normal. There is no need or excuse to have fat kids. Now Diabetes is up for kids causing them ill health they never needed to have.

You obviously can do what you want, but maybe this will give you a little encouragement. If watching this video doesn’t fire you up to do something for your life then you are beyond helping. Love yourself and do something about it. Sometimes we get in a big rut and don’t like ourselves very much but we are going to eat our way into major illness if we don’t do something about it. Some people say, “You have to go somehow,” but having come close to dying from illness myself I can tell you, if that happens you are going to be wanting to change it real fast but it will be to late.

It’s hard to keep up the incentive to change but it is up to you to find people to encourage you to change your attitude about getting older.

This is a picture of me when I was 31 and working out with weights. I’m exactly twice that now. I don’t want to be a body builder at this point in my life but I want my health to be better than what it is. After a liver transplant in 2012 I was exercising to get into shape. My physical therapist told me I could never look like that again. I listened to him and quit. Then my back fractured from osteoporosis caused by liver disease. I Also have a herniated disc mid back and have a spinal cord stimulator up my spine for pain. Now I’m recuperating from a bad fall 3 months ago and half my left arm and elbow is now metal. Trying to make my arm work at all is challenging. Bending it, lifting it or straightening it is painful. Today for the first time I could reach my left arm over and put on deodorant, while gritting my teeth, but I did it. What an accomplishment! Watching this video was the incentive I needed to work harder.

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I was so afraid I wouldn’t be able to play the piano, but if I’m careful I can hold my arm up for 10-15 minutes but because nerves are healing it is hard to move my wrist back and forth. I’m going to start recording videos of my progress. Saying this means I have to follow through.

My doctor told me not to hope for much. One surgery was bad enough. Having to replace the bone in the shoulder socket and screw two plates together over my elbow and hold it together with 13 screws made it was worse. He said I’ll be disappointed if I try for too much. He thought 70% function was possible. That isn’t good enough.I can’t even touch my face.

So this video gave me hope – the incentive to try harder and exercize more. A year from now where will I be? I’m not one to give up. Are you? Wish me luck!

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