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BEFORE
BODY FAT 27%
WEIGHT 171 LBS

AFTER
BODY FAT 16%
WEIGHT 135 LBS

Body Transformation: Body Breakthrough At Age 53!

When Teri shared her 5-year weight loss plan to a room of people they laughed at her. She got the last laugh and loves her beautiful new body!

Body Breakthrough
At Age 53!

Teri LaFaye
over 40 transformation

Why I decided to transform

At age 45, I hated the person I saw in the mirror and didn't recognize her. She had my eyes and voice, but didn't look like the image I saw in my mind.

I was a school teacher at the time, and at the beginning of every school year we had to stand and give a speech about our personal goal for that year. I proudly stood and said I was beginning a five-year plan to lose weight. I weighed 171 pounds then.

The announcement was met with laughter. Not the kind you share with someone, the kind that echoes in negative energy and hurts inside. One person said sarcastically, "Well, you better start now because you have a long way to go."

It didn't matter if there was malice in the remark or not. What mattered was how it made me feel and the steps I took after that meeting.

Before /// 171 lbs
After/// 135 lbs
AGE 45 / HEIGHT 5'6" / BODY FAT 27%
AGE 53 / HEIGHT 5'6" / BODY FAT 16%
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How I accomplished my goals

I took the negative energy and ridicule and let it fuel my every move in the gym. I loved weight training. After six months, people noticed a difference in me. I only trained for 20 minutes per day at the time (when 20 minutes hit the clock, I was halfway out the door). When the weight started coming off, I felt better, looked better, and never looked back.

I started with an ab chair, dumbbells, a broomstick, and lots of sweat. I took the cart back into the store after putting groceries in my car. I took stairs instead of the elevator. I parked in the space farthest from the entrance and shopped the perimeters of the grocery store.

I kept a daily log of exercises and marked days off a calendar when I worked out. I took hundreds of photos to track my progress. And anytime I thought of giving up, I reminded myself that I couldn't. The echoes of laughter kept fueling me.

Supplements that helped me through the journey

I don't take supplements because my body can't tolerate them. I'm intolerant to whey, chromium, and high doses of vitamins. All-natural is the only way that works for me.

Diet plan that guided my transformation

When I completely got off dairy and started to watch my sugar intake, my seasonal allergies went away. I had been lactose intolerant my entire life and didn't know it. Soy-based products work well for me.

I eat high volumes of eggs, ground turkey, chicken, liver, and fish with the heads and skin. I try to limit eating out altogether. I slow-cook, bake, broil, and stirfry most everything. I drink lots of water and avoid soda and alcohol.

Meal 1
  • soy milk Vanilla Soy Lite Milk

    1 cup

  • oats Oatmeal

    1/2 cup

  • Sugar Sugar

    1 tsp

Meal 2
Meal 4
Meal 5
Meal 6

Training regimen that kept me on track

Monday: Rest
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: Lower Body/Abs/Cardio
Wednesday, Friday: Upper Body/Abs/Cardio
Sunday: Rest

What aspect challenged me the most

I tore my rotator cuff in the first year training. That taught me to warm up before I train. I tore my Achilles tendon last year and had to take four months off training. It was humbling, but the rest worked to my benefit and made me come back stronger.

My future fitness plans

I don't want to be skinny or shredded. I have no ambition to compete. I love inspiring people to change and transform their lives. It's about the longevity of living a healthy life with no regrets. It's a contract I have with myself.

Suggestions for aspiring transformers

  • Never let negative energy keep you from becoming who you are.
  • Don't become content in your discontentment and settle on being unfit.
  • If someone can't cheer you on in your race to be healthy, get them out of your way.
  • If you falter, start again. There are no substitutes for a winning attitude.
  • Never buy into a belief that you're too old to accomplish your goals.
  • Love yourself! Remind yourself of who you want to be until it becomes reality.
  • Feed your mind with positive material that lifts you up.

How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals

The encouragement from BodySpace members helps. Sharing experiences with other members and keeping others motivated is amazing. I love the FitBoards! The videos and access to nutrition and diet plans are countless. All you have to do is look for help and you'll find it.

Teri's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Party Rock Anthem (Everyday I'm Shuffling)" by LMFAO
  2. "Piece Of Me" by Britney Spears
  3. "Bon, Bon" by Pitbull
  4. "Boom Boom Pow" by Black Eyed Peas
  5. "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC

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Nice.

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thanks for reading, Teri

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Teri you are such an inspirational and motivational soul with quite the infectious smile!!! Thank you for sharing your story.

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sassyonyx

check out my before pic on my profile... it is quite a transformation. I told my story not just for me, but for anyone and everyone who has ever struggled to better themselves and had to put up with negativity. Thanks for reading and sharing. Stay blessed and train hard for me, I am nursing an injury not related to my training. I will be back soon. Teri LaFaye

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wow, what an amazing body..! I said that to myself even BEFORE I saw you're 53. And now.. I already said "wow" didn't I? Perfect. Gongrats and keep going!

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WOO HOO! You get out what you put in! Love it !
thanks for reading and sharing my story! Teri LaFaye

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Great job Teri! I've stopped by your page before and loved your progress! Keep it up.

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sassyonyx

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thank you so much tyebailey ! The before picture is not the right one.... you can see it on my profile. I lost 45 inches and 43 pounds strength training and all natural. Train hard. Do it for YOU and do it for LIFE! Teri LaFaye

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Hey Teri great story!! I too started at 45, and I'm a year and a half into my transformation...so far I'm down 132lbs, and I sitll have 40 to go to hit my goal weight. I'm loving the gym, and working out and lifting weights. We are never too old to reach for our goals.

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thank you for reading dlhendershot! I lost 45 inches and 43 pounds. My before picture is not the right one.... but you can see it on my profile. Never stop! Age is a cop out too many blame because they don't want to admit laziness. Congrats on your goals! It only gets better with age. Teri LaFaye

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One of those hour glass figures no matter the body weight. Mother nature was nice.

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thanks for reading! Teri LaFaye

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AWESOME JOB

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many thanks! Teri LaFaye

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Hey Teri :-) you look amazing! I loved looking through all your progress pics. Well done, and congrats on your transformation! You have a gorgeous smile :-D

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Thank you so much nsxchick! I just got my braces off in April.... always seemed to do things later than most people ha ha. The before pic it not the right one. I lost 45 inches and 43 pounds during my two years weight training. I am the epitome of change. If I can do this ANYONE can. Have a blessed day, Teri LaFaye

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Congrats on being featured - you always inspire me with your amazing attitude and smile. Love it!

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thank you Lori! what inspires me the most is blessing others. People need to know that change can happen and transformations begin WITHIN! Keep riding my Smile Train, woo hoo! Teri LaFaye

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Your story inspires me so much! I love how you say you have no ambition to compete but just love inspiring people! I feel the same and you've spurred me on to keep sight of MY dream! Thank you!

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Don't ever stop believing and knowing you can be all that you are to be! It all starts inside! Don't forget to remember fitness is a lifestyle. Do it for the love and for YOU and for life. I lost 45 inches and 43 pounds in my first two years training. Be blessed always, Teri LaFaye

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Amazing! Keep up the hard work!

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thank you for reading! and I will !

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You rock!! Awesome job!

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thank you so much!

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Wow!! Congratulations!! This couldn't have come at a better time for you after your fall. Nothing like a huge helping of motivation to get you smiling under the circumstance :)

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