Body Transformation: Fire Of The 40s!

Age wasn’t an excuse for Sally to be inactive. She saw her 40s as an opportunity to be in the best shape of her life and become a better all-around mom. There were no cop-outs in her plan!
Name: Sally Dingle
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Sally Dingle Sally Dingle
AGE 39
160 lbs
AGE 42
118 lbs

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Why I Decided to Transform

After I gave birth to my last child, there was a fire inside me to get back in shape. I referred to it as the "Fire of the 40s" because I had 40 post-baby pounds to lose, was about to turn 40 years old, and had four children. I wanted to be a happy and healthy mom. It was time to raise the bar.

How I Accomplished My Goals

I wanted to look lean and strong. To achieve the strong part, I started weight training. I educated myself on various training methods for different muscle groups and put an emphasis on the gym. Cardio was a very important factor in my transformation, but weights changed the look of my body most.

To achieve the leanness I desired, I focused on eating clean. I can't say it enough: healthy foods give the body energy to work out at a high level, build muscle, recover, and look lean. There will always be days that you won't want to hit the gym, but those days are the most important to go. There are days when the children stay home sick or I'm simply committed to their needs, so I make sure to eat extra clean on those days if I can't make it to the gym.

Never question your goals. One of my favorite quotes that always ran through my head is: "If you want me to do something … tell me I can't do it." - Maya Angelou

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Diet Plan that Guided My Transformation
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Training Regimen that Kept Me On Track

As a mom, my busy life doesn't get a set weekly routine, but I like it that way. I make sure to be at the gym five days per week. I always change it up based on how I feel so I don't get bored. I don't have the highest energy level sometimes (children do that to you), so I jump in and do a one-hour cycle class to get my endorphins up and conquer the day.

Some days I do my own CrossFit workout and mix various weight exercises with 5-10 minutes on the Stairmaster and go hard for an hour. Sometimes I focus on two muscle groups at a time and do cardio and abs for 30 minutes after. Different methods keep it interesting and I never plateau.

Day 1: Cardio/Abs
Day 2: Legs/Glutes/Cardio
Day 3: Shoulders/Triceps
Day 4: Rest
Day 5: Cardio/Biceps
Day 6: Cardio/Abs/Back
Day 7: Rest

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

When one child gets sick, there's a trickledown effect and the entire family comes down with it. There could be an entire week that I'm home and not working out. I'm at a stage in life where children wake me up in the middle of the night because there's a monster in their closet.

In those cases, I have a hard time sleeping the remainder of the night with them in my bed. Disrupted sleep hampers my energy level at the gym.

My Future Fitness Plans

I share my transformation with everyone and explain how good it feels to eat clean food. The long winters in Chicago, Illinois, and countless days with no sun makes you depressed, tired, and sluggish. I'm amazed at how much energy clean eating gives me.

That's why I'm interested to become a nutritionist when my children are in school and I can focus. I want people to feel energized and healthy too.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers
  • Pack your healthy foods when you travel.
  • If you can't afford a trainer, watch them work with clients.
  • Have a power quote that pushes you.
  • If you're a mom, it's okay to focus on yourself 1-2 hours each day.
How Helped Me Reach My Goals

The amount of information available on helped me reach my goals. The transformation stories are inspiring and the trainers know what they're talking about. If you aren't savvy about supplements, you can learn on

I pull up training moves for different muscle groups and snap a photo from my computer onto my iPhone so I can use it at the gym. Thank you,, for inspiring and educating me along my journey so I can be one of your transformation stories.

Sally's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Till I Collapse" by Eminem
  2. "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)"" by Fall Out Boy
  3. "People Like Us" by Kelly Clarkson
  4. "Hero (The Legion of Doom Remix)" by Skillet
  5. "My Way" by 3 Doors Down

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Don Bersano

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How long did this WHOLE transformation take you? My baby is three, and I have been training for just over five months. I just want a realistic goal, not the 12 week schmeg that everyone keeps saying....almost two 12 weeks later, I look fabulous, but not shredded....TIA

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actually in 12weeks you can transform yourself, It depends on drive and determination. I was in the gym 3 weeks after my planned C-section. Wore my pre-baby jeans in 6weeks,competed 6months later. however I did eat clean thru my preg. If you are in the gym hitting it hard and your diet is on it all come together fast, Diet is 70% of everything. You may also want to look into Cardio Accerlation for your workouts, my daughter is 6 now, so between my work, her school, gymnastics and soccer some days I only get 45min in the gym. You just have to make every min in there count.

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Great transformation. Very inspirational.

May 24, 2013 7:48am | report

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you are wonderful woman

May 24, 2013 1:36pm | report

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That's amazing! Thanks for sharing your story and advice. It definitely helps keep me motivated. Congrats on your transformation!

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@Alison, I transfomed in 12 weeks and I am 46 and went from 22% bodyfat to 11% bodyfat in 12 weeks. It is possible.

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Sally, you look fantastic!

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You look amazing! great job !

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