- Joan MacDonald gave new meaning to life starts when you want it to
- She began her fitness journey in her 70s after her doctors said her health was deteriorating
- The mother of three lifts weight and her feats in the gym defy her age
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At 74, most ladies are comfortably enjoying being grandmothers and living out their golden years surrounded by family and friends.
Some even give up on their business ambitions and dreams to travel and focus on spending as much time as possible with their loved ones.
Not Joan MacDonald though. This 74-year-old grandma’s life began at 72 when she decided to turn things around and embrace a fit lifestyle.
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The mother of three went through a hysterectomy, abdominal surgery and weight gain back in her 50s but did she not want to play the victim for the rest of her days.
She wore her big girl pants and ventured into the world with a smile on her face and fire in her heart.
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Joan, who is always blissful, hopeful and insightful, turned her focus to the gym and worked out like there was no tomorrow.
She shed off a couple of kilograms and emerged looking leaner and healthier in the process.
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At first, she joined the gym to stay healthy but soon after, it became her mission, her vision, her place of peace and her source of happiness.
At her age, Joan managed to lift weights and bend her body like that of a young gymnast. Crazy what fitness can do.
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The mother of three also encourages her followers to invest in their health and focus on lifesaving diets.
She had issues with her blood pressure, acidity and high cholesterol and chose to face her problems head-on.
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