I love this story about Ernestine Shepherd, officially (according the the 2012 Guinness World Book of Records) the world’s oldest bodybuilder. The 74 year old grandmother says: “I feel younger now than I did 20 years ago”.
This all started when she was trying on a swimsuit and did not like what she saw. So she decided to make some changes. She wakes up at 3 a.m. every morning, and runs 10 miles a day. She then heads to the gym for pushups, pull-ups and free weights, all to the amazement of her 80 year old husband, her 53-year-old son, and her 14-year-old grandson.
According to the article:
Her 1,700-calorie daily diet consists of egg whites in the morning, vegetables, chicken and brown rice. She claims that this regime has helped her with depression, high blood pressure, panic attacks, and acid reflux — all of which she suffered from in her mid 50s
Her heroes include Michelle Obama and Sylvester Stallone.
Hi Anne – This is a great story. How on earth does she do this on 1700 cals a day? Really inspiring, but wow, 1700 cals a day and all of those workouts!?
Thanks Karen. That’s not an easy question to answer. There are several ways to find out how many calories you need per day. I plugged in Ernestine’s age, height, weight and activity level into the USDA website’s calculator and according to the site she should be consuming 2000 calories. Here’s what they had to say:
I use The Daily Plate to track my cals and activity levels. It’s pretty good (way better than the old Excel spreadsheet I used to use at least). 🙂 But I will definitely check out the USDA one and the basal metabolic rate link. Thanks!
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