A WOMAN has revealed how she is now ageing backwards at the age of 52 after changing her mindset.
Denise Kirtley was inspired to overhaul her lifestyle after gaining enough extra weight that her wedding ring no longer fitted on her finger.
Denise had put on 20kg during the pandemic and when she was going through perimenopause, which is when your body naturally transitions towards menopause.
It was only as she approached her 50th birthday that she decided to take a stand and make some changes in her life.
The Californian signed up to an online company which helped her to create a diet and fitness plan.
Denise tried bodybuilding, and has since competed in several.
As reported by the Mirror, she said: “I lost 22kg within the first year and I fell in love with bodybuilding.”
She is now able to “get the most” out of her day and credits her strength training, nutrition and positive mindset with her “new and improved” figure.
She works out five days a week typically, and uses dumbbells and resistance bands to aid her training.
Of these days, two are dedicated to upper body, and the rest to lower body.
Denise follows a protein-focused diet, including high-protein waffles, salmon, zucchini fritters with salad, and banana protein oats.
Although she has cut out carbs, she does eat five meals a day.
After documenting her body-changing success, she now runs her own fitness and nutrition coaching company.
She added: “We really do get to choose how we age. It’s all about your mindset.
“Old andare very different – there’s nothing wrong with ageing, I embrace my age.
“But the word old makes me think of decline, and like my best years are behind me. What we tell ourselves matters more than anything else.
“I’m ageing, but I’m strong, vibrant, and spirited.”