A 17-stone woman swapped doughnuts for deadlifts in a bid to beat middle age – and can now lift the equivalent of a GIANT PANDA.
Tough Pat de Reyes, 58, has lost almost five stone in a year after hitting the gym for the first time in her life, and is now so strong she can flip a 150kg tyre.
Pat, a complaints handler from Basingstoke, Hamps., is now stronger than most muscle-bound men half her age, after ditching her daily fix of doughnuts, chocolate and crisps.
Happily single Pat, who once measured a whopping size 24, is now a svelte size 14, after just 18 months after first hitting the gym.
As well as being able to flip a 150kg tyre – which weighs the same as a giant panda – she can dead lift 90kg and trains in two agonising weight lifting sessions every week.
She said: “I’m the oldest in my gym and although I’ve only ever heard of a few older ladies who are weight lifters.
“All my friends think it’s bonkers to be competing to be a strongwoman at my age, but I’ve never felt better.
“I only wish I’d done it sooner.”
In a bid to sort herself out, after failing to take to jogging, Pat hired a personal trainer and has not looked back since.
She added: “My trainer introduced me to weightlifting and strongman training, which I absolutely love.
“There is no feeling like the buzz you get from picking up heavy weights and moving them.
“In the last 18 months, I have gone from being unable to properly get through a 45 minute bootcamp session, to being able to lift more than my own bodyweight.
“I have been amazed at the progress I have made – I’ve never felt better.
“My life has completely changed, and I simply can’t imagine not lifting weights four or five times a week.”
Breakfast – buttered white toast, extra thick, or cereal.
Lunch – sandwich, crisps, chocolate, coca cola.
Snack – chocolate bar.
Dinner – curry, pizza, pasta, ready meals.
Drinks – fizzy drinks, diet coke – a litre and half a day.
Breakfast – omelette with spinach or steak
Snack – handful of almonds or cashews
Lunch – chicken and salad, tuna and salad
Dinner – Chicken breast or steak or pork chop with green vegetables – broccoli, peas and green beans
Drinks – water but occasional diet coke.