A grandma who tipped the scales at 185 pounds revealed how she lost the fat and became a bodybuilder at age 65.
Susan Guidi, of Tampa, Florida, wanted to lose weight in December 2020 by cutting out wine and her favorite Thai foods.
The five-year-old grandmother weighs just 129 pounds, works out five times a week, and won a bodybuilding competition in October.
Ms. Guidi can put on a bikini with confidence thanks to her new slimmer physique and wants to be an example for women over 50.
She said, “Society expects women over 50 to just settle down and become grandmothers.
Susan Guidi (above), from the US, wanted to lose weight in December 2020 by cutting out the wine and her favorite Thai food
“All my life I had been someone’s wife, mother and grandmother, so I wanted to do something for myself.
“I’d done every diet under the sun, like most women my age, but I wasn’t happy with my body at all.
“I wanted the outside to match how I felt inside. I was a typical menopausal woman. I had fat around my stomach, drank too much wine, ate too much and slept badly.
“One day I was scrolling social media for women over 60 who had accomplished something incredible, and I came across Joan MacDonald, who was 74 at the time and looked amazing.
“I figured if she could do it in my 70s, I’d run out of excuses in my 60s.
The grandmother of five now weighs just 129 pounds, works out five times a week and won a bodybuilding competition in October
Mrs. Guidi said she had been someone’s wife, mother and grandmother all her life, so she wanted to do something for herself
So in December 2020 I signed up for a transformation program and I’ve never looked back.
“I booked a professional photo shoot for nine months after I started giving myself a goal, and after achieving it, I decided I wanted to do a bodybuilding competition.”
Susan hired coaches to help her prepare for her October 2020 show.
It took her 20 weeks of preparation to be ready for the stage and would train for up to three and a half hours a day leading up to the show.
Ms. Guidi said she was a typical menopausal woman. I had fat around my stomach, drank too much wine, ate too much and slept badly
It took her 20 weeks of preparation to be ready for the stage and would train for up to three and a half hours a day leading up to the show (Photo: LR Susan Guidi with Joan MacDonald)
Susan said, “In the bodybuilding competition, I went on to win the Over-50s and the Beginners class. I couldn’t believe I had done it.
“It felt incredible. I led the group of women on stage, who were all younger than me, and as soon as I turned on the lights, I started pumping up the crowd.
“It was like I was made for that stage.
“I’m on fire right now and I can’t wait to see what I can do when I’m 80.”
“Women don’t have enough examples of women like me, and they don’t feel they’re worthy of feeling that way, but I want to show that age doesn’t matter.
She said that women don’t have enough examples of women like her, and they don’t feel they are worth feeling that way, but she wants to show that age doesn’t matter
Ms. Guidi is now healthier than ever before and can now run around and play with her five grandchildren
“This is 65 and this is what it looks like to me. There was a time when I wouldn’t have even wanted to tell anyone my age, but now I’ve put it absolutely everywhere because I’m so proud.
“I may have some loose skin and wrinkles, but I also have my health and building muscle is the best thing to age vigorously.”
“I loved good wine and Thai food, but it just didn’t serve me. I now do five strength training sessions a week and cardio four times a week, and I can’t wait to get back into the game this year at age 66.
“I am healthier than ever and I can run around and play with my five grandchildren.
“I’m doing this for them too, because I wanted to be an example to them and leave a legacy.”