Finding Your Fit: Lorinda Forrest

By Friends & Neighbors December 15, 2013 11:43

Lorinda ForrestSonora resident Lorinda Forrest is a business startup expert, self-employed consultant and mother of three who found her fit as her 60th birthday loomed.

Fitness transformation: I lost more than 20 pounds through diet and exercise.

Turning point: Last year when I turned 59, I weighed 191. I weighed almost 200 pounds the year before and lost 18 pounds, but gained eight back because I wasn’t consistently exercising. Since menopause about 30 pounds crept up on me, and never having had to worry about my weight, I was unhappy but not actively doing anything serious about it. I just thought, I am not turning 60 with this weight. Zero-year birthdays are huge, and for me it was a wakeup call.

First steps: I tried increasing my exercise, but it just wasn’t enough. So with the help of my doctor, I did the HCG diet, which is kind of controversial but it worked. It involved a daily shot and a strict 500-calorie-a-day diet. After three weeks you go into a maintenance phase – you eat really carefully and your body resets its base weight point. So I did that, lost the weight and felt great. Then in January I joined a gym to get more toned. In three months I lost several inches off my waist, hips and thighs while maintaining my new weight.

Hardest part: The hardest thing about dieting is staying focused, and the hardest thing about exercise is getting started. It’s easy to talk yourself out of doing a workout. When I fractured my pelvis in a bike accident a few years ago, my physical therapist, who’s a runner in his 50s, told me that the days you don’t want to exercise are the days you need to the most. That stuck with me.

Best part: Reaffirming that I have to take care of me first. I think women have it harder than men because so often we’re the caregivers, used to sacrificing our own care to take care of others.

Key influence: A book called Younger Next Year, written by an internist who specializes in aging, and one of his older patients. They say you have to exercise six days a week, stop eating crap, connect with your community, have work that’s rewarding and find something that gives you spiritual sustenance.

Workout routine: Ninety minutes five days a week: 20 minutes on an elliptical machine, followed by weights and strength training, and 20-30 minutes on a treadmill. I’m very competitive, so I push myself. A lot of women will be in the gym chatting – I just work out. I also meditate every morning, which is very centering.

Nutrition: I eat very little ‘white,’ and I’m not a big sugar person, though I’m a beekeeper so I like honey. I eat a lot of veggies and fish or chicken – red meat about once a week. I don’t pay attention to calories, I just eat super healthy.

Next step: Continue on. I have a very busy schedule, but I’d still like to get outside more doing what I love – hiking, biking, river rafting and skiing. I feel more alive when I’m outside connected to nature.

Advice: Remind yourself that it’s never too late and love yourself enough to take care of yourself.  When I stop to consider what I’ve done with my life, I want to look back and think, ‘Not bad.’ I want to be proud of who I was, that I took good care of myself. That’s my overriding motivation. If I don’t take care of myself and then become a burden to my kids, that’s almost like abuse. We used to think 60 was so old, but not anymore.

– As told to FAN. Do you know a Tuolumne, Calaveras or Amador county resident 50 or older who has found his or her fit through exercise and diet? Email ideas to

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By Friends & Neighbors December 15, 2013 11:43
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