3. Millie Ellis Became Fit by 50
Weight before: 225 lbs
Weight now: 124 lbs
Height: 5′ 5″
Location: Coventry, UK
Occupation: Chartered Accountant
Motivation: “When I started to see muscle definition!”
When she was 46 years old, Millie Ellis set a goal: to be her absolute fittest by her 50th birthday. “I knew I would have to lose about 100 pounds!” she says. “So I started setting smaller goals, like giving up fast food or going for a walk.” Taking it slowly, she lost the first 55 pounds.
At 170 pounds, the scale became stuck. She signed up with a personal trainer and started weight training. “I was terrified,” she admits. But once she started, Millie found that her mission changed. No longer focusing on losing weight by the time she turned 50, she transformed her mindset: “My goals became strength-related,” explains Millie, who now includes home training sessions in her routine. Equipped with weights, a bench, resistance bands and medicine balls, Millie replicates gym exercises. And when it comes to getting results, home reps count as much as gym reps.
Weighing in at 124 pounds, Millie reached her goal two years early. She turned 50 this year and happily reported that she has maintained her fit lifestyle. “I am now aiming for fit at 60!” she says. “I have not lost my motivation.”
Get Millie’s Willpower
What advice does Millie have for fitness newbies? She says it all comes down to three little rules:
- Find someone you can be accountable to, such as a workout partner.
- Set a monthly fat loss goal. Do not weight yourself every day.
– Lively Group