Respect Yourself: How Fit Mother Robin Got Back in Shape and Regained Her Energy and Confidence

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

Founder of The Fit Mother Project & Fit Father Project

Founder, The Fit Mother Project
Founder, The Fit Father Project

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

Founder of The Fit Mother Project & Fit Father Project

Founder, The Fit Mother Project
Founder, The Fit Father Project

respect yourself

You can lose weight, tone up, build muscle, and transform your body at any age — but first, you have to respect yourself! 

Fit Mother Robin, a 50-year-old mother of two and the winner of our 2021 Transformation Contest, found a way to do just that, and her story is inspiring! 

In early 2020, Robin lost her brother, who had just turned 50, to heart disease. 

That, and the onset of the pandemic, led Robin to let herself go, and she was overeating and drinking too much. 

As the year rolled on and she was nearing her own 50th birthday, Robin knew she needed to change. 

She had a family and a career. 

She didn’t want to die of heart disease like her brother. 

She needed to snap out of her unhealthy spiral. 

So, she found the Fit Mother Project on YouTube, signed up for the Fit Mom Jumpstart, and she hasn’t looked back since!

Listen to Robin's Story on the Fit Mother Project Podcast:

Getting Her Life In Order

In the past, Robin had tried health and fitness apps, diets, and anything else you can think of.

But, she never found anything helpful that actually worked.

Then, one day, a search for ‘healthy eating or exercises for older women' directed her to the Fit Mother Project.

“Your video for the healthy diet plan for women popped up. As soon as I clicked it, I thought this guy is really cute, let me click this video and see what he says. Everything in the video just made sense. Finally, somebody’s speaking logically to me. They’re not condescending to me. They’re just speaking. This is what you need to do. This is how to do it. This is when to do it.”

Robin didn’t know what my favorite proteins or carbs were, and she knew she wasn't eating enough vegetables.

“So, I signed up for the free Jumpstart. And that changed my life immediately. It was so much fun, first of all, to get organized and start it.”

As a result, she lost seven pounds. That’s when she decided to sign up for the complete program.

According to Robin, the first and most crucial step in her fitness journey was checking her meal plans and what was in her kitchen.

“I went through everything in my kitchen and looked at what I was buying. I realized that a lot of it was processed foods. So the first thing was to go to the store and buy the things and plan out my meals.”

She did not start her meal plans with shakes — she had eggs for breakfast.

Then she would have a sandwich for lunch and a Perfect Plate for dinner.

Even when she started making shakes, she didn't use SuperFuel.

Instead, she bought something different from the market, and she fell sick from the whey in that product.

“I didn’t realize that’s what was happening until I went online, researched, and eliminated whey. Then, I bought SuperFuel Vegan. It helped and was a game changer.”

Once she started consuming shakes, she stopped having eggs for breakfast.

Still, Robin never thought the Fit Mother Project’s meal plans were boring.

“It was comforting because before, I didn’t know. I was looking for someone to tell me what to eat. That’s what I wanted because I didn’t know. And so when you don’t know, you start grabbing all different kinds of things. Knowing what I was going to eat was not boring at all. It was comforting to me and made me feel secure. Like I knew what I was doing.”

According to Robin, she was always physically active, but she was out of shape, and that bothered her a lot. 

“Before I joined the Fit Mother Project, I liked to work out. Being a massage therapist, I use my body a lot, so I could go all day at work and eat a lot of calories and not gain weight because I was burning that many calories. But I was out of shape.”

She had never done strength training before, so the Fit Mother Project’s workout regime was a game changer for her.

“It changed my physique and shape, especially in the legs and buttocks. I was like, oh my god, whose butt is that? It’s great!”

Robin has completed an entire year on the Fit Mother Project, and she's still going strong.

“I still do something with the Fit Mother Project. I either watch a video or do a workout. I always think about nutrition. I go to the community online. It’s just a huge part of my life.”

Since Robin did not have a lot of weight to lose, her weight loss journey was slow and steady. 

“I didn’t have a lot of weight to lose. I just had about 15 or 20 pounds to lose. So it was coming off really slowly. And I just kept telling myself that’s OK. That’s why this is a process, a lifelong process. So I kept the momentum going, and in each phase, I’d get more excited because it would just be tweaked enough to regain my interests and try new things like carb cycling and fasting and new strength training. And once I got all the way to phase four, it was like taking the training wheels off.”

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A Bright Future

Robin’s proud of the fact that she challenged herself to regain fitness at the age of 50. 

“It’s challenging because of the hormones. I’m in peri-menopause, so I can go six months without having a period, and then all of a sudden, I have a period, and I’m bloated and five pounds heavier. And, that isn’t easy to deal with. In my mind, I’m still 30-something, but my body is 50. But I do feel better than I did in my 30s. My body looks better than it did when I was in my 30s.”

After joining the Fit Mother Project, Robin believes she can live at least another 50 years.

“I want to be a 100-year-old grandmother. I had my second kid at 40. I told my son that I was working hard to be there for him. If he decides to have kids at 40, I’ll be an 80-year-old first-time grandma.”

In the future, Robin also wants to explore more strength training.

According to her, strength training can help a great deal in boosting metabolism and ensuring overall wellbeing, especially for individuals who are aging.

“It gives you the serotonin. It’s the best feeling, so I’d love to get into that more.”

To keep the momentum going, she revisits the videos and reading material provided by the Fit Mother Project.

“To reignite, spark that flame, go back and look at all your videos, read all the materials, and see other ladies in the Fit Mother Project talk about their journeys. That’s always inspiring.”

So what would Robin say to someone looking to join the Fit Mother Project?

“Feel great about what you’re doing with your life. Work on yourself and your mindset. Remember that this is the only body you have for the rest of your life. Don’t treat it like a garbage can. Give yourself the self-care you deserve.” 

Robin

3 Key Takeaways From Robin's Journey

To summarize, here are three key lessons you can learn from Robin’s successful health and fitness journey:

Lesson 1: Stay Motivated and Focused Along the Way

If you’ve decided to undertake a fitness journey, it’s vital to stay motivated and focused, come what may.

When you’re on a journey, you’ll come across obstacles on the way, but you’ve got to face them and keep going.

Robin is a great example.

Her weight loss journey was slow and steady; however, she didn’t give up.

She kept the momentum going!

Lesson 2: It’s OK to Be a Mom AND Focus on Yourself

We all agree that it’s not easy to be a mom.

However, that should not stop you from focusing on yourself.

You need to take care of your health and fitness; only then can you take care of your family.

Lesson 3: Start Your Fitness Journey in Your Kitchen

As we’ve repeatedly mentioned, the starting point of fitness is nutrition.

First things first, get your meals right.

Eat clean and eliminate processed foods.

Always remember the 80/20 rule — 80% nutrition and 20% exercise.

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Dr. Anthony Balduzzi
Founder of The Fit Mother Project & Fit Father Project

Founder, The Fit Mother Project
Founder, The Fit Father Project

After watching his own Dad lose his health and pass away at the young age of 42, Dr. Balduzzi founded The Fit Mother Project and Fit Father Project to help busy moms and dads get and stay healthy for their families.

Dr. Anthony Balduzzi holds dual degrees in Psychology & Nutrition from the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, and is also a former national champion bodybuilder. He’s is most proud of the fact that he’s helped over 40,000 families in over 100 countries lose weight and get healthy for life.

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  • VIP email coaching where we’ll personally walk you through the program.
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If you’re a busy mom who wants to finally lose weight, get healthy, and actually keep the pounds off for good, this is the simple program you’ll love sticking to…

Our Fit Mother 30X Program (FM30X) is the answer you’ve been looking for. Inside FM30X, you’ll receive:

  • The simple & delicious Fit Mother Meal Plan with easy recipes for you and your family.
  • The metabolism-boosting Fit Mother 30X Workout (under 90 min/week) to kickstart your metabolism for fast fat burning.
  • VIP email coaching where we’ll personally walk you through the program.
Learn More About FM30X

*Please know that weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on why you should always respect yourself.

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