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It's Never Too Late
For A New Beginning

About Me

Hi! My name is Ilene Block and I am a living testament to the idea that you are NOT too old and it is NOT too late for you to live a healthy, happy, fit and joyful life at any age.

After 40 years of yo-yo dieting, I finally found the secret of slow, steady weight loss and, more importantly, how to keep that weight off permanently. The fact is the answers are not a big secret: (1) Count macros, not calories. (2) Eat more protein. (3) Lift heavy weights 5 days a week. (4) Continually work on your mindset and (5) Do cardio as needed.

I didn’t find this combination until I was in my 60’s. In fact, I started the transformation you see below on my 61st birthday. Two and a half years later, I had lost 65 lbs. and won four Master Figure bodybuilding awards – getting on stage for the first time at the age of 63.

I have no special athletic ability, but what I do have is grit, determination, focus and drive. Those traits, along with a good dose of patience, supported my transformation to the stage and continue to support my ongoing transformation today.

Getting into the gym, whether at home or a commercial gym, is a key to transforming your body. Whether you are a total newbie to lifting weights, have been away for a while and have decided to return or lift regularly, there are several keys that are necessary to see changes in your physical form:

  • Lift 5 days a week. You may need to work up to 5 days, but to really see results, 5 days a week is necessary to see physical improvement.
  • Choose a weight per exercise so that your perceived rate of exertion (RPE) is an 8 (on a scale of 10) by your last rep. This means you could have squeezed out two more reps if you absolutely had to. Most women do not lift heavy enough, which is why they don’t see the desired muscle change.
  • Building muscle takes time, consistency and commitment. Unless you are a total newbie, most of us are lucky to be able to add a couple of pounds of muscle in a YEAR of working out 5 days a week. This is a marathon, not a sprint!

Hardwork + Dedication = Results

Silver and Strong Fitness is dedicated to creating and supporting an inclusive ecosystem for women. This ecosystem will provide opportunities to take part in a supportive community that offers education, instruction and inspiration for midlife women, with a special emphasis on post menopause. Our mission is support all women so that we can continue to live healthy, happy, fit and fulfilling lives at any age.

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I am often asked how do I start my fitness transformation?
Here are my tips to get started:

Learn everything you can about macros

Including how to track them. Macros count grams of protein, carbohydrates and fats. What you eat matters as much as how much you eat.

Eat More Protein

Most women don’t eat enough. You should likely be eating at least between 0.8 to 1.2 times your body weight in grams of protein.

Lift Heavy Weights

Lift heavy weights. Muscles are magic! They not only make you stronger and better able to move through your day, but they burn more calories than body fat.

Do Mindset Work

What limiting beliefs have gotten in the way of your success? Do you think you are too old (you are NOT!)? Do you think you can’t learn to count macros or lift weights (you can!). Figuring out what negative self talk is going on in your head will be key component of your success. Books like “The Big Leap” and “Think Like a Warrior” are a great place to start.

Make the commitment to put yourself first

The cliché “you can take better care of others if you take care of yourself first” is a cliché because its true. Its also hard for many women to do; however, making that commitment to yourself is a key to your success.

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