START ME UP : WHEN LIFE BEGINS AT 50 SUE REINISH GIVES HERSELF BIRTHDAY PRESENT OF FITNESS.
Sue Reinish finally had enough. The effects of menopause, coupled with a poor diet of junk food and veal parmesan - her favorite dish - just didn't feel good anymore.
``I felt bloated and ugly,'' recalled the Chatsworth resident, who is in electronic sales. ``I weighed 160 pounds. It was one of the lowest points in my life.''
The weight was affecting almost every aspect of her life, from the way her clothes fit (``tight'') to the way she played tennis.
``I would hit two balls and I would have to stop and breathe,'' she said.
Her husband, Shelly, was always supportive. ``Shelly said he loved me the way I was, said it was OK. I felt it wasn't,'' Reinish said.
Her hobby became the catalyst for a healthier lifestyle. Reinish produces and hosts a public access cable television show called ``People Just People'' on the Cablevision Industries System. One of her guest stars - Scott Marshall, a professional trainer and nutritionist - helped convince her to make a drastic lifestyle change for her 50th birthday in January.
Her goals were simple: Lose a minimum of 25 pounds and achieve a toned body.
``I went cold turkey on the new diet. I went shopping and bought everything (Marshall) told me to buy,'' she said.
Reinish now concentrates on a diet of protein and carbohydrates, like egg whites, chicken breasts, turkey, tuna and potatoes. She also drinks a gallon of water every day.
Her exercise program started with a light workout on weight machines.
``It was so hard,'' Reinish recalled. ``I could only do one set at a very low weight, and the first time I did pull-ups, I could only do eight.''
Now she completes an hour of cardiovascular exercise five days a week, along with an hour and a half of upper- and lower-body conditioning with weights twice a week.
In the last four months, Reinish lost 25 pounds and went from a size 14 to a size 8. At 135 pounds, Reinish now can complete 70 pull-ups.
``I took 90 percent of all my clothes that I had and gave them all away,'' she said. ``I don't ever want to be a size 14 again.
``I feel wonderful,'' she continued. ``I think I look very sexy. It is nice when you are 50 to have 30-year-old guys look at you. I look hot wearing a size 8.''
The major motivation came from her husband - not to mention a picture of a red dress that she longed to wear someday. ``I saw a dress in a catalog. It was expensive, and my goal was to fit into that really tight spandex dress.''
Goal completed, her husband has provided a new source of motivation.
He said ``OK. We're going out. We've got to find a place to take that dress,'' Reinish said.
Photo: (1--2) Sue Reinish, at 160 pounds, left, and four months late r -and 25 pounds lighter - completes an hour of cardiovascular exercise five days a week, along with an hour and a half of upper- and lower-body conditioning with weights twice a week.
Myung J. Chun/Daily News
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|Title Annotation:||L.A. LIFE|
|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Apr 22, 1996|
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