START ME UP : WHEN LIFE BEGINS AT 50 SUE REINISH GIVES HERSELF BIRTHDAY PRESENT OF FITNESS.Byline: Kevin Ainsfeld Daily News Staff Writer
Sue Reinish finally had enough. The effects of menopause menopause (mĕn`əpôz) or climacteric (klīmăk`tərĭk, klī'măktĕr`ĭk) , coupled with a poor diet of junk food junk food
Any of various prepackaged snack foods high in calories but low in nutritional value.
junk food and veal parmesan Noun 1. veal parmesan - sauteed veal cutlet in a breadcrumb-and-cheese coating served with tomato sauce
dish - a particular item of prepared food; "she prepared a special dish for dinner" - her favorite dish - just didn't feel good anymore.
``I felt bloated bloat·ed
1. Much bigger than desired: a bloated bureaucracy; a bloated budget.
2. Medicine Swollen or distended beyond normal size by fluid or gaseous material. 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 nu·tri·tion·ist
One who is trained or is an expert in the field of nutrition.
nutritionist Dietitian, see there - 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 Workout
Informal repayment or loan forgiveness arrangement between a borrower and creditors.
1. The process of a debtor's meeting a loan commitment by satisfying altered repayment terms. 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 cardiovascular exercise Sports medicine Any vigorous aerobic exercise, which near-maxes the heart rate–eg, basketball, bicycling, cross-country skiing, dancing, hiking, jogging, race-walking, racquetball, running, skating, soccer, stair-climbing, volleyball. 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 some·day
At an indefinite time in the future.
Usage Note: The adverbs someday and sometime express future time indefinitely: We'll succeed someday. Come sometime. . ``I saw a dress in a catalog catalog, descriptive list, on cards or in a book, of the contents of a library. Assurbanipal's library at Nineveh was cataloged on shelves of slate. The first known subject catalog was compiled by Callimachus at the Alexandrian Library in the 3d cent. B.C. . 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.
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