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Sandra Alvim

Replacing fine with extraordinary

A few years after menopause, as we women of a certain age know, we go through a process of transformation which only years later I came to finally understand; itʼs not the end but the beginning of a new consciousness and a beautiful shift in a womanʼs life.During this time we gain weight. When this began happening to me I thought, thatʼs it; Iʼm done for! My shoulders are drooping and my arms are so flabby they wobble when I wave goodbye. My hips and butt sag, my body is becoming square and blocky. I was in despair. And at that moment, I made a decision that changed the course of my life.

Looking at old pictures, I found a picture of myself when I was 27. I looked at this picture with such sadness. That was the moment when I thought to myself “I believe in all possibilities!” And I decided to change my attitude. Instead of crying and feeling sorry for myself I decided: “I will have the body I had when I was 27 years old.”

And I stared my process of transformation.

First I changed my diet.I eliminated the white stuff from my meals: like white flour, sugar, white potatoes and yeast. I kept my calorie intake to around 1200 calories a day. I eliminated fried foods and processed foods. Iʼve always had very good habits throughout my whole life; I donʼt drink soda and sweetened canned juices; I drink WATER, 8 glasses a day. But during menopause, I was eating more than usual and not really following any special diets. I was stuffing myself with chocolates and sweets to fulfill the emotional imbalance. Then I changed my meal plan and started to consume a portion of protein, vegetables, grains and greens. I consumed no fruit until I lost the weight I needed. I called my friend and personal trainer Leandro Carvalho, with whom I had exercised for more than 15 years, but I hadnʼt participated in his exercise program during the years of menopause because I felt too tired and too old to take his classes… And then he told me: “Come join and enjoy my classes at Equinox as a starting point. Along with the group classes, he prepared a special training program for me. It took me 8 months to reinvent myself, and to rebuild the body I had when I was 27 years old.

And after a few years, now I have more energy than I had at 27, and I look more fit than I ever have; at any time in my life! Now I exercise in the first row of his group classes and I am an inspiration for the 20 and 30 year old girls at the gym.

Nothing succeeds like success!

Sandra Alvim