Mother-of-two says she has a better body in her 40s than she did in her 20s after giving up junk food and hitting the gym – and insists ANY busy parent can look twenty years younger
- Shannon Collins, 40, says comfort eating and hectic schedule led to weight gain
- ‘I was eating fast food, greasy meals and ice cream constantly’
- The nurse from Indianapolis has lost 30lb (2st) by dieting and hitting the gym
- ‘If you don’t eat with a calorie deficit, you will never lose weight’
A woman claims anyone in their 40s can look like a 20-year-old – if they are willing to put the work in.
Registered nurse Shannon Collins, 40, from Indianapolis, says comfort eating and a hectic schedule made her heavier than she was when pregnant.
But she has since turned this around and claims she has achieved the body of someone two decades younger by following a gruelling diet and hitting the gym four times a week.
‘Just because you’re a mother in your 40s or 50s, it doesn’t mean your body can’t look like you’re in your 20s, maybe even better, anyone can do it,’ she said.
The mother-of-two piled on weight while working busy shifts, coupled with helping her husband, Chris, 41, run their pizza restaurant, meaning her diet was fuelled by fatty food and sweets.
Registered nurse Shannon Collins, 40, from Indianapolis, says comfort eating and a hectic schedule made her heavier than she was when pregnant, but she has turned this around by following a gruelling diet and hitting the gym four times a week
The mother-of-two claims anyone in their 40s can look like a 20-year-old if they are willing to put the work in. Here she proudly shows of her taut stomach in a yellow bikini
When she was younger, Shannon had never worried about her weight and had been able to eat whatever she liked, but after having her daughters, Charlotte, 12, and Ruby, 10, she gained weight instead of losing it.
Shannon said she let go of herself by comfort eating because of the stress of her job, being a mother and owning a business.
By 2015, she weighed 160lbs (11st 6lb), which for her 162cm (5ft 4in) frame was 37lbs (2st 9lb) heavier than her weight when she was nine months pregnant.
This was the turning point for Shannon, and she made it her 2016 New Year’s resolution to get in shape and watch what she ate.
At first, she tried to follow a low carb diet by mostly eating food which was high in protein and vegetables while cutting out pasta, bread, crisps and sweets and within three months she’d lost 7lbs.
Shannon said she let go of herself by comfort eating because of the stress of her job, being a mother and owning a business. She says that she now feels better than ever and loves her new, muscular physique
‘Shannon said she was ‘eating fast food, greasy meals and ice cream constantly’ but now she counts her calories and attends the gym four times a week
But she didn’t track anything or measure her intake through numbers and targets and she found herself snacking and craving sweets regularly.
By 2018, her diet was almost non-existent once again.
In August 2018, after realising she needed a change, she read about macro counting on Instagram and decided to try it for herself.
Despite her initial fears of counting macros, Shannon now weighs 130lb (9st 4lb) and has gone from a size 8 to a 4 (UK 12 to a 6), and feels the best she has ever felt.
Shannon wants to show others that they can achieve their perfect body at any age and that any 40-year-old can look 20 again.
‘I’ve always had a small frame, so I never had to worry about my weight until my 30s,’ said Shannon.
‘The stress of my job, owning a pizza restaurant with Chris, who was working all the time, this all led me to eat whatever was convenient.
Shannon wants to show others that they can achieve their perfect body at any age and that any 40-year-old can look 20 again
Shannon showing off her 30lb (2st) weight loss with her daughters, Charlotte, 12, and Ruby, 10
‘I was eating fast food, greasy meals and ice cream constantly.
‘We also ate out a lot because we are so busy, and I love pizza, chips and donuts.
‘In 2015, I was 37lb (2st 9lb) heavier than I had been while nine months pregnant, and I wasn’t even pregnant at this point.
‘I felt terrible about myself and I couldn’t believe I’d allowed it to spiral so out of control.
‘I was confused because I tried to work out during this time, but I did cardio group classes and didn’t pay any attention to diet.
‘I couldn’t believe how big I was, so I started a low carb diet.
Shannon would regular help her husband, Chris, 41, run their pizza restaurant, so her diet was fuelled by fatty food, but she turned her life around by changing her lifestyle
She says that diet is so important because you can spend hours in the gym but if you don’t eat with a calorie deficit, you will never lose weight
‘I started working out four times a week doing cardio and a bit of weights, which I was nervous to try but I had read that weights helped fat loss.
‘About three months into my new regime, a colleague asked if I was losing weight and I was thrilled.
‘Between 2016 and 2018, I lost about two stone which I was so pleased about.
‘But by August 2018, my diet had become relaxed and I was eating all sorts of sweets and I decided I needed a fresh change, that’s when I heard about macro counting on Instagram.’
Showing off her weight loss in a pair of denim cut-offs, Shannon said she was ‘proud’ of herself and feels like she looks better than she has ever has in her entire life
The toned mother shares her journey on Instagram through @thegymnurse and says anyone can look as trim as she does if they are willing to put the work in
After losing the weight she had gained during her thirties, Shannon wanted to tone her new figure, and despite her initial fears of counting macros, she has loved the results and feels fitter than she’s ever been before.
Through sharing her journey on Instagram, @thegymnurse, Shannon hopes to show others that age shouldn’t be a factor which prevents them from getting fit and feeling strong.
‘Diet is so important because you can spend hours in the gym but if you don’t eat with a calorie deficit, you will never lose weight,’ she said.
‘I’m so proud of myself and I feel like I look the best I ever have in my entire life,’ she said.
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