My Story

How this 50-something teacher transformed into a bodybuilder, coach, and author.

Hi!  I’m Tammy.

After years of being too busy to make self-care a priority, my health took a nose-dive. I was told by doctors to change my lifestyle or I could die early. So I changed.

Changed my routines. The most work was done on changing my mindset. (And that mindset work is like housework…on-going and never finished!)


Over time, my health improved. And then I went after the big scary goal – compete as a bodybuilder by age 50. Life changed, and because it did, life is better.


I became an athlete in my 50’s and know first hand the challenges we have doing this when we’re a little older than the average social media fitness model!


It’s different for us. But not impossible. Science still applies, but we have different variables to consider now.

Each of us has a unique combination of strengths and challenges that need to be considered to create a program that works. Science-based principles, consistency, flexibility, and accountability are what you need to be successful.


If you’ve dieted more than once, you’ve learned a few things. We’ve also learned that quick fixes have a bit of a boomerrang effect.


(It’s 2020! Did you used to figure out how old you’d be in 2020? I did. And here we are. Wow.)


I taught high school for 22 years and took early retirement so I could start a new career. While I was still teaching, I earned certifications in personal training and fitness nutrition, but teaching sucked up all my time! (Loved the kids, didn’t love the government employee part. Teachers know.)


My teacher heart was being pulled in a different direction. It was frustrating that I couldn’t apply what I’ve learned to help people get going on their own health transformation journey.


Now, I get up every day thinking about different ways I can teach you what I’ve been taught, how I’m applying it in my life, and what I’ve learned helping other women work towards their goals.


My blog is here.  I’ve been writing since 2010 to document my journey.

Follow the Lifting My Spirits Facebook page and sign up for the LMS newsletter to get all kinds of free content. Not just my stuff, but anything I find that is just good, solid info for our tribe – women over 40 who like to lift and eat. And some funny things, some inspiring things, etc.


You’re welcome to join one or both of my groupsLMS Healthy Eating Community and LMS League of Lifters.


Do you want a little more individualized guidance? Check out my self-paced online course. You can also get info about one-on-one online coaching.


As I type this, my 58th birthday is next week. I’m still training and striving to be a better bodybuilder. I’ve competed 5 times between ages 50 and 55. Haven’t ruled out another run when I’m 60. We’ll see.


If you’ve been following my journey since it all exploded online back in 2013, THANK YOU!! If you just happened to find my page, WELCOME!

My primary goal is to educate and support people who are striving to THRIVE.


If not now, when…right? <3



Days Since I Started & Didn't Quit

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

~Proverbs 3:5-6

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