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A mum-of-two has shown off her impressive transformation, and is now on a mission to let everyone know it's never too late to get fit, saying she is in the best shape of her life at 42.
Joanne Peters, from Melbourne, Australia, says she wasn't very active following the birth of her two kids - who are now 11 and nine - and she struggled with depression which saw her put on weight.
Weighing 9st 10lbs, Joanne says she was unfit and left feeling self-conscious. She was inspired to get fit when she saw a friend's own impressive weight loss and decided to document her journey on Instagram - @joseeksabs
"I was self-conscious of my body prior to weight loss. I hated feeling unfit and I knew my diet was causing problems with my skin and wasn't helping my general health or my mood," said Joanne.
"I was probably my harshest critic. I was sick of feeling depressed, my skin, hair and nails weren't great and I knew I needed to clean up my diet and get fit.
"I met up with a friend I hadn't seen in a while and she had lost 10kgs since I had last seen her and looked amazing. I felt if she could do it then I could too and she encouraged me to start an Instagram account to follow some inspiring people."
Joanne took a look at her diet and lifestyle to see how she could improve it.
She said: "The game changer for me was intermittent fasting. It made fat loss and maintenance easy. It's a tool, not a diet and I eat my meals within an eight-hour window most days (12-8pm).
"The reason it works so well for me is that it stops me thinking about food 24/7, eliminates all the sweet cravings that are my downfall and it forces my body to use stored fat for energy. It also has many other benefits aside from helping with weight loss.
"I prefer not to count calories and just eat as clean as I can. I believe food is medicine.
"My fitness journey really didn't start until six years postpartum with my second. My body bounced back well given I'd taken so long to actually make a start.
"My biggest issue was that I was very weak but it didn't take long to see improvements."
Joanne now heads to the gym five times a week to lift weights for around 30 to 40 minutes, she also tries to get in a walk once or twice a week.
She now hopes to inspire others via her Instagram page and says she is often complimented on her own transformation.
"I feel great about my body especially as I'm the fittest I've been in my life. People compliment me on my progress all the time and say they feel inspired knowing it's never too late and that you can get your body back after having children," she said.
"My advice is to focus on the food as it really is the most important factor no matter what your goals are and you need to be on top of it to make your workouts count.
"Weight training is the way to go and there are many programmes to choose from which all work. Just make sure you keep pushing your body. Workouts should never become easy."
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