Meet Maggy @coachmaggy
What does pro-aging mean to you?
As I approached my 40s, I thought my married life would consist of my corporate career, hanging out on our boat and drinking good wine. Then we adopted a baby when I was 45 and that lifestyle went out the window! I left my corporate job, became a wellness coach, sold the boat and the 2000+ bottle wine cellar. No regrets.
What are the positives of midlife and beyond?
Positives of midlife and beyond - I'm much less concerned with pleasing people. Do I want people to like me? Of course, but they either like me for what I stand for and the direction I'm going, or not. I think I was much more of a chameleon, years ago, adapting myself to fit in everywhere.
What are the challenges?
Challenges - more important to stay physically fit. After menopause, women are at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis and loss of muscle mass. Joints can become stiff and achy. Regular exercise is important to reduce the loss of bone density and build muscle mass. It's easy to get sucked into the idea that you should slow down as you get older. Not a fan of that idea! Use it or lose it!
What strategies do you use to overcome the challenges?
I think pro-aging means embracing the changes that come with age, rather than denying them. Focusing on what I can address positively, like my fitness and, of course, nutrition. I lost 22 pounds, went down 4 dress sizes and have maintained that healthy weight for over 28 years. I also got rid of a host of health issues and increased my energy level. All of those results were why I decided to become a wellness coach - I wanted to help others feel as good as I do. I've been practicing Transcendental Meditation for 2 years, so I meditate first thing in the morning and then again usually in the late afternoon/early evening. I do 3 days of aerobic workouts and 3 of strength training. All done at home and early morning exercise works best for me.
What words of wisdom would you have for the younger generations or your younger self?
Your diet is not only what you eat. It's what you watch, what you listen to, what you read, the people you hang around with. Be mindful of the things you put into your body emotionally, spiritually and physically.
How important are your female friends and why?
My circle of friends is very small. Through the years, I've found I have less and less patience for negativity, complaining, sarcasm, and gossip. My circle is a group of positive people.
What attributes would you want in a romantic partner?
I've been married for almost 31 years. I met my husband when he was 16 - and I was 23 and already married. He said he knew then that someday he'd marry me. And he did! Some of his qualities I admire most because he is my romantic partner, are his sense of humor, his overwhelming positivity, and the fact that he's still crazy about me after all these years. Seriously: crazy about me for 45 years? How is that even possible? He's an absolute treasure. And the feeling's mutual.
What do you find most fulfilling at this stage of life?
What I continue to find most fulfilling is my career path as a wellness coach. It brings me great joy to have someone start to believe that they can succeed; that, with commitment and being accountable, they can reach their goal. When someone can identify their own WHY - WHY they want to lose weight or get healthier - it gives them the inspiration to continue. And WHY can look so different. For one person it could be the freedom to undress in front of their husband for the first time ever; for another, it could be the ability to play on the floor with their kids and not need help to stand back up. I'm often the only one who believes they can be successful because they've failed so many times before. So I often say I feel like a fairy godmother because I'm helping others have their wishes come true.
What fears do you have and what do you do to move past them?
I don't really have any specific fears. I'm a big fan of personal development work (Jim Rohn, Eckhart Tolle, Zig Ziglar) and I believe that keeps me focused on what I can control or change; rather than on worry and what I can't control.
Style is a reflection of who you are. What style reflects you?
My style is extremely casual. I live in Miami and I'm either in workout clothes or jeans, t-shirt, and sandals. But I wouldn't think of walking out of the house without jewelry! In the past couple years, I decided to embrace my naturally curly hair, instead of wishing it were some other way. So I've let it grow a bit and I take advantage of our tropical humidity.
What place does nutrition, fitness and wellness have in your life? What do these look like for you?
I've been a wellness coach for 28 years, so nutrition, fitness and wellness are integral parts of my life. I completely turned my health around when I was 40, through the use of Herbalife Nutritional supplements, along with adopting healthier habits. We eat primarily a plant-based diet, but maybe once a month will go out for Shake Shack cheeseburgers. When I started coaching in 1991, the obesity rate was 12% in the U.S. In my wildest imagination, it never crossed my mind that we'd be going in the wrong direction 28 years later. As of 2018, only one state - Colorado - had an obesity rate of less than 25%; with the rest ranging from 25-35+%. (And, interestingly, Colorado's obesity rate was 6.9% in 1990.) There's so much work to do!