A Septuagenarian Influencer Has Gained A Legion Of Instragram Followers For Her Self-care Tips And Inspirational Posts Encouraging Fans To Lead A Healthy Lifestyle

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A septuagenarian influencer has gained a legion of Instragram followers for her self-care tips and inspirational posts encouraging fans to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Joan MacDonald, a 73-year-old grandmother from Ontario, [/news/canada/index.html Canada], began her fitness journey three years ago and has since shed more than 65lbs (4st 9lbs) after learning how to live a healthy lifestyle from her personal trainer daughter.  
Since starting her page three years ago, Joan has racked up 748,000 followers and regularly posts her workouts, as well as advice for healthy living and self care.
Joan MacDonald, 73, from Ontario, began her fitness journey in 2017 and has since shed more than 65lbs after learning how to live a healthy lifestyle from her personal trainer daughter
Joan is pictured left in 2017, at 198lbs and right in January 2020 at 138lbs
Speaking to Insider, Joan revealed she begins her day with a mediation to bring greater self awareness.

She is pictured in Canada
On her Instagram page, Joan told her followers she trains with weights five times a week and does cardio between three and seven times a week.
Her gym sessions usually last 90 minutes, including warm ups and cool downs, and her cardio sessions can be as short as 15 minutes or as long as 45 minutes.  
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'I make sure to get to bed on time every night so I can get enough rest. I also have hobbies like gardening that I do that make me feel refreshed and happy,' she said.
She added that she also stretches to stay flexible and ease muscle tightness.
The mother also shares her favorite healthy eating tips, revealing she sticks to vegetables, wholegrains and proteins. 
'In terms of nutrition I make sure that I get all my meals in. I also make sure to not over or undereat, it's crucial for my self-care,' she said. 
The mother also shares her favorite healthy eating tips, revealing she sticks to vegetables, wholegrains and proteins
After using food as a way to escape a difficult time in her marriage, her weight ballooned until it peaked at 198lbs.

She is now a healthy 138lbs
Joan, pictured left at the age of 18 and right at age 20, admitted she used food as a way to escape a difficult time in her marriage prior to her weight loss
Grandmother Joan turned to her personal trainer daughter (right) for help with her health
Joan struggled with her weight through much of her life, and after using food as a way to escape a difficult time in her marriage, her weight ballooned until it peaked at 198lbs (14st 2lbs).
She was also on various medications to help with her health, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and acid reflux, and she found herself barely walk up the stairs after having knee replacement surgery. 
At age 70, she decided to turn her life around and learned about healthy habits.
She spent two weeks in Mexico at her daughter's annual training program and then returned to Canada where she continued healthy habits. 
'I knew Michelle cared about me and loved me prior to all of this, but through this experience I have seen new sides of Michelle's love,' she told Insider.
Now that's she's off her medication Joan says she didn't realize she could feel this good at 70.   
She added that since lockdown, she's been missing the gym and her daughter, but self-care is more important than ever.    
In 2017, Jane spent two weeks in Mexico at her daughter's annual training program and http://maditationshop.mystrikingly.com/blog/which-time-is-good-for-meditation-know-every-detail then returned to Canada where she continued healthy habits.

She is pictured working out at home
Now that's she's off her medication Joan says she didn't realize she could feel this good at 70
The health-loving grandma, pictured before (left) and after (right) her weight loss, encourages anyone at a loss to change one thing about their diet and take up a new exercise routine
<div class="art-ins mol-factbox floatLHS femail" data-version="2" id="mol-c5ca1f20-950e-11ea-a9e6-c7f1a5e44aea" website influencer, 73, racks up 750,000 followers