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Superfit mum mistaken for 30-year-old by doctor reveals three tips that helped her from heartbreak to happiness

Mirror logo Mirror 3/05/2017 Steve Myall

Credits: Handout © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Handout Mum of two Tracey Sylvester has been training for 20 years in the gym and the results are so good she even gets mistaken for a younger woman.

The 51-year-old nurse said a doctor at the hospital where she works recently guessed her age at just 30 years old leaving her delighted.

She said: "Yes it's hard and yes it hurts at times but when I am being complimented by friends and strangers - including a doctor mistaking me for a 30 year old - then it is all worth it."

But Tracey hasn't always been this fit and healthy, she turned to alcohol when her Mum and partner passed away.

However, she has turned her life around with the help of her personal trainer, and said: "Training is a great stress buster even on those days I feel like staying in bed. I love my life now.'

“When I was in my thirties I became a Mum, I felt frumpy and like I needed something just for me, so I started at the gym.

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"My first 2 minutes on the Cross trainer was exhausting but I persisted. I had a programme and used a mix of weight machines, free weights and cardio machines. I loved it. I started classes 2-3 times a week mainly Legs, Bums, Tums and Spinning.

"I surprised myself as I had never been sporty at school and was always one of the last people to be team picked in PE.

"My initial goals were to lose weight and get some ‘me time.’ I achieved both really well and returned to my pre baby weight."

She said she felt like nothing could stop her until tragedy struck.

She said: "My mum was diagnosed with breast cancer and it knocked the stuffing out of me.

"I had no energy to train as I watched her endure her treatment.

Tracey in the gym keeping her youthful looks (Photo: Handout) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Tracey in the gym keeping her youthful looks (Photo: Handout) "After 18 months, the cancer returned and mum passed away the following year. By this time I hadn't trained for three years. I drank alcohol most nights and although I still ate well I put weight on.

"My partner died tragically and suddenly in 2013 and it became the norm to have a beer to feel better. I am sure my physical and mental health would have suffered greatly if I had continued on this path.

Tracey Sylvester on a night out. © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Tracey Sylvester on a night out. "My lifestyle now is completely different. I have a cheat day once a week including alcohol and eat so much better. I feel so much better."

Her advice to others starting out would be:

1.Try it...age has no boundaries and there's no such word as 'Can't’

2.Take it step by step

3."If you believe you'll achieve"

The mum of two regularly works out in the gym © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc The mum of two regularly works out in the gym Tracey's personal trainer, Carly Yue at DW Fitness Clubs in Sheffield said: "Tracey is an incredible client. 

"She brings 110% to each & every session and is always inspiring other gym members with her positive attitude, training ethic and fun personality.

"I don't think Tracey quite realised just how many people she motivates and helps with her role modelling and advice. She's a legend and evidence that age is irrelevant."

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