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Grandma sheds 55lbs by learning to use an iPhone to plan her diet and workouts - and is now so ripped she can hip thrust her own bodyweight

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 10/17/2019 Hayley Richardson For Mailonline

A grandmother shed 55 lbs. after her daughter taught her to use an iPhone to help her lose weight - and she's now medication-free and swamped with compliments for her ripped physique.

Fitness fanatic retiree Joan MacDonald, 73, from Ontario, Canada, struggled with her weight throughout her life, despite being relatively active, and could barely walk up the stairs after having knee replacement surgery. 

After using food as a way to escape a difficult time in her marriage, her weight peaked at 198 lbs.

Joan was also on various medications to help with her health, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and acid reflux. 

a couple of people posing for the camera: Grandmother Joan MacDonald, left, shed 55lbs after her daughter taught her to use an iPhone to aid weight loss. She's now medication-free and is regularly complimented by younger men © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Grandmother Joan MacDonald, left, shed 55lbs after her daughter taught her to use an iPhone to aid weight loss. She's now medication-free and is regularly complimented by younger men a man standing on top of a sandy beach: Joan, 73, pictured in a bathing before her weight loss, struggled with her weight throughout her life, and could barely walk up stairs after having knee replacement surgery © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Joan, 73, pictured in a bathing before her weight loss, struggled with her weight throughout her life, and could barely walk up stairs after having knee replacement surgery

These health problems, along with her progressive arthritis, were a cause of concern for Joan's daughter, Michelle, 48, who told her to join her annual transformation program. And in January 2017, Joan began working out at the gym four times a week and completely turned her diet around. 

With the help of her daughter and son-in-law who coached her, Joan's weight reduced to a healthy 141 lbs and in just a year. 

"I  struggled with my weight and for many decades I was more often overweight than at a healthy weight," Joan said. 'I was on medication for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and acid reflux. My arthritis was acting up pretty bad."

a person holding a wine glass: With the help of her daughter and son-in-law who coached her, Joan's weight reduced to a healthy 141lbs in just a year - and she now proudly shows off her muscles on Instagram

With the help of her daughter and son-in-law who coached her, Joan's weight reduced to a healthy 141lbs in just a year - and she now proudly shows off her muscles on Instagram
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"My daughter was becoming concerned about my health and asked me to join her annual transformation program. Well, she pretty much told me to join it, to be honest." Joan admitted she was pretty "overwhelmed" at first as it was all online, and she had to get an iPhone and learn all about apps. 

"My daughter and son-in-law would coach me through again and again, how to use my phone. You could say it took a village," Joan said. "To be honest, I think what really helped me was that this time I was okay to go slowly, and just take my time."

a group of people wearing costumes: Joan, pictured before her transformation

Joan, pictured before her transformation
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"I had lost a lot of weight before, many times in fact; I had tried Weight Watchers and Counterweight to great success, but the weight always came back," she said.

Her daughter Michelle set up an Instagram account for Joan where she posted regular updates on her fitness journey, which attracted dozens of compliments including from younger men impressed by her physique. 

Joan is no longer on any medications as her health has vastly improved since she lost the weight and she is able to hip thrust over 198 lbs., which is equivalent to her previous weight. 

"This fitness journey will undoubtedly improve my quality of life as I move deeper into old age. I'm very grateful for that," she said. "I feel much better about myself now and getting compliments from younger men and women sure boosts the self-esteem."

Joan has also overhauled her diet; before she would eat two slices of toast with jam and coffee for breakfast, a sandwich and fruit salad for lunch, meat and vegetables and dessert for dinner and she would snack on sweets, chocolates or nuts. 

Joan's diet before

Breakfast: Two slices of toast with jam and coffee

Lunch: A sandwich and fruit salad

Dinner: Meat with vegetables and dessert

Snacks: Sweets, chocolate and nuts 

Joan's diet after  

Breakfast: Egg whites, cheese, meat, vegetables and bread or half a bagel

Lunch: Coconut milk, protein powder, fruit and ice-blended smoothie

Dinner: Meat, vegetables and a salad

 
a person posing for the camera: Joan's new look has boosted her self-esteem - and her husband has certainly noticed a change in her © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Joan's new look has boosted her self-esteem - and her husband has certainly noticed a change in her

Now she sticks to a healthier meal plan; egg whites, cheese, meat, vegetables and bread or half a bagel for breakfast, coconut milk, protein powder, fruit and ice blended for a smoothie for lunch and for dinner she now has meat, vegetables and a salad.

"I was on a meal plan set up by Michelle with 'X' number of calories; primarily protein, carbs and good fats, and as the weight and inches came down my intake of food went up," she said.

"I also went to the gym four or five days a week and followed her exercise program which changed every four weeks and I did daily cardio."

Joan's new look has boosted her self-confidence, and her husband has certainly noticed a change in her. 

"It has changed the way I feel about myself; people at my gym would approach me and compliment me on the changes they saw in me," she revealed. "My husband started remarking about how good I looked, and my family was so proud of my efforts."

Lin Oliver sitting at a table with a plate of food: Seeing the incredible results, Joan says she has an easier time staying away from junk or fast food now

Seeing the incredible results, Joan says she has an easier time staying away from junk or fast food now
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Joan's advice? "For those who truly feel at a loss, I'd say change one thing with your food intake and one exercise to do and each week add something new," she said. "Don't expect miracles right away, take it slow and steady but keep building."

"For those who prefer a challenge, go to a gym and if possible get yourself a legitimate trainer, someone who can help with food as well, and you will achieve results faster." For more information visit her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trainwithjoan/

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