From good to WOW, Michele Lehman added muscle, lost fat and feels better at 50 than she did at 30! “I’m healthy, energetic, injury free and able to give my best to my family and others.”
Name, Age & Hometown
Hi! I am Michele Lehamn. I am 50 years old and live in Dayton, Ohio. I started my fitness journey with Julie Lohre in her online personal training program 4 years ago and never looked back!
My husband, Andy, and I have been married almost 15 years. We have two awesome girls, Lexie (12) and Jackie (11). Our family lives a healthy lifestyle. Andy has completed many triathlons, a half Ironman and loves to golf. Lexie and Jackie golf, run, ski and do yoga.
Michele Lehman is such a wonderful example to her daughters about what it means to be a strong & healthy woman!
What things happened that led you to working with Julie?
My journey with Julie started when I felt the need to model a healthy lifestyle for our two young girls. I was tired of spending mental energy on trying to determine how to get healthier. I was constantly seeking answers and increasingly frustrated. What should I eat? How many calories? Do I eat carbs? Are “good” fats really good? Should I do cardio? How often? How long? Does heart rate matter? How do I lose fat? Do I need more muscle? Should I lift weights? If so, which exercises? What about stretching? How important is flexibility? How much should I weigh? How often do I need to step on a scale? The questions were endless and results never came.
I decided to give Julie Lohre all these questions so I could spend more time focusing on things that were important to me….my faith and family. I was done with the frustration of seeking answers for myself. She put everything together for me and I simply executed her plan! Results came quickly. Most importantly, I would not spend time thinking and dreaming about being healthy ….I was becoming more fit week after week.
What was the hardest part about your journey?
I cringe thinking of the number of years and amount of I time I spent trying to live and desiring a healthy lifestyle. It was exhausting and I made no real progress. My body and the way I felt never truly changed and any progress was not sustained.
It’s easy to focus on “external” transformation. I lost fat. Gained muscle. But the more important transformation was internal. My confidence soared. I was free of body image issues. The discipline positively impacted areas of my life. My overall health jumped to a new level as well. Flexibility and endurance both improved. Bloodwork during physician visits confirm the positive impact on my health. All this led me to feeling great, filled with energy and able to give my best to my family and those around me.
"...the more important transformation was internal. My confidence soared. I was free of body image issues... All of this led me to feeling great, filled with energy and able to give my best to my family and those around me."
What do you love most about fitness?
I love working toward a goal! Each day brings a new opportunity to take steps to get healthier. You don’t need to set aside fitness goals as you get older. It’s simply not true that your body will never be the way it was or you have to live with declining fitness levels. I’m living proof that no matter what your age you can make changes and be in the best shape of your life.
What motivates you to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Living a healthy lifestyle helps me be my best spiritually, mentally and physically. My priorities are clear….God, Andy, my family and serving others.
What are your current fitness goals?
My current goals are to get stronger, improve my endurance and flexibility and continue to support our family’s healthy, active lifestyle.
Best part of working with Julie Lohre
Julie’s mission is clear….To use her knowledge and gifts to support and encourage women to be their best physically, knowing that this will lift them up in all aspects of their lives. This perfectly reflects the impact she’s had on my life. As my physical healthy changed each week, my energy and confidence soared. I felt better and better. This has positively impacted everyone around me!
Julie Lohre’s plans are unlike any nutritional/workout plans I’ve had in the past. I eat a wide variety of clean foods (healthy fats, protein, complex carbs, fruits and vegetables). My workouts are always varied and include stretching, different forms strength training and cardio. They work perfectly with my lifestyle and I work out around my schedule so it doesn’t interfere with my family or work. It’s also great to know Julie is simply an email away!
Worst part of working with Julie Lohre
There is nothing I’d change about working with Julie!
Favorite clean eating meal or recipe?
I love Beverly International Ultimate Muscle Protein, especially the chocolate and graham cracker flavors. It is a simple, easy and great tasting way for me to get enough protein in my diet. Our family enjoys UMP shakes with unsweetened almond milk, muffins, pancakes, energy bars, etc. I have quick healthy snacks ready to go every day.
Julie’s nutritional plans offer wide variety of proteins, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables. I can’t tell you the last time I had meal of brown rice, white fish or broccoli! This leads to long-term health and success.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline” 2 Timothy 1:7Michele Lehman
Fitness is a hobby for my husband and me, NOT an obsession. Our focus on health and discipline is a great example for our daughters!Michele Lehman