Decades in the fitness industry has taught Loree Bischoff that everything in moderation is the key to both success and happiness
Most fitness profiles start out the same way: a person is unhappy with their appearance, and they embark on a journey to change how they look and feel, usually through a diet and exercise overhaul.
For 60-year-old Loree Bischoff, it wasn’t a transformation that brought her to the fitness scene. It was, in her own words, a “well-managed revolution.”
“I’ve learned over the 35 years I’ve been engaged in regular exercise and healthy eating that extreme exercise is not necessary,” says Loree. “Moderate yet consistent exercise is quite sufficient – depending on a person’s goals, of course.”
A Whole New World
Though Lori felt insecure and out of place in the gym at first, as she became familiar with the lay of the land, she took to it with aplomb.
“In the beginning, it was like being in a foreign land and not being able to read the signs,” she remembers. Soliciting the help of a trainer was one step in the right direction. “I loved weights because I could see results fast. And committing to meet with someone on a regular basis worked for me because my integrity wouldn’t allow me to blow of an appointment.” Eventually, she added yoga to her regimen, and the mindfulness that came with the practice helped support her lifestyle in mind, body and spirit.
“Once I got into it, another boost in confidence and an even greater feeling of wellbeing came over me,” Loree explains. “It spilled over into all aspects of my life.”
Clean and Confident Living
There is one caveat that Loree will offer to her moderation rule: diet is key. Though she’s never been a big believer in dieting per se, she knows that what she puts into her body will have an impact on her overall health and happiness. Since everyone and every body is different, she recommends reaching out to experts for proper guidance on what healthy eating looks like for your individual situation.
Loree’s efforts have added up to the woman you see today: a strong, proud and well-functioning person who loves life and is looking forward to many more fulfilling years.
“When I began my journey, I did not feel empowered in any aspect of my life,” Loree recalls. But now, when she thinks back to the skinny and shy teenage girl she used to be, she can’t believe how far she’s come.
“My health and fitness journey has empowered me in ways I hadn’t imagined when I was younger,” she says. “Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle based on common sense, eating well and exercise has enabled me to be healthy, disease-free and full of energy at age 60.” And that, for most, is the best reward of them all.
Loree’s Power Bread
- 2 cups almond flour
• 2 tbsp coconut flour
• 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
• 1/4 cup chia seeds
• 1/2 tsp sea salt
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 5 eggs (room temperature)
• 1 tbsp raw honey
• 1 tbsp coconut vinegar
• 2 tbsp coconut oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a small loaf pan with coconut oil and line with parchment paper. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, combine honey, oil and vinegar. Beat in the eggs. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and combine well. Transfer to the prepared loaf pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Tip: For extra crunch, add raw sesame seeds or walnuts to the mixture.
Photos by Emily Frances Olson