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Sunita Goldstein, 43, Foster City, California

A recent fitness accomplishment: I just got certified in Yoga, which is great because it's great to be able to offer that to my students and clients who already take my other classes.

Personal "I Did It" moment: When I switched careers to start my Shapin' with Sunita fitness business, seven years ago, it was a very risky decision. But now I have a thriving business and feel very proud of how far I've come!

A health challenge she's had to overcome: Not long ago, I had two major surgeries done at the same time: a hysterectomy and colon recession. It was one of the most challenging moments of my life. My doctors had to make an urgent decision to have both surgeries at the same time. I've had many side effects since the surgeries and the only way I was able to overcome them was exercising every day.

Favorite (healthy) things to eat: Fruits like papaya, mango, and watermelon.

Personal fitness motto: "A fit healthy self is not ready made, it comes from taking action!"

How she stays motivated: I visualize teaching one of my high-intensity fitness classes with 50 to 60 dedicated students. I imagine hearing the awesome music and how energetic I feel at that moment.

On her fitness bucket list: Trek the Himalayas!

How she's evolved her passions: Before I started my fitness career, I was a first-grade teacher. I eventually put the classroom on hold to raise my twins, but then combined my love of teaching and fitness when I started my Shapin' with Sunita business. As a mother, teacher and fitness instructor, I instill the importance of fitness and a healthy lifestyle to my kids, students, and clients alike -- while keeping the workouts as positive and enjoyable as possible.

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rmcampoli wrote:

Over 50 women want help and guidance to a healthier,stronger and more fit lifestyle too.send help my way at

4/26/2013 04:33:36 PM Report Abuse
rmcampoli wrote:

Loved the article but would love to see women 50+ who are also living healthy and could pass on some great tips for the over 50 group trying to get to a better,healthier lifestyle too.Would love some feed back from women that have done this and that are still doing this over 50 years old.please let me know!!!

4/26/2013 04:30:24 PM Report Abuse
smartin927 wrote:

Yes, I agree...let's have someone who's in their 50's and 60's!!! I work out regularly and feel that I'm in better shape today than I was in my 20's and 30's...and I'm sure I'm in good company!

4/26/2013 01:43:54 PM Report Abuse
cmazick1 wrote:

I also admire all of these YOUNG women - especially since several had overcome physical problems - but I was in that shape also when I was in my 20's and 30's but there wasn't a lot of encouragement for women over 60. I am 69 retired this year and now take a Zumba class 3 times a week - mow my own lawn with a push mower - walk the golf course at least once a week -still would like some strength training tips

4/26/2013 01:07:01 PM Report Abuse
beth2150 wrote:

Just reading through this article and realized I went to school with Jessica. Congrats girl!

4/26/2013 12:07:27 PM Report Abuse

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