When I was young, I saw some artwork by an artist named Boris Vallejo. He did the covers for the Conan the Barbarian series of books, among other things. He always painted strong, muscular, warrior type women. I thought they were beautiful and unlike any women I’d seen in real life.

Much later, I saw a movie called Terminator II with an actress named Linda Hamilton who made a dramatic change in her physique between the first and second Terminator movies. She went from cute and a little zaftig to cute, muscular and cut. About the same time I picked up a bodybuilding magazine and saw pictures of Cory Everson and Rachel McLish.

I realized that the physiques that Vallejo painted of women were actually possible. It was like a lightbulb went on in my mind. I took my very, skinny, frail self to the gym and never left. That was 20 years ago and I’ve never lost my passion for lifting. I’m always working on sculpting my body and trying to get closer to that lovely, muscular, curvaceous physique that Cory and Rachel so beautifully presented. I’m 48 years old and still having a good time, lifting hard in the gym.  Guess you could say I’ve got Iron Fever!


32 responses

  1. I just read your last post. I have enjoyed following you and have appreciated your comments on my posts. I will miss this contact. Wishing you the best!

  2. HI, Dr. Lynn! You liked my comment “everything I eat becomes a part of me,” so I thought I would drop in and say ‘hello.’ Congrats on your wonderful life of good health and weight lifting. It’s great that you were able to think outside the box and find working out with weights. Coincidentally, the Terminator stories are among my favorites. I also remember how cut Linda Hamilton made herself for the role. Happy New Year!

    1. Glad you stopped by! Yes, I’m a bona fide gym rat. Ha…I found out early that lifting was a great stress reducer. It keeps me happy and on an even keel…plus I don’t mind the way it helps my physique. Happy New Year to you. I think it’s going to be a good one!

  3. Do like my boy did – compete in an Ironman physique contest!

    1. Ironman contest?!? You’re supposed to be sweet to the elderly. Ha…I think a contest like that might kill me!

      1. Hate to tell you this, Doc, but there were several age classes. The oldest was 67… That’s even older than me!

      2. Oh…it only came to me in the night. Ironman was the name of your son’s bodybuilding contest, right? I was thinking of the Ironman triathlon things. I think they run about a million miles then swim in shark infested waters etc. Ha…

        I’m too shy to go on stage….I have stage fright…plus I’m sadly allergic to those lucite heels the girls wear!

  4. Hello. Thank you for enjoying my blog on Uganda. I do some work out routines and fitness is good for us all. I’ll be back to read more from your blog and hope that you’ll do the same.

  5. Such an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your workouts.

    1. Thank you for such a nice note! I love having a place to talk about my favorite passion – FITNESS. Very glad to meet a fellow traveler along the road. Happy Friday!

  6. […] aside, I am feeling very positive. All advice I received was so beneficial, but I really loved what Dr. Lynn suggested I apply. She said to never underestimate the power of the mind. She advised I picture […]

    1. Ah ha…where did you get that awful rat photo? It’s horrible looking!! Yuck. I’d avoid that thing at all costs too!

  7. Brian Williams (bwilli2) | Reply

    Wonderful blog DrLynn! Keep up the great work!

    1. Hi there! Glad you stopped in to see me here. I get to pull out my soapbox here from time to time. Makes me happy to have a place to record some of my thoughts…and it’s an added bonus that some people enjoy reading about what’s dancing in my head! Happy Tuesday to you!

  8. You seem to have disappeared from facebook and I need to discuss a painting with you

    1. Hi John!

      Glad you were able to contact me. I deleted my Facebook account a couple of weeks ago but I still post here all the time and also on bodybuilding.com. I hope you’ve been having good days. It’s very pretty here at this time of year. It’s warm but not hot and the trees are just starting to turn. Fall is my favorite season.

      Do you have a painting in the works? Tell me about it. I’d love to know what you’re doing.

      My email address is words4warriors1@gmail.com. You can always reach me there (or here). Enjoy your weekend! I look forward to hearing from you.


  9. This is so strange for me the say this that I can’t even believe I am saying this myself. Last year when I had the mild stroke was the best thing that could have happened to me and here’s why. Before this happened I was into fitness but I was not really eating and drinking healthy. I was a much stressed out person that let everything get to me. After my stroke I took a long look at my life and I saw a lot of stuff that I needed to change.
    Now I drink a gallon of water a day, I eat 6 healthy meals a day and I workout harder and smarter than ever. I cut 100% of the toxic people out of my life be they family so called friends or whatever it is only about me now the hell with their bitter asses.
    I realize I don’t need anyone in my life to be happy I am happy by myself and if I want to some loving I have no problem getting that but I don’t need it to be happy. I am not a weak ass simp anymore. Looking forward to getting bigger and stronger in 2014 I proved I am unbreakable now I will be unstoppable.

    1. I actually understand just what you mean. You had such a significant incident that it led to really positive changes. That’s the silver lining that sometimes comes out of bad things. I hardly think you were ever a “weak ass simp” but I’m glad you’re feeling strong and motivated, both in and out of the gym!

  10. Oh my beautiful spider monkey, I have missed talking to you! Sorry about your pumpkin. ..email me sometime and we can catch up!

    1. Oh that pumpkin was VERY bad! That was quite an adventure in the middle of the night. I can’t believe my neighbor saw the whole thing. So funny!

  11. You look fabulous, and are inspiring! My new mantra is S¹H2 = Strong, Healthy and Happy. Well, I’m happy mostly anyway, but have some large stressors in my life right now, and want to exercise to alleviate some of that and get off the meds I’m on.

    I have to admit I was jealous watching you do pull ups! I’ve yet to ever execute a pull up in my life! Like the gal in Terminator, I was cute and thin, but not very fit when single. After 25 yrs with an alcoholic husband, I had ballooned up to 185. The divorce diet helped me drop sixty lbs, andI felt good about myself, finally, and had started to work out. Long story as to why I quit.
    I’m starting over almost at square one. I have gained back forty pounds, and am not doing well (moods, anxiety, sleep, healthful eating, etc). I want to be strong and take care of myself, give myself a healthy future. Feeling very defeated. Not only needing to get in shape and be strong, but overhauling my eating and losing that excess weight. I’m 5’4″ and will be 49 next month. Feel like crying. Want to play and do all the things I couldn’t for two decades living overweight.

    Thanks for sharing your story! Not sure that starting at 49 that I can look like you, or even close. Not sure how to go about it. Going to try : )

    1. Jennifer! I didn’t see this note until just now. I was answering some of the responses to my last post and saw that you had written. I’m delighted that you found my blog. I love your mantra! Keep saying it and keep striving. I know you’re having a bit of a struggle right now but life is full of seemingly unconquerable challenges that absolutely can be met if you break them down and take small steps. The problem is that most people keep looking at how far they have to go instead of concentrating on how far they’ve come. You can do this. Whatever it is you want…strength, health and happiness, it most certainly can be yours! God doesn’t put deep desires in our hearts without also giving us the means to fulfill them. Just do one thing each day toward your goal. Don’t look too hard at the things you didn’t do, focus on the thing you did that will move you closer to that goal. Write it down on a calendar if it helps. Monday – ate three servings of veggies, Tuesday – went for a 20 minute walk etc. It’s those small things at add up. I’m about to turn 50 in a couple of months and I can tell you that peri-menopause can play havoc with mood and sleep issues. I don’t have those particular troubles but anxiety is a big player in my life these days (brought on by hormonal shifts). It’s very common so don’t feel alone. Push extra hard on those days you feel good and push just a little on your bad days. One think I can assure you is that exercise really helps all those hormonal issues. It helps calm and regulate your mood, anxiety, sleep patterns and helps reduce stress too. If you do nothing but add regular walks into your routine you’ll see definite results!

      You can do this! I promise! Just take one baby step at a time…and be gentle with yourself. Some days will be better than others…know that going in. Just do your best.

      I’m so pleased that you wrote and would love to hear from you again any time. I love to talk shop (exercise, nutrition, motivation) so please don’t hesitate to ask me anything!

  12. Great Job Doctor! Cory Everson actually was the one that got me started in weight training too via her Bodies in Motion show on ESPN.I imagine Cory would be proud of you! Keep up the great work!

    1. Oh my goodness…imagining Cory being proud of me makes me think of lying on the bed dizzy with pleasure. lol…Thank you so much for the kind words and encouragement. Isn’t it funny the seeds we can plant without even knowing it. Cory was SUCH a great influence on me. Delighted you stopped by!

  13. Linda Hamilton rocks in that movie, straight Diesel!

    1. Linda Hamilton was SUCH an inspiration to me. I think it was because she made obvious and dramatic changes in her physique between the first and second movies. That made me realize that it was possible to go from normal looking to muscle-y. That’s all I needed to see to get me going!

    1. Well hello, happy Wednesday and thank you much for the nomination! Hope you’re having a wonderful day. Happy lifting!!

  14. Hey Doc, Cool Blog. Saw Sept entry pretty amazing.

    1. Hiya! It took me a mintute to answer you here because the site wouldn’t let me post comments for a bit. Not sure why but I did get your nece message. Glad you found me here!

  15. Thank you so much for sharing your photos and journey!! I just put a link to you on my new blog:


    Hopefully I’ll send more followers your way!


    1. Sue! Thank you so much. You made my day. What a wonderful compliment!!

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