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Author: Becoming Elli with Chris Brown and Jill McCauslin

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Welcome to the Fit Strong Women over 50 podcast where the cohosts from the Becoming Elli Community, Jill McCauslin and Chris Brown, interview experts and share their insights about losing weight, keeping it off, working out and becoming fit and strong. Hear from others who are making it work, become inspired and motivated. For more information find Becoming Elli on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website at for more motivation, work-out ideas, recipes, tips and inspiration.
77 Episodes
In episode 77, Jill McCauslin and Chris Brown talk with Sue Loncaric, an Australian Over 50 lifestyle blogger, certified health and life coach for women and the founder of Women Living Well After 50.  She is a qualified Group Fitness Instructor and takes classes for Over 50 Women in the Strong Healthy Women Virtual Studio. In 2020 Sue fulfilled a dream of starting the Conversations with Women Living Well After 50 podcast interviewing and sharing stories from women who are Living Well.  The first season was released in August 2020 and the second season will be released soon in 2021. Sue is passionate about living a full and active life in Midlife & Beyond. Her mission is to encourage and inspire women Over 50 to live a fit, fabulous, healthier, and happier lifestyle by guiding them to realize their full potential. Sue loves running and has completed three full marathons in her mid-50s with the third completed in October 2020 at the age of 63, proving you are never too old.  Her love of travel and her adorable grandsons are her reason for keeping fit and active. Sue’s motto is ‘Make it Happen because life is too short to wait.”   During our conversation we discussed: * How she has been a long time listener of the podcast and it inspired her to start Women Living Well After 50. * Key thoughts on mindset, attitude and remembering that you are an individual, not an age * Focusing on your reason "why" * The importance of building a community of like minded individuals * Her advice to her clients about exercise * Her #one365word project and how that has influenced how she lives her life Website: Podcast: Her private Facebook Group of Women Living Well Over 50:  
In episode 76, Jill and Chris talk with Tammy White about her transformational story. In her 40’s Tammy White was busy teaching high school and she felt she was too busy to make self-care a priority… As a result, her health took a nose dive. She was told by her doctors that if she didn’t find a way to make a change to her lifestyle, she would die early. She found a way to change her mindset, build consistency, and improve -- both her health and her confidence! Tammy went on to compete as a body builder at age 50 and continued competing 5 times by the time she was 55. In 2018, she retired from teaching high school. Now Tammy combines her teaching experience with what she has learned as an older athlete to help her peers create their own health transformation story. In this podcast we discuss: Why changing your body composition makes the difference The importance of a trainer Having a "no date" mindset" Setting goals and little decisions along the way Using baby steps to move forward Fat loss versus muscle gain Why a bodybuilder physical is NOT the most health Her e-book: Lifting My Spirits: A Lifelong Dream Deferred No Longer - Transformation from a Fat Chick to a Body Builder after Age 50 Lifting My Spirits website #VeggieChallenge
In episode 75, Jill and Chris talk with Jen Brovoica about mental performance, triathlons, and overcoming trauma. Jennifer Borovica is a three-time Ironman finisher and an avid triathlete. She coaches triathletes and specializes in mental performance coaching. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) in the State of Ohio. She currently runs her own private practice, called RebelRising Wellness where she does individual therapy and has created a sober active community for women in recovery. Jen is a member of the Applied Association of Sport Psychology (AASP) and working towards obtaining a Mental Performance Consultant Certification (CMPC) through AASP. During the podcast we discuss: How to find a sport community group of runners or bike riders How her group helped her to make changes in her life Why the nervous system can get "hijacked" the effect of mini traumas on ability to be calm The window of tolerance between hyper aroused, and hypo aroused. How to control anxiety and deal with difficult feelings She shares her story of overcoming trauma and addiction, learning how to deal with difficult feelings, and gaining strong mental skills to be able to perform.
In episode 74 Jill and Chris celebrate their three year anniversary of the Fit Strong Women Over 50 podcast. They discuss tracking and motivation while reviewing highlights from past episodes. Mentioned in this podcast: Veggie Challenge Strength Training Cardio Sleep Akron Half Marathon Biking Goal Setting Working out at home Healthy Eating Food and fitness tracking Mental aspects of fitness: motivation, discipline, habits
In episode 73 Jill and Chris talk with Tracy Keenan about finding joy through creativity. Jill has known Tracy Keenan since high school. Over the years they lost touch with each other, and then thanks to social media and a high school reunion, became reacquainted. Tracy Keenan is a Presbyterian pastor, an Enneagram-based coach, and sees creative work as essential to sanity, health, and well-being. Tracy studied music as an undergraduate, and has continued writing and performing music, but she actually has her degree in Early Childhood Education. She has both a masters and doctorate in ministry, has pastored 4 churches in the course of 30 years, and is now a mid-council leader in New Castle Presbytery in Delaware. We talked about live giving energy and how knowing more about yourself will help you to integrate stress tools to move and grow beyond where you are. Self awareness of your emotions and impulses helps you to make choices with wisdom. Tracy sparks joy and enthusiasm with music and her writing. She cherishes friendships among a wide variety of people from various traditions, conditions, religions, and opinions. She and her husband Jim Mehler have two grown daughters. She writes music, fiction, and poetry, rides a Harley, and looks for the joy. More information at Becoming Elli - Finding Joy Through Creativity with Tracy Keenan.
In episode 72, Jill and Chris talk with Jane Crawford is a Recreation Therapist who lives in Calgary, Canada. She walks the talk about wellness and healthy living. As a Recreation Therapist she has learned the clinical tools to support those with chronic health conditions and been able to use those tools in her own life. In 2008 she set the goal of 10000 steps a day and continues to do this today. In 2010, she used a simple check mark on the kitchen calendar of completing 30 minutes most days for physical activity. This simple way of holding herself accountable has lead her to become a triathlete and a passionate mountain biker. Links mentioned in this podcast: Zwift app for indoor cycling Becoming Elli Private Facebook Group
In episode 71, Jill and Chris talk with Heike Yates, a fitness and nutrition expert who has helped women worldwide to stay fit for over 30 years. Her passion is empowering women over 50 to say YES. I CAN. She helps them to take back their health and strength by showing them how fitness, nutrition, and mindset strategies combined create a winning team. Heike has developed a reputation for creating real-life solutions and lasting results. She is the creator of Pursue Your Spark, the 4 Week Lean Out Program, and host of the Pursue Your Spark podcast.  Heike is also a body builder, an Ultra Marathon runner and completed an Ironman Triathlon. She has many fitness and nutrition certificates including: * American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer certification * Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Pilates * Precision Nutrition (PN) Nutrition Certification Level 1 * Road Runners Club Of America (RRCA) Certification * Pink Ribbon Program * Pilates Breast Cancer Coach Website: Podcast:
In episode #70, Jill and Chris talk about taking care of the gut and brain during menopause with Christine Bailey. Christine is an award winning degree qualified Functional Nutritional Therapist, Chef and Author with over 20 years of experience in the health, corporate and food industry.  With a first class degree in Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BSc) and additional training by the Institute of Functional Medicine Christine is an experienced nutrition practitioner and speaker working in the public and corporate sector. Winner of Coeliac UK Chef of the Year award Christine is well known for her expertise in nutrition, healthy eating and developing health foods, products and recipes. She has particular expertise in the free from industry and fitness industry.  Christine works as a consultant for a wide range of health, fitness, supplement and food companies.  As well as seeing clients in Harley Street, London and Berkshire, running cookery days and writing for national press,Christine regularly appears on TV and radio as a nutritional expert and chef. Christine is a writer for many national magazines and newspapers and has published over 16 recipe and health books including her latest books My Kids Can’t Eat That, The Brain Boost Diet and The Gut Health Diet, endorsed by Dr Mark Hyman from the Institute Of Functional Medicine USA. Christine also lectures nationally and internationally and is widely sought after for her expertise.    More information at her website Instagram: @christinembailey Facebook: christinebaileykitchen
In episode 69, Jill and Chris discuss seasonal and life changes and their effect on health, fitness and motivation. We discuss: Races in real life grief emotional eating and feeling your feelings strength training intermittent fasting camping honey healing effects food allergens walking in nature injury yoga shout outs
In episode 68 Jill and Chris talk with Juel Fitzgerald about staying healthy, walking and her new book, "Lives of a Gem." This is the 3rd time we've talked with Juel on this podcast and we continue to be inspired by her grit, determination, and outlook on life. In episode 8 she was walking marathons and we followed up with her in #24 when she walked several half marathons. We discuss: Overcoming asthma and allergies Dealing with hospitalizations and medications Motivation How she wrote her book - phases and characteristics of life issues Publishing a book during the pandemic Her book can be purchased on Barnes and Noble, Amazon or directly from Juel at her website
In episode 67, Jill and Chris spoke with Tim James about what he has discovered about health. After Tim James suffered from multiple health issues, including rectal bleeding, two separate skin issues, chronic acid indigestion and surgery to remove one of his organs due to serious digestive issues, Tim knew something had to change. He made some major changes in his life and made dramatic improvements in his health. Feeling charged with a duty to help others, he started sharing his knowledge with anyone who would listen. This led him to producing his own chemical-free food products and coaching others to health. Tim told the story of his own health recovery and then talked about a variety of ways to improve our health. He is convinced that we need to remove chemicals and impurities from our bodies to achieve real health. He discussed the importance of: Eating lots of vegetables, mainly raw Drinking purified water to reduce inflammation Chewing your food until it is liquefied Getting plenty of sleep Practicing deep breathing before eating to start the "rest & digest" mode. He believes in eating more plants - the fresher the better. Tim says he mainly eats raw foods. Probably only 10 to 20 percent of his food is cooked. Tim also discusses why he avoids meat and dairy and why it's important to remove toxins from our bodies. He said that it is important to love yourself the way you are right now. Being fit and healthy is a lot more fun than not being fit and healthy. The combination of oxygen, pure water and movement helps to pump your lymphatic system, an essential part of having a chemical free body. References Tim talked about a lot of different studies and researchers. Here are links to some of what he discussed and the researchers he referenced: Hippocrates Health Institute Forks over knives China Study by T. Colin Campbell Dr. Michael Gregor His YouTube video is Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death Dr. Gabriel Cousens Dr. Howell Food Enzymes for Health & Longevity Danoucha Reynon, Water Woman
In episode 66, Jill and Chris talk with Christine Phillips about the power of affirmations. Christine Phillips is an Assistant Professor in Sport and Exercise Studies at Cuyahoga Community College with a masters degree in exercise science and is a PhD candidate for a doctor of philosophy in Health Psychology. Christine is a certified health and wellness specialist. She’s also a certified yoga teacher and group exercise instructor. Plus she a grandmother of three and then somehow finds the time to ride her bike. (She's already ridden more than 2,000 miles in 2020.)
In episode 65, Jill and Chris interview Ren Powell who is a poet, playwright, translator, theater-maker and teaching artist/mentor. Ren lives an active lifestyle, is a runner and enjoys yoga. A native Californian, she is now a Norwegian citizen settled on the west coast of Norway. Chris and Jill met Ren when she joined the Becoming Elli private Facebook group and have gotten to know her better. They decided that other Fit Strong Women Over 50 podcast listeners would enjoy hearing how she stays strong and fit. Enjoy hearing about running, strength training and yoga in this episode! For links go to the Becoming Elli website.
In Episode 64, Jill and Chris interview Marcia Kadens, a fitness enthusiast who has run 14 full marathons, including the Six World Marathon Majors as well as hundreds of shorter races. In this episode she discusses how her running schedule has changed after 50, her thoughts and tips for building strength after menopause, and nutrition tips. Marcia also shares training and fitness tips as well as healthy recipes on her blog, Marcia's Healthy Slice, and she shares workouts designed for women of a "certain age" on the Marcia's Healthy Slice YouTube Channel.  Reach out to Marcia via her website: Cod fish has omega threes which are so important for women over 50. The website she orders from is and you can use code MHS for Marcia's Healthy Slice to get a discount.
Workouts and Masks

Workouts and Masks


In episode 63 of the Fit Strong Women Over 50 podcast, Jill and Chris discuss workout challenges while away from home care-giving. We found some ways to get some strength training without traditional weights Some of the activities that we are that are also work outs. (One of our community members has been enjoying wind surfing, which is a huge workout, but probably more rare among our listeners) We have been hiking, walking and biking. We discuss: Staying fit and strong mentally with the added weight of corona restrictions. Keeping positive and how it is similar to marathon training.  Listeners are invited to download Free Affirmations from Elsie Weisskoff. We also discussed food and what tastes especially great during hot, hot weather. Jill has run with a special mask with a filter for pollen and asthma We recently have tried some new Becoming Elli masks.  Comfortable, pretty, have place for a filter, but expensive. No wire for your nose bridge. Visit the website for a link of where to buy. Chris has been loving cottage cheese with frozen berries on top during this hot weather.  She roasted cabbage and added it to my traditional potluck veggie salad, but the vinegar didn’t taste rightwith the roasted part... she will be sticking to raw shredded cabbage in this salad from now on.  Jill is really enjoying the big salads with a cheese, a nut and a fruit. Jill has a new puppy! Welcome Penny!
Jill and Chris talk with Jess Elliott, owner of TAG Performance, a Sports Performance Coaching & Education company, located in Boulder, Colorado. Angie Ridgel and Pam Semanik, who talked about performance training in episode 44, met Jess at a conference and recommended that we speak to her. It was a great suggestion. Jess shares how women over 50 can continue to be fit and strong and take our fitness to the next level and says that it’s never too late to improve our fitness. Jess has an extensive coaching background in strength and conditioning, working with athletes of all ages and backgrounds, from high school students to professional athletes. In this episode, we discuss strength and conditioning for endurance athletes and then move to the differences and similarities of the endurance and adventure communities. Living in Boulder, Jess participates actively in both groups. She discusses her adventures above the tree line and her love of alpine lakes. Also, Jess discusses her view on mastering recovery for athletes. She describes a great recovery exercise that she teaches her athletes. Because so many events have been cancelled in 2020, Jess shares her ideas on keeping motivated and how to use this year to improve our performance in the future. Jess also helps demystify fueling for endurance events. She discusses the value of using real food for energy. In addition, she shares with us her use of intermittent fasting. Links to contact Jess Elliott Listeners may connect with Jess on Instagram: @jelli_rose @tagperformanceco YouTube Channel: Tag Performance  Facebook: Tag Peformance Website: Tag Performance
In episode 61, Jill and Chris talk with Daisy Brackenhall, also known as the Keto Woman. She is a delightful person who is extremely knowledgeable about living the keto lifestyle. Daisy is a Brit who has been living in rural France for the past 15 or so years. She lost half her bodyweight with weight loss surgery and low carb eating and has since maintained a healthy weight with keto. Keto has also helped her significantly reduce depression and migraines. She is a part-time gardener and lives with her three dogs and cats. Daisy is a podcaster and produces two weekly podcasts. In the Keto Woman podcast Daisy chats with extraordinary women and shares their inspiring stories with listeners. Monday Mindset is Daisy’s newest podcast and a collaboration with her friend and psychologist Terri Lance, who works at The Fasting Method. Each week they share with each other and their listeners something that they’ve found inspiring or motivational. A few years ago Daisy created and continues to run a successful Facebook group for women called Kickarse Keto Bitches. With almost 3000 members from all around the world, the group functions as a safe and inviting community for women to find and offer support to one another. In today's interview we talk about: Her experience with diets and surgery How she was able to stop the regain The basic principles of keto - ketosis Reducing carbs for ketosis and the role of whole foods Keto as an anti-inflamation diet, type 2 diabetes, treating diseases The impact of Keto on metabolism, insulin and blood sugar Making keto work for you (as opposed to making yourself fit into a specific version of keto) Keto basics: fatty proteins, leafy greens, mostly above ground vegetables, a few nuts and seeds, and some dairy, keto treats What is Keto AF? Daisy’s 100th interview with April Ihly The difference between moderators and abstainers Avoiding refined carbohydrates, processed carbohydrates, seed oils offers free resources, infographics, information on high carbohydrate to low carbohydrateKet vegetables A two week meal plan at is a good starting point Running in a fat adapted state The sense of empowerment keto gives to women in particular To find out more about this episode, visit
In episode 60, Jill and Chris talk with Nancy Gardner a certified instructor of Qigong, Tai Chi and other martial arts. Nancy is all about movement. And she LOVES to move... her body and her mind. She has been training since 1985 and teaching professionally since 1994. She also is a state-licensed massage therapist and Polarity Therapy practitioner. Nancy draws on these disciplines and metaphysical studies to create unique, experiential wellness programs for various groups and organizations. Passionate about learning, teaching and sharing, Nancy's mission is to empower individuals to be as healthy as they can be and to find balance among the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of life. Presenting locally regionally and internationally, her audiences range from corporate executives to full-time moms, from the medical community to accounting firms, from nuns in their 80s to teens, and everyone in between! Visit for the complete show notes. You can find Nancy online at NG Energy and her email is
In episode 59 of the Fit Strong Women Over 50 podcast, Jill and Chris talk with wellness specialist Pam Sherman about she stays fit and strong and how she helps others become fit and strong. Pam Sherman has been involved in fitness/wellness as a coach and trainer for more than 20 years. Now, she is the CEO and founder of The Perfect Balance, a seven time author, an international motivational speaker, and a coach. Her mission is to help women take better care of themselves and their health. Pam empowers women to lose weight and gain confidence. She wants to help every woman feel GREAT in their own skin! After getting hit by a car and only having minor injuries, Pam is more passionate than ever about spreading the word of self-care. Her tagline is your health is your greatest wealth. During this episode we discuss: What she means by perfect balance How she recovered from the car accident that happened while running Her goal of doing pull-ups What she suggests especially for women over 50 Her YouTube channel with short workouts The seven books/workbooks she authored about nutrition and weight loss The BAS Big Ass Salad that she prepares every day More details go to
In episode 58 of the Fit Strong Women Over 50 podcast, Jill and Chris interview Gin Stephens about her experiences with intermittent fasting. Gin Stephens has been living the intermittent fasting lifestyle since 2014. This lifestyle shift allowed her to lose over 80 pounds. She has launched her intermittent fasting website, four Facebook support groups, four self-published books, and two top-ranked podcasts—Intermittent Fasting Stories and The Intermittent Fasting Podcast. Gin is the author of Delay, Don’t Deny: Living an Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle. Her newest book, Fast, Feast, Repeat will be available in June 2020. Gin graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coach Training Program in 2019. She earned a Doctor of Education degree in Gifted and Talented Education (2009), a Master's degree in Natural Sciences (1997), and a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education (1990). She taught elementary school for 28 years, and has worked with adult learners in a number of settings. In today's podcast we discussed: How does intermittent fasting work with weight loss? Intermittent fasting and maintaining a weight loss Recommendations for starting intermittent fasting What to eat while you’re practicing intermittent fasting How certain flavored beverages can interrupt a clean fast Strength training, running and cycling with intermittent fasting Her upbeat personality, combined with years of experience with intermittent fasting provides an interesting episode. For more information visit: Fast. Feast. Repeat. on Amazon Gin Stephens Website Follow Gin on Instagram  
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