Magnolia does conditioning. So do I. I also lift weights, although my numbers are not as stellar. It's harder in your 40s. Recovery gets to be an issue. I can squat 145 x 4 so far. I pressed 65 x 4 on Friday. I still feel destroyed from it today, Monday. I can only lift weights 2x a week because there's not enough recovery days in between otherwise. As for conditioning, urinary incontinence becomes an issue when you are an older woman, even if you never had children! I have to pee in between pull-up sets even if I don't feel a need.
I find it curious that the appropriate diet should not be sweet, it should not be lettuce leaves, it should not be high in fat, it should not have chicken breasts in it, it should not be low calorie but it shouldn't have enough calories to provide appropriate nutrition for a full-grown human, it should make us hungry and it shouldn't make us hungry. Please do tell us what is the correct diet for us females that won't get us raised eyebrows that were doing it wrong. It seems that most things we do are all wrong. And lord help us if we find anything that does give us success because then we're told our success was wrong.
As for exercise, we should lift weights but we shouldn't do body building, we should run because that burns a lot of calories but running is what makes us fat and weak, we should do intervals but interval training makes us too stressed and full of cortisol which makes us fat, we should do yoga but yoga hardly is exercise at all. Please do tell us what is the right exercise because obviously we do that all wrong too.
Maybe, just maybe, nobody has a clue what a real woman looks like anymore. That grandma isn't going to win any bikini contests. Somehow it's okay when we get really old, then it's all "way to go." But until then it's tightrope we walk.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
I can squat 180lbs, press 72.5lbs and deadlift 185lbs