When I turned 50 a while ago, I was a little overweight, maybe 15 pounds. I noticed I was slowing down because the little things were taking more effort. I smoked, ate on the road and had blood pressure and cholesterol issues – it was not a good combination. I own a business so all of my time and thoughts were on the business. Once you turn a certain age you start doing the math and re-evaluating things in your life. At this point my thought was that I am not done yet at 50 years old so I had to do something for the second half of my life.
I drove by Bodies By Design on a daily basis and finally decided to drop in. I met Kris Simpson and a few other employees. I liked the gym, the people, the concept, etc. and have been a member ever since. Soon after joining the gym I quit smoking (I was getting flak from the trainers), but then shortly after that I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. “Great,” I thought. I am doing the gym thing now, I’m not smoking and now this. Wonderful.
I am a very stubborn person and thought I could beat this disease, so I had three surgeries over the next year while still keeping up with the gym. The BBD staff was very good at scheduling me around my time off and modifying my workouts after the surgeries. I get checked annually and am happy to say I have been all clear for eight years now. I am a very regular client at the gym, but once you have a scare like cancer your brain is always aware of it. I would see my doctor on a regular basis but that to me did not seem like enough. Recently I had the opportunity to get a complete physical at a private clinic for a discounted fee, so I put my game face on and went for it. They did all the tests in six hours: cardio, blood, ultrasound, BMI – the works. If you can afford it I recommend it, but “How can you not afford to do it?” is the question.
During the testing I thought, “What if they find something wrong?” Good, right? “What if they don’t find anything?” Also good. Anyway, the report said I was in better shape than most 40-year-olds! Perfect! I am 61 now and realize that by being active, weight training regularly and eating right, age is just a number. Nat is my trainer now and he knows me quite well. If I show up and am not into it, he slowly gets me doing what I am there to do, and then some.
I have three daughters and five grandchildren. I plan on being here for a while to see them all grow up. My next goal is quite simple: quality longevity. Being as stubborn as I am, this will not be a problem. My business is wheelchairs and related equipment. I am in nursing homes and hospitals on a daily basis and see people younger than me living there.
My Words of Wisdom: Your body gives you 24 hours a day, all it needs is 1 hour back each day. The human body is a fantastic machine and with proper care will last you into your 90s, but the care is up to you!
Thanks Nat, Kris and the rest at BBD.
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