Consider these people and some of their mind-boggling achievements:
John Glenn became the oldest astronaut to go into space at age 77.
Katherine Pelton swam the 200 meter butterfly in 1 minute, 14 seconds when she was 86 years old.
Louise Hay launched Hay House, a self-help publication company at age 58 and is still going strong now at 90.
Paul Spangler ran his 14th marathon when he was 92.
Ernestine Shepherd, at age 80, is the world’s oldest female body builder. She began lifting when she was 56.
Grandma Moses, one of America’s greatest folk artists, began painting when she was in her late 70’s. She painted for over 25 years and produced over 1500 paintings!
Ida Keeling set a world record in the 100 meter race at the Penn Relays. Hers was the best time for someone over 100 years old and she was already 67 when she started running.
Ruth Thompson launched Hugs Café when she was in her late 50’s. Hugs Café provides food service training and employment for people with cognitive disabilities. Talk about having an impact! If you haven’t heard of this fantastic place, check out this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=
There’s Tao Porchon Lynch. At 98, she is a yoga instructor and competitive ballroom dancer. Check out her moves here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=
And, last but not least, we have Diane Naylor. She retired at age 59 (my current age), at over 400 lbs. and decided she didn’t want to die before she could live her dreams. She started eating healthier food and moving more and now, at age 63, she has lost 225 lbs and looks and feels fantastic!
Such inspiring people accomplishing such inspirational goals!!!!
They prove to me that it’s never too late to . . . be whoever I want to be and do whatever I want to do!!
My healthy lifestyle goals are quite modest compared with the accomplishments of the people mentioned about, but they are mine and I freely and wholeheartedly embrace them:
I want to fit comfortably in seats at sporting events, concerts, plays, etc. and I can do it.
I want to lose enough weight to wear fun clothes again instead of the "old lady clothes" I have to wear now and I’ve already begun window shopping.
I want to be able to shop in any store I want and not be limited to the ones with Women's or Plus sizes. That day is on its way.
I want to be able to move easily and I’m already moving better than I was when I started this in January.
I want to get rid of my body's aches and pains and that is happening.
I want my sleep apnea to improve and I recently visited my doctor and he’s already thrilled with my progress.
I want to let my inner athlete shine and I am doing it. Just this week I rode my bike for 17 miles. Then, today, I jogged my first unofficial 5k!
Yes, it’s true!
The trick for me is to:
Have an action plan
Because it’s never too late to dream big and achieve the “impossible” dream!
(Thank you for reading this blog! I’d love for you to tell me what it’s never too late for you to do in the comments below.)