In mid 2012 aged 64, I was still fit, healthy, active and enthusiastic; frankly I had not even considered retirement.
Like many mature men I believed that I still had much to offer and contribute; valuable knowledge, skills and experience and heaps of energy and ideas. Most importantly, I still needed a purpose in my life to make it truly meaningful and enjoyable.
I had recently lost my corporate job, and I was grappling with how to move forward.
I knew I wanted to do something online, and I wanted to help other mature people, but I didn’t know exactly what that was!
So whilst I was learning internet skills and doing research online, I applied myself, doing the things I loved to do, and the life practices that had helped me manage so far – meditation, a reasonably healthy diet, and regular exercise.
My weight loss story
Before I adopted a healthy diet whilst still working in my corporate job, (I have always exercised regularly and I believe that is the other key element), I had gradually crept up from 85 kg to about 92 kg. (203 pounds).
Then when I started to work online from home, I started to take a healthy diet really seriously, with a focus on vegetables and fruit, including a daily Green Smoothie, which provided most of the vegetables I needed to eat daily.
As I stuck with my healthy diet over time – which was actually quite easy as I became accustomed to the smoothies, vegetables and fruit; I noticed that my weight was steadily going down. I reached my original target of 85 kg in about 9 months, and my weight kept going down, without any conscious intent on my behalf; so I set myself a new goal ( I was concerned my weight might get too low!) to get to and maintain a weight below 80 kg (187 pounds), which I reached in another 6 months.
Since then, until this day, being completely used to my healthy diet and still exercising regularly, I am finding that weight easy to maintain.
P.S. Just to put this story in perspective I am 185.4 cm. (6 feet, one inch) tall and when I got married aged 24 years, I weighed 82 kg.(180 pounds)
P.S.S. I admit that I am now able to indulge myself with an occasional treat, usually when I am with my 3 teenage daughters (all chocoholics), and I think that is fine once you have your weight and your mindset under control.
What I learnt from this experience
The best way to lose weight is not going on a diet, which for many reasons, are usually unsustainable for most people.
Instead, just do it naturally by following the basic healthy lifestyle practices I explain in the Design Your New Life Blueprint.