Perhaps the most pertinent thing about me is that I'm over 50, not just 40. I planned this site when I was in my mid-40's, learning to love long distance running. I even ran a 50-kilometer (31-mile) ultramarathon at age 46.
A few years later, just before my 50th birthday, I had a slight fitness setback.
I got leukemia.
You can read the whole story at Yippee! I Have Leukemia. I've been told it's humorous, captivating, and inspiring all at once. At one time, a couple hundred people a day were reading it, including a number of my nurses, several of whom dropped hints about being included in it.
It has only been the last two months (written, February, 2013) that I have been able to exercise daily and begin applying the things I've written on this site. My diet plan over the summer of 2012 was to eat everything that my mouth and stomach would tolerate. I weighed 130 pounds at the beginning of the summer, and I looked like I'd just returned from a refugee camp.
This picture was taken in October, 2012, so I was up over 140 pounds by then. My leg was not detached. I had a blood clot and couldn't walk, so I was stretching.
I weigh 160 now. I am almost as strong as I was before leukemia, and I can run a quarter-mile and walk about four miles. Those are excellent numbers for me, considering that after my last hospitalization, I could walk about 100 yards and climb less than 10 stairs at a time.
I live in a village of about 150 people, set against the backdrop of western Tennessee foothills. We are part of a body of people called Rose Creek Village. Our goal in life is to be set apart for service to God through all the different aspects of this life.
I have been studying fitness since I was a teenager.
A lot of people have, but I want to give you a couple qualifications. I have been a writer and researcher for most of my adult life.
In 1982, at the age of 21, I became a Christian. By 1983 I was surprised and disappointed at the disagreement I saw among Christians. The surprise and disappointment turned to horror as I came to realize the rampant carelessness Christians had toward truth. They not only disregarded the Bible, but they were perfectly happy to be dishonest with the Scriptures, with history, and even with science (when it came to evolution).
All marked up for radiation
At that point I devoted myself, for the sake of my spirituality, to finding out what is true, despite the tremendous emotionalism that is tied to religion.
I am a member of Mensa, the international high-IQ society. I am good at research. From having to discuss volatile subjects with Christians over the last 30 years, I have learned to document my sources and to choose good ones. (Read some of the reviews written about my book, In the Beginning Was the Logos. There's even more reviews on Amazon, though if you want to try the book, you can get it cheaper, including a $3 ebook version at lulu.com.
My interest in fitness has never waned since my teenage years. I have read everything I could get my hands on, including owning a lifetime subscription to Peak Performance Journal, a monthly journal of articles written by British soccer coaches, physical therapists, and scientists.
The ultimate test of the things on this site is whether they work. I am not promoting fad diets or the latest exercise craze (except where that craze fits everything we write about on this site, which for those under 40 or in exceptional shape over 40, would include the Insanity Workout. I completely agree with their method.
I won't be recommending it to you, or selling it to many of my readers, because that is not what this site is for. This site is for people trying to figure out how to ease back into shape in their 40's.
I got to do that at age 40, and now, thanks to leukemia, I get to do it again at age 51. I know how to do it safely. I have not just my experience, but the experience of others I have advise, and the backing of the best research. You will see this on my site because I will reference any and all seemingly controversial advice I give. (See, for example, How Much Water Should I Drink.)
The advice on this site is not just excellent for fitness, but my advice is couched around safety as well.
I was a jogger in my teens. I had to stop for a long period because of knee pain. Even doctors couldn't tell me what was wrong, despite repeated visits over months.
I went back to jogging in my early 20's, but at 25 I had to stop for knee pain again.
When I weighed 220 pounds and had sleep apnea at age 40, I knew I had to do something. I knew jogging was something I would stick with, but I was worried about my knee. If it gave me problems at age 17, when I weighed 120 pounds, and again at age 25 at 145 pounds, it would sure give me problems at age 40, when I weighed 220 pounds.
At age 40, however, I had the internet.
For every little ache and pain that arose, I consulted Google. Through Google, I met physical therapists and muscle therapists. I bought and read their books, and I learned how to access PubMed and read the research published there.
I was even happier to find Peak Performance Journal. They not only cite the sources for their research, but their contributors are professional soccer and rugby coaches and physical therapists. Except for American football, Peak Performance's advice was being tested on the most difficult subjects in all of sports.
The advice I give on this site works. It works for Wayne Rooney, and it will work for you.
Oh, yeah. And for me.
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