One of my best friends from High School (Norman) has been trying to get healthy and fit as he approaches 50. He's seen the amazing results that many of you have had and wanted to get his whole family involved. I thought it would be interesting for you to peek inside my e-mail to see a typical exchange between two old friends. You'll notice that my advice didn't sink in very well and sometimes people have to "do it" their way before they commit to the real deal. Like many e-mail exchanges, start at the bottom of the page and work your way up.
PS ~ Gerry McDougall was my football coach in high school
I think it's great that Donna is down in weight, but statistics and research shows that skinny people are just as likely to get sick and injured as over weight folk if they don't exercise and eat plenty of "healthy" food. Weight Lose through "food-only-diets" causes "Bounce Back" (returned weight gain) 90% of the time after 2 to 5 years. These people often become trapped in a meal plan that isn't realistic in the real world. When I travel all over the country talking with people the emphasis is always health and strength as we age, NOT using temporary diets that cause more problems down the road. Living a healthy life and losing weight with Weight Watchers aren't the same thing. I certainly don't want to rain on Donna's parade but I've been at this for 25 years now and I've seen and heard it all thousands of times. All diets work, as long as you continue to use them. Very few people do.
On Oct 31, 2008, at 8:03 AM, Norman wrote:
God it took almost a month to answer this email…….thanks for the advice and feedback…Donna has completed her 5th week at weight watchers and is down 14 lbs as of today…this is a flipppin’ miracle and thanks again for helping jump start this………..still no luck convincing her to do ladies pushups, but a great start……congratulations on your status as an Olympian…..you should tell Gerry McDougall
From: Horton Tony
Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 2:50 PM
Subject: Re: Donna and Fitness
Nice to hear from you old friend. Also glad to hear that the family is taking care of their health from the inside out. This stuff pays off. I won a gold medal (in the 50 to 54 year old category) in 20 foot rope climbing at a senior Olympics this past Sunday. I was beating guys half my age in overall time. Weird, but very fun. I would have beaten the 1976 me easily. I tell you this partly because resistance and flexibility exercises are truly the fountain of youth. Study after study shows that cardio programs are just a small piece to the overall fitness puzzle. Several new studies are saying that as we get older we need less cardio and more residence exercise for bone density and connective tissue strength. Cardio is awesome for burning calories during exercise and also great for heart and lung strength. It also keeps your head on straight by releasing, dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine into the brain. The problem is that cardio by itself can lead to joint injury, back problems and range-of-motion issues. Weight training and any kind of resistance movements (as with yoga) helps balance, coordination and burns calories for over 12 hours a day. That soreness is calories burning and muscles reshaping.
Hope this helps.
On Oct 1, 2008, at 8:59 AM, Norman Beretta wrote:
Just a quick note to say thanks for the Power 90 CD you sent along a few months back…When we got it, Donna taped up the calendar and stared at it for about 3 months, I think trying to get through the DECIDE stage….Melissa (my 12 year old tennis player) and I have used the CD several times in conjunction with my usual workouts and her on going fitness…10 days ago Donnna went to weight watchers and has been very COMMITTED to it…she has dropped 8 lbs and continues her eklliptical training…can’t get her to understand and embrace the muscle confusion yet, but wanted you to know that even though she isn’t doing Power 90, I think it represented the push she needed to attack this her own way…I hope and pray for the day she decides to do some muscle work in addition to the cardio, but it’s a good start……..hope all’s well……thanks again