- GENDER CONFUSION (2) October 31, 2016
There’s not a lot of gender confusion in our household – which makes us feel old – but there is some. I do not refer to the fact that I do most of the shopping, cooking and cleaning up; that’s neither here nor there. I do refer to the fact that Hilary does all the plumbing.
Dunno how it came to pass but – when suddenly there’s no water pressure or the whole house is cold – it is Hilary who hoists up her pants, grabs the big, three cell flashlight and heads down into the old, stone cellar. Once a fort-night, she “flushes the boiler” which is a daunting matter of draining hot, brown water out of one place until the level of hot brown water in another looks right to her. Then she hits a red button with scary signs on it, there’s a little explosion, a roar and Dante-an flames become visible through a little mica window and she is satisfied.
The house was built in 1859 but the heater is new and cost approximately three million dollars. The notion that one can install a new, three million dollar furnace and still have to “flush the boiler” manually twice a month and look through a mica (sic) window is a surprise to me, but not to her. “We have steam heat,” she says to me patiently. “Unless we take every single pipe out of the walls, and rip out the cast-iron radiators” – which were patented in the second Grant administration – “we have to do it like this.” Oh.
I do ask why the able staff – a clever Filipina woman who comes by, for half an hour, once a week to dust and pick up a check for $800 – can’t do it. No, Hilary says, she is afraid of it. She does not go on to say, “Just like you,” but the air is heavy with that realization. We drop it. As in any sane marriage, there are things we don’t talk about. In ours, it’s the boiler.
- BIFF ROCKS! AN ASPEN RETREAT TRIUMPH (0) July 5, 2015
A while back, we had an improbable-looking guy named “Biff” come to an Aspen Club/YNY Retreat. Improbable because he was at least fifty pounds over weight, he had a huge beer belly and he did not to look to be in good shape. Lovely guy and everyone leaned in to help him but it did not look promising. Frankly, he had been idle and a mess for a long time. Very successful in business but clueless about his own body. The Aspen hikes we do on these gigs were way beyond him. But he was determined and had a sweet spirit. He stayed in touch with several of us and – most important – he kept at it, hard.
He just wrote today to say (more than a year later, and after two Retreats) that he had made his tough goals. He had lost fifty pounds (Try that some time… SO hard); He lately had a check up: His blood pressure was normal (”Amazing” his doctor said), his PSA is negative, his A1C is normal and his cholesterol is fine. Just a remarkable achievement! All without meds… just different behavior. A lot different. His resting heart rate has gone from the high 80’s to the low 60’s. Oh boy. He’s coming to Colorado soon, to hike and climb. We should meet him at the border… with flags and banners. Welcome home, Biff! Welcome back to your real self!
- YNY Success (1) January 24, 2015
Hello Chris and staff, I am 58, 5’8″ 200 lbs. And although you have seen worse BMI’s, I was 80 lbs heavier twelve short months ago!
As a former athlete, runner, and regular exerciser, I knew what needed to be done – but my career had consumed my life. I was on a path to self destruction.
Luckily, a job change freed up some time and I started from scratch in January 2014. I began with 15 minutes on the treadmill, s-l-o-w-l-y worked up 60 minutes plus in a few months. But, the meaningful progress began when a close friend – 76 years old and going strong – suggested YNY. Workout frequency, intensity, and focus increased. I averaged twelve pound weight loss the last four months of 2014. I will reach reach my goal of 160 lbs, my college weight, and return to running.
Also, thanks to guidance and motivation do Thinner This Year, my cardiac risk factors are better controlled.
I have discussed your books and philosophy with several friends hoping they will take the leap to better health.
With sincere appreciation,
- A nice success story… (1) August 17, 2014 Lourdes from Quito, Ecuador, South AmericaTopic: when I was 51 years old I said to myself: time to relax and become an… old person?!!!Dear Chris: year after year I’ve got into a collection of kedges which were the 5 Major Marathons: Chicago, Boston, NYC, Berlin and Boston. After I finished them and got the certificate I said: what’s next?Years before I had seen an ultra trail race’s announcement called El Cruce Columbia 100k. It goes from Chile to Argentina.A friend of mine motivated me to run a 21k Norh Star in the mountains of Ecuador, my country. So I did it and won in my age group.Then I remembered about El Cruce Columbia 100k and decided that it was going to be my next goal, or kedge.I finished first in my age group in that race this last February.After that I said: ok I am 51 years old, better if I start to rest and relax a bit.Two months later, with 4 new pounds in my waist from the relaxing pause I took, a friend of mine told me about your book. I bought it through Amazon.com and here I am… taking out the kedge from the water and with many goals in my mind and heart and soul. With lots of energy, running more than ever and biking, weight lifting, hiking, dancing, doing Pilates, swimming and looking for a way to do some rowing. And lots of love, really.Nowadays lifetime goal: Run Ecuador. I started my own business which I put you in your consideration for anyone who wants to visit some exotic country and keep on running and getting fit.What I can say is that a kedge is not just for set a fitness goal, but an adventure for life.Thanks to your book I really waked up! Thanks for writing it so well !Lots of love,Lourdes Hernandez
- A wonderful letter! (0) August 21, 2013 Hello Chris…It’s a rainy Saturday and I’m bummed because I won’t be able to ride my bike. I thought it would be a good time to write as this month is my one-year anniversary of reading Younger Next Year. I have read Younger twice and am currently re-reading Thinner for the second time. I need repetition.I am 58 years old and my life style has changed pretty dramatically. One of the best pieces of advice you gave was to join a gym. Nobody has an extra hour a day but I made the time. I go every day after work. It’s automatic at this point. Some days are better than others but I always feel good when I leave. My weights on the machines have gone up so I’m definitely getting stronger. I’m at max weight (415#) on the sitting bench press. On weekends I ride the bike or take a hard walk or something for an hour each day. I’m going up the same hills in a higher gear and going longer without feeling wasted. I’m eating way more fuit and vegetables every day. That was another great piece of advice.I was wearing 42″ waist pants a couple of years ago and was starting to buy 44″s. Now I’m wearing 40″s and they are loose so I’m starting to buy 38″s. My weight hasn’t changed much, I was 207# last year, got as low as 197# and am currently at 203#. Even though my weight is about the same I’ve obviously redistributed it. Diet and exercise. Pretty simple. And I feel good… better than I did before.My friend who recommended your book in the first place died in May. He was 60 years old and not in good shape. He got the concept and wanted to get started but fought a battle with cancer over the last year. He died and that sucked. I miss him but at least he provided and still provides some extra motivation. I want to live a healthy and meaningful life for the rest of my time. We all have to fight aging and I’m willing to keep up the regimen in order to do that. I have recommended your books to many of my friends but the truth is none of them have taken this up. Oh well… I’m not stopping.Thank you Chris. You have truly done good. I hope I have been able to express that. May you live to 100. I would like to come to that party!JonBethany, CT
- Kedges work! (0) May 4, 2013
Chris – I read both your books on a couple of recent long flights. Interestingly I had already been ‘following’ your program before I even knew about it. Last July I got a reality check when I saw my holiday photos. I had gotten out of control and was nearing 250lb. With my 50th Birthday around the corner I decided to do something about it. I signed up for a Triathlon that just happened to fall on my birthday in April. In the 9 months in between I lost over 30lbs and ended up finishing the triathlon (750m swim / 20km bike and 5km run) in a reasonable time. Your books have reinforced the message and I have now taken it to the next level by signing up for a long bike race in Nov and a 1/2 marathon in Dec. I am training daily and eating better – especially since reading Thinner…. I need to lose another 20-30lb! But like you I am not giving up my wine. Although not tonight as I have a 70k bike ride planned for tomorrow morning! Regards, Keith
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