About Me

blogI’m Tony
I have been interested in eating healthy for more than 35 years. Unfortunately,  my actions haven’t always matched my aims. As Mae West said, “I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”

I drifted too, for a long time, but after writing posts for this blog for over four years, I have gotten good at it. One of my tools is the Lose It! App (iPhone, iPad, Touch) a calorie counter that also breaks down nutrients and gives you a daily weight chart to demonstrate your progress. It’s not the only tool like this around, but it’s a good one.

Using that tool and practicing some self discipline I now have complete confidence in my ability to maintain a healthy body weight. I still need to work on the lean muscle mass thing, though. I love riding my bicycle and have no problem logging lots of miles and putting calories into the bank to free up my eating. In 2012 I rode 8433 miles.  A personal best. That covers a multitude of sins at the table. Biking is a wonderful cardio workout few people realize, however, it is also very stimulating for the brain. It’s a lot more fun than working with weights, but ya gotta do that, too. I write about the benefits of cardio exercise on the brain often in this blog as it is usually misunderstood and/or completely overlooked in most fitness writing. I had an aunt who died of Alzheimer’s and a mother who suffered from dementia in her final years, so I am dead serious about protecting myself from mental decline. Check out my Page – Important facts about your brain – and exercise to read more about it.

The National Institutes on Health considers me one of its Success Stories.

I retired 14 years ago. I spent 20 years as a Reuter Correspondent and Editor after starting my career in men’s magazines.  Now that I am retired, I have complete control over what I eat. My heart goes out to you folks who go to work every day. It is much harder to control your caloric intake. There are business lunches and dinners to attend, late days at the office, working through lunch as well as traveling. I think if I were still working I would seriously consider bringing lunch from home a day or two each week to keep a handle on my intake. With a fridge and microwave where you work, you are good to go.

When I started writing for this blog in March of 2010 I weighed just 165 pounds, the lowest I had been in 15 years. I thought I had arrived at fitness and health. Now, in 2014 I weigh 150 pounds. That’s right, I have melted off a further 15 pounds from my best weight in years. My resting heart rate is under 50 beats per minute (bpm), a result of my cycling, but significantly under the ‘normal’ of 65 to 90 bpm. I have less than 16 percent body fat and a 31 inch waist (the first time since high school). I have reached this state of fitness and health following the ideas and techniques I write about in this blog.Field Museum

When the blog started, I was talking the talk, nearly five years later I am walking the walk. You can do the same. I am just a regular guy. If I can do it you can too. Check out my page  How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off for a start. Lots of excellent, practical principles there that I have learned and now apply to my daily life.

About 10 years ago my weight got out of control and I ballooned over 220 pounds. I took off 50 pounds in a year, but that only got me down to the mid-170’s. You can read How I lost 50 pounds in 52 weeks.

When I retired, I started taking courses from The Great Courses. They include “Nutrition Made Clear” by Professor Roberta Anding. She has an MS in Nutrition and is a registered Dietitian and a certified specialist in sports dietetics. Another superb course is “Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at any Age” by Doctor Anthony Goodman. He also teaches “The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness.” By now, in 2014, I have probably taken at least a dozen on mental and physical health and wellness as well as  healthy aging.

I have about 40 games of backgammon going on the web. My birthday is January 26. I am an Aquarius and a senior citizen.

As a senior who presently is winning the war of the waistline,  I am also grappling with the experience of aging. As part of this blog’s focus on good health I look seriously into aging and what can be done about it. I know there is no fountain of youth, but there are techniques for aging gracefully and retaining one’s mental powers. I promise to share with you everything I can find out about it. I also write a personal “favorite things” blog which you are invited to check out @ Willingwheeling. I show and tell about the things that make me happy. Lots of beautiful photos.

The masthead photo is a shot of me taken 35 years ago by a girlfriend when we were bike riding by the lakefront in Chicago. I had a lot more hair then.

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56 responses to “About Me

  1. BOB HASTINGS

    WONDERFUL WEBSITE….Barbara Ann and I have attended Weigh Watchers for several year, trying to maintain our respective weight in balance with our years, now in our early 70s. I built a workout gym in one of the buildings on our property in Maine…it has helped greatly in maintaining weight and strength goals. I excercise daily, in the gym, walking and controlling the food intake…lessons learned:
    1. Appitite never diminish with age; You will love pizza until your dying day.
    2. Never sit down before 4:00pm, and then have a beer…standing and body movement is healthy.
    3. Have sex weekly, laugh daily, and try to do both with your wife, and lover…hopefully one in the same.
    4. Learn to forgive yourself…it is difficult to make it to the end of life without regrets, less is more.
    Thanks for sharing and caring..wish we could have know each other better back in Class of 1957.
    Warm Regards and see you at our 60th Reunion.
    Bob

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    • Hello Tony,
      Love reading your columns! I agree with you – we have so much control over how we age. Keep up the good work. Oleda

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    • Hi guys!

      As a keen blogger/contributor for a number of health blogs. I was wondering if anyone is interested in a guest posting? (We’re working on a redesign/relaunch of some of the blogs I write for, and I’d like to promote it with some posts around the internet and a link back to the new blog.) If you’re interested, we can trade some content and links.

      Im currently writing an article on a piece in the area of nutrition for pain relief and another on Healthy Fats but I can work to a brief also if required! It would be a mutually beneficial relationship!

      Thanks! Hope to hear back :)
      -Marina

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  2. Phil

    I just downloaded iPhone app “lose it”, I think that will help control calorie intake and gets you thinking what to eat and to exercise a little more

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  3. Eric Hoffmeyer

    Great to see your progress and dedication to being healthy.
    Stay with it as the results will last a life time.
    Regards,
    Eric

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  4. Evelyn

    Sounds great to me. I’ve lost 10 lbs. recently but need to lose more. I also have the sweet tooth demon but I’m trying to be more disciplined again (something the nuns beat into us – they knew their stuff) It’s a daily battle but I’m up for the challenge. We now know how bad being overweight really is. Hoping someday someone will call out “Hey Skinny” and I’ll know they mean me.

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  6. Susan Cosby

    What a great site!!! Thanks to the HP News for the information. It is now on my favorites…

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  10. Great site guys. It’s a great conversation to have.

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  11. WONDERFUL WEBSITE….Barbara Ann and I have attended Weigh Watchers for several year, trying to maintain our respective weight in balance with our years, now in our early 70s. I built a workout gym in one of the buildings on our property in Maine…it has helped greatly in maintaining weight and strength goals. I excercise daily, in the gym, walking and controlling the food intake…lessons learned:1. Appitite never diminish with age; You will love pizza until your dying day.2. Never sit down before 4:00pm, and then have a beer…standing and body movement is healthy.3. Have sex weekly, laugh daily, and try to do both with your wife, and lover…hopefully one in the same.4. Learn to forgive yourself…it is difficult to make it to the end of life without regrets, less is more.Thanks for sharing and caring..wish we could have know each other better back in Class of 1957.Warm Regards and see you at our 60th Reunion.Bob
    +1

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  14. Keyla

    Excellent blog! I am very excited to keep up reading and learning about leading an overall healthy lifestyle! Im a student of neuropsychology so I am a big advocate of healthy eating and exercise because there is nothing as effective for a healthy brain! I appreciate your dedication to the mind, body and soul!

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    • HI, Keyla –

      So nice to hear from you! Glad you have enjoyed the blog. Couldn’t agree more about healthy eating and exercise. It’s great when it all works together.

      Tony

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  15. Great site, guys! Very inspirational. Like John, I’ve had an off and on battle with weight all my adult life. I’m currently on one of those pre-purchased meal plans and it is helping with portion control. Will keep checking in here, and wish you the best!

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  17. Great blog! I have a hard time keeping the weight off- I fluctuate between 180-205 pounds, depending on whether I eat sugar and how much cardio I get. I want to find a way to keep the weight around 190 without all the yo-yo-ing… But how do you not have dessert? I guess the answer is to imitate Tony and just log tons of miles on the bike.

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    • kadad

      Thanks for the kind words!

      You really want to avoid to yo-yoing. It is a bad negative spiral. You always end up worse off than when you started. I log tons of miles on the bike, but when it snows, rains, etc, I go to the health club. Make sure you get that exercise. I eat chocolate every night – Hershey’s with Almonds. You don’t have to become a monk to be healthy.

      You need to reconfirm that when you lose weight, you will continue on that path. It isn’t an excuse to celebrate and binge. It is when you knuckle down that you get to the next level – lower, not higher.

      You can do it, just stay focused on the goal.

      Read our How to Lose Weight – and Keep it Off page. It has lots of useful info.

      And, feel free to come back and continue the dialog.

      Tony

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  19. You guys have this weight control thing licked – congrats!

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  20. I have nominated you for the “Sunshine Award. You can follow this link to my nomination http://drbillwooten.com/2012/08/04/many-thanks/

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  21. Thanks for finding my blog so that I could find yours! I look forward to reading about your experiences and hearing your stories. I’ve recently reached that stage of, “I’ve GOT to get more serious about this weight loss thing.” Hopefully reading your blog will help to inspire and motivate me!

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  22. Thank you for following my blog. :) Renee

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  23. Tony, great site. Keep up the good work. Bill

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  24. Thought you’d be interested in a new study on diet soda. Thanks for reblogging my post on the subject! http://cookwithkathy.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/sweetened-drinks-linked-to-depression-coffee-tied-to-lower-risk/#

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  25. debbiesue180

    Thanks for liking my post. You have a great blog. Your information can really help me out on my journey to also be healthy and lose weight.

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    • Thank you and best of luck. I was up over 220 pounds and took off 50 in a year. You can do it. Just take your time. There is a lot of great info here and it’s all free.

      I am just a regular guy who had really bad eating habits for years. If you straighten out your head your body will follow. Do it one day at a time. I have learned a ton in the three years of blogging and it is all there to read.

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  26. HI Tony,
    I got to your site because you visited mine! Thanks, I appreciate your insights on your blog. I teach yoga to seniors and am in the process of finally creating a site to share meditations with seniors. I look forward to continuing to read your posts!
    Kelly

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    • Welcome aboard, Kelly. Bless you for teaching yoga to seniors and best of luck with your new site.

      Tony

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      • Thanks Tony,
        I really appreciate you stopping by this site :) The38daysofcuriosity where you found me, really got me going and keeps me creative so that I can keep building on my ideas to help seniors age well either by giving tools for yoga or supporting caregivers who care for older seniors.
        Your site will keep stoking that creativity with seniors as well for me.
        Have a great day.

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  27. I just nominated you for the ‘Super Sweet’ Blogger Award. Please see my latest post http://kerrichronicles.com/2013/05/07/thank-you-for-the-super-sweet-blogging-award/

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  28. Joseph J.

    Tony, your the man! It’s awesome to see how well you take care of yourself. If only others in America would follow your lead! I’m 21 and I do my best but like you said its dificult when working 2 jobs and trying to go to school. I hope when my mom retires she will be more concerned about her health. Btw I love how you ride with your dog, very cool! I hope one day to be a man like you.

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    • Thanks very much for your kind words. My great health is a direct result of writing this blog for the past nearly four years and practicing what I preach. I hope you can get your mom concerned about her health before she retires. She will be able to enjoy her retirement that much more instead of doing doctoring to correct old mistakes.

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  30. What a wonderful and thorough profile you have. It was great reading about your wonderful and ongoing journey with your health and well-being! You serm to really be living life to its fullest! Thanks for following!
    -T

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    • Thanks for your kind words. I happened upon your blog and was so impressed with the quality of your information that I knew I could learn more by following.

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  31. Dear Tony – I couldn’t find any contact info on your blog site. would you be interested in taking part in a “blog hop” for writers? Shelley Sackier suggested it to me. You can drop me a line at info@robingott.com if you’re interested.
    Robin

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  32. Tony, came to this place as a result of your recent decision to follow Learning from Dogs, for which I thank you very much. So it’s a double bonus: having your interest in my scribblings and finding your blog.

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